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Siva Vaidhyanathan
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Robertson Family Professor at the University of Virginia
Robertson Family Professor at the University of Virginia

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Go ahead and lie about my commercial endorsements, Google. 
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So Facebook wants my passport to verify my identity. As Mr. Public, you'd think I wouldn't object. But I don't think Facebook has given me sufficient cause to do it. Where's the value? I can get recommended for more followers, they say. Well, I have 44k here and 700k on Google+. Don't need more here. Now if they thought like a user and gave me a portable verified identity I could use in other cases, maybe. But they're not thinking of adding value to me but instead to Facebook.

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Security Theater, Episode #214 Drives me nuts when told to turn off my iPad (or other "electronic devices") before takeoff and before landing. There has never been a shred of evidence, as admitted by the FAA, of interference. How many people on every flight simply forget to turn them off? If it were to any degree a serious concern would we not take more serious measures? Of course we would. Yet we insist on perpetrating such policies. Why? Because we don't want people to think they're not secure? Because we want to continue to prop up useless security facades? Let's all take off our shoes and march through security. Argh!!

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