17 posts • joined 12 Aug 2008
"At least in the US, the legal system governing personal information has become so convoluted that it is virtually impossible for to assign accountability."
Just wait until the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement (being negotiated in Brussels this week) "enshrines" the investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS).
That should clear some things up.
"...if trade barriers are put up for entirely political reasons, that detrimentally affect importers, then they should have some recourse."
Not to hinder the definition of "political" too much (lol)... it's the only reason(s) to put up trade barriers.
It sounds like the EU is blindly following the bs of their litigist, capitalist overlords here in the US. Don't you guys value any "sovereignty"?
It's a sad day for individual rights in general. No, corporations aren't people because 5 out of 9 appointees think that has "justice" written all over it. More tax money going to corporations.
I can see this... not so far in the future... creating more monopolies and undetectable insider trading gone rampant.
How about... along with that law... the capital gains tax should (increase to) be the inverse of the national growth rate. How else are *governments gonna pay out the flood of new national debt?
Security as a consumer product
Gene - Please talk to some people 1000 miles away in two land based directions. I have a problem with it. All the people I talk to have a problem with it. It's clearly not primarilly about protecting from an attack. If we actually had a democracy I'd be more than willing to offer service to defend it. It's about controlling the consumer and protecting them from being further educated with ideas and/or ideals that arent capitalist and support the status quo... as if *that's more democratic than religiousness, sexism or racism <sarcasm>. It's all about that special friend of the industry of military... the "spawn of satan" as it's known 'round these parts: marketing. So if we can all just remove all prejudice from a system, assign each of us a number, then we only have to worry about the relative value of the currency or resources from which we garner data... and here we are.
When more than 50% of the population actually vote for something (not 50% of that miniscule number that turns out to vote) we'll start having something that begins to represent a democracy. Until then... "protection" (not security) will just go to the highest bidders.
Feint and counterfeint - got any spare change?
All the time they are doing this they are also meeting to decide what the "ground rules" (sic) will be to allow drones to fly over US soil... and not just military ones... corporate, law enforcement, delivery vehicles (need your drycleaning brought to the office?)
It will, as is predicted by many, become man-vs-machines... right after it becomes man-vs-man controlled machines.
It's becoming even more obvious how power corrupts under the guise of "but this is the definition of success". Unfortunately, this is only the maintenance of status quo. "Change" my arse.
This is AI
Let's look to the future. C'mon we are already up to 14 shots!
The year is 2200 2100. Everyone has the ability to build anything. Once the need to purchase physical things is removed (for the most part) and reduced us to "equals", and economies will colapse and it'll just be about food and shelter (clothing is a shelter). Why wouldn't they make it so I can "print" a bar of soap? I don't think we'll be so quick to accept the printed "apple slices", but, eh!
The fact is that your printer is on the "internet" and when I think you need a shower, I'll print you up a bar of soap and throw in some deodorant <hint>. Better yet, the government will know when it's time you had a shower and just keep the doors locked on all the places you like to go to in the "public sector" until you get that stench of cigarettes and booze off of you... because we can't have anyone sueing the government because we are responsible but didn't protect them from the deadly *cancer molecules emminating from your filthy "orra".
Yet, you no longer have to go to school to learn how that "do-hickey" works or what kind of tollerances are need to make sure the "thing-a-ma-bob" on the end of that "whatcha-ma-call-it" spins freely... but not so free as to self-destruct and pieces fly off withy deadly force. Your job: just make sure the bucket is full of lubricant. You know the lubricant that was administered by the automated drop-delivery system, which of course has a computer monitored never ending supply of pre- packaged, shipped, conveyer-blelted, knozzled buckets ready to be automatically installed behind it in line. If that bucket becomes empty then the automated supply chain has failed and the system only has 15 more days of droplets before those ball-berrings dry up.
We won't even need to educate somone on how to change the bucket, just find out where along the supply chain something failed. If it was a human who failed, well, we either mark the job for replacement with a (better) machine or replace the human with a better human (we of course shoot that human in the head with the gun we can print). As the amount of steps/processes become more specialized and a lot more of them, and as more humans being replaced by machinery, eventually there will be a time that the *bigger humans in charge (think Matrix) will create systems to eliminate all the humans in between, and of course, turn that job over to the machines.
There is, however, still hope because it'll always be a human on both ends that has "will(s) to live". Even if we can already see that everything in between is already a form of artificial *intelligence.
Just having fun.
The US government's planned "freedoms"
The status quo is still selling the bullshit line that using the internet makes you smarter... they've clearly been successful making idiots feel good. It's quite rare (for the most part bullshit, as well) that you can get an education using a computer interface. You may be able to gather facts, and have it "compute" for you, but people learn from people and the most important thing they learn from other people is how to learn. They actually called it a "smart phone" for a reason, not a smart person tool... the achievment for technology is already there. The only reason for more bandwidth is to make the internet dumber (i.e. keep pushing pretty pictures and advertisement)... more and more in "motion picture form". They have to keep a certain % of thier own populace dumb... who else would continue to buy the poop culture produced? Or continue to vote for either of the two halves of the same basic "capitalist" party and still believe there's a significant choice? C'mon... don't you also want to be cool?
I can do 3500 hours in my sleep!
What... no C64?
It's a shame about the curtains.
My sensors are getting snarky with me
"The first personal computers, the spreadsheet, the Walkman and the iPhone didn’t arrive on the planet as norms boiled down from Big Data."
It wasn't called that, but conceptually that's exactly where they came from.
Just another attempt to discover "the meaning of life". Unfortunately I see the suicide rate... ok, maybe just depression on the increase because of some of the answers that'll be delivered... *answers that will suggest "paths of health and productivity", but at that point the premise will be so bought into that not choosing the *suggested path will make you a social criminal. "How dare you ignore the facts, ma'am?".
However, I feel like there's yet hope for the world since reading the previous comments here!
Let's get the EPA(s) to stop government(s) from creating what is and will be the environmental scourge of this planet for many, many, many, many.... etc... years. The waste from nuclear fission.
Then we can re-concentrate on the air.
....or deprecate on me.
You'll have to build it yourself and implant it in yourself, then.. and, of course, tell none about it.
Also, make sure your third party translator isn't cognitively associated with your second party browser... or your first party search engine... or your keyboard direct-to-display interface. Keep your voice recognition programing far away.
I feel lazier already.
Irrelevance is for nobody.
It does seem as if a touch screen environment is a further move toward providing (exclusively) a content delivery system... with considerable less options (or ease) for user input... into the realm of a basic user navigation of a predeterminacy. This is only my simple observation from the outside of the user paradigm. I'm not "living the dream" of cloud for others to relive on their handheld devices. Maybe I should, but, maybe my fingers are too big for that. Although dealing with "computing machines" for over 30 years, and enjoying most all of my experinces, it seems to be slowly fading. The "computing machine" paradigm, that is.
Some security issues seem moot as actual enterprise access (because of interoperability) is remarkably reduced with BYOD. Are we really spending company money securing someone else's paid for daily schedule app or their internet access use and history on BYOD? Why? Because the users talents aren't being leveraged (for the company) without that provision? Methinks not. Your CRM isn't delivering the kind of data you are used to? As much as some may not think... it's just a different kind of machine. As applications are delivering non-work/enterprise supplied information, it's up managers to set use policys and point out relative applicability for business. The lines are blurring as fast as managers are allowing themselves to become *users, and claiming actual business applications for what really is divided attentions. I'm not saying there aren't productive work from home applications that need enterprise speed, security and flexibility. The technology clearly isn't really there yet as blanket provisions... that's why there's this discussion I'd guess.
To not develop interactivity is a bit non-progressive and let's not get all control freak on the users... but those aren't the IT department's responsibility. Suppliers/developers need to build and sell a product that works and allows for system and users growth. I believe the user knows (if you tell them) when a decision is there to protect and grow business for you and them... and don't let users redefine the work process to include IT providing them with *unrestricted 24 hour access to an "advertisement device's" delivery connection. I'm not supporting/delivering CableTV on their desk... for the same reason. IT managers are not generally productivity managers, we should be enablers. Users need to offer actual productivity increases, not "I'm not using all my talent if I don't feel like I have the newest technology." What % of advertising inside content starts erroding productivity? I suggest that's a pretty small number. I feel it.
Yes, I realize I'm asserting "nobody" is developing backward compatability (which I assume is not true). Consumers are not leaders here, just demanders. Touch screen environments don't seem to be (designed as) enablers, however, from the enterprise perspective. To claim irrelevancy in any case seems foolish.
This is about national sovereignty and defining what is truly "international". As per usual, by controlling the conversation (of course).
Making people play by capitalist "rules" isolates progressive thought, obfuscates truths and hinders freedom even further. Don't draw us into your squabbles over money. Supply and demand could have a real relationship if there weren't third party(s) trying to pull the strings.
If one country really doesn't like what the other is doing, start a war and take it over so you can go impose your own personal hawks and boneheads. Sounds like the story of everything pre 21st century... (not that we've progressed far in stopping that). Idealism has a place... often it's not your version of what's practical.
When you drive a car in a different country, be prepared to follow the rules of the road there... or have your driving privileges revoked.
Don't call this democracy...
Other than Fox News (and its minions), nobody here blames the Obama administration for the "Great Recession". We know 8 years of Bushish war fighting, Clinton's mistakes sleeping with the banking *industry (ha), Regan and... well Regan's puppet handlers, allowing gamblers to run the system(s)... (sic)
Capitalism and Democracy will never work together consistently, they have two separate ultimate goals.
Face it, we here have to level the playing field... not just with ourselves, with the whole world. Stop NAFTA and reinstate US tarriffs and we'd be well on our way.
Or more likely...
they just want to own the patent for something that is/would (probably already) be(ing) used against them and their advertisers... to keep it out of the "legal" hands of consumers.
Another bit of foolish Jobsian i-dolly worship.
proto bourgeois "resurgence"
the difference between file sharing and privacy is only a skip away.... if they don't comply with laws their internet presence should be blocked at the isp level, as some" three strikes rules" have recently been initiated against users at the isp level. once again, different rules for corporations.... like a "fine" is going to deter this type of illegal action... unless it starts getting into the millions and effects public stock prices and public profits... then onto network media where such disparities should be developed.
Swearing? My a#$%^&*
"...as well as deploying to 95 per cent of the USA within ten years, and providing basic access for free...."
Nothing in a capitalist country is "free"... eventually... and anyone thinking that ten years for this is all it'll require also thinks that Regan was a *good president... and that he actually had part in the "wall falling"... other than what bizmedia (re)ported.
Filth is in the eye of the washers.
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