IoT gadget maker Nest Labs adding Google facial recognition to doorbell web enabled doorbell, Google will know who’s at home.

Internet of Things - your gadgets will spy on you
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Long before Google acquired Internet of Things company Nest, its co-founder Matt Rogers was saying he and his team had big dreams. They certainly did, knowing perhaps how the CIA had made Google and Facebook into giant global corporations because of the potential for spying on people through their computers, Nest seem to have convinced themselves that building fridges, washing machines, thermostats and doorbells that could spy on their owners might work the same trick for them.

“When Nest was founded seven years ago, we started with a thermostat,” Rogers told a room full of reporters in an event held at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum. “But our mission has always been much greater. Our mission is to create a home that takes care of the people inside it and the world around it.”

CUNT. Does he not realise plenty of us understand what he is really saying, i.e. Nest, with their partners want to build a world in which our homes, possessions and our environment all conspire with the ruling elites to control us.

So after making a smart thermostat, (well, one that grasses you up to big Brother if you turn your heating up higher than someone on your paygrade should,) smoke alarms that will tell your doctor is you were cooking unhealthy food, and security cameras that tell Google (and any of us that can hack a server, which is more people than you might think,) exactly who is at home at any given time, Nest revealed the next place it wants to make waves: the home alarm system.

“Can you think of a better industry for us to disrupt?” product marketing head Maximie Veron asked the crowd.

That disruption will be stepped up in November, when the latest spy product, a $500 home alarm system you can install yourself, is brought to market. Nest Secure is built to work with your smartphone (and if that doesn’t ring alarm bells nothing will,), and with all the other Nest products the company hopes you’ll buy to help your best friends, the government, control you. And some people, some university brainwashed people, will rush out and buy this crap thinking it is ‘cool’.

Nest Secure product manager Sophie Le Guen explained the focus was on making a confusing product into a friendly one. About as friendly as a hungry crocodile.

Is The Internet Making Us All Stupid.The more gullible and wide eyed among academics like to burble ecstatically about how the internet has ushered in a new age of creativity. We have to wonder just how much time these self styled experts have spent surfing scial networking sites

Total Control: New Measures Toward Global Totalitarianism
Total surveillance and total control, it was the system used by the fictional Big Brother regime in George Orwell’s 1984 and it is becoming dangerously close to becoming reality in the liberal democracies of the world. Not long ago I reported that Microsoft boss Bill Gates had invested in a startup that proposes to launch a network of surveillance satellites that will monitor the entire world twenty four hours a day, thus bringing another dystopian fiction, Skynet, closer to reality

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Computer Cops Will Arrest You Before You Commit A Crime
Innocent until proved guilty has always been a basic principle of British and before the Union, English and Scottish justice. Since late in the ninth century when King Alfred signed into law the Liber Judicialis, the presumption of innocence has stood.Thinking of committing a crime was not punishable, only in George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984” has Thought Crime ever been a punishable offence. Until now …

Bill Gates backs a $1 billion plan to cover Earth in ‘Big Brother’ satellites.
With the raggle taggle army of bloggers, alt_media journalists, video creators, marginalised writers and maverick media pundits who have taken on the task of defending liberty already engaged on several fronts, Microsoft’s multibillonaire chairman Bill Gates has announced his backing for a new tech start-up that will be able to stream ‘live and unfiltered’ video of every inch of the planet from a network of satellites to …

Is Technology Creating Physical and Psychological Hazards In The Digital Age?
Scientific research used to be the area of work that trailblazers, those with an unquenchable desire for new experience and a hyperactive sense of adventure wanted to be involved in. Now those who label themselves ‘scientists’ seem to have become the high priests of an ultra – conservative religion, determined at all costs to block progess that may lead to understanding that the dogmas of the past are just wrong

The Mummers: The Controlling system And The Illusion Of Freedom
We live in a world of deception, where truth is an ephemeral thing, slippery as an eel and shadowy as a spectre. What we are expercted to perceive as reality is just spin and misinformation designed to ensure the elite maintain their control. There’s eff all you can do just get on with your life, say the shills for big government and authoritarianism. But are we really nothing more than slaves of the system?

Google’s Brave New World Of Artificial Intelligence – And The Destruction Humanity
Almost every day we hear scientists burbling about artificial intelligence and how very soon machines will be smarter than humans. As scientists are nowhere near as smart as humans its hard to see how science can build something smarter. The problem is of course we don’t understand what contsitutes intelligence – those who think academic qualifications are the only indicator are retards. So where will this madness to replace us with machines end?

Transhumanism – What The Elite And Their Science Whores Have Planned For You
Transhumanism, the creation of – or turning us into – part human, part machine cyborgs is generating a lot of discussion and a lot of spontaneous ejaculations in the scientific community as they contemplate having their brains replaced by a computer. There are no limits on the ambitions of scientists fantasies, they even envisage creating robots that can interbreed with us, but how much is realistic?

Don’t be Evil, Google Will Do It For You
Google have abandoned their “Don’t Be Evil motto. Good thing really, they are becoming more evil every day. The latest plans to integrate our brains with their servers may seem like a science fiction freaks wet dream, but these creepy nerds are serious …

Google wants to change the way you see the world
News Used To Be Important – Now It’s Just EntertainmentPeople talk about technology, mainly television, cellulat telephones and the internet having given us an unprecedented ability to communicate. But have they? OK, we can trade meaningless messages with strangers on the other side of the world, we can join the cacophony of social netwoks where everybody yells at once and nobody listens, or we can sit in isolation, shouting inmto the void. But none of those are communicating. Technology has actually inhibited communication. …

Google Evil Empire In New Privacy ViolationOnce again the neo-Nazi nerds at Google are in trouble for playing fast and loose with our privacy. Google have bypassed browser privacy setting to track our movements on the web, the bettrer to target us with ads for poxy shite no sane person would buy. What is it these arseholes find difficult to understand about the idea that in the real world or cyberspace same rules apply …

Google Has Comptely Forgotten ‘Don’t Be Evil’ As The World Domination Agend Gathers PaceAt last Google has been caught stealing information from a business rival rather than private induviduals. Will people now wise up to these scumsucking pirates of the internet search engine world.

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A Chronicle Of Decay

German Government Smartphone Spyware Monitors Citizens’ Calls, Typing AND Sees Through Their Cameras


The shadow government is employing shadow spied Image source: middlemarketcenter.org

The German Interior Ministry has formally revealed that they have created a new “Bundestrojaner” or government trojan horse software that will enable security agencies to track the smartphone activities of anyone that inadvertently downloads it according to German media. We understand Chancellor Merkel’s government has also adopted an “off the shelf” tool from a company which is said to help authoritarian regimes track their citizens.

(Well we have tried to warn you of the direction the German government was travelling in when we started referring to The Chancellor as Hausfrau – Volksfuhrer Merkel, drawing a parallel with comedian Barry Humphrey’s character, “Housewife – Superstar Dame Edna Everidge. Though Dame Edna is not real, Merkel seems to have become similarly deluded.

The Trojan Horse software the German government is using disguises itself as something innocent like a free screen saver or game. Once the user opens the file the malicious code infects the target computer, often allowing a third party access to all kinds of information and enabling them to record keystrokes, browse files and even remotely control the computer.

The Federal Data Protection Commissioner Andrea Vosshoff has said that the testing of the software has been completed and that it will be used to follow the movements and actions of suspected criminals and others.

The government tried to reassure concerned citizens by saying that the software only has the capacity to monitor communications and not have access to sensitive files. Critics of the project, aware that the government has openly discussed the possibility of criminalising opposition to the government’s ‘open doors’ immigration policy and opponents of EU political integration, fear the malware could theoretically gain access to anyone’s computer files, personal sensitive information without the person ever being aware that they had been infected with the malware.

Green Party deputy head Konstantin von Notz said, “We do understand the needs of security officials, but still, in a country under the rule of law, the means don’t justify the end.”

This is not the occasion on which the German government has used a trojan horse program. In 2011 the government created similar malware in secret without the knowledge of the public. A hacker group called “Chaos Computer Club” discovered the plan and leaked details to the press causing a scandal. The lawyer of a person whose computer was infected by the trojan told the German press the government had planted it on his client’s computer as he was going through customs at Munich airport.

FinFisher Gamma-International is the company that has developed the latestsoftware called FinFisher or FinSpy. They are based in the UK and in Germany and specialise in developing spyware for governments and law enforcement agencies.

They have been at the centre of many civil liberties scandals when oppressive regimes have used their software to spy on political opponents and human rights activists. Egypt used the software during the Arab spring to help identify and ‘neutralise’ people critical of the Mubarak regime. Germany, which presents itself as a liberal Social Demoracy now joins countries like Bahrain and Indonesia who are alleged to use the software, according to a report by University of Toronto based Citizen Lab(but as anarchist intellectual Mikhail Bakunin warned Karl Marx in the 1870s, socialist governments will always become more oppressive that the old despotic monarchies).

Re-Branding Dissent – The Quiet Destruction Of Democracy

Many people, all the contributors to this publication among them, fear that democracy is being destroyed. OK, OK, hipsters will say but ‘we’ve never had democracy’, or, ‘it was destroyed long ago’, but left wing deceit aside, I think its worth actually thinking about how, many forms of democratic expression, effective dissent and peaceful self-determination are being outlawed and abolished in a sustained attack on free speech and civil rights.

In an article titled “The Next Crisis” the author argues that The Controllers, The Global Elite, call them what you will, have decided that Democracy is a threat to their wealth and power and have more than likely given some thought to how best to neuter it while appearing to do no such thing. It is expedient to retain the outward appearance of democracy in order to avoid frightening the frail of spirit, but there is a move to eradicate any substance from it, leaving us with an empty but colourful stage show.

The idea of a meritocratic global governance is about a hundred years old now, when first floated it was unworkable but now internet technologies offer government the ability to control information and thus manipulate opinion so that enough people can be persuaded to surrender their individual rights and liberties in return for protection from ‘existential threats’ that in reality, if dealt with properly, pose no greater danger to human life than a smelly fart.

And yet the elites keep pushing the idea that we are threatened by global warming, Islamic extremism, food and water shortages and a host of other problems from which only Big Government can save us. For example

3) professionalized Governance. Democracy can be and must be neutered, and an effective way of doing this is to insist that amateur, elected officials MUST take the advice of professional (read corporate) advisors. Expand current law to enforce this.

If this seems monstrous now, their argument, I suspect, will be that in an increasingly crowded, interconnected and globalised world we can no longer leave critically important decisions in the hands of the uneducated, in-expert and amateur. We must, of course, still be free to choose but must, from now on, be helped to choose ‘wisely’. And how can we choose wisely if we aren’t given wise choices to choose from? Oh, the Orwellian beauty of it! No prizes for guessing who will decide what is and what is not wise.

We cannot any longer allow you to choose unwisely! There is so much at stake and so much you and your representatives simply do not fully understand.

You only need think how much legislation is already written by these ‘advisors’ and how many ‘experts’ are routinely seconded from corporations in order to ‘help’ the government departments regulate those same corporations to appreciate how far towards this we have already come. Two examples of ‘expert advice’ spring readily to mind. Back in May 2014 Citi drafted, word for word, many of the ‘amendments’ to the Frank Dodd financial regulation law. While professional experts from J PM Morgan did the same for the new derivatives trading law which puts the US tax payer back on the hook for any really serious losses. In an essay <br />

<h4>The Next Crisis – Part two – A manifesto for the supremacy of the 1%</h4><br />

the author, award winning documentary film maker David Malone presents a likely manifesto for the subversion of democracy by a bureaucratic dictatorship appointed by political and wealthy oligarchs.

Interesting reading …

 

 

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It’s only a phone FFS

from The Examiner:

open pit toiletA Chinese open pit toilet – source: shutterstock / NY Post

“A strange and tragic story comes to us from China where it is reported, two people were killed and several others were injured after a woman dropped her cell phone into a open-pit toilet. Fox 8 reported on June 8, 2014, that an unnamed woman in Xinxiang City, China, dropped her new smart phone into a sewer pit and those that tried to help her ended up perishing.

The woman’s husband attempted to retrieve the phone, worth an estimated $320, from the toilet, but was overcome by the stench and gasses in the toilet pit and lost consciousness and fell in.

At that point, the man’s mother dove into the pit to try and save her son, but she also passed out due to the fumes.

From here, the woman that dropped the phone tried to save both her husband and mother-in-law. She also lost consciousness and other people arrived and tried to help.

In the end a total of six people needed to be rescued from the open-pit toilet including the woman’s father-in-law and two friends. All fell unconscious after being lowered in on a rope.

The woman’s husband and his mother both had a pulse when they were pulled from the toilet, but after waiting more than an hour for medical assistance to arrive, they ending up passing away in the hospital.

OK for the safety of yourself and your loved ones; a) Never go in a public toilet in China, b) look at the picture below and repeat one hundred times,

“It’s only an effing phone.”

its only a phone

The Spy In Your Smartphone

An article in OS news (linked below) opens by saying those of us with experience in digital technology have known about the nasties hidden in your internet enabled computers and gadgets for years.This is absolutely true. Why did people like me not sound the alarm then, you might well ask?

In the case of smartphones I confess to being completely indifferent, I have no interest in owning one, my ten year old Nokia phone gives me all the mobile communications I want (when I am not available to answer the landline, I am not available to talk and there’s nothing so important it can’t wait a few hours) and when that old faithful croaks it will be replaced with an entry level pay as you go device.

It is wrong to suggest however that cynical old pros like me were not sounding the alarm, we began sounding the alarm when Microsoft operating systems started to be shipped internet ready. Microsoft always gave themselves the ability to take over your computer, change settings and load stuff you hadn’t asked for. And the favoured page markup for the World Wide Web, thanks to the interference of an idiot science tit and the willingness of politicians to listen to a guy with a PhD in Star Trek Studies rather than people who had long careers in computers behind them, had as much security as a house with no doors.

The trouble was people did not want to listen, the propaganda coming from government spin doctors and corporate marketing departments said the world wide web was magic and would make everything free. And people want to believe in magic.

Thus we handed governments and corporate cartels with fascist tendencies (i.e. all of them) the greatest tool for controlling information anybody could imagine. They could rewrite the past and create the present. As George Orwell put it in “1984”, “He who controls the present controls the past, he who controls the past controls the future.” And he could have added “He who controls the information controls the present.”

Keep on reading to learn a little of how Our New Unhappy Lords are controlling the information.

Read more in OS News

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I Told Them Google Are Evil

When I said Google were an evil bunch of control freaks hellbent on world domination they called be a conspiracy theorist. When I said the Google corporate motto in full is “Don’t be evil, that’s our job,” they said I was paranoid.

Funny how little things keep creeping out of the woodwork that leave no room for doubt Google and other technology corporations, in collaboration with government security agencies, are creeping toward technology led fascism.

The laptop was the first portable internet-connected device that freed up millions to be stalked by the internet 24/7 rather than chained to the desk eight hours a day. Next was the smartphone, which didn’t really take off until Apple opened it up to developers and allowed the creation of applications that steal you money while fooling you into thinking you are having fun and made the smartphone the oppressive monster it is today. Then came to tablet computer and though Jobs little jobbie was too pricey and too underspecified to appeal to anyone except fanboys and wankers, rival using Google’s Android front end became the choice for business.

Earlier this year Goolge introduced wearable technology in the limited release of Googlegoggles (Google Glass), which proved a step to far for many bar and restaurant owners who sparked a race relations row by banning human / robot hybrids from their premises. The head-mounted display of Google glass puts Google adverts and “suggestions” (you will obey, you will obey) right in your fucking face whatever you are doing.

Now we have smartwatches. Samsung has a smartwatch, and Google, Apple and Microsoft are buying up companies that have patented smartwatch technology or are hiring engineers to create it. Smartwatch technologies are supposed to work in tandem with mobile phones and computers to become the third leg of the “smart” ecosystem. WTF can a smartwatch do that my forty year old Tissot and a bog standard cellphone can’t do for me and I can’t do for myself?

With wearable fitness gadgets that sense heartbeat, pulse, the number of steps you take, and the quality and duration of your sleep, it’s just a matter of time before technology gets in your head … and that is right. where Google are planning on going next. Yes,hardware and software engineers working for the universe’s creepiest and most evil corporations are working on a chip that can be implanted in the skull and interfaced directly with the central nervous system

CNET reports, “Google has a plan. Eventually it wants to get into your brain. ‘When you think about something and don’t really know much about it, you will automatically get information,’ Google CEO Larry Page said in Steven Levy’s book, In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives. ‘Eventually you’ll have an implant, where if you think about a fact, it will just tell you the answer.’

but what if I don’t want an answer. What if I am thinking about a nice big juicy steak and a glass of Chateauneuf du Pape. I just want to think about them, I don’t want to know the chemical composition. And if I was thinking about Kelly’s boobs how they feel in my hands and Google interrupted there would be mayhem I promise you.

Are you a slave to the machines? Do you run out and buy a new iPhone whenever one is launched? Would you wear Google Glass and have Google in your face all day. Do you feel you must have a smartwatch whatever the fuck they are? Would you like to be able to think of something and have an implantable computer in your head to provide some additional resources to complete your thoughts? Be sure that if your thoughts did not lead to your doing something that would shove a bit of revenue Google’s way, your own thoughts would be overridden by Google’s

“You don’t really want to take Kelly to bed, you want to browse the web and click through on some Google adsense ads…”

YES-MASTER-I-DO-NOT-WANT-TO-TAKE-SARAH-HARDING-LOOKALIKE-KELLY-TO-BED-I WANT-TO-LOOK-AT-SOME-GOOGLE-ADS-I-WILL-OBEY-I-WILL-OBEY …

Technology is on our bodies, and the evil ones want to put it into our bodies! Let’s hope anonymous can hack our heads and release us.

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The Nerds Are Taking Over The World – We Did Warn You.

The SxSW festival in Austin, Texas used to be a music, specifically a rock festival. Then like Glastonbury commercial interests began to muscle in. Gradually the musicians were all but driven out and now the nerds have taken over.

Nerds can be identified by several characteristics; one, though it is easy to be deceived by their bad haircuts and body odour issues they are not chaotic, shambolic people but dangerous control freaks; two, once they have hold of a bad idea they will cling to it more tightly than a pit bull clinging to a postman’s leg; three, given a sniff of power they turn into world domination freaks; four, they do not recognise the line between good business practice and fascism; five, neither do they recognise the line between reality and fantasy.

Reading up on this year’s SxSW I find that for many nerds and geeks
(a lesser species like donkey are to horses or gekkos to investment bankers) the boundary between ‘real life’ and ‘online’ has now bcome so blurred it may as well not exists.

South by Southwest Interactive, a component of the festival rather than a sideshow, is probably the world’s biigest gathering of nerds, geeks and Bond villains who, operating from a high tech headquarters in the magma chamber of an extict volcano somewhere in the Pacific Caldera ( venture capitalists as the mainstream media likes to call them), plan to take over the world and turn us all into unthinking automatons.

These people plan to change the way you live, the way you think. They hate being human and would rather be robots and they want you to be a robot too. When they speak it does not sound anything like a human conversation.

WTF is your “user experience”. If they mean spending a bit of time browsing the web why not just say so? Is “the gamification of healthcare” an attempt to write a zap the cancer tumour adventure in which players run through Lara Croft’s intestinal tract looking for a malignant polyp or do online diagnisticians compete to empty you bank account?

Since when have real people talked of “geofencing”? Or “design thinking”? Or “open source government”? What is “content strategy”? It all starts to sound like a corporate brainstorming session in which all the participants are just coming down from a mega-acid-trip.

One of the world’s leading content strategists tried to explain his area of special skill to an interviewer. “Well, from one perspective, I guess,” he said, “it’s kind of everything.”

Here lies the main obstacle to understanding where technology is heading to at breakneck speed. The nerds who are driving the juggernaut don’t even understand themselves when they talk in such jargon and they certainly are not looking at the road ahead as thy swing the steeting wheel wildly and keep the pedal right down to the metal.

Their goal is that all human activity will take place online, that our computers will change from being tools we use to being extensions of ourselves and eventually to being our selves.

Remember while computer scientists have been claiming for forty years they were on the verge of building a machine that is consciousness can think for itself (and for forty years failing at every attempt because they don’t understand human consciouness) the nerds of the gaming consoles and gadgets industry which these days passes for information technology already believe that our machines are smarter than us.

Anyone who has wrestled with a Windows Vista system will know how profoundly fuckwitted a human would have to be in order for a computer to be smarter.

The Intesity of the twentysomethings who floc to the Austin Convention Centre, and wander around in a trande like state juggling coffee cups, iPad 2s and the festival’s full Oxford English Dictionary sized schedule of events, can seem vaguely intimidating. They are no longer content with transforming that part of your life you spend at your computer, or even on your smartphone. They want you control your life, or your biosphere experience as the nerd who has just taken out a patent on your mind (customized life software) might put it.

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Nerds who have recognised they have an issue with technology addiction, given their lives to a higher power and entered Boggart Blog’s 12 step program may find it helpful to read the longer version of this, I Am Not A Computer at the main Greenteeth Site.

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