Realistically, your choices are:
* Facebook and their ilk, who will sell your individually identifiable data without a second thought.
* Google, who will absolutely sell your info, probably aggregated. At least they're upfront about it.
* Apple, who views their non-release of your data as a market differentiator and thus a valuable part of their brand.
As long as people choose Apple for privacy, Apple will value privacy and not sell their data.
That way you'll never be in my position of wealth and generosity, and my reputation will have less competition.
That's Gates for you - always competing.
which is $24,000 according to some blog postings with no supporting links. I couldn't find any better number with Google.
I bet the average new car price includes some $100,000+ outliers, so it's hoisted significantly above what the middle-class car buyer pays.
Unfortunately those are the only three choices here.
Don't go thinking that learning trade X or skill set Y or getting credential Z means anyone is set for life.
There are no simple fixes for the current situation where anybody's livelihood(*) can be reduced in value by automation. All the old middle-class certainties like:
- I own a house, which is an asset whose value will only go up
- I have a college degree, which guarantees me a middle-class job
- I have trade labor skills that have been valuable for many years, and will be valuable for the foreseeable future
are no longer certain.
(*) If you're lucky enough to have monetary assets of $500,000+ that you can invest conservatively, and are disciplined enough to live on only the proceeds, you're pretty safe.
Listen to Authority's response
If Authority is right, accept it
Most people stop at the first step.
One billion gallons is about 10 billion pounds.
There was 140,000 pounds arsenic in 10 billion pounds of sludge.
Concentration of arsenic in sludge is 1.4 * 10e5 / 1e10 = 1.4 * 10e-5
Or about 1 part in 100,000.
This is why they got away with it. Coal ash sludge is nasty, but not quite nasty enough to be a hazardous substance per se. Hell, one of the best ways to get rid of it is to add it to concrete, which is then poured where people live.
The figure you should worry about is the change in the arsenic level in the river after the spill. I didn't see that figure in the article.
Both of them can choose exactly how much privacy they want, because they're both rich. Gates is maybe three orders of magnitude richer than Woz, but both of them are at least three orders of magnitude away from the American median income ($45K or so).
Also, neither of them can just go out in public in the US without being recognized.
That's the problem with the privacy "discussions" in the US - most of the people who can actually change things are members of a minority who gave up big swaths of their privacy, voluntarily, as an entrance requirement for their profession. They can say "privacy is an illusion - get over it" with a straight face, because they haven't had any themselves for decades.
They may be over it, but I'm not, and it pisses me off that they get to choose my privacy level.
... then Ms. Feinstein should have no problem with a FOIA request for the metadata for her cellphone.
I bet it would take about an hour to find a call from a lobbyist, received during a break in a legislative session.
Those are the possibilities, in decreasing order of probability.
As much as I despise Comcast, they are unlikely to deliberately block random DNS lookups.
Do you have a source for that other than "admission folks"? Casual web searching didn't find anything.
Government can afford to do scanning that doesn't make money.
Government can send people using deadly force after you.
Government can declare itself immune from the law if it makes a mistake.
It's much harder for non-governments to do any of the above.
He creates/offers/buys a free service that by its nature can learn a lot about its users. He then gradually relaxes privacy assurances and changes the sharing defaults to "we can do whatever we want with information we collect about you", and sells the info to advertisers.
Anybody who thinks this won't happen to WhatsApp hasn't been paying attention.
I am typing this on an ACES 15" MacBook Pro. We're supposed to get refreshed every three years; I got refreshed at the change to ACES, which was less than three years, but they gave me a year-old MacBook model, which was a little chintzy. They did give us decent docking stations, though, and they do replace and restore when stuff breaks within a reasonable amount of time.
My beef with ACES is their support of NASA-required software. This machine is running 10.8.3, because ACES has not blessed for 10.9 the required third-party software for whole-disk encryption, remote patch support, remote backup, and remote access.
My previous machine ran 10.6 well into the 10.8 era due to ACES' inability to support this steaming load, and I would put the odds of them certifying a load for 10.9 before 10.10 ships to be below 50%.