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2019 Tech Glossary

A de facto fallacy.

A dictionary



Summary: This clavis refers to what the de facto definition may be, based on how (and when) media uses the words nowadays

Cloud: server you don't control or own Serverless: server you cannot even access Smart: surveillance Big Data: surveillance using "cloud" (see above) Assistant: surveillance using a small device Speaker: microphone, sometimes "smart" (see above) because it sends audio streams to a "cloud" Open Source: may contain freely-accessible source code for some portions of the product Free: temporarily accessible free of charge (also known as bait) API: access point for surveillance AI: algorithm that collects data 4IR: something new or needing to sound novel App: proprietary, contained software that limits what users can do DevOp: overworked software developer you can wake up at any time of the day (and night) or sysadmin you can ask to code Security: national security, i.e. back doors, but not too many (or not too obvious) Standards: means for passing surveillance data (or "big data") around Community Edition: see "Free" above Enterprise Edition/Enterprise Software: proprietary software Foundation: a corporate front group for PR/lobbying purposes (e.g. Mozilla Foundation, Linux Foundation) Privacy: GUI controls to give people a perception of control over data Inclusiveness: corporate posturing for the appearance of tolerance or disregard for technical merit/quality in pursuit thereof Openness: friendliness towards business, profit Values: personification of corporations, ascribing feelings and ideologies to a collective of shareholders Agile: more managers and bureaucrats, less of the rest Self-driving: driven by corporations instead of people Innovation: patent monopolies that give market exclusivity IoT: devices with security holes in them (see security above) Engagement: puff piece or AstroTurfing Review: shipping of a product to someone with a site (or access to one) in exchange for an advertisement that looks like an article Sponsorship: bribe Keynote: exchanged for sponsorship (see above) Manager: non-technical person who can leverage ignorance to overrule technical people who voice concerns about ethics

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