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Comment Re:Soon! (Score 1) 26

Soon I will be able to jack into the system with a nice planted wireless nub on the top of my head and an ethernet jack in my neck. I actually eagerly await this day and will subject myself to anyone qualified to test it out on me. I'd love to be jacked right into the internet. It would be awesome.

Right? All that talk of "jackin' in" for the last 30 years, and all we have managed is jackin' off.

And while we're at it, can the internet be changed to a visualization of flying through blinking skyscrapers at night?

Comment Buzzwords (Score 1) 307

...Michael Godsey writes, "The way in which certain instructional trends — education buzzwords like "collaborative learning" and "project-based learning" and "flipped classrooms"...

Can we add "introvert" to the list of buzzwords? I'm tired of hearing it.

Comment Re:Why just pharmaceuticals? (Score 1) 70

Not just medical insurance companies. But that will come when wearing of these devices are made mandatory, probably an argument along the lines of "well only terrorists *wouldn't* wear them"

You say that like the edict will come from the right wing, and that may be a popular belief. But the left is the party that voted to mandate health insurance, and people went along with it because, a) they believed the "it's for the good of everyone that everyone have insurance" line; and/or, b) they accepted it because it came from their side. Granted, the established left and right in the United States is basically the softest game of tug-o-war in history; however, it seems to me that the "Fitbit Mandate" will come shrouded as "it's for the good of everyone that everyone have a Fitbit" rather than "The Gestapo says you will wear a Fitbit."

People wouldn't willingly concede even more freedoms to wear these things, you say? Yeah... right.

Sadly/Generally, the average person will follow along with what their chosen Party says they should do.

Comment Re:Get used to it, this is the future (Score 4, Insightful) 279

I can't imagine why this has suddenly become a thing.

It isn't sudden. Gyms have been on this train for years. New car salesman want you to "buy" a new car every three years. Make the monthly payment part of life, and people forget it is there -- it becomes the baseline. And it allows them to make more accurate revenue projections.

Comment Re:wan port (Score 1) 123

This is a terrible idea, and it's not something I'd trust even a little. This is all about locking you into Google, and making it easy for them to manage your home remotely.

I would put absolutely zero trust in this device.

People are dumb when it comes to technology. Maybe Google sees that there will be not only a need, but a requirement for a home network design/protocol/whatever that encapsulates the hardware we now get from our ISP of choice. We're entering the "internet access is a fundamental right" era. It's only logical to conclude that means highly regulated internet and, naturally, the need for a standard the government can leverage when they take over.

I'm not refuting that it can lead to Google being able to turn over your home network to the Feds; rather, that it isn't because someday they want to.

Comment Re:Did NOT rule the program constitutional. (Score 1) 151

It's a very problematic ruling, raises a lot of issues, and in my opinion should be reversed...

I am interested in why it is problematic, and what issues it raises. In the interest of saving this article's comments from the hordes of "oh my god we're gonna die the NSA will be able to name our children due to this ruling!" can you elaborate? Thanks.

Comment Re:When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 0) 456

From TFA:

"Several people in the UK have been diagnosed with electrosensitivity and received help for the disability but any financial allowance usually refers to a different name for the condition or a related condition," it [the court] said in a statement.

I'll bet the judge decided she was so delusional as to be unfit to work, and gave her benefits based on that. The "different name for the condition" could be delusional thinking (or whatever the correct psychiatric term for that is - IANAP). Mental illness certainly can be debilitating.

Now that's insightful.

Comment Re:When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 5, Insightful) 456

Subject says it all. It really is time to start taking lawyers and other bottom feeders to task. Mentally ill people should be treated for their paranoia, not have it confirmed.

I'm just happy to see it happen somewhere other than the US. Turns out other countries have nuts and greedy lawyers, too.

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