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When 'Smart' is Dumb and Being Supposedly 'Dumb' is Likely Smarter (in Order to Get Real Work Done)

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Summary: Society with its "market dynamics" is succumbing or falling into a trap; life becomes harder, security and privacy are severely compromised, and people express their dissatisfaction in Social Control Media -- a plague which in its own right became source of grief, dissatisfaction and growing angst; one need not be a "hermit" -- or supposedly 'dumb' (that's how the media frames it) -- to reject fake advancement, which is mostly about the passage of all power to military-connected technology firms (rendering them masters over their 'consumers' or digital 'slaves')

THE ‘appeal to novelty’ is a longstanding issue which we've repeatedly covered here in the past. It's a false assumption to make that what's newer is necessarily better. Sometimes older is better, albeit no longer available (occasionally for purely business-related reasons/considerations).



In the case of GNU/Linux, a lot of old stuff that's perfectly functional is being swapped out, only to be replaced by potentially flaky software with no feature parity (it lacks a lot of the old functionality, which we're being lectured/told isn't necessary anyway).

"From a "tech rights" perspective which views this as a growing issue, we must confront the hostility of today's cars, a surveillance-rich death trap which takes away control from the owner of the car (owner in the sense that the person paid for it, but does not necessarily control it)."The abundance of technology did not make life simpler; to a lot of people, both young and old, it made life more complicated. People are expected to study how to become their own cashiers and bank clerks. This training process isn't about improving service but about lowering operational costs of businesses by outsourcing the jobs to unpaid volunteers (the clients).

From a "tech rights" perspective which views this as a growing issue, we must confront the hostility of today's cars, a surveillance-rich death trap which takes away control from the owner of the car (owner in the sense that the person paid for it, but does not necessarily control it). Over the coming years we expect more kitchens and kitchen appliance to come with surveillance built in (cannot be removed and/or disabled), ushered in by soothing marketing pitch like "smart" and "assistant".

The video above gives the timely example of this morning's chirping smoke/fire alarm, then proceeding to the usage of old PDAs -- a subject first covered in video form about a year ago.

Things used to be simpler

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