I once went into a project where the runtime for a complex financial calculation (as complex as it can be) was 8 to 10 hers. In 2 weeks it was 37 seconds and working perfectly. When the CFO took me for dinner, I told him that 90% of the work was the old implementation, which set the right concepts, and I merely did an optimisation. Many times, the first take is not optimal, but I always try to appreciate the input I get even from suboptimal implementations.
I am doing research on the value of information. From an economic perspective one could argue that the value of privacy can be inferred by the value of the lack thereof. I am not strictly of this opinion, but let's assume that works as a heuristic for argument's sake. Still the problem is that I am leaning towards the opinion that information has no intrinsic value and value comes from the processes that surround its use. Improvements in information processing capacity would therefore increase the value of privacy but we would also not be able to assert a value on our own privacy not knowing how the information that breaches it is used.
The truth is that privacy is much more complex to assess. In the context of our social existence we customarily sacrifice parts of our privacy to assert identity. On the other hand we do so in communication contexts. Communication has attributes that limit its scope (geographical, temporal etc.) It is very difficult to understand the impact of the acceptance of an overarching and limitless communication context, whether that is with a company or with a government.
If you are interested in the outputs of my research do not hesitate to pm me and I will keep you posted.
It is, and I could even understand it, but then why do you go and ratify the UN convention for the rights of people with disabilities and the optional protocol on top of it? Including Article 18 on Liberty of movement and nationality. It is very pretentious. Why preach on inclusion? It is like saying whites were discriminating against blacks not because of racism but because of the additional cost for extra "colored" toilets! Also I have contributed like 100k in taxes in around 2 years and I am an asperger's myself. Sorry for the rant, I am frustrated...
As a smoker. Whatever the boost you get, you do not need it. In fact, when trying to quit you can get more productive just by trying to substitute chemical boost by intellectual boost (e.g. reading.) I smoke and appreciate the satisfaction of nicotine, but let's not rationalize out irrational behaviour.
On the other hand, it is annoying when people insist that we quit or want to imply it is an indicator of irrationality in general. If it is not illegal, let us do it. Whatever additional health cost for society, we are bearing it. Either directly, via increased insurance rates or indirectly via the exorbitant taxes we are paying. So why do you care? We do not need no nannies.
I am project manager. The issue is that usually, when you go down the "project management" path, you end up having more people managing than actually working (because no smart person wants to report to someone who is not evidently better than him/herself.) Also, the more people managing, the more management reporting artifacts the developers have to produce or at least reiterate, and the more incentive is given to the smart team members to disregard any authority and play the system. I agree with the project manager as an entropy crusher, but creativity requires entropy. The ideal PM should manage entropy, not crush it (e.g. during definition entropy has to increase, as you approach delivery it has to decrease.)
While you do not connect the dots, you have them all in your description. People were willing to believe her, because they wanted to be the fourth angle. By being in a triangle she was sending the message that a fourth angle is possible. By creating this story about you she was actually reinforcing that signal, making this possibility a discussion subject. Men are notoriously keen to have sex, especially on the age implied, and her behaviour was very promising. On the other hand, keep in mind that there is no randomness in thoughts or feelings you express. What you felt random could instead be serendipitous and she might even be right, but not in presenting that as something intentional.