Re: Reminds me of China
That'll be why that sodding battery charger isn't here yet...
508 posts • joined 8 Dec 2007
The point of this legislation isn't to wipe out strong crypto to thwart all those naughty 'terrorists'. The point is to make fishing expeditions routine and automated ("How did you know I'd be at this protest?"), and to make those using proper encryption stand out more.
After all, if you're making an effort about privacy, you must have something to hide from
the regime our kind and beneficent government, right?
The odd benefit fiddler is nothing compared to the harm of having almost any government employed/contracted numpty permitted to go trawling people's online business on the flimsiest of excuses.
Remember when the regime had to call privacy invasions "anti terrorism" to foist more snooping on us?
Frankly, if someone needs emergency care then just bloody treat them and be done with it, like we already do.
For non-emergency stuff, why not simply furnish hospitals with a list of people eligible to go on their books, to be checked internally? No surveillance potential, of course, nor can anything even be gleaned from such a list as it covers everyone, everywhere. Also good for citizens and visitors on their own insurance. Exceptions can be handled as and when, as appropriate.
With info being sent to the regime* how long before they're catching Murderers? Fraudsters? Non-violent x/y/z-phobic gobshites? Ganja growers? People with unauthorised opinions? This is a one-way street no matter how slow we're going on any given day.
If this was really about money they'd simply enforce existing tax law and close loopholes. But turkeys, Christmas, etc.
* /reɪˈʒiːm/ noun
1. a government, especially an authoritarian one.
I live in a basic old terraced house in SE London, the type where the kitchen with a bedroom above sticks out the back, leaving a sort of dingy alcove.
With my LG G3 on my desk, by the rear window that looks out to the alcove next to the kitchen, I can still get music on my old 8 quid bluetooth headset on the front porch. About 15m and 2 or 3 brick walls.
I imagine a decent antenna and circuitry could at least double that to the middle of the road.
UBI isn't a wage, it's a baseline income for all, just covering the basics. Unlike a means tested benefit there's (virtually) no administrative overhead, since that balance is naturally 'built in', and it doesn't discourage people from seeking work for fear of losing benefits.
Oh and don't forget to take UK employment figures with a pinch of salt.
If we could make sure $BIG_CORP paid the tax it owed, at a reasonable rate that doesn't permit it to steamroller smaller competition, that would be a good start. Add to that enforcement of environmental responsibility, a living minimum wage (i.e. no need to be topped up by tax credits, etc), and keeping their grubby fingers out of politics.
The elephant in the room is that even with all the advances in productivity, tech, knowledge, and all the rest... We're backpedalling in living standards and politics. Food banks and homelessness on the rise, house prices an utter piss take. This situation is getting worse and is neither natural nor accidental.
Where's our 4-day week, Universal Basic Income, and personal jet packs with friggin' laser beams? Call me paranoid if you want, but I get the feeling the world's uber-wealthy just might not be running the economy for the good of all mankind.
It's more that it has been overpowered by 'free market' extremists and to hell with the little people and basic common sense. We've been reduced to little more than cattle in service of The Sacred Engine.
Little surprise then that a leader who (for all his faults) wants to improve our lot has suffered an unceasing barrage of establishment screeching and shit-flinging.
As soon as I read about facetard AR yesterday I couldn't help but think "Oh splendid, moar stoopid ads, which this time I can't block!"
I do use facespook, but with the equivalent of a NCB Hazmat suit, comprised of Privacy Badger, uBlock, and FB Purity. (superb extension that allows many many tweaks and modifications)
Get fscked, Zuck.
Needed a new charging port, which I was unable to fit, not having a fine enough soldering iron.
Another fault? I thought it odd there seemed to be writing inside the microSD slot. Yup, the repair kiosk numpty had somehow managed to replace the back with the mSD still in the slot. Which was now pretty much buggered. I managed to rescue about 2.5 jpegs from it.
So, given the really utterly piss-taking forced obsolescence of their latest offerings, added on top of their control-freakery and questionable business ethics (suicide nets, anyone?) I have to ask: Apple products - Why?
I used to tell clients that asked that they were very well made and the software/app environment very polished, plus the support is there. But charging £silly for a repair that could be done for £silly/4, while doing everything it can to deny third party repairs, on devices that are designed to develop faults... Nope.
Way back in the day, it usually thrashed the kecks off iPlayer and co. in every way: Lead time, dl speed, file quality, choice of formats, no adverts, no DRM and arbitrary expiration. Most modern streaming services can't hold a candle to how good that place was the best part of a decade ago.
Indeed. In fact years ago I remember these sort of things were passed off as bugs. How times change!
It is also insane from an environmental point of view. I have a Deskjet D5160 so HP have almost certainly not released a firmware update for that in aeons, let alone since I last fired it up to print something. In fact I so seldom print that my worry isn't the refilled carts being detected but them drying out so far that even an isopropanol paddle can't revive them.
Where was I? Oh, right, yes, the environment! Selling equipment as a 'loss leader', such as an inkjet for £20 encourages waste, i.e. unnecessary upgrades. Skewed markets are rarely any good for the consumer or the environment.
IMHO, HP and chums should be regulated to sell the goddamn printer and make a profit there by having a competitive product for the price. Then they are free to sell their carts and try to make a profit there by having a competitive product.
HP, If some folk aren't too bothered by slightly 'downmarket' inks and re-used print heads then perhaps your cartridges are just a smidgen overpriced? By all means gouge the hell out of corporates on a service contract, until a competitor comes and outcompetes....
Gratifying to see them lose a few bucks from their mountain of moolah!
I already had faceberk's latest shenanigans blocked anyway: I wouldn't internet without AdBlock, Privacy Badger, and on facespook this little add-on: Fluff Busting Purity.
It's like developer options for the zuckernet.
"But if your concerns are more about commercial secrecy than being sure to have stopped the NSA or GCHQ, then it is way more user friendly than PGP."
To be honest, considering that "the line between government and corporations isn't blurred; it simply isn't there any more" (quote from "The Corporation" iirc) I wouldn't say there's much of a distinction if you're a big company or nipping at the heels of US corporations.
Yup, been going on for effing years too. Years back I was temporarily reduced to using a Celeron box with, iirc, 1.5GB RAM that alerted me to the hidden surveillance by being barely able to keep up with my (slowish) typing, even in the dinky little FB chat popup.
The sheer page swapping effort it had to make any time I switched tab made the LOHAN permit approval paperwork look positively swift in comparison.
Use AdBlock Plus. You can bet your arse the stats for that are a number they pay attention to. ;)
I'm tempted to disable it to let a few play, see what tat it tries to flog me. I won't be buying as I'm lucky to have a pot to piss in at the moment. That and the fact that, being 33 years old and not 3, I can distinguish my needs, wants, and 'just browsings', so advertising has little effect beyond depressing and/or irritating me.
Their caps are about fracking the vict... er, customer for every last dollar. Nothing really to do with managing network congestion. They got caught with their pants down a few months ago, a bad case of memo leakage:
The documents warn employees not to use the term "data cap," but to instead refer to it as a "data usage plan." One memo states: "Don't say: The program is about congestion management (it is not)."
They have an ad blocker nag that means I have to disable AdBlock Plus. That means I would actually boycott the firms that force me to waste my time and CPU cycles having my intelligence insulted, if there were ever anything of any relevance to me being flogged.
As it is I simply mute that shite and switch back to whatever for a few minutes. Upon my return I can jump back to the start of the program and re-enable ABP to watch the program in peace, as the nag is only applied to the pre-show ads.
For many, myself included, FB is a communication tool and not using it would be like asking someone to not drive. Doable, but an utter pain in the hole even in London. Do you think you could get that sofa home from IKEA sticking out the arse end of an Uber?
My way of using it akin to grudgingly getting a well made no-frills fuel efficient car, thereby keeping as much money as possible out of the hands of the car maker, Government, insurance firms, etc.
I run AdBlock Plus, and FB Purity to make FB useable. It's like dual screens in that once you've tried to it, you never look back.
Facebook makes any photos uploaded to it available indefinitely, and they were notified of this bug/'feature' years ago. Will this make any difference?
All that is needed is the URL of the image. Even if the person has their profile locked down in every way. Even if the user has 'deleted' the image from their facetard. Even if the nonce/spook/terrorist/employer doesn't have an account.
So much for setting permissions to "Friends only".
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