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?
BoRegardless writes: "1984 seems closer than we thought when an ex-codebreaker for the NSA reveals that the US records everything that passes through the internet. Does this surprise anyone? Will it change how you do email? Will encrypted email attract unwanted attention?"
BoRegardless writes: "When you put in all the systems and safeguards to prevent web & social hacking, it still leaves open the worst possible case of spying & theft...the insider. I had a fellow businessman who lost all his chemical secrets to a Yale graduate employee who disappeared to resurface in Korea. How do you stop this?"
BoRegardless writes: Are Laptop data accounts made obsolete with the iPad?
$60 per month from ATT or Verizon is $720/yr, forever.
If email & Safari via the iPhone is not enough, a $700 iPad with 3G can get you service for $20/month and only on the months you need it. Thus, an iPad user is money ahead inside of 2 years, not to mention convenience aspects.
Data income to wireless networks is going to plummet. What is that going to do to Verizon, Sprint and others?