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Posted By: Hazymac, 3/7/2020 8:04:50 AM

In a 2015 video Microsoft's Joseph Sirosh described the advantages of wiring up a herd of cows to the cloud application via a motion sensor. One of the farmer's problems is determining when a cow is in estrus so it can be artificially inseminated during the short period it is fertile. Motion sensors can pick up the abnormal restlessness of cows in heat with 95% accuracy leading to immense benefits for the Japanese farmers who implemented the system of connected cows. The Chinese Communist Party used the same system to inform and guide its quarantine during the recent Covid-19 outbreak.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: MDConservative 3/7/2020 8:24:48 AM (No. 339271)
FTA: "One way or the other it seems only a matter of time till we're all connected cows. The failure to create modes of user controlled data is the greatest single political failure today. Law and politics are the only remaining bulwark of privacy." Dude, where have you been? Law and politics is no bulwark of privacy - quite the contrary. Americans have evolved into a 1984 world without even thinking of the implications. Sure, Government, you can have all my personal information. I got nothing to hide. Protect me! And we're protected from abuse by the Constitution, our scrupulously honest judicial system and our heroes in law enforcement. That's that law and politics mentioned.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: franq 3/7/2020 8:36:53 AM (No. 339286)
And we can save the snow leopard too!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: sw penn 3/7/2020 8:53:11 AM (No. 339308)
Yasha Levine's 2018 book "Surveillance Valley The Secret Military History of the Internet" outlines how the US government developed the internet as a way to keep tabs on public sentiment and to prevent a US insurgency of the type that were occurring around the world in the 60s. Think Weather Underground, Black Panthers, Students for a Democratic Society type people. Not to say that say that the US government are the same exact people, But a rational individual should never expect privacy "reforms" to be pushed by Silicon Valley. There is no "air gap" between the US government and Google. Googles' ad business exists to collect your data, which in turn...
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Reply 4 - Posted by: bpl40 3/7/2020 9:26:57 AM (No. 339334)
How long before they start tracking people leaving a Trump rally? Don't laugh. If I can think of it, Soros and his goons already have.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Arrowhead 3/7/2020 9:51:25 AM (No. 339351)
I thought that is what bulls were for. They are pretty good at detecting when a cow is in estrous and can take care of the matter fairly promptly. Humans? What do they want to do, take the fun out of it? Technology can take things too far...
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Reply 6 - Posted by: DVC 3/7/2020 11:06:28 AM (No. 339447)
While I keep the GPS on my phone turned off at all times, let NO app (I only have three) on my phone use location information, the only real way to stop it from tracking you is to not have a phone, or wrap it inside a aluminum foil, or window screen wrap to block all incoming and outgoing electromagnetic signals. And of course, then it will not ring. Your phone is your digital tracking device. It is just that simple. Even without GPS capability, a rough location can be gotten from knowing which towers the phone is linked to.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: kono 3/7/2020 12:13:04 PM (No. 339530)
Kind of hard to tell a bull to hurry it up because end of estrus is imminent? #5 seems viable for small herds. But if you have a thousand cattle, having multiple agents working in parallel through artificial insemination, the time-criticality seems less of an obstacle.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Stencil 3/7/2020 1:12:07 PM (No. 339584)
I’ll take the time Later to read the article posted by the honorable OP (gardening) but the lede suggests that is just another milestone: my theory has been that we are on a long journey from independent organisms to hierarchical colonies such as found in the ants and the bees. Unbelievably, it appears to be the nature of our kind. Depressing.
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