What Did You Expect??

2017 December 28
by drdog09

Forget about the future, the problem is now

In Sunde’s opinion, people focus too much on what might happen, instead of what is happening. He often gets questions about how a digitally bleak future could look like, but the truth is that we’re living it.

Everything has gone wrong. That’s the thing, it’s not about what will happen in the future it’s about what’s going on right now. We’ve centralized all of our data to a guy called Mark Zuckerberg, who’s basically the biggest dictator in the world as he wasn’t elected by anyone.

Trump is basically in control over this data that Zuckerberg has, so I think we’re already there. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong and I don’t think there’s a way for us to stop it.

One of the most important things to realize is that the problem isn’t a technological one. “The internet was made to be decentralized,” says Sunde, “but we keep centralizing everything on top of the internet.”

To support this, Sunde points out that in the last 10 years, almost every up-and-coming tech company or website has been bought by the big five: Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook. The ones that manage to escape the reach of the giants, often end up adding to the centralization.

We don’t create things anymore, instead we just have virtual things. Uber, Alibaba and Airbnb, for example, do they have products? No. We went from this product-based model, to virtual product, to virtually no product what so ever. This is the centralization process going on.

Although we should be aware that the current effects of centralization, we shouldn’t overlook that it’s only going to get worse. There are a lot of upcoming tech-based services that are at risk of becoming centralized, which could have a huge impact on our daily lives.

We’re super happy about self driving cars, but who owns the self driving cars? Who owns the information about where they can and can’t go? I don’t want to ride in a self driving car that can’t drive me to a certain place because someone has bought or sold an illegal copy of something there.

Sunde firmly believes that this is a realistic scenario as companies will always have to put their financial gains first, before the needs of people and societies. That’s why there needs to be a greater ethical discussion about technology and ownership, if we don’t want to end up living in a corporate-driven dystopia (worse than our current one, that is).

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Kind of late to the party there pal. Myself and a partner had a website called ThirdPipe.com that was warning that this is where we are headed more than a decade ago. (Don’t bother going there we turned off the website long ago.) We railed then that the likes of Google, Facebook and YouTube were the ‘Walled Gardens’ from which endusers will have no escape. We further argued that a step to assure decentralization was to open the guard band frequencies of the old analog TV channels for open source digital use. The idea was that a free mesh transport service would engender faster transport services and free apps to go along with it. The hope being to provide an alternative to the walled garden big tech services. It was not to be. Sad.

But even today, it is quite possible to escape the walled garden. Go to LowEndBox.com and subscribe to one of the providers services. Its cheap, $20-40/year. Yes it will be a virtual server service which for most individuals is more than enough power for their needs. Install nextCloud on it. Add your friends and family and you can achieve nearly all the sharing of Facebook. The problem if you consider it one is ‘why bother?’ Facebook makes it so dang simple to do all the sharing you desire. That is the argument that people tend to use and quite honestly they are correct as far as it goes.

But you know, that same argument can be applied to freedom. Why accept all that responsibility for your life and limb? If I give up half my income and most of my choices to the Progressives I can relieve myself of the struggle. I can breathe easy and not worry about a thing till I am slobbering in my pillow as the nurse approaches with the Kevorkian cocktail. Right?

Your Inalienable rights and your digital rights in the end are one and the same. Your willingness to accept one, endangers the other.

29 Responses leave one →
  1. 2017 December 28 4:49 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    When you first create a FaceBook acct, as I recall, you have to click a box that essentially says “all your data belongs to us”. For many, though, it’s not an informed decision. If Repubs had a brain (I know! I know!) they would give people a way to walk away that would force FB to release a person’s data.
    That would cause havoc to a firm that is both an enemy of America as well as a foe of the Repubs. There are plenty of us FB haters, and also plenty of people who put something inadvisable on FB which caused embarrassme, loss of employment opportunities all the way up to being criminally charged.

  2. 2017 December 28 7:09 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    “When you first create a FaceBook acct, as I recall, you have to click a box that essentially says “all your data belongs to us”. ”

    Yep and it is STILL in their TOS. Its why I removed myself after a day of exploring the platform. Its the old saying —

    “If what you are using on the Internet is provided free, then YOU are the product being sold.”

  3. 2017 December 28 7:36 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Kinda longish at 28m but if you enjoy takedowns of Lib narratives here ya go — https:// http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ikf1uZli4g — Its a guy trying to push a collusion book when half his facts are already been publicly disproven.

  4. 2017 December 28 8:06 am
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    justrand permalink

    As the saying goes: READ THE WHOLE THING. The same “journalists” (et al) who ignored and/or explained away everything Obama did (or actually PRAISED his extra-Constitutional activities) find fault with everything President Trump does.

    http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/12/it_is_too_bad_journalists_idolized_obama_instead_of_being_embarrassed_by_what_he_did.html

  5. 2017 December 28 8:14 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Zuckerberg truly is a statist globalist who wants the elites completely controlling the world and the demise of the middle class. He is very dangerous. Fortunately, he is totally devoid of a personality.

  6. 2017 December 28 8:20 am
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    justrand permalink

    Back on topic…I do use Facebook, but I made a conscious decision to do so even after knowing the privacy pitfalls. Same with keeping this website up and using other websites as well.

    My ultimate reasoning was based on an analogy I read decades ago. The analogy in a detective novel was explaining how to hide your tracks if you committed a crime, but it applies to the Internet stuff as well. The author posited that if you wanted to move through a forest covered with freshly fallen snow you had to either move in an almost inhumanly precise manner that would virtually no track (almost impossible to do), or leave so many tracks in so many directions it would impossible for someone to tell which your actual track was.

  7. 2017 December 28 8:23 am
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    bc3b permalink

    JR #4 –

    I don’t believe there was anything Zippy ever did that the media didn’t think was great.

  8. 2017 December 28 8:25 am
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    justrand permalink

    Bc3b, the real problem is that America now has two full generations of young people who don’t give a damn about who controls their lives…as long as they can get live-streamed entertainment.

    Those two generations see no value in true freedom, and have been told since pre-school that the only real disease in the world is AMERICA. Zuckerberg, et al, have a VERY fertile ground in which to sow their seeds.

  9. 2017 December 28 9:20 am
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    bc3b permalink

    JR –

    Make that three generations in the ghetto because generations come faster there.

    As we’ve discussed many times, liberalism and political correctness “trumps” common sense. The greatest example I can think of are today’s college faculty and students complaining about “white privilege.” If it wasn’t for Europeans, colleges wouldn’t. If Africa’s culture is so wonderful, can they name ONE single invention coming out of black Africa that has changed the world?

  10. 2017 December 28 9:39 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Cologne doubling police for New Year’s Eve. Wonder why?

    https://global.handelsblatt.com/politics/cologne-plans-10-fold-increase-in-police-669608

  11. 2017 December 28 9:48 am
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    bc3b permalink

    IQ of people in Scandinavian countries is dropping:

    https://www.thelocal.no/20171228/intelligence-of-norwegians-and-danes-on-the-wane-say-researchers

    I wonder why?

  12. 2017 December 28 9:57 am
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    bc3b permalink

    More Chicago gangs arming themselves with semi-automatic rifles as conflict spreads:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-rifles-gangs-conflict-20171221-story.html

    With the large number of illegals in Chicago and the established black gangs, it’s going to be a bloodbath as they battle for turf.

    JBoz: Please pick up the red courtesy phone.

  13. 2017 December 28 10:14 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    CNBC Director arrested for video cam — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTAWtI_weSw — more here — https://conservativedailypost.com/cnbc-director-busted-decent-family-man-arrested-after-nanny-notices-strange-incident/

    Not unexpected, but it just further confirmation that Progressives are scum.

  14. 2017 December 28 10:45 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Legalized child prostitution in CA. Yuck.
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/california-democrats-legalize-child-prostitution/article/2610540
    This terribly destructive legislation was written and passed by the progressive Democrats who control California’s state government with a two-thirds “supermajority.” To their credit, they are sincere in their belief that decriminalizing underage prostitution is good public policy that will help victims of sex trafficking. Unfortunately, the reality is that the legalization of underage prostitution suffers from the fatal defect endemic to progressive-left policymaking: it ignores experience, common sense and most of all human nature — especially its darker side.

  15. 2017 December 28 10:46 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Newt predicts:
    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/12/28/newt-gingrich-get-ready-for-great-political-surprise-2018.html
    After members of the elite media have spent two years savaging President Trump, lying about Republican legislation, and reassuring themselves that Republican defeat was inevitable, the size of the GOP victory in 2018 will be an enormous shock.

  16. 2017 December 28 10:48 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    From a twitter account, I saw it posted at another blog

    Breaking per @Rasmussen_Poll: #PresidentTrump’s approval rating rebounds to Obama’s first year level of 46%.
    Note: Adjusted for D oversampling and Trump’s real approval is 55%

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/trump_administration/prez_track_dec28…

  17. 2017 December 28 11:10 am
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    bc3b permalink

    NorCalJim –

    Not sure when Kalifornia officially became irredeemable – likely in the mid to late-1990s. Arnold would have been a liberal Dem in any state other than Kalifornia. Things are only going to get worse ad the state has become a magnet for illegals.

  18. 2017 December 28 12:06 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Deep dive into the CrowdStrike – DNC server issue — https://disobedientmedia.com/2017/12/fancy-frauds-bogus-bears-malware-mimicry/ — Is CrowdStrike the white knight with the black sword?

  19. 2017 December 28 12:47 pm
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    IQ of people in Scandinavian countries is dropping:

    I wonder why?

    Mixing shit with ice cream seldom improves on the shit.

  20. 2017 December 28 3:00 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Hillary says “I will be a player in the 2018 election.” — https://twitter.com/VanityFair/status/944613785171501056/video/1 — Vanity Fair mocks her for the attempt.

    I love it when Progressives get nasty with each other.

  21. 2017 December 28 5:50 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!”

    — Trump Tweet

    ROFLMAO!

  22. 2017 December 28 5:56 pm
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    justrand permalink

    That is the greatest Trump tweet EVAH! 🙂

  23. 2017 December 28 7:06 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    If Trump was ever to be assassinated (God no!) this should be on his tombstone — “Was it something I said?”

    He certainly knows how to goad the opposition. 🙂

  24. 2017 December 28 7:15 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Pure McCarthyism if its true — https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-12-28/bombshell-leaked-email-shows-senate-probe-can-extend-anyone-russian-descent — Problem is I don’t trust the source coming from a progressive org. We shall see.

  25. 2017 December 28 10:04 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    18, isn’t CrowdStrike a group of Dem operatives (and for quite some time)?

    17 “Not sure when Kalifornia officially became irredeemable – likely in the mid to late-1990s.”
    Yeah, not sure of the precise year. But it sure has gone off the rails. As far as I can tell, my neighbors are all pretty much bewildered. They just want to live their lives, watch their boys play little league ball, watch the girls play at being princesses, whatever. They can’t believe gov’t could be so evil and wrong. All the weird stuff has to be exceptional stuff that will be fixed once the correct authorities notice what’s going on. All that global warming stuff, no one could propose that if it weren’t true, right? Societal contradictions are reaching titanic stress levels.

  26. 2017 December 29 7:08 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Most folks know I am not much of an Apple fan — https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/28/apple-batterygate-letter-full-text.html — This is reason 7,341,825 why.

    They never say it, but my perception is anything with an apple logo is leased equipment. If you cannot do as you please with what you acquired you don’t ‘own’ it.

  27. 2017 December 29 7:33 pm
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    “We’re super happy about self driving cars”

    Errr..speak for yourself, I want nothing to do with such things myself or around me, least for the foreseeable future.

  28. 2017 December 29 7:38 pm
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    16 – Notice the MSM ain’t running with that poll 24×7, real shocker. /s

    21 – I love that he occasionally twists the knife in a little in tweet press always has hard time ignoring. I call it trump bait (if I could post pic… I’d use graphic of trump feeding fish in japan…giggle), and they always take it.

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