Both of you are off-topic and not insightful. Nowhere in this article does anyone mention Monsanto. Monsanto sucks, but:
Monsanto != GMOs
GMOs hold incredible promise to feed the world, but all anyone can ever talk about is Monsanto and "Frankenfoods." There is not one single shred of scientific evidence of any GMOs causing serious health problems (Note: I said "GMOs" not the pesticides farmers are using on those crops), and there are plenty of publicly funded GMO projects that have produced real-life benefits like saving Papaya crops, bringing crops to parts of Africa where they wouldn't normally survive, and bringing nutrient-rich rice to impoverished parts of China.
But you know what? All of this scientific progress is being stymied because of anti-science people screaming "frankenfoods!" In Africa, some countries refused American food aid because of GMO fears--until their people began to starve to death. The Blood Rice GMO could nourish millions, but China can't get anywhere with it because of GMO fears. GMO farm salmon has spent 15 years trying to get approved in the United States, but politicians have blocked it for fear of GMOs; meanwhile, our natural fish stocks collapse from over-fishing.
If you are anti-GMO, then I put you in the same class of people who don't believe in Evolution, who are anti-vaccine, or don't accept the very basic science of Global Warming. You believe things without evidence or are simply denying the scientific evidence that exists, and your ignorance is making life harder for the rest of us.
What keeps me from buying into the Chrome OS is the idea of having everything in the "cloud." A few months back I switched to Google Docs for all my writing, and the experience hasn't been the best. On my laptop, I've got local versions of all my docs, so it isn't too big a problem, but on my tablet, the local versions won't work unless there's an internet connection. I live just outside of DC, but Verizon's DSL is still unreliable. Many times I'm writing and docs looses the internet connection and freezes up, making me sit there waiting until it can sync my last edit with its servers.
What's worse is that Office 2013 is starting to go the Cloud-drive route too, so Word freezes up when I'm not connected to the Internet. You know what else freezes up when I'm not connected to the cloud? Mass Effect 3, right in the middle of my game play. Even though all the content is on my hard drive.
I am all for the cloud, but developers need to make sure their products work when I'm not connected to it. I have no intention of shelling out a $1000-plus dollars for a device that turns into a brick when I'm riding in a car just because my hot-spot can't get a cellphone signal.
Incorrect. There are plenty of GMOs engineered for higher yields and better nutritional value. GMOs single-handedly saved papaya crops. Blood rice holds the promise of eliminating malnutrition in parts of Asia. GMO salmon will make fish farming more viable and reduce stresses on salmon in the wild.
Hate on Monsanto all you want, but hating on GMOs is anti-science and, even worse, it's killing people. Children have starved to death in Africa because leaders there refused to accept food aid from the United States because organic farmers told them the grains were "Frankenfoods" that would kill their children. GMO Salmon took over a decade to get approved because of public protest. Blood rice is still failing to get to the people who need it most because of "frankenfood" rhetoric.
Fun Fact: Organic Farmers are capitalists too. They have the same greedy motivations Monsanto has to spread disinformation in support of their profits. Stop listening to any of these people and start looking to the science.
Busted ACORN??? For what? Are you talking about the "Project Veritas" videos that multiple attorney generals found were heavily edited to make it appear as though ACORN employees were guilty of giving advice on how to run a child prostitution ring? And who reviewed the raw footage and found no evidence of illegal behavior?
Oh wait, you mean FOX news didn't follow up on the story or post a correction and instead let the fraud stand so that numerous innocent lives were ruined and dozens of jobs were lost?
I see a lot of angst from Conservatives about the fact that Patrick Moran, son of Virginia Rep. Jim Moran, won't be charged with voter fraud even though Project Veritas released a video of him supposedly engaging in criminal acts, implying the kid has connections that give him a free pass, but ignoring statements from the police that they can't prosecute because James O'Keefe refuses to hand over the unedited video. Considering his history with the ACORN video, can we make assumptions as to his reluctance?
For those of us not living in FOX News land, O'Keefe is a scumbag who is famous for defrauding the public. In Conservative media land he's a damned hero and national treasure. Take a long look in the mirror before you start accusing other of "drinking the kool-aid." Your utter lack of critical thinking and willful frustrates me bitterly.
Not fake. It's the real me, but a selective presentation of myself. We all wear many faces. The person I am in the workplace is not the same person I am at the bar with my close friends is not the same person I am when I'm with my family. That's just a natural part of being a social animal.
There's no social stigma to not using Facebook, but there is incredulity. People can't believe you don't use it, but I have lots of friends who have opted out of the social network. When people express shock at your lack of an account, just shrug nonchalantly and say you simply don't have time for it. A large number of people who are FB addicts are so because they have no higher purpose in life. If you're engaged with life, you aren't posting perpetually to your newsfeed.
I confess I get a guilty pleasure out of the semi-regular meltdowns and drama people post on the site that they really shouldn't be sharing. People will post things to facebook or associate themselves with causes that they would never reveal to me were we in person, and people really need to think of Facebook as interacting with 100s of people in person and whether you're okay with every single one of those people knowing these things about you (this includes clicking "Like" or commenting on anything controversial, it's amazing the things I've learned about my friends watching the "Ticker" of activity--it's much worse than the public newsfeed). I have one friend who runs two accounts, a fake one with his real name where he maintains a professional facade, and a real one with a fake name where he feels free to talk about politics and make outrageous controversial statements.
My strategy is that I use my real name on Facebook, but I remain highly cognizant of the fact that I am presenting a public persona. I've posted controversial subjects only a few times, and ended up pulling those things down. Instead, I try to post things that I feel present me in the best possible light. I word everything like a politician, keep my content engaging but noncontroversial, and block/hide anyone who posts controversial comments in response to my posts. There are one or two photos of me passed out at a party from 10 years ago online, but you can't find them anymore because I've flooded the internet with subjectmatter that I'm proud of and want associated with me. It's all in how you use it, and every single teenager should be put into a mandatory public school class to teach them how to manage their online reputations and the real life consequences of their online actions.
I was a little creeped-out, but did appreciate my android phone downloading all my Facebook friends as contacts with their phone numbers when I first set it up. Admittedly, 95% of these are people I would never ever call, it's still nice to not have to hunt down phone numbers for the remaining 5% I *might* need to call when traveling in other cities or states.
This threat seems very credible to me as I've written harvesters for other websites and phone numbers are very easy to iterate through. I've gone to my Facebook account, clicked on "Account Settings > Mobile" and removed my phone number since I've decided FB is too loose with my info, but another option is "Privacy Settings > Who Can Look Me Up?" and letting only your friends search you by phone/email.
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Part of the SEO thing might be to try a slight rebranding. Are the domain names "firstname+lastname.com"? My brother was in a somewhat similar situation with a lawyer who had the same name as him who was coming up in all the search results. So my brother rebranded himself to "firstname+middlename+lastname.com", put that on all his promotional materials, and made sure any publicity about him listed all three names to distinguish himself from the other guy.
I imagine future generations are going to increasingly resort these sorts of techniques as the web grows and parents will increasingly have to find more and more unique names for their children to distinguish them. In the meantime, if your wife's slanderer hasn't been thorough enough in his domain purchases, then you can take the step of attaching her brand to her complete name.
Just to add to this, the shipping and handling is actually the source of profit for many companies on Amazon. I personally knew the owner of a company that sells $0.99 computer games on Amazon, but charges $5.99 shipping on them, which turns into a $5-plus profit on each game sold. I recently fell for this tactic when I bought a copy of the Hulk Video Game for $3.96 and got charged $4.59 in shipping. This is also the case with many used-book sellers on Amazon, who sell the book for a dollar, charge you five in shipping, and then send it using the library book rate, which only costs them pennies.
Someone else in this thread mentioned that NC does not have a tax on services, which might be why the company I knew was located there.