I would not use tape, might get gunk all over the 
lens. A mini post it would work nicely and not 
prohibit use of the cam at a later date.
If one reads the court filing carefully, one can 
see that there could be significant case law 
resulting. But, it will never get to trial, most 
likely, and then, therefore, not really help to 
define parameters of the use of such 
software/hardware/ I suspect it would have 
implications for the general work place as well.

I strongly agree with Bill. There are a number of 
specialized applications and processes that could 
be quite effective in locating stolen property. 
We were solicited by one firm that really had a 
great product/process. If we actually let 
computers out of the building it would have been 
a very good investment. But, web cam photos would 
not normally yield useful information.

But, the court will likely never see this other 
than to sign off on the settlement agreement.


At 02:18 PM 2/19/2010, you wrote:
>You have probably all seen this by now:
>I grew up right around the corner..
>Seems pretty stupid – if a laptop WERE stolen, 
>how does a webcam help ? And couldn’t a thief put tape oer the webcam ?
>Bill Clark
>Austine School
>From: School Information Technology Discussion 
>[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Stephen Barner
>Sent: Friday, February 19, 2010 1:16 PM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: Thoughts
>Some of life's thorniest problems can be easily 
>addressed with a strategically placed piece of tape.
>Steve Barner
>South Burlington High School
>From: School Information Technology Discussion 
>[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of [log in to unmask]
>Sent: Friday, February 19, 2010 10:13 AM
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Re: Thoughts
>My 7/8 grade students and I were discussing this 
>yesterday.  That hackers might have the ability 
>to take over webcams, it was an interesting 
>discussion.  Now, it's not so far fetched.  So 
>we have a new internet issue simular to sexting, 
>but a lot more invasive.   Something to add to the internet safety curriculum.
>On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 6:08 PM, Rick Hege 
><<mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>At the risk of defaming those who contract for 
>my services, I must say that the following post 
>is in no way approved by them. However, being 
>entirely independent, and, therefore, not in a 
>position to have to defend educational policy I 
>submit the following for intellectual purposes only.
>Being on the down side of old and a teenager 
>during the Nixon administration, this type of 
>thing bothers me a great deal. Yes, I try to 
>interject a bit of that experience into 
>elementary ed, very carefully. But, at what 
>point did education become Big Brother?
>And, while the Feds expect the schools to be 
>responsible for everything the children do, 
>ever, on computers, what will it take for 
>education to stand up and say, "No more!"
>But, I knew this day was coming 15 years ago 
>when I was rearing my own children. They were 
>warned. That is why the article was sent to me by one of them.
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