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Comment Real meaning of SMART (Score 1) 82

The hidden meaning of "smart" in "smart phone" and "smart light switch" actually implies something different, taken from the hard drive industry:

Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART)

The purpose of these devices seems to be total monitoring of its users. A "smart" home usually means the vendor knows the state of every light switch, every door sensor, every movement down to the millisecond. I'm just waiting for a group of burglars to break into such a database to determine when and where to break into houses.

Comment Windows Phone? (Score 3, Insightful) 236

If you run Windows Phone or Windows 10 you should say goodbye to any sort of privacy.

As of now there are no commercially available smart phones that respect your freedom entirely. Depending on where you draw the line,
your best bets are Replicant or at the very least CyanogenMod without any Google Apps.

F-Droid is a package manager for Android that only contains software that respects your freedom.

Comment Re:HTML5: the stealth OS specification (Score 1) 88

Sorry, didn't mean to put you on the defensive. You're doing that because your web browser does it. You didn't want to run some random application, but you did, at some point, load a web page which contained a script tag that shouldn't have been there. You say "but it's just a web browser!" and I'm explaining, "No, it's an Operating System." Eww.

You have a very good point and the user really is responsible for what they run in the end.
I should use Tor Browser more often, which is less chatty. Someone ought to make a fork of Tor Browser without Tor. It really is superior to any other browser in that regard.

Comment Re:The Beautiful Ones (Score 1) 643

Thank you for the hint. I will definitely check it out.
Here's a link for the other users: http://pdxscholar.library.pdx....

Apropos, the documentary that I actually meant to link to is "Critical Mass" (2012). It deals with overpopulation in general but also refers to Calhoun.

Comment The Beautiful Ones (Score 5, Interesting) 643

It's not money but oversocialization and overpopulation.

In the 1960s John B. Calhoun conducted extensive experiments with mice, examining changes in their social behavior in an Utopian world.
Calhoun gave the mice clean housing and unlimited access to food.

After day 600, the social breakdown continued and the population declined toward extinction. During this period females ceased to reproduce. Their male counterparts withdrew completely, never engaging in courtship or fighting. They ate, drank, slept, and groomed themselves – all solitary pursuits. Sleek, healthy coats and an absence of scars characterized these males. They were dubbed "the beautiful ones." Breeding never resumed and behavior patterns were permanently changed.

A documentary on the subject:

There's also a controversial opinion piece that partly aligns with Calhoun's scientific findings.
Theodore Kaczynski's manifest "Industrial society and its future".

Comment previously on Ask Slashdot^WMicrosoft (Score 2) 110

other "articles" that were obviously written by covert PR drones:

>"Microsoft's newest desktop operating system comes with a range of interesting features"
>"[it's] fiscally conservative [to upgrade]"
>Windows 10 skeptics are subtly portrayed as being scared of all things new
Followed by a good dose of sock puppetry.

>"Windows 10 offers a range of interesting features including virtual digital assistant Cortana. While these features and a substantial boost to performance and speeds could be a big reason for the fast adoption of Windows 10"

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