As many people are by now aware, the plan is to get rid of software you buy and run the software 'online'. I am a very technical person and do love technology, but to tell you the truth, it scares the living crap out of me.
The more we rely on technology to run and maintain our lives, the more chance we have at exposing that information to hackers. I have always known that there are ways to run undetected, but the possibility that many of the servers out there could be infected by root kits that can bypass forensic tools is a very scary (And real) threat to our personal information.
Take a look at this article on Antiforensics and tell me if you want your personal information stored on a computer
Even sadder is watching people unable to perform simple math in making change when the power goes out. It's understandable that one can't process debit and credit cards without electrical power, but I've seen stores suspend even cash sales during outages because nobody can add sales tax or make change.
The other day I paid for $3.50 worth of lottery tickets with a $20 bill and the attendant had to double check the amount of change due using a calculator.
PhoneCall: Can you tell me the prices of all your Macs?
Me: What Mac are you looking for? Desktop or notebook?
PhoneCall: I just want all your Mac prices.
Me: Do you have Internet access?
Me: All our prices are on our website. There are too many to list over the phone.
PhoneCall: I need to know what they all are with tax.
Me: Just add 14%
PhoneCall: So can you tell me all your Mac prices with tax.
Me: Just go to our website, and add 14% tax.
PhoneCall: I don't know how to do that.
Me: Come on down to the store then. I'm too busy in the store right now to list off prices.
Macfury, there is a move today in our schools back to what is known as "mental math" in which students will be taught to do these sorts of everyday math computations in their head.
30 years ago I drove a delivery truck. I had to collect money as well as collecting by credit account. If I fell short collecting these accounts it came out of my pocket.
At the same time my wife worked in a bank.
All my math was done in my head. My wife's calculations were completed on a electric calculator.
When we were together if addition had to be summed I would always achieve the answer first. I also noticed that when my wife tallied sums her fingers would start to move as if she were trying to use an invisible calculator.
I have also notice, that presently, Owner Operator truck drivers can do mathematical calculations amazingly quickly. I would imagine it has to do with an out of pocket expense as well.
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