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Blackhatjack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 11:32 AM
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OK This shows Microsoft is 'Big Brother's Handservant'... Outrageous! LINK
THis is WRONG on so many levels, and the danger presented cannot be overestimated.


http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_w...

January 16, 2008

"Microsoft seeks patent for office 'spy' software"
Alexi Mostrous and David Brown

"Microsoft is developing Big Brother-style software capable of remotely monitoring a workers productivity, physical wellbeing and competence.

The Times has seen a patent application filed by the company for a computer system that links workers to their computers via wireless sensors that measure their metabolism. The system would allow managers to monitor employees performance by measuring their heart rate, body temperature, movement, facial expression and blood pressure. Unions said they fear that employees could be dismissed on the basis of a computers assessment of their physiological state.


Technology allowing constant monitoring of workers was previously limited to pilots, firefighters and Nasa astronauts. This is believed to be the first time a company has proposed developing such software for mainstream workplaces.

Microsoft submitted a patent application in the US for a unique monitoring system that could link workers to their computers. Wireless sensors could read heart rate, galvanic skin response, EMG, brain signals, respiration rate, body temperature, movement facial movements, facial expressions and blood pressure, the application states."

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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 11:33 AM
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1. If they monitor me I will whack off and see what happens
:rofl: their monitors will be going wild!
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 01:18 PM
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8. That and a web cam and you're all set.
Edited on Wed Jan-16-08 01:21 PM by formercia
New-age orgasmatrom.

Next thing, they will be showing up as carnival games.

Step in to the booth please and have a seat.
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IdesOfOctober Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 02:17 PM
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11. "Off the Richter! Off the Richter! Off the Richter!"
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jojo54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 11:44 AM
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2. "Big-brother style" says it all.
There was a movie, an Outer Limits episode, Twillight Zone, something to that affect and the story line was that everybody was literally wired to their computers. Is this what we're headed for?
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Blackhatjack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 11:44 AM
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3. There won't be any such thing as privacy, and kiss your health information privacy goodbye.
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VenusRising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 11:47 AM
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4. That's just fucked up.
And you know they would use that technology to decide whom to fire based on the monitoring of biofeedback. It will be an easy way for the companies to spend less on employee healthcare and keep the productivity as high as possible. It measures facial expressions, fer cryin' out loud!!!

Disgusting.
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Blackhatjack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 12:00 PM
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5. IF this goes through, everyone will have to adopt expressionless compliance to keep their job...
And those 'monitoring' you will have power over you that is unimaginable.

Corporate/Businesses would jump on this in a heartbeat.

Forget Unions -- it will be assimilation into the Borg.
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VenusRising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 12:07 PM
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6. Borg or Stepford.
Either choice is going way too far.
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fed-up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 12:32 PM
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7. only two recs in an hour??? nt
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Recursion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 01:42 PM
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9. For fun, type "Bush hid the facts" into notepad
(Don't include the quotes).

Save it as a .txt file, and reopen it.
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EnviroBat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 02:03 PM
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10. That is bizarre!
I can't get my brain around that... Why Microsoft? Why?
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 02:24 PM
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12. They are by nature very paranoid. It's in their corporate culture.
I'm glad this is a Microsoft free house and it will remain MS free.
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EnviroBat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 02:32 PM
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14. Nah, it's a "character" flaw in Notepad.
If you type any 5 character, 3 character, 3 character then 5 character sentence structure, the same thing will happen. Foe example, type

Long are the turds

Save this and reopen it. You'll see the same thing...
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 02:57 PM
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19. What is the same thing you mention?
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Recursion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 05:57 PM
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22. That's crappy programming, not conspiracy
Well, in fairness, it's a problem with no silver bullet: with a bare text file, how do you determine the encoding (ie, Latin alphabet, cyrillic, Greek, Chinese, etc.)? Notepad (and Windows programs in general) just look at it really quick and "guess" what encoding it looks most like. For a short enough text file, it can "guess" wrong -- there is a Chinese character that is represented by the same sequence of 0's and 1's that "Bu" is, and so on.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 02:24 PM
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13. I don't have MS products, what does it say?
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EnviroBat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 02:35 PM
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15. It just shows up as unicode squares...
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 02:59 PM
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20. Thanks.
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 02:38 PM
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18. Whoa, what the fuck? That is weird on so many levels!
:scared:
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Recursion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 05:55 PM
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21. It's just a flaw in Micro$loth's Unicode-detection routine
But it's still funny.
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 02:36 PM
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16. And that is why I will NEVER work for a publically traded company, ever.
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kineneb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 02:36 PM
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17. come to the light side, young Jedi, use Mac or Linux
this item, added to the problems with Vista does not make for happy customers...
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UncleSepp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-16-08 06:02 PM
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23. Has submitted a patent application is developing
Most likely, this was someone's project in the research labs. They got far enough along to apply for a patent, so they did. Having patents helps your pay and standing.

I see this as having potential as a way to keep someone else from selling such intrusive software. If someone else productizes this, MS as the patent holder can kill it. I'd rather have this in Microsoft's hands than in Oracle's. Oracle would actually use it.
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