9663Re: [carfree_cities] Privacy (was: Efficiency and the automobile)
- Mar 7, 2006Hi Matt,
Good post. Can you shorten your lines by about 40% so the wrap nicely?
Around 80 characters?
>I have to give that a big, fat "no". I'm huge on privacy and love how----- ### -----
>cash lets me buy
>products in relative anonymity in an era of data mining. My classic
>example is that a
>relative gives you money to buy them cigarettes, you buy them with
>your debit card, and
>you soon get letters stating that your health insurance and home fire
>insurance rates are
>going up. I don't smoke and hate smoking, but you get the point.
>Among other reasons, that's one of my reasons to appreciate rail
>anonymity. My wife and I recently went to southern NJ: our Delta
>flight from Tallahassee to
>Philadelphia required photo ID and tickets in our names. But the NJT
>bus route winding
>through the small towns in south Jersey? I bought those tickets with
>cash and no ID. Thus,
>there exists no record that we ever made that trip--and that's the way
>I want it.
>When I was in Madrid in 1999, I bought a round-trip high-speed rail
>ticket to Sevilla with
>cash. Again, no record that I ever made that trip--just record that
>the trip was made by
>someone. Haven't been to Europe since 9/11, though, so I'm not sure if
>they require ID for
>Joel's reference carfree city would have no metro fare gates--it would
>be a public service,
>just like streets and streetlights. That also means that there will
>exist no record of your
>travel through a carfree city. Granted, the metro authority will
>probably track usage
>numbers to fine-tune service intervals and train lengths, but that's
>not a privacy concern.
>In an auto-centric city, you drive around with an ID number attached
>to your rear end
>(license plate). Anyone who sees your car can write down the license
>plate number and
>find out a good bit about you. Carfree city? Forget it--you'd have to
>take pictures and
>match up the faces with ID cards. A bit harder than looking up license
>especially since electronic facial recognition seems to be far from mature.
>I don't like being tracked. Rant over. :-)
>> >(How is cash delivered to ATMs in Venice?)
>> Use electron-based transactions (debit cards, etc) instead. All money is is
>> information. No need for heavy and burdonsome exteranl symbols like cash and
>> Or the neo-ludites can barter.
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