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Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 111

I dunno.

The idea that our cultural landscape is essentially a frontier where corporations are prospectors and land-grabbers who seek to enclose certain areas, which they can then monopolise, lease back or otherwise own and exploit, whilst depriving others of the ability to do so, is something that isn't really given the consideration it's due, in my opinion.

Comment Re:When you are outside people can see you (Score 2) 242

Modern digital surveillance technology is a kind of space-and-time machine, giving once-fleeting localised events permanence and transporting them around the world for all to see; 'forever'.

My bets guess is that after a period of destroying ourselves with this 'evidence', we will either learn to become more tolerant and fogiving of foibles and stupidity and such behaviour (the utopian version) or double-down (possibly furthered by certain exploitative political interests) and become more like societies of the past with their strict (and hypoctitical) public moralities (the dystopian one).

Comment Re:Brainless politicians (Score 2) 153

The Tories are more than happy to sell out everything in the UK to foreign businesses and countries. They're little more than 'lucrative business opportunity arrangers'. (To be fair this applied the the Blairite neoliberals as well).

They portray themselves to the general public as the most patriotic, but they're really only loyal to the rich and the corporations that have the cash to give them nice consultancy fees and board memberships. Even our public services are owned and exploited by foreign corportions as well as the nationalised industries of other countries who take the profits abroad to subsidise their own country's services.

These jokers allowed Cadbury's to be sold off to Kraft (well, their parent company) with "promises" of jobs remaining once the sale went through. Nothing written down; sale went through; it was 'merely an aspiration to keep the uk factory open'.

They don't give a shit. Someone will scratch their back later on. They're happy for the UK to be little more than a client state for foreign businesses.

Comment Re:UK and CHINA (Score 1) 282

China is what the political class of the UK would very much like the country to become, IMO.

A rich, privelliged upper class, rolling in filthy lucre, lording it over an oppressed and uneducated, expendable and exploitable underclass.

I think that's the Conservative party's wet dream. A few of them have actually said as much. In public!

Comment Baked-in Toolbar Crap (Score 1) 25

Context Graph will naturally raise privacy concerns. Nguyen explains that Mozilla is working with a group of volunteer users to figure out how best to collect data and start building experimental systems for making contextual recommendations. He also promised that the tool will respect user privacy [...].

Yeah. No thanks. Just another 'helpful toolbar', but this time baked into the browser?

No thanks.

If you have something of value that you want to add to the browser, develop it as an add-on (or extension or whatever the fuck they're calling it these days, depending on where you look in the browser - let alone anywhere else).

That's the base philosophy of Firefox, isn't it? Lean and mean ... want something extra ... install the extension!

Otherwise you end up a bloated Mozilla suite, with everything and the kitchen sink in it ... and like every other piece of decent software that was ruined by its developers ... uTorrent springs most readily to mind; other examples on a postcard, please.

Maybe that's the problem. Gotta monetize! Monetize and ruin. The end-goal of every piece of software, it seems.

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