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emordnilap



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:00 am    Post subject: totalitarian technology Reply with quote

A primer

It’s typical that the appropriators of the name of a river should be a leading player. It’s not enough that the work is done, humans have to be tortured into working faster and cheaper:

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…is patenting an electronic wristband that would be used to track hand movements—making sure, for instance, that a warehouse worker stays busy moving boxes.


I got a bad name at one place where I worked when I refused to give a fingerprint for their clock-in system.*

In a small firm, such technology is a waste of money. The work, done to standard and in time, is enough.

*The system was never used, it was celtic tiger optimism.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing new.

When I worked in finance in the UK about 20 years ago I heard of another company, not the one I worked for, that enabled a 1 minute screensaver on the computers of the age. If you dawdled for one minute then the screensaver went on - if it did more than a certain number of times a day you were fired.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing new in the motivation for such intrusiveness, certainly not. But the encouragement of it by those toiling under its yoke is worrying.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thankfully nobody is actually forced to work for them.
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