LPT: If you're being murdered, tell Alexa.
Alexa: My brother in law Jerry is here and has a knife and is stabbing me! Ow!
They tried that. Up until around 1999, Microsoft wouldn't allow a new PC to be shipped with anything but stock Windows (and before that, DOS). Pre-installed software was forbidden by the licensing agreement.
An antitrust lawsuit in the late 90s claimed that this practice was anticompetitive because OEMs couldn't put alternative web browsers on PCs. So Microsoft was forced by the courts to allow OEMs to install whatever they wanted on prebuilt PCs.
For physical purchases, sales tax is based on where the sale happens, so the tax rate will (presumably) depend on whether or not the McDonald's has a bus stop on its block.
But if I ship you a bicycle fender, do we base it on whether there's a Houston bus stop on your block, or on mine? The law has always been that you have an obligation to pay if there's one on yours; this new law is attempting to shift the burden to me (a seller in another state who probably doesn't even know how Houston sales taxes work) to find out whether or not you have a bus stop on your block, charge you the appropriate tax, and send a check to the City of Houston.
Do you mean "look at"?
But if you want to drive coast to coast anonymously, you can do that. Stay within the speed limit and don't have any malfunctioning vehicle parts, and you have given no one Probable Cause to see you and your license. Avoid those particular toll roads where your license plate is photographed for billing purposes.
In the United States, it is illegal for a car manufacturer to advertise any fuel efficiency number other than the one determined by the EPA.
Even running an ad campaign to the effect of "Hey, the EPA says that this car gets 45 MPG, but our testing says it's more like 42. Just thought you should know." would be a crime.
When the doctors are the gatekeepers of information about prescription drugs, that brings back the good old days of free dinners, all-expense-paid conferences, gifts, and hot pharmaceutical sales reps pretending to think that you're clever.
...the rest of us fear it may be legal.
Yeah, I thought so.
I will bet you 500USD right now that on May 15, 2020, this ice shelf will still exist and will have shrunk by not more than 606 square miles. (50% of the area of Rhode Island)
The dark night of Fascism is always descending on America, but it always falls on Europe.
Now imagine if programmers were overpaid undertalented, super inflated egos, where glaring faults in code could be patched over with a public relations campaign?
You had me at 'overpaid'.
I've posted this before, but I want to get this idea out there:
Here's how to make your password truly secure, if you really have something you want to hide:
1) Get fifty dollar bills. Maybe get some fives and tens mixed in with them. Total cost less than $100.
2) Shuffle them into a random order.
3) Set your Truecrypt (or Veracrypt, or whatever) password to be the hundred-digit number formed by taking the two least significant digits of the bills' serial numbers, in order.
4) Keep the stack of cash next to your computer, and make sure you don't let it get out of order. If you lose - or even just drop - the stack, it's game over. If/when you find yourself starting to remember the password and able to enter it without referring to the stack, shuffle the stack and change your password.
5) If an adversary raids your house, chances are that the stack of cash will simply vanish into a pocket. And if that doesn't happen, odds are pretty good that the stack will be scrambled, especially if there are different denominations mixed in.
6) At this point, your password is well and truly gone. No amount of rubber hose cryptography can bring it back.
7) The best part about this plan is you don't have to actually do it. Your password can be your dog's name, as long as you're willing to stick to your story - and it helps if you actually keep a stack of cash next to your computer - that you did steps 1-4.
If you have a Verizon phone, there's no way to get rid of the Verizon crapware, other than the barely-legal nuclear option of rooting your phone. So if you're going to test Verizon, it's reasonable to have the crapware be part of the test.
Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active. -- Leonardo da Vinci