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Comment Re:Wikileaks (Score 1) 211

the post by WikiLeaks specifically stated Family

A database of verified people and their family is a simple family kidnapping filter.
Bill made a lot on a deal, Bill is just a verified twitter user whom owns a store, brags about it business, and did a huge deal
that he's popping a bottle of wine.
Villain opens up the database and starts a review of reasonably near targets and finds Bill, Villian take his daughter and
Bill will have to pay $$$ to get his kid back ( which is most likely dead )

Those that buy data are trackable.
and facebook is troubling.

Comment Re:Wikileaks (Score 1) 211

while you see it as a Doxxing Database, I see it as a kidnapping database.

A database of verified people and their family is a simple family kidnapping filter.

Bill made a lot on a deal, Bill is just a verified twitter user whom owns a store, brags about it business, and did a huge deal
that he's popping a bottle of wine.
Villain opens up the database and starts a review of reasonably near targets and finds Bill, Villian take his daughter and
Bill will have to pay $$$ to get his kid back ( which is most likely dead )

Comment Re:I'll grab some popcorn (Score 1) 211

Well, in the factual world, data is data. Causation and Correlation are not fact, but propaganda can make it like look fact. Great example is the Kevin Bacon game, given enough, people might think you know KB directly or have access to his ear.

Now more directly, I gather data all the time for my Real Estate business, I'm a realtor.
I note overgrown lawns and messy landscaping ( means they forgot to call the service, on holiday, or don't have money )
I note garage sales ( Means they might be cleaning house for a sale )
I note New Baba signs ( means they might sell and want to upgrade a house )
I see data all the time, and try profit from it.

A database of verified people and their family is a simple family kidnapping filter.
Bill made a lot on a deal, Bill is just a verified twitter user whom owns a store, brags about it business, and did a huge deal
that he's popping a bottle of wine.
Villain opens up the database and starts a review of reasonably near targets and finds Bill, Villian take his daughter and
Bill will have to pay $$$ to get his kid back ( which is most likely dead )

Comment Re:Wikileaks (Score 1) 211

> self-aggrandize their reputation:

what a wonderful phrase. I hope to use it. Anyway on to the reply

I have never liked Wikileaks in any way. Spilling the beans without some sort of check
and balance does more harm than good. That's why qualified, and skilled reporting, is
required. A good story will always sell, Great story's, make great reading IE: what you had mentioned.

I feel that people who are validated on Twitter will be subjected to Doxing and possible harm. You don't
have to be too famous to become a target of someone that wants to make quick cash.

Comment If you want to know when adulthood really starts (Score 5, Insightful) 261

ask the car insurance companies: above a certain age - way above 18 usually - their rates suddenly drop dramatically. The insurance companies don't make that age up: it comes from their accidents statistics.

It's pretty clear certain age groups get more into accidents than others: it's because they're not really mature enough to be good drivers, even after years of driving experience. Nothing reveals immaturity in a person more than their way of behaving on the road.

I'm saying this as a general rule of course: clearly there are good young drivers and incompetent old timers. But for the population in general, the insurance statistics don't lie.

Comment Today's Christmas *is* corporate bullshit (Score 4, Insightful) 103

The Christmas we knows today - with the garish fat man dressed in red and gaudy lights that waste gigawatt hours of energy for nothing every year - is a pure invention of the Coca Cola company, designed solely to sell Coca Cola products. Also, the contemporary Christmas "spirit", based on ultra-consumerism and overeating, that start at least a month before the actual fucking Christmas Eve, is nothing but a massive effort by companies to brainwash people into buying tons of shit without realizing they're being manipulated into consuming. When was the last time Christmas was a strictly christian celebration, with Christians going to church to pray for a whole day and night, while the Jews, Muslims and all the others went about their business as usual on December 24?

So no, Google didn't steal the Christmas spirit: they *are* the Christmas spirit. They're pushing their products, like everybody else

Comment Fake news! (Score 3, Funny) 42

U.S. drone delivery service Flirtey on Monday announced that its self-piloting flying machines have whisked flu medicine, hot food and more from 7-Eleven convenience stores to customers' homes.

I've never be able to buy anything that can be called food at 7/11. So I don't believe it.

Comment Re:Disassembled.... (Score 1) 199

I do know a bit about maritime law, if the drone was attached to the US vessel in any physical way, it's a huge violation.
Maritime laws have been around for a very long time. and stupid act's like that can lead to very physical trade problems,
maritime people are really different, they have to work together, because simple errors can now cost almost billions of dollars
worth of insurance claims. Also, how do nations retaliate, simple, Customs not clearing a ship or delay ( very few US flag
vessels call China, but many call USA ) can have a huge long term business cost to a steamship line.

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