Imagine that you're a detective investigating a culprit accused for stealing bouillon. You enter the home where you suspect this item is located. As you scrutinize the area, you come across a horrid sight: a six-year-old naked child caged in a crib. It's obvious that this child has been neglected because she is covered in her own feces and shows signs of bed sores and starvation.
You approach the mother and ask her why the child is living under such conditions. She responds, "My child has Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. I keep her in the cage to keep her calm."
You're appalled and disgusted. You ask her if the child has been fed. You discover that the child receives one Pop-tart in the morning, one in the evening, and occasionally gets a sandwich.
You continue to quest for answers and question the father. You're informed that he created the contraption, which is a crib turned cage that contains the innocent child. You immediately remove the child from her prison and place the parents in jail.
This was a reality in Gloucester, Virginia, when investigators went into the home of Shannon and Brian Gore. They were charged "with felony, child neglect, attempted capital murder, and first degree murder."
Personally, what these so-called parents did was unforgiveable. A child should never be subjected to these conditions regardless of the reason.
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A new study conducted at Boston College in Massachusetts finds that people who think they can multi-task are usually not too good at it. The research consisted of forty volunteers who believed they were "pretty good at multitasking." They were placed in a room and told not to use their cell phones but can do anything else they please. Investigators set up cameras with the main focus being how many times the volunteers switched from the television to the computer. Results showed that the average was about 120 times in 27 and a half minutes.Volunteers believed that they switched their focus only 15 times the entire time.
Now it makes sense why it takes such a long time to finish a project or homework assignment while watching television. When occupying your time with something it's best to stick to that something rather than throwing in something else that would most likely distract you. Watching television and attending to another task proves to be difficult because we have to redirect our focus every time we switch from the screen back to the task.
We were born into a hectic world, one which demands sometimes too much from our every day lives. As much as we want everything to get done at once, there is only so much our minds can handle at one time. It's great to be a multi-tasker, but after this study, we should ask ourselves how good are we really at doing more than one thing at once and how much better it would be if we took it one step at a time? It's okay to slow it down and focus on one thing at a time.
Between April 17 and 19, Sony's Playstation Network and Qriocity services were subject to an "unauthorised intrusion." The services, which allow Playstation 3 users to play games online, as well as purchase media, were initially believed to be the target of a Denial of Service attack -- a hack that simply made the services unavailable to its users. In the days the followed however, Sony revealed that there may have been subsequent attacks that comprised user information. Sony has still be unable to trace the source of the large-scale hack, but has released a statement saying that the personal information of its tens of millions of users, including credit card numbers, could have been obtained.
Sony's online services have been down for nearly a month, with still little coming in the form of answers. The company has stated that it would consider offering a type of "good-will" package for users, as well as the possibility of a membership in a credit report company, thought details are not yet concrete. For now, Sony is encouraging its users to keep an eye on their credit card statements for any suspicious activity. Comforting.
Not being able to play your favorite games online for a few weeks is certainly a bummer for some, but the severity of the recent Sony hacks has much larger implications. It raises the question of digital security, even concerning something as innocuous as a playing video games. As more and more aspects of our lives, and our transactions become digitized, it's important that we are able to recognize the security of our information just as we do our wallets. That a long standing, and credible company like Sony could be targeted by a hack this severe is certainly disconcerting, but should serve as a reminder of the degree of reality that exists behind the screens that separate us.
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