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Comment: Time Season Availability (Score 1) 240

by WillAffleckUW (#49123719) Attached to: I ride a bike ...

Depends on what time it is, what I'm trying to do, what season it is (summer is great for bike riding), and how available bikes are.

If I weren't taking morning courses, I'd probably be biking to and from work.

If they expand the bike share network to my neighborhood, I'm more likely to take a bike home from various places, or take it to work when I don't have class. Weekends I have my own bike, just hate the hassle of locking it up especially if it decides to rain.

Comment: Re:The US needs real consumer protection laws (Score 1) 111

by WillAffleckUW (#49076767) Attached to: Privacy: the 21st Century's Newest Luxury Item

Except you ignore NAFTA, FTA, and TPP and other treaties. Consumer Laws used to be at the state level, with few at the national level, but increasingly it's the international treaties that undercut those, and if we are so foolish as to allow China to force us to sign TPP, will be gutted even further.

I took US and Canadian consumer law classes for a while, my brother is an international lawyer in NYC with BC and CA bars. You can continue to believe this is only decided locally, but it isn't.

Comment: Re:As we say: Go Dumb (Score 1) 111

by WillAffleckUW (#49076311) Attached to: Privacy: the 21st Century's Newest Luxury Item

Look back at the beginning of the information superhighway and you'll see I was there long before you civilians even knew about it.

My name might not appear the same way, but I was there.

Now realize your trade deals are trying to sell your Rights to corporations, but we all know they aren't people, so they don't have Rights.

Comment: Re:As we say: Go Dumb (Score 1) 111

by WillAffleckUW (#49075143) Attached to: Privacy: the 21st Century's Newest Luxury Item

Your advice makes perfect sense, which is exactly why dumb devices will soon be illegal to own.

Oh, think you'll be smart and just not configure networking to ensure your privacy? Cute, but nice try. They'll soon tie the license and EULA directly to networking, to ensure it is enabled 100% of the time, to all but guarantee the advertising capability behind that marketing-supplemented price tag.

You're right. You don't need any of these features. Then again, you didn't ask for them, which also explains just how much control you have in this situation. Now, or in the future.

Thank you for the advice. Too bad we can't do a damn thing about it.

You could always damage the circuit which does the reporting. This may generate a fault, but since you own the device, and it's your property, an act like removing a bridge jumper or cutting a capacitor on the circuit should suffice.

Or just find out where the IOT connects and disconnect that.

Comment: As we say: Go Dumb (Score 1, Interesting) 111

by WillAffleckUW (#49074517) Attached to: Privacy: the 21st Century's Newest Luxury Item

You don't need your TV to monitor your conversation so that you get even less exercise than pressing a button.

You don't need a smartphone if all you do is listen to music and get bus times and stock quotes and news briefs.

Embrace Dumbness. Reject Smart Technology.

Besides, we're already recording you and using your cell and phone and Net providers to track you. Don't help us even more.

This includes answering those stupid FB polls that just let us collect more data on you.

Rip FB out of your phone.

Comment: Re:Another silly decision (Score 1) 480

by WillAffleckUW (#49034811) Attached to: The Mathematical Case For Buying a Powerball Ticket

Homes are a subsidized tax break for the top 10 percent of our society, paid for by the renter class and those who pay taxes (usually the bottom 95 percent).

They do limit your moving options, since your cost out is higher than cost in for the first 2-3 years, or 10 years if you buy high and sell low (approx 7 year cycle) like most people do.

That said, for most people aren't in the bottom 10 percent, they make sense. Until they seize the house on a made up pretext.

Comment: Whatever or why raffles win and lotteries wont (Score 1) 480

by WillAffleckUW (#49034781) Attached to: The Mathematical Case For Buying a Powerball Ticket

Sigh.

Look, if you do win, you'll burn through it very fast and end up no better, and with fewer friends and upset relatives than if you didn't bother at all.

That's what happens.

Raffles on the other hand, since they return 100-400 percent of the expected value, tend to do a lot better.

(caveat - I have won raffles, lotteries, and many forms of gambling myself, but that has nothing to do with your odds)

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