Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Things that are of no concern.

Apparently Facebook can now recognise my face and tell other people where it is. Clue: it's stuck to the non-hairy side of my head and positioned just under my hat. In what is claimed to be an invasion of privacy, Facebook can find photos of me on its site and say 'Look, here he is!'

No it can't. My face isn't on Facebook although oddly enough, my books are. So I am using the other half of it. I'm on there, twice now, but neither of them are me and neither of them have any photos of my face. Just as well, it would crack your screens.

So if you don't want facebook to tag your face, don't put it on there. They aren't going to come round and photograph you so unless you voluntarily hand over your photo, they'll never be able to tag it. Nothing to worry about.

If you have your face on there, surely that means you want the world to see it, or at least don't mind? So it's not a privacy issue any more than is sending photos of your danglies to all and sundry on Twitter. You can't show the whole world something and then claim an invasion of privacy when they look.

Facebook's face recognition software is of no consequence. I don't even care about face recognition software in airports. I have to show so much ID to get on a plane that they already know when I'm there anyway, so the face recognition cameras are futile.

On the street... no, I don't care. They can track my inconsequential shopping habits until they are old and grey. Let them waste their time. If I ever get up to something nefarious, they won't see me. I've been homeless, I can adopt that look again (actually I have never completely escaped that look), and the homeless are invisible. Facial recognition software - a total waste of everyone's time and money.

Even more absurd is the latest idea from Nottingham's alleged academics. A camera that records what you put in your bin and relays the photos to a Facebook page where your neighbours can see what you're throwing away. I remember a day when 'academic' meant something other than 'total fucking moron with less brain than a retarded sea-squirt' but times change, I suppose. There was a time when 'expert' meant 'actually having some idea what they were talking about' too. Ah, the old days.

What kind of sad, pathetic individual has so little in their lives that they can find entertainment in watching someone else's bin fill up? Don't they have some drying paint to supervise?

I really hope this catches on. If it does, I will get hold of an old shop-window mannequin, some acrylic paints and a load of ketchup. Watch my bin fill, people! I'll save the head for last, after I've drilled out the eyes. I'm sure the local abbatoir can spare me some pig intestines too. It won't be hard to spot the sad losers among my neighbours, those who actually tune in to the Bin Channel.

It won't work. It will catch the conscientious recyclers who one day accidentally drop a plastic bottle in the bin. The rest of us will simply buy another bin and only put approved or amusing things in the camera bin, then black-bag the lot for the wheelie bin. So it is of no concern at all.

Here's what these academics have in mind. It's the same thing they all have in mind -

Academics at Newcastle University who have pioneered bin-TV say it could be used to 'change the behaviour' of people who refuse to recycle or throw away too much food and packaging.

As usual, it's all about 'changing our behaviour' as if we were their very own pet lab-rats. Hey, you know what? It really works. My behaviour has changed immeasurably since all these ridiculous measures started.

I used to be really easy-going, uninterested in politics, and had no vengeful or malicious traits at all. All of that has now changed as a direct result of the plethora of idiots all forcing their own narrow, weak and pathetic world-views on me.

Well done, academics. Hey, don't worry, the occasional rage-fuelled citizen is of no concern, right?

Next pointless project, please?

Actually I don't even mind paying for these people from my taxes. They are funnier than anything on TV.

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Academics at Newcastle University"

Nuff said really. That's an oxymoron.

Leg-iron said...

New definition of 'oxymoron' - anyone who demands the right to 'clean air'.

As if any such thing exists on a planet where more than two thousand nuclear bombs have exploded.

corn on the com said...

you sound like a refusenik mate

Junican said...

I mind about paying. I mind very much. What are people whom we pay to teach our youths doing wasting our money on such trivia, not associated with what they are supposed to be being paid for?

We are all about to be charged a lot more for our energy, thus we will have less to spend on other things in the economy. If we got rid of all the hangers on - the greens, the healthists, the warmists, and the rest, we could perhaps support the proper scientists who can find ways to provide plentiful cheap energy. Our economy in the future will rely absolutely upon cheap energy. Our competitiveness in the world demands it - which is why fuel surcharges (duties) should be done away with as soon as possible. The same goes for all other duties - they are an anachronism. Mr Politician, "SEE THE BIG PICTURE!"

Leg-iron said...

Junican - I now look at it this way. Conversation with idiots is pointless. Applying reasoned argument is futile. We are dealing with absolute morons with absolute control, and a population of compliant, indoctrinated sheep who just accept it all.

We can't bring it down, and unless it falls apart completely, nobody is going to take any notice at all. Those in control won't listen and the indoctrinated have lost the ability to understand.

So let's accelerate the decay. Let's encourage the lunacy. Let's push the absurdity to the point where the whole house of cards falls on those who built it and the scales fall from the eyes of the indoctrinated.

As I said, we can't beat these morons with logic and reason. But we can let them beat themselves with their own absurdities, magnified back at them.

JuliaM said...

"What kind of sad, pathetic individual has so little in their lives that they can find entertainment in watching someone else's bin fill up? Don't they have some drying paint to supervise?"

I suspect this will find the same sort of audience as 'Big Brother' and 'Britain's Got Talent' and their ilk...

Leg-iron said...

JuliaM - yes, those and the snoops who compile three-year dossiers on their neighbours' sex lives...

Single acts of tyranny said...

It's a neat metaphor really, people accepting lectures from their own bin!

And how much of a **** would you have to be, to accept one of these things into your home?

Anonymous said...

You can also put clever signs in the bins with he lettering large enough for the bin cam to pick up and send the viewers a message. I agree that it's to the point the world needs to fall in on itself like a house of cards. Just need to keep stacking the cards next to one another and keep giving them little nudges, until eventually it all caves in.

Herr Hoeneker said...

Google is your friend.Newcastle 'academics' are actually two German chicks. Must be something in the water over there.

nisakiman said...

"Google is your friend.Newcastle 'academics' are actually two German chicks. Must be something in the water over there."

Or something in the cucumbers.

winston said...

"So if you don't want facebook to tag your face, don't put it on there"

It doesn't matter what you want. If someone takes your picture and puts it on facebook ( which the majority of folk do) without you knowing about it and helpfully puts your name to it then you will be all over the internet. People don't care about other people's privacy anymore and will happily hand it over to anyone.

microdave said...

"Google is your friend" - It might be very useful (unless you are searching for anti AGW stories or Youtube videos the government has asked them to remove), but it most certainly IS NOT YOUR FRIEND....

And do you know what your laptops built in WebCam is really doing???

The witch from Essex said...

We are to have our behavior changed if we 'throw too much food away'
What will our behavior change to ?? Eating it instead ?
Then we will have the 'obesity avoidance police' on our doors to deny us health care.
How can we obey everybody when it is made this hard ?

microdave said...

"We are to have our behavior changed if we 'throw too much food away'" - Why not fit webcams to the toilet bowl, then our shit can be examined on Facebook to see if it fits approved guidelines...

And talking of Facebook:

UK watchdog looking into Facebook face-tech row

cuke cornered by kraut commandos said...

09:09

leg-iron, your comments are, at best, ignorantly misguided and, at worst, dangerously subversive. may i remind you that we are at war and that bin-cams are in fact vital to national security - a point perfectly illustrated by this breaking news-story:

in magdeburg, german special forces have surrounded an insurgent cucumber which they managed to trap in a household-bin - they are now taking it downstairs for a stiff interrogation.

these extremist vegetables clearly exhibit vile tendencies and are threatening our national values. they must be shown no mercy.

Slamlander said...

I think that you misunderstand the issue.

The issue isn't about your own pix. You rarely appear in those, the issue is whether or not you can be tracked in other people's pix. That is the fundamental issue. You have no control of whose pix you appear in.

timbone said...

"I used to be really easy-going, uninterested in politics, and had no vengeful or malicious traits at all. All of that has now changed as a direct result of the plethora of idiots all forcing their own narrow, weak and pathetic world-views on me."

Oh yes, I remember back in the 1970's. I was in my twenties, and there may have been a few mishaps here and there, mainly mine ha! but oh they were happy days when you didn't think every morning how to get through the day without breaking a law when you are not even a criminal. That was before feckin wimin started running things!!!

Junican said...

Do you know, Timbone, I have often thought that thought myself, but dared not say it. After all, we have Subrosa, JuliaM, Belinda, (and all our other friends) and many, many others too numerous to mention by name batting for freedom. But there is something really, really weird about women who become Ministers, isn't there? I get the impression that it is a female trait - that the means justifies the ends - MY ends. Ethics is immaterial; Economics is immaterial; Common Sense is immaterial. What matters is that I get what I want. How else could you explain whatshername's outburst that judges no longer interpret the law - 'public opinion' does. How can someone so stupid become a Minister?

It really is weird how the type of woman who is selected to a candidate in a General Election always seems to be a very demanding woman. I fear that the selection of such people is more dependent upon "their forceful characters" than their intellects.

Leg-iron said...

Tombone, Junican - the problem is not women in power. The problem is those women in power.

The ones who want to take power should not be allowed to have any, and that's not sexist because I apply it to men also.

MPs should be nominated and elected from the ranks of those who don't want to do it but who the constituents think would be good at it.

Leg-iron said...

On the pictures, I still don't care. If someone puts up a picture of me that isn't libellous or scandalous, let them. If someone wants to track me, I can lay down a dozen false trails in an hour. The internet is great for that.

We're all needles. Let them build their haystack.

Leg-iron said...

Witch from essex - the only logical solution is to obey nobody.

Leg-iron said...

Winston - speaking for myself, I'm all over the internet in so many guises I'm not even sure which is the real one any more.

One of them is an antismoker, pushing the absurdity. Junican gave me the idea when he put his mad idea on the antitobacco blog and it won.

Antismokers have fifth columnists everywhere, who say 'I am a smoker and I support the ban'. Well now they have me in their midst and rising up the ranks.

I bet they can't figure out which one is me.

Leg-iron said...

microdave - the laptop's built in webcam isn't doing anything. I don't see any use for it so it has tape over it.

the armchair anarchist said...

04:01

MPs should be nominated and elected from the ranks of those who don't want to do it but who the constituents think would be good at it.

you were doing so well until you said this...sadly, in the case of many members of parliament, i think you'll find that you have just described their selection procedure precisely...in fact, this practice is closely akin to conventional custom in middle-class families, who traditionally pack-off the fey ineffectual son of the litter to become a priest, or archbishop...although this does not adequately explain how critters at the bottom of the food-chain, like us in hackney, got lumbered with a predator of parliament whose natural habitat would appear to be a cambridge cocktail-party.

epc ordure (environmental police constable) said...

16:29

yes, a similar system is currently in operation in order to recruit to the force. i must however caution you over your insinuation that the afore-alluded-to lawfully elected member of parliament for hackney eats her own constituents - for although male mps are widely recognized to exhibit such behavioural characteristics when released into the wild, and notwithstanding that there is compelling evidence to suggest that ms meg hillier eats her own interns for breakfast, i am duty-bound to inform you that diane abbott has to-date only been observed preying on canapés.

campaign for real canapés said...

17:12

quite

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