Someone else is doing what the NSA does so well, and publishing the results.
I have for many years been a public person (besides letters to editors, I do politics). I've told lots of people I'm an atheist but I don't recall publishing anything that joins my name with either AN or TA.
I googled my last name by itself and found lots of relatives and other namesakes. I also found my last name joined with my first name so many times that I could write an autobiography that would include my atheism and my AN and TA connections.
I don't hold AN or TA responsible. Way back (when Al Gore was creating the I'net) I worked for a computer manufacturer and wrote the code for an early email package. I also wrote code for customers' computers and could have done some of what hackers do.
Writing the code to make passwords is almost as easy as writing code to generate the numbers 0 through 9. (Every character I can put in a password has a numerical value, so I add 1 to what I have in a column until I pass 9, add 1 in a column to the left and start again with 0.) It's what you and I do when we count.
Soon after banks created on line banking they had to write code that broke a phone connection after three failed attempts to match an account's password. That slowed hacking and raised its costs by requiring more frequent phone connections. Laws and prisons don't stop crime; they increase the costs that criminals pay.
From NSW Australia here :)
Welcome. This is the wrong forum for it, but as far as we know there is no "afterlife." No water left in the glass after it is empty. Sorry. I have noticed posts lately that I want to respond to where others are claiming someone is atheist and they believe in ghosts, spirits, and the supernatural. If this is really true, then these people are not atheists at all. They are simply fooling themselves or they want to be led astray.
Yeah-- Dennis is right about this being the wrong forum... but the elements that made up our bodies and brains while we lived certainly are recycled.
One of the 6 Total Atheists in Odessa, Tx. We bide our time...Long live the Resistance!
Not including un-brainwashed babies?
The only reason most people believe in an afterlife is because they believe in some god's written word.
If you don't believe in the god, and therefore don't believe in the written word, then there is no reason to believe in the afterllife.
Penn Jillette borrowed the idea from somebody else (I don't remember who). Where were you on Noveember 9, 1903 - what were you doing? What was going on with you?
Unless you are 110 years old - the answer is "Nothing - I did not exist".
Now - where will you be on November 9, 2103 - again the answers to those questions will be "Nothing - I won't exist".
I can never understand why that is so hard. We didn't exist, and we remember nothing bad about that. We won't exist - why are we afraid of it. We are just here for a lifetime - that's all. Because t least one of our parents got horny one day.
Great answer! I agree! I like the use of date of non-existence.
"We are just here for a lifetime - that's all. Because t least one of our parents got horny one day."
Since we are here only one lifetime, we better make good use of that time and space.
Hi from Wauseon, Ohio. near Toledo.
Greetings to all... from northeast Ohio (near Youngstown).