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Comment: A Message from The President of Penn State (Score 2) 101

First off, is this hyperbole?

Moving forward, we all will need to take additional steps to protect ourselves, our identities and our information from a new global wave of cybercrime and cyberespionage.

Second, and most importantly, how long until the US and China "come in from the cold" and enter an actual hot war(with the way events are unfolding in the South China Sea, and this cold war that has been going on for the last 15 years)?

Comment: What they will really drink (Score 4, Interesting) 278

My experience in living in places with "bad water"(wells with ultra high mineral content) and visiting people who live in those types of places(Phoenix...) has shown me that people will either buy five gallon plastic jugs of water at the grocery store or get their drinking water delivered somehow from a "reputable source".

Of course there will also be those who invest in high end in-place water filtering systems.

Human behavior dictates that no one with the financial ability will knowingly drink recycled sewage. I see a boom market for water distributors of all flavors.

With that being said I applaud the efforts in So-Cal to be better users of their precious little water.
Let us raise our glass and give a cheer!

Comment: We all unconsciously know this (Score 4, Interesting) 147

by Sir_Eptishous (#49648497) Attached to: Technology and Ever-Falling Attention Spans
Everyone in our modern age of flitting/fleeting/browsing/tweeting knows intuitively how much our attention spans are being ravaged.
This is another one of those "we need empirical data to prove what everyone already knows", like studies on the differences between men and women, how peoples behaviors are affected by wealth, etc;
We can chalk it up in the "no shit sherlock" category.

FTFA:

This is perhaps because there is relatively little research available about the impact of websites like Twitter and Facebook, or games like Candy Crush, that seem to be deliberately aimed at keeping us constantly engaged, to the detriment of work.

I have to don my tinfoil cap now and surmise that in all liklihood, it isn't in the best interest of Google, Facebook, Apple or the rest to point out that yes, using our "products" and living this fast and loose, jittered-stimmed out existence of tweets, posts, statuses, etc isn't in your best interest, even if your best excuse is the usual "but this is how I stay current with my family"

What we are creating ladies and gentlemen is a generation of people who will HAVE TO HAVE computers and AI run things for them, because their attention span and critical thinking will be in the toilet.

Removing my tinfoil cap...

Remember, UNIX spelled backwards is XINU. -- Mt.

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