Please God, don’t buy the incoming Amazon house robot!

From CNBC here:

Amazon needs to get into our homes because it needs more information about its customers that it can’t get elsewhere.

“Amazon needs more data to better serve its customers by offering the best Prime products and services exactly when they need them,” Patrick Moorhead, president and founder of Moor Insights & Strategy told CNBC. “It doesn’t get search or mobile data like Google or social data like Facebook, so it needs to get it a different way. Amazon with Alexa has risen above search and social. Amazon likely could create a home robot, but I think that’s secondary to selling everything you need whenever you need it.”

Amazon is not serving its customers, Amazon is selling shit to people.  There is a difference.

Making a home robot to get inside of Americans’ homes to gather data about their customers and sell them more shit may be a sci fi movie and some people may think that’s awesome, but I theorize that those people are not served by the Amazon home robot.


Epic scumbag Facebook behavior!

From Slate here:

Zuckerberg went further, suggesting that Facebook users did in fact consent to having their data scraped by third parties anytime their friends signed up for an app. “We explained, and they consented to it working that way,” Zuckerberg said. He later added, “We made it clear this is how it worked. When people signed up for Facebook, they signed up for that as well.”

This is breathtaking and I don’t use that word lightly.

So you can have up to 5000 friends on Facebook and any one of them can give your data away by signing up for an app?

That’s fucking sneaky as fuck and they should have to pay a big ass fine for that bullshit.

Assange makes fair point regarding free press!

From here:

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange lashed out at the UK government over Twitter on Friday after Britain’s official UN account (UK Mission to the United Nations) tweeted “A free and independent media fulfils a vital role in holding the powerful to account and giving a voice to the powerless,” with a link to a puff piece waxing eloquent over the UK’s commitment to free speech.

Assange – apparently not included in the UK’s definition of “free and independent media” (facing arrest and detention should he leave the Embassy), fired off a stunning reply – claiming that the UK’s has spent roughly twice as much spying on him as it has on their entire international human rights program.

“And that is exactly why you have detained me without charge for eight years in violation of two UN rulings and spent over 20 million pounds spying on me you hypocritical mother fuckers. Your entire international human rights programme is £10.6m you pathetic frauds.”

Lest you think this is confined to the UK remember that the great one, the anointed Barack Obama snatched Edward Snowden’s passport — he fucking Un-Americanned his ass for revealing illegal activity conducted by Obama’s intelligence agencies.

So whenever you hear a politician waxing eloquent about human rights and freedom he/she does not mean it.  They will snatch the rights of anyone who dares to make them look bad.


You don’t even own your face, Facebook does!

From NBC News here:

Lobbying records uncovered by the I-Team show Facebook has repeatedly listed the New York SHIELD Act as one of the bills upon which it seeks to influence Albany lawmakers.

The SHIELD Act is a proposed reform that would classify biometric data — including facial scans -– as private information in New York. Currently, biometric data is not considered private under state law, and companies that collect biometrics — like finger print scans, retina scans, and facial scans — don’t have to tell if hackers breach their datasets.

Yes, give us freedom from data surveillance!

From Bloomberg here:

Tech giants see a higher chance of legislation if Democrats win the House of Representatives or even the Senate later this year. At that point, the companies would have to begin haggling to fend off some proposals that would be intolerable, according to a top policy official at a major internet company.  One concern is that proposals will require letting users opt out of data collection completely, the person said, describing that as an untouchable foundation of internet business models.

Wow, Zuck is even hoovering up data of non-Facebookers. #asshole #surveillance

From Reuters:

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Concern about Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) respect for data privacy is widening to include the information it collects about non-users, after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the world’s largest social network tracks people whether they have accounts or not.

Does Zuck index and store bits of blogs?

Cuz if he does fuck you asshole.