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Editorial: Bits and pieces from the news

Digital devices have become a constant presence in our daily lives, though perhaps a little irksome to some.

In that group is Niagara Falls Councilman Kenny Tompkins, who came up with a measure calling for Council members to “refrain from bringing with them activated personal electronic devices of any nature, including cellphones, to any public meetings of this City Council.” It was defeated 4 to 1.

The measure was apparently aimed at Councilwoman Kristen M. Grandinetti, who admits she uses multiple devices during meetings to track time allocated to public speakers, take notes and communicate with department heads. She said in a text message: “I am a woman. I can multitask.”

Roger that (or, rather, Jane that)!

For those wondering where peerless prosecutor Preet Bharara would land after being fired by the president, wonder no more. He is joining the staff of the law school at New York University. Possibly temporarily, if you believe that he may have aspirations for public office.

The post follows his stint as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, during which he doggedly pursued crime on Wall Street and in the halls of the state Capitol.

The NYU job may be a bit of a comedown for Bharara. In 2015, as the New York Times recounted, the former prosecutor answered a question about his jurisdiction with: “Are you familiar with Earth?”

Toilet paper thieves beware: China has its eye on you – its electronic eye, anyway.

In a crackdown on the miscreants who steal the precious sanitary stationery from Beijing’s public restrooms, China has placed face-recognition devices in what are today less private facilities. You look into the gadget and it feeds you 2 feet of toilet paper. Use it wisely, because if it isn’t enough, you can’t get more for another nine minutes.

It’s kind of creepy and no endorsement for communist economics, but it got us wondering if there could be an application in this country. Like, perhaps, limiting the number of dim-witted Facebook postings anyone can make in nine minutes. Wait … make that nine months.

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