January 6th 2014

The bad news is that January 5th, 2014 was a Sunday. Bugger.

The good news is that apparently nothing happens on a Sunday in the news.

So, on to Monday 6th January 2014.

Touch-less touchscreens may be just a software update away

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2534955/Touchless-touchscreens-just-software-update-away.html#ixzz3NsI3bwpF

You can’t beat a good bit of technology. Or can you?

My Samsung loves me so much that it keeps sending me things, like emails and advertising banners, even though it has no SIM card in it. Hasn’t had for about a year now. I can’t open them as that phone has no connection to the internet (because there is no SIM card), but that doesn’t stop me receiving them. Good, isn’t it? How can it do that?

Fuck knows, but I wish it would stop. If you read my last blog about (essentially) spying you would know why I am uncomfortable with this turn of events. Incidentally, with regards to ‘spying’, I put sellotape over my PC’s and my phones cameras and mics. Is that a bit like paranoid behaviour do you think? Read on.

Truth be told, I much prefer my Sony Ericsson anyway. Always did. Funny old-timer. It’s a W350i something or other (Called The Walkman, ah, sweet reminiscence), but I guess what I like most is the little cover that makes a satisfying ‘snap’ when I close it (very ‘phaser’ ish) and of course, The Walkman, which I use all the time, has a much better quality about it than the ‘Uncle Sam-spy’ Galaxy.

Okay, so did anyone else worry about today’s headline? No? Would you like to know why you should? Sweet:

‘Touchscreen maker Synaptic unveiled technology Monday that makes it possible to detect fingers from a quarter of an inch away. It’s called ‘Air Touch.’’

Presumably, it will still have the function of not allowing anybody within close quarters to access your information? Like when you get stopped in a ‘routine’ traffic stop, and they want you to open your phone/mobile? Or when the cops want you to stop recording them? I presume they will have to have your fingerprint on record, in order to stop just anybody messing about with your personal ‘stuff”? I love technology. When it’s not abused. Or used to incriminate ‘innocent’ people. Or hijacked by wrong doers.

‘The survey found that 52% of consumers would like banks to integrate fingerprint scanners into digital banking apps. This was the most popular followed by Iris scanners (33%), facial recognition (30%), electrocardiogram heartbeat monitors (29%) and voice verification (27%).’
http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240226035/Fingerprint-scanners-most-popular-alternative-to-banking-passwords

Do you know what this reminds me of? That story about The Tortoise and The Hare. Yes, I can understand how people would rather go down the quickest route to achieve their objective, but I can’t help but think, if people just SLOWED down a little bit, at least, they would see the bigger picture.

I listened to Info-wars a few months ago (not the only time I hasten to add. I listen to it everyday) and Alex talked about a book by George Orwell called 1984. Have you read it? Me neither. I downloaded a copy (again the quick route) and I tried, but as so often happens, I couldn’t get into it. I tried, I really did, but nope. So being a fan of technology, I jumped straight to:

‘In George Orwell’s 1984, Winston Smith wrestles with oppression in Oceania, a place where the Party scrutinizes human actions with ever-watchful Big Brother. Defying a ban on individuality, Winston dares to express his thoughts in a diary and pursues a relationship with Julia. These criminal deeds bring Winston into the eye of the opposition, who then must reform the nonconformist. George Orwell’s 1984 introduced the watchwords for life without freedom: BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.’
http://www.cliffsnotes.com/literature/n/1984/1984-at-a-glance

What intrigued me, is that this book was written in 1949. 1949!

Notice in this ‘at a glance’ section some keywords: Oppression, BAN on individuality, Big Brother, REFORM, Non-Conformist, ‘Life without freedom’, ‘Watching You’. But, of course, this is all nonsense, isn’t it?

‘And previously, on Sunday, a student was arrested at Cairo University. The police said it was because he was filming without permission, but initial reports suggested it was because he was carrying a copy of George Orwell’s novel 1984.’

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2014/11/egypt-thought-police-2014111219159573781.html

Right, so what is my point? This ‘fingerprint technology’ sounds lovely, but look at the bigger picture. A man in 1949 predicted everything that we see today. It is not 1984, but how do we know that 1984 wasn’t the start of it all? I don’t know about you, but I remember all the new technologies back then: Video, The Walkman, CD players and Compact Disks, Computers, mobile phones, Microwave ovens, I could go on. All these started in the 80s.

We are now in 2015, and where are we? Have a look:

NSA could ‘spy on offline computers’, says latest leak

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25743074 – January 2014

UK spies ‘intercepted webcam images of Yahoo users’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26367781 – February 2014

Cellphone spying technology being used throughout Northern California

http://www.news10.net/story/news/investigations/watchdog/2014/03/06/cellphone-spying-technology-used-throughout-northern-california/6144949/ – March 2014

US technology companies facing growing UK pressure over internet spying

Greenwald’s Finale: Naming Victims of Surveillance

New leaks show Germany’s collusion with NSA

UK Government Admits Spying On Innocent Citizens, Reveals Flawed Assumption Underlying ‘Collect It All’ Surveillance

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140715/07382127879/uk-government-admits-spying-innocent-citizens-reveals-flawed-assumption-underlying-collect-it-all-surveillance.shtml – July 2014

The Chilling Effect of Domestic Spying

To those who ask why now? I reply Why NOT now? Now we have so much intelligence and technology at our disposal. Why NOT use it? The guy in this video said ‘we are the last generation’. That freaked me out a little because about 20 years ago, a Jehovah’s witness knocked on my door and said ‘do you know we are the last generation?’ (it wasn’t EXACTLY like that. We had dialogue first).

Of course, it could all just be a simple co-incidence, couldn’t it?

But I don’t believe in co-incidence, do you? So I think I will continue to be a little ‘paranoid’ about these sorts of thing, thank you very much, as clearly, a little paranoia can be a good thing.

*News Just In*

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