Safe water or save money?

You most likely saw a photo or video of the millions of black plastic balls covering the Los Angeles Reservoir. They protect the region’s drinking water, but now they’re being replaced.

Source: L.A. Says Goodbye to ‘Shade Balls’

It turns out that the balls will be at only one location, but at other locations they will cover the water instead for more complete coverage.

It was amazing how the photo was so popular when it happened. I think it’s because it was something reminiscent of our childhood. The rubber ducky or ball in the bathtub and now in a lake for real reasons. Many times ideas seems recycled and I think this was just another example of a recycled idea.

Yes the old saying “There are no new ideas” is interesting to apply here. In some ways that is true. In other ways it is not. One of the troupes of culture is the idea that we have the answer to everything, we just need to apply it. This is clearly not the case. We don’t have the answer to the human need to control, or to make decisions that are contrary to the well-being of ourselves and others. We still tend to make choices that we know aren’t good for us.

What is concerning in reading this article is the discussion about bromide. It makes it seem that due to the composition of the water, that cancer and disease is likely. I wonder why they don’t take stronger steps to prevent this. If it costs $250 million dollars to prevent cancer, that is preferable isn’t it? With decisions like this, we are basically saying that lives are less important than saving money, and that can’t be right. Or is this rather an example of someone making a decision that they believe is in the public best interest, instead of just asking the public? I bet if you put it to a vote to increase the cost of water if it could be made safer, everyone would vote for that.

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Check your iPhone for suggested contacts

Strangely when I was typing an email today a contact for a company I worked for years ago came up. I had deleted those contacts, so there is no reason why they should have shown up. I verified that the contacts were deleted by going to http://icloud.com and they were not in my account. So where did they come from?

I don’t sync my phone to my device. Even if I did, I have reinstalled my computer and never use iTunes. I used to love iTunes but it got too complicated and the interface was just terrible. It was more confusing to use with each version and not worth it for anything.

iphone-education-application1I have to think that because the device was the same as what I had been using when I worked at that company, it had a cache on the device. Yet I remember deleting those cached contacts after I no longer worked for that company. I guess the next time I work for a new company I will just delete everything on my phone and that will solve the problem. I could erase everything on the phone now and that should solve the problem as well. I just might do that since it is a quick way to solve the issue.

The other part of this is that as far as data security goes, this is a terrible thing. Those email contacts were private to that company and they should never have gotten into this position. Even if your phone is wiped, it shouldn’t copy Exchange contacts into your iCloud contacts. Apple should be smart enough to ask the user “Do you want to synchronize your work contacts to your personal account?” That would trigger people to say “no” and prevent this from occurring. Why put your core customers in this position?

Update: Wiping the phone does not fix the issue. I deleted them manually from the pop up in the mail program. I have done this before so if the issue occurs tomorrow I will call Apple and update this article.