Do You Really Want A Smart TV?

There is a rush of “smart” everything….but is it really a good idea?

Remember back in the ’80’s there was a spooky movie with the tagline….”they’re here”?  And it rings so true today.

All of us should be worried about our privacy….for it seems to be lessening with each passing month….

Now there is a story coming out of Samsung…….

Own a Samsung smart TV? Then take note: Your television is not only listening, it’s sending your data to a third party, the Independent reports. The TV’s voice-recognition software lets you give it orders, but the product’s privacy policy warns that “personal or other sensitive information … will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.” Samsung tells the BBC that the third party is Nuance, the company that does Samsung’s speech-to-text conversion. But intellectual property lawyer Corynne McSherry says it would be nice to see that clarified in Samsung’s policy, the Daily Beast reports. “And I’d definitely like to know whether my words were being transmitted in a secure form,” she says.

An activist tweets that Samsung’s policy sounds a lot like the description of “telescreens” in George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984—which reads in part, “Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by [the screen].” Unnervingly, it wasn’t clear how often “the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork.” Samsung, however, says it doesn’t keep voice data, and customers can opt to turn off voice-recognition or even unplug the TV from Wi-Fi. And Samsung isn’t alone: the Verge reports that XBoxes already use voice recognition while being connected to the Internet. “Samsung’s privacy policy is not unique; its rhetoric just happens to be similar to that of a well-known sci-fi novel,” the Verge says.

If you worry about the loss of privacy then NOW would be a good time to re-think this whole “smart” world that is been given to us by the corporations……

I know I am!

Your Illusion Of Choice

Yesterday my friend over at The John Liming Report and I were having a conversation about the media and how no matter your choice it is all biased and used as a propaganda tool…..and I got this on Twitter…..it illustrates just how much the media is NOT “fair and balanced”…….

This is why the American public is the most ill-informed than any developed country…..”fair and balanced” is just a tag line that is not rooted in reality!

 

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Why Rocket Go Boom?!

Recently a private company rocket was attempting to re-supply the International Space Station but things did not go as planned….

A rocket that was supposed to deliver supplies to the crew aboard the International Space Station exploded in spectacular fashion just six seconds after liftoff this evening, reports CNN. The good news is that nobody was aboard, and NASA says nobody appears to have been killed on the ground at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. (“No indicated loss of life,” in NASA-speak.) The rocket’s cargo ship held about 5,000 pounds of supplies and science equipment for the six people now on the space station, reports AP.

The Anteres rocket was launched by Orbital Sciences Corp., one of the two companies (along with SpaceX) hired by NASA to make supply runs to the space station. No word yet on what went wrong. NASA reported “100% favorable weather” and “no technical concerns” just prior to liftoff.

Truthfully, I was going to let this disaster go but…..I cannot now….the media is spending so much time covering it that I just have to interject my thoughts…….

The media reports are speculating on just what went wrong with the launch……the first culprit according to the media is the motor……..

The cause of yesterday’s rocket explosion over Wallops Island, Va., remains under investigation: While a tweet from Orbital Sciences refers to a “vehicle anomaly,” other reports have focused on aging rocket engines. They were built in the 1960s and 1970s to send Soviet cosmonauts to the moon, the Guardian reports.

The  ‘experts’ are speculating that it could have been a biol;d-up of pressure….then there is the possibility of something mechanical or even electrical……

I can save them a lot of time investigating……could it be as simple as the rocket was a piece of CRAP?

Think about it…..thanx to the damn silly program of privatization the space program is being out sourced to corporations that are in it for the profit.  Now how do corporations turn a profit?  by making the product as cheaply as possible.  ERGO….a piece of CRAP!

As far as the engine thing….it is old…okay…. but is not the Russian program using old technology to re-supply the ISS?

You truly want to know what happened?  Putting the future of our space program in the hands of profit seeking companies….this will not be the last problem they will face.

Syria-to-Ukraine Wars Send U.S. Defense Stocks to Records – Bloomberg

We Americans have been programmed to understand only winners and losers….could explain the lack of interest in soccer (futbol)…….

The say there are no winners in any war….I beg to differ and this article makes the case.

I remember back in my protest days…..there was a saying…..”War is good business, invest your sons”….

 

Syria-to-Ukraine Wars Send U.S. Defense Stocks to Records – Bloomberg.

Contractors Ready To Cash In On ISIS War

Most of my readers know that I am NO fan of war….after living through one I cannot stand the thought of more Americans dying in far away lands for no other reason than geopolitics…..

In war there are usually winners and losers…..who will be the big winner in this newest war?  The saame people that are the big winners in ALL wars………

 

Contractors Ready To Cash In On ISIS War.

How American businessmen are ruining American business — and the U.S. economy – The Week

Many Americans have blamed business for the slow rate of jobs growth…..and for me they deserve all the criticism……it is all about their bottom line…..screw the country and especially screw the people……

Americans, all Americans, need to wake up to the fact they they, corporations, are NOT on the side of the people……they fund crap like the GOP and all the time they get corporate welfare….

we need to take this country back from sleazy politicians and fat cat bankers……who’s with me?

 

How American businessmen are ruining American business — and the U.S. economy – The Week.

American CEOs Should Learn A Lesson

I am not much one for keeping an eye on Asia….my international interests are more of the Middle East and North Africa……but a recent article I read made me stop and think…..

We take a step back…….our most recent economic crisis was caused by corporations and banks…..and as usual the CEOs went before Congress and blamed everyone and everything but themselves for the crash…..just once I would like to hear one of these thieves admit to bad decisions and take responsibility for their actions……of course that is a pipe dream of mine that will NEVER happen for the government is owned by these toads and they will be allowed to get away with wholesale thief….corporate money well spent, right?

But I read an article the other day and made me think…….

(Newser) – A decaying body found in a plum field is that of the fugitive billionaire who owned a ferry that sank in April, South Korean cops have confirmed. Yoo Byung-un, patriarch of the family that owned the ferry operator, went on the run soon after the Sewol sank and had been the subject of the country’s biggest-ever manhunt, reports the Guardian. Police say DNA and fingerprints have confirmed the identity of the body that was found last month, soon after police raided a compound belonging to a Christian splinter group, of which Yoo was a leading member.

The 73-year-old was wanted for questioning on charges including embezzlement and criminal negligence, and many of his family members have already been arrested, including his wife, the BBC reports. His eldest son is still on the run. The number of dead from the Sewol disaster stands at 294—most of them high school students—and 10 people are still listed as missing. After the sinking, investigators found that the ferry was routinely and severely overloaded. Company officials are now on trial—a separate trial than that of the ferry captain and crew members, who were charged with murder.

Not a bad idea…..if you f*ck up take responsibility and commit suicide……at least the Asian, for the most part, take responsibility for the disasters they cause…..maybe the CEOs should take a page out of this play book and do the honorable thing and fall on their sword.

Thoughts?