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Disney World-area University admits massive data breach

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Mickey Mouse security?

"WTF has Disney got to do with it?"

Mine's the one with _Team Rat_ in the pocket ....

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Cruz missile slams into DNS overlord ICANN over Chinese censorship

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Re: All he needs...

Actually, I was thinking that in this photo he looks like the bastard offspring of Robin Williams and Jim Belushi.

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Uber rebrands to the sound of whalesong confusion

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Re: rates

Judging by the support presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is getting, I'd say many Americans are fairly torqued off by the economic situation so Inder Parmer is in good company (for whatever that's worth). When municipalities are officially gleeful to land a(nother) big box store that pays minimum wage for scut workers to flog future landfill crap from China -- instead of being vaguely ashamed in a "is this really the best we can do?" bit of reflection -- I don't expect much to change, R.I.P. America's middle class. I hope I'm wrong.

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US police contracts and private forum posts dumped online

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Re: Big deal

If it's "18 TB of nothing anyone cares about", then the media circus will move on after scurrying down a dead-end rabbit hole and returning with a bucket of ho-hum (which is the job description for journalists anyway). If they've nothing to hide, they've nothing to fear, no?

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Hell, high water, and ice: Facebook's Dublin data center choices

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Re: Ouch

To be fair, Hoover is quite an engineering marvel, with "daaaaaamn" being the response of many who've pulled over to gaze upon it.

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Apparently we have to give customers the warm fuzzies ... How the heck do we do that?

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Re: UX not CX

If user experience is UX, I'm guessing most websites are aiming for a Fabulous User Experience and fall woefully short. What works fine one month is hopelessly and irretrievably broken because some bright spark wants to lard the site with pointless whizz-bangery that only the latest and shiniest browsers can parse, and one spends more time trawling the source trying to find any useful links in the mess.

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Google UK coughs up £130m back taxes. Is it enough?

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Re: The Tumbler SJW jibe is silly - Magic Money Tree

re: WTF is a magic money tree ?

Reference to the B-Ark'ers using leaves as currency and then later pulling leaves off trees to mitigate inflation?

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BOFH: I want no memory of this pointless conversation. Alcohol please

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Re: Ah the old division

Maybe that's why I leave the "big picture" to someone else, any "big idea" I have is immediately followed by "and how, exactly, would you do this and what would it actually achieve?" There should be a law that all marketing/ management/ soi-disant "visionaries" should have to do some years' time trying to make other people's crackpot ideas work before they start spewing their own rainbows- and- lollipops "concepts". (And, in fairness, there are some who worked in the trenches before rising to the pretty office and have a grasp on the nuts and bolts needed to get from A to B.)

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Virginia man charged in intriguing 'suspicious bacon' case

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Re: Stop the Fighting: American -v- British Bacon

re: the abomination that is American "Cheese"

The technical term is "processed cheese food", and the more heavily marketed brands brag that it contains real milk. Kwality with a 'k'.

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Apple backs down from barring widow her dead husband's passwords

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re: "low" just makes no sense.

Apple's behaviour seemed pretty low to me.

Leaving now ....

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Re: Just write it down

Yay, real typewriters! Except my Hermes 2000 does not have a separate '1' (digit one) key, the lowercase 'l' (ell) does double duty. Also does not have a '!' (bang), one must type an apostrophe, back up, and type a period. Fine for most writings, but 1234 != l234. Might be easier to only use passwords with no ones, ells, capital eyes, zeros, or capital ohs.

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Swivel on this: German boffins build nanoscale screwing engine for sluggish sperm

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We're running out of potable water,

we can not grow enough real food fast enough or reliably enough to keep everyone nutritionally sound, there are already not enough jobs to go around, and yet some folks still think that adding even more population to the equation is a good idea. Generally this "new" population does not include people whose cultures and lifestyles leave a relatively small footprint on Earth's resources, but the offspring of people who can afford the Motörsperm treatment and comparatively much more resource-intensive lifestyles. Yay for the engineering involved, and perhaps a use will be found for it that is beneficial, but for now ... hmmm.

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Anyone seen my DVD? Ohio loses disc holding 50,000 citizens' records

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I went back to Ohio

and my data was gone.

DVDs disappeared,

There were none to be found.

(Apologies to Chrissie Hynde.)

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Oklahoma bloke cuffed for Chrimbo caprine coupling

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surveillance footage?

Blackmail, the gift that keeps on giving. Long after this case is settled, when the media circus has struck the tent and moved on, the viddie will still be waiting. Patiently. Biding its time ....

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Feds widen probe into lottery IT boss who rooted game for profit

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Re: Broke the fundamental rule

re: "it's never big enough"

Pigs get fed, hogs get slaughtered.

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I can turn Yahoo! around claims hedge fund manager

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That 'splains it.

re: "Nett result: the good [developers] leave, the bad ones who can't find new jobs stay." That would explain why yahoo's tech support (which might not have been the best but at least existed, and at one point had some good staffers) now consists of a user "forum" that contains more "why isn't [yet another problem] fixed?" posts than solutions. And explain why every new iteration of yahoomail has a part that is broken, no option to keep using any previous versions that DID work, and of course no tech support people to offer workarounds or, heaven forfend, FIX the problems with the mandatory new versions. If this is how yahoo approaches all of its products, no wonder they're losing relevance.

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Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker

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Re: Sentenced to zippy.

re: "Harry Potter was demonised for promoting magic and witchcraft, which apparently prevent kids from learning about Christianity." Right. Because there's nothing supernatural or woo-woo whatsoever about turning water into wine, creating a boatload of bread and fish from nothing, bringing Lazarus back from the dead, walking on water, and so on, izzere. [*rolls eyes*]

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'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father

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Re: Perhaps, just perhaps...

Actually, Daniel, I agree with you: "if ya' can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em" should apply everywhere, not just in the "over there" places. That said, there are some challenges with this:

- Many places "over there" were fairly self-regulating until The Empire Builders discovered oil/ gold/ resources and plundered the bejabbers out of the place, disrupting family/ clan farming and other lifeways that had served reasonably well for centuries if not millenia. Pretty hypocritical to go somewhere, take all the resources, run the place to ruin, and then tell the occupants they shouldn't breed because they have no resources. That said, breeding beyond carrying capacity helps no one. Not sure how to square this circle.

- Many cultures still hold a "many children = much status" belief. This is useful in farming communities -- more able bodies to work the farm -- but in urban ones? Again, not sure how to address this.

- There has been progress made in areas where women are given/allowed more education. Most women "over there" bear the brunt of having more kids than the family can raise, but often do not have much control over the situation (hubby = final word). Education to grow skills to bring in more income (to sustain more kids) and/or to acquire birth control (to limit the number of kids in the first place) works and we need more of it. Not more fecebook.

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Trouble brewing as iThing coffee machine seems to be hackable

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hackable coffeepot

$brew =~ s/morningblend/decaf/; # cut productivity at the knees. the terrorists have won

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BOFH: We're miracle workers. But you want us to fix THAT in 10 minutes?

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Re: Turkeyshoot Mascara & MonarcoRetardo

Why design it? Someone has an old copy of Fontographer and nothing better to do.

Why have it? It's free.

Why use it? When put into a customer's advert, poster, tee-shirt, or other promotional product that needs a "cool" headline to draw in da yoofs, customer will say "oooooh, I like it!".

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Goodfella's attack smacks Slack chap for whack crack? It's a fact, Jack

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M'kew

Thanks, A.C., for the clarification.

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Angelina Jolie got an award?

re: "at the WSJ Magazine's Innovator Awards right before De Niro was slated to present another award to friend Angelina Jolie", not to disparage Ms. Jolie or her work, but for what project was she being given an "innovator" award? Celebs dropping money into tax deductions, er, charities is not particularly new.

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'I posted winning race ticket in Facebook selfie ... and someone stole it!'

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Re: Maybe it's for the best...

Must be a race-watching thing, I hear that the Kentucky Derby is an annual milliners' dream (for sales) or nightmare (to witness).

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The only GOOD DRONE is a DEAD DRONE. Y'hear me, scumbags?!

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Re: Paint balls vs CCTV

re: "fill paperwork for a background check before the dealer can even consider a sale" -- This is true if the individual buys from a dealer. In some states, if the background check results do not come back within $num_hours (varies by state) the dealer shall sell the firearm. In some states, background checks are not required for private (person-to-person) sales or sales at gun shows. Then there's the issue of when states with VERY different approaches to firearms share a border and visitors don't know the differences, or where exactly the border is in the rural areas.

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DEFCON 1 to DEFCON GONE: One of NORAD's spy blimps goes missing

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ONE tether line?

There was not a second back-up tether line used? Seems like an odd oversight given the cost of the damn thing.

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Re: According to the LA Times it's porkalicious

Speaking of porkaliciousness, how's the F-35 coming along?

Billions, starving children, priorities, yadda, yadda, yadda.

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No, seriously, NASA will fly a probe through Saturn's moon plumes

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food in space?

Our moon is made of cheese and Saturn's got a moon of Enchiladas, what next?

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Elderly? Disabled? You clearly need a .38" Palm Pistol

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And when the grandkids find them?

Most kids in Amurka know the shape of a gun, and most (I hope) are taught to stay away and notify an adult when they find one (and/or proper handling when they are old enough). Aside from "innocent bystander", I think we'll see "child" and "accident" when this goes to market.

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Re: robdunford2@me.com

If Gramma is already holding it when she gets mugged, it could have a brass knuckles function if she punches toward the perp's midsection and pulls the trigger -- a "+5 punch enhancer" of sorts for close contact scenarios. Otherwise, maybe not so helpful.

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Microsoft now awfully pushy with Windows 10 on Win 7, 8 PCs – Reg readers hit back

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Re: Read the EULA, people

How does it benefit Microsoft in the long term to have a EULA that essentially says "the floor will be shifting, the rug likely yanked out from under your operation as we see fit, and any bad outcomes are your problem to solve"? I hear time and again how the business community wants "predictability", this magic fun house forced update regime sounds exactly like what the corporate sector would run screaming from. Unless it's Microsoft's next extortion venture: "That's a nice business you got there, it'd be a shame if anything were to happen to it, wouldn't it? For a small fee, Guido here will see to it that no unfortunate ... upgrade ... befalls your business ...."

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AVG defends plans to flog user data as privacy row continues

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re: fake data

I'm sure AVG and everyone else already pad their data, but slurping additional "real" data adds a veneer of truthiness to the sell. If I'm flogging widgets using company XYZ's user data to find my target audience, I have no idea what to expect: if I sell stuff, great; if not, is it because the data is flawed or because my product is crap? Commence finger-pointing in five... four... three....

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Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

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I hope this ends up having been a colossal con job.

Research project, senior thesis, "hold my beer and watch this", spinning click-through advert dollars, lost the local truth-or-dare lightning round, et cetera, would at least make a modicum of sense.

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Re: My Question:

"Peeple" is what they will do on you and tell you it's raining "positivity", "abundance, joy, and real authentic connections". That's not hate mail, it's a challenge to be the better you you know you can be.

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MACAQUE ATTACK: Monkey plunders Florida resident's box, gobbles contents

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junk food, junk mail

Now the person whose mail got eaten only need show the video to the debt collection agency -- "See? I told you a monkey ate the invoices!".

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Marijuana from heaven: Bundle of blow bombs bow-wow's boudoir

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After the high ...

... comes the crash.

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VW’s case of NOxious emissions: a tale of SMOKE and MIRRORS?

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Re: Alltogether Now

re: "we need to boost the great American auto industry"

True, but with Toyota and other non-Merkin manufacturers having set up plants (with the always- politically- defensible JOBS!) on U.S. soil, the rally round the flag might not be as fervent as it would have been in decades past.

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US eco watchdog's shock warning: Fresh engine pollution cheatware tests coming

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new jargon du jour?

So, will people who fit their performance to pass a test be accused of V-Dub'ing it?

Sample usage:

"Dude, how did you pass the urine test to get your new job after having smoked bales of reefer last month?"

"Easy, I got some of that detox-in-a-bottle at the head shop and V-Dub'ed the test."

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Holy litigation, Batman! Custom Batmobile cars nixed by copyright

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Can we trade the "Happy Birthday" song for the Batmobile?

Not sure I like the net result of today's and yesterday's in-or-out-of-copyright exchange.

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Happy birthday to you, the ruling was true, no charge for this headline, 'coz the copyright's screwed

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Depends on where you work.

re: "' ..."original" birthday songs at many chain eateries' ... But that was not a bad thing!"

The dishwashers, waitstaff, and captive audience at the perpetrating chain slop buckets would likely have a different opinion. See what happens when labour unions lose power?

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Dislike: Facebook scammers latch onto anti-Like button calls

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Didn't fecebook already have a dislike button?

Back towards the beginning, before world+dog discovered fecebook, ISTR a thumbs up/ thumbs down combo, or like/ dislike buttons. The reason for removing the 'dislike' button was something about it being used to bully people; offering only a 'like' button has clearly since then made the world a happier friendlier place and we must now put a stop to that. Zuckerworld, what a strrange place.

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Re: Slider of Ambivalence

re: "Friend of mine has her WORK SCHEDULE (and crucially, any changes thereof) posted on Farcebook by her boss."

I am horrified, but I guess that just shows my ignorance of what kids is doing these days. I wonder how the boss would feel if your friend's house got burglarized because perps knew when she wouldn't be there -- sued, perhaps?

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Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS

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Re: I'll raise a glass to eccentricity

re: camera, photos

Sorry, that's more or less what Michael said in the original post, duh.

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Re: I'll raise a glass to eccentricity

Ditto -- less Disneyworld, more quirky roadside attractions.

It'd be cool if he had a camera mounted to take a piccie of the newly-painted ball every day, so he could string the pix together for a time-lapse film of the growing baseball. Next time .... ;^)

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Ouch! Microsoft sues recycling firm over 70K stolen Office licenses

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Microsoft gets 70K additional customers and they complain?

70K more people are now somewhere in the MS Office ecosystem instead of using Open/Libre/other Office. A bunch of new non-paying targets, er, customers may not be a win, but it's not a loss either.

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OFFICIAL: Facebook growth BIGGER THAN ... JESUS, the INTERNET!

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AOL v2.0?

re: "But that particular [Internet.org] project is really more about ... offering a very narrow number of website[s] over Internet.org, including (surprise!) Facebook."

Forgive my faulty memory, but isn't the proposed Zuckernet more or less what AOL did way back in the day, i.e., plug people into AOL's cache of its version of (or a heavily filtered entree to) the interwebs instead of creating an onramp to the "real" interwebs?

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Airbnb goes titsup – travellers and hosts flip out over lengthy downtime

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Ya' sure it's not the revenge of non-air B&B owners?

In my fair burg (and many others, as I've been reading) municipal gubmints have been burbling on about "levelling the playing field" between "real" B&B operations (those with licenses, permits, and who remit bed taxes) and "air" B&B operations (no licenses, no permits, no taxes), since the former are concerned about losing customer revenue to the latter.

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Huh? Cat-wees-like-a-racehorse study pees on fellow physicists to take Ig Nobel prize

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Austin Powers

One deduces that his post-re-animation drainage was dismissed from the data pool as a statistical outlier.

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Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty

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Re: So basiclly,

"Double-wide" applies to more than mobile homes roun' here.

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Ahmed's clock wasn't a bomb, but it blew up the 'net and Zuckerberg, Obama want to meet him

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Re: Why he weas arrested?

The grass that dares to grow tall gets cut down.

Confidential to school boards everywhere: punishing kids who make neat gadgets is not going to fill those 21st-century STEM jobs everyone is banging on about.

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BAN the ROBOT WHORES, says robot whore expert: 'These AREN'T BARBIES'

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Some thoughts

(a) If the good Doctor is concerned about the exploitation part of prostitution, then she should consider legalizing (or at least de-criminalizing) it so that those in the industry can go to police to report abuse without fear of being locked up themselves, can unionize, and can generally make more ruckus about better working conditions. The State of Nevada has legalized prostitution and while I don't have figures to hand (ha!), my guess is that labour conditions are more favourable there and incidents of abuse/ exploitation are lower than in other states.

(b) Ditto everyone above who has pointed out the "vibrators good, sexbots bad?" incongruence. Not necessarily my cup of darjeeling, but I don't see how having more options available for folks to scratch itches is a bad thing.

(c) Comments about "finally, being able to get a shag without all the human baggage -- arguments, bribing with dinner and flowers, threats of partners withholding bedroom action" would suggest that sexbots could certainly solve some of the symptoms of a relationship mismatch but won't cure it. This of course, is one of the many areas of compromise/ negotiation that each couple has to decide for itself.

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