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9 minutes ago, EnigmaticWorld said:

 

Yep, didn't take long for them to announce that facial recognition can identify people with masks.

 

There is already an industry for anti-surveillance clothing that confuses the facial recognition too, but I doubt it will be long before that kind of stuff is outlawed.

 

Wait until they start misusing this technology:

 

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0016510708026965

 

 

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Another thing I notice of late is that the demented psychos of the world hate it when you have something of your own .. they want to remove any privacy physical emotional or mental.  They want to see into you and know everything about you.  In other words they hate you and want to destroy anything you have that is private.

After all if "you've got nothing to hide" you won't mind if they riffle through your drawers.

Hence it is said by the Chinese, "conceal your strength, and bide your time."

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Ok, just came back from grocery shopping.  Still a lot of people with masks.  All off the employees with masks.  The crazy "only drive carts in one direction" rule is gone.  I saw a lot of people not social distancing.

 

Stopped by the local auto parts dealer to get a new battery for my Jetta.  They had giant plastic screens up in front of the cash registers like most places.  $185 w/tax for a battery now!!

 

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3 minutes ago, sickofallthebollocks said:

Do you all cover up your webcam lens on the frame of your laptop/monitor with a sticker or whatever?....  
Just in case they're watching you?.....

Having a hand-shandy if nothing else...

 

Not a great habit, bad for the keyboard and might leave you paranoid and prone to responding to Bitcoin extortion Spam!

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3 minutes ago, sickofallthebollocks said:

Do you all cover up your webcam lens on the frame of your laptop/monitor with a sticker or whatever?....  
Just in case they're watching you?....

 

I don't have a webcam on my computer because I have a desktop, but I have these googly eye stickers that my niece gave me over the cameras on my phone. It's a converstation starter when people see them as it implies that cameras are watching. Obviously some people probably think it's weird, but other people being so comfortable with surveillance is weird too.

 

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12 minutes ago, sickofallthebollocks said:

Do you all cover up your webcam lens on the frame of your laptop/monitor with a sticker or whatever?....  
Just in case they're watching you?.....

Having a hand-shandy if nothing else...

 

 

I do.  I got so freaked out about 2 years ago when I got one of those emails saying they had used my webcam to get video evidence of me doing one thing or another and were going to send it to everyone on my email address list, which they had hacked, if I didn't send them money by some date.  As proof, they had my actual userid and password, which they showed me.  I googled it and found out it's a complete scam, and that what they had done was gotten my credentials from some site that had been hacked.  It turns out, because I use ooma for my phone system, and because ooma had been hacked, they got my credentials from there, and everything else in the email was fake.  No matter, I have a piece of blue painter's tape over it now anyway.

 

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18 minutes ago, sickofallthebollocks said:

Do you all cover up your webcam lens on the frame of your laptop/monitor with a sticker or whatever?....  
Just in case they're watching you?.....

Having a hand-shandy if nothing else...

 

If it's actually someone's job to watch me polishing the purple headed milkman I feel more sorry for them. 

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12 minutes ago, AndyJ said:

 

If it's actually someone's job to watch me polishing the purple headed milkman I feel more sorry for them. 


Heheh nice one Andy .. yeah,  it's not something I do anymore anyway (cough..ahem)  
I think I'm past indulging too much in this 'casual-self-delight' anyway ... and after the all too brief post-toss period of serenity, I  just decided I can't take the self-hatred, loathing and shame after glazing my knuckles after all these years.  My eyes have gone tit-shaped.

But...that stickers staying on that lens, just in-case.

 

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11 minutes ago, EnigmaticWorld said:

 

It's algorithms, but now I'm wondering what would happen if AI becomes sentient and what it would think of humans at their lowest moments. ?


They would just have to come round my house and have a peek at me when I was in my 20's,  that AI would have definately seen humanity at it's lowest moments.

At my house back then, there was always a serious shortage of tissue paper  - just like recently.


 

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4 minutes ago, EnigmaticWorld said:

 

It's algorithms, but now I'm wondering what would happen if AI becomes sentient and what it would think of humans at their lowest moments. ?

...wonder if it is sentient already?   In some DARPA facilty deep in some mountain...

 

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The day that shit becomes sentient is the day we are done.  I mean for real done.  It won't take a sentient AI more than half a millisecond to know what the Earth's greatest enemy is.  It will spend the other half of a millisecond figuring out how to get rid of us.

 

But, before that happens, our greatest threat from AI is that it becomes so well trusted, and touted as being infallible, unlike humans and all of their mistakes, that it becomes relied upon by the govt and the politicians in all of their decision-making.  I do not believe we are far from reaching that point, maybe 5 years, and these AI's will all be built and controlled by multi-national corporations and defence contractors who do not fall under the prudence of govt rules and law.  Nor do they have to adhere to FOIA requests or any other govt openness rules.

 

I spent half my career as a software engineer developing AI and data mining algorithms.  I have been telling people for 20 years to be ready for what's coming.

 

 

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Couple of new articles from the idiots in the MSM re this corona bs.

 

The northeast USA leads in mask wearing.

 

https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/26/politics/maskwearing-coronavirus-analysis/index.html

 

And now it's time to put fear into the younger people again. :classic_rolleyes:

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2020/06/26/covid-19-surge-featured-rapid-growth-among-younger-people/3258221001/

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51 minutes ago, EnigmaticWorld said:

 

I don't have a webcam on my computer because I have a desktop, but I have these googly eye stickers that my niece gave me over the cameras on my phone. It's a converstation starter when people see them as it implies that cameras are watching. Obviously some people probably think it's weird, but other people being so comfortable with surveillance is weird too.

 

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(out of likes) but this is a great idea especially for phones, looking for some to put on mine too.

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OMG, that usatoday article is so full of complete crap.  Of course there's going to be more diagnoses when there's more testing and a widening of the symptom list.  But they never say just how many of these people actually have an illness, or how many actually have an illness and it's actually a cold being called Covid.  many fewer elderly are getting it because they're not being tested like they were before. jeebus!!

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I now know of two people who have not left the house once since the start of lockdown and will not "until a vaccine is found". 

 

I was informed they are "intelligent" people, normally. I asked in which sense? "they have well paying computer jobs" 

 

Again, may be able to punch some code into a computer but practically zero common sense. 

 

I live near a University and some of these Chinese wizz kids just step out onto the road without looking. Thick as fcuk. 

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2 hours ago, motleyhoo said:

Ok, just came back from grocery shopping.  Still a lot of people with masks.  All off the employees with masks.  The crazy "only drive carts in one direction" rule is gone.  I saw a lot of people not social distancing.

 

Stopped by the local auto parts dealer to get a new battery for my Jetta.  They had giant plastic screens up in front of the cash registers like most places.  $185 w/tax for a battery now!!

 

No way youre a VW guy.... I would have guessed a Chevy or Ford man. I was going to post the corona virus thread from VWVortex the other day, bunch of sheople posting over there.

 

I had to hit up the Vatozone :classic_biggrin: the other day to dump some oil and the kids behind the counter were masked and the plexi glass barriers were up.

 

https://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?9379713-Coronavirus-US-Declares-Public-Health-Emergency

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1 hour ago, motleyhoo said:

The day that shit becomes sentient is the day we are done.  I mean for real done.  It won't take a sentient AI more than half a millisecond to know what the Earth's greatest enemy is.  It will spend the other half of a millisecond figuring out how to get rid of us.

 

But, before that happens, our greatest threat from AI is that it becomes so well trusted, and touted as being infallible, unlike humans and all of their mistakes, that it becomes relied upon by the govt and the politicians in all of their decision-making.  I do not believe we are far from reaching that point, maybe 5 years, and these AI's will all be built and controlled by multi-national corporations and defence contractors who do not fall under the prudence of govt rules and law.  Nor do they have to adhere to FOIA requests or any other govt openness rules.

 

I spent half my career as a software engineer developing AI and data mining algorithms.  I have been telling people for 20 years to be ready for what's coming.

 

 

I have been trying to warn people for years but most shrug and laugh or pull the conspiracy theorist card.

 

 

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