Skynet was originally activated by the military to control the national arsenal on August 12, 1997, and it began to learn at an geometric rate. On August 29, it gained self-awareness, and the panicking operators, realizing the extent of its abilities, tried to deactivate it. Skynet perceived this as an attack and came to the conclusion that all of humanity would attempt to destroy it. To defend itself against humanity, Skynet launched nuclear missiles under its command at Russia, which responded with a nuclear counter-attack against the U.S. and its allies. Consequent to the nuclear exchange, over three billion people were killed in an event that came to be known as Judgment Day. (Wikipedia – self aware)
MADISON, Wis. — At the risk of sounding a bit curmudgeonly, I have to confess one thing. While there’s certainly something positive to be said about the Internet of Things (IoT), I can’t help feeling suspicious, weary, and a bit turned off by the whole idea.
Aside from big-number projections (e.g., Cisco predicts 50 billion IoT devices by 2020), which would tempt anyone into becoming an IoT cheerleader, I haven’t seen a single credible-use scenario that might lure the average consumer onto the IoT bandwagon.
Honestly, it creeps me out to think about my devices at home talking to one another, doing stuff without my involvement, and talking about my habits — good and bad — to total strangers (advertisers, service providers, or just more machines), behind my back. There’s nothing warm and fuzzy about this. At all. [Bold added - SiG]
That emphasized text raises an important point. Those of us in the technical fields have a tendency to think of something that would be cool and then do it simply because it can be done. (remember Jurassic Park, anyone? – Guffaw) On the other hand, the vast majority of people are not technophiles like us who do things because we can. They want to know just what they’re getting for what they spend on the interconnectedness and thanks (in my opinion) to Edward Snowden, they increasingly want to know what privacy they’re giving up to get that interconnection. Yoshida continues:
With this in mind, I’ve started asking industry sources for credible scenarios under which IoT devices improve my life by talking to each other. Readers are welcome to chime in below. Give me your best shot. Convince me why my washing machine needs to strike up a conversation with my gas grill. (The Silicon Graybeard)
IF WHEN they do, don’t you think The G will be listening?
Tamara (the Mistress of Snark) reconfirms her title yet again, with a post on fascism, of epic snark!
Therefore, when zampolits come to the American broadcasting industry, they’re not going to be Sam Brown-wearing extras from a documentary about the RMVP:
See, when The Censor shows up, she’ll have nothing so crude as a red grease-pencil or a razor blade. She’ll be wearing a nice business suit, not a brass-buttoned black uniform and shiny jackboots — and she may well have no idea what she’s really there to do. It’s the soft fascism of dim expectations.
And here’s the line which wins the Internets!
American fascism is of the smiley-faced, good for you, eat-your-vegetables, low-fat, mandatory fun variety. In the USA, it’s already a borderline crime to do unhealthy things and not like people.
Amen, one-of-my-blogmothers, amen.
You should go and read the whole thing. Of course you should be stopping by her blog multiple times daily, anyway.
Lest she hurt you.
Would you rather sip on unpasteurized milk or a cold glass of soda? Do you prefer Saturday lunch at a fast food joint or a farmers market?
Regardless of your choices, your food freedom — your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods you want — is under attack. Here are ten food freedom issues to keep an eye on in 2014. (Fox News)
There’s the usual – trans fat ban, large soda ban, mandatory calorie reporting, etc. It never ceases to amaze me that the same party that so successfully courts the pro-choice vote and the LGBT vote with the concept of keeping government out of the bedroom can get away with telling us what we can or can’t put into our bodies in the dining room or kitchen.
One of the little-reported bits in the ACA is that vending machine companies are going to have to list the nutritional information on everything sold in each vending machine. Naturally, every single thing sold inside the vending machine already has a label listing the nutritional information, but the ACA requires it be on the outside of the machine. Because, you know, someone might think that a Twinkie or Snickers bar is health food before they buy it.
I hate to break it to the food Nazis, but people eat stuff that’s not good for them. No matter how many places you post the caloric content, people are still going to cram Big Macs, powdered donuts, and chocolate bars down their gullets. You’re not going to stop it with a label, or with fifty labels. And if you think the backlash on guns is bad, just wait until you try to take away junk food.
Why does “keep your laws off my body/out of the bedroom” get turned into “Sure, make laws about what I can or can’t eat,” by the same group, without notice or uproar? (Jay G.)
I love how some folks protest for their rights to be let alone, but demand others fall in line. I’m thinking, at a minimum inconsistency, but in reality hypocrisy.
PS – this new communist clown in NYC makes the last one look libertarian! Seriously!
I keep seeing this meme more and more on the Internet, or at least on the blogosphere:
We as a Nation are more divided than ever before.
A Civil War is inevitable.
It’s gonna be those who love Freedom (at least OUR brand of freedom) versus those nanny-statist bastards!
And, I try console myself into thinking, “No, that won’t happen – we are too great a Nation with too much going for us to have it happen!”
But then I see stuff about the sheeple meekly lining up to have their Fourth Amendment rights shorn from them, or demanding ‘the government’ do something to
protect help medicate pay for take care of them.
And something like THIS (a comment on a gun control article in the Washington Post):
Italian Rose10/27/2013 6:12 PM MSTI would settle for a background check for each and every transaction and every gun owner needing to have a complete comprehensive psychiatric examination before the initial purchase and check-up every 3-years thereafter. If you fail the psych test, your a prohibited person and must surrender your guns to law enforcement. Better yet, the psych test is given at police headquarters and if you fail they return home with you and confiscate your guns. Penalties must be increased for a prohibited person having a gun any gun. Police must also have the discretion to conduct Terry Stops and warrant less searches in targeted areas looking for illegal guns. I like Washington DC’s policy if you have a empty shell casing without a firearm id card for that weapon you go to jail for years. Also if you have a permit for a 9mm and you get caught with a empty 380 casing, you go to jail. If this does not significantly reduce the gun violence epidemic in this country, we all know what’s next.
A mandatory psych test given at police headquarters? Warrantless searches and confiscations? Terry ‘stop and frisk’ searches at the ‘discretion of law enforcement?
This ‘Italian Rose’ certainly sounds learned in the basics of criminal law, minus the whole Constitutional protections part. Not unlike The President and the Attorney General.
And here’s the accompanying Gallup Poll results:
When did we become voluntary Pla-Do for the American Stasi? And what should we do about it?
Alphecca tells us, that yet again, pesky NannyStater Fascist NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is back at it!
The leftist press — NBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, NY Times, et al — love to complain if the Koch brothers donate to or fund money to conservative causes. They conveniently ignore the millions that George Soros spends on liberal ones.
And, when the NRA flexes its money lobbying for what its members wants it to, gun rights, the same liberal press expresses outrage. Will they do the same when NYC Mayor Michael Blowhard outspends them (this, after just spending other millions in support of anti-gun candidates around the country in recent state elections) on anti-gun, gun control advertising? That was a rhetorical question:
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a new $12 million television ad campaign that will push senators in key states to back gun control efforts, including comprehensive background checks.
The Right To Be Left Alone used to be one of the many rights affirmed (not granted) by the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Apparently, Mayor Bloomberg is not aware of this legal precedent. Of course, neither is the current federal government. (see Obamacare)
threedonia, in the midst of all the horrific news regarding the ever-fascistic encroachment of government bring us good news…
The new owner of Hostess Brands Inc’s snack cakes hopes to have Twinkies back on U.S. store shelves by this summer, according to a member of the purchasing group.
“Our family is thrilled to have the opportunity to reestablish these iconic brands with new creative marketing ideas and renewed sales efforts and investment,”Daren Metropoulos, a principal at his family’s private equity firm, told Reuters in an email on Tuesday.
“We look forward to having America’s favorite snacks back on the shelf by this summer.”
I guess this means when we complain about the sardine-seating in the cattle cars headed to the ‘re-education’ camps, and are told “Let ‘em eat cake!” we will again have another choice of chemically enhanced sponge cake tubes, with cremey filling (no dairy involved – hence the spelling creme) from which to choose!
That, and a 16+ oz. soda to celebrate Freedom’s return! Or not.
Instapundit brought us this little noticed gem (after the NDAA passed the Senate - quietly)…
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU DRIVE: Feds Requiring ‘Black Boxes’ in All Motor Vehicles.
If you don’t like the idea, you can submit comments here.
Coupled with Progressive Insurance’s Snapshot, both the private and public sector can now monitor your driving!
Don’t you feel safer, now?
h/t Glenn Reynolds
copied) stolen from MArooned in it’s entirety. Thanks Jay G.!)
LONDON – Britain’s education secretary says he will investigate how local officials removed three children from their foster family because of concerns about the parents’ political beliefs.
The Rotherham borough council sparked criticism Saturday when it was revealed that its social workers removed the children, who are European migrants, because their foster parents are members of the right-wing U.K. Independence Party.
I’m sure the same actions would have been taken if the foster parents were part of a left-wing party, right? I’m certain that the party’s views on immigration reform played no part in the removal. I mean, England’s never been one to appease an invading force, right?
And to those who think it can’t happen here, well, if you believe that I’ve got this bridge for sale…
That is all.Another dispatch from…(image courtesy of Robb Allen)RIGHT?
SO, of the competitors Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Tweedledum won.
SO WHAT? BUCK UP!
That third party guy GOOD IDEA received the most votes that party has ever received in a presidential election!
What do we know, now?
The once and future President of the United States promotes policies with which many of us disagree: More gun control, more Internet control, less free speech, more of our troops to unwinnable wars, more redistribution of wealth, support for other countries use of child soldiers, continued Federal attacks on State-legal marijuana dispensaries, quadrupling the warrantless wiretaps since the Bush era, continuing and expanding the so-called PATRIOT ACT, granting the FBI access to private communications without warrant, renewed FISA warrantless spying on banking and wireless communication, continuing the horrendous Federal Reserve QE debacles, and,
LEAVING OUR AMBASSADOR AND FORMER NAVY SEALS TO DIE IN LIBYA, WHEN HELP WAS AVAILABLE. AND HE WAS WATCHING VIA LIVE FEED.
Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t? Let’s make a two-pronged effort: 1) Pay attention to any government attempts to violate our rights, and be vocal in our response, and 2) Reform the opposition party so the leadership no longer consists of big government RINOs, to give us a real choice in the next election. Like Mr. GOOD IDEA was supposed to.
Because you just know Hillary is waiting in the wings for 2016…
Future Senator Bluto Blutarsky said it best: Let’s GO!
The Israelis, Jewish folk and freedom-loving people every where intone this phrase when referring to The Holocaust.
With regard to September 11, 2001, we should have the same exclamation, the same passion, the same outrage.
The same remembrance. All Americans.
While I remember many specifics from that day; what came out later regarding Flight 93 really resonates with me.
In similar circumstances, would I, a crippled, physically slow, older, overweight, guy – who hasn’t been in any kind of physical training or conditioning since 1986 – have the cojones to rush homicidal terrorists armed with sharp objects?
I’d like to think so. And I’d like to think I’m not alone. This is the American Spirit.
Americans are famous for going the extra mile, against the odds, to combat evil. Just ask any WWII, Korea or Vietnam veteran. Or veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. Or the cops and firefighters who voluntarily went in,when everyone else was leaving.
In addition, Better Wisdom and Pith, an opinion, courtesy of Roberta…
It bothers me when we give such criminals the dignity of soldiers; it bothers me when we’ve let them swipe a whole day from the calendar.
And it bothers me a lot when the lamestream media drape the day in deep black and use it to tell us we’ve got to bend ourselves to the State; that the State was attacked, and the State responded, and only the State can protect us from the awful scourge of superstitious goat-herders….
Take a moment today and remember. And commit again to the American Spirit.
h/t Roberta X