"there is in faeces"
A lot of it is bacterial.
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"an Irish family name ...I perhaps use this person's record on my dev server rather more than some others"
A certain large systems house on whom we all like to pour scorn were repeat offenders in sending badly formed XML with Irish names. After we'd explained it all to the developer doing the work they got it right. A few months later the developer we'd trained had had his visa run out and been replaced by another import, all ready to screw it up again.
"some don't accept email addresses from free email services - probably they believe you've just created one to give 'em to hinder them harassing you for the next several years."
No problem. I use a paid email service and create addresses to stop them harassing me for several years. What's more, if I think I might need to use the service in the future I can keep the address in place but just set it to bounce until the occasion arises.
Let's call out the bollox of using email addresses as login IDs. A user ID and a password taken together are a long string. Doesn't it make it easier to guess the string if you're given half of it? And an email address is one thing that you do tend to give out. It's a mitigation, but no more, if you're able to set up individual addresses for individual sites but the basic rule should be to have email address as a separate field.
Example 1. PayPal. The ID is the email address. OK, I can set up a unique address for this but I then find that hands out that address to merchants. Evidence? I had to change the PayPal ID (a pain in itself) because a merchant to whom I purposely hadn't given an email address decided it was a good idea to spam me using my PayPal ID. So PayPal, acting as a banker in that it's able to handle my money, is happy to hand out half my login credentials to a 3rd party. I'd like to think that they've stopped that crap under GDPR but I don't expect they have.
Then there's the assumption that an email address is a guaranteed to be unique and permanent ID personal. It's neither.
It doesn't necessarily have to be a unique individual address. Companies who adopt this tactic are quite happy to tell you to contact them on something like firstname.lastname@example.org.
And it certainly doesn't have to be permanent, especially if it's an ISP provided address.
Example 2. I have a login at IBM which includes the name of my second (or last but one) ISP who, before I left them, had been taken over at least 3 times and hasn't been a valid, or at least a used, email address for at least 10 years. They won't allow it to be changed but do at least allow a separate, working, address to be provided.
And what's "lifestyle" anyway?
For many it will be social network and web-browsing. That's on the phone and they lost that one. Add in streaming media and gaming. After that you get into a lot of individual interests which don't fit well with a megacorp's way of doing things. What they probably mean by "lifestyle" in Redmond is "consumers watching adverts".
"doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result"
I don't know the context of the original quote but I expect it was aimed at the uncertainty principle in particular and quantum mechanics in general which rather takes the shine off it.
“Our users trust us with their money and personal information"
" we take this responsibility and applicable privacy laws very seriously. Like on other social networks, Venmo users can choose what they want to share on the Venmo public feed”
Translation: We take it as seriously as other social networks, i.e. not at all.
"If the laws of region X and region Y are incompatible, it is going to have to choose which region it wants to do business with."
There are alternatives such as a franchise arrangements which would enable business to be conducted in both regions according to the local laws with the former multinational profiting from royalties. This assumes, of course, that the business is even legal in one of these regions. Selling other people's data presents a problem in this respect.
"Personally, I blame the EU for not wanting to continue the charade (Safe Harbour) while not having a workable solution to replace it."
A workable solution to replace it does not exist short of a complete reform of the US's attitude to other people's data. I blame the EU for even believing such nonsense even deserved to be considered.
"Are they talking about real sea level rise or is this some pie in the sky idea they got from an unvalidated computer model?"
It doesn't matter what your view is on this. I've tried to explain this before. Climates change over time. Sea levels change over time. Irrespective of whether you think this can be stopped by reducing CO2 emissions or whether you think it doesn't happen anyway you're going to be proved wrong. Even in places where there's a medium term* geological lowering of land level some ports have silted up and found themselves inland.
Don't expect your coastlines to remain in the same place. Don't expect floodplains not to be flooded. And don't expect fossil carbons to be an endless supply. Our descendants are going to curse us for shoving them up power-station chimneys when they run out of chemical feed-stocks (and that includes coke for making steel).
* Since the first few millennia of the current interstadial.
"Maybe there could be something like a minimum 500-character length"
The opposite tack could also be taken. Reduce the maximum length to the point where serious effort is required to condense a thought to anything meaningful. The two could be combined - nothing allowed between 5 words and 500 words.
"A PDF is out of date the minute it is made."
A fact which is extremely problematic for those in govt. who might have a shifting relationship with what they said a minute ago and very handy for those who want ot hold them to account.
TL;DR? Permanence has value.
What were the actual questions? All of them.
This was sponsored by Cityfibre. Any competent survey company can get the results their sponsor wants by choosing the questions and reporting the answers for the last one. Without seeing what was done to prime the respondents we've no idea as to whether this was done or not.
"Welcome to 2018, the year of Linux on the desktop."
Just like more years than I can remember before it.
You do, however, seem to lack the notion of multiple users or purposes. SWMBO & self are both using our Linux laptops at present. Then there's a smaller Linux laptop for when I need something really portable to take into libraries etc. There are also the Linux Pis, one on each TV to make them into non-slurping smart TVs. And the Linux desktop that's actually a desktop not a laptop for stuff that needs a Wacom tablet....
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