26 posts • joined 6 Oct 2011
"Thousands of gamers have put their names to a petition"
Or a few Sony zelots....
I find it quite astounding
That people are queing up to have these glasses that turn the wearer into a comodity for google, a company that has no other motive than to expolit data about people for profit.
No doubt it'll be a great success as the usual crowd of people decide that they will look fucking awesome in front of their peers wearing google glasses and doing all hand gestures and shit.
Re: Run for the hills
Sorry, as dramatic a picture as you paint, I don't think it's true to reality. An alogrithm (in this context) is simply a set of rules and those are rules written by people. Sure, the process may be automated but so what? Very few people work from purley mechanical systems because they are always prone to losses at some point because market conditions change.
"They are basically playing the largest MMORPG in existence and they are using our money to do it......"
So, have a go yourself. Anyone can access the markets, it's not difficult. Then you can risk your own capital, make your own gains - REAL GAINS, REAL LOSSES all based on your own ability and decisions. But be warned, the potential for success with financial and personal freedom is as real as the potential for loss and failure.
Never really listened to the BBC world service but if the rest of the BBC is anything to go by then I'll bet the Chineese have had simply had enough of passive aggressive promotion of homosexuality and anti-male opinion.
I encourage more of this, maybe then people will start to realise what absolute fucking subversive garbage we routinely expose our kids to.
As with most things
To get convenience you sacrifice self-responsibility and security, you do so at your own risk.
"You have been fooled by the polish."
The "polish" being a carefully crafted campaign of hype, misinformation and psychological manipulation.
Kinect is a joke. Anyone with half a brain (well actually, anyone with a full brain) can see that it's crap.
The only success was the bottom line and a marketing campaign that was hype and psychological manipulation of epic proportions. Whoever designed that marketing campaign, they are the winners, they did a real number of the Plebs with that one.
They knew that by raising expectations of kinect to such levels by the time consumers got hold of it, cognitive dissonance would kick in (google it) and they would convince themselves that it was brilliant!
Apple do this too. Jobs was an excellent manipulator. Just think of all those "un-veilings" of apple products, pure brainwashing (for want of a better phrase) techniques.
Some people are resistant to it, those are the ones that get pissed off.
Can be a powerful thing.
Now, that WOULD be a proper response.
Re: "I wonder whether you would allow us to look at your last five GP visits"
"Or is this "sharing" thing only one way ?"
No, of course it's not one way. If you share your stuff, then we will consider giving you a job in our organisation and share some of our money with you on a monthly basis. That's the deal on offer. If you don't want to do business that's just fine, the door is over there. Oh, on your way out, could you ask the next candidate to come in please.
"Plus, the issue isn't just the time; it's the obnoxiousness of doing all that crap, and then doing it again while wrestling a bottle of mountain dew and a package of swiss rolls off the counter."
So, all this tech is being developed and implemented at great cost simply so that people have half a second less hassle when paying for stuff and it's clearly not about making money for the credit card and payment providers who are investing large fortunes funding it all - Sheeple logic at it's finest. Bury head in sand, fingers in ears, LALALALALALALA.
Also, who said I am anti-establishment? It's just the truth.
What is NFC good for?
I'll tell you what it's for and it's nothing to do with convenience i.e. "well it usually takes me 0.5 seconds more to get my wallet out rather than my phone so all this extra tech is a no-brainer really"
That's sheep logic at work. All this tech isn't being developed and implemented at great cost just to make life 0.5 seconds more convenient for you.
When you use a credit or debit card, a percentage of the total amount goes to the card providers, known by everyone as credit card fees. Most retailers choose to absorb this cost with a mark-up on their prices rather than adding it separately to the total. This means that those customers who pay with cash do not benefit from a price with no credit card fees.
Many small purchases (coffee, newspapers, drinks, food) are still made with cash, using cash keeps the credit card and payment providers out of the transaction, which in turn means they can't make money from you spending yours. NFC is here to change that, it's intended to replace cash with a system that allows credit card companies and payment providers to take a slice of every transaction, like a tax if you will, from the credit card companies.
It will of course take off like a house on fire, because the credit card companies and payment providers own all the large corporations that own all the retail businesses but mainly because Sheeple just love it when their lives are made 0.5 seconds more convenient.
@Evil Auditer"Why should I forego whatever in favour of someone's children?" Or, to refine. "Why should I forego whatever in favour of children?" I can only imagine you're cold hearted, empty, soul-less and hating to come out with a statement like that, not someone people should be listening to. Thumbs down.
Whatever happened to
That directional low frequency sound machine that made you shit yourself. You know, the one they tested on Braniacs and wore ear defenders to protect themselves against.
That seems far more humorous than being blinded.
It's specifically about tax and tax cuts but it all counts for the same when referring to the economy.
“Let’s put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand. Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to £100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:
the first four men, the poorest, would pay nothing;
the fifth would pay £1;
the sixth would pay £3;
the seventh would pay £7;
the eighth pays £12;
the ninth would pay £18;
and the tenth man, the richest, would pay £59
“That’s what they decided to do. The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement — until one day, the owner threw them a curve (in tax language, a tax cut).
“‘Since you are all such good customers,’ he said, ‘I am going to reduce the cost of your daily meal by £20. So now dinner for the ten only cost £80.00.
“The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free. But what about the other six–the paying customers? How could they divvy up the £20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’
“The six men realized that £20 divided by six is £3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, Then the fifth man and the sixth man would end up being PAID to eat their meal. So the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay:
as before, the first four men paid nothing;
now the fifth man also paid nothing;
the sixth man now paid £2;
the seventh paid £5;
the eighth man paid £9;
the ninth man paid £12;
leaving the tenth man with a bill of £52 instead of his earlier £59
Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to eat for free.
“But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. ‘I only got a pound out of the £20 reduction,’ declared the sixth man, but he, pointing to the tenth. ‘But he got £7!’. ‘Yeah, that’s right,’ exclaimed the fifth man, ‘I only saved a pound too; it’s unfair that he got seven times more than me!’
‘”That’s true,’ shouted the seventh man, ‘why should he get £7 back when I got only £2? The wealthy get all the breaks!. ‘Wait a minute,’ yelled the first four men in unison, ‘We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!’
“The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.
The next night he didn’t show up for dinner, so the nine sat down and ate without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered, a little late what was very important. They were now £52 short of paying the bill.
And that, boys and girls, journalists, and college instructors, is how the tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up at the table anymore.”
Here we go again
Or not actually.
Kinect to replace keyboards and mice huh?
I'll get ready to be massively underwhelmed then. again..
Can I do that? Can I get ready to be underwhelmed? Would that work?
Oh yes, I can. I remember now, I dumbed down my expectations for the original Kinect and was still massively underwhelmed.
So... god knows how bad this is going to be.
That is one benefit not three
Faster? By how much? A few seconds? Well that must be worth it then.
It's cheaper than handling cash because the banks make it so, and only because they are initially trying to encourage retailers to introduce another cashless system.
I've given it some thought and it seems to me that the banks want everyone using cashless because they want the ability to take a slice of every single transaction once they can do this and control it, they own everyone.
The benefits to the consumer are non-existent, it's a control method pure and simple.
Your hard cash is yours, the banks want it.
Can Someone Enlighten Me?
Can someone please tell me (in non-NFC industry speak if possible)...
What are the "benefits" to the end user?
What are the benefits to the providers?
Why is this being pushed so?
"May habits... my personal data... "
Someone else's wealth.
I do not wish to be commoditized in this fashion.
However, using a credit card means you are using someone else's wealth, not your own and if the people that own that wealth want to increase the price you pay for using it, then that's up to them.
I hope this does not creep to debit cards.
"b) pass close enough to the planet that its gravitational pull would cause loads of earthquakes and similar cataclysms and obliterate all life"
This comet the size of Jupiter then is it?
I'm 35 and I pwn.
It's not difficult to outsmart some spotty faced, snot nosed teenager at a computer game.
Just don't try to play like them.
Here's a tip
He did that on purpose.
'Computers are making DUMB people easier to use everyday'
Fixed it for you.
So I would have to keep an exact electronic diary of where I'm planning to be at all times then? Pffft, I hardly do that with my work diary never mind keep a private one.
Why don't all you moaners just use a browser that has a fully managable update process, like Internet Explorer?
Honestly, you're all just cutting off your nose to spite your face.