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Private firms are selling spying tools and mass surveillance technologies to developing countries with promises that "off the shelf" equipment will allow them to covertly snoop on millions of emails, text messages and phone calls, according to a cache of documents published on Monday.
Add this to the out of control surveillance states and various agencies that are merely out of any form of control.

Sending anything confidential, be it for personal or business purposes, seems to be a bit futile. Private courier services should start to boom soon.

What use is the internet?

You can have your social network and pratfalls pages up. However this will be no doubt checked by every Human Resources department as you strive to start a career.

You can shop for a new lover if that is what floats your boat.

You can shop for pretty much anything under the sun.

Whatever you buy you can guarantee that your information is then for sale, just like filling in a form for a store or rewards card.

OK, I can handle the junk mail through the door and in my outlook in box, one can be recycled the other dumped automatically [although I scan it for errors].

It sort of reduces the internet to inanity and pointlessness.

I prefer physical shopping especially at markets for the human interaction if nothing else, the internet is useful for more obscure items but the joys of scanning in a bookshop is hard to beat. If you live miles from anywhere then the internet is a boon.

However after saying that, it is hard to rationalize the reality of what is going on and the dream some of us had that the internet offered immense opportunities for global understanding.

It now seems to be a place to avoid if you want to express yourself freely and openly.

It now seems to be a place where you do not communicate with your clients anything other than to organize date of the next physical meeting [forget video conferencing].

I may be being paranoid, yet; both myself and my business are contractually liable for the security of the information that we handle. I have always kept their files in offline physical storage [discs/paper], quite a few terabytes so far, with backups stored in another building.

It will be interesting to see how this pans out, but the best way seems to be going back quite a few years and handing over all information in person. At least it's more enjoyable, if time consuming.


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  •  Tip Jars; So basically the internet becomes (15+ / 0-)

    a shopping catalog.

    "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." Arundhati Roy

    by LaFeminista on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 12:39:45 PM PST

  •  As a content creator, I can only say (5+ / 0-)

    I wish they were shopping instead of shoplifting...

    I live under the bridge to the 21st Century.

    by Crashing Vor on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 01:03:06 PM PST

  •  The first two. (1+ / 0-)
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    I get small packages from China.

    Chinese people are emergent, politically.

    Mao may have been right the same way Stalin was right. The cost was frightful.

    FDR had a better plan.

  •  Commerce has always been a primary motivator (2+ / 0-)
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    LaFeminista, SherwoodB

    in the European invasion of the Americas. That's what explorers/exploiters were about. It's the land where the streets were paved with gold.
    While I think that trade and exchange are the natural human mode, predation remains the default for individuals short-changed when talents were being handed out. Those who can't do for themselves and whose linguistic talents are slim are reduce to relying on thievery to sustain themselves. Restricting the supply and access to currency doesn't help.

    Imagine if we had a guaranteed income, as the Swiss are proposing to provide and as, I believe, Richard Nixon suggested. Most people would be able to pay for the necessities of life and not be reduced to either begging or stealing their daily bread.

  •  Ummm (2+ / 0-)
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    mikidee, joe shikspack
    It sort of reduces the internet to inanity and pointlessness.
    But that's what 99.9% of human communication is.

    Once again, we enter a Brave New World- and it turns out we're still us. There are no technological solutions to the problem of people being human.

    You can still share info securely if you encrypt. You can do an awful lot over an encrypted VPN. It's not undoable, it's just not hyper-conveniant.

    But yes, the same presses that bring us Voltaire, also bring us Hustler.

    •  true, but... (2+ / 0-)
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      tardis10, LaFeminista
      the same presses that bring us Voltaire, also bring us Hustler
      it used to be that those presses didn't report on your reading habits.  you could purchase a text by voltaire or by larry flynt, in cash and nobody was the wiser.

      now, the presses report your purchase, log how many times you access your purchase, how long you linger on each individual page, log which page you turn to next and how long you linger there, and log what other media you  visit while you are on that page and where you go when you leave the page.

      the internet removes our anonymity in reading its contents.

      personally, i find it kind of obnoxious that somebody wants to know everything i read.  

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 01:36:22 PM PST

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  •  Well, there are an AWFUL lot of wonderful (2+ / 0-)
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    LaFeminista, churchylafemme

    cat pictures...

    Anger management class really pissed me off.

    by old mark on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 02:20:54 PM PST

  •  So, I'm a car nut (1+ / 0-)
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    I particularly enjoy sports cars which are a bit uncommon.  I have found a wealth of information on things to watch out for in terms of maintenance issues for particular cars.  I'm sure there are other enthusiasts with other hobbies who have benefited from the internet.

  •  Porn. (0+ / 0-)

    Cat porn, shoe porn, porn involving anything your heart desires....and what are your desires, my dear?

    I'm not lost. The rest of the world has yet to realize I've been missing.

    by glb3 on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 08:27:04 PM PST

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