2017-08-07 Mon


I was thinking of Dental Implants when this item cropped up. No matter ...

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Whenever things change, some of us get upset, and I am glad that this is so. I think that too many laws get passed with little regard for consequences, and I think too that a measure of a nation’s or of a state’s maturity is the percentage of bills or acts that get passed and are modified within five years of enactment.

A high proportion of modified bills in the first five years of their lives is a sign that the state is rushing legislation into action without a calm voice of experience.

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For one thing: it is not clear to me where the science-fiction comes in. Is it in “Implanting”? is it in “Employees”?

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Given the number of people wandering around Toronto with eyes staring at the map that scrolls in real time as they walk, I find it difficult to accept an argument against “trackable data”. I don’t use GPS on my phone, but I have read that the Microwave Towers that relay signals know where I am at any time, because, well, they have to process my signals.

If I spend a few days in Collingwood, then my smart phone too is in Collingwood, and some tower in Collingwood will know about it.

All data is hackable, as millions of people have found out.

It’s a chance we take, just as we take a chance when we walk along a sidewalk that some errant driver will not plough into us.

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Of course I would be less worried if a better quote from Tony Danna were to hand, Example: “Tony Danna monitors privacy concerns. He said: We have two full-time staff whose only task is monitor all media issues surrounding Trackable Data, and we use every opportunity to program new ideas into our software.

I am prepared to give Tony the benefit of the doubt, but I don’t want to hear that he “has no concerns about privacy”

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Then, for me, there is always the question of “Why choose to interview this person?” The telephone poll people never ask me, because my call blocker stops my phone from ringing.

I can’t see why we should be worried about the idea of “implanting something in my body”. I had a tooth filled at the dentist last week. That is implanting something in my body. People have pace-makers and artificial hip-joints. Why not ask them about how they feel about implants – at least they have some experience.

We should not worry about Infections. We are talking serious medical practices right? We all know about sterilizing instruments.

Then there is the other side: This could be exciting, it has novelty value.

All in all I would welcome a chip that could be tracked and located. If I go wandering where I shouldn’t and misfortune befalls me, at least they can find the body before it has decomposed too much.

Clear Thinking

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The Canada Post versus Bike Lanes saga continues.

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The larger problem, and the one that John Tory should be tackling, is the privilege afforded to corporate vehicles.

I don’t know this, but I suspect that when a parking violation ticket is slapped on the windscreen, it is the company that pays the ticket. The vehicle belongs to the corporation, not the driver. The driver’s Subaru is safely parked in the lot at the depot.

Far too many employees seem to take risks when driving a corporate vehicle. Sure it is that they may get a slap on the wrist for a dent or a scratch on the corporate van or truck, but tonight they will drive home in their shiny new Subaru. The employees aren’t risking damage to their own vehicles when they speed or run red lights.

I wrote many years ago that “There are no corporate decisions”. Decisions are made by human beings.

It is the CEO who walks around the warehouse and says “Throw that in a dumpster”. The corporation makes no decisions. One or more humans make decisions.

So it should be with a driver. The driver should have the right to say “I choose not to break the law”. And the parking ticket should go to the driver, not the corporation. Toss in suspension of driver’s licence when more than three parking violations crop up in any twelve-month period, and then you’ll see real pressure applied.

The corporation ought not risk a law suit by having unlicenced driver’s in control of its vehicles, and the drivers can safely point out that the law will penalize them if they park illegal. Having the law on your side is a powerful weapon.