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Elon Musk has absolutely nothing to sell except hype -- and in that regard, he sells a lot.

Yes, Space-X is a big deal.  But Space-X is a non-event in terms of money.

And now, Musk has "acquired" Solar City -- another money losing tax farm.

Folks, these companies are nothing other than tax subsidy farms, and lose money on an operating basis.  They are debt-financed and leveraged to beyond the orbit of Jupiter, which is a grossly-unsustainable practice that only works so long as the stock price remains sky-high.

Which, ultimately, it won't.

At which point the overhang of said debt will sink the company, rendering it worthless and all those expensive Tesla cars unsupportable and also worthless.

Count on it.

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Microsoft has thus far refused to address this after more than a year, going back to the first previews of Windows 10.  Post-release it has been raised as a serious issue by a number of people, and it's something you should be aware of.

Specifically, if you ever use your computer (e.g. laptop) "tethered" or otherwise on a mobile connection you have a big potential problem.  That problem comes from the fact that Windows 10 updates itself and has a lot of stuff (by default) running in the background, such as its "news" app.

These applications and this update paradigm are enormous data pigs; it is utterly trivial for them to consume a gigabyte of data within a few hours, especially if an update to Windows is published.

On wireless (but not wired) network connections you can set a "metered" switch that suspends that background activity as long as you're using that connection.  That's good.

This cannot be selected for either wired (plug-in Ethernet) or "dial-up" connections.

Bluetooth, "Aircards" (e.g. USB data sticks) and similar are all typically classed as "dial-up" connections because nearly all of them actually send a command (frequently #77#) as a "dial" command to initiate them.

Of course one feature that such mobile broadband connections all share is that they're metered in some form or fashion.  You have a data allocation after which you are either locked out, charged more or throttled!  Consuming any of that to download operating system updates and other background data involuntarily is outrageous.  Refusing to make this a system option for other than WiFi connections, when the most-common means of connection used by Mobile Broadband appears to be not WiFi to the system, is even more outrageous.

And oh by the way, if your laptop has bluetooth and you don't need the fastest possible performance you're far ahead security-wise to use Bluetooth to tether rather than your phone's WiFi "hotspot."  Bluetooth has positive authentication by both sides of a connection before it will permit pairing and it has much-shorter range than WiFi which means it's a hell of a lot harder for someone to "pick off" as opposed to a WiFi hotspot connection.  For this reason you ought to prefer -- by a lot -- the use of Bluetooth for this function but if your machine is Windows10 you can't without risking your entire data allocation being sucked off by Microscrewyou in the background.

Someone needs to pelt Microsoft executives with rotten eggs and tomatoes for this, or even better come after them legally for the parasitic consumption of paid-for resources that is being involuntarily shoved down consumer's throats with no ability to stop it.

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How is this legal?

Facebook is not just looking at user's personal information, interests, and online habits but also to your private conversations, revealed a new report. According to NBC report, this may be the case as Kelli Burns, a professor at University of South Florida states, "I don't think that people realize how much Facebook is tracking every move we're making online. Anything that you're doing on your phone, Facebook is watching." the professor said.

Later in the article Facebook appears to confirm that it does indeed use your microphone -- which means it listens to and uploads the contents of speech and other sound around you when you are using the app.

Explain to me, if you would, why you'd ever allow such a device in your pocket?  Further, please explain to me exactly why you believe Facebook would only use this for "ad targeting"..... when there is literally nothing to prevent them from doing otherwise.

And finally, please explain why this is legal and Facebook and its officers are not under criminal indictmentparticularly when you consider that people other than you may well speak within the listening range of your microphone, and while you may have given consent they did not and further, they had no idea they were being recorded!

So you want to have a conversation with me, eh?  Well I don't consent to being recorded, and in many states (including Florida) unless said recorder is either openly and notoriously present and thus obvious (giving me the clear option to refuse to talk to you in its presence) or you have my consent it's a felony to make that recording in any situation where I reasonably believe I'm not being taped or overheard.

Oh by the way, the use to which you put the recording is immaterial; it is not legal in this state to do so for "purely" advertising purposes; any such use is unlawful and in fact it is a felony in this state.

Heh Zuckerpig -- your ass ought to be indicted for this crap, and Florida is not alone in criminalizing this activity.

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