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So you've never ordered a video card from Newegg.com?
It went something to the effect:
them: "What operating system?"
us: "This is a video card. PCI-E is the architecture. OS doesn't matter.
them: "Windows XP?"
us: "OS doesn't matter."
them: "Windows Vista?"
us: "It doesn't require a third-party driver in Windows other than the one I can download from the manufacturer's site"
them: "Ah, Windows 7."
us: "No Windows 7."
them: "I send for windows 8."
us: "No Windows 8. Who uses Windows 8 anyway?"
them "I send for Windows 10."
us: "The graphics card is PCI-E and as long as you've a slot on the motherboard that'll accept that card, what ever RUNS on the OS you've installed on that computer will drive that edge connector in that slot.
them: "I send Windows 10."
us: "Yes, thank-you". Windows 10.
I think customer support was on a backline coming from somewhere in the climes of the Andes listening in because as our polite conversation ended, someone breathed hard on the reciever. And just before the line went dead, on my end, I could here the "them" being coached by them.
(Yeah, I'll order from newegg.com again ... talk about hoarding behavior. Thats's gotta be what's going on there.)
I once had a similar experience with Dell support many years ago. We had to get one of their laptop fixed under warranty.
Them: What city do you live in.
Them: No. That's not in our Records. What city do you live in
Them: No it must be Auckland or Christchurch. Which city do you live in
Them: No it must be Auckland or Christchurch.
Me: You can put your stupid laptop up..... In live in Hamilton.
I've never touched a damn Dell ever again, and at the time I was our IT Manager responsible for all our companies IT purchasing.
A Fine is a Tax for doing something wrong
A Tax is a Fine for doing something good.
Though nothing to lose a limb over, the package for the vc came labelled with my address AND the contact phone number used to talk to me.
Really, some privacy issues are not really issues until one has time to consider all the things that could go wrong having that dangling participle out there. The real funny thing about that was that since I wasn't home at the time of the original delivery I got a notice that I could pick the parcel up at a local hardware store.
Oh great, now THEY know the what, the where, the who, AND have my number as well ...
I guess most pickup venues change so often that the chances of a persistent phone number cropping up are equally unlikely to matter much.
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For some reason that reminds me of a story I heard about Beethoven. He had been sent a composition and asked to comment on it. His reply wen something like "Sir, I am in the smallest room in the house, and have your composition in front of me. Shortly, it will be behind me"
Just publish the source code with personal data from ANOTHER APP!?
"Amateurish" doesn't even begin to describe it...
"A spokesperson for the Covid19 Alert app said the information was "accidentally put online" due to the haste in which the team wanted to make the source code available for analysis."
If they have so much haste I'm sure this isn't the only "accident" that they put in the code.
Again, I'm NOT going to use any COVID-19 app ever.
My guess is the govt will do it seamlessly if you choose to not install the app. Truth is that the Big Data players already have all the tracking data that anyone could ever want, Covid-19 tracking app or not.
I often have my bluetooth off. So do many people I know. So GPS tracking seems more reliable. Still, "the app" can do the tracking on your device alone.
Government can give you nothing but what it takes from somebody else. A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you've got, including your freedom.-Ezra Taft Benson
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I really don't like babies, so your subject is poorly chosen on me
Seriously though, the idea sounds alright when done right.
And it's that last part I worry about.
We've seen it time and time again.
And here it is again, an app that's not supposed to track users leaked personal data before it even went into production.
So there's the hole, the incompetence of people. xkcd explains it quite well[^]
I worked for a company that made ballot-counting equipment and software during the MS-DOS and "hanging chad" era. The idea of applying blockchain to that domain is... ing hilarious. Go ahead, kids. Daddy's going to sit back and watch the world burn.
The only problem is, even though we've allowed them to do it because it's convenient to us, we're not going to let the data be used to open up our lives because we don't want to admit it openly.
I think that's because the tracking products we use now (Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook mostly I guess) started out pretty innocent.
The tracking aspect was added later or we only later found out it was tracking us.
By that time, the technology became a part of our lives and routines and at that point it's hard to switch.
There isn't even a decent alternative for some services, like Windows which I really need for my job (and which I'll always prefer over Apple, Linux is too technical for most users).
Or a smartphone which I now can't do without and I only have two options, being tracked by Google or being tracked by Apple (and I choose Google every time).
Now this new corona app is created for the sole purpose of tracking us and we aren't using it yet.
I think that's just a step too far for most people.