What's missing here is the fact that TJX didn't take reasonable precautions to protect the data.
Looks like you're the kinda guy that blames rape victims for dressing too sexy.
Nonsense. Companies have an actual legal and contractual obligation to protect the data of their customers and the banks they do business with. Whether TJX took proper precautions is debatable but it's not even close to the same thing as blaming the victim. The real victims here are the credit card holders who trusted TJX when they bought some clothes or whatever not to leave their personal info open to hackers stealing 11 million credit card numbers. Those people (and the credit card banks) are suing TJX for damages under multiple class action cases.
Medical researchers who would like to know the demographics of an area and how they affect various health issues Demographers who research race/ethnicity and a whole host of things
i could go on, but you've clearly got an axe to grind.
Keep tilting at windmills.
From what I have read and learned over the years, there's no scientific definition of race. Genetically there's no identifiable or significant genetic difference between humans of one so-called "race" and another. As the poster above noted, it's about as useful as eye color or shoe size in terms of classifying human beings for the purposes of real scientific research, although race continues to be widely used in such research. There are plenty of scientists who consider racial categorization to actually be detrimental to getting at real root causes rather than superficial categories of people.
Scientific American had a whole issue about this question a few years ago. From the online summary of "Does Race Exist?" (December, 2003 issue) they note: "Does Race Exist? If races are defined as genetically discrete groups, no. But researchers can use some genetic information to group individuals into clusters with medical relevance."
That is very different from saying that race itself (i.e. parentage or skin color) is useful, except as shorthand for culture or geographic background of a person, and even that is dubious, at best.
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Build a system that even a fool can use and only a fool will want to use it.