I really don't know. Maybe some sex line operator can inform you? Given their abundance, I think enough people like to be fooled.
What is more scary is that this can be used on people who just don't know any better and react to instincts. In other words: babies. Would a baby accept a robot nanny as its mum in the future?
China is requiring Microsoft and Nokia to make promises on fair patent use
I think a few brain cells just exploded. What can possibly be fair about an extortion permit?
Webmail loads slower?
Not that I am aware of. From the summary:
the Start menu will return to Windows sometime in the coming months
It appears that they tested it on a really slow computer. On my computer, the start menu appears just after I have clicked the button...
Note that the cable might be ethernet,
So there's your attack vector. Note that you may heavily encrypt the output of all the input devices, but with your own device drivers or added hardware there is little you can do about replaying the input signals themselves. Or from "swallowing" the cards and transmitting all the PIN codes.