As discussed a year ago, some in the EU Commission are all for creating an EU-wide snippet tax,
...and by all appearances, the EU is on the verge of becoming significantly smaller as multiple nations are looking to leave it in the near future, and at least one has a pretty good chance of doing so successfully. So this may not be as big of a problem as it sounds at first.
If I told you that I drove by an elementary school about 4-6 times one day someone would call me a pedo.
I wouldn't. I used to live about a mile from the local elementary school, and it was located on a main road in between my place and downtown. On a busy day if you're running errands there'd be nothing at all weird or unreasonable about driving past it multiple times, and I'd hope people would be able to consider such possibilities before jumping to ridiculous conclusions.
Meh. Replace "Democrat" with "Republican" and "socialism" with "fascism" and the entire rant, word-for-word, would be equally valid, which makes it not particularly valuable as a tool of persuasive argument IMO.
Many of the things Sarah mentioned that credit agencies used to collect are irrelevant, but saying "they would have stuff about whether you drank or gambled," that makes me think "well of course!" It's well-known that there's a strong correlation between a problem with an addiction, whether it be to a drug or to gambling, and problems with handling money, because you'll frequently end up throwing away money to feed the addiction. So why not track this?
WRT "decentralized identity", I think the thing that the co-host is missing out on is that centralized identity does more than simply associate a person with a unique identity; it performs the equally-important converse operation of associating an identity with a unique person. He mentioned Reddit; well, just as an example, I have 5 different Reddit accounts that I use for various different purposes, to more easily compartmentalize the different things I use Reddit for. That's just fine for Reddit--it's a positive feature on a service like that--but for something like personal identity, having a person being able to have multiple personal identities is a bug, not a feature.
Also, Sarah's absolutely right about Bitcoin. The system has been plagued by fraud and dysfunction almost from day 1. At the moment, the cost in energy to run the computations necessary to mine 1 Bitcoin is greater than the value of 1 Bitcoin. The developers behind Bitcoin want to try to fix things, but they can't because too much of the Bitcoin network's processing power is run by a small handful of Chinese syndicates, and they don't want the system to be fixed. (So much for a "decentralized" system!)
It's a bit depressing to see that (the Democratic portion of) the American people was dumb enough to nominate a Clinton again. I would blame it on voters too young to remember the neverending scandal that was the first Clinton administration, except that polls indicate that they overwhelmingly voted for Bernie Sanders! So I guess there are just a lot of mature people out there with really poor memories...
If you prefer a classic American muscle car, you can get 95% of the parts for a 1964-66 Ford Mustang straight from Ford. You could build a classic Mustang on your own assembly line if you wanted, but it wouldn't be cheap
5th generation wireless? We don't even have 4th generation yet!
Do you have a phone that runs on "4G LTE"? Do you know what the LTE part stands for? It means "long-term evolution," which is exactly what it sounds like: "4th generation wireless is too difficult to implement, so let's just implement part of it and get around to the rest of it eventually."
In the case of my broadband provider, I have no choice. I must turn over to my provider information usable in obtaining a FICO credit score to my broadband provider so my provider can actually come out to my house, activate my connection, and bill me on a regular basis.
I've been a Comcast internet customer (no choice; they're the only game in town) ever since I moved into my current apartment. At no time has a Comcast technician ever had to come over for any reason.