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Seattle Bar Bans Google Glasses (Before They're Even Sold)

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This is quite possibly the sassiest ban we've ever seen

We've heard of a lot of silly bans at coffee shops and bars (Instagram bans, stroller bans, cream and sugar bans), but the rant from Seattle's 5 Point Café might top them all — by banning Google Glasses before the glasses have even been stocked on shelves.

The bar first posted the ban on Facebook, which the owner admitted was partly a joke, but at heart a serious look at privacy in bars. "Part of this is a joke, to be funny on Facebook and get a reaction," said owner Dave Meinert in an interview with "... But part of it is serious because we don't let people film other people or take photos unwanted of other people in the bar because it's kind of a private place people go." The follow-ups to people's reactions on Facebook definitely took on a sassier tone, though:

"We've had a lot of questions about Google 'Glasses'. Well don't buy into Googles 'sexy' imaging promotion of their new Google Glasses. They are really just the new fashion accessory for the fanny pack & never removed Bluetooth headset wearing set. What they really look like and who will use them below."

And then:

"Sorry for another post on Google Glasses, but I have to address some of the people mad about our Google Glass ban. Look at this photo [a photo of someone wearing Google glasses and hanging out wth Sarah Jessica Parker]. C'mon, really? If nothing else, we're saving you from looking like a complete idiot in public. You'll be thankful in a few years when your kids grow up and don't have to see photos of you wearing these ridiculous things. But then if you wear these things your chance of having children will go way down. Eh, so maybe they'll be good for population control..."

Some strong opinions there. But of course, as Ars Technica and Geekwire point out, there's no ban for recording with smartphones at the bar — and 5 Point Café, which Meinert called "sometimes seedy, maybe notorious place," has surveillance cameras installed. Moral of the story: watch yourself at the bar. You never know if you're on candid camera.

Will Google Glass Make Us Better People? Or Just Creepy?

You have to hand it to Google.

Yes, Google Glass is one nifty technology, but wearing glasses with a little camera attached seems to reek of geek, the kind of gadget that would appeal most to men and women who, as young boys and girls, wanted so much to believe in X-ray glasses.

Yet twice now, Google Glass has managed to crash one of America’s biggest glamor parties—New York’s Fashion Week. Last year, all of the models in designer Diane Von Furstenberg’s show strutted down the runway accessorized by Google. And, a few weeks ago, at this year’s event, anyone who was anyone—top models, fashion editors, reality show judges—was walking around shooting pictures and videos with their clever camera glasses.

Still, if Google Glass is to go mainstream, it needs to move beyond the air kiss crowd and geek buzz. That part of the plan starts tomorrow in Durham, North Carolina, the first stop in what Google says will be a national roadshow. With Google Glass expected to hit the market by early 2014, it’s time to start letting the general public see what all the chatter’s about.

The camera never blinks

So, it’s also time to begin taking a closer look at what it might mean to have a whole lot of people walking around with computers/cameras attached to their heads.

There’s obviously the matter of privacy. Google Glass wearers will have the ability to shoot a steady stream of photos and videos as they go about their daily lives. A group of U.S. congressmen raised the issue to Google earlier this year, as have privacy commissioners from Canada, the European Union, Australia, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland and other countries.

Google’s response is that the camera will not be that surreptitious since it will be voice-activated and a light on the screen will show that it’s on. Google also insists that it won’t allow facial recognition software on Google Glass—critics have raised concerns about someone being able to use facial recognition to track down the identity of a person they’ve captured in photos or videos on the street or in a bar.

Others are worried about so much visual data being captured every day, particularly if Google Glass hits it big. The video and images belong to the owner of the glasses, but who else could get access to them? Google has tried to assuage some of those fears by pointing out that all the files on the device will be able to be deleted remotely in the event that it’s lost or stolen.

Thanks for sharing

Then there’s this. In August, Google was awarded a patent to allow for the use of something known as “pay-per-gaze” advertising. In its application, the company noted that “a head-mounted tracking device”—in other words, Google Glass—could follow where the person wearing it was gazing, and be able to send images of what they saw to a server. Then, any billboards or other real-world ads the person had seen would be identified and Google could charge the advertiser. As noted in the New York Times’ Bits blog, the fee could be adapted based on how long the ad actually held the person’s gaze.

Here’s how Google proposed the idea in its patent: “Pay-per-gaze advertising need not be limited to online advertisements, but rather can be extended to conventional advertisement media including billboards, magazines, newspapers and other forms of conventional print media.”

Since it became public, Google has downplayed the patent—first filed in 2011—saying it has no plans to incorporate the eye-tracking capability into Google Glass any time soon. “We hold patents on a variety of ideas,” the company responded in a statement. “Some of those ideas later mature into real products or services, some don’t. Prospective product announcements should not necessarily be inferred from our patents.”

There are other ways advertising could be integrated into the Google Glass experience. Digital ads could pop up in a person’s glasses based on what they may be looking at. Say you’re walking down the street and suddenly an ad for the restaurant down on the corner shows up on your display screen. That could get real old real fast—but it’s not that improbable. Or maybe you’d see virtual ads—for which advertisers pay Google—which would replace real-world ads that appear in your line of vision.

Instant feedback

No doubt, though, Google Glass will provide us with plenty of ethical dilemmas. When, for instance, will you be justified in telling someone to please remove their camera glasses? And will there be places and situations where glasses in the filming position are universally seen as bad form—say, at dinner parties, or stops at public bathrooms or in the midst of messy breakups?

But there’s another aspect of Google Glass—or most wearable tech, for that matter—that’s particularly intriguing. It has to do with the power of real-time feedback to change behavior. Studies have shown that nothing is more effective at getting people to slow down their cars than those digital signs that tell you how fast you’re going. It’s feedback to which you can immediately respond.

So, will a steady stream of data about our personal health and exercise make us take our bad habits a lot more seriously? Sure, you can forget the occasional crack from your partner about your weight gain. But a smart watch reminding you all day, every day? What about prompts from your smart glasses that give you cues when you start spending money recklessly? Or flagging you on behavior patterns that haven’t turned out so well for you in the past? Can all these devices make us better people?

Sean Madden, writing for Gigaom, offered this take: “This is social engineering in its most literal sense, made possible by technology, with all of the promise and paranoia that phrase implies.”

Wear it well

Here are other recent developments on the wearable tech front:

  • Remember when all a watch needed to do was tick: Samsung has jumped into the wearable tech business with the release of its Galaxy Gear smart watch, although some critics have suggested that it’s just not smart enough.
  • If teeth could talk: Researchers at National Taiwan University have designed a sensor that when attached to a tooth can track everything your mouth does during a typical day—how much you chew, how much you talk, how much you drink, even how much you cough.
  • How about when you need more deodorant?: A Canadian company is developing a machine-washable T-shirt that can track and analyze your movement, breathing and heart activity.
  • Don’t let sleeping dogs lie: Why shouldn’t dogs have their own wearable tech? Whistle is a monitoring device that tells you how much exercise your dog is getting while you’re at work. Or more likely, how much he’s not getting.

Video bonus: Here’s a Google video showing how Glass can keep you from ever getting lost again.

Video bonus bonus: With luck, advertising on Google Glass will never get as bad as it plays out on this video parody.

Google Glass banned in some U.S. casinos

Casinos in several U.S. states are forbidding gamblers from wearing Google Glass, computerized eyewear capable of shooting photos, filming video and surfing the internet.

Regulators say the gadgets could be used to cheat at card games.

The New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement issued a directive on Monday ordering Atlantic City's 12 casinos to bar casino patrons from using the device. The directive was first reported by The Press of Atlantic City.

Similar bans are in place at casinos in Las Vegas, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Connecticut, among other places.

"If these eyeglasses were worn during a poker game, they could be used to broadcast a patron's hand to a confederate or otherwise be used in a collusive manner," David Rebuck, the division's director wrote in a memo to the casinos.

That type of use would constitute a crime in New Jersey. But it would be difficult to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the glasses were actually being used to cheat, Rebuck wrote. For that and other reasons, he decided to ban the glasses on the casino floor and anywhere else gambling is taking place.

"Even if the glasses had not been used for cheating . their presence at a gaming table would lead to the perception that something untoward could be occurring, thereby undermining public confidence in the integrity of gaming," he wrote in the directive.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Google said, "We are thinking very carefully about how we design Glass because new technology always raises new issues." It said its "Glass Explorer" pilot program "will ensure that our users become active participants in shaping the future of this technology."

The New Jersey casinos must ask anyone wearing the glasses to remove them, and can kick out any customer who refuses.

Photography already regulated

The prohibition against photography or video filming in the casinos is not unique to Google Glass. New Jersey regulators require five days' advance notice — and explicit approval from the gaming enforcement division — for any type of photos or videos to be shot on the casino floor, and Las Vegas has similar restrictions. But as a new technology, the glasses are catching the attention of regulators, who are updating their rules to keep pace.

In Las Vegas, Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts have directed their security workers to ask patrons to remove the devices before beginning to gamble.

Caesars spokesman Gary Thompson said Las Vegas guests will need to take off their glasses when they hit the tables.

"Gaming regulations prohibit the use of computers or recording devices while gambling, so guests can't wear Google Glass while they're gambling," Thompson said. "The devices will also not be able to be used in showrooms."

The edict will also be applied at casinos in Cincinnati and Cleveland.

In Pennsylvania, state regulators plan to advise its 11 casinos that an existing regulation prohibiting gamblers from using electronic devices at a table game also applies to the Google Glass, a Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board spokesman said Wednesday.

First Arrest Caught on Google Glass

Google Glass, the always-on computer on your face, has sparked all sorts of debates about the limits of privacy. Can you wear them in the bathroom? What about the locker room?

On July 4th, filmmaker and Google Glasser Chris Barrett wound up next to an arrest on the Wildwood, NJ, boardwalk. He recorded the arrest using his glasses, naturally, and claims that this is the first arrest captured on the device.

Barrett posted the video on YouTube, and writes:

Tonight, I was testing out the extended video recording option with Google Glass on the Boardwalk of Wildwood, New Jersey. I walked right into the tail end of a fight happening on Jersey Shore boardwalk and filmed the first arrest through the lens of my Google Glass.

This video is proof that Google Glass will change citizen journalism forever.

“What is interesting with Glass is that in tense situations, like, say, war reporting, your hands are free while you’re shooting. You can use your hands to protect yourself. If I wanted to back away, I could do it without dropping my camera or stopping the recording. That’s a big step in wearable computing,”

He told Ars Technica that he doesn’t plan on recording every arrest he sees, but that the novelty of the technology was what prompted him to do it:

“I’m sure in certain situations I wouldn’t have recorded this, and maybe the next time I see someone get arrested, I will keep walking,” he added. “What is interesting from this video—and what made me want to upload it—was that I was filming before this event even happened. It would have been a little different if I saw the fight, hit record, and ran right up to the fight. We’re living a life where exciting and crazy and happy and sad things happen every minute. When you hit record, you don’t know what you’re going to catch in the next 24 frames or five minutes. When Google Glass has a hard drive and battery life that is capable of recording 24 hours a day and has the capability of being always-on, that will be a very strange world. Anyone can capture any moment. I don’t know if that’s a good thing, it’s interesting to me.”

Not everybody is as excited as Barrett though. A Reuters blog worries that the people in that video were being filmed without their knowledge. The Atlantic calls Google Glass the little brother of NSA’s big brother surveillance.

Google won’t be changing anything in response to the video, but they do say they’re talking to lawmakers about the implications of recording everything.

About Rose Eveleth

Rose Eveleth is a writer for Smart News and a producer/designer/ science writer/ animator based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, Story Collider, TED-Ed and OnEarth.

Seattle Bar Bans Google Glasses (Before They're Even Sold) - Recipes

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But. ( Score: 5, Funny)

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Creepy and rude nerds are their target market. How's that going to work?

Clearly I'm not the only one thinking "too late".

Re: ( Score: 2)

Creepy and rude nerds are their target market. How's that going to work?

Not to mention every teenage boy that wants x-ray vision.

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Obviously not true. Apple has always struggled to gain acceptance with their products, and didn't start succeeding until they actually offered the superior product too. Nerds and the general user base also share one other thing: both tend to like the cheaper option that, while less polished, gives the greatest personal freedom. Witness Android vs. iOS. Very clear what the better product is, but Android is the PC to Apple's Mac.

It turns out that cool, sociable people are also annoying and less popular than t

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Curious if you ever look in the mirror.

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Re:But. ( Score: 4, Insightful)

Re: ( Score: 2, Interesting)

Except that they don't necessarily offer the superior product, just the most expensive, trendy one. This actually appeals more to those 'sociable' people the gp refers to, because, for them, social acceptance is the most important factor in every decision they make. They buy apple because their rich friends did. Often, such people aren't very intelligent when it comes to technology, or even basic concepts like reason and logic, because, frankly, they haven't had to be in order to survive.. Often, these p

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Lock in and synergy with other devices are both rational evaluations. I have a mac, Apple TV, and airplay speakers at home, so an iphone is much more functional for me than an android. Not to mention all my music is in the itunes cloud Andy current app library. For me an iphone is a rational choice because it has better features than an android because it plays nice with my other toys, and is a better price because I don't have to buy new apps.

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The irrational decision was to get locked in to iOS in the first place, and to then not switch to a Nexus 5 which is better than the current iPhone but half the price so you can re-buy all the locked-in apps anyway. If you buy Android apps you can take them with you to new devices from different manufacturers in the future, and even different operating systems as some others now support running Android code.

Also, unless you own a Mac you need to install iTunes to sync media from your computers, which is a g

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I don't know, I use Android because I must, but the iPhone and iPad seem like better products in most measurable ways. However, as Apple has always done, there are a few big gotchas. Price, closed software market, and Apple deciding what kind of apps are/are not acceptable for me. Those last two are showstoppers, I can overlook price for a better product.

I won't ignore that social factors are a big factor in Apple purchases, that's certainly true and Apple definitely uses it to their advantage.

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Keep in mind in all this, the camera is just proof of what you saw and likely remembered. It's not like goggle glass is seeing something you didn't see or recording something you couldn't remember. Of course once any like system becomes more universal, the reality of sorting through the petabytes of data generated because quite difficult and in reality just becomes an individuals proof of events especially when dealing with salespersons, government agencies, police and of course passing unruly strangers, a

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Your own link shows that your source is shit, maybe you should read it? Location tracking is considered a risky behavior, and Android apps collected MORE data, more easily than iOS apps did. Second, it's from a company trying to sell you. a service to manage apps.

Re:But. ( Score: 5, Interesting)

which is why Glass will never take off.
Consumer products are only successful if they're marketed to cool, sociable people, not loser nerds with no lives.

I'm not a creepy nerd either. I'm a middle-aged business man with a nice wife, a nice house, a reasonable car, and a reasonable job that requires me to inspect and manage engineering works in progress.

I have always obtained and used the best mobile recording tools for the job: Digital cameras as soon as they were available. Those Olympus electronic voice recorders/transcribers. I still have a Compaq Concerto tablet PC from the early '90s, The first Palm Pilot, and several later iterations of the marque. Win CE PDAs and phones. Nokia N800s. Several varieties of Android phones and tablets. If a tool saves me time, it makes me money.

If I could get a Glass, I'd be using it now. It's a tool, not a toy and will succeed or fail based on how good a tool it is.

You can call me a Glasshole if you like. I don't care, as long as it's making my job easier and better.

Re: But. ( Score: 3)

I just do a bunch of DIY around the house. Being able to record things as I take them apart or assemble them would be a huge timesaver and make it a lot easier to seek advice/share experiences.

The benefits of doing this in a chemical lab would be even greater.

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My dad is a home inspector and I was talking to him the other day about how amazing Glass would be for his job. He often has to climb into difficult spots and take pictures or movies. This would be a dream tool for him.

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Define 'loser'. If 'loser' means, "never gets to touch genitals with another", then I suppose you're right, though maybe you can explain why anyone beyond the age of 16 should care. However, if 'loser' means "get raped by family court/false DV accusations/degenerate adult-age 'highschool' drama/STDs/divorce settlements", then I'd say the celibate nerds are the winners, especially the men.

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Vibrators and fleshlights are very successful products for loser nerds.

How does spending all your money/free time trying to attract (usually) the most superficial/uninteresting members of the opposite sex make you a "winner"?

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Re:But. ( Score: 5, Insightful)

I hate replying to myself, but since we don't have a way to edit.

The ones with the cameras have the power. Governments with CCTV have power. Corporate overlords with CCTV have power.

Protesters recording police abuses have power if they record it, but if they don't record it usually they lose.

Activists recording business abuses have power when challenged since they can expose problems, but no recordings and they find themselves sued to oblivion.

Drivers in Russia with dashboard cameras have power when people jump in front of their vehicles.

When the people have the cameras, they have the power. Sadly many individuals equate cameras with power so they feel powerless when they see another individual with a camera. Just give everybody cameras, let them record everything. Power to the people, and all that.

Re:But. ( Score: 5, Insightful)

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What is the individual who records you going to do to you? Post video of you fetching your mail on the internet?

It is only a matter of time before everybody's actions get posted online, complete with geotagging and facial recognition. Curious as to what your employees were doing at 2AM last Tuesday? Just look it up!

Then you can either fire all your employees because all of them do stuff you don't like at some point, or you can decide there are better things to do with your time.

Re: ( Score: 3, Informative)

In public, I want ubiquitous recording BY THE INDIVIDUALS.

You seem to have a serious problem with understanding that what YOU want
may not be what others want.

Some people are not going to ask you politely to quit taking video of them,
they are just going to take your device and smash it. Don't believe me ?
Try taking video of a group of bikers and see how that works out for you.
( you will want to make sure your health insurance is in proper order and covers major
facial trauma before you undertake this experiment )

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I'd rather avoid people who make baseless accusations than live in a police state.. It doesn't matter who does the recording.

Black Mirror - The Entire History of You ( Score: 5, Informative)

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There is a great fun 1-hour TV show called Black Mirror - The Entire History of You which deals with what it would be like to be able to record every minute of your private life and review it at any stage. Didn't have entirely positive things to say. Worth a watch one evening - might temper your view?

Honestly, I think what has to change is our expectations. The only reason people value privacy is because we're accustomed to having it. We don't want people to see us naked, or doing things our parents might not approve of (even if they've already died of old age), and so on. And yet, everybody does that stuff (in one way or another).

Sooner or later recording and storage technology will reach a point where we just won't have a choice. Everything, everywhere will be recorded, stored forever, indexed, an

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Why would you want to peek in my bathroom window? If you want to get blind, there are easier and less painful ways.

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The biggest joke will probably be that both Google's and Baidu's glasses will probably be made in the same factory.

I wouldn't be too surprised either if the design is curiously similar.

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Except acting "rich" and "arrogant" in a Rolls Royce won't send you to the nearest hospital.

Re:But. ( Score: 4, Insightful)

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Wow. it sounds like it's the non Glass-wearing crowd who are the ones in need of a little lesson in public behaviour.

I think they get it quite right. You are not suggesting that Google should sell a GG + gun combination? Armed glassholes who give the unwashed masses a little lesson in public behaviour?

Somehow I doubt the parent was suggesting that a gunfight in a bar was the solution to somebody being annoyed about somebody else owning a camera. Maybe live and let live is a better solution? The last time I checked everybody at the local bar was carrying a cell phone camera, and I've yet to see somebody get punched in the face over it.

So. ( Score: 4, Funny)

Re: ( Score: 2, Funny)

Better a glasshole than an ihole

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NO! There's actually a much worse video that just sprung to my mind.

Thanks a bunch, was that really necessary?

If only such a list existed for cell phones ( Score: 4, Interesting)

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Please, the list for transplants is long enough as it is.

That should do it! ( Score: 5, Funny)

It's bound to fail in a society that ( Score: 2)

considers manners and politeness to be passe', and where bureaucratic rules and regulations are the norms.

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considers manners and politeness to be passe', and where bureaucratic rules and regulations are the norms.

Wait, why are we dragging Britain into this?

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Because they started it. The whole "CCTV everywhere" crap.

You mean like this? ( Score: 2)

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Did you see the Asian guy "oooh you have google glass. ".
as the comments say enjoying a nice nerdgasm.

They must be new here ( Score: 5, Insightful)

It will be used to make porn. It will be used to game casinos. It will be used to record cops. Someone will use it to case a place for a robbery. It will be used in divorces. It will be used to document various offences as decreed by Jezebel. It will be used by police to enable face recognition of people like they do licence plates.

What the fuck do they think will happen?

Glassholio ( Score: 5, Insightful)

It's very smart of Google to recognize that "Glasshole" is an inevitable slang term to be applied to some (most?) Glass users. They're trying to get ahead of the term and define it to apply to only the worst kinds of users.

Still, they face an uphill battle if they hope to create a positive public image for Glass. If only 1 in 10,000 Glass users behaves in a socially unacceptable way, that one person will be the focus of endless sensationalist news coverage.

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No. "Glasshole" is just a term created by a bunch of individuals so obsessed with themselves that they think that every Google glass user is recording them all the time when the reality is you're very likely to be an incredibly boring nobody. It's amazing how obsessive people are about their own privacy because "OMG Camera" without realising that if someone wanted to video tape them without their knowledge there's nothing they can do to prevent it. Seriously there's hundreds of small spy cam style products

Re:Glassholio ( Score: 4, Interesting)

If only 1 in 10,000 Glass users behaves in a socially unacceptable way, that one person will be the focus of endless sensationalist news coverage.

I'm pretty sure more than 1 in 10,000 iPad users behaves in a socially unacceptable way. Go to a London exhibit and you won't be able to see it because of the wall of iPads taking photos. Didn't seem to do sales any harm though.

Google being social retards ( Score: 3, Insightful)

Humorous that Google is having to tell people to not be creepy or rude. They've finally woken up to the fact that Glass is inherently antisocial, just like all those people who hover over their phones in public as they do constant texting/facebook updates/emails. If someone's gonna do that at a dinner out then they might as well have stayed at home on the bed eating dorito's and watching some mindless flick on tv.

Commonsense bottom line: If you're wearing Glass when you're supposed to be doing something social, then it should be taken off. Everyone should understand in their guts what a social gaffe it is to wear a rig that could be constantly recording while doing something in a supposedly-relaxing social situation - like a party. If they don't then they come out on the lower end of the bell-curve for empathy and on the higher end of the bell-curve for the massively socially inept.

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Only 'til they are beaten into a pulp a few times. People learn differently and at different speeds, maybe it just takes a few good punches to make them learn.

NO ( Score: 2)

If only. ( Score: 2)

George Zimmerman or Trayvon martin had been using Google Glass at the time.
Think of all the political disruption we would have avoided.

How do I get what I want, not what Google wants? ( Score: 3)

Google with their insistence on a camera-based social-media augmented-reality creepy-invasive experience is going to set back the cause of direct human-computer interaction by years.

Honestly I don't want a camera in my "glass". I want a link to something like my desktop computing resources. It's an intimate experience between me and the computer, not between my computer and the environment around me. Sure there are some cute apps you can do with the camera, but the creepy factor is going to make people as self-conscious and obvious as a Segway rider (and we know how that turned out).

When I can PAY for a device that has MY interests at heart rather than the latest data power grab by Google then I'll be interested.

Connect me with the Internet then get the fuck out of the way. I don't need you to mediate every interaction I have, not only with information from the net but with the real world around me.

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Google with their insistence on a camera-based social-media augmented-reality creepy-invasive experience is going to set back the cause of direct human-computer interaction by years.

Honestly I don't want a camera in my "glass". I want a link to something like my desktop computing resources. It's an intimate experience between me and the computer, not between my computer and the environment around me. Sure there are some cute apps you can do with the camera, but the creepy factor is going to make people as self-conscious and obvious as a Segway rider (and we know how that turned out).

When I can PAY for a device that has MY interests at heart rather than the latest data power grab by Google then I'll be interested.

Connect me with the Internet then get the fuck out of the way. I don't need you to mediate every interaction I have, not only with information from the net but with the real world around me.

If it weren't Google it would be some other company because while you don't want this functionality there are no doubt many who do.

I would like the functionality that you describe - but I have no compunction whatsoever about recording with the same device, my son playing sports, for example.

The technology is there and like any other technology there are good uses and bad.

What are hotels doing with all the data they have on guests?

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"Hotels have always kept logs on their guests, tracking previous stays, comments and complaints, even which pay-per-view movies you ordered," writes Peter Jon Lindberg of "What has changed, in this brazen new world, is the sheer amount of data that hotels now collect on guests. … A representative for a prestigious Beverly Hills hotel recalls welcoming a first-time guest to the property. 'We knew very little about her before she checked in, so we searched for her online and discovered she had a dog named Bo,' the rep says. 'When she arrived, there was a little doggy gift waiting in her room, with a note card that said "Bo misses you."' Creepy? Cute? You be the judge."

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"Cockatoos display as much self-discipline as a child of four when it comes to making 'economic' decisions that will benefit them in the future," says The Daily Telegraph. "Researchers found that the Goffin's cockatoo can resist the temptation of eating food immediately in order to receive a better reward later. … Psychologists say that such aptitude could be considered a sign of economic decision-making and is rarely found outside humans. Just a few, typically large-brained, animals have been found able to refuse an immediate snack for a bigger one for more than a minute."

"Even though Google glasses aren't even available yet, a Seattle bar has already banned them from its establishment," reports United Press International. "'For the record, The 5 Point is the first Seattle business to ban, in advance, Google Glasses. And [butt] kickings will be encouraged for violators,' Seattle's 5 Point Café said. Google is still developing the glasses, which can take pictures, videos and display directions and social conversations on the lenses, KIRO-FM Seattle said. Dave Meinert, 5 Point owner, said he wants to preserve patrons' privacy, and doesn't want his customers to be secretly videotaped. The glasses will likely be available for purchase by the end of 2013, KIRO-FM said."

Three potential pitfalls in the new Google Glass technology

Google might just be changing the world again with its Google Glass product, albeit not in the ways the company expects.

There’s been plenty of hype so far about the potentially-revolutionary new Project Glass, a device that interacts with the Internet via voice commands and turns your daily experiences into a very basic version of augmented reality.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t personally stoked about Google Glass. I think the device has a ton of potential to change the way we interact online, as well as make the Web even more present in our daily lives. It may open the Web up to new kinds of communications, expanding our digital horizons to frontiers we couldn’t have imagined even five years ago.

Still, it’s understandable there have been some naysayers to Google Glass. This device is unlike anything we’ve seen before, so there’s going to be some people out there that will push back on a game changer like this.

Do they have legitimate reasons to be concerned? Probably.

My feeling on Google Glass is that this innovation highlights how far technology has leapt past traditional social norms, as well as the laws we sometimes need to protect ourselves.

Don’t get me wrong Google Glass is a brilliant idea and will change the world. Yet we do need to critically examine this device, not just for reasons of technological curiosity, but also to ensure we allow the law to catch up to the technology.

So what are the potential pitfalls of Google Glass?

The device will make unprecedented changes to the concept of personal privacy

You don’t have to be a deep thinker on digital matters to realize the obvious about Google Glass: it is a privacy advocate’s nightmare.

The device is loaded to the gills with features that can be used (and abused) to gather a treasure trove of data about a person video recording, audio recording and photo-taking capabilities are all deeply embedded into Google Glass. The glasses also feature the ability to share content almost immediately onto social networks like Twitter or Facebook, as well as share content in a localized network with other Google Glass users.

On their own, this might not be a big deal for a younger generation used to smartphones and a culture of sharing online. This kind of culture shift has even featured people adapting to privacy needs by instituting rules about about turning off cameras and phones at parties or on spring break.

What makes Google Glass different is the issue of choice, or rather how individuals interact with the data we’ve gathered through the device.

On a smartphone like Apple’s iPhone, we can know with some certainty that a photo we take won’t be going though an Apple server unless we upload it somewhere. With Google Glass, we don’t know how the information we’ve collected will be used by Google and in what contexts. We also don’t know how much user control we’ll have over the photos we take, the video we record and the data we share.

The bottom line is this: can we trust Google to respect a user’s privacy if all the content we’re gathering with Google Glass isn’t really ‘owned‘ by us, but by Google? And even if the company gives us assurances now, in 2013, they won’t use the data without our permission, who is to say they won’t change policies ten years from now?

The line between public and private will be redefined

Here’s a potential surprise for you: there’s no laws on the books in Canada that make it illegal for someone to record video in a public space. Unlike a private establishment, like a bar or club, there’s nothing stopping a person from using a video camera to record the going-ons in a place like a park or street.

Why is this relevant to an issue like Google Glass? Because this kind of device will challenge a lot of our preconceptions about what constitutes ‘public space’ and what doesn’t.

It’s especially important given that this is only Google Glass version 1.0. We can’t predict at this point how widely used this kind of technology will be even in a few years, let alone 20 years. Because of this, people’s ideas about what happens in a public place versus a private one will have to change. Will it become normal for people to be watched by each other, all the time? This kind of Orwellian future might be scary for some, but it also begs us to have bigger debates about what kinds of laws we want to protect people from, well, each other.

We don’t know how Google’s long-term interests are being served by Google Glass

Let’s be honest about something: Google’s not releasing their glasses as a novelty item. They know, as anyone in the tech industry knows, that the future of computing is about making digital a totally immersive experience. In a few years, we’re going to have computers you can wear or even implants in the human body. Generations not yet born will find it totally normal to live their lives, so to speak, as cyborgs. Obviously, some people are going to hate this idea.

Because of this, we have to ask questions about how Google Glass will be used down the road. Will users of Google Glass be eventually exposed to advertising in the glasses themselves? Will users have to pay a fee to keep their data confidential? Will we have choices to opt-out of sharing information or not down the road?

All of these questions are important, because Google has gotten very powerful and very rich off the apparatus of advertising through search. This isn’t a policy we can expect to end any time soon.

In any event, the backlash against Google Glass has already begun in some quarters. There will be people who will hate this technology with a passion. Still, it's not going away. So we better, as a society, learn to accommodate Google Glass.

The revolution has only just begun.

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B.C. health authorities reported 357 new cases of COVID-19 today, the lowest in a single day since Feb. 16. The new cases bring the province’s overall total to 140,953. Of the new cases, 80 are in the Vancouver Coastal Health region (including Richmond), 210 in the Fraser Health region, 12 in the Island Health region, 33 in the Interior Health region and 22 in the Northern Health region. There are 4,636 active cases of COVID-19 in B.C., the lowest since early March. Of the active cases, 331 of those people are hospitalized, 113 of whom are in intensive care. To date, 2,687,360 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca-SII COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in B.C. 138,906 of those are second doses. About 58 per cent of adults age 18+ have received a first dose, and about three per cent have received two doses. Youth aged 12 to 17 are now eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine in B.C., a program which will be incorporated into the existing community vaccination clinics. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said youth should register for a vaccine, and that if a parent has an appointment booked already they can bring their 12 to 17 year old with them to be vaccinated at the same time. While youth don’t need to be registered to receive a vaccine at the same time as their parent or guardian, Henry said it is helpful to register in advance. People should inform the clinic staff if they want their teen to be vaccinated along with them, to increase efficiency. Sadly, there were three new virus-related deaths reported today, bringing that total to 1,661. Health authorities reported one new healthcare facility outbreak and declared several over. Active outbreaks continue at four long-term care, assisted living and independent living facilities and one acute care facility. Henry said in the last few months there were also several outbreaks in assisted living facilities that, while responded to appropriately by public health, were not publicly reported. These will be added to existing data, she said. For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and to find a testing centre near you: or follow @CDCofBC on Twitter. Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel

Hamas to keep finger on trigger after ceasefire, says official

A Hamas official said that Israel must end its violations in Jerusalem and address damages from the bombardment of Gaza following a ceasefire that began on Friday, warning the group still had its "hands on the trigger". "It is true the battle ends today but (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu and the whole world should know that our hands are on the trigger and we will continue to grow the capabilities of this resistance," said Ezzat El-Reshiq, a member of the Hamas political bureau. He told Reuters in Doha that the movement's demands also include protecting Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and ending the eviction of several Palestinians from their home in East Jerusalem which Reshiq described as "a red line".

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HALIFAX — The Canadian Hurricane Centre is predicting another active hurricane season this year, citing the persistence of warmer-than-average ocean temperatures. "Everything is pointing in that direction," meteorologist Bob Robichaud told the annual pre-season briefing Friday. "We're pretty confident to say it won't be as active as 2020, but it will be more active than the 30-year average." A total of 30 named storms were recorded in 2020 — the highest number on record. Robichaud said a storm brewing in the middle of the Atlantic has a 90 per cent chance of becoming the first named storm of the season within the next five days — even though the season doesn't start until June 1. By early Thursday, the storm was about 1,100 kilometres east of Bermuda. If the low-pressure system transforms into tropical storm Ana, its formation would mark the seventh consecutive year a named storm has developed ahead of the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. An average of four named storms enter the Canadian Hurricane Centre's response zone every year. "But it takes only one storm to make it a bad year," Robichaud said. Meanwhile, the U.S.-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also called for a busy season Thursday, saying there could be between 13 and 20 named storms this year, which could include between six and ten hurricanes. An average season produces about 14 tropical storms and seven hurricanes. A Category 1 hurricane produces sustained winds in excess of 119 kilometres per hour. "Hurricanes take heat that is stored in the ocean and they pump it into the atmosphere to balance the ocean temperatures," Robichaud said. "When you see warmer than average temperatures in the Atlantic . that's one of the drivers." As well, the atmospheric phenomenon known as El Niña could also play a role, he said. With an El Niña period just coming to an end, sea surface temperatures across the eastern part of the central Pacific Ocean have been cooled, which can contribute to the creation of more tropical storms over the Atlantic. American meteorologists are expecting between three and five major hurricanes to appear. The annual average is three. A major hurricane generates sustained winds at 177 km/h. On another front, Robichaud said the process for naming storms has changed for 2021, mainly because there was confusion last year when the alphabetical list was exhausted and the Greek alphabet was used. Some of the similar-sounding Greek names — like Zeta and Eta — made it difficult for people to distinguish between storms. As a result, the World Meteorological Organization drafted a permanent list of 21 supplemental names. The new list is similar to the annual list in that it uses a mix of male and female names drawn from English, French and Spanish origins. Last year, eight named storms entered the Canadian zone, but only four of them warranted bulletins from the centre, based in Dartmouth, N.S. Isaias brought heavy rainfall and power outages to southeastern Quebec in August. And on Sept. 23, 2020, post tropical storm Teddy roared ashore in eastern Nova Scotia and then trudged across southern Cape Breton. Its winds of 100 km/h caused widespread power outages — but not much damage. The 2019 season was also active, producing 18 named storms and three major hurricanes, including Dorian. That storm left a swath of devastation and death across the Bahamas — killing at least 70 people — before roaring over the Maritimes on Sept. 7-8. Its hurricane-force winds knocked out electricity in all three provinces, leaving more than 500,000 homes and businesses in the dark for up to a week while causing an estimated $140 million in damage — two-thirds of which was reported in Nova Scotia. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 20, 2021. Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press

Mortgage stress tests set to tighten in wake of Bank of Canada warnings

OTTAWA — Canadians looking to buy homes will face stiffer mortgage tests in a few days as the federal government and a national regulator tighten rules in the wake of new warnings from the central bank that households are piling on too much debt. In its latest financial system review, the Bank of Canada said many households have taken on large mortgages compared with their income, limiting their flexibility to deal with an unforeseen financial shock like the loss of a job. Total household debt has increased by four per cent since the start of the pandemic, picking up sharply since the middle of last year as the housing market started to heat up. The percentage of costly loans, defined by the bank as those more than 4.5-times a household's income, have also risen above the peaks seen five years ago when policy-makers tightened mortgage rules. The bank's report said that the activity in the housing market and troubling figures on mortgages is reminiscent of 2016 just before stress tests were brought in on mortgage applications to make sure buyers could handle payments if interest rates rose. The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions said Thursday that effective June 1, the qualifying rate on uninsured mortgages would be set at either two percentage points above the contract rate, or 5.25 per cent, whichever is greater. Hours later, the federal government, which had been pressed to follow suit, announced it would set the same standard for insured mortgages on the same day, effectively trying to prepare buyers for when interest rates rise from their current lows. “The recent and rapid rise in housing prices is squeezing middle-class Canadians across the entire country and raises concerns about the stability of the overall market," Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement accompanying the announcement. "Maintaining the health and stability of Canada’s housing market is essential to protecting middle-class families and to Canada’s broader economic recovery." In its report, the Bank of Canada said the current housing boom may help the economy rebound in the short-term, but could lead to a future bust if households have to cut spending because of another downturn. And by biting off more than they can chew with a new mortgage, governor Tiff Macklem warned it may make those households more vulnerable to rising interest rates when it comes time to renew their loans, adding it was up to Canadians and lenders to be prudent. "The current rapid increases we've seen in prices — don't expect that those will continue indefinitely," Macklem told a news conference. "Don't expect that you can pull equity out and refinance your mortgage in the future on the basis that prices are going to continue to go up like we've seen." House prices were up 23 per cent nationally relative to a year earlier, the bank said in its report. The Canadian Real Estate Association said this week that the average price of a home sold in Canada in April was just under $696,000. The bank said the surge in prices is more widespread in cities than five years ago, when things were largely concentrated in and around Toronto and Vancouver. In the bank's view, the Greater Toronto Area, Hamilton and Montreal are overheated and Ottawa is on the precipice of joining them. With house prices rising, and supply of available homes lagging demand, some homeowners may be tempted to buy now out of concern that they won't be able to afford something in the future. The Bank of Canada's hands appear to be tied on its ability to raise its trend-setting policy rate that could pour cold water on anyone wanting to buy right now. Macklem said swaths of the economy still need central bank support and the labour market needs to add some 700,000 jobs to get the employment rate to where it needs to be before rates could rise. The review of the risks to the financial system also highlighted concerns about a too-soon withdrawal of government aid for businesses. Companies are concerned about their future viability when government support ends because much remains uncertain about what post-pandemic life and economic activity will look like, the central bank said. For banks and insurance companies, the Bank of Canada said cybersecurity remains one of their top concerns. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 20, 2021. Jordan Press, The Canadian Press

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Secure building Asked why the public hasn't been notified, or why an exposure notice hasn't been issued, he replied: "Chancery Place is a secure building and all visitors must sign in and sign out when visiting the building. "Should a visitor be deemed as a close contact of a confirmed case, Public Health officials would refer to the visitor's log to contact that visitor." He did not respond to questions about whether close contacts of employees and visitors, or contacts of contacts should be made aware of the case so they know to watch for symptoms. Of the 36 confirmed cases linked to the Delta Fredericton, 10 are "direct" cases, while 26 are contacts in the community and "contacts of contacts," Macfarlane has said. He declined to say how many people are isolating as a result of the positive case at Chancery Place. 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EDMONTON — Fully vaccinated Albertans no longer have to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19 and are not showing symptoms, the province's chief medical officer of health said Thursday. "While vaccines don't erase all possibility of infection, the data shows the vaccine reduces the amount of virus in the person's body, even if someone does get infected, which further reduces the risk of transmission," said Dr. Deena Hinshaw. She also said people who have had one shot can have their isolation time reduced. Until Thursday, people were legally required to quarantine for 14 days when a close contact was confirmed to have been infected with the virus. Hinshaw said people who have been fully vaccinated for at least two weeks no longer need to isolate as long as they don't show symptoms. If that person is symptomatic they will be required to isolate and get tested. They would no longer need to quarantine if their test is negative, but if it's positive, they must isolate for 10 days after their symptoms started. Hinshaw said for those with one vaccine dose the quarantine period has been reduced to 10 days, or as long as they also don't have symptoms. Those who have a negative PCR test on Day 7 or later can be released from quarantine, but those who test positive must isolate as usual. All the other restrictions still apply to people who haven't had any vaccine and those returning from international travel, Hinshaw said. She noted that almost 51 per cent of Albertans age 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. But she stressed that public health restrictions are still in place and must be followed to keep infection rates down. "We are gaining momentum, but it is fragile and we cannot afford to take this (long) weekend off from following the rules," she said. There were 812 new COVID-19 cases reported Thursday in Alberta and four new deaths. Since the pandemic began more than a year ago, a total of 2,162 people have died from the virus in the province. Hinshaw said there were 665 people in hospital, including 177 in intensive care. She said the province is working on a centralized vaccine booking system to ease the burden on pharmacies and to help prevent abuse of the system. Alberta Health Services (AHS) said in a tweet Wednesday that it was monitoring vaccination no-shows following claims on social media that some people are booking several times to try to stop others from getting a shot. The agency said it shared the information with police and is making sure participating pharmacies are aware of the claims. "At this time, AHS is not seeing an increase in no-shows. On any given day, no-shows account for approximately one per cent of the total number booked for an immunization," it said in an emailed statement Thursday. The Alberta Pharmacists' Association said it did not have information on the matter and could not comment. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 20, 2021. Daniela Germano, The Canadian Press

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Nunavut RCMP investigating homicide death of The Grizzlies actor Emerald MacDonald

Police in Nunavut are asking the public for help in an investigation into the death of a woman in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, earlier this month. RCMP say the body of Emerald MacDonald was found at a cabin outside of the hamlet on May 3. Police have ruled her death a homicide. In a news release, police say MacDonald was last seen in Kugluktuk on April 30, as she was buying supplies to go to her family's cabin for the weekend. She then traveled by snowmobile to the cabin on Inutkoakakvik Island (Old Man Island). Police say that's where she was last seen alive. MacDonald became well known for her role in The Grizzlies, a 2018 film about a lacrosse team in Kugluktuk. The film is based on the true story of youth overcoming intergenerational trauma from residential schools, suicide and other struggles, and it was co-produced by MacDonald's sister, Stacey Aglok MacDonald. A statement on the movie's Facebook page last week said Emerald MacDonald was a "shining talent." Ben Schnetzer and Emerald MacDonald in a still from the 2018 film, The Grizzlies. (Shane Mahood/Mongrel Media) "Emerald's performance was celebrated across the country, Europe and the world, but most important to her was that she made her community proud," the statement reads. MacDonald's sister also posted a tribute to her on Facebook. "She was a fearless, brave young woman who had so much more love, joy and talent to offer. She was taken too soon, but her love and light lives on in our hearts and on our screens," wrote Stacey Aglok MacDonald. Police are asking anybody with information, or who may have seen or heard anything on the land or around MacDonald's cabin, to contact Kugluktuk RCMP at 867-982-0123, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

General overseeing vaccination campaign urges military, society to be better

OTTAWA — The military officer tapped to manage Canada's COVID-19 vaccination campaign used her first public appearance in her new role to call on the military — and Canadians, in general — to strive to be better. Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie said she was excited and honoured to have been asked to take over the job, which involving overseeing the delivery and distribution of millions of vaccine doses every week. At the same time, she said, "in these times, there are many, many things that we need to be doing within the Canadian Armed Forces and within society at large to ensure that our behaviours, our attitudes, our beliefs align with the better values of the profession, align with the values and the ethical principles that we uphold as Canadians." She went on to urge all Canadians to "make every effort to advance those efforts to ensure that we are being the best Canadians we can be in every facet of our lives." The government appointed Brodie to lead the vaccination campaign on Monday after the general who previously oversaw the effort, Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, was abruptly sidelined on Friday. Military police have since confirmed that they have been investigation an allegation of sexual misconduct involving Fortin, with the Quebec prosecution service currently deliberating on whether to lay charges. Fortin's lawyer has said that his client categorically denies any wrongdoing. Brodie has served 32 years in uniform, including stints in Croatia, Bosnia and Afghanistan, and has extensive logistics experience. She previously worked with Fortin on the vaccination campaign after he was assigned to the job in November, but had left for another job earlier this year before being enlisted to take over from him. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 20, 2021. Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press

Plan to restart B.C.'s economy as COVID restrictions ease Tuesday: premier

VICTORIA — The road map that lays out the path for British Columbia residents to get on with their post-pandemic lives will be revealed on Tuesday, says Premier John Horgan.Details will be announced of a provincial restart plan that benefits communities, residents and businesses after series of restrictions on gatherings, activities and travel since March last year, Horgan said Thursday."We're confident that the plan we'll lay out on Tuesday will be a positive one for all British Columbians, whether they are people of faith who want to get back to their temples, to their churches, to their gurdwaras, or people who want to get back onto the field and play a game," said Horgan.The province went back into health restrictions first imposed in March to slow the transmission of COVID-19 variants of concern in communities and bring down daily case counts that quickly rose above 1,000.The restrictions closed down indoor dining, adult group fitness activity, planned indoor faith services and placed limits on non-essential travel.Horgan said the restart will plot the direction ahead, but it will take time to reach the destination."All of that is just around the corner, but it has to be a slow and methodical approach," he said. "We're confident that come July we're going to be in a much better place."Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the restart plan will outline the route the province will take, but people should not expect an immediate, full-scale return to pre-pandemic days."It's not going to be everything at once," she said. "It's not going to be a light switch. It's going to be a dimmer switch."A spokesman for B.C.'s devastated tourism sector said the industry wants restrictions lifted on non-essential travel that have kept people contained to specific health authorities. "There have been a slew of cancellations to all parts of the province. There was a lot of business on the books that didn't materialize," said Walt Judas, Tourism Industry Association of B.C. chief executive officer. The non-essential travel restrictions were deeply felt by tourism operators who saw fishing, golfing and weekend getaway business dry up, he said.The tourism association wants to see provincial travel reopen next week, followed by increased interprovincial visitors and ultimately international tourists, said Judas.B.C.'s impending restart plan was raised earlier Thursday in the legislature, with the Opposition Liberals calling for a structured economic plan to help businesses survive the downturns during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Our businesses in B.C. are struggling," said interim Liberal Leader Shirley Bond. "They need certainty and what they need from this government is to finally give them a plan."B.C.'s restart plan must include set targets and timelines for businesses, she said.Economic Recovery Minister Ravi Kahlon acknowledged the hardships faced by businesses and B.C. residents and urged people to register for vaccinations and get immunized to help the province get back to normal again."People are tired," he said. "This pandemic has been hard on everyone."COVID-19 case counts in B.C. have been declining in recent weeks as immunizations increase following record-high numbers of hospitalizations and COVID-19 infections. On Thursday, there were 357 cases, the lowest number since mid-February. The Ontario government announced Thursday a three-step reopening plan set to start on the week of June 14.It said the plan to lift public health restrictions will be based on vaccination rates and other indicators.Ontario also said it planned to reopen outdoor recreational facilities on Saturday.This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 20, 2021. Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press

Quebec to force all residential swimming pools to conform to safety standards

The Quebec Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing is tightening security measures around residential pools this summer, and giving owners of older pools two years to make the necessary improvements. Until now, pools installed before November 2010 were not subject to the Residential Swimming Pool Safety Regulation. The ministry said in a statement that this change was being put in place in response to "a recommendation made by several coroners over the past few years in order to reduce the risk of children drowning." The province is giving owners a grace period to upgrade their pools. "Considering the costs associated with the installation of an enclosure, particularly for inground and semi-inground swimming pools, a two-year period is granted to the owners to bring their yard up to standard, which must be carried out no later than the 1 July, 2023." The complete rules can be found in English here. They include: All inground and semi-inground pools must be equipped with a ladder or steps. All residential swimming pools must be equipped with a protective fence of at least 1.2 meters in height on all sides. The enclosure must have a door that closes and locks automatically. In order to prevent children from climbing to gain access to the swimming pool, every device linked to its operation must be installed more than one metre from the pool wall or, as the case may be, the enclosure. A wall forming part of an enclosure must not have any opening enabling someone to enter the enclosure. A hedge or bushes may not constitute an enclosure. The government is launching a campaign to inform people of the changes in the coming months. Rules for new pools New pools installed after July 1 this summer will also need to conform to the stricter safety code unless the contract to build them was signed beforehand and the construction is planned by Oct. 1, 2021. According to the Ministry's website, "this three-month period is intended to take into account installation contracts signed before the entry into force of the Regulation and for which the work will be carried out during the summer." The stricter rules for new pools include: Chain link fences which have a mesh size of more than 30 mm must be battened. No structure or fixed equipment likely to be used to climb over the wall of a swimming pool or enclosure should be installed within one metre of the pool. No window should be situated within one metre of a pool or an enclosure, unless it is at a minimum height of three metres or its maximum opening is 10 cm.

Ontario’s COVID-19 reopening is ‘much too slow’ and timing is ‘a bit contradictory,' infectious disease doctor says

Ontario has released its plan for reopening the province and one infectious disease expert is stressing that it is great for the province to finally a plan in place, but the pace may be slower than needed.

Premier walks fine line on language as health authorities talk service mergers

Premier Blaine Higgs is walking a fine rhetorical line as he encourages the province's two regional health authorities to look at combining some services to alleviate the severe shortage of nurses at two Moncton hospitals. Higgs says he's leaving it up to the RHAs to decide what merged services might look like—a change that would almost certainly reopen the always sensitive language debate. "I don't know how it's going to be proposed at the end of the day, but I'm just excited they're working on solutions to provide the service," the premier said diplomatically Thursday morning. Higgs has long been frustrated by what he sees as duplication between Horizon Health, which operates in English, and Vitalité, which functions in French. So the recent call by New Brunswick Nurses Union president Paula Doucet to merge some services at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital and the Moncton Hospital dovetailed with his instincts. "We're trying to run these two separate hospitals with skeleton crews in both," Doucet said last week. "Why wouldn't the RHAs have a conversation to say 'which services can we put together for a period of time?'" Higgs used to speak favourably about the idea of merging the two health authorities, but since becoming premier, he's chosen his words carefully, instead calling for less overlap and more cooperation between the two. New Brunswick Nurses Union president Paula Doucet's calls to merge some services at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital and the Moncton Hospital dovetailed with Premier Blaine Higgs' instincts.(Tori Weldon) "We need to look at better ways for our two networks to complement each other," he said during one recent question period. "Not duplicate each other, not argue about who gets where when, but provide complementary services and a balanced approach to our health care system." He also said that would not mean "a threat to either health authority." Opposition denounces merger The political sensitivity of the issue, and its potential to polarize New Brunswickers, has been clear in the legislature. The Opposition Liberals, with their majority francophone caucus, has denounced any idea of merged services as a violation of the Official Languages Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. "What we are telling the premier and the entire Conservative caucus is to protect the laws and the rights of all communities in this province," said Liberal Leader Roger Melanson. He said previous Progressive Conservative leaders, who embraced language rights enthusiastically, would be "disturbed" by Higgs's comments. "There have been so many strong leaders who have built this province. Let's not destroy it over one comment by the premier," he said. Liberal leader Roger Melanson says previous Progressive Conservative leaders who embraced language rights would be ɽisturbed' by Higgs's comments.(Joe McDonald/CBC) But the People's Alliance, which says it opposes the way official bilingualism is applied, has applauded Higgs's stance. "I want to commend the premier for his willingness to look at this very concerning issue, Miramichi MLA Michelle Conroy said Thursday. Doucet said last week that nurses have been working 24-hour shifts and are facing a summer with no vacation time, two potential triggers for mass burnout after 14 months of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. She said combining some services such as obstetrics, palliative care and mental health would make it easier to schedule much-needed breaks for many nurses. Higgs took up that call. "We're all focused on a normal summer and they shouldn't be different," he said. But the premier has been careful to avoid being seen as imposing any of his ideas on the health authorities, saying he's leaving it to them to sort out what's feasible. "I understand they're having multiple meetings so they'll continue on in that regard, and I'm obviously hoping to get reports on how well it's going, and what issues they're finding and what their proposals are to deal with it," he said. "I'm not prescribing what that should look like." Higgs has also carefully skated around the suggestion of hiring unilingual nurses to fill vacant positions, which might jeopardize either authority's ability to provide bilingual service as required by law. He says he's not suggesting that bilingual hiring requirements are driving nurses away--only that it's an issue worth examining. "Is it a significant barrier or not? I've asked a pretty basic question that I still don't have an answer to," he said. "If we don't understand why someone who lives here wants to leave, how do we ever attract someone who doesn't live here to come?" Changes won't be well received by francophone community Despite the delicate phrasing, Higgs is risking a major legal and political battle, says Acadian Society president Alexandre Cédric Doucet. If any services at the Dumont hospital are merged, "that won't be very well received in the Acadian and francophone community," says Doucet, who launched an online petition against the idea that had 2,300 signatures by Thursday afternoon. He would not rule out a constitutional challenge. "All options are on the table right now." Higgs said this week he has not asked government lawyers for a legal opinion on whether services between the two health authorities can be merged. There has never been a court ruling in New Brunswick that clearly says whether hospitals fall under Section 16.1 of the Charter. It says the English and French communities in the province have "equality of status and equal rights and privileges, including the right to distinct educational institutions and such distinct cultural institutions as are necessary for the preservation and promotion of those communities." While there's no explicit reference to health care, constitutional law expert Michel Doucet says there are three reasons why a challenge would likely succeed: A 2001 New Brunswick Court of Appeal precedent said courts should apply a "broad, generous and purposive" interpretation of the Charter in language decisions. A 2001 Ontario Court of Appeal ruling found that a francophone teaching hospital threatened with closure in the Ottawa area was protected because it was "essential to the Franco-Ontarian community." While Section 16.1 doesn't mention health services, it identifies rights "including" educational and cultural rights, implying other rights also exist. In 2018 the Higgs government announced it would relax bilingual hiring requirements for ambulance paramedics to address a shortage there. But within a month it conceded that it could not legally do that and had to come up with another way to address shortages, which is what the Liberals are calling for now. Higgs however continues to call for change while avoiding being too explicit in what exactly that change should be. "I'm very focused on our health care authorities working more closely together," he said. "I don't know what that looks like but I've never been supportive of us competing with each other. … I've said for a long time that I think we can manage our resources better."

Why Palestinians say this Gaza conflict is different

Nael Mosallam's family apartment shakes from incoming Israeli airstrikes and naval barrages around Gaza City's Al Shati refugee camp on the Mediterranean coast. Hospitals are at a breaking point in the densely packed coastal enclave of Gaza, swamped with wounded of all ages, and water and power infrastructure, crippled by years of wars and blockade, is collapsing again. Trapped at home with nowhere safe to go, Mosallam, 43, is worried about what's to come in the recent escalation of fighting between Israel and Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza. The translator and comedic actor endures airstrike after airstrike while watching news on his phone about the unrest on the streets of Israel, East Jerusalem and the West Bank. In scenes unprecedented during past periods of escalating military conflict in Gaza, when civil unrest would have dissipated as fighting escalated, thousands of Palestinians are confronting Israeli soldiers at checkpoints in the occupied West Bank and protesting and rioting on the streets of Jewish-Arab Israeli cities and occupied East Jerusalem. On Tuesday, a general strike by Palestinians swept across parts of Israel and the occupied territories. Israeli security members detain a Palestinian woman at Damascus Gate just outside Jerusalem's Old City during a demonstration held by Palestinians to show solidarity amid Israel-Hamas fighting.(Ammar Awad/Reuters) Outside Israel, Palestinians in Jordan and Lebanon living in refugee camps built for those who were forced or fled from their homes during and after the 1948 Arab-Israeli war have protested at Israel's borders and rocketfire was exchanged across the Israeli-Lebanese border. "I feel like we are all in the same situation," Mosallam said. A rabbi inspects the damage inside a torched religious school in the central Israeli city of Lod last Tuesday following a night of violent confrontation between Arab and Jewish Israelis. Riots in several Israeli cities have left behind a trail of damaged schools, synagogues, cars and homes and instilled fear in residents.(Ahmad Gharbali/AFP/Getty Images) Speaking before Thursday's announcement of a ceasefire, Mosallam said he feared a repeat of the prolonged ferocity of the 2014 war, which also escalated from clashes between Palestinians and Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem but ended in a full-scale Israeli ground invasion of Gaza. That war claimed the lives of 2,251 Palestinians over seven weeks, according to the UN Human Rights Committee (Palestinian fighters have not officially claimed casualty numbers) 67 soldiers and five civilians in Israel were killed, according to the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The recent conflict, which ignited over attempts by Jewish settlers to evict several Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, has killed at least 230 Palestinians in Gaza, including 65 children, and wounded 1,710, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health, which does not break the numbers down into fighters and civilians. At least 12 civilians in Israel have been killed, including two children, and 300 wounded, according to Israeli emergency services. Mosallam says he has taken some solace in seeing Palestinians outside Gaza rise up in protest. "I've stopped feeling alone, like it's only Gaza," he said. "It feels like the people are waking up." WATCH | CBC speaks with residents of Israel and Gaza living through the conflict: Those sentiments, however, last only as long as the lull between airstrikes. When a drone strike hit his neighbour last Thursday, he felt the oxygen sucked out of his apartment in the vacuum created by the nearby exploding shell. "There was no warning," he said on a video call with CBC, the scream of Hamas rockets being fired at Israel in the background. "His mom and sister are dead." The next day, an Israeli airstrike on a three-storey apartment building down the street killed 10 members of the same family, eight children and two women. A Palestinian man inspects the damage of a six-storey building destroyed by an early-morning Israeli airstrike in Gaza City Tuesday.(Khalil Hamra/The Associated Press) ɺ unity of purpose' For Palestinian citizens of Israel and those in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, the misery Mosallam and other Gazans are enduring has pushed their own frustrations to the breaking point. "There is a unity of purpose, a unity of suffering everywhere," Husam Zomlot, 47, Palestinian ambassador to the U.K. and an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said from London. "The question is why do Palestinians have to come to the streets." A protest against Israeli airstrikes on Gaza following Friday prayers at the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem. An Israeli police raid on the compound is one of the events that precipitated the recent escalation.(Mahmoud Illean/The Associated Press) Mariam Barghouti, 27, has been witnessing the protests and clashes from her home in Ramallah, the administrative capital in the West Bank, surrounded by Israeli settlements and a wall built in the early 2000s to cut it off from Jerusalem, 15 kilometres away. "We are doing what we can on the ground. What can change is for the rest of the world to also move," said the writer and researcher as West Bank protests, which have now killed at least 12, spread. She and other advocates for Palestinian rights see anything short of sanctioning Israel as giving it tacit approval to continue the status quo. They want the U.S. and other allies to exert economic and diplomatic pressure on Israel and withhold military aid rather than issuing statements of support and condemnation such as the one Canada did earlier this week. A Palestinian woman throws a rock toward Israeli forces at the Hawara checkpoint, south of the West Bank city of Nablus, Tuesday. Protests and clashes in the occupied territory have spread and so far claimed at least 12 lives.(Majdi Mohammed/The Associated Press) "We have been hearing these statements for 25 years, and they don't do anything," she said. "They alleviate governments from their actual responsibility." Barghouti agrees with Zomlut that in this recent escalation, the differences between Palestinians living under Israeli military rule in the West Bank, those in blockaded Gaza and those living in Israel feel less stark than a shared experience of oppression. However, while agreeing with the message, she is no fan of the messenger. "Now, no one is talking about any Palestinian 𧾬tional leadership,'" she said, referring to the Fatah-dominated Palestine Liberation Organization and Hamas, the rival movements in power in the West Bank and Gaza, respectively. "Palestinians are saying, 'This hasn't worked. Maybe it's time to listen to our actual voices.'" Palestinians clash with Israeli forces at the Hawara checkpoint.(Majdi Mohammed/The Associated Press) Tired of waiting for diplomatic solution Barghouti says young Palestinians no longer see the Palestinian leadership as representing their interests, in part because, after decades in power, they have failed to secure their freedom, and have also given up waiting on Arab states or the West to intervene on their behalf. "We don't have the chance to wait for any diplomatic solution," she said. "It's a fight or flight moment, and Palestinians are choosing to fight." While Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza have lived under Israeli military rule since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, military control over Palestinians who remained in what became Israel in 1948 ended in 1966. They make up 20 per cent of the population, enjoy voting and individual legal rights but have experienced some structural discrimination when it comes to things such as land rights or policing. The 2018 Israeli nation state law makes clear that only Jews have the right to national self-determination in Israel. Rockets are launched from Gaza Strip toward Israel last Thursday. Hamas, which controls Gaza, and other Palestinian militants have launched more than 3,000 rockets at Israel in the recent round of fighting.(Hatem Moussa/The Associated Press) Aida Touma-Suleiman, 56, a Palestinian member of the Israeli parliament from the left-wing Arab-Jewish unity party Hadash, said she was stunned by the violence that broke out on the streets of her hometown of Acre and other mixed Israeli cities, such as Haifa, Lod and Ramla, where Jewish nationalists and Arab citizens have clashed and riots have left behind a trail of damaged schools, synagogues, cars and homes and instilled fear in residents. "It's just young people who are going out and confronting," she said from Acre. "They understand that the state is telling them that they are a second- or third-class citizen, an unwelcome resident." Israeli forces detain a group of Arab Israelis in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Lod after they clashed with Israeli far-right extremists. (Ahmad/Gharbali/AFP/Getty Images) Israelis stand outside a restaurant that was attacked the previous night in rioting in the Mediterranean city of Bat Yam last Thursday.(Gil-Cohen-Magen/AFP/Getty Images) Communal violence spreads in mixed cities Oren Ziv, 35, a correspondent for the left-leaning +972 Magazine covering Israel and the Occupied Territories, was one of the first journalists on the ground in Lod as violence erupted in the wake of protests over the security crackdown at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem, which was one of the events that kicked off the current round of fighting. He watched the riots spread and escalate as far-right Jewish settlers who came to the city from the West Back clashed with Palestinian residents. Two Arab residents and one Jewish man were killed. Family and friends in Moshav Hadid, Israel, mourn during the funeral Tuesday of Yigal Yehoshua, an Israeli man who died of wounds sustained during Arab-Jewish violence in the mixed city of Lod.(Ronen Zvulun/Reuters) "What I am seeing is the most-severe wave of violence between civilians that we have seen since 1948," he said on the phone from Tel Aviv. "We never saw such a thing. We know there is anger, we know there is frustration, but it takes a certain combination of things.… When I speak to [Palestinian youth in Lod], they talk about years of frustration." Mourners at the funeral of Israeli Arab Khalil Awaad and his daughter Nadine, 16, in the village of Dahmash near the Israeli city of Lod. A rocket fired from Gaza Strip hit their house and killed both.(Heidi Levine/The Associated Press) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decried the violence. "What is happening in Israel's cities over the past few days is unacceptable," he tweeted last week. "We have seen Arab rioters set fire to synagogues and vehicles and attack police officers. They are attacking peaceful and innocent citizens. This is something that we cannot accept it is anarchy.… nothing justifies the lynching of Jews by Arabs, and nothing justifies the lynching of Arabs by Jews." Omar Shakir sees the unprecedented unrest as the violent convulsions of an entrenched, unequal system. The Israel and Palestine director of Human Rights Watch authored a recent report, disputed by Israeli officials and some of Israel's allies, that accused Israel of enforcing apartheid policies in the occupied territories and within Israel. Jacob Simona stands by his burning car, destroyed during clashes between Israeli Arabs and police in the city of Lod last Tuesday.(Heidi Levine/The Associated Press) "The most-terrifying aspect, outside of the bloodshed in Gaza and the rockets being fired by Hamas authorities, has been the communal violence that has broken out inside Israel," said Shakir, who was expelled from Israel in 2019 for allegedly violating a state boycott law. "[It] underscores the reality that Human Rights Watch documented of a government policy geared across all areas of Israeli control to ensure the well-being of one people at the expense of another." The Israeli government, which called the report's claims "preposterous and false," is adamant that Palestinian citizens of Israel enjoy equal individual rights. Netanyahu has said in the past that no one in Israel is a second-class citizen. WATCH | Clashes and protests erupt in mixed Jewish-Arab cities in Israel: Politics at play on both sides Yossi Mekelberg, an associate fellow with the Middle East and North Africa program at Chatham House based in Bristol, U.K., said he's relieved his own brother in Tel Aviv has so far remained safe amid the more than 3,000 rockets Palestinian militants have fired at Israel but doesn't mince words about what he fears is happening in his home country. "Under the surface, it's bubbling to a boiling point for a while," he said. "There are some that conveniently refuse to see that, and I think the biggest wake-up call is what is happening inside Israel." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, pictured in Lod last Thursday, has decried the violence between Jews and Arabs in mixed Israeli cities, saying 'nothing justifies the lynching of Jews by Arabs, and nothing justifies the lynching of Arabs by Jews.'(Yuval Chen/Yediot Ahronot/The Associated Press) He says Hamas feels it has achieved its political objectives of showing it can act on behalf of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, "strike anywhere . and inflict suffering on Israelis." Netanyahu, who is facing corruption charges while scrambling to form a governing coalition, will, Meckelberg says, use the conflict with Hamas to hold on to power. "No one is better than Netanyahu in exploiting a situation like this," Mekelberg said. "The question is, can [Israeli society] become reflective and say, 'Is it the lack of solution that brings hate?' They might reach the exactly opposite conclusion that the other side only understands force, and we just haven't used enough force, which worries me, actually." WATCH | Calls for ceasefire increase as toll from Israeli-Hamas violence mounts: LISTEN | Analysts discuss the implications of the recent escalation of violence:

Ontario court rules deadly shootdown of Flight 752 in Iran was act of terrorism

TORONTO — An Ontario court has ruled that the Iranian military's downing of a passenger jet early last year was an intentional act of terrorism, paving the way for relatives of those killed to seek compensation from the country. In the decision, Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba found on a balance of probabilities that the missiles that shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 on Jan. 8, 2020, were fired deliberately at a time when there was no armed conflict in the area. As a result, he found it constituted an act of terrorism that would invalidate Iran's immunity against civil litigation. While the State Immunity Act protects foreign states from legal claims, the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act provides an exception in cases where the losses are caused by terrorist activity, the ruling said. More than 100 of the 176 people killed in the plane crash had ties to Canada, including 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents. The lawsuit was filed last year by four people whose loved ones were killed in the attack. Merzhad Zarei lost his 18-year-old son, Arad, while Shahin Moghaddam lost his wife, Shakiba, and their son Rossitin, the document said. Ali Gorji lost his niece Poureh and her husband Arash, who were newlyweds, it said. The fourth plaintiff, identified only as Jane Doe because she fears reprisals from Iran, had planned to be on the plane alongside her husband but couldn't get a visa in time, the ruling said. Lawyers representing the plaintiffs said the ruling is "unprecedented in Canadian law." "It is significant for the impact it will have on immediate surviving family members seeking justice," Mark Arnold and Jonah Arnold said in a statement Thursday. The suit names a number of defendants, including the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Iran was served with the claim through Global Affairs Canada in September, but failed to file a statement of defence and was found in default in December. Normally, a defendant found in default is deemed to admit the truth of the allegations made in the statement of claim, but the protections under the State Immunity Act apply even to those found in default, Belobaba wrote. The plaintiffs must therefore still satisfy the court that the case can proceed under the legally established exceptions. "The plaintiffs have established that the shooting down of Flight 752 by the defendants was an act of terrorism and constitutes 'terrorist activity' under the SIA, the JVTA and the provisions of the Criminal Code," he wrote. The judge relied on two expert reports -- one by Ralph Goodale, Canada's special adviser on the incident, and the other by the Special Rapporteur to the United Nations Human Rights Council -- in determining that the missiles were fired intentionally. He also relied on the UN report and other experts in finding there was no armed conflict in the region at the time. In the immediate aftermath of the shootdown, Iran denied responsibility but acknowledged three days later that its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard mistakenly hit the Ukrainian jetliner with two surface-to-air missiles. Preliminary reports released by Iranian authorities last year pointed to an air-defence operator who they said mistook the Boeing 737-800 for an American cruise missile. Iran's civil aviation body released a final report earlier this year that blamed "human error'' for the firing of the missiles but named no one responsible. Thursday's ruling dealt only with liability. The judge said another hearing will be held regarding compensation. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 20, 2021. Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

Bank of Canada warns Canadians need to be 'prudent' when taking on household debt

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Bank of Canada Governor Tiff Macklem warned Canadians to be "prudent" when taking on more household debt, at a time when the housing market in many cities is exploding and many Canadians are looking to spend their pandemic savings.

Caesars Palace deals Google Glass out of its game

A year before Google's futuristic-looking, computerized eyeglasses are expected to hit the market, they have been banned -- again.

A Caesars Palace casino spokesman today told Computerworld that people wearing the Google Glass technology won't be allowed in the casino.

"Gaming regulations prohibit the use of computers or recording devices by persons who are gambling," said Gary Thompson, a spokesman for Caesars, in an email. "Therefore, individuals wearing Google Glass would not be allowed to gamble. If they attempted to do so, would be subject to arrest under various state gaming regulations."

Some gamblers have long tried to use computers and recording devices to gain an unfair advantage at the gaming tables.

"There have been numerous incidents around the country in which people have used computers or cameras secreted elsewhere to keep track of cards in blackjack games," Thompson said. "When they were caught, they went to jail."

Google said every new technology generates new questions, legal and otherwise.

"It's early and we are thinking very carefully about how we design Glass. New technology always raises new issues," said a Google spokesman.

"Our Glass Explorer program, which reaches people from all walks of life, will ensure that our users become active participants in shaping the future of this technology," the spokesman added. The Glass Explorer program is an early adoper program that lets developers and others use the technology, for a price.

Caesars isn't the first business to say "no thanks" to Glass.

Seattle's 5 Points Cafe and Bar in March announced a no Google Glass policy.

In a blog post, the cafe said: "If you're one of the few who are planning on going out and spending your savings on Google Glasses -- what will for sure be a new fad for the fanny-pack wearing, never removing your bluetooth headset-wearing crowd -- plan on removing them before you enter The 5 Point. The 5 Point is officially a No Google Glass zone."

Dan Olds, an analyst at Gabriel Consulting Group, said he's not surprised that the Glass bans are starting so early.

"People see Google Glass as either an invasion of personal privacy, or even a threat to their commercial businesses," he said. "Google Glass is already prompting more thought and discussion about what's private and what isn't. While people are already routinely recorded while going about their business in public places and businesses, they've been mostly oblivious."

All of this is hitting well before Glass is ready to ship.

Late last month, Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, said Glass' general availability is still about a year away.

Meanwhile, about 8,000 Glass Explorers are expecting to begin testing the technology soon.

Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference, is set to open next week in San Francisco. Developers and members of the press are eager to see what Google executives have to say about the project, as well as to see prototypes of it.

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin, or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed . Her e-mail address is [email protected]

Sharon Gaudin is a science writer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an experienced technology reporter.

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Minisite 3, Conclusion: I spent too much time on the CSS

If there was one thing I enjoyed about this assignment, it was the JavaScript. I was able to get all the JavaScript working, the only thing my minisite is lacking is text. Which is easy to put it, but it is very time consuming. I found myself spending as much time on the HTML and CSS as I did the Javascript. I feel each assignment is taking significantly longer than the previous one. It’s like just because we’ve learned CSS and HTML doesn’t make it any faster to do, and we are still expected that part of our minisites to be quality.

The theme for my minisite was Legos. You search for legos, you register for legos, and you get lego sets as your shopping options. I made the LEGOoogle logo myself in photoshop, as I thought it worked well.

I think my downfall in this assignment was that I spent too much time on working stuff that wasn’t needed, but I thought would be interesting to implement. Since I saw a few other people posting the amount of hours they spent on this assignment, I believe I spent some where from 8-16 hours on this assignment. Not exactly sure the exact amount, but I spent 4 hours on 4 separate days. I spent too much time working on design rather than functionality.

EDITS: I fixed up the analysis page so that it actually has content now.

I could not get the search page to keep the results on the same page and look pretty, so I decided to keep it how it is and display on a new page.

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  1. Aler

    Something so is impossible

  2. Rydge

    I, sorry, but that certainly does not suit me at all. Who else can breathe?

  3. Gardalkree

    In my opinion a very interesting topic. I suggest you discuss this here or in PM.

  4. Mazukree

    What words ... phenomenal thinking, excellent

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