And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed – if all records told the same tale – then the lie passed into history and became truth. "Who controls the past," ran the Party slogan, "controls the future: who controls the present controls the past." And yet the past, though of its nature alterable, never had been altered. Whatever was true now was true from everlasting to everlasting. It was quite simple. All that was needed was an unending series of victories over your own memory. "Reality control," they called it: in Newspeak, "doublethink."
This last was for the disposal of waste paper. Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building, not only in every room but at short intervals in every corridor. For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. When one knew that any document was due for destruction, or even when one saw a scrap of waste paper lying about, it was an automatic action to lift the flap of the nearest memory hole and drop it in, whereupon it would be whirled away on a current of warm air to the enormous furnaces which were hidden somewhere in the recesses of the building.
Agreed. The Feds can't even keep their own data secure, and we civilians are supposed to trust them with ours?
This ought to (but won't) completely kill the idea of key escrow and the Feds logging and archiving private data.
I'm probably more trusting than I should be regarding motives, but I've never been trusting re competence. I've never applied for a security clearance, and can't imagine doing so.
Anyone who did trust the Fed's competence by (honestly) filling out a Standard Form 86 has now been proven a fool - anything embarrassing, or even just useful for leverage (which relatives to threaten...), is now in play.
And these incompetent fools are telling us to trust them with our data?
Modern tech makes looking up owners from plate numbers trivial – you don’t need a plate scanner, you just need a camera and Internet connection.
When introduced 100 years ago, plates could have had the owner’s name on them – but that was considered an unreasonable invasion of privacy. Quasi-random plate numbers made looking up owners possible, but intentionally difficult and slow.
Technology has changed that. We accept plates now only because we’re used to them. Unless you think it’s also a good idea to require pedestrians to wear a giant sign with their name on it, it’s time to get rid of license plates.
Cars already have VIN numbers stamped all over them – that is enough. The VIN is printed small and isn’t readable by every passing person.
If you get pulled over for a traffic violation, then the cop can ask for your vehicle paperwork.
OK, time for me to set myself up for attack again by saying something moderate.
I think Zuckerberg is sincere here, at least mostly. He really wants to bring Internet access to the 3rd world, and is only minimally trying to personally benefit from the project (not saying some of that hasn't leaked in - it clearly has).
But this is a mistake.
But it's dumb. Targeting feature phones might have been sensible 15 years ago. But by the time this rolls out even peasant farmers will have smartphones (the price of a basic one is heading toward zero very, very rapidly).
And - even if he could somehow make the technology limits stick, guess what would happen? People would start encoding video, VoIP, etc. in text files, that's what.
So I give him credit for trying to do a good thing. I think he means well (with only a little self-interest involved).
We should thank him, and gently but firmly explain why it's a bad idea.
I do wish people were more charitable in their assessment of the motives of those they disagree with. People can be wrong without being evil or selfish.