Every morning I drive to a nearby commuter parking lot and stand in line for a few minutes as strangers going to the Pentagon swing by and offer us rides so that they can use the carpool lanes on I-95. Then I repeat the process headed home, catching a ride at the Pentagon to my car, which is parked about 37 miles south. It allows me to commute about 100 miles roundtrip each day for $4.50 in subway fares.
No cash change hands for the rideshare, but we are still "paying." The driver allows two strangers into his or her car, and I get into cars with strangers, something out parents told us never, ever to do! It's a wonder that this is legal.
FIOS just hit my neighborhood a few weeks ago. I know I should call Comcast and use that fact to reduce my bill, but I just don't want to deal with them and lock myself into two more years to save $20-$40 a month. And I say that as somebody who doesn't particularly hate Comcast. I know they are evil, but my service for the last two years has been fine.
I don't think the hassle of switching flavors of evil from Comcast to Verizon is worth it for whatever I might gain from FIOS. What I'm really working on is convincing my wife we don't need cable at all.
I got a six strikes email notification a couple of weeks ago for a day / time when I know nobody in my house was even using a computer, let alone downloading Game of Thrones. My wifi is locked down, and I live on a cul-de-sac in the suburbs, nobody drove by and hacked my wifi. It's simply a bogus six strikes notification.
"Dave believes that the Constitution does not need to be compromised for matters of national security. He supports the end of bulk phone and email data collection by the NSA, IRS, or any other branch of government."
And Obama was going to give us the most transparent administration in history. Political positions from unelected leaders are meaningless. Once in the house, he'll be a peon with no power, and he'll fall in line if he hopes to accumulate any power.
My wife has a friend that committed suicide last year. His Facebook account is still there. It's more than a little creepy to see him on the friend list on my wife's wall. Death and online identity is still a huge unanswered question, and I imagine we'll see a lot more stuff like this case before we figure out how to handle it.
People seem to forget she was doing her job when she went on the Sunday talk shows and defended warrentless searches and spying. It doesn't make it right, but unfortunately that is how our system operates. If she didn't do that she would been forced to resign to "spend more time with her family" the following Monday.
She may be a bad idea on the Board for a lot of reasons, but for doing her job in the Bush Administration? I don't think that really tells us much about how she will advise on privacy issues as a board member. That said, she is basically a statist, so I'd expect the status quo. Dropbox would be the company to make a stand for user privacy.
I live in the DC area and have sat through security interviews for my neighbors countless times. The quality really varies. We've had actual FBI agents show up at the door. However, usually it's a contractor, probably USIS. The "investigators" are young kids, likely in their first job out of college. They roll through their list of questions, barely listening to the answers, just trying to check off the interview as done so they can move on to the next one.
That colonoscopy article was especially interesting as I just had one last month and I got the bill yesterday, The surgery center billed me about $5000 for the hour I was there. I'm lucky to have great insurance through my wife so my financial responsibility was $68. However, the insurance only paid about $700, the rest of the bill was written off. If I didn't have insurance the surgery center would expect to collect $5000. Because I have insurance they only collected about $768. I can't imagine that colonoscopies are a loss leader so I have to assume they at least cover their costs at $768.
Somebody from England paid me $150 just two weeks ago to post an article they wrote on my personal blog. My blog gets maybe 50 unique visits a day on average? I can't imagine how any Google juice from my site could be worth $150, but what the hell. I'll certainly take their money.