Good point.If there is a problem then there is a solution.
The reason i try hard is the same reason people become hackers its a thirst for knowledge. It's not so much what im doing its the fact that im doing it. I learn coding languages and find solutions to problems. If there is a problem then there is a solution. By finding the solution you feel happy with yourself. Its like in other subjects when you find a challenge hard you want to find a solution. That is why i try hard.
I could channell this energy into other means but what would you preffer? By finding ways around block's ect then you are solving a problem. A key skill for later life. Yes you may get caught or even expelled, however the chances of that are slim if you have my record, and when i find something serious, e.g last year we found out how to shut down sims via the active directory you let the IT department know. That way i am still being responsible.
As to the talks about blocking content for smaller children, i have seen the damage they can and very often do to computers (im talking about reception), and as the time continues they will become even more computer literate.
I understand they must be prrotected, but is it responsible to hide somebody from the truth or dangers. Surely it is better to educate them against these and give them the choice to follow your advice and rules. A person should be alloud to roam the greatest recource available to them without control. For that was one of the dreams of the internet, to be a place of freedom of speach, a place where people can be whoever or whatever they want. Not locked within walls that society seems ever so ready to place around them.
As for the block above. In a perfect world, you are right. In a perfect free world, everyone would have a choice, we would educate them about the problems etc, then they could make their own *informed* (key word) decision. But, in reality, most users do not care about the bad things on the internet. They just want to use it for what they want.
Sure I could teach the users about viruses, trogens, scams etc (to a degree we do already), but unless they go out and learn themselves, they will never have the knowledge we (or you) know. Thats the different between people like us (aka, technical minded people) and the general population. As you've put it, we thrive on knowledge, we experiment to learn. Most people (i'm speaking generally here) do not want nor care to do that.
Oh, and all things side, breaking into a network you do not own or administer is illegal. If you get caught you will get in deep ****. Experiment at home, do what ever, but it's not worth the risk by trying to break into college networks etc. As an *informed* user, you should no better.
This is the last post im making now as this topic has gone completely derailed (thanks ) plus if you don't see the points were trying to make then it wont change your opinion.
We have it generally unblocked, and teachers can use abtutor control to block it during their lessons if they so please.
We did have it blocked universally, but it got silly, with a teacher asking for it to be unblocked for the first period, then another wanted it blocked for the second, then unblocked third etc... Not exactly a good use of my time.
Ideally, I'd love to have the internet entirely unfiltered - but the government states that we have to filter things. Also, when a child gets onto something they shouldn't, such as hardcore pornography, we can't simply turn around and say 'well, they didn't listen to us'. No, we get blamed for allowing such access and have to justify it to them.
So, for many things it comes to one thing - legal liability. We have a legal responsibility to protect children from various things. Bad things on the internet is one of them.
I never said I was a hacker or cracker. I was using it to help explain the point. Hackers enjoy solving problems, crackers maliciously go out of the way to destroy and harm people.
(From http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/hacker-howto.html)The Jargon File contains a bunch of definitions of the term ‘hacker’, most having to do with technical adeptness and a delight in solving problems and overcoming limits.
This is what I was referring to when I was talking about a thirst for knowledge not about being a cracker who breaks in for knowledge. And Malicious reasons
Last edited by aTEK; 28th November 2008 at 10:09 PM. Reason: To not seem like im attacking the response and merly backing up my earlier comment.
A hacker's only a hacker when h[is|er] peers deem it so. A self-appointed hacker is no hacker at all.
That is why I am no hacker. I don't consider myself a hacker however I follow the hacker way of thinking and the hacker way of taking apart a problem. A Self Appointed hacker is somebody with an incredibly big ego!!! or a script kiddy
Again, please keep this on topic. We have an issue in school about if we should allow total or limited access to youtube for students. I started this to get an idea of what other schools/colleges do.
aTEK, I appreciate your original input, but please discuss the meaning of hacker in another thread. Also, search the forums, there are plenty of occasions when students find this place and do the same thing as you are doing.
Youtube will always be too messy and 'risky' for schools to use. I am surprised that any LEA would allow students to use it. We use Clickview as it works reliably even when we have hundreds using it and we control whats on it (yeah I know, we're control freaks). Clickview Exchange is also very useful (a bit like a youtube for schools) and has a pretty impressive range of downloadable copied-from-TV programs available for free.
We ban it to students but not to staff, just because youtube can be used for bullying, and its modaration from reporting to removal (no matter how serious, the police where called) is a week or more, even if you phone them and inform them that theres a video making physical threats against students, they still won't take a blind bit of notice.
*not to derail this thread.... any further
but i wonder how many of us clicked aTEKS profile just to see if we could figure out what schools he is in.
Also aTEK we *almost* removed a student from his IT a-level course because of what we caught him doing. If what we caught him doing had been the same as what you say you do, then he would of been out on his ear.
You say your grades would stop that happening but if you put users data at risk/the network at risk/hardware at risk/Admin network at risk. Then your grades will mean didly squat.
Sadly for some reason the teachers here NEED youtube open!
They demand it open! If I block it I get a bunch of teachers come up moaning to unblock it.
I've just blocked it nowwwwwwwww at 9:30AM.............lets see when I get the first email or teacher come up moaning to unblock it
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