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The Morning Editions of "Things that make me want to bomb shit."

How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy

run the fuck away

Mad science gone horribly, horribly wrong(or right).

The Morning Editions of "Things that make me want to bomb shit."

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run the fuck away
Let's start with putting RFID tags in student's ID badges, and using them to track: attendance, tardiness, and what bus stop the students leave at. Excuse me? I'm particularlly fond of "how much more effecient for taking attendance" this is. The teachers don't have to take attendance, and it's automatically sent down to the office. Aside from the rather frightening implications involved with putting RFIDs on our children, this removes what I consider to be an important social aspect of the class period. Attendance is the part of class where the teacher can take a moment and make comments to the students, and interact with them without trying to teach them something. That aside, the way they want to use these tags, to track a student's every movement... We're removing the responsibility of good behavior from the students by constantly tracking them. In all honesty, that's the worst effect of increased security- we remove the responsibility for good behavior. You no longer have to police yourself, because there's a million watchers doing it for you. And as a result, when the watchers are gone, you are socially retarded.

Ahem.

Meanwhile, did you know that sale information is copywritten? That's right! If you trade sale information with other consumers you're violating copyright- at least if you're organized about it, and using consumer power to outwit the megalomart demons. Another instance of places like Mal-Wart, Target, Breast Buy, and Staples proving that they will screw their customers every way to Sunday.

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I'm noticing that my regular posts are starting to sound more and more like "On Anarchy". Of course, "On Anarchy" right now has been dealing with my own personal conflict over the use of force and violence against a stale, useless system. I guess it's not terribly surprising. Ah well.
  • Bull. Shit. You can not copyright raw data. It must be a work of original authorship. You could copyright your presentation of data or your analysis of it. Similarly, phone numbers in a list cannot be copyrighted. But if you do it up nice with layout and design, provide an index or two... that arrangement is.

    Trade secrets are ENTIRELY different from copyright, much more unregulated. I LIKE copyright (and think it's being butchered) but trade secrets are even crazier than patent law.
  • what??!

    We're using the same technology that is used in prisons to track criminals in order to track our children? Well that completely turns my stomach! What's next?? Almost makes me ashamed I'm American...
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