I'm sure they wouldn't just accuse people at random. They'd do market research and select targets that meet a profile. Something like middle class households with parents that aren't particularly tech savvy but with teenage kids that might be, all of which use decent amounts of data. All they'd have to do is convince the parents that the kids downloaded something that could illegal or hint to the fathers that it might be the porn their wife doesn't know about. And boom $20 faster than you can blink.
I had internet access at work starting in 1986 but since it was work related I stuck to fairly sensible net usage. My first home ISP was through a small startup in rural northern NJ, starting in 1992 or so The local phone service at that time under NJ Bell was pretty terrible. Local calls only serviced half the county, and not even the county seat where AOL and Compuserve's dial-up phone banks were established, so AOL use was a toll call. Recognizing this, two guys set up a dial-up phone bank in an area that serviced this little gap in dial-up access and ran with it for about 5 years. This was a full fledged ISP right from the start with IP addresses, ftp access, mail servers, Usenet, etc. And for the first year or two tech support meant talking to the sysadmin himself. Planet.net was the name of it and as far as I can tell the domain name is up for grabs.
I remember reading the Mac System 7 announcements on the Mac listserve (Appletalk?, something like that) about a year before it was released, and then downloading it from ftp.apple.com for free when it was released. In floppy disk image files. Reportedly ftp.apple.com was hosted by a Mac SE/30 running A/UX.
I do this and add the wrinkle that the password for really important financial sites in my password manager is not entered as is, I have another layer of obfuscation on what I store in there.
Don't think Diplomats, think Conquistadors. A space faring alien species that shows up here will be like gun toting soldiers in a stone age civilization. Killing, pillaging and burning for sport and decimating us without even trying.
I think it's safe to say that if interstellar travel is at all possible it is monumentally expensive and anyone that expends the resources to get here will be interested in exploiting the rock once they do. Space is teeming with rock but Earth is teeming with organic compounds, food and whatnot. If an alien species is trying to fulfill a biological imperative, like expand the species beyond one fragile ecosystem they would probably show up to take over ours.
It'd be sort of like Independence Day, except without the happy endingl
I'd add another outlier:
Red light controlled by traffic sensor that 180 lbs of bike and rider doesn't trigger: Stop, wait long enough to be sure it's not going to change then treat like a stop sign. Look for a pedestrian crossing button on a really busy intersection.
Would a chromebook make a good travel laptop for this sort of situation? Let's say you have two Google accounts, one with a bland public persona and one with any sensitive information you care to work with. Delete your sensitive account from the machine before you transit through customs and add it back when you get to a safe(ish) network. Keep all your data in the cloud.
I wonder what Chrome OS does with local files of deleted users?
I'm not sure I'd right off the USPS. Their parcel business seems to be growing rapidly, with very competitive prices for small fixed price boxes.
I think the big shopping mall anchor stores (Macy's, JC Penney, etc) are all likely to fail in the next 20 years. Sears is already a dead man walking, Penney's is close and the others are living on borrowed time.
The combined Reddit/4Chan photo collection was pretty crappy and lacking in metadata. The website from which the pictures of the two high school kids that got "fingered" by Reddit was very upfront about stating that the picture of the two of them from Page 1 of the NYP was taken 3 hours before the bombing. Photos from the same source closer to the time of the blast don't show them or the bomb in place yet. This could have been used to discard them as subjects if that info was more widely known.
The police/FBI had a huge advantage in that they had all relevant surveillance camera imagery plus everything 4chan had, plus more, including the eye witness reports of the surviving victims. They were probably able to correlate that imagery to cell tower call records and narrow down what phoes were in use right there and then, including the bombers.
After using a Samsung Chromebook for my casual evening browsing habits for a few months I find myself loving the light weight. A 3 pound laptop is something I can keep in my lap all evening comfortably, without wishing I had a desk to throw the thing on to give my legs a break.
You could tow a trailer with a big battery pack in it. Or call for the roadside delivery of one if you're dead.
Buy a $20K financed over 5 years and put anything left over into the kids' college fund is how it really works.
It has the potential to be much cheaper once the startup costs are payed off. Just consider the parts count in an internal combustion engine vs. an electric motor driven by batteries. It's at least a 100:1 difference.
Also, think about all the service calls you won't have to make for oil changes, air filters, fuel filters, spark plugs, and so on. And 5 years down the road you might get to retrofit your car with a battery pack that doubles your range.
Facebook is where my relatives post updates. Google+ is great for information from Google related products like android and chrome os. I tried sharing some pictures on Google+ and while the picture sharing is/was better than facebook I don't think anyone saw them.