Clearly it could check some.
Clearly it could check some.
Okay, that's cool. I hadn't actually noticed the code on the assessment. I'll have to take a look at my previous assessment and see if I can find it (or my next one, soon enough).
I can help your memory with the online access one though - I did that not that long ago. And yes, you're right. They send you a code by mail when you decide to sign up. Not only that, the code is only valid for a short time, and it's only valid for the type of sign-up you decided to do. You have an option (for the last couple years at least) to log in with a sign-in partner (such as your bank). When you tell them whether you want to use a partner, or create a new login, they send you a code that *only* works to activate an account that way. And that mail will only go to the address of your last tax return. So if you've moved and haven't set up your account (or forgot your login - there's no "reset my password" option last I knew), you have to call in, confirm your identity, including knowing randomly chosen *lines* from your previous tax return, and update your address first.
A few months ago she declared "girls can't do physics". Where the hell did that come from?
Granted, I can't presume to speak for your niece, but I'm pretty sure if my parents had tried to pressure me at a young age in to something I wasn't interested in, such as nursing (to pick a similar parallel, as my mom was one, but it's definitely not my thing), I would have looked around at the abundance of women in the field, and the lack of men, and declared that men can't be nurses. Kids are very good at finding excuses.
So there could be social pressure for her to believe girls can't do physics. I won't claim there is or isn't. But just because she said that, especially because there's pressure for her to go in to physics, doesn't require that there be something holding her back other than her own interests/lack thereof, and or just pushing back. I've seen kids lose interest in things they should have been enjoying just because their parents wanted it more than the kids did, and put (to quote you) "inappropriate pressure" on them.
Now, if she's actually interested in physics (which I expect is hard to gauge at that age) and appreciates her dad's "encouragement", but honestly believes she can't do it because she's a girl, then yeah, there's a big problem there. But I'd be surprised if the pressure to go in to it isn't exactly the reason she said what she did. In fact, having written this, I have to wonder if too much pressure at an early age to go against the stereotypes might actually be doing as much harm as the stereotypes... Wonder if there are any studies on that...
Also, WTF is Graal?
Archaic (very archaic) spelling of grail, or the French word for grail (apparently).
The US absolutely has heard of number portability. In fact they had it before Canada did. I used to work in a call center for a US mobile provider, and I was hired in a ramp up they were doing *because* almost all of their existing agents in that center had moved in to dealing with number portability. They started actually doing it just months after I was hired (which would have been late 2003 if I remember).
Now, I escaped from there, so I don't know if anything has changed - but I seriously doubt they've stopped offering it (I live in Canada, and basically ignore everything the US decides to do, unless forced to deal with it).
I used to work for a call center that outsourced to a mobile phone company that also had its own in-house representatives. Apparently (from what I heard) the IVR and the company's own computers were connected so that the in-house representatives actually had user accounts automatically loaded for them. We outsourced lackeys were not connected to that system however, so we got to ask the customers for all the information all over again.
I don't believe anything was said about forcing artists to work for free. Simply that if they are going in to it for the money, they are doing it for the wrong reasons.
Music and art and writing (far more so than other jobs like accounting, programming, politics, etc) requires much more of a personal and emotional investment than just simply plugging in formulas or flipping the right switches in the right order. If all you want is to make money, then it's certainly possible to simply produce some mass-market claptrap that people will eat up (probably backed by the driving forces in the mass-market claptrap music industry - but then good luck seeing much of that money of course, but that's a different rant altogether).
Or you can create music. You can create something that makes a connection with your audience. Something has shares something between you and the people listening. And if it's good, and it connects with people, it may even make you some money.
But given how difficult it is to make money in music, if you go in with the intention of making money, that will be your focus, and it will show through your music - because music is communication.
Sure there are exceptions, but I know a lot of musicians. None of them are big international (or even national) names, but I think none of them would be as good as they are if they were trying to be rich and famous. They're good because they enjoy it, and they do it because they enjoy it. And it shows.
Should they make money for what they do? Sure. I know some I'd like to see get rich and famous. But do I ever want to see the money become the reason why they do it? No.
I think you misunderstood. The post to which you responded wasn't saying that the music industry would buy the rights, what was meant was that the music industry needs a simple way to allow people to buy the rights to songs people want to use. I'll grant the first thirteen words make it sound otherwise, but after that it becomes clearer who the actor is for the verb "buy".
But please, don't let me inject comprehension in to a fun rant. I'd hate to ruin it. (and to be fair, yeah, from what I've heard at least those contracts are absurd, but still irrelevant to the discussion at hand)
No, it's the device. They are talking about a way to create a digital equivalent of a fingerprint for the device. The article talks about "device fingerprinting". And, try paragraph 5 of the article and see how it tastes:
It might seem that one computer is pretty much like any other. Far from it: Each has a different clock setting, different fonts, different software and many other characteristics that make it unique."
That's talking about identifying and tracking a specific computer, not fingerprinting a user.
The page (& link) for Settings>Privacy>News Feeds and Wall>Facebook Ads now has NO OPTIONS. It is currently empty, perhaps because of all the upset customers.
I still see an option when I just checked now, so either it's back or maybe you have some plugin that's hiding it? I've heard ad/script blocking plugins might hide some options (haven't confirmed that myself though), and I know one person who hid some Facebook stuff via Stylish and if I heard him right had to disable some of the style mods in order to see the Terms of Service later - so if you've tried to hide some things (like annoying ads, or pictures that are cluttering up the home page) other stuff may be caught in the crossfire.