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Turns out it took 30 years for people to figure out why the Bedford Level Experiment looked like it was valid. Then again it took me a week to reliably solve basic optical refraction problems when it was already figured out and taught to me ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I was thinking more about just getting into consumer's homes, but yeah good point.
I don't understand what else one would expect. Amazon is doing the same thing. Why wouldn't a company want to monopolize its consumers if its could. The Vanderbilts would've built grooves in their railroads to control which trains could operate on it if they owned the trade that passes through them; digital systems for personal consumers (especially in homes) don't rely on any other systems but their own, they're just a network of individual appliances.
- How easy will it be for you to extricate yourself from the company that already provides your phone, laptop, smartwatch, earphones, speakers, car and TV interface, and — via Apple HomeKit — all your smart home gadgets and devices?
Don't get wrapped up in it if you don't want to, then. Buy a stereo and TV of different brands and take the time to walk across the room to turn on the specific product you want...
Commenting as a placeholder to return to this conversation; brain too mush to carry out a decent argument at the moment.
- Where things get a little more hand-wavey is when we start pretending that there's been some righteous wave of justice.
But don't diminish from the fact that reports of sexual assault and harassment are increasing on a lot of college campuses. A righteous wave of justice, maybe not, but a wave in confidence that genuine cases of sexual assault will be taken seriously, I think so.
This is as good as anecdotal since it's just three universities, but here's an excerpt from a recent memo:
- DOD’s Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies cited an increase in sexual assault reports at all three of the nation’s service academies, the greatest of which was at West Point, which went from 26 reports in 2015-2016, to 50 this last academic year. Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. points to the increase as evidence that steps taken by the academy to encourage reporting are working.
This isn't to disprove anything you're saying about why kids are banging less, but just to check on your statement that change in XYZ factors reflecting sexual assault on college campuses isn't making a noted movement in the "right" direction.
Shit rolls down hill. Hold on to your paperwork to cover your face lest you get smacked by shit-boulders. With something as shit-sensitive as a scholarship and a hill as rocky as university bureaucracy, shit-boulders will fall particularly willy-nilly. Requesting a receipt of every transaction made, and every transaction request unfulfilled, ought to give you a decent stack of paper to hold up during a shit avalanche.
This op-ed was a little emotionally written but it gave me enough of a sinking feeling to start doing some research, since I'm sitting in an intro to environmental geography class (nicknamed "Dirt" at my school) and I don't give a fuck about warm fronts.
Here is a quick google-sourced and not-very-deep dive on this stuff for anyone interested, in order of credibility.
edit: If any armchair experts have some reliable guidance on reading on this topic comment yo links!