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Find your summer lover online

J. Rae Chipera

May 15, 2013

Social media is no longer just a life blogging methodology, but a way to date online. It’s becoming a social norm for everyone, not just the socially awkward. However, online dating raises concerns about safety.A large number of my married friends met on the internet. A few friends have gotten into dangerous situations because of online dating. School is about to be o...

Security finally matters to Twitter

J. Rae Chipera

May 13, 2013

An unwritten rule of social media is that unless a problem affects powerful people, it doesn’t matter. While other sites have two-step authentication to make their networks secure, Twitter’s equivalent is still being tested.I’m a verified user and new feature tester on social media sites. I watch social platforms to ensure they are acting within the best interest of users.Twit...

Photos unsafe on Facebook, again

J. Rae Chipera

April 29, 2013

Facebook stalkers can now be more efficient, as a new app takes advantage of users who don’t constantly police their privacy settings. Is the existence of one app evidence of others? “Photos At My Door,” developed by private individuals who do not work for Facebook Inc., allows users to print a photo onto coffee mugs and other merchandise. Facebook’s con...

Goodbye Constitution

J. Rae Chipera

April 29, 2013

America: home of the free and land of the brave? Not anymore.In Southern California, even if one does not leave the U.S., it is inevitable that a driver will pass through a border patrol checkpoint; whereupon, questions will be asked, ethnicity will be judged and the car might even get searched, all in the name of safety and national security, but to what end?Border patrol is not...

Guns don’t shoot people; mental instability shoots people

J. Rae Chipera

April 15, 2013

On Friday, Feb. 8, convicted sex offender Adrian Thorsby, 49, was sentenced for firing a 20-gauge shot gun through the living room window of a house in which children were playing. In what country did this occur? The United Kingdom. Firearms are banned in the United Kingdom. Preventing law-abiding, mentally-stable Americans from purchasing firearms does very little for the pre...

Vojin Joksimovich, PhD spoke about a nuclear Iran and its meaning with respect to the United States at San Diego City College on Wednesday, Mar. 20.

Apocalypse soon, or just nuclear power?

April 15, 2013

As Iran enriches uranium, some Western officials act as though the nuclear apocalypse is approaching, fearing North Korean aid to the Iranian program. Me...

Google+: Destroying search results?

J. Rae Chipera

March 12, 2013

Google+ seems to be a sociological mistake overall, but there are a few features that make the social media platform worth using.“Hangouts,” a way to chat face-to-face over a long distance using a webcam, is the single most useful feature on it. The Google Talk plugin helps create an experience that is truly superior to what can be obtained on any other site, includi...

New Blackboard gets mixed reviews

J. Rae Chipera

March 12, 2013

With the adoption of a social media-style atmosphere, the new Blackboard has some users praising the developers, while irregularities from the software update have others wanting to scrape their fingernails across Blackboard. Starting this semester, City College upgraded to Blackboard Service Pack Ten. English professor and City College’s Online Faculty Mentor, Gwynn E...

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