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Comment Re:A wasted vote... (Score 1) 993

Rule of law. Rule of law. Rule of law.

Do you have any idea how little credibility those words have after Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib,extraordinary rendition, etc? Do you understand that the last Republican president, his vice president, and several in his cabinet are arguably guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes? If you have absolutely no perspective on what those words mean, then don't take it personally if we ignore you while you scream them.

Comment Re:let me get this straight... (Score 1) 1017

OK, so... just trying to put all this together. You (and Trump) consider the data in question to be personal data which is uninvolved with her official capacity as Secretary of State, but your panties are in a wad approaching the Pauli exclusion limit because you allege that Clinton had exactly the same regard for what you consider to be data vital to the interests of the United States.

Comment The answer is quite obvious (Score 1) 111

Fake medical bills.

The fact that you don't know how many medical bills you'll get, from whom, or what the total will be creates huge opportunities for fraudulent medical billing. You find out when someone was in a hospital and for what, then send them a fake bill for a couple grand for (insert bullshit reason here). Then harass the living shit out of them until they agree to settle for half of what you originally asked for.

Comment Pandora's box (Score 1) 270

Has been opened. I have friends all over the world whom I would never have met were it not for social media. I met my wife in Second Life, and at the time, we lived 3000 miles apart. Humans are connecting creatures, and I think it's too late to reverse the social evolution toward using technology to connect. Even if you were to personally decide to only connect with people you can physically meet, whom would you talk to? Everyone else has their head buried in their smart phones. The very act of attempting to interrupt their attention automatically disqualifies you as someone worthy of socialization. I'm sure Stephen Fry could reasonably expect to be able to strike up a conversation with a stranger on a train. You and I cannot.

A more practical solution is for people to begin to take their privacy seriously and go to a little extra effort to secure it. This has already begun, to a limited extent and with younger people. My kids and their friends no longer use services like facebook to communicate, because they know how easy it is for parents and principals to access the information. We need to choose social media services that strike a different balance on the issues of cost and privacy, even and especially if that involves paying for them directly.

Comment Re:Punishes users and good advertisers (Score 1) 707

The problem with Internet advertising is that computers/web pages are capable of violations of my person which are similar in scope. Software embedded in ads can pull my tracking information, revealing my private information, preferences, etc. I can even be left with a nasty malware infection after the fact.

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