top Comcast Confessions
I can't speak for Comcast, being Canadian, but Rogers (my ISP and cable provider) has been calling me a couple of times each year. They thank me for being a customer and then start in with a pitch on how much I can "save" if I increase my internet service level or add more services to my bundle. Bell Canada (my phone provider) does the same. My wife hates it so much she screens all calls through the answering machine.
top Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
In my last eye exam the optometrist noted my corneas are starting to show signs of cataracts. Given my family history (both parents have had surgery for cataracts), I'll probably need corrective surgery within 10 years. I'm hoping that when it comes time to do it I can get intraocular lenses (IOLs) to fix my vision. Since I can get through the day without glasses and only really need them for reading, I've never given laser surgery much thought.
top Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies
I agree...IF the insurance company publicly discloses what it deems is a "good" driver versus a "bad" driver (e.g., stays within xkm/h of the speed limit, makes % mistakes per month like failing to signal), and IF they provide me with every piece of data they collect so I can do my own verification. Otherwise, no way! If I can't audit it, I won't agree to it.
about a month and a half ago
top Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index
People in power would benefit. China suppresses information on the Tiannamen Square protests. A politician would benefit from hiding a scandal or criminal record. "Knowledge is power" but so is the suppression of knowledge.
top Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index
Does this mean that all websites need to obey all nations' laws at once?
No, it means that all websites have to tailor their content to the location of the viewer. There are lots of nations that have restrictions on internet content. I do not agree with this, as it destroys the open and global nature of the internet. However, there is no utopia, the world is a messy place, filled with politics and agendas, and the powers that be will break the internet to suit their needs.
top The Nightmare On Connected Home Street
Ever had a break-in at your home? How did you feel? Violated? Even if nothing of value was taken your sense of security is diminished. This is what an average person will feel when their "connected" home is breached. There are asshats who will do this for a thrill, or to get back at a neighbour for a real or perceived slight.
top Fixing China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Them
I agree Paul Krugman is a expert in economics. However, he is completely ignoring the role of politics in his solution. Does he think big corporations like Wal-Mart, who profit handsomely from the flow of cheap goods from China, is going to allow such tariffs to be implemented? Is he oblivious to the existence of lobbyists? Sorry, but I've become very cynical in my middle age. In terms of slowing the effects of climate change by reducing fossil fuel emissions, I think we are done. Collectively we are too stupid to see we are shitting where we sleep. Now it is all about surviving the coming climate catastrophe. Unless we begin a massive program to look at alternative agricultural methods (giant greenhouse domes?) millions will starve to death as today's fertile land turns to desert or bog.
top UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret
Then why bother announcing there is a trial? If it needs to be that secret, throw a gag order over the whole damn case. Why tease the public by saying "we caught some bad guys, but you're not smart enough to deal with it like we are"? I hate the idea of secret trials but I also live in the real world and know that sometimes the government has to work in the shadows.
top Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses
Or keep an old router and use it as the "access point" for all these devices.
top Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings
Because it's the right thing to do. And heaven forbid we do the right thing. That could lead to a "gasp" functioning government.
top Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers
No, it's because most people only get outraged when something bad impacts them (or their loved ones) directly. And by then it's too late to be outraged, because you're too busy trying to recover and protect yourself against further damage.
top Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression
Other physical ailments can look like depression. It's important to rule out something like low iron/B12 levels, which can result in extreme fatigue and make someone feel like every activity is equivalent to climbing a mountain.
top UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming
grow wheat in the Sahara...
You'd better bring lots of fertilizer
top Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories
Because sometimes even the vaccinated get the disease.
top Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity
When I told my parents I was getting married, they painted an optimistic picture of my future: a happy family life, with my children growing up in a prosperous society. I believed it, because it seemed to be true. Now I have two teenage daughters and I advise them to not have children and prepare for a tough and frugal future. I believe it, because it seems to be true. How far we have fallen in one generation.
top Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots
What if you have no choice but to use their router? I tried using my own but the modem portion of the ISP's modem/router wouldn't play nice with it, and kept hanging my router several times a day. I checked on-line and customers of their competitor have the same complaint. Even though I'm in IT and fairly comfortable with the technology, I don't have hours of spare time to try to find my own compatible DOCSIS 3.0 modem and router that will work with it. So, bottom line, the ISP wins, and I end up renting their POS hardware.
top Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
Dumb question: why did you buy Slashdot in the first place if you think the web site is in need of a major makeover? Answer: it wasn't about the web site - it was about what you call the "audience", or what we call the "community". It's all about advertising dollars. We get it - we're not fools. We know the business model. But a word of caution to you: "communities" can be very mobile on the internet. Just ask MySpace. Push the beta on the "community" and you will be left with a web site and a bunch of blank slots where advertising once was. We will find somewhere else to go. After all, we all found this site at one time or another.
top Satya Nadella Named Microsoft CEO
Hasn't that been the strategy at most companies for the last decade? Other than a few sensations like Apple, most companies have been successful at slashing costs through outsourcing and downsizing, rather than spectacular innovations.
top Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay
The government can collect and store digital information about me. But it must be stored in an secured and encrypted repository with access controls that are fully auditable (e.g., who looked at it, when and why), and every piece of data is tagged with its source and collection method (e.g., intercepted in transit between client and server, scraped from a web page, provided by an ISP). Then when the government wants to search my digital information for signs of criminal activity, they go before a judge and ask for a warrant, just like any other warrant for a physical search. And when it's granted and executed, I (and my lawyer) get a copy of the warrant, a list of the data retrieved and the metadata, and a copy of the audit logs up to and including the search that was conducted. Oh, and no gag orders on the warrants. Think the government will go for that? Think they'll give up their "super-secret tools" to appease us voters?
top Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?
And how will those nuclear weapons be delivered to their target without chemical energy? Do we strap them to swallows? Yes, I know that missiles can run on liquid hydrogen/oxygen propulsion, but I think most modern missiles use chemical propellants.
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