that's a terrible pick-up line
Wednesday, 7 February 2018

The House That Spied On Me

quote [ In December, I converted my one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco into a ?smart home.? I connected as many of my appliances and belongings as I could to the internet: an Amazon Echo, my lights, my coffee maker, my baby monitor, my kid?s toys, my vacuum, my TV, my toothbrush, a photo frame, a sex toy, and even my bed.

?Our bed?? asked my husband, aghast. ?What can it tell us??

?Our breathing rate, heart rate, how often we toss and turn, and then it will give us a sleep report each morning,? I explained.

?Sounds creepy,? he said, as he plopped down on that bed, not bothered enough to relax instead on our non-internet-connected couch. ]

I had no idea my tv knew so much about me and was sharing that information with other people...
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+4 Interesting]
[by Space_1889@10:51pmGMT] [0 comments]

Friday, 2 February 2018

City Council Declares Push to End Cash Bail in Philly

quote [ The city has moved one step closer to ensuring that no one is kept behind bars solely because they can?t afford a fee to be free before trial. ]

Florida?s lifetime ban on voting by felons is unconstitutional, federal judge rules

Not as important as a memo, I know. But still good.
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+5 Good]
[by raphael_the_turtle@8:33pmGMT] [1 comment]

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Mass Incarceration: New Jim Crow, Class War, or Both?

quote [ Public awareness of mass incarceration has grown in recent years thanks to groundbreaking books and activism from groups like Black Lives Matter. One aspect of this growing awareness has been an increased understanding of racial disparity in the criminal justice system. In 2010, white people were incarcerated at a rate of 450 per 100,000 while black people were incarcerated at a rate of 2,306 per 100,000. ]

NYC Agency Uses Brooklyn Gang Raid To Encourage Evictions Of Entire Families From PublicHousing

Some businesses question fairness of Green Light effort - this sounds suspiciously like organized crime tactics.
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+5 Underrated]
[by raphael_the_turtle@8:48pmGMT] [25 comments]

Monday, 22 January 2018

San Diego Installs Smart Streetlights to Monitor the Metropolis

quote [ None of the people walking around San Diego?s East Village neighborhood one recent afternoon were looking up at the streetlights (except me). And if they had, they likely wouldn?t have noticed that some of these lights were a little thicker around the middle than others, or that some lanterns topping old-style lampposts had a clear glass panel here and there.

But unbeknownst to the people below, those streetlights were looking?and listening?all around them, while also monitoring temperature, humidity, and other characteristics of the air. ]

They just kind of sneak the big brother thing in - we have a ways to go, to catch up to your average European city though...
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+3 Informative]
[by knumbknutz@12:41amGMT] [2 comments]

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Homeland Security pursues charges against leaders of sanctuary cities

quote [ Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed Tuesday that her department has asked federal prosecutors to see if they can lodge criminal charges against sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation efforts.

?The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available,? Ms. Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Her confirmation came after California?s new sanctuary law went into effect Jan. 1, severely restricting cooperation the state or any of its localities could offer. ]

This is going to end well...
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+3]
[by knumbknutz@11:11pmGMT] [7 comments]

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Why your car company may know more about you than your spouse.

quote [ Honda wanted to track the location of his vehicle, the contract stated, according to Dunn ? a stipulation that struck the 69-year-old Temecula, Calif., retiree as a bit odd. But Dunn was eager to drive away in his new car and, despite initial hesitation, he signed the document, a decision with which he has since made peace.

?I don?t care if they know where I go,? said Dunn, who makes regular trips to the grocery store and a local yoga studio in his vehicle. ?They?re probably thinking, ?What a boring life this guy?s got.??? ]

Interesting read - buried in the contract, but there.
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+3]
[by knumbknutz@2:15pmGMT] [8 comments]

Monday, 18 December 2017

News media offers consistently warped portrayals of black families, study finds

quote [ If all you knew about black families was what national news outlets reported, you are likely to think African Americans are overwhelmingly poor, reliant on welfare, absentee fathers and criminals, despite what government data show, a new study says. ]

But you probably already suspected that if you noticed the news media even tend to treat white killers better than they treat the dead victims that are people of color.
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+4 Underrated]
[by raphael_the_turtle@5:10pmGMT] [9 comments]

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Former Facebook Exec: 'You Don?t Realize It But You Are Being Programmed'

quote [ ?Your behaviors?you don?t realize it but you are being programmed. It was unintentional, but now you gotta decide how much you are willing to give up, how much of your intellectual independence,? he told the students in the crowd. ?And don?t think, ?Oh yeah, not me, I?m fucking genius, I?m at Stanford.? You?re probably the most likely to fucking fall for it. ?Cause you are fucking check-boxing your whole Goddamn life.? ]

The dopamine hit issue is just the foundation of concerns in my mind, because being played up in all of that is the information you're being exposed to, what you're being trained to accept as normal. The consequences of that much information being shaped for the masses only grows the more invasive the technology becomes. #VR
[SFW] [Big Brother] [+7 Interesting]
[by steele@5:32pmGMT] [9 comments]

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Facebook wants your face

quote [ Facebook may soon ask you to "upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face," to prove you're not a bot. The company is using a new kind of captcha to verify whether a user is a real person. According to a screenshot of the identity test shared on Twitter on Tuesday and verified by Facebook, the prompt says: ?Please upload a photo of yourself that clearly shows your face. We?ll check it and then permanently delete it from our servers.? ]

They've been playing the long con, hiding their intent in plain sight in their name.

[SFW] [Big Brother] [+2 Interesting]
[by Ankylosaur@1:18pmGMT] [8 comments]

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Police can legally use 23andMe, other ancestry tools to obtain your DNA

quote [ WJAX reports companies such as 23andMe and Ancestry would be willing to give police access to your DNA if they have a warrant.

Even more, police could also obtain DNA from a family member to make a "familial match. ]

While this is definitely worrisome to me, i find the healthcare side of it more horrifying. I'm waiting for the first case of an insurance company getting their hands on these records and denying a medical claim, stating the condition was known to the person and they didn't seek treatment.

[SFW] [Big Brother] [+3]
[by Mythtyn@1:06amGMT] [4 comments]

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