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Comment: Re:I wouldn't call that a "surveillence society" (Score 1) 98

by Opportunist (#49501915) Attached to: The Upsides of a Surveillance Society

In 1984, people also weren't always under observation by their telescreen. Actually, they almost never were. What made them "behave" was simply that they didn'T know when they would be.

So just not having a camera "trained on you" every second of your life doesn't make the total surveillance any less invasive. When you cannot tell whether you have privacy, you have none.

Comment: Re:Scientific American begs to differ (Score 1, Insightful) 201

by ColdWetDog (#49500353) Attached to: Can High Intelligence Be a Burden Rather Than a Boon?

What is 'general intelligence'? (Anything like Colonel Panic?)

Yes, if you can't read, can't figure out a bus schedule you are in a world of hurt in this society. It does not follow that being able to understand calculus gives you peace, happiness and longevity. There is going to be some broad mean that societal requirements dictate that you need. Other than than, you are at the mercy of lots of other vagaries of life.

Comment: 'bout time! (Score 1) 106

by Opportunist (#49500259) Attached to: Twitter Moves Non-US Accounts To Ireland, and Away From the NSA

The NSA should pay for the information just like everyone else who wants it! A national security letter must not be the crowbar to getting for free what others have to shell out quite a bit of money for. Security and all that, ok, but there's money to be made and a business model to protect!

Huh? Oh, I mean, we protect our customer's privacy! That's the reason!

Comment: Re:Pioneers get arrows in back (Score 1) 122

Its a bad idea, full stop. Its a watch that requires a phone to be of any real value....at a time when most under 30 look upon a watch as a throwback to the days of disco.

Both of my boys are in their early 20s, neither have owned a watch...why? Because they have been surrounded by things with clocks built in since birth, that's why. I work less than a mile from the local college so I work around college kids all day...damned near zero watches, why? They already have a smartphone AND a tablet AND a laptop AND a clock in their cars....WTF they need a watch for? Hell I'm nearly 50 and haven't worn a watch in over a decade, the wife is 7 years older than me and doesn't even own one, that is what the phone in her pocket is for.

It just shows IMHO that Apple has run out of ideas as all the previous hits of the past decade plus, iPhone,iPad,iPod,etc were all things that people already used and had uses for that had bad UIs, the watch? The few people I know who refuse to let go of their watches are traditionalists that value things like Swiss movements and have NO desire to add high tech crap to their wrist, the rest? Well as one group of college kids in the shop said when the first talk of iWatches came up "If I have to have my phone...what do I need the watch for?". I couldn't think of an answer then other than "to give something for Apple to sell to hardcore fanboys" and I still can't come up with anything else, as for an ever growing segment of the population a watch belongs next to a rotary phone in the dustbin of history.

Comment: Re:Did they mention the yummy GMOs (Score 1) 282

by hairyfeet (#49499469) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

Look at the circletimessquare account history....its a corp account designed to derail threads, the current clients appear to be Monsanto and any of the oil corps. It goes dead for months,then the "poster" cops a superior attitude and spams if any of the above are the headline (at last count "he" is up to nearly a dozen on this thread) while at almost the same instant a wall of ACs join in to heckle anybody that disagrees.

You might want to look up "how corporations control social media" and you'll see its following the plan to the letter, have 1 account to speak "from authority" on the subject while a wall of ACs parrot agreement while heckling those that disagree, thus causing the majority to go along for fear of being the minority. Its classic psychology 101 stuff.

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