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It's a serious annoyance with etiquette on dating sites that I guess is bleeding into other areas of interaction as well. There's nothing ruder than walking away in the middle of a conversation (well okay, probably a few things, but it's pretty bad) and that's essentially what just not responding to a text or message in an ongoing virtual conversation amounts to. That said I'm not sure Tinder even sets itself up as a matchmaking service, isn't it all about casual meetups? It's deliberately shallow and that surely means it's never intending to be about dating.

The only way to lessen this kind of cheap, degrading form of "social" interaction, where binning others is a trifle and a triviality, is to stop participating in it. Take people seriously. Develop relationships cautiously and slowly, but solidly and meaningfully. That means deleting the apps and deactivating the bingey dating sites. Walk out on to the street and smile and say hi to someone attractive, instead.

Being about to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary this topic is foreign to me so I must admit to confusion. If people are fortunate enough to be physically attractive they generally have, in my experience, no problem attracting other pretty people. These lucky ones would not need any such app. If one is say. less attractive, putting your picture on such an app will only lead to mass rejection or worse, being stood up or even worse, being used. Who benefits?

This isn't a new problem, haven't there been people writing in to advice columns since their invention asking why hasn't this person writen/called/emailed/texted me back? The answer then as now is that no answer is an answer. The answer is that they don't want to write/call/email/text you. Think about it, do you really want a more detailed answer than that? Would it really be better to receive a long and wordy accounting of why they no longer want to talk to you listing all of your physical and personal flaws?

Just to play devil's advocate, it's not like "traditional" dating was ever that deep either: You'd go out because someone caught your eye or a friend set you up with one of their acquaintances. Then once you had a decent job, you'd settle down with someone you loved just enough to get over the irritations of living together. No fairy tales.
Hearts are no longer tender, they're Tinder. We're all worse off for it

When the taxman starts using this technology he'll be able to make sure "non-resident' Brits. are non-resident for the required number of days. I am sure there will be many other ways such technology can be useful once it spread to governments, newspapers and the public.

I'm curious, with the NSA having all this power, how come they couldn't stop the Boston mess? They didn't need to spy to find out about these guys, I don't understand this. Why are they provoking us?

They never seem to be able to catch the big criminal with this technology so it makes you wonder why they actually use it. Oh yes, information is power. In 100 years Snowden and such like will be seen as true heroes of our time and our current spineless politicians will be viewed as criminals protecting their Stasi like secret police. The only thing i wish for is that it comes sooner rather than later. I want these people sorted before they die!

Hello fellow lab rats. It is just more data being added to the info already collected to established an algorithm on how people behave. All the info already gathered produces a model of how masses of people react and live and interact. The government adjusts the variable for a given scenario and looks at the likely outcome. All the data that has been collected over the years is fed into the model. The more data it collects the more accurate the result.The more accurate the result, the better to control you with minimum reaction.

This could be useful in some circumstances, imagine if Rubin "Hurricane" Carter had his phone on him in 1966, this data could have been used to prove his innocence and he wouldn't have to spend years in a ten foot cell.
Snowden documents show NSA gathering 5bn cell phone records daily

I've never heard of a parent of a typical child using this tech and I think it's misleading to say this is common practice. GPS tracking devices are used for the rising number of severely disabled children, particularly those with autism who, either due to subclinical or petit mal seizures which cause sudden, inexplicable terror or because of an attraction to water, may bolt quite suddenly from caretakers. There have been over 60 deaths in 4 years from "autism elopement," about half from schools, and many disappearances like the Avonte case in NY. http://www.startribune.com/lif... Nevertheless, schools and institutions don't like these devices, falsely citing "privacy" concerns when the concerns are really tort issues: a GPS tracking device can show that staff A) allowed a child or severely disabled adult resident to wander off institutional grounds, or B ) can show that a child was not in the area of the school that they were supposed to be in at a given time. The latter is an issue because, according to the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis (1998), up to 3 disabled die every week in schools and institutions due to violent restraint and use of solitary confinement chambers which are sometimes secretly maintained by schools. http://articles.courant.com/20... Most institutional abuse deaths are among children. Furthermore, as reported in the Guardian itself and according to the American Department of Education, 1 in 10 secondary students are sexually abused by staff and the number of disabled children victimized is 5 to 15 times higher.

I wonder how those parents will react when messaged to state that their child had offed themselves because they didn't want to live in a world where choice was an illusion and free-will was traded on the FTSE 100?

But the next step after children is adults...and they won't be out on work release either. For me this is much more of a potential threat to my privacy than the NSA will ever be. Next employers will use it and this will become "accepted". We'll be tracked everywhere by private companies who will know our heart rate and our GPS location and what we had for lunch but gee the government won't be reading our e mails or cell phone calls so we still be "free". I don't think so. I think the whole NSA "scandal" is just using the government as a straw man to deflect attention away from technology like this. Private companies like Google and Facebook already know more about you and me than the government ever will. Soon they will control our communications and what we see and hear. Much scarier than the government by far. Remember that Eric Snowden was an employee of Booz-Hamilton working as a government contractor not a pure government employee. Enough said

I would slit my wrists before ever making my children wear these digital handcuffs.This is one of the saddest inventions I've read about. What next? Implanting a chip to keep track of prisoners? Then patients? Then everyone? We are becoming scared of the monsters under the bed. This won't stop child abuse. This won't stop children going missing. This won't teach people to make good decisions. It will lull parents into a false sense of security and train us to herd and control our children like cattle.

Every human is dual natured and as such, all human behaviours are tethered diametrics, the enforced dichotomic juxtaposition of one's addicition to self-damage conveniently assumed as damaging the-other by Stupidity & Dumbness. Like it, believe it, realise it, or not, when Control Freakism is out prowling, the numpty is merely awaiting for its alterego, Abandonment's, moment of liberation, Control being Abandonment suppressed whereas Abandonment is merely Control expressed. This is because a Control Freak never, ever, controls itself be that firstly or lastly/finally. Yes, the Nutter is that abandoned. Without Error, oka Pain, there can be zero Gain - unless one is Abaondonment awaiting its next freebee "State/Communistic Subsidy" - the system of Division created by salary "rewards" that has little merit other than being able to think of a large number and then adding as many zeroes to that affliction as possible. This is because every "Democracy & Freedom", oka the means to "Taxation & Credit", is fronted by Beggars & Thieves, Beggary being Thievery suppressed with Thievery merely being Beggary expressed. Control seeks to eliminate Error in order that its sibling, Abandonment, may then subjugate all. Afterall, without Cancer being revealed, Error will merely worship Cure when Prevention is able, ready and willing to express. Why are humans this Stupid? Because we were Dumb - and were Stupid before that, ad infinitum. Lucky for us, Compassion & Mercy see it merely as "Ignornance". But then, how come when Fairness is standing-by 24/7, humans always end up choosing Trust? Is this why "Democracy & Freedom" always end up as Demonocrazy & Ownership Issue? Yes, "Lock 'em up and 'frow away the key" - sez Da Bigge Crook as It patsies the little crook in front of the crooked wigged fellow for atonement - all stage managed by the very dual natured "Law Enforcer", who whenever poss, "25/8 pleeze G_d", happens to be Judge & Jury too. Yes, huamns are this Stupid & Dumb - both juxaposed at the same time without waiting for Time/Latency timely arrival. And all because Human Intelligence is about the Relativity/Duality between every human's Past & Future, oka Time, whereas True/Real/Absolute Intelligence is Of The Present, oka The Timing/Moment, The Present being The One who lacks Past or Future if only because He is both too.
Child-tracking wristbands edge us closer to a dystopian future

If the problem is our addiction to meat then the solution is not to produce expensive synthetic meat, it's to educate people to eat something else instead. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/worl...

Doesn't it highlight though a human condition to react to a growing problem a little too late? I do fear a little for the future if we are only smart at dealing with a problem once it has got out of hand. Sadly, I feel long term planning in terms of environment and population issues is not a great human trait Closing the barn door after the horse has bolted, so to speak. Still, if these things can prevent the spread of grazing land, I am all for them. Righto boffins - Palm Oil next, please......

I would eat this because this is genetically engineered meat not genetically modified. All they have done is take stem cells (that can become any part of the cow) and instruct them to produce flesh. They are not modifying the genetic code of the cells just using the natural properties stem cell have. When the internal combustion engine was first mounted on a frame with wheels and a transmission to make motorised transport people claimed moving faster than a horse would kill you... The same happened when aeroplanes was first invented flying would kill you. And now using cow stem cells to create beef like meat will kill us!

I might be over-enthusiastic but I dare any national leader to give us a good "by the end of this decade" speech and mean it. The objective would be to find ways to produce this stuff cheaply and sustainably, by keeping all patents in the public domain, free to use. Anyone up to the challenge?

Awesome. I've been talking about vitro meat for a long time, it's very cool to see it become a reality. As soon as it is economically viable, I will be happy to go vitro.
First lab-grown hamburger gets full marks for 'mouth feel'

If the problem is our addiction to meat then the solution is not to produce expensive synthetic meat, it's to educate people to eat something else instead. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/worl...

Doesn't it highlight though a human condition to react to a growing problem a little too late? I do fear a little for the future if we are only smart at dealing with a problem once it has got out of hand. Sadly, I feel long term planning in terms of environment and population issues is not a great human trait Closing the barn door after the horse has bolted, so to speak. Still, if these things can prevent the spread of grazing land, I am all for them. Righto boffins - Palm Oil next, please......

I would eat this because this is genetically engineered meat not genetically modified. All they have done is take stem cells (that can become any part of the cow) and instruct them to produce flesh. They are not modifying the genetic code of the cells just using the natural properties stem cell have. When the internal combustion engine was first mounted on a frame with wheels and a transmission to make motorised transport people claimed moving faster than a horse would kill you... The same happened when aeroplanes was first invented flying would kill you. And now using cow stem cells to create beef like meat will kill us!

I might be over-enthusiastic but I dare any national leader to give us a good "by the end of this decade" speech and mean it. The objective would be to find ways to produce this stuff cheaply and sustainably, by keeping all patents in the public domain, free to use. Anyone up to the challenge?

Awesome. I've been talking about vitro meat for a long time, it's very cool to see it become a reality. As soon as it is economically viable, I will be happy to go vitro.
First lab-grown hamburger gets full marks for 'mouth feel'