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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

WhatHump Re:Obama is but a puppet (236 comments)

You are assuming that capitalism would survive and there would still be "rich" and "poor" people. At some point the economy will start to shrink because there are not enough people earning enough money to buy more than just essentials (e.g., cars, trips, consumer electronics). Once automation displaces enough workers, discretionary spending would plummet, taking with it any company that depends upon it. That would lead to more unemployment and even less discretionary spending, reducing corporate earnings and dividends/capital gains for the upper class. The economy craters, much like the Great Depression, throwing millions out on to the street, including members of the middle class whose taxes support the state. Where is the state going to find money to run these three letter agencies if no one is paying taxes? The rich? They would have abandoned the state long before that, forming their own feudal territories in an attempt to protect themselves from the roaming hoard of hungry and desperate peasants. I believe society will have to find some alternate approach to capitalism. I'm not sure what that is, but I do believe it is coming in our children's lifetime.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

WhatHump Not Apps But Features (471 comments)

- Waterproof to 30m
- Seven day battery life
- Ability to do basic functions when away from a phone (date/time, calendar, GPS tracking, pulse monitor), with an auto sync function as soon as you are back in range
- $100 price point
 

about a month ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

WhatHump Re:Lots of reactionary comments here (730 comments)

... I predict that in the not too distant future, things will flip-flop with phones: The thing on your wrist will provide the connectivity for the other devices you carry.

The engineering challenge will be to come up with a battery small enough to fit in a watch, that can power all the functionality of a phone.

about a month ago
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Apple Denies Systems Breach In Photo Leak

WhatHump Re:At the risk of blaming the victim... (311 comments)

What if it's not intimate photos? What if you have a bad day and type out a rant about your employer or the government in a document on your PC, and it gets auto-sync'd to the cloud? Most of my family and friends who mentioned this issue had no idea that when they checked the "backup" option on their phone, that it was copying EVERYTHING to a cloud server. They're just not that technically-literate.

about a month and a half ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

WhatHump Re:A bit less than 10 years ago (848 comments)

...but as a Canadian (and ex European) I look to the US for leadership on the world stage, as the only remaining superpower. Despite all the problems with US foreign policy, the alternatives to US primacy are all far worse.

Look elsewhere. I too am Canadian and my father grew up in Ukraine and barely survived Stalin's reign of terror. The US is entering a period of isolationism after the debacle in Iraq, and they don't have the stomach to confront Russia. And any tussle between those two nations will result in the global economy shitting itself big time. Russia will get eastern Ukraine with its agriculture and access to Crimea and the Black Sea, and Europe will get a frightened and bankrupt remainder in Western Ukraine.

about 2 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

WhatHump Re:"I consider this an invasion." (848 comments)

Yeah but there is a large number of ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine and many are sympathetic to Putin. I predict the country will be partitioned: Western Ukraine will align itself with Europe and be fast-tracked for NATO membership, and Eastern Ukraine will fall under Russian control.

about 2 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

WhatHump Re:Baltics are next if the West fails to respond (848 comments)

I would think Putin would continue south rather than tack north. Moldova would be the next candidate. Then maybe Bulgaria and / or Romania.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Confessions

WhatHump Re:I wonder when... (234 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

WhatHump Cataract Surgery in My Future (550 comments)

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.

about 3 months ago
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Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

WhatHump Re:It's already going on... (353 comments)

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 3 months ago
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Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

WhatHump Re:Overreach as a bug, not a feature (248 comments)

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.

about 4 months ago
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Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

WhatHump Re:Overreach as a bug, not a feature (248 comments)

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.

about 4 months ago
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The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

WhatHump Re:Uh-oh (186 comments)

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.

about 4 months ago
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Fixing China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Them

WhatHump Markets Don't Make Rules, Congress Does (322 comments)

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.

about 4 months ago
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UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

WhatHump Re:Maybe forr once they really have to keep it sec (240 comments)

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.

about 4 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

WhatHump Re:Nope. (355 comments)

Or keep an old router and use it as the "access point" for all these devices.

about 5 months ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

WhatHump That will never happen (423 comments)

Because it's the right thing to do. And heaven forbid we do the right thing. That could lead to a "gasp" functioning government.

about 6 months ago
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Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

WhatHump Re:Outrage fatigue (230 comments)

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.

about 6 months ago
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Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

WhatHump Re:Huh? (257 comments)

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.

about 6 months ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

WhatHump Re:Where are the farmers? (987 comments)

grow wheat in the Sahara...

You'd better bring lots of fertilizer

about 7 months ago

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Dolby Laboratories founder, Ray Dolby, dies

WhatHump WhatHump writes  |  about a year ago

WhatHump (951645) writes "Ray Dolby, an American inventor and audio pioneer who founded Dolby Laboratories, has died at the age of 80.

The company said Thursday that Dolby died in his home at San Francisco. He had been living with Alzheimer's disease for several years and was diagnosed with acute leukemia this summer."

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