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Comment Re:So what happens if (Score 1) 482

If there is a medical emergency, you'd better believe the parent would need to know/want to - maybe there are things about the medical history that the baby sitter does not know that are important, for example. OR maybe the parent just wants to know that their kid(s) are safe, and being treated/handled correctly. Maybe the parent is more assertive about getting the right medication, and the nurse is a dumbass who keeps tying to give them either the wrong dose, or the entirely wrong medication (and it could kill them). That almost happened TO MY DAD last year.

Comment Re: Game (Score 1) 192

It's fascinating to me that this mischaracterization of the meaning of "steal" has hung around for as long as it has.

IS it a mischaractarization, really? I mean, look we're talking about something that in the physical world has a very specific meaning, AND a very specific set of psychological and physical effects that fail to be present when something is digitally copied . I doubt, for example, that you'd have the same sort of horror if someone copied your laptop, and walked away with it, than you would if they actually just outright stole it. I realize I am not the best at articulating my thoughts, so if I am unclear as to what I am tying to say, say so. :D

Comment Re:What I don't understand is... (Score 1) 145

This isn't Apple's ridiculous refusal to decrypt data when the owner of the phone had consented.

Wait, I thought it wasn't an outright refusal, but an appeal (not the same thing), and that they had been willing to cooperate until a certain point, namely the way the FBI wanted to handle the decryption...? I'm so lost now.


Climate-Exodus Expected In The Middle East And North Africa ( 240

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia have calculated that the Middle East and North Africa could become so hot that human habitability is compromised. The goal of limiting global warming to less than two degrees Celsius, agreed at the recent UN climate summit in Paris, will not be sufficient to prevent this scenario. The result is deeply alarming: Even if Earth's temperature were to increase on average only by two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times, the temperature in summer in these regions will increase more than twofold. This means that during hot days temperatures south of the Mediterranean will reach around 46 degrees Celsius (approximately 114 degrees Fahrenheit) by mid-century. Such extremely hot days will occur five times more often than was the case at the turn of the millennium. In combination with increasing air pollution by windblown desert dust, the environmental conditions could become intolerable and may force people to migrate.

Comment Re:Doesn't matter (Score 1) 255

Exactly. Privacy, irrespective of if used for good or bad, is hiding, and something everyone uses (not sharing SSID #s for example, keeping locks on your doors, making sure valuables left in cars, if that needs to happen, are kept out of view to throw off car thieves, etc).
People, when talking about the matter, need to stop focusing on the act of hiding itself, given the common uses for bad AND good that EVERYBODY uses it for, and focus on the WHY moreso, as that can be more pinpointed, if you get what I kinda am trying to mean. XD

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