mark on We Now Know The NSA And GCHQ Have Subverted Most (All?) Of The Digital World: So Why Can’t We See Any Benefits?: What I saw in 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry was implementation of much technology for no reason other than that it was there. I think the same applies here. It simply becomes a business proposition. How many drug tests and back ground checks actually derail employment? Very few I think, but somebody's making a boatload of money off of them. Regarding surveillance tech, it certainly is used when it helps support the folks in power (as in monitoring and subverting legal protests). Our lawmakers certainly need to hold the agencies that invade our privacy to account for the supposed benefits they provide.
chas on GOP Chair of House Science and Tech Subcommittee: I Didn’t Vaccinate My Kids: I thought internet exposure would improve the quality of our elected officials. It seems just the opposite happened. People don't have to use logic anymore, Fuxed News will tell them what to think. The extent of my GOP friends' intelligence is "Obama did it too" or "Clinton did it too". I'm glad that haven't started saying "Hitler did it too", at least not yet.
Sue W on This might be the worst argument against the Apple Car: The shrieking virgins notwithstanding, the car industry isn't a "low margin" business by any means. The cars may perhaps be sold at a low margin (some models), but the financing, parts, service and leasing etc. make loadsamoney.
This is one of the good things about our mercantilist system; if a corporation wants to go into a new market they can do it.