A deflection

It’s not really a problem. It sounds scary but it’s not the real thing.

If you have an Xbox it’s always listening, even in standby mode. It’s listening for commands such as ‘Xbox, turn on’.

Well of course it is. If you want a machine to turn on by speaking to it, it does rather help if the machine is listening for that command.

Simple commands such as ‘Xbox turn on’ are recorded and processed on the spot, but more complicated instructions are sent to powerful remote servers, often thousands of miles away, for translation.

Even with modern computing power, which is astounding, a little Xbox can only do so much. Turning complex vocalisations into bits and bytes needs more. If the machines are thousands of miles away, so what? I have had real-time conversations with people in America and Australia on the internet. Distance means nothing to the wires.

Microsoft’s Kinect gadgets are so sophisticated and pervasive that Britain’s telecommunications security agency, GCHQ, is even said to have considered using them to monitor families.

Well why not? They already monitor phones and emails, let them waste more of their time watching teenagers play virtual war, car races, football, space alien fantasy and chess. The ultimate result on Xbox will be the same as the result of the smoking ban on pubs. Destruction of business. Oh dear, Useful Idiot Gates, seems they don’t need you any more. If you were as smart as you thought you were. you’d have seen it coming.

I have never had a pure-games machine since the ‘Pong’ machine of the seventies and that’s broken now. I have no webcam and no microphone attached to my computer. TV? Haven’t watched one for years other than at Smoky-Drinky at other peoples’ homes.

It is not the TV or the Xbox that is tracking you. It is your phone. Your contactless payment card. There is no need to track you in your home, your phone already tells them you’re there. The contactless payment card is even better than a credit card or store card to tell the Controllers what you are buying. Soon they will offer implanted chips and the drones will queue all night to be first to get one.

Then you’ll be tracked by RFID everywhere.

Yet you will still rail at the idea that the Them can tell when you are at home…

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10 thoughts on “A deflection

  1. I’m sure that I saw a news article which reported that some organisation somewhere in the UK were having raid chips inserted into the hands of their workforce. This was a good idea apparently. People no longer needed plastic cards to get through security and into their office etc. it wasn’t compulsory… Yet.

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    • Depends on their definition of “compulsory.”

      Newspeak appears to define “You do not have to have one, but if you do not, you will not be able to get into your office,” as NOT compulsory, “because you have a choice of getting into your office or not getting into your office.”

      Was it Oscar Wilde that used to come out with similar? And monty Pythons that took it to the extreem in one of their sketches?

      “They” have taken it to the extreem, and are quite Proust…. sorry(!) proud of it.

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  2. Depends on their definition of “compulsory.”

    Newspeak appears to define “You do not have to have one, but if you do not, you will not be able to get into your office,” as NOT compulsory, “because you have a choice of getting into your office or not getting into your office.”

    Was it Oscar Wilde that used to come out with similar? And monty Pythons that took it to the extreem in one of their sketches?

    “They” have taken it to the extreem, and are quite Proust…. sorry(!) proud of it.

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  3. Mobile phones of the ‘smart’ variety are a bit of a double-edged sword, really, since to be able to utilise some of the more useful apps (maps, compass etc), you have to give permission for the app provider to pinpoint with GPS exactly where you are.

    And despite the fact that I’m not engaged in any skulduggery, and thus ‘have nothing to hide’, I have to admit to being deeply uncomfortable about broadcasting my exact location 24/7. I suppose it’s my natural antipathy to the ‘Big Brother’ aspect of it, even though I know that I am (probably) of no interest to TPTB at all.

    But who knows what they consider ‘of interest’ nowadays. They can track millions of people all at the same time. I am vocal in my condemnation of the erosion of our liberties, and express myself in no uncertain terms in comments all over the world. And we know that ‘They’ are quite paranoid, so who knows who they want to monitor?

    Yes, I’m somewhat ambivalent in my appreciation of the technology, much as I admire it. I’ve always made a point of staying below the radar as much as is practical, and smartphones make that rather difficult!

    Oh well, the men in white coats will probably be along soon to take me to a nice comfortable padded cell where I can be as paranoid as I like. Just as long as they can provide me with a tinfoil hat, I should be ok….:)

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