Take my kid's cell phone from him and expect a theft charge from my lawyer shortly thereafter. That phone is private property and they do NOT have a license to take it. They may restrict its use, certainly, but they can't legally steal it from my kid. Not in these parts...
Sounds just like any firewall, so what's the diff?
Actually, I'd love to plug that kind of data into my zabbix instance, so I can plot temperatures, power usage, on/off cycles and analyse what's going on and why. But that should be strictly separate from any POS or corporate network - setup a VLAN or two for vendor stuff. Ideally each should be separate anyways. There's plenty of subnets under 10.x.x.x - use them!
Great, so you're ok with arming the American Indians, then, right? Because that's EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM until about a century or so ago.
You must be confusing the US with Europe - while there are a few privacy laws, generally they are trumped by agreements and contracts between you and your bank, credit cards and merchants, that allow them to sell or share the data as they see fit with associates (which includes FICO, the IRS, Visa, etc..). In Europe you can sue if they don't actually have your permission, but here in the US you don't have an inherent right to privacy.
Actually, it's often (not always) against contract to charge a fee for using credit cards, but apparently legally offering a discount for cash is not equal to that, so they get away by doing it that way (it also skirts the State's laws for those that have it on the books as illegal). Colorado gas stations are starting to do it this way, by saying you get a cash discount instead of saying there's a surcharge for using credit cards. The same net result, but worded differently. I think it should be illegal, but don't have the resources to take them to court.
Because I have to have this funny thing called MONEY to buy FOOD, because I get HUNGRY without it. Right now, our whole society, actually, both of the big ones - eastern and western, are predicated on the idea that you get paid only when you do something of value for someone who has money. In exchange for the work/product/service, they give you something of value, so you can now go get your food/drink/whatever you want.
Changing society so everyone just gets a certain allotted amount of money is considered a) socialism (which is evil according to many), and b) means I will sit on my ass all day long doing nothing, because why would I do anything else? The machines do all the work that matters! I could just sit here, ask my robo-butler to bring me the gourmet food my robo-chef cooked up for me, and I will turn into a fat slob who can't get off my bed/couch/floor. After all, it's not like I *need* to go anywhere - everything I *need* is provided for me by robots and free money/food/water! An alternative is c) communism, where the government assigns you a job (much like joining the military - you want to be a computer geek but they assign you to clean big guns and swab the deck) and in exchange the gov't gives you money/food/water and whatnot. Also not really something most Americans consider "good".
Ah, but there wouldn't BE any armed civilians, because as soon as they pull their Glock from their concealed carry place, they're now "open carry", and as such become targets themselves. Quick way to weed out everyone carrying a gun, leaving only the police and military with guns.
Oh god, buy a simple dummy load! You shouldn't be using an incandescent as a dummy load anyways!
Simple - DC at 12V would run a huge amperage, which would melt the nice wiring job in your house. Higher voltage = lower amperage = wires not so melty. While I'd like to run a 12VDC circuit in my house for emergency lighting from some deep-cycle batteries, and perhaps run a ham radio or two and some equipment, I'm concerned about the fire potential, and if I install it and it catches fire, my insurance company will have my head mounted on a pole.
Ohh.... I have an awesome idea. Let's institute mandatory background/verification checks for any alcohol to be served. Check they're 21+, and also ensure they don't have a "history" of crashes - too much liability for the bar. Of course, it'll have to be universal, every bar, every restaurant. I think even every house, as otherwise that's a "loophole". Then I guess we can institute mandatory universal registration of alcohol, because how do you REALLY know you're catching everyone.
This!! This!! I'm not a gun nut, but I do believe that fair is fair, so if the 2nd amendment only applies to items extant at that time, so does the whole EFFING constitution and the amendments thereof. So no more internet free speech or right to assemble (bye bye Yahoo Groups, no one will miss you), no more keeping your phone private - the police may take it at any time. For that matter, your car may be stopped at any time and searched as cars didn't exist back then, so clearly they're not covered.
I really enjoyed my job - I learned a *LOT* about network architecture, building and maintaining scalable systems, and we brought mobile donations, passing 100% of the money through, in the US. When I walked into a Tokyo Joe's and saw the call to action for Haiti, I just about cried. I, *I* helped, directly, to make that happen. Without me, it may not have happened. Or been as successful. That kept me there a long time, probably longer than I should have been.
Take a vacation. Seriously. I was at a job for almost 6 years, and about 4 years in we finally started hiring an assistant. Went through 2 idiots before finally getting someone competent. Got him trained up for about 6 weeks, then they laid him off because the C-levels couldn't go basic math. That whole time I couldn't take a vacation because things would go bump and they'd need help. Sometimes even impacting 24x7 4 9s uptime connections (we wanted 5 9s). Now that I'm gone, so much less stress, and they learned their lesson.