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Facebook strips ‘privacy’ from new ‘data use’ policy

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 11:38 am

From CNN: Facebook strips ‘privacy’ from new ‘data use’ policy

From the article: “Facebook posted a draft version of its revised terms on March 15 and gave the site’s users a one-week comment period to weigh in with questions and suggestions. The changes include many semantic tweaks, like stripping the word ‘privacy’ out of Facebook’s ‘privacy policy,’ which is now called a ‘data use policy.’”

There’s a reason the word “privacy” is gone…there is no privacy on Facebook. What I don’t understand is why so many people who share intimate details of their lives with complete strangers should complain about the obvious — Facebook profits by violating your privacy, period.

If you use it, you should expect this.

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An Ides of March Postscript

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 7:35 pm

On the evening of the 14th, at 11:59p.m. as is my habit, I turned off the monitor in my office and walked out, free of computers and the Internet for the next day. I took a shower, grabbed a small snack, and decided I wanted to listen to some talk shows I had recorded from the Net and placed on my SanDisk Sansa Fuze. So I plugged it into some speakers, fired it up, selected the shows, and started listening.

Then I slowly looked down at the player, staring at the color screen with the acceptance I was looking at…

Yet another computer.

Ah, well, what’cha gonna do? Had a great day otherwise (going “old-school” taking the SIM card out of my Android phone and putting it into the old Sony Ericsson Z520a which you will see later this week when I get the explosion of my father’s Z520a posted here on the blog), read a hardbound version of Robert Vaughn’s memoir, A Fortunate Life turning real physical pages and everything, and this weekend my family took me to the most awesome Chinese restaurant I’ve ever had the delight to sample in Williamsburg, VA. A friend told us they had the best General Tao Chicken anywhere, and d*mned if he wasn’t right.

I had an excellent birthday anniversary and weekend, so the concession of touching a few computers to listen to audio or make coffee doesn’t seem to be such a big deal. I did, after all, wait until Friday to catch up on my tweets…

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Another Ides, another struggle…

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 7:53 pm

Every year on the Ides of March I try to avoid computers. Of course, every year it becomes a more and more impossible goal. When I started this yearly tradition, I knew what a computer was…it was the thing with the keyboard connected to a modem connected to the phone line connected to the outside world of BBSs and maybe CompuServe.

But now my phone is a computer. I read books on the tablet. My television watching is done on a linux box, playing programming served through the network, on an overlarge flatscreen computer monitor. Even my coffee maker has a microprocessor in it, nevermind the microwave and automobile.

I did find a paper book I haven’t yet read, which considering the number of digital books I bought in the last year is a bit surprising, but I have no idea how I’ll handle the phone and television. Truth is,this tradition is getting so hard to maintain, it’s losing a bit of its appeal. Still, I want the Ides of March, this year where my age matches the two-digit year of my birth, to be special and different from every other. So I’ll avoid the “big’ computers, those with keyboards and monitors, and skip getting on-line for mail, tweets, and such, and try to relax for an all-too-short 24-hours before re-joining the rest of you in the cyber world. I’ll probably fail miserably in my quest to avoid computers, and I won’t be too hard on myself when I do.

But I still miss the days when it was easy…

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