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Comment Re:Day late, and a dollar short as usual (Score 1) 131

Why? I don't use google, so I would have had to wait twelve or more hours to see it, instead of reading it here right now, opening a new tab, and navigating to google. I've used duckduckgo for many years, but I do think I see a difference in the logo, now that you draw my attention to it. (yawn.)

Comment Language Problem (Score 5, Insightful) 379

The release was written in Neuspeak, invented first for banks and hotels in the mid-twentieth century.

In neuspeak, "for your convenience" really means "for our profit."

"For your safety" means "For our convenience."

Neuspeak is spreading slowly to other industries, as well, but its form and syntax were perfected when used on a sign on a shuttered bank office in Sycamore, Ohio, which read: "For your convenience, this branch is closed."

Comment So Be It (Score 3, Interesting) 519

"When in the course of human events...." ads become too onerous, rebellions break out. The "consumers" of news (as if news can be "used up" somehow) are rebelling against too many and too invasive ads.

It was easier to find the information I wanted on the internet before the media companies filled all google's top spots with commercial products instead of the student/hobbyist stuff that was there before.

Comment Re:Interesting argument (Score 2, Insightful) 124

This argument looks like a copyright infringer claiming copyright doesn't exist because the music, photo, whatever passed through a computer where it was deconstructed into ones and zeros, making it data, which is not able to be copyrighted.

Like the parents-murdered who threw himself on the mercy of the court as an orphan.

IANAL, etc.

Comment Looks Great, Beware? (Score 1) 172

As the digital world quickly grows – from 4.4 zettabytes of digital data created in 2013 to an expected 44 zettabytes by 20204 – 3D XPoint technology can turn this immense amount of data into valuable information in nanoseconds. For example, retailers may use 3D XPoint technology to more quickly identify fraud detection patterns in financial transactions; healthcare researchers could process and analyze larger data sets in real time, accelerating complex tasks such as genetic analysis and disease tracking.

The final sentence quoted, I feel, should have "and government agencies seeking to search ever-larger datasets." amended.

Of course, no technological advance comes without danger of government overreach.

Comment Re:Future Shock (Score 1) 319

A thoughtful response. Organizations many times have a culture which embraces change and in other ones or times a "not invented here" psychology dominates. But I have no argument with your experience. I have no dog in this fight; I simply wanted to point out that this has been investigated in individuals before.

Comment Re:The. ignorance is strong in this one. (Score 1) 294

Part of your registration fee is a "Vehicle License Fee" [ca.gov], which is a tax on the vehicle's value. Since it is a tax (and deductible from your federal taxes), the California State Franchise Tax Board probably uses its authority to automatically take it's money from your bank account directly.

You are exactly correct. My point is not the wretched excess power granted by these laws, but the insecurity of banking when governments are deeply in debt. Read the GP with this in mind; I was supporting his point that governments have the power to remove assets from bank accounts without permission or notice.

Comment Re:The. ignorance is strong in this one. (Score 1) 294

Governments (state and federal) in the US and doubtless other places in the world as well are able to tap into bank (and credit union) accounts for various reasons.

Two years ago, I moved from California to Oregon after retirement, taking my car and bike with me; I left my banking in San Francisco for convenience (not changing automatic payments, etc.). California withdrew my registration fees directly from my bank when they were overdue (the vehicles were "garaged" in Oregon at that time). I had no recourse.

Keeping your assets in a US bank is more risky, I judge, than keeping it in your wallet.

Comment Pocket Change (Score 1) 184

...(C)lips have a metal spring. This spring can have a coupling affect and change the radiation pattern of the phone.

Pockets and purses can have coins while backpacks can have lots of metal items. It really doesn't matter, though, as the damage likely, if any, has already been done.

Comment Not a Call for Insurrection at all! (Score 5, Insightful) 174

(D)o we want to allow a means of communication between people which we cannot read? My answer to that question is: "No, we must not,"

Just ten or twenty years ago a sitting politician saying this in a "democracy" and expecting to keep his job would be unthinkable.

The reason computer chips are so small is computers don't eat much.