Henry Rollins' character goes off on a rant about omnipresent consumer electronics and their fields causing all their health problems in Johnny Mnemonic from 1995.
In the world of Johnny Mnemonic, they have wetware (which is pretty much the whole point), so his rant actually made sense. There’s a difference between our current situation and the one in which these electronic devices are physically embedded into the brain.
Wait a second. I don't mind paperwork.
In this case, Sergeant what's-his-name could look up prices for HDDs on Amazon, fill a form asking for 100 dollars to buy a larger HDD and 50 dollars to pay for installation services and be done with it.
Yeah, let that non-IT guy do the procurement process. I mean, how much worse can it get than what they’ve already done (implementing a critical system to run on a desktop) anyway?
But when someone wants to kick the soapbox out from under you and sell it for a profit because you have used it to attract a lot of attention there is no problem at all?
If you want your own soapbox, then buy your own soapbox. You seem to be writing about someone else’s soapbox, to which you have no actual right.
It exists. It's called a credit card
Ah, yes, a credit card, which I'll give to yet another vendor, which will then be responsible for securing my account data. That's certainly one idea, but I prefer to make my financial data readily available to as few vendors as possible. I much prefer to allow a trusted third party to take responsibility for assuring that my account data is protected— fewer potential points of risk, not more.
affect: to act on; produce an effect or change
effect: to produce as an effect; bring about; accomplish; make happen
If you had bothered to read the definitions you referenced before posting the links, you would have realized that as defined, the first is a verb; the second, a noun.
If you'd bothered to read the links the AC posted (or, y'know, cracked open a dictionary sometime), you'd know that you're actually wrong. To be more specific:
verb (used with object)
to produce as an effect; bring about; accomplish; make happen
It would appear that reading really is fundamental.
It's all faux outrage for political expediency.
Absolutely. German politicos don't really care about this, because the existence of this particular type of spying is something they've always understood. For decades, all diplomats everywhere, if wise, have made the presumption that their unsecured lines are under surveillance by any number of different nations. The only reason they're pretending to care is because their naïve constituents apparently didn't know. They can't simply let the rabble go unanswered.
An example: The train you're on is running 30 minutes late, and you need a cab to get you to the day's last ferry, or you will have to wait until morning. That's when you'll really appreciate what a skilled cabdriver can do for you.
I fully understand what you mean by "skilled cabdriver." I have to walk/drive on the same roads as the aforementioned "skilled cabdrivers," and thus I direct you back to my previous post.
If computers take over (which seems to be their natural tendency), it will serve us right. -- Alistair Cooke