The real problem is that companies feel like they can do pretty much anything as long as they bury it in a 90 page EULA somewhere. No need to put "this toy transmits everything you say to us, and we use it to sell you more shit, and sell your details on to other companies" on the box, just hide it on page 36 and most consumers won't even find out about it.
IoT is ripe for some strong regulation. I'd suggest mandatory notifications when vulnerabilities are discovered, unpatched firmware = full refund, and mandatory icons on the box when the device violates your privacy in any way. Oh, and the EULA must be printed on the outside of the box in minimum 16pt font.
It depends on the flight, 12 hour long haul London to Tokyo they offered an expensive 1 hour pass and a super expensive whole flight pass.
That's great if you need aspirin, but what happens when you need major surgery or expensive long term treatment? Most people can't get hold of tens of thousands of dollars at short notice, especially when they sick.
The whole thing is dragged out for over a year with the primaries and everything.
This was the year when one candidate accused the father of another of killing JFK, then bragged in a presidential debate of having a big dick.
This election seemed to go on a lot longer than just a year.
At least my Lincoln Logs never spied on me.
And I'm so old that when I was five and told my dad I wanted Lincoln Logs for Christmas, he handed me a hand axe, a piece of flint and some beef jerky and dropped me off in the woods. I was out there in my little jammies in the middle of December and let me tell you, it got so cold I had to kill a deer and crawl inside to keep from freezing to death. It was like something out of The Revenant.
Yeah, I had a rough childhood, let me tell you.
AI will replace your children
At least the AI won't bring some fruity hipster with a man-bun over to the house for Thanksgiving like my daughter recently did. I mean, he was a nice enough guy and all, but he seemed a little low-T if you catch my drift. I tried to get him to watch football or go out back and play mumblety-peg or strip down to our briefs and try out some wrestling moves, but he demurred. He also wouldn't eat any of the turducken, saying that he was some kind of vegan or something. I mean, what the fuck is that all about? When I was his age, I lived on raw hamburger and Skoal Long Cut.
I guess my dream of my daughter marrying a first-round draft pick out of Alabama or something is just about gone. Well, it is what it is. Kid's will break your goddamn heart. you know?
Kansas, BTW, is firmly middle of the pack on both measures. Kansas is #25 of 50 in terms of GDP per capita, and according to the Mercatus rankings, they're #27. So Kansas isn't a perfect example.
Kansas is a perfect example. Forget GSP (the state version of GDP) and Mercatus. Look at the trendlines. Since they've had this experiment in extreme trickle-down economics, they're rapidly heading into the shitter.
Republican dominated states (now a majority) have slightly lower unemployment than Democrat.
Those numbers are almost three years old. Some red states have gone into the shitter since then.
Or Texas which has been doing better than California for the last twenty years.
I'm living in Houston now, so I can have an opinion on the "Texas miracle".
It's horseshit. First, Texas is not "doing better than California". Second, one of the ways Texas has attracted businesses and jobs is by deregulating and lowering taxes. But see, those chickens are starting to come home to roost. The real economic engine of Texas is the Houston/Gulf Coast area which had a big boom when gas was $4/gallon. At $1.85 (which is what I paid to fill up earlier tonight), there are a lot of oil folks out of work, which is hurting everything from trucking to local businesses like restaurants, drug stores, groceries, etc. The big boom in Houston now (and the reason that Houston is still the economic driver for all of Texas), is health care. We have the best medical centers and medical schools around and are building more. And even though Texas is a low-tax state, the state makes up for it by loading up its citizens with fees and licenses and surcharges galore.
By the way, Houston is a liberal city. Blue as blue can be. It's got more in common with Austin and San Antonio than it does in more backward places like Dallas-Ft Worth or the panhandle. Hell, until recently, the mayor of Houston was a lesbian. Think about that. A lesbian mayor in Texas. Up in Dallas, they'd force her into a re-education camp and treat her with electric shock and the Bible.
Without Houston, Texas would be sucking as bad as Kansas, which has the worst economic trend in the United States thanks to one-party Republican control of Kansas state government.
Ask me how I know...
With all due respect, I'd rather you kept that to yourself.
Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.