Monday, April 10, 2006

Is There Money "For the Rest of Us"?

Blogburst has burst on to the scene! Or so they say. Will it mean money for "The Rest of Us?" Well probably not. It might give a few a chance to get hooked into other media, but that kind of misses the point doesn't it? Blogging, if it thrives, will thrive at the expense of traditional print media not because of it. It is just possible, I suppose, that 'print blogs' might become an important niche print form. However; if print media needs bloggers, it isn't because they need to pay more money for content, but rather that they need more content for less money.

This is not to say that I wouldn't take half of what a major syndicated columnist probably gets for a weekly column and like it. However I sincerely doubt that I or anyone else will ever make anything like that much from print syndication of a blog.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Cell Phone Monitoring Service

Spy program snoops on cell phones

The above article describes a software and internet service that is down right spooky. If you are a cell phone user with a little paranoia (justified or otherwise) you might want to keep that little device under your constant watch and maybe that isn’t even good enough. The kind of surveillance that cell systems and computers can provide to apparently even average Joes is pretty amazing and more than a little worrisome.

The seller of the software and internet service says:

"FlexiSpy is activity monitoring software that needs to be consciously installed by a human who knows exactly what the software does," Vervata said, to distinguish its product from a Trojan horse. "It does not self replicate, it does not pretend to be something it is not, and it always requires conscious human action for installation."

as though this were some kind of defense of its product. Any wiretap system could say exactly the same thing but that does not make them ethical or even legal. The system is specifically designed so that the users of the phone will have no idea that the monitoring is going on. The only ‘conscious human action’ required is on the part of the potentially underhanded criminal sneak thief doing the monitoring. This software should be declared illegal and its makers sued by any and all that discover that it has been used against them.

National ID Cards

ID cards to be mandatory in U.K. by 2010

After reading the above article and some of the responses to it I decided that I should say my piece.

I think the UK is not going anywhere near far enough and the US should take action too.

I believe that a personal identification number should be tatooed on our forearms at birth and a tracking chip implanted also; one that can be monitored via something like the cell phone system so that we are never out of contact with the authorities. Nothing is too good for our security! I think a little remote controlled bomb in our heads would be good also so that if someone is committing a crime that might endanger someone else or a cat or something, the authorities could stop them permanently without risk to themselves or any bystanders or trees or what not. There is never any reason why our government officials should not be able to locate any of us at any time they choose and kill us if we are being bad. Id cards are a waste of time and can get lost and require lots of extra expense. We have RFID chips and mini-explosive devices so the only sensible thing is to get right to the point.