[clug] The end of the personal computer age is nigh !
bryan at netspeed.com.au
Fri Feb 13 22:14:28 MST 2015
> First, one should not piggyback on another discussion, as the item
> below looks to be.
I wasn't familiar with such other chat here about this topic.
> One should remember that us, the users, are not even at the
> discussion table for these issues.
I am a member of a political party whose anti-imperialist officials
ought to be abreast of this issue. How would you explain this hard,
not-fun topic to people who would rather wave a placard than pay more
for their e-mail address?
> Most users do not even notice the
> crossing of a line
> I am in control -> others are in control
> I own -> I do not own
I know people who happily read ancient tomes demonising the idle rich.
But they won't take time off rabble-rousing to modernise their systems!
> I do not have root access on my phone.
> I cannot control permissions on my phone.
> Heck, I cannot even back it up (dd ...).
I've done all the above. Swap it for an open-source model!
> It is clearly not *my* phone, I am just the phone's user.
Get rid of that ball-and-chain. I have read of self-drive cars. But I
don't want one that locks its doors and takes me to a police station
whenever (in manual mode) it detects a traffic offence!
> And soon, my PC will be nothing more that a KVM to a remote computer I
> have no control over and no knowledge of who has access to it.
That is the case whenever I fill out a Web form on a bureaucratic site!
> I guess that when they say my privacy is in the cloud, it is like
> "when you die you go to heaven in the clouds".
Take control of your affairs.
> My privacy has died...
Vigilance is the price of freedom!
> At some point people may notice, when it hurts them enough.
That's too late. One summer, a hail storm flooded buildings in Civic and
ANU. You don't have to find out that you should have cleared leaves from
your gutters--by completing an insurance claim form!
> There seems to be *some* interest in legislating some "private
> information rights" but I am not holding my breath.
In a political party, I volunteered on a policy committee. So we
recommended policies. Which in the party pamphlets--came out utterly
> BTW, this is *not* about recent government intrusions that make
> exciting news.
As far as I am concerned, changing official practice is hard slog!
> This is about commercial entities (usually monopolies) that abuse
> their power.
Authority is abuse!
> After you see how Android works you must ask if google really does no
I know all that stuff.
> There will always be enough concerned people that will maintain a
> "personal computer" which stays offline unless requested to go online.
The apathetic masses cannot be trusted on this matter.
> I just do not want to live my life online.
The "pretty young things" are otherwise.
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