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Comment Death is one thing, apparently... Life... another? (Score 2) 46

Two docs by two different people to be dead. Seems simple enough by someone in the know. In terms of life, all I can think of is the scenes from The Shawshank Redemption. Randall Stevens was created through the mail, but one needs a birth cert, a social security number, a bank account, a driver's license. As far as I can tell, that's the minimum to live a real life here in the US. How can one hack all of the above today? A DL in NJ required "six points of ID" presented in person. So... How can one hack a new life after hacking the death of an old one?

Comment Well...Duh! (Score 1) 329

One certainly does have to manage their public image on the interwebs. It's out there forever. I am a high school teacher. I do have a facebook account. And yes, Virginia, I do watch what's out there and what gets shared, tagged, posted, etc. I have asked friends and students to mind what they post and to take things down I don't want published. I don't know if it's a generational thing. I've telecommunicated since the days of 300 baud dialup and BBSes. I've largely kept my online persona in good repair. I do watch what I type because my students can find me online in a pinch, so I censor my tweets, etc. I don't know if kids are as concerned. Today's infrastructure for communication is way different for my students. Texts, tweets, FB postings, forums, and email are all acceptable forms of meaningful communication. Though I think kids mainly use email as a digital bridge between them and us old fogeys. But in the end, it all has to be managed, cuz people DO judge. It's common sense. S

Comment Re:yes (Score 1) 1049

Amen, baby! It baffles me that people would put a dumb, personal email address on a resume, business card, or even in an email message. I am a teacher and I get email from parents with addresses like "doglover@verizon.net" or "24beers@comcast.net". There's a line. If you are going to put yourself out there professionally, then your email address should reflect that professionalism. No parent ever gets my personal email address. I only use my school-provided email for work stuff and it bolsters my image. Sure, myname@isp.com works great, but it's not the same as myname@school.grade.state.us.

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