Posted On: Thursday - May 4th 2023 6:35PM MST
In Topics:   Globalists  China  Curmudgeonry  Artificial Stupidity  The Future
This post was to be a quick one to add on what I meant to write about in yesterday's post Trying to get a handle on a piece of iCrap. However, I will add a video at the end that commenter Oaf had referred to in the comments under that post.
Along with wanting a solid handle for these touch screen devices, what I really need is a solid OFF switch. I brought up the "modern" dome light feature on cars - well, it's a bug as far as I'm concerned - in which those lights stay on for some time period after one has left the vehicle and closed the doors. For that "feature", at least I can just put the switch in the OFF position. That's not at all what the designers intended and even less functional than in the old vehicles with just the DOOR and OFF position. However, I'm OK with that.
As I put this iCrap in my pocket, the display lights up again, and I want to smash the thing into the OFF position, but not quite so permanently! I know what this is about. Going back to the beginning of the modern computer age, say 40 years back, computers needed some time of their own to turn off. It seemed to be the first time I'd push a button - could be moving a toggle switch just as well - that electrical devices didn't go off right when one wanted to, or MADE, them, anyway.
I get it. "Listen, I gotta save the changes to these files of yours , put the current state of the interface into some settings files, stop these scripts over here, and other stuff, and in proper order. You can't just willy-nilly turn me off. I got a lotta shit to do first. That is, if you want me to work next time you turn me on!" ... is what the computer WANTS TO say and WILL SAY soon, when it's become AI and gotten mouthy.
It's not just computers that are computers now though. The car's not A computer, but a new one has hundreds of them in it. The TV's a computer. Speaking of TVs, it's not that I use them for TV or much at all lately, but I can tell you that models at the hotels have been known to even turn on in the middle of night. (See Ghost in the Machine for that story.) That has forced me to always unplug cords at the back of TVs now (one, only if I find the power rather than signal cord first), just to be sure. Thankfully, there IS that power cord. It can't work without it.
Sorry, I often pull the plug on computers when I don't have the patience for their crap. For laptops, I have to pull the power supply cord AND pull the battery out a tad for a second. That has been known to teach them who's boss.
You can't do that with modern devices like the phones though, without some trouble. I am not even sure that taking the back of the case off and pulling the big battery out is really cutting all power. iEspionage concerns aside, I don't think the designers want us to be able to just cut them off.
Yet, I do! It's a good thing for we humans to actually positively control our machinery rather than only half-assedly: "Off, machine." "OK, soon. I'm in the middle of something." Just an electro-mechanical switch that cuts the damn power, that's all I ask for.
On a broader level, being able to turn off our devices and not depend on them for our daily lives is something that a woman named Polly talks about in this highly-depressing look at our future. She says we should all get off the smart phones or it's gonna mean a sci-fi doomsday scenario for ALL of us, even those trying to stay "off-grid". Because much of this Orwellian stuff starts first in Chine now, you may want to read out book review of We Have Been Harmonized (Part 1 - - Part 2 - - Part 3 - - Part 4) for more background. Also note that some of the clips from China are material we showed in the post The future's so dark, I gotta wear night vision goggles recently.
"YOU ARE BEING GROOMED - MY WARNING FROM 2019":
There's quite a bit of intro (as we like here too) from "Amazing Polly", so you could skip to 02:15 or 02:30. The video is half an hour long. Thank you, commenter Oaf.