28 Internet acronyms every parent should know

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If you think you are tech savvy all because you know what “LOL” means, let me test your coolness.

Any idea what “IWSN” stands for in Internet slang?

It’s a declarative statement: I want sex now.

If it makes you feel any better, I had no clue, and neither did a number of women I asked about it.

Acronyms are widely popular across the Internet, especially on social media and texting apps, because, in some cases, they offer a shorthand for communication that is meant to be instant.

But the issue, especially for parents, is understanding the slang that could signal some dangerous teen behavior, such as “GNOC,'” which means “get naked on camera.”

And it certainly helps for a parent to know that “PIR” means parent in room, which could mean the teen wants to have a conversation about things that his or her mom and dad might not approve of.

Katie Greer is a national Internet safety expert who has provided Internet and technology safety training to schools, law enforcement agencies and community organizations throughout the country for more than seven years.

She says research shows that a majority of teens believe that their parents are starting to keep tabs on their online and social media lives.

“With that, acronyms can be used by kids to hide certain parts of their conversations from attentive parents,” Greer said. “Acronyms used for this purpose could potentially raise some red flags for parents.”

CNN’s Kelly Wallace talked to experts and reviewed sites to come up with a list of acronyms for parents.

But parents would drive themselves crazy, she said, if they tried to decode every text, email and post they see their teen sending or receiving.

“I’ve seen some before and it’s like ‘The Da Vinci Code,’ where only the kids hold the true meanings (and most of the time they’re fairly innocuous),” she said.

Still, if parents come across any acronyms they believe could be problematic, they should talk with their kids about them, said Greer.

But how, on earth, is a parent to keep up with all these acronyms, especially since new ones are being introduced every day?

“It’s a lot to keep track of,” Greer said. Parents can always do a Google search if they stumble upon a phrase they aren’t familiar with, but the other option is asking their children, since these phrases can have different meanings for different people.

“Asking kids not only gives you great information, but it shows that you’re paying attention and sparks the conversation around their online behaviors, which is imperative.”

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Micky Morrison, a mom of two in Islamorada, Florida, says she finds Internet acronyms “baffling, annoying and hilarious at the same time.”

She’s none too pleased that acronyms like “LOL” and “OMG” are being adopted into conversation, and already told her 12-year-old son — whom she jokingly calls “deprived,” since he does not have a phone yet — that acronym talk is not allowed in her presence.

But the issue really came to a head when her son and his adolescent friends got together and were all “ignoring one another with noses in their phones,” said Morrison, founder of BabyWeightTV.

“I announced my invention of a new acronym: ‘PYFPD.’ Put your freaking phone down.”

LOL!

But back to the serious issue at hand, below are 28 Internet acronyms, which I learned from Greer and other parents I talked with, as well as from sites such as NoSlang.com and NetLingo.com, and from Cool Mom Tech’s 99 acronyms and phrases that every parent should know.

After you read this list, you’ll likely start looking at your teen’s texts in a whole new way.

1. IWSN – I want sex now

2. GNOC – Get naked on camera

3. NIFOC – Naked in front of computer

4. PIR – Parent in room

5 CU46 – See you for sex

6. 53X – Sex

7. 9 – Parent watching

8. 99 – Parent gone

9. 1174 – Party meeting place

10. THOT – That hoe over there

11. CID – Acid (the drug)

12. Broken – Hungover from alcohol

13. 420 – Marijuana

14. POS – Parent over shoulder

15. SUGARPIC – Suggestive or erotic photo

16. KOTL – Kiss on the lips

17. (L)MIRL – Let’s meet in real life

18. PRON – Porn

19. TDTM – Talk dirty to me

20. 8 – Oral sex

21. CD9 – Parents around/Code 9

22. IPN – I’m posting naked

23. LH6 – Let’s have sex

24. WTTP – Want to trade pictures?

25. DOC – Drug of choice

26. TWD – Texting while driving

27. GYPO – Get your pants off

28. KPC– Keeping parents clueless

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‘Ambulance drone’ takes to the skies

A Belgian student is seeking sponsors to get his prototype “ambulance drone” off the ground.

The airborne medical kit can be flown to the scene of an emergency without the risk of traffic delays.

It travels at speeds of up to 100km/h (60mph).

Alec Momont says the precious minutes it saves could mean the difference between life or death.

He came up with the design while studying at Delft University of Technology.

The 23-year-old has been showing Anna Holligan the “ambulance drone” in action.

Complex jobs ‘may protect memory’

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People with mentally taxing jobs, including lawyers and graphic designers, may end up having better memory in old age, research suggests.

A study of more than 1,000 Scottish 70-year-olds found that those who had had complex jobs scored better on memory and thinking tests.

One theory is a more stimulating environment helps build up a “cognitive reserve” to help buffer the brain against age-related decline,

The research was reported in Neurology.

The team, from Heriot-Watt University, in Edinburgh, is now planning more work to look at how lifestyle and work interact to affect memory loss.

Those taking part in the study took tests designed to assess memory, processing speed and general thinking ability, as well as filling in a questionnaire about their working life.

The analysis showed that those whose jobs had required complex skills in dealing with data or people, such as management and teaching, had better scores on memory and thinking tests than those who had done less mentally intense jobs such as factory workers, bookbinders, or carpet layers.

Protective effect

To rule out that those with more complex jobs may have had higher thinking abilities in the first place, the researchers looked at scores they had achieved in the Scottish Mental Survey in 1947, when they were 11.

They found that the benefit was reduced, but there was still an association between having a mentally stimulating job, such as those including negotiation, mentoring or synthesis of data, and better cognitive ability years after retirement.

Study leader Dr Alan Gow said: “Our findings have helped to identify the kinds of job demands that preserve memory and thinking later on.”

He added it was rare for these sorts of studies to be able to account for prior ability.

“Factoring in people’s IQ at age 11 explained about 50% of the variance in thinking abilities in later life, but it did not account for all of the difference.

“That is, while it is true that people who have higher cognitive abilities are more likely to get more complex jobs, there still seems to be a small advantage gained from these complex jobs for later thinking skills.”

Brain changes

While the study did not look at biological reasons for the protective effect of certain jobs, potential explanations include that structural changes within the brain mean less damage is accumulated over time.

Dr Simon Ridley, head of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said the study added to the growing evidence about factors that affect brain health as we aged.

“Keeping the brain active throughout life could be helpful and different types of work may play a role.

“However, it’s important to note that this study points to a small and subtle association between occupation and later-life cognition rather than offering proof that people’s occupation has a direct influence.”

Projected route: How would you love an aircraft like this?

Aircraft design

DESIGNING commercial aircraft would be a whole lot easier if manufacturers didn’t have to consider the pesky customers. Take windows. They are a pain to include on a plane because they must be reinforced, as must the fuselage that houses them. That adds weight, complexity and, ultimately, expense in the form of higher fuel costs. Yet for reasons best known to them, airline passengers like to be able to look out of a porthole while zooming down the runway or flying over a mountain range.

CPI, an organisation that helps firms develop new technology, thinks it might have found an answer. It is working on a fuselage in which there are no windows. Instead, a high-resolution digital display, made up of panels running the entire length of the cabin wall, would project the image from outside the plane, captured by external cameras. This would make the plane seem as if it had one long, continuous window (see picture above). According to CPI’s blurb, the system could correct the displayed images for parallax, which would:

…increase the sensation of looking out of a window, rather than looking at a projected image. Internal tracking cameras could be used to project the image onto the screen from the point of view of the passenger- moving the image in accordance with the movements of the passenger’s head. Images would be relayed from a series of cameras mounted on the fuselage, potentially giving each display an uninterrupted view of the exterior (avoiding the wings and engines).

If the view at 30,000 feet got boring, any image would do—perhaps some mood lighting to help passengers sleep. Potentially everyone wins. Display panels are much lighter than building windows, so flying costs come down. Passengers, meanwhile, get a panoramic view rather than neckache from peeking through an oversized peephole. Even better, it will mean the end of that jealous moment when you realise that the other side of the plane is enjoying a particularly stunning view over London or the Golden Gate Bridge while you only have sky to stare at; the windowless plane can just project the same view to both sides of the aisle.

CPI reckons the technology could be included on aircraft within a decade. The big problem, Gulliver reckons, is a philosophical one. One might call it “The Matrix” conundrum. If you are flying past the Northern Lights, and the view have of them is being projected onto the cabin, can you claim to have really seen them?

Abe Lincolns everywhere

Picture a mansion on an estate that, before the Civil War, was a thriving Southern cotton plantation. Entering the lavish home is a tall, lanky, bearded man wearing a suit and a stovepipe hat. Sound familiar?

Next, another man dressed as Abraham Lincoln arrives — also tall and bearded — with the same hat. Then a third. And a fourth.
T.J. Kirkpatrick
T.J. Kirkpatrick

Yep, what we have here is an honest-to-goodness convention of Lincoln lookalikes.

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“It was certainly quirky,” said Kirkpatrick, who especially enjoyed reactions the Lincolns would get in public by people who weren’t part of the group. “They’d be surprised to see one Lincoln. Then, once they realized there were 20 more of them, it was like, ‘Oh my God!’ ”

The Lincolns were joined by other lookalikes of the same era, including women dressed as first lady Mary Todd Lincoln, complete with petticoats and huge, colorful gowns.

After arriving at the mansion at Lansdowne Plantation in Natchez, Mississippi, some of the Lincolns unbuttoned their long suit coats and sat down for dinner. Kirkpatrick photographed the group at the dining room table.

“A lot of the conversation was just them catching up about their kids and grandkids,” Kirkpatrick said. “There was this air of history hanging over the conversation because of the setting — and because of their costumes.”

Actually, Kirkpatrick gets paid to photograph the real President of the United States. As a photojournalist with White House credentials, he regularly takes news assignments that put him in the Oval Office just a few feet from President Barack Obama.
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Kirkpatrick’s trip down south was part of a larger project surrounding conventions in general.

“The idea is to look at people sort of gathering around their interests,” he explained. “When they come together — when they kind of join their flock — I find a certain honesty in those moments. I hope the pictures that I’m making reveal the community they’re creating around this particular interest.”

Kirkpatrick has photographed plenty of Civil War battle re-enactments. You might say the Lincoln convention is a geekier kind of re-enactment — for political history buffs.

“By and large they take their roles fairly seriously,” he said. “In general, everybody was in their suit and top hat for four days.” That’s commitment.

In one of Kirkpatrick’s favorite images from the shoot, an “Abe” steals a kiss from a “Mary” outside a hotel ballroom. “It’s a very human moment — a very honest interaction between husband and wife,” he said. “And it happens to be that they’re dressed as these historical characters.”
By and large they take their roles fairly seriously. In general, everybody was in their suit and top hat for four days.
T.J. Kirkpatrick

The convention came with jarring visual anachronisms.

For example, it was impossible to ignore the sight of Abe Lincoln on a cell phone. And two Lincolns using digital cameras to snap photos of each other isn’t something you see every day.

The convention also provoked stark observations. In fact, the irony of an ex-slave plantation hosting an event honoring the man who freed America’s slaves wasn’t lost on Kirkpatrick.

“They had a little patch of cotton on the property where people who go on tours can actually pick cotton,” Kirkpatrick said. Some of the re-enactors decided to try it.

“It was weird seeing a bunch of Lincolns gathered around picking cotton,” he said.

Also during the plantation tour, one conventioneer — portraying African-American abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass — commented about the trees in the area.

“I wonder if anyone was ever hung from these branches. These trees could tell some stories,” Kirkpatrick recalled the man saying.

The comment, Kirkpatrick said, “gave a broader context to this gathering — that there was so much history that gets ignored or brushed under the table when we see a person portraying Lincoln … or we go to a Civil War re-enactment. It’s a very thin slice of the reality of those people’s lives at that time.”

“It wasn’t a morbid observation, I think it was a very honest one,” Kirkpatrick said. “There’s a lot that we don’t know, that doesn’t get talked about — certainly from that time period — that should be.

Is it time for a new Google mission statement?

After 14 years, Larry Page has confessed to the Financial Times that Google “probably does need” a new mission statement. Back in 1999, Google came up with “ten things we know to be true” that defined the then-little Silicon Valley start-up. So here are some suggested tweaks to make the Google’s original mission statement more relevant in 2014.

Ten things we still know to be true.

  1. Original mission: Focus on the user and all else will follow

Tweak: Follow the user and all else will come into focus
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Google, of course, relies on knowing everything about its user to make money. Its “free” service isn’t really free for us, since Google has become the preeminent “big data” company, mining our personal information to sell advertising. Indeed, as former Google CEO Eric Schmidt boasted, Google follows us so closely that it not only knows where we’ve been, but also where we are going.

  1. Original mission: It’s best to do one thing really, really well

Tweak: It’s best to do many, many things really, really well
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Google started as just another search engine. But today, the $372 billion leviathan, one of the world’s three most valuable companies, not only dominates the world’s advertising industry, but is also increasingly powerful in the publishing, movie, automotive, education and mapping industries. Google does many, many things really, really well. So well, indeed, that the company has grabbed the attention of anti-trust regulators in Washington DC and Brussels.

  1. Original Mission: Fast is better than slow

Tweak: Fast is worse than slow

As the Internet critic Nicholas Carr famously asked: “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” In his 2011 Pulitzer Prize nominated best-seller, The Shallows, Carr concluded that yes, Google is indeed making us stupid. It is shortening our attention spans and making us more and more reliant on links. Through Internet companies like Google, Carr says, we have become information skimmers, snacking continually on unedifying links and other superficial content.

  1. Original Mission: Democracy on the web works

Tweak: Democracy on the web doesn’t work

Last week, UK spy chief Robert Hannigan said that terrorist groups like ISIS are exploiting the web to successfully peddle their radically anti-democratic message. Describing social media as “a terrorist’s command-and-control network of choice,” Hannigan warned that unless companies like Google actively cooperate with security services, the web will become an increasingly effective bastion for anti-democratic forces and messages.

  1. Original Mission: You don’t need to be at your desk to need an answer

Tweak: You don’t need to be at your desk or in your car or at a café or in bed to need an answer

Google, of course, now has many, many more ways of following users than its traditional search engine. From Google Glass to Google self-driving cars, the view from the Googleplex is increasingly ubiquitous. Wherever we are, Google is coming up with devices to track our behavior. The desk is so 1999. Today, Google is transforming the whole world into a desktop environment where all our movements and thoughts can be tracked and analyzed wherever we are — from our cars to our bedrooms.

  1. Original Mission: You can make money without doing evil

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Okay. So Google isn’t any more evil than Exxon, General Motors or Raytheon. But it isn’t morally better either. Google was founded on the hubristic notion that one could simultaneously become very rich and do good. But this, of course, is the ultimate Silicon Valley conceit. Ten years on from its original mission statement, Google has emerged as one of the most powerful and profitable multinational corporations in the world. Its mission is making money for its shareholders, not improving the world. Rather than a public service, Google is — with Apple — the most successful for-profit company in today’s global capitalist system.

  1. Original Mission: There’s always more information out there

Tweak: There’s always more and more information out there

See #5

  1. Original Mission: The need for information crosses all borders

Tweak: The need for information crosses all borders (except China, Russia and Iran)

For a mixture of idealistic and self-interested reasons, Google has branded itself as the information platform for the world. But, of course, the world isn’t a United Nations-style high school project and countries like Russia, China and Iran are increasingly making it hard for its citizens to use Google. Indeed, this is Google’s greatest challenge in its second decade: how to compete against state-supported search companies like Baidu and Yandex.

  1. Original mission: You can be serious without a suit

Tweak: You can be serious with a suit

One of Google’s most remarkable accomplishments over the last 14 years has been to disrupt traditional corporate culture. Disruption now is business orthodoxy. Everyone — from IBM to Ford — wants to “do a Google” and disrupt entire industries. The Google way — of encouraging play and creativity — has become the new corporate conformity. If you want to rebel these days: wear a suit. Everyone else is trying to look like Larry Page.

  1. Original Mission: Great just isn’t good enough

Tweak: Google just isn’t good enough

Google was originally conceived as a way of reinventing the world. “Ultimately, our constant dissatisfaction with the ways things are becomes the driving force behind everything we do,” the company wrote in 1999. But today, Google has become the standard operating system for the world – the way things are. Its real challenge over the next 14 years is to convince its billions of users that we can trust a company that relies on mining our personal data for its massive profits. Currently, Google just isn’t good enough. Let’s hope by 2029, this will have changed.

What is Succcess?

I’ll bet that you want to be successful, in fact I’d also wager that you’ve spent a lot of time asking yourself;
how can I be successful?
What is success?
How can I achieve these dreams that I have within myself?
If these are thoughts that have gone through your mind, I want to begin by congratulating you, because you have a restlessness and a potential that says to me that you have not achieved your maximum success and probably you have not yet reached your maximum potential.
So let’s talk about success, the most common mistake most people make and I used to be part of these people was to think that success was a destination. So I constantly asked “how can I be successful?” ” How can I achieve success?” “how can I arrive at my preferred phase of success” But asking these questions only implied that I saw success as a destination.
Like I am here, somewhere, and success is out there, somewhere, and I’m trying to get to it and over time I suppose if I do the right thing I’d get there. I was wrong, and I want you to know if you think like this you’re wrong.
Success is not a destination, it’s a journey. It’s a process, it’s you right now, you tomorrow, you everyday. Let me illustrate it this way, if you go to the university, you work hard, study, do all you’re expected to do for four to six years depending on what you want to study, eventually you’d graduate.
It comes, the day of graduation, you’re all excited, your friends and family are there and your class mates and you know there’d come a time when you’re going to walk the way and shake some persons and they’d hand you the diploma and you’d cross to the other side, your people waiting for you. You’d take pictures and theyd say “Congratulations, you’re a college graduate!” “you’re a success”.
Now, my friend, you didn’t become a success the day of your graduation, you didn’t become a graduate of law, IT, accounting and sorts the day you got handed your diploma. The diploma is a recognition of what you’ve done for the past 4-5 years.
You were a success the day you got admitted, you were a success your freshman’s year when you decided not to drop out of school, you were a success when you studied for a test, you were a success when you did a project or a writing assignment.
You see, you were a success everyday, success is a daily thing not a destination thing. The day you got the diploma you just got recognised for the success you already were. Now that’s very essential, because so many times I’ve seen that people have the tendency to devalue the moment TODAY!. What they do is they greatly value the destination, so they say “when I get there…” or some even say “if I arrive there…” or “when I accomplish this…” and they don’t understand that success is a daily thing.
I want to share with you that success is a daily thing, and your success is determined by your daily agenda. I want you to understand that you make decisions and you manage the decisions you make.
My next post would be on how to make a decision and manage it.
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