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Comment Re:How do I fit in this scenario? (Score 1) 99

Well, having a profile at all means that you are subject to Facebook's terms of service, which is not only subject to change at any time, but currently grants them the right to the information that you do post - at mininum, that comprises a map of your associations, which could easily find itself in the hands of government or law enforcement agencies should they have use for it, since you signed away the rights to this information when you signed up. By your own admission, you post about the books that you read, which happens to be a very useful resource for establishing your psychological profile and your political leanings. Facebook also has rights to the images that you post, and your posts to the site not only establish your frequency of use (another behavioural indicator), but can establish patterns of behaviour - for example, times that you are most likely to be at your computer or away from home. The Facebook terms of service provide for indefinite preservation of anything you have posted to the site since you signed up, so even the things that you choose to delete from your profile indicate the extent of your privacy savvy, or the subjects, photos, etc. which you may find embarrassing or otherwise inappropriate for public consumption. Games and quizzes only make it easier for Facebook to share your data with third parties - they have no bearing on Facebook itself, and even the limited information presented above constitutes a valuable package. You may wish to consider whether handing over, without compensation of any kind, that sort of information to a company whos CEO famously declared that privacy is an "outdated concept", is a particularly wise decision.

Comment Re:Paranoia run rampant? (Score 1) 405

Sure, you can't opt out of smart metering, but you can control your consumption pattern. On your side of the meter, you are perfectly within your rights to install any combination of batteries, inverters, relays, charging circuits and so forth. Look at your consumption averaged over a month, and configure your system to draw the appropriate constant current 24/7. Sure, this may not be cheap to implement, but if anyone is going to be purchasing my data, I want to be the one selling it.

Comment Re:Health care impact (Score 1) 362

Helium is not metabolized, so expense is a non issue if the technology for reclaim / recycling is employed. I am a diver, and have been using Helium in Heliox (He/O2) and Trimix (He/N2/O2) for years. The scarcity issue is not new - commercial diving operations have employed gas reclaim equipment for many years, because they go through tons of the stuff. The recreational and technical diving crowd were slower to respond, but the peaks in the fluctuating helium prices have helped to speed the adoption of rebreathers for this purpose, drastically reducing helium consumption. When I first started mixed-gas diving, every single one of us was blowing through hundreds of cubic feet of the stuff every dive - perfectly good helium lost to open circuit exhaust. Now, most serious divers are moving to closed circuit equipment, and as the cost of helium rises, the lifetime cost of closed circuit gear is becoming cheaper in comparison to the open circuit alternative. I most often still dive on open circuit, but feel the pain every time I purchase gas. I have six T cylinders in my basement - as I recall, I filled them for about $80 each when I first started. Now, the cost is over $200. My point being, for many uses, drastic increases in helium cost will simply drive technology development, as opposed to outright prohibiting historical uses of the gas.

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