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Comment Re:For an alternative (Score 2) 581

But when someone wants to kick the soapbox out from under you and sell it for a profit because you have used it to attract a lot of attention there is no problem at all?

If you want your own soapbox, then buy your own soapbox. You seem to be writing about someone else’s soapbox, to which you have no actual right.

Comment Re:On the heels of the recent eBay data breach... (Score 1) 76

It exists. It's called a credit card

Ah, yes, a credit card, which I'll give to yet another vendor, which will then be responsible for securing my account data. That's certainly one idea, but I prefer to make my financial data readily available to as few vendors as possible. I much prefer to allow a trusted third party to take responsibility for assuring that my account data is protected— fewer potential points of risk, not more.

Comment Re:Books aren't special (Score 1) 211

affect: to act on; produce an effect or change
effect: to produce as an effect; bring about; accomplish; make happen

If you had bothered to read the definitions you referenced before posting the links, you would have realized that as defined, the first is a verb; the second, a noun.

If you'd bothered to read the links the AC posted (or, y'know, cracked open a dictionary sometime), you'd know that you're actually wrong. To be more specific:

effect
verb (used with object)
to produce as an effect; bring about; accomplish; make happen

It would appear that reading really is fundamental.

Comment Re:That's too bad (Score 1) 107

It's all faux outrage for political expediency.

Absolutely. German politicos don't really care about this, because the existence of this particular type of spying is something they've always understood. For decades, all diplomats everywhere, if wise, have made the presumption that their unsecured lines are under surveillance by any number of different nations. The only reason they're pretending to care is because their naïve constituents apparently didn't know. They can't simply let the rabble go unanswered.

Comment Re:So when will the taxi drivers start protesting? (Score 1) 583

An example: The train you're on is running 30 minutes late, and you need a cab to get you to the day's last ferry, or you will have to wait until morning. That's when you'll really appreciate what a skilled cabdriver can do for you.

I fully understand what you mean by "skilled cabdriver." I have to walk/drive on the same roads as the aforementioned "skilled cabdrivers," and thus I direct you back to my previous post.

Comment Re:So when will the taxi drivers start protesting? (Score 2) 583

I have a perfect record getting people to the stations, sometimes needing to cut off a departing bus, or running up to a train to keep the doors from closing. An autonomous cab cannot do that (yet?).

God, I hope not. What the world really needs is less of that, not more.

Comment Re: Cell phones must stop broadcasting MAC address (Score 1) 189

[...]it should not automatically connect to an insecure network that it has never seen before.

Well, if that's what you meant, then you're in luck. As you originally wrote, "There needs to be an update to iOS and Android that gives users the option to disable this feature." That's not necessary, because there are (and have always been) a grand total of two toggles in the Wi-Fi settings on iOS: "On/Off" and " Ask to Join Networks ."

Comment Re:What a dick (Score 1) 248

I would just shrug and go, "Huh. That was an expensive mistake... managers just don't understand workplace economics these days." Then walk out.

Firing an employee is the worst thing for a company. It removes the employee's expertise, disrupts current operations, then requires retraining of other employees to cope.

All of this presumes that the employee's position won't simply be eliminated. Considering that this happened during a conference call during which potentially hundreds of layoffs were announced, it's quite probable that the standard economic model doesn't necessarily apply.

Comment Re:and how do you resolve the paradox (Score 1) 772

Seriously, bearing in mind that there are non-fictional species on Earth that can effectively change their reproductive systems within their own lifetimes

You may want to look into what some animals on Earth are capable of.

And then he went on to give me examples of things about which I'd already written, as quoted. Of course, that I wrote about it seemed to imply that I already knew this.

Comment Re:and how do you resolve the paradox (Score 1) 772

With sex being a changeable characteristic, labels like "mother" and "father" get confusing....

...to your limited human understanding. Seriously, bearing in mind that there are non-fictional species on Earth that can effectively change their reproductive systems within their own lifetimes, that's hardly the most imaginative, alien concept ever to pass through the canon of the Doctor.

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