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Even though Google says I like something, don't believe it, I have a data jammer streak!
Even though Google says I like something, don't believe it, I have a data jammer streak!
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PBS is now stalking me through the permission I provided to access their content on Apple TV.   Even though this a data jamming profile to a degree; therefore, a useless profile to follow.

Follow me at your own risk, for PBS is stalking my profile and has requested full access!

Dear Google, all 1s and reviews have been removed. As a data jammer, the left over data may not be worth much and those who know me well, will just ask.     #digitalholdupprivacystyle  

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A Festivus Miracle: Industry Minister James Moore Hosts Roundtable on Anti-Spam Law

For the past two years, I have been describing the government's long-missing digital economy strategy as the Penske File, a Seinfeld reference to a non-existent work project. The government's Seinfeldian approach to digital policies continued yesterday, with Industry Minister James Moore hosting a Festivus-like event on Canada's anti-spam legislation. The anti-spam law was passed in 2010, but intense lobbying has delayed approval of the final regulations that are needed to bring the law into effect. 

The by-invitation roundtable featured most of the business associations that have criticized the legislation along with several consumer/public interest representatives. Consistent with the Seinfeld episode on Festivus, the 90-minute event opened with the airing of grievances, providing the critics with an opportunity to deliver their concerns directly to the Minister. The consumer and public interest representatives spoke in favour of the legislation and of the need for the government to move quickly to finalize the regulations. While the government's plans remain to be seen, Moore is clearly engaged on the issue and, given that the law was passed years ago, will hopefully demonstrate a feat of strength by bringing it into effect...

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New variant discovered from the Tibet family of #malware. Intego VirusBarrier with up-to-date virus definitions protects #Mac users against this malware as OSX/Tibet.D. 

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Is #privacy really dead? Not so fast. We can still do something about the #NSA's vast #surveillance program. Here's how. 

Will the Internet of Things be helpful

The Future Speaker Serious at the Canadian National Exposition has got me thinking about social media and geo locations and how important they are becoming in our lives and how this data will be mashed.

One of the topics that caught my interest was personal assistant robots but what if robots where akin to smartphones for those of us that need extra help in our daily lives.

In reality most of use may need more of as digital assistant than a robot that follows us around for example:

1. Remember lists that are made from smart appliances that can read RFID chips embedded into the product packaging

2. The smart phone digital assistant could read these RFID chips for other products like cleaning products etc. and these could be added to the list

3.  This device could search for sales in the users area or based on store preference and determine the optimal path to store based on walking, driving and public transit.

4. Further to this, the device can access the smart city grid to determine the danger points for intersections for example and upon arriving at the store this device can map the location of the products and the safety record of these products from the Internet of Things.

Imagine how this can help us even be more independent for longer.  The future has hope if we design it, to have it.

Smart Cars: Why not take Public Transit Instead

There seems to be such an euphoria for the self-propelled driverless car where the driver can take leisure time instead of struggling through traffic.  If I am not mistaken, a user can take leisure time in public transit if it is well funded and actually serves the residents.

Too bad there is unlimited money to maximize the utility of private transit but in most major cities, public transit is never really provided with the equivalent money, resources and the will to make it happen.

Wifi and Bikes
In most cities, the parking meters are wifi enabled and solar powered with  a heavily under-utilized wifi in terms of broadband usage.  Also, there is often a positive correlation to the location of bike racks and this information could be placed on a geo-locational grid for other geo-locations services to locate.

This would be a good first step to allow for the identification of bike parking in urban areas but this does not address if there is any parking at these locations.  

As these parking meters are wifi enabled and connected to a network with a positive correlation to bike racks, there should be a venue for the flow of availability of these racks through the free capacity of the parking meters.  

This could be done via a smart system that counts the bikes via a camera, for example, and broadcasts this to geo-locational apps, for example.

Real time data that locates bike racks and if there are any free spaces.  This is an example of the promise from the connected world. 

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The new episode of PBS Off Book -- with the NSA leak reigniting this important debate, Off Book takes a closer look at the state of privacy in the digital age. (via +PBS Digital Studios  ) 
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