The laws protecting citizen's rights in the Five Eyes nations are a sham. They just use the data collected by their partners to spy on their own citizens. They all do it, including Canada.
Errr, that's why I have no cell phone at all. That and the cost of supporting one just so people can call me anytime, anywhere.
Leave a freakin' message! That's why I have an answering machine built into my home phone. Remember those? From back when it wasn't considered rude to not answer the phone when you left the house?
Yeah, in the US, the FBI does it officially. Or did you miss the news about that fake newspaper site they put up?
If a merchant won't accept my debit card, I'll shop elsewhere, plain and simple. I'm not about to buy a smartphone and pay monthly connection fees just so they can earn profit.
Mod parent up. This is the reality of modern industry. Instead of paying a fair share of taxes, they make a "charitable donation" and get a god-damned rebate.
Given the cost of the payloads, even a 5% failure rate is unacceptable.
As John Cleese pointed out, you need a minimum level of intelligence to even realize that you are stupid.
Sadly, a huge percentage of the population is too stupid to realize that they're morons.
GMO's are only a "done deal" in countries where Monsanto has managed to buy off the government. China, Europe, and many nations have taken emphatic "no" approach, and outright banned GMOs in many cases.
Systemd articles have become the new Slashdot clickbait. It seems every freakin' day there's another "discussion" about that unholy abortion.
Artificial intelligence is already here in the limited form of expert systems and interpretational engines like Watson. It's been here for a number of years; we just keep moving the bar as to what it takes to be called "artificial intelligence" every time we achieve the previous bar, because people are disappointed that it's not the panacea of a conversational companion robot yet.
It is impossible to win an argument with someone who defends their delusions with the claim that "God planted the evidence for evolution to tempt you."
Debit cards also don't have an annual fee in Canada.
Where is the pissing and moaning about the over-representation of women in nursing?
Sorry. I had the quote wrong. From http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/07/08/vic-toews-resigns_n_3561532.html:
Toews drew derision during a debate on the government's online surveillance bill in February 2012 for telling a Liberal critic he could "either stand with us or with the child pornographers."
They've been trying to pass such legislation for almost seven years. Remember a certain MP claiming that if you opposed that legislation, you were "with the paedophiles?"