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  • Comment
    22 hours ago
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    Commented in Are Robots Coming for Your Job? Eventually, Yes.

    Interesting headline, but the article was relatively poorly written. For example, no mention was made of job sectors which are particularly at-risk for technology replacement in 10 years, nor, conversely, job sectors that you would expect to be low-risk for technology replacement e.g. plumbers, senior health care aides, etc. Instead there was more fluff than substance in the article.

  • Comment
    22 hours ago
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    Commented in Apple gives you a TRUST rating based on your phone call and email habits

    I can see what Apple is trying to do, but I doubt that the robo-callers or scammers are conducting their scams from their iPhones.

    What I think would be more helpful would be a button on the RECEIVER'S end of things called "report this number" where people can report scammers and spam callers to Apple. Apple could then use that info to flag incoming calls from those types of numbers as "Suspected spam. Take call anyway?" This way it would not matter whether the caller was using iPhone or a robo-call machine, it would help Apple users who are getting incoming calls from those numbers.

  • Comment
    23 hours ago
    +8 8 0

    Commented in 40 billion phone calls predicted in 2019, half expected to be scams

    Yes, I already have my phone number already on the don't-call list! It doesn't help! The US don't-call list is not very effective. It sounds like the one in Belgium is much, much better. Scammers don't go by the law, and I feel like there is too little done here to stop them. I definitely wish there was more that could be done to report them. I've considered typing up a list of numbers that are scams or robo-calls and putting it up online to make a database. But then I heard that some of the scammers make it look like their phone number is something that it isn't really, and I would hate for an innocent number to go up on my database. So in the end, if I get repeated calls from a number that doesn't leave a message, I eventually block that number from my phone.

  • Current Event
    23 hours ago
    +18 18 0

    Hackers Steal $59 Million In Cryptocurrency From Japanese Exchange

    Hackers stole an estimated $59 million from a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange called Zaif, according to a statement released by the owners of the exchange.

  • Comment
    23 hours ago
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    Commented in The Deliberate Awfulness of Social Media

    While reading this article, I was wondering why the author does not quit social media if they find it that terrible. The author provided an answer to this during the article, saying that social media was just too addictive.

    This is a bit like someone who desperately wants to lose weight saying they're not going to do it because unhealthy foods are too addictive.

  • Comment
    23 hours ago
    +5 5 0

    Commented in Facebook is set to launch its own smart home device next week

    Because it's not satisfied with what it already knows about you?

  • Comment
    2 days ago
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    Commented in 40 billion phone calls predicted in 2019, half expected to be scams

    I'd have to say that probably MORE than half of the calls I get appear to be scams. I basically don't answer the phone unless it's someone I know. Otherwise, they can leave a message.

  • How-to
    2 days ago
    +12 12 0

    Free Simple Knitting Patterns

    Here are free simple knitting patterns. These projects are quick and easy so you can produce a finished item fast. Enjoy!

  • Comment
    2 days ago
    +5 5 0

    Commented in EU to recommend that member states abolish daylight saving time

    I would have to say that this is one of the rare problems where fixing it results in making things easier for employers and everyone, than NOT fixing it. In other words, the fix results in everyone NOT having to have extra hassle. So if a problem can be fixed in such a way that it causes LESS work than continuing on with the status quo, why not fix it?!

  • Comment
    2 days ago
    +6 6 0

    Commented in EU to recommend that member states abolish daylight saving time

    I'm hoping this action by the EU will prompt other countries such as the US to follow suit.

    I'm all for either sticking to non-DST year-round, or sticking to DST time year round, but basically sticking to one time. Hopefully when the EU does it, other countries will see it's not too complicated and will do it. The thing that really bugs me is that most of the year, it doesn't matter anyway - in summer, the morning and evening commutes are both happening in daylight; in winter they're both happening in the dark. In other words, the days are long enough in summer and short enough in winter not to make any real difference to whether we have daylight savings or not, anyway.

  • Comment
    3 weeks ago
    +6 6 0

    Commented in Maybe Your Sleep Problem Isn’t a Problem

    This article was so-so. They point out that going to bed late allows people to be productive late at night; at hours when they're less likely to get interruptions. This is very true. However, they also fail to acknowledge that early risers can also accomplish things early in the morning before standard work hours, without interruptions.

    I did like the point they made that in early societies, having people with a range of circadian rhythms in a community was helpful, since there was always someone awake at any given point, to watch for predators etc. Overall though, I felt the article was more "fluff" than substance. It was interesting but could have made the exact same points while being condensed a lot more.

  • Comment
    3 weeks ago
    +8 8 0

    Commented in A Jolt To The Jugular! You’re Insured But Still Owe $109K For Your Heart Attack

    That is scary. It seems so wrong when someone has paid all their insurance premiums, that they are not protected from this sort of thing. He had a heart attack and therefore was taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital - he didn't have a choice about which one. In these situations where the patient has no choice and has a life-threatening emergency, it shouldn't matter if it's in-network and out-of-network.

    Plus, most health plans have an out-of-network maximum that even for out-of-network situations there is a capped limit that the patient has to pay (usually far, far less than 109K!!) So I am shocked that this sort of thing happened to this man, who is grappling with this situation on top of recovering from a heart attack where he nearly died.

    I am glad reporters followed this situation. It makes you wonder how many less-reported or less-publicized cases there are.

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  • Comment
    3 weeks ago
    +5 5 0

    Commented in If It Doesn't Have Paper Backups and Automatic Audits, It's Not an Election Security Bill

    Exactly!! Put it up and allow ppl to point out flaw/loopholes (initially for free/bragging rights), then offer significant bug bounties, then make changes based on that. Still much cheaper than whatever they go through when the machines are hacked.

  • Comment
    3 weeks ago
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    Commented in Phone Numbers Were Never Meant as ID. Now We’re All At Risk.

    I agree, it's a big problem - if someone steals your phone, they have access to your authentication for your various accounts. I minimize what things are linked to my phone number, but even so, many accounts require you to have a phone number that they WILL use to send authentication texts etc. I'd love to see a solution like the one they proposed in the article.

  • Comment
    1 month ago
    +3 3 0

    Commented in Mailman Finds Gigantic Snake Wrapped Around Mailbox, Calls For Help

    Very scary stuff!

  • Comment
    1 month ago
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    Commented in When insurance wouldn't pay, parents funded cancer patient's $95,000 lifesaving treatment

    That is so scary, when a patient is fighting for her life, that she also has to deal with insurance companies who won't agree with the decisions of a trained oncologist. She's been paying insurance premiums exactly for the reason of getting life-saving treatment, after all.

  • Comment
    1 month ago
    +5 5 0

    Commented in The Fastest-Sinking City in the World

    This is scary. Hard to believe a city is literally sinking, but it is.

  • Comment
    1 month ago
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    Commented in Scientists revived tiny Siberian worms that had been frozen in permafrost for 42,000 years — and they started moving and eating

    I know it's amazing, but it still sounds a little creepy to me. (Will they take over the world one day??)

  • Comment
    1 month ago
    +3 3 0

    Commented in ​Dell XPS 13 now ships with Ubuntu 18.04 Linux

    I wish the article had made it clear whether Linux was installed alongside Windows, or as the only OS. That's a pretty important point.

  • Comment
    1 month ago
    +6 6 0

    Commented in With DaaS Windows coming, say goodbye to your PC as you know it

    Another reason I'm glad I made the switch to Linux.