*I use this computer for MyRecyleStore on eBay. Only had to reinstall software a few times in the last 3 weeks. Yesterday I became convinced that Microsoft really is taking us to the Panopticon. I turned on the 'Hey Cortana' button, and the blue led on my Microsoft Lifecam came on permanently. Now I feel like I have to get dressed before I use the computer each morning because someone might be watching me. *
*I've never used a VPN service but noticed that my installed programs list now includes Check Point Software Technologies VPN Version 188.8.131.52; F5 Networks VPN Version 184.108.40.206; Juniper Networks Junos Pulse Version 220.127.116.11.*
*This 'Cortana' thing could give a whole new meaning to the Panopticon. Maybe Microsoft should rename the Windows 10 Operating System 'The PANOPTICON Operating System.' We get to look at and talk to everybody, and maybe everybody gets to look back. *
*Our electonic tools and toys are certainly taking us to a whole new level. More convienience, more access, and some things we never dreamed of back in the 1950s.
* * Gary * On 3/19/2015 8:29 AM, Douglas Rankine wrote:
Dear John, In the "good old days", (1950's 60's speak); when I were a lad, you would get a lump of wood about 6" square, harf a dozen screws, a toilet roll, around 3 metres of enamelled copper wire, 32 gauge thick, a reel of covered copper wire and some crocodile clips, a fixed value capacitor (how much puff, I can't remember...:-)) a tuning capacitor (again, the puff escapes me...:-)) a "cats whisker" or a germanium diode (depending on your age) and a soldering iron and some solder...if you could be bothered or afford them, and a pair of earphones. The capacitors, the earphones, the wire, the diode and the crocodile clips came from the local radiospares shop (or you could find an old electricity meter and use the wire out of that or go to an army surplus store for the other stuff). You then screwed the screws to the four corners of the wood, connected up the various bits with wire and soldered them, making sure that you had the correct amount of turns of enamelled copper wire around the toilet roll, with various "taps" on it which allowed you to vary the standing resonating frequency. You connected the variable capacitor across the coil on the toilet roll, and the one side of the earphones to earth and the other side to the diode (making sure that you had either "tickled" the cats whisker or connected the diode the right way round). You then made an aerial out of some of the covered wire (I have forgotten the length, but it was suitable for the medium wave band, a quarter of the wavelength, I think it was, around 40 metres, strung it up as high into the ether as you could, connected one end to the top of the tuned circuit and then connected an earth lead to the other end...and BINGO!!! If you had built it right, and were within reach of the radio waves transmitted from the BBC aerial mast, the analogue sound, the ambient resonant frequency of the voice of the presenter of the BBC Home Service, or the pop melody of the BBC Light Programme, or the music of Beethoven from the BBC Third programme would, like a miracle, enter into ones ears, tickle ones cochlea and be transmitted through ones nerves deeper into the neural networks and turned into enjoyment by your mind and emotions, depending on what frequency you tuned the resonant circuit to, and the time of day. Failing that, a rewire, a tinker, an oath and even a prayer, might just do the trick! The thing was, that the electrical theory was all wrong, yet it still worked! Electricity travelled from positive to negative, from up to down, like water falling over a dam, in those days; none of this fancy electronic theory which became current when transistors arrived, when atomic electronic theory took over and little electrons travelled backwards and jumped from one atom to the other in a negative way, whilst protons travelled in the same way positively and depending on the pressure, bounced otherwise stable electrons and protons on to the next atom. (or is this vision of mine still afflicted with the effects of too much puff...:-)). Who would ever imagine the water in a dam climbing up the wall? The benefits... A crystal set was cheap and reliable, one could buy it in kit form. Nuffink much could go wrong. It was value for money, didn't need a lot of brains or physical skills to build it. It could be listened to under the bed covers, ones parents didn't have a clue what one had built. Free listening, free electricity, free music to ones ears, free communication. It was all one way direct communication of course, the feedback, positive or negative was via other channels, indirect or direct anonymous or indirect or direct open communication, importantly, one had the choice. Request programmes abounded. All that entertainment, all that learning and all for nuffink. No serialised components, no spy listening in, no monitoring or surveilling then, hard to detect. And at that time, even if it was detectable, it wasn't worth the expense. The disadvantages... The weather could affect the transmission. The sound was a bit tinny and not in stereo. It wasn't very loud. It wasn't very portable on account of the long aerial. You could only share with one other person. There was other stuff on the market, superhets and such like, but they were expensive and unreliable and used mains electricity or batteries and the adults hogged the stations...apart from "Listen with Mother"... Nowadays, to purchase even a simple laptop requires much thought as to specifications, what it is to be used for, how it is to be used, who is going to be using it. Under what conditions is it to be used, aeroplanes, underwater, outer space, extremes of heat and cold. What should it look like, what colour should it be, what size, shape and weight. What should it be made of. What kind of hardware and software should it contain. Will it work for the blind, or the deaf or otherwise disabled. Will the graphical user interface be simple to use for those with physical disabilities or mental learning difficulties, like technophobics like my missus or motor neuron disease? See url: http://common-phobias.com/Logizomechano/index.htm How robust and rugged should it be. What type of battery and for how long will it last. What kind of charger and adapter and plug. What should the casing be made of, what components should it contain, what facilities should it have, what potential for future development, in both hardware and software upgrades. Does it have wireless, internet, browser, email system, dvd/cd read/write, usb2,3, earphones, card slot, 3g or 4g slot, compatibility with other computer hardware and software. Is it to be an SSD or standard hard disk, sata or pata or tata, what size. Should it have a detachable keyboard and/or touch screen. What size and speed and type of cpu, motherboard, memory. How many pixels and what size of screen, what kind of graphics card HD compatible, what kind of screen, glossy or fuzzy. Does it comply with international design, health and safety standards and regulations Penultimately, but not least of all, who can get access to it, under what circumstances, what controls can be placed on it for security and privacy protection. How reliable and repairable is it. Can I use it whilst driving the car, or riding a bike And last of all...but most important for most users, does it give value for money? A tall order, for all of those guys at their benches and in smoke filled rooms working on these problems to fulfil right enough. But at least they know about most of these things. But what about us poor consumers though, we don't know nuffink about nuffink when it comes to purchasing such stuff. And our heads and minds get messed up with all the technicalities, with the advertising and marketing, with keeping up with the Jones's or Xi Jinping's or Putinovskis, with concerns about NSA Direct and GCHQ Indirect, till it comes down to, in the end, what it is that tickles ones fancy and the communication skills of the salesperson, and how much one can afford or is prepared to pay. Abracadbra doesn't open the wallet so easily these days. And then...after all is done, the choice is made...one has to read one million pages on terms and conditions, FCC regs international law and consumer rights, exception clauses and that whole plethora of literature which has grown up to determine relations between consumer and manufacturer and the state. Finally, the operations manual rears its ugly head...or how do I get the bloody thing to do as I tell it to, and not the other way round....zzzzzzzzz. There's a lot still going for communications being carried out by crystal sets... :-). Them were the days....:-). ATB Dougie. P.S. And, please don't forget John Logie Baird's role in the perception and management of visual perception in all of this. To understand how the eye, brain and mind could be deceived and use such knowledge to produce a moving picture for consumption en masse, via a mechanical apparatus called a television which sits in ones front room giving instant access to a new world, is a great achievement, a wonderful marriage of wood, mechanics, physics, psychology, sociology and physiology in my humble opinion... See url: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Logie_Baird -----Original Message----- From: cryptome-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:cryptome-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John Young Sent: 18 March 2015 16:53 To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [cryptome] Re: Buying a A New Laptop? - coreboot A little-known, little appreciated world of hard-earned and forever-fought wisdom in this comment:Folks that are actually down in the trenches and working on these sorts of things aren't usually the kind of personalities that seek out and enjoy the spotlight. 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