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In the article, “What Did You *Think* They Do With Your Data?”, it is brought to the reader’s attention that the app AccuWeather was selling: “users’ anonymized data with a third-party company for profit” (Whittaker 1). AccuWeather was doing this without its users’ knowledge or direct consent. The app sold the data even when users declined the app’s request to access to their location while not using the app. However, this request does not mention that the app will sell your anonymized data to a third-party company. Although the user does not give direct consent to AccuWeather to sell their data the user should know that when they get a free app the business has to stay afloat somehow. In this case, the app sells the data in order to get money. This especially is important because AccuWeather is a publisher. For publishers, the advertising business is not good right now. In order replace the money that was lost with advertising publishers sell their users data: “so they can stay in bu…

Micro-Chipping in Humans

Kallie Poon Intro to CS - A Blue 10/4/17 Micro-Chipping in Humans
Micro-chipping a human means injecting a small microchip between the index finger and thumb of a human hand. Microchips allow a person to complete tasks that use RFID technology with the swipe of a hand. This might include entering a secure building, paying for things or using public transportation. The use of a microchip could eliminate the need for someone to carry around a wallet. This technology has been used in Sweden and at a technology company called Three Square Market in Wisconsin. Employees of Three Square Market can voluntarily choose to have these microchips, which are about the size of a grain of rice, injected into their hand. These microchips will allow them to get into the secure building as well as pay for lunch with just the swipe of a hand. This technology has many good things going for it but it also has some downsides. An advantage to having a microchip injected into your hand is the ability to eliminat…

Technology Spotlight

Technology Spotlight
A toaster oven can be described as a computer based on the definition that a computer is a device that accepts input and processes it in some way that produces an output automatically. A toaster oven is usually square in size. It have a door that opens outward and has a rack inside of it. There are two heating elements on the inside the toaster oven at the bottom. To the right is a panel of buttons to control the toaster oven. A toaster oven receives data from the user. When a user sets the temperature on a toaster oven they are inputting data. The type of data the toaster accepts is in the form of on/off, heat setting and timer. The user will put a piece of bread into the toaster oven. After the bread is in the oven the user will set the timer and the temperature. Then the user will press start. The toaster oven receives this data and starts to heat up the heating elements at the bottom of the toaster. The timer also starts. Once the timer is up the heat turns off…

Everyday Algorithm

Preparing a cup of tea
Get a mug out of the cupboard Get a teabag out of the pantry Put the teabag in the mug Get a kettle Fill it with water Put kettle on the stove Turn on stove Wait for water to boil If water is not boiling Leave kettle on stove Go back to line 8 Else if water is boiling Turn off stove Take kettle off of stove