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...or is a generational thing?

A WOMAN has been robbed after her daughter posted pictures of a large amount of cash on Facebook.

The 17-year-old girl was helping her grandmother count her personal savings in their Sydney home at 4pm (AEST) on Thursday when she took a photo of the cash and posted it on her Facebook page.

At 11.30pm on same day two men armed with a knife and wooden club allegedly broke into the Southern Highlands house of the girl's mother demanding to talk to the girl about the money.

http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/woman-robbed-after-facebook-posting-of-cash/story-e6frfku0-1226369659825

Is common sense (which hasn't always been that common) been completely flushed down the toilet? Don't kids (or someone who is a year or less from voting age) learn anything from the failures experienced by others with their postings?

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Ray

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I just don't understand it. People seem to throw all caution and common sense out the window when it comes to posting anything on facebook. Some of the things that have been related to me about the younger crowd and what they say on facebook beggers belief. It's like they become someone else once they hit that screen. I've also heard similar stuff happen even with the older brigade; very little consideration and contemplation as to what they are about to post. Things people wouldn't consider sending out in an email becomes the norm on facebook.

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Ray

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When I got my new patrol I was going to pay cash and figured I should take some shots of myself with wads of cash .. Thou I'm not stupid enough to post them on Facebook while I had the cash! It's not every day you can view 50 grand in all it's glory, I figured why not take some photos.

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I'm dumb :D I post up pictures of me waving cash around. But not idiotic enough to say where. There are always going be dregs that say things that'll get them in trouble, Facebook is just another medium to speed up the process.

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I reckon I have the ultimate faceache pic.... if I ever used it and needed a pic that is.

A few weeks back I had to go to hospital to have some tests done. They wired me up like something from a sci fi Movie, I had electrodes on my face, my scalp, my body, legs, arms and then they wired me to this control box. Also had several tubes hanging out/ off of me.

Went into the bathroom before they wired me up solid and damn near scared myself. Seriously looked concerning.

So, thinking of all the people that always take Phone shots of themselves in the bathroom Mirror, I did too!

Frankenstein meets Faceache. :P

Spose seeing as I have no regards for faceache I should at least use it as a screen saver. :lol:

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I have had many issues with the sister in-law about posting pic's of my daughters and checking in at our house. but she doesn't see the any issues with it as all of her friends are decent people all 750 of them. But when it's time to move house it's the mother and father in-law 70years old helping. It's funny how people can let 750 people into there house and families lives.

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That check in thing makes me laugh, I told my wife she can put as much info/picks as she wants about where were going and what were doing ONCE WE GET HOME.

Also warned her not to go telling the world when I was away for work, cant be to careful these days. Even if she does only have people she knows personally as friends. Even with security settings if a friend comments or likes, their friends (unknown to you) can see it.

I used to organize a lot of forum trips which were organized long in advance so any members would know I was out for the day. For this reason I made sure I never met random members at my house before trips and the few times I sold bits and pieces I would try and do it from work.

Anyone that has ever seen any of my pics will know that I go to great lenghs and block out rego's on all cars including other forum members, whether they care or not.

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They were saying on the "news" this morning how real estate agents are now using Facebook and nearmap to checkout people and their current rental property who have applied to rent properties.

Some say its an invasion of privacy looking at publicly available information, however that is a pretty big contradiction of terms if I've ever heard it. If you are stupid enough to put it up on the net to get some "likes" or "comments" without thinking that the whole world can see it... well need I say more.

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Anyone that has ever seen any of my pics will know that I go to great lenghs and block out rego's on all cars including other forum members, whether they care or not.

I do exactly the same. You can never know if or when such a photo could be used to accuse one or more of doing something wrong, when they are completely innocent. Just consider that recent thread on P4x4 regarding the accusations made against someone in WA. A vehicle was spotted on a private road/track, the owner accused of destroying property and their identifying details posted on the forum, with no proof of them doing anything weong other than inadvertently being on a private road.

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Ray

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Fark it, we all live in the same world now, times are a changing and I'm yet to truely be convised that my security is being jeopardized.

Well, I use Windows and my security hasn't been jeopardised, but others have had different experiences. I guess it depends on how you view your security arrangements and act accordingly. :D

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Ray

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Facebook, Macs, eBay, email, forums, credit/debit cards, getting your name in the local rag, going to the shops, sending a text message, overseas holidays, etc are all things I have done for quite a while now and like millions of other people in the world and am yet to have my personal and home security breached or receive some sort of reporcuation due to the usage of such things, just like MILLIONS of others.

A few slip ups (relative to the total number) in a world where the media and social networks cover anything and everything from someones fart to someone pimples, to a teen sending nudie shots to a 'friend', is not something to be concerned about. There are always going to be targets, so sacrifice the stupid.

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There's another thing that came to mind in respect to facebook etc. In the past, people used to write letters, send postcards etc when away on holidays and whatever. These provided a record that recipients could keep and put away in scrapbooks and the like (my wife has plenty of these) and look back in the future at these as a bit of family etc history. That's just about disappearing, as people now seem to be facebooking and twitting their experiences, and if you're not on facebook or twitter, these transitory messages don't even exist. It's a bit like photographs as well, few actually print anymore and everything is just held on a hard drive somewhere, which may just as easily be wiped at any time. I wonder how historians will see us in the far future? I think some may come to the conclusion that at one point, in large part, humanity lost the ability to record social experiences.

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Ray

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Facebook, Macs, eBay, email, forums, credit/debit cards, getting your name in the local rag, going to the shops, sending a text message, overseas holidays, etc are all things I have done for quite a while now and like millions of other people in the world and am yet to have my personal and home security breached or receive some sort of reporcuation due to the usage of such things, just like MILLIONS of others.

A few slip ups (relative to the total number) in a world where the media and social networks cover anything and everything from someones fart to someone pimples, to a teen sending nudie shots to a 'friend', is not something to be concerned about. There are always going to be targets, so sacrifice the stupid.

The reality is that you probably don't hear about the majority of incidents, it's only on a slow news day etc that one or the other is published, or it's a particularly dramatic stroy. Just as you don't hear about every death that occurs due to one vice or the other, they are happening all the time.

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Ray

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Here's an interesting article about the loss of physical media:

CYBER-SMART schools are getting rid of printed books, despite $4 billion of taxpayers' money spent building 3472 libraries in the past three years.

Adelaide's beachside Henley High School has donated its 10,000 printed library books to charity. The empty bookshelves will soon be sold, as they are redundant in the "virtual library".

And on the Gold Coast, Varsity College is phasing out its printed book collection -- despite a $3 million federal grant to build a new library, which will now be reconfigured as a "digital resource centre".

Henley High's 1200 students all have laptops, and either use the internet for research or borrow one of the 16,000 "e-books" downloaded from their new digital library. Principal Liz Schneyder yesterday said students had stopped borrowing the library's printed books a few years ago.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/education/ber-waste-as-schools-scrap-books/story-fn59nlz9-1226373017622

I do understand that a lot of research is done on the web, I do it myself all the time, but getting rid of books from a library is an interesting move. One of the things that I always found of value in a library and it's something that I know to consider when looking for information on the internet, is finding the less obvious references.

When I search for some information on the internet, I do not just select whatever comes up on the first search results page, but often may go through 20 or more pages to see if there is anything else that may be remotely related to the search query. I also often query using many different search variables, as they can often bring up different sources of information.

So I wonder whether the school kids of today will do that, or just select the first thing that pops up and use that as the reference source? There are potentially other implications as well, such as intentionally manipulating information dissemination, but I hope we never see that happen. And will we, over time, simply lose sight of the older books, writers and ideas, which may be just as relevant, but simply overlooked?

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Ray

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Here's an interesting article about the loss of physical media:

http://www.theaustra...9-1226373017622

I do understand that a lot of research is done on the web, I do it myself all the time, but getting rid of books from a library is an interesting move. One of the things that I always found of value in a library and it's something that I know to consider when looking for information on the internet, is finding the less obvious references.

When I search for some information on the internet, I do not just select whatever comes up on the first search results page, but often may go through 20 or more pages to see if there is anything else that may be remotely related to the search query. I also often query using many different search variables, as they can often bring up different sources of information.

So I wonder whether the school kids of today will do that, or just select the first thing that pops up and use that as the reference source? There are potentially other implications as well, such as intentionally manipulating information dissemination, but I hope we never see that happen. And will we, over time, simply lose sight of the older books, writers and ideas, which may be just as relevant, but simply overlooked?

Cheers

Ray

I use duckducklgo occasionally, it brings up searches like this, http://duckduckgo.com/?q=nissan+patrol , may find it more suitable.

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The best thing about getting kids to use the net, is treaching them how to search properly and hopefully, they'll be getting taught referencing techniques such as the Harvard system. That might actually make them good Forum users ;)

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