This is a thorn in my side beyond the PaypalDonate? pleading out there.
Time and again I'm quite willing to spare a dollar or ten on a product or service, or even simply hand it out, but I don't have a means. I'm not signing up for $stupidshit or supporting $IoTcloudshit service or announcing the details of my private transaction to every fucking ear that wants to harvest it for a penny.
I'll probably resort to cash-bought prepaid cards. With bills not obtained from a bank/ATM, if I'm in the mood to act on sheer fucking principle.. Or hell, maybe bitcoins will catch on.
Deliberately giving it to public access then whining when it's accessed is bullshit.
[X] Because terrorists
[_] Because think of the children
[_] Because infringement
Like, a druglord pedorist selling illegal DVDs of terrible movies. Who kicks puppies even before you can.
And that's why I didn't need a warrant, Your Honor.
Thoughtproperty doesn't need "desire" in the equation to populate.
This reality will only become more evident as time passes, not counting the leaps that new techs cause.
Of-fucking-course they game the system. "Fear of reprisal" isn't even a core symptom.
Big businesses can soak it, but they're also better poised to just outsource/automate as we inch one more tick on "Human labor costs too much."
And it'll keep ticking. I won't waste emotions lamenting it, it's inevitable. We can't uninvent automation. I also accept that businesses are meant to act in their own interest, but meanwhile the money circulates less and less.
Much less. Your paycheck doesn't go to plebs, it flows upwards. You pay bills to phone companies, you pay car dealerships and bank mortages, you pay insurance/hospitals, and nothing flows down. You think the walmart portion trickles down to Joe? Nope. His job exists because it's an upward flow as well. Wealth is concentrating harder than diamonds and it's going to get worse before it gets worser.
I don't recommend trying to resculpt immutable facts (eg businesses will never hire money sinks); we'll need to adapt our world around them. But no one seems to know how, not plausibly.
Nothing contrary here, just highlighting a thought not mentioned yet. To me (local district's IT dept) the takeaway is that whatever the tastes or capabilities of 1,000 students, it's only a matter of time 'till someone finds a workaround. And because knowledge is a contagion (looking at you, thoughtpurchases) everyone is quickly infected and everyone knows. If the workaround is slow, difficult, tedious, harmless, ignore it. Otherwise, tick one more point on your Whackamole card and do a fix.
Remember the Satoshi Nakamoto story? It felt straight out of fiction, almost trope: A well-tuned, global, controversial technology is developed by an unknown genius, a reclusive hermit. All we need is some kid to stumble upon a series of events that start revealing The Hidden Secret of Nakamoto's creation.
The Truth of BTC would probably involve supercomputer architecture built on human brain mapping. Or it's powered by brain jars. I dunno. There will be a girl in a box (see trope) at some point. Or possibly a bio-pod-cylinder-tank thing. The villain's Order will also be following the same trail (his banking companies are dying as the UN or whatever start switching to BTC). There will be guns and tacticool black OPs armor and at some point a lab will explode. The hero's parents are dead - no wait, missing for reasons unknown! - and s/he lives with an unc- no, an aunt. Passive, uninteresting aunt with little story pertinence. Allows exposition to warm up at Anyschool High in sleepy Anytown, which has That Weird Science-Building Complex owned by Undisclosed Person on the edge of town.
Samantha has three-hop ties to KNOWN TERRORIST GROUPS. Certain liberties must be compromised in order for us to protect you from the Samanthas out there.
Actually, isn't the area full of waiters and dishwashers having a go?
That sounds like a much better way to spend his life.