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Bingo! In a high school it might not make as much difference, but would be bad news for elementary and middle schools, where you have young kids.My fear is that Apple, in their need to keep the # of SKUs down, may ignore this problem. There's a cost associated with managing additional models, as well as the game with "best seller" sales #s, which are higher when you have less models to choose from. The question is, is the K-12 market big enough in Apple's eyes to offset...
First, I'm happy you have an AppleInsider account. 20,000 posts and counting - please stick around for another 20,000!So don't take this the wrong way, I just want to get you to start thinking about something. I've discussed this with personal friends, and the attitudes have ranged from "yeah, you're right, I think I'll change my usage", to "stupid #!*$#, shut up". More or less...You are making a conscious choice to give full and unfettered access to your personal...
Yes, this is a lot of quoted material, but for a reason... more commentary below.Hallelujah!! I am SO HAPPY to see many of you realizing the downside and dangers of one (or a few) companies in control of so much personal data! I've been 'preaching' the negative aspects of this model for a long time, and it's often felt like I was standing alone against an ocean of momentum. It felt like I was standing in the theater at the end of Apple's 1984 commercial, looking...
Of course they are! The difference in this case is that I can easily avoid Apple's location tracking by simply not owning an iPhone. I do not own one, and will not until I can, as a user block that type of data. On the other hand, merely surfing the net normally gives google plenty of info unless you know a great deal about how to customize your computer and take extreme care about how you surf. Even then it's very difficult, plus other people pass personal info about...
So you should ask yourself this: If you were working in a gov't agency and wanted to get your hands on real-time location data for millions of people, how would you do it? This is not a rhetorical question. Private companies are pulling together massive amounts of personal data right now because people are willingly handing it over without considering what will happen to it over time. That's just foolish. Some of the most public-facing data can be found here:...
Hahahaha! You give your real phone # to pizza joints?? How quaint and naive. Yes, you're right, most of them package up this info and sell to others, including marketing firms. You are under no obligation to give them that data. Two pieces of advice, for those who care: 1) Do NOT give these clowns a real phone #. Most places never call it back to verify, it's only used as a unique identifier. Try it in advance of ordering something critical though, like a SuperBowl...
Hope you're joking, but if not, I can see this relationship is built on trust...
jragosta has it right. People, don't be stupid. When you use these services, you ARE giving up some of your most personal data (where and when you are in real-time) to a whole bunch of people you don't know -- inside Google (or Foursquare or whoever). And there is little in the way of protection if (more like when) they decide to start milking the value out of that data. Actually, they already are, but I mean via sharing or selling certain portions of that data. By...
Thank goodness there are others around with good taste. Coffee is shit-gross tasting. For people who are truly being honest, the vast majority (I'd guess close to 90%) had to acquire the taste for coffee. That doesn't mean it tastes good, that means that it's a combination of social acceptance and eventually mild addiction. Kinda sad when you think about it.Just thought I'd comment so you know you're not alone. And yes, we're definitely in the minority. Nothing...
I've never understood people who AREN'T into collectibles and such things! (seriously, it's very deeply ingrained, I wouldn't be surprised if there was a genetic influence)
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