Just get some ice from an asteroid and drop it in the oceans to solve the problem once and for all. Once and for all!
The hidden meaning of "smart" in "smart phone" and "smart light switch" actually implies something different, taken from the hard drive industry:
Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART)
The purpose of these devices seems to be total monitoring of its users. A "smart" home usually means the vendor knows the state of every light switch, every door sensor, every movement down to the millisecond. I'm just waiting for a group of burglars to break into such a database to determine when and where to break into houses.
"Picasso had a saying -- 'good artists copy; great artists steal' -- and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas."
-- Steve Jobs, 1996
If you run Windows Phone or Windows 10 you should say goodbye to any sort of privacy.
As of now there are no commercially available smart phones that respect your freedom entirely. Depending on where you draw the line,
your best bets are Replicant or at the very least CyanogenMod without any Google Apps.
F-Droid is a package manager for Android that only contains software that respects your freedom.
The booster's height is about 1/4 furlongs or 530 hands.
TIL that "hand" is an actual unit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
Sorry, didn't mean to put you on the defensive. You're doing that because your web browser does it. You didn't want to run some random application, but you did, at some point, load a web page which contained a script tag that shouldn't have been there. You say "but it's just a web browser!" and I'm explaining, "No, it's an Operating System." Eww.
You have a very good point and the user really is responsible for what they run in the end.
I should use Tor Browser more often, which is less chatty. Someone ought to make a fork of Tor Browser without Tor. It really is superior to any other browser in that regard.
Social networking and mass media definitely alter human behavior. It's a pity all this stuff is hard to measure and quantify.
I agree with your sentiment about social pressure.
Why on Earth are browsers revealing my battery status to random websites?
Does Google dictate these changes in exchange for funding?
It's not money but oversocialization and overpopulation.
In the 1960s John B. Calhoun conducted extensive experiments with mice, examining changes in their social behavior in an Utopian world.
Calhoun gave the mice clean housing and unlimited access to food.
After day 600, the social breakdown continued and the population declined toward extinction. During this period females ceased to reproduce. Their male counterparts withdrew completely, never engaging in courtship or fighting. They ate, drank, slept, and groomed themselves – all solitary pursuits. Sleek, healthy coats and an absence of scars characterized these males. They were dubbed "the beautiful ones." Breeding never resumed and behavior patterns were permanently changed.
A documentary on the subject:
There's also a controversial opinion piece that partly aligns with Calhoun's scientific findings.
Theodore Kaczynski's manifest "Industrial society and its future".
What is the current meaning of the "cyber" prefix anyway?
It seems to me it's only used in news and by politicians to imply "something unknown and scary on the Internet".
I understand that this is about the Navy who is actually capable of piracy.
Reading further however makes it clear that it's just another case of copyright infringement.
Piracy is, in fact, an act of robbery or criminal violence at sea.
A lot of the electronics offered on Amazon Prime Day was just rebranded Chinese stuff that you can find at the same or lower prices on DealExtreme, AliExpress or GearBest ALL YEAR LONG.
other "articles" that were obviously written by covert PR drones:
>"Microsoft's newest desktop operating system comes with a range of interesting features"
>"[it's] fiscally conservative [to upgrade]"
>Windows 10 skeptics are subtly portrayed as being scared of all things new
Followed by a good dose of sock puppetry.
>"Windows 10 offers a range of interesting features including virtual digital assistant Cortana. While these features and a substantial boost to performance and speeds could be a big reason for the fast adoption of Windows 10"
Polymer physicists are into chains.