It Depends? On what?

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Source: NY Times Magazine, Sunday, January 31, 2016

Truth

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Source: ldraghic

 

Untether

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We enter the meditative state induced by counting laps, and observe the subtle play of light as the sun moves across the lanes. We sing songs, or make to-do lists, or fantasize about what we’re going to eat for breakfast. Submersion creates the space to be free, to stretch, without having to contend with constant external chatter. It creates internal quiet, too. Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of them all, was found to have A.D.H.D. when he was a child; he has called the pool his “safe haven,” in part because “being in the pool slowed down my mind.”

…Five hundred lengths in a pool were never boring or monotonous; instead, Dr. Sacks writes, “swimming gave me a sort of joy, a sense of well-being so extreme that it became at times a sort of ecstasy.” The body is engaged in full physical movement, but the mind itself floats, untethered…The enforced solitude is at odds with where we are as a culture. Our gyms are full of televisions tuned to SportsCenter and cable news. We’re tethered to our devices, even at bedtime. With that pervasive lack of self-control, who has the willpower to turn off technology for any meaningful period of time? I submit: Sliding into the water is the easiest way to detach from your phone.

~ Bonnie Tsui, The Self Reflecting Pool


Photograph: Troy Jack

 

Own smartphone? Your worst fears confirmed…

Your wallet is no longer the only item worth protecting with all sorts of personal and financial data on your smartphone readily available to thieves.  Guess what I did with my personal phone after reading this article…

“…Symantec organized a multi-city clandestine project to see what happens when digital devices go missing…A total of 50 smartphones were distributed (purposefully lost) in 5 cities in restaurants, elevators, convenience stores and student unions. The devices were loaded with a buffet of juicy, fake data…Symantec tracked where the devices were taken once found, and what type of information was accessed by the “finders.”

“Many smartphone owners don’t take even simple steps, like requiring a PIN to unlock a phone…

“About 90% of all finders rifled through the phone’s apps and files, including ones that seemed to contain highly sensitive information.”

“80% looked at corporate data on the phone.  About half took the bait to peek at the salary information and peruse the corporate email account.  40% couldn’t resist looking at the banking information.  57% looked at a password file…”

Source: BusinessWeek – Data Security: Most Finders of Smartphones Are Snoops

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