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Submission + - Will the high-tech cities of the future be utterly lonely? (theweek.com)

BoRegardless writes: The question here is whether what seems to be tech inspired loneliness as imagined by Slashdotters will occur or will people accommodate themselves to the future that is already starting to happen. The article notes " almost two-thirds of 16- to 24-year-old Brits said they feel lonely at least some of the time, while almost a third are lonely often or all the time."
Has the smartphone made personal interactions better or worse. Do Slashdotters who are intimately involved with tech think we move on and change over time to increase personal relationships or not?

Comment EASY for the Russians to spy, too. (Score 2) 100

Wikileaks may be defiled by the CIA, but their leaked document releases show what determined foreign governments have also probably done and maybe done before the CIA did it. So, it is likely the Russians hated the release of these documents as much as the CIA & NSA!

The whole affair has given all who came to the Electronic Party a big wake up call.

Do you want a gizmo in your kitchen or living room listening to everything that is said?

Worse yet, do you want to have it recording and maybe issuing commands? What if your kid screams "I am going to kill you." and the SWAT team shows up?

Then probably the worst case is a teenager saying something unprintable, and the child social services shows up with law enforcement.

Comment Con or Confirm (Score 5, Insightful) 251

Goodenough & Helena Braga surely know they were going to be painted bright orange as frauds without additional proof.

They surely know they had to follow up with a public display of a cell under charge, then discharge cycles with component weights and measurements to confirm the claims.

Anything else would be a lifelong purgatory in an engineering gulag of con artists.

Comment Don't forget DATA SPEED (Score 2) 61

I stood outside of Starbucks with a friend the other day with my iPhone on ATT and his on TMobile.

He ran the "Speed Test" on his and I on mine. I am not kidding that TMobile had 10 times the speed.

Why? I am not sure. What I can tell you is that I went over my data plan last month and ever since, my data speed is throttled. ATT offers no clue.

I'm moving to TMobile!

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