Re: Deep State is as Deep State does..
The "good solutions" were all proposed ages ago so when a politician has to pull a "new solution" out of their ass, only had one's are left.
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Whether I'm doing science, engineering or business, I've found my breadcrumb trails invaluable at keeping track of the various avenues I've pursued. Forgetting is not desirable, especially in cases where lives are involved. Not true for most, though. That it often saves time and money.... So, saving my scribbles is ... nice.
Aside: to the send myself an email suggestion, no way am I sharing. Hell, good luck Google, et al., getting a look at my device, even.
Search "disable Cortana" on the ' net? Here it turns up using Group Policy of RegEdit to do it dirty. My Fire Tablet was quite obliging in that regard ;-).
To be perfectly honest, whacking Alexa was also first up on my Amazon devices as well. I'll be reversing that in the near future though as I become even further bedridden. Then, yeah, that kind of thing makes just a bit of sense.
In the military, I worked professionally in a dozen fields of engineering. I was responsible for all the navigation equipment and, very unusually, I'm also qualified as helmsman, quartermaster, and navigator of the watch including underway refueling. There is no way in hell that I'd want this on my ship! I love my touchscreens here; one of my faves is my 20" that I use when I'm bedridden. It's on the end of a very long leash. However, even if the controls were all on the same screen, I can operate the helm of a real without glancing at the wheel and throttles and all the switchology (military term) is positive feedback.
Even when I play my shipping games*, I much prefer keyboard and mouse over my touchscreen as, again, there's feedback. Collisions are expensive.
* - Ports of Call is still very much a thang here. Amiga and PC.
The Comcraptic office is just up the road, it's 3:40 AM PDT, and speeds are running 360 Kbps to 2.997 Mbps in California here which pretty much knocks out any arguments that service is so great even close to their node when no one else is online. Averaging right at 1 Mbps. I have this system monitored to a fare-thee-well.
Oh, that's on a premium Internet access account. Yea! Big bucks for craptastic service.
Now we are getting into what exact attributes about the individual are encoded in the data fed to train the machine learning model. There's the boundary condition and it's exactly the same problem with have with "Big Data" and pseudo-anonymity. How easy is it to reverse the crunching?
I was one of the front line critters that would challenge the overpriced pieces of crap we'd get and never once successfully got one reversed. Ten years after I was discharged, fifteen or more after filing said challenges, I was still getting denials from the Pentagon helpfully forwarded by the other lifer on my destroyer. Only stopped when I moved without a forwarding address.
Those of us considered smaller resellers keep going through this where a firm thinks they can internalize the profitable sales, not lose very many sales that were a result of those smaller resellers, and extract some extra income in one form or another (e.g. internal licenses) and off said firm goes with a better balance sheet. From decades of experience, it never works out that way. It always has the opposite effect. I've no idea where they get this idea, it certainly isn't from historical data of IT firms. I used to think that MBA programs were about using case studies but somebody seems to have black holed the ones on this.
I severed ties with MS a long time ago as I saw the iterations of this already looming. The funny thing is that they approached me concerning becoming a partner, with all the supposed benefits, rather than the other way around. I've never lacked for clients, just by word of mouth alone. Adverts, promotiional material, &c? Nope.
[Final straw for me with Microsoft: Never had a competency nor a certification, outside the military, in my life. Demonstrated results seems to matter more to clients. Frag off!]
Back in the '70's, assembler was the second language I learned on the System/370. Fortran was my first which was okay, given my mathematical bent, but that second made it eminently clear what a computer could, and just couldn't, do. C and the rest to follow, as well as explaining CPU's and such to fellow techies, was a piece of cake forever afterward.
I don't think that'll help with the rest of the population though, no matter how many RasPi's and Learn to Code programs we throw at them. I've even met a frightening few that simply can't put together an ordered list of anything, even including how they start their day from laying in bed to going out the door. Yeesh!
Not a knee jerk at all here, just a realist. That whole cheapest component shtick works in anywhere but in The Real World, the one where that's what I'm used to dealing with at all levels of systems design and implementation. Go back to that autonomous car example and really look at where the components were designed and sourced from and then get back to me on how great they are in use. Now the stuff I design and build for my own use spares no expense when it comes to systems that are critical but no one else gets between the purse and my control-freakary.
BTW, I do have exactly one RasPi, a ZeroW used for exactly nothing. Powered on once to make sure it works and tossed in a drawer for when I find that roundtoit for a project here. Other shit keeps getting in the way. I like them, as an embedded engineer. I'm also waiting for v1.1 for all the kinks to be worked out. That RasPi 4 would become my new Internet connected device. Crack it or even melt it down, meh!
"Hemmings said that while plenty of western technology companies get involved with military and security work, the difference is that they can choose not to – unlike Chinese ones."
When I read that, first thought was Patriot Act, especially in light of the fact that non-compliance with a National Security Letter, let alone a FISA Court warrant, results in prison time without the benefit of even going to court. We've already seen companies shut themselves down rather than even try to fight. The only reason Microsoft is still in their fight is that it was a federal judge overreaching and that's percolating up the judicial process. If the federales has used either of the above, Satya would be staring through jail bars right now and neither he, nor his lawyers, would even be able to say why.
A related observation, what is Freedom House smoking/dropping? I do pay attention to Australian news (APAC is my favorite beat) and they should be farther down the list, closer to the US, on the basis of what's happened recently. Typical NGO.
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