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Comment Re:How to delete your phone number from facebook (Score 4, Informative) 102

It's even more insidious that that....FB creates "dark profiles", these are profiles on people who don't even have or want accounts. For example you go to visit your 80 year old mother who's not on FB, but you mention the fact that you're going to visit in a post.... they create her as a "dark profile". every time someone mentions her in a post, they continue to data mine and aggregate attributes... age, geographic location, income, relatives, what she likes, gifts given,... etc. You post a selfie with her while visiting - now they have facial recognition to add to the profile - all for marketing purposes and clearly without her consent.

Comment sorry, won't byte (Score 1) 990

Ok, lets NOT talk about a power grid that would be completely overwhelmed and collapse without billions in investment..
I grew up in the mid west, where winter temperatures frequently spend weeks in the below zero range - battery efficiency simply doesn't work well enough there... so cross off 1/3 of the country..
Now I live in the PNW (pacific northwest, for you non-tree huggers) , I commute about 15 miles to work, and yes and EV would suit my commute need - BUT, I pull a camper for vacations and hunting, so my usual driver is a Ford F350 diesel... I have no room to park another vehicle. So either I give up all my hobbies, or 'they' build a 4x4 EV with a 300 mile range while pulling a 30' travel trailer. (Actually, I usually drive a motorcycle to work, unless it's raining - remember, the PNW thing, so that happens alot)
In full disclosure, my wife drives a Prius. Her commutes are anywhere from 2-4 hours, depending on destination. (she's a corporate officer for a company with many locations) The 50 MPG is good enough, and we don't have to worry about a charge problem or availability when she's a couple hours away. So between the Plains/Midwest temperatures, lack of infrastructure across the entire US, or lifestyle - I'm would be willing to bet the actual number of people who COULD switch on a practical basis to an EV is fractional of their WAG number.

Comment not sure I buy it, but I will buy it.. (Score 1) 299

Liability is funky dance between ownership and what an attorney can convince a jury/judge.
I know plenty of people who don't own cars, yet have drivers insurance. The reality is in our litigious society, everyone is going to get sued in an accident. You're still going to need insurance to protect your assets and future income.

Comment Re:Nope - it's the basics (Score 1) 1144

Speculation has a higher survival then 100% guarantee of death.
How many of the dead in that room wished they would have had a weapon? If a business you were visiting happened to come under attack by someone mentally ill, would a "wish for a gun" be the last thought through your brain before the perpetrators bullet?

Comment Nope - it's the basics (Score 1) 1144

On my way to work this morning, a guy was on a corner with an anti-gun message -
We need to take a step back and not look at the results, but rather the cause.
When will the US deal with a failed mental health system?
When will the US deal with a radical religion?
If just 1 person in the room had a gun, or if the bar had bothered to hire security, this wouldn't have happened.....

In the 2 largest, most life costing attacks in the US (911 & Oklahoma City bombing), there were NO guns involved.
When you have a leak in your basement, you hire a plumber to fix the leak, not a janitor to continually mop up water - till we deal with the cause, the results won't change and removing a vector only changes the course.

Comment Re:Golden parachute ahoy! (Score 2) 66

The job of the board is return value to stock holders by holding the CEO accountable. Selling off the assets is not a value proposition, it reduces long term revenue potential. Meyer failed to produce value , revenue growth, or strategic vision for that matter - ergo she failed her job and will appropriately be held accountable.

Comment Re:Anyone spouting about the Internet of Things... (Score 1) 70

We'll we see "apps" that unlock cars - and the consequences are hackers killing running vehicles remotely as they go - (already in the wild) The real push for things like Google nest that's constantly monitoring everything you do so it can sell a more detailed profile to advertisers. Even facebook has begun selling dark profiles (people who don't have FB accounts but are talked about by people who do) to marketers. The problems are privacy and security - neither of which marketers or law enforcement give 2 shits about.

Comment Missing the logistics (Score 5, Insightful) 151

There's 2 things always required to become a 'tech hub', neither of which Denver has. First is money - and the article points out that Denver has no corporate HQ's. Second, is a world class education community that feeds technology and is benefactored by the first requirement (money) . Unless there's a tech school University of Denver that's on the same caliber as CIT or UW, this is just smoke

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