Catherine Forsythe

Catherine Forsythe
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know a bit about computer security, dogs, horses, skiing, medicine and making risotto. My nickname in real life/online is "Noggie" - I'm on Twitter, with the @dogreader account.

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 1:30PM

My Grandfather's Silence: Secrets Under the Bombing Above


My Grandfather was a farmer. His father was a farmer, as was his father's father. The land has been worked by many generations. Crops, cattle, horses and hard physical work were part of my Grandfather's upbringing. He was a tall, strong man. He stood at six feet four inches
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SEPTEMBER 9, 2011 4:15PM

The Issue Of Ownership and Using Your Pictures on Facebook

 
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Millions of pictures are posted on Facebook every day. There are more than "250 million photos" uploaded daily. Facebook has worked to make the process of placing pictures on an account easier and more efficient.

For years, there has been some controversy about who owns the
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AUGUST 31, 2011 11:15AM

Michele Bachmann Proclaims Her Own "Great Sense of Humor"


Michele Bachmann is trying to explain. On Sunday, August 28th, Ms Bachmann made some remarks at a political rally in Sarasota, Florida. She noted that the recent earthquake and Hurricane Irene was a message from God. She said:

"...  I don't know how much God has to do to
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AUGUST 23, 2011 2:30PM

Political Squirming 101


It will be a Tuesday. November 6th, 2012 will be a Tuesday. The next United States presidential election seems like such a long time away and already there is the perception that there is political rhetoric everywhere. There is sufficient time for political candidates of every party to say
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AUGUST 10, 2011 4:00AM

The Under-Employed


The depression is obvious. The anger is more subdued but lurks close to the surface. So many of my friends are the working under-employed. They are paying the bills through jobs that have little to do with their college education. These people do not show up in any government
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AUGUST 5, 2011 11:45AM

German Privacy Laws Forbids Facebook Facial Database


In 2010, Facebook reached a milestone. It passed the 500 million mark, in the number of registered users of the site. With that amount of users, it is not surprising that millions of photographs are downloaded onto the Facebook servers daily. These images become part of a huge Facebook
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AUGUST 3, 2011 4:50PM

Microsoft IE Users Are Not Dumb; Journalists Fall for Hoax


For years, the internet security community has bemoaned the flaws in Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser. There has been a history of years of exploits by hackers. The problems with Microsoft's IE has led to the growth of rival products such as Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Linux and many Apple innovat
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AUGUST 1, 2011 9:30PM

President Obama Abandons University Students in Debt Deal


In late May of 2008, the support for Candidate Obama was overwhelming. Among the college demographic, Mr Obama found volunteer workers and votes. The college population believed in his vision of hope, change and possibilities. Students indicated that they would vote. Mr Obama had stirred their
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JULY 29, 2011 11:00AM

A Release From Alzheimer's Disease For a Brief Few Seconds


It may seem odd that I try to be judicious about visiting a restaurant that has wonderful food and where I am welcomed as a member of the extended family. The restaurant owner, Tommaso, is a master chef and his kitchen creations are absolutely delicious. 

This is a
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JULY 7, 2011 9:15AM

Petition for "Caylee's Law" Has a Viral Response


Anger. Disappointment. Bewilderment. The public's response to the jury verdict of the Casey Anthony trial has been immediate and intense. An Oklahoma woman has placed a petition online and the interest has been viral. The petition calls for federal legislation named after the deceased Caylee Anthon
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JULY 6, 2011 10:40AM

Google+ Will Eliminate Private Profiles


As Google+ challenges Facebook for users, one of the major foci is the issue of privacy. Facebook, throughout the years, has made stumbles on user privacy matters. However, on Facebook, it is possible to have a modicum of anonymity when using the site. Facebook allows private profiles and these
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In the days when the internet was gaining popularity, a computer virus or other hacker infection generally was easy to detect. The computer would slow significantly or crash unexpectedly. It was readily apparent that something was wrong with the computer and then it was a matter of eliminating the
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JUNE 28, 2011 11:40AM

Those Soon-To-Be Obsolete Things


Through the father of a friend in Stuttgart, my siblings and I were referred to a music shop in Shwerin, in northern Germany. From that source, we were told of a small two-person-run music store in Berlin. This store in Berlin does not have internet and is opened at
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JUNE 8, 2011 11:10AM

Facebook Adds Facial Recognition and More Privacy Vanishes


Facebook is adding a new data base. If a person is a Facebook member, they will become part of this huge pool of facial recognition information:

"...  When you or a friend upload new photos, we use face recognition software—similar to that found in many photo editing tools—to
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Among the standards by which head injuries have been evaluated are computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The accepted criteria have been that such scans will indicate whether there have been any structural impairment of the brain. A study of military personnel have shown th
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MAY 31, 2011 11:32AM

The Pentagon May Consider Cyber-Attacks as An Act of War


Over the month of May, Lockheed Martin has undergone a persistent attack on its computer systems. The computer networks of Lockheed Martin contain sensitive information, as one of the largest defense contractors for the United States. The computer systems of Lockheed Martin are data rich. A data br
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Any disease which reportedly has increased by more than ten times in a decade should cause a major alarm. Autism is a cruel communication dysfunction that has this distressing rate of increase. The actual numbers worldwide may be more than this ten time increase. Accurate, reliable documentation is
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MAY 23, 2011 2:30PM

Supreme Court Rules California Prisons Too Cruel


Prisons are supposed to be inhospitable places. However, the Supreme Court has decided that aspects of the California prison system are inhumane:

"Conditions in California’s overcrowded prisons are so bad that they violate the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment, the
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MAY 19, 2011 6:00AM

The Ultimate Spoiler: Knowing Your Own Probable Longevity


There are some people who will turn to the final pages of a novel to determine how the story ends. Then they will return to the earlier chapters of the book and continue reading. Medical science is moving to a scientific equivalent of this behaviour. Soon there may be
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MAY 17, 2011 10:25AM

Phoenix Sun's CEO Rick Welts Makes a Courageous Disclosure


Professional sports is a homophobic world. Sexual orientation is part of the 'trash talk' that occurs constantly in sports. Sometimes, it becomes public. A recent example was a homophobic slur by Kobe Bryant that was directed at a referee. Unfortunately for Bryant, this utterance was caught on a na
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For almost two decades, federal authorities sought a terrorist and murderer called the Unabomber (University and Airline Bomber). The Unabomber turned out to be Ted Kaczynski, a former American raised academic with a doctorate in mathematics. 

From 1978 to 1995, Kaczynski killed three people
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Botox is a trade name for a toxin which also is known as onabotulinumtoxinA. It has medical applications such as inhibiting muscle activities, for possibly months. Botox is an approved drug by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Under medical supervision, Botox has been used to treat back pain,
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MAY 10, 2011 10:55AM

Google Enters Online Music Business


Online music offers huge revenue potential and Google has become a participant in that internet business. Google is set to launch "Music Beta". The service will be cloud based and offers direct competition to similar services that have been offered by Amazon. The risk that Google undertakes is that
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MARCH 1, 2011 2:35PM

Bristol Palin Scores a Book Deal


Is twenty years old too young to write a memoir? Apparently, the publisher HarperCollins thinks that is exactly what America and the world wants. Bristol Palin, the eldest daughter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, is writing a book. The title is reported to be "Not Afraid of Life":
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FEBRUARY 17, 2011 10:30AM

Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick Wisely Dodges Oprah Winfrey


Michael Vick was the NFL comeback player of the year. He is known for his immense athletic skills. After a period of prison incarceration for his involvement in a dog fighting operation, the Philadelphia quarterback still has the speed to be elusive and be an offensive threat. The Eagles
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