A New York Times article complains about “surveillance capitalism”Â Â by re-repeating the usual “crying wolf ” lines: Facebook and Google surveil us, our behaviour is analyzed way more than “just” for marketing purposes, insurance companies might want to access our information and so on…
This article seems to support mantra such asÂ “information are the new gold”, “Information are the new crude” that keeps resonating in social network platform, digital world (self-professed) “experts” and traditional media.
But is this a correct assumption? Continue reading “No, information are not the new gold”
Answering a “request for comment” from a friend about this quote taken by a The Spectator’s article, (whoa! Hold on, copyright crusaders: that’s a legitimate exercise of the linking right!) Continue reading “Big Data and the path to a Soviet-like, data centric economy”
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go
I owe my soul to the company store
Merle Travis – Sixteen Tons (first recorded in 1946)
I took this picture in Liverpool (UK) back in 2006 while I was hired to assist a Swiss Television crew shooting a documentary on the Echelon’sÂ station at RAF Menwith Hill base. Continue reading “The Early 2000th BT Way to Sell the Internet”
A “new” i.e. “incompatible” feature on your brand new Macs: no more physical ESC key on the keyboard, to prevent your perfectly running software to do so.Â Adieu!Â VI!
A “new” i.e. “incompatible” power socket for your MacBook Pro, to force you to discharge your old charger.
A “new” i.e. “incompatible” file system on your Macs (APFS), to make your system interacting haphazardly with your files.
A “new” i.e. “incompatible” operating system (High Sierra) to not work properly with your currently running software (from Office, to Indesign and Illustrator.)
A “new” – guess what? yes, “incompatible” – HTML 5 API to allow DRMs enforced at user-agent level
There are now enough calves in the valley, and the time is right to move them to another barn, where they can stay calm and dumb, with nobody but the rancheros from Cupertino telling them what, how and when to do.
They finally got it.