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Technology Systems & Policy Analysis: Internet, Privacy, plus Other Sundry Topics.
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"Let the poor wear used plastic bags."

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Oops! // The president's chief economic adviser is casting doubt on the future of U.S. coal, saying it "doesn't really make that much sense anymore as a feedstock," directly contradicting President Donald Trump's repeated promises to revive the struggling coal industry. Briefing reporters Thursday night on Air Force One, Gary Cohn singled out natural gas as "such a cleaner fuel." By exporting more natural gas and investing in wind and solar energy, the U.S. "can be a manufacturing powerhouse and still be environmentally friendly," Cohn said. //

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// Racists, revenge porn perpetrators, Holocaust deniers and people who think immigrants are filth: One look at the company's rulebook on content moderation reveals these upstanding members of Facebook's community get a free pass on cultivating hate. As long as they don't run afoul of a very slim, arguably subjective set of edge case rules, that is. //

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What about methane emissions?
... The findings, published in the scientific journal Climate Change this week, suggest that Americans could cut greenhouse gas emissions significantly by giving up the cow and opting for a plant. The U.S. could meet 50 to 75 percent of its 2020 GHG targets fairly quickly by switching to legumes, the research team spanning four universities attests.

The reason hasn’t as much to do with what we eat but what it takes to put that steak or pot roast on the table.

The researchers led by Helen Harwatt and Joan Sabaté of California’s Loma Linda University argue that raising cows for food is an inefficient use of land: Millions of acres are used not only to rear cattle, but also to cultivate grains for feed. ...



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I'm frequently asked about my view of uploading photos to Google (and/or other online services). Personally, I never routinely upload my personal photos -- in other than archived, encrypted forms for backup -- anywhere online. I do not have an ongoing need for the processing services provided except occasionally on a one-off basis as exceptions -- and while my photos would likely be categorized as mundane and "chock full o' cats" -- I also use photos to make copies of personal documents. When I have photos to share with the world, I upload them individually. This is what works for me. Your mileage may vary, of course. 
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