In recent years, during doctor visits about 50-80% of their time was spent looking at computer (or tablet) screen, reading, typing etc. So the time actually looking at and/or examining the patient is already a minority. Add "Google glass" - and they are not really "looking at a patient" even when they do. Great.
Bitcoin is in simple terms an "artificial gold" (or any other commodity). It has artificially imposed scarcity, some exchange value, and is not tied to an individual (not traceable, can be lost etc). If you look at it that way - it only has value so long as those using it agree it has value. At least gold has also practical uses in technology/industry and in fashion.
Don't know if it's doomed to fail, perhaps not. But I don't own any gold and for the same reason do not plan to own any bitcoin. YMMV
" One provision of the bill would earmark a classified sum of money
Ok, so they will spy on those who spy on Internet users. But who will spy on them, in turn?
I've got a better "hack" for them. Buy one of these devices (I am sure they are not hard to obtain). When it arrives, update firmware - or better yet, remove internal IC board, and replace with a battery hard-wired to "green light" (or whatever method they use to flag "good currency"). Then come to the store of your choice, and with a sleight of hand replace the device they already have. Presto! Will take a lot less time than "hacking" one at the store.
Of course, if that's a "hack" - how about just taking a cash register and carrying it off?
I've been paying about the same for a medium-tier broadband service in a number of cities and for a number of years. At this time I am paying $30 a month for what used to be a 15Mbps service to Comcast. The catch is that it's a 6 month deal, it will go up to $40 a month for the next 6 months, and towards the end I have to perform the usual "I am leaving for ATT" song and dance to get the deal again (I have not had to actually switch yet, but might at some point - ATT service is priced the same, though they try to rip me off another $5 a month for equipment.
I also did a quick survey of what broadband services cost in a deregulated place like UK. Here is a link for Glasgow (because I like it
Note that prices on the right are for service from a provider and users still have to pay "line fees" (because, much like elsewhere, no one will put a second set of cables in the ground, so infrastructure is shared). If you click through on any of these deals, the total price with line fee for a 1 year contract is about 17-20 GBP which translates to approx. $30 for the same 15 Mbps service.
I don't know - I think we are on par here.
It'd be nice if Comcast didn't make me go through the silly annual rejection cycle, of course.
Japanese "realpolitik" is complicated and a lot happens "below the surface". While I'd like to hope the request was refused on the grounds of honoring their constitution, a skeptic in me suggests that the true reason must be more pragmatic. Perhaps they did not want US to gain access to their own trade or political secrets (wise choice, given what we now know about wiretapping European leaders). There is a lot of shady stuff going on between Japanese government and businesses (where does it not? I don't mean to single them out, though theirs is not a very transparent society).
So, while it's great to know that at least one rich country can say "no" to US, I wouldn't go moving my colocated mail services to Japan quite yet.
I know it's very fashionable to compare US to the communist countries, which most of you haven't lived in, and aren't even old enough to have seen on TV. I did - and let me just say it's nothing alike.
Still, perhaps it's worth reading the "FA" to understand exactly what it means?
tl;dr; version - some US prosecutors have been using evidence so derived in criminal cases without notifying defendants. Sometime during this summer someone higher up in Justice Department became aware of this (I'll take this claim at face value for now) and after some discussion (and presumably some opposition from those prosecutors who found the practice very convenient) it was decided that hiding the warrantless wiretaps from defendants is not acceptable (based on the way the law is interpreted).
Based on that, find 3 differences between US and East Germany. I'll take a stab at it:
1. There is a discussion in the prosecutorial branch wrt. legality of application of such law, and the outcome of that discussion is factual information provided to defendants, that may aid in their defense.
2. The court will take this in consideration, and we will see this debated, probably at every level of judiciary all the way to Supreme Court.
3. We are reading about all of this in the major media news outlet.
Do you need me to tell you which of these items did not apply to the "Soviet Russia"? You, people, have no f-ing idea and your childish fits undermine legitimate efforts to create more transparent government and more just society.
“That explains the one file they took but does not explain why they took four other files with my handwritten and typed interview notes with confidential sources, that I staked my reputation as a journalist to protect under the auspices of the First Amendment of the Constitution,”. Ok, so she swore to protect them and yet did not bother with even basic encryption? And then did not notice the loss of files for quite some time (article suggests a month after the raid, until she was notified by investigators that they took those files)
Well, perhaps she should not be trusted with confidential information, if she can't be bothered to take even basic care of it.
And yes, I am all against jackbooted government agents busting doors and grabbing whatever they please, but that does not absolve individual from responsibility to protect data.
Conventional display and media delivery technologies have reached a point of diminishing returns long ago. Humans are perfectly happy at current (and even somewhat outdated) resolution and quality. Any increases from now on do not improve viewer experience in a measurable way, at least not for majority of users.
On the other hand the "total quality" of "media output" seems to be a constant, while the amount is increasing exponentially - so each individual piece is, well, you know... (Disclaimer: I do not own a TV, may be things have improved recently?)
Oh, those individual-freedom-loving Texans.
Sounds like it's high time time to start a VPN provider in SeaLand (or what do we have left that's not firmly in jurisdiction of governments with grubby hands and long noses)?
None of the capabilities matter in the slightest if your vehicle requires too much maintenance or results in unpleasant driving experience.
(Yes, personal issue - I currently own one of those highly ranked Japanese cars whose owners tend to be extremely loyal and rave about its quality in variety of online media. Bought it after extensive research based on best available information. Never had a worse piece of junk in my previous experience. Perception is reality? But I digress)
I think that means "they know just enough to be dangerous". Perhaps on occasion little knowledge is worse than none at all.
That said, I do not find Tea Party supporters laughable at all. On the contrary - I think they are dead serious, and quite scary.
Tea party members - feel free to mod this "troll".
Their representatives in congress seem to do everything contrary to point number 9.