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Comment Re:So what? (Score 4, Insightful) 60

I know what I get in exchange for trading my information with Google and I know how to secure my communications when necessary for sensitive information Google and I both benefit from the relationship. When a third party gets their malware on a phone (hasn't happened to me) the user of that device has not made an informed decision to make that trade and rarely benefits from it.

Comment Re:More advertising data (Score 1) 89

I know what information I am giving google and I know what value I get in return. I consider it a fair trade.

Facebook on the other hand, I don't use any of their apps (all of which want my location) and when I access FB via mobile web, I reply no to the browser prompt that the site wants my location. Facebook doesn't give me anything worth sharing my location...

Comment Re:Trump is already a uniter (Score 1) 637


"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort."

The aid and comfort is separate from levying war, a declared war is not necessary. Just because we are not at war does not mean we don't have enemies.

Comment Re: Thanks to (Score 1) 637

It happened 5 out of 45 presidents. And it does reflect the popular vote of that state (with the slight exception of Nebraska and Maine). Can you name a state where the popular vote of that state picked a different winner than the electoral vote of that state?

Comment Re:Black Mirror (Score 2) 204

Also, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom

"Whuffie, a form of digital social reputation, replaces money and is a constantly updated rating that measures how much esteem and respect other people have for a person. This rating system determines who gets the few scarce items, like the best housing, a table in a crowded restaurant, or a good place in a queue for a theme park attraction."

Comment Re:What about Anker? (Score 1) 90

In my family we have a number of Anker products as well, all of which I am happy with.

That said, Anker did do a recall and replacement for some of their USB 3 cables:

Which brings me to a rant, if the fsking cable has to be smarter than some strands of copper insulated from each other and of appropriate gauge to carry the current, the fsking standard is flawed to begin with. At no point whatsoever should cables have ever been an issue. All the "smarts" should be in the devices themselves!

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