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Robert Winner


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Are smart devices too smart for our good? Smartphones and tablets are rapidly becoming the universal remote controls for everyday life.

The next phase of the digital revolution will dramatically alter entire industries while simultaneously creating new ones. It will affect the way smartphone and tablet users — whose ranks are skyrocketing — manage their cars, their homes and their personal lives.

In the end, convenience will win out over ethical and legal concerns, analysts say, and the market will decide how far mobile technology should go.

One thing is for sure: The transition to a remote-control society already is well under way.

In todays electronic society, it is not inconcievable that a dishonest person can track, locate, and download all your information without your knowing it. Sole source items such as a Pad / tablet / etc ... that provide all information on you, your life, and property make destroying your life extremely easy.

Is this degree of "convience" really where we need to go.


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    Mar 13 2013: the thing is, Bob, if they are, what are you going to do about it, you can't take them away. I believe people have a certain wisdom here, if smartphones get a lot of usage, it's because they're a good thing, if they ever become a bad thing people will stop using them.
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      Mar 13 2013: Greg, I don't subscribe to that theory .... drugs, alcohol. smoking, AIDS, ...
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        Mar 15 2013: well, some things have gotten better. Isn't there less smoking, more safe sex, possibly less illegal drugs. Alcohol sure seems to hang on, I wonder why people like alcohol so much?
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          Mar 15 2013: Greg, I was once an analyist ... I can make any numbers you give me look great by changing the sentence structure. Don't believe numbers ... completely.

          Example: Unemployment. The administration basis the number on the number of people who sign up for unemploymet during the month 7.8%. Sounds great in a speech. But they leave out the people on welfare and the people whose benefits have expired and those who have just given up and no longer report to the welfare office. If you look at the national debit clock on the right had side it gives the number of unemployed, currently around 24 million ... thus around 14.5%. The other thing they do is to count less than 40 hour positions. End of summer comes and the high school kids go back to school ... they were part time and do not report to welfare for benefits .... MacD's hires people to replace them .... reports show no jobs lost and thousands gained .... makes the news as a big job gain. Christmas same thing .. I hire you for 90 days ... big increase ... anouncement that the economy is on the rebound .... 90 days are up and because it was temporary no one gets fired and no one goes to welfare with a job loss .... wow the administrations plan is really cookin ..... NOT.

          Safe sex ... high schools are giving away condoms .... 15 year olds are getting PG .... border crossing is still high and part of the deal to smuggle you in is each will carry some drugs ... alcohol, gotta give ya that one, the great American escape route.

          The media is 100% (oops forgot about fox) behind Obama. Last week the Huffington Post (of all papers) said that Obama was less transparent than Bush. Had to google it to make sure even after reading it myself on the Huff.

          Greg, do your own research ... things are never as they seem. Read about 1916 Argentina and change the name to USA. Look at todays Venzeula going under just like us. Fore warned is fore armed. Don't drink anyones koolade.

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      Mar 14 2013: I agree with Robert here, although I don't think AIDS belongs in that counterargument.

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