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Microsoft Seeks Patent For Office 'spy' Software


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#1 KoanYorel

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 10:53 AM

Microsoft is developing Big Brother-style software capable of remotely monitoring a worker's productivity, physical wellbeing and competence.

...Microsoft submitted a patent application in the US for a "unique monitoring system" that could link workers to their computers. Wireless sensors could read "heart rate, galvanic skin response, EMG, brain signals, respiration rate, body temperature, movement facial movements, facial expressions and blood pressure", the application states....

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 10:56 AM

And you all thought "Keyloggers" were a problem? :thumbsup:
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Posted 17 January 2008 - 11:17 AM

How scary is that? Not just because of the specific software and Microsoft, but what it says about our society in general. The implications are horrendous. One small one - you thought it was hard to get health insurance now? Heh.... :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 03:42 PM

It says that we are fascists.

Habeas corpus has been eroded, our communications are monitored. a president exists who believes that he is above the Constitution and constitutional laws, and individuals have become irrelevant and stripped of the protections of the Bill of Rights.

The descendants of the Robber Barons are so shortsighted that they cannot understand that if you weaken the individual citizen, you weaken the family, you weaken America,; you weaken America, you place the American corporations and foreign corporations in jeopardy everywhere in the world. You weaken world capitalism. Who defends capitalism in the world if America is weak? I mean the capitalism that has never really existed, the free market kind where government is the referee, not the giver of corporate welfare. If I had the choice of giving economic incentives and loans (corporate welfare) to corporations or to indigent individuals, I would choose the latter. It would cost less.

F.D.R. didn't just save the poor Americans, he saved capitalism from its excesses. If you want to immunize a society from socialism, you preserve individual rights. Remember corporations thrived in Nazi Germany.

Besides you, I, or someone will race to be the first to hack it.

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 07:19 PM

Coming soon, implants that monitor every second of your life! :thumbsup:
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Posted 17 January 2008 - 08:50 PM

That's it, I quit...

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 01:28 AM

lol, i could see were they would use it in prisons but in everday life no way. if you had to walk around in led cloting from head to foot so they cant scan you would you do it? i do agree they do have way to much power over the contry. it starts with little things then they keep getting bigger and bigger like a little kid trying to see what they can get a way with. in 50 or so years will we be telling our grandchilldren what freadoms we had and lost? i think the goverment needs a overhall big time alot of the things they do are old fasioned and cant keep up with the changeing world but then again the bill of rights should never be changed. like the copy prection law wasnt it like 5 or 7 years when this contry was born now what is it 75 years? like i said little things they try to get away with then when people start seeing whats really going on they try to put a stop to it but its to late. what i would like to see is like a public vote on such topics and have the people deside what laws we want.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 03:23 AM

How scary is that? Not just because of the specific software and Microsoft, but what it says about our society in general. The implications are horrendous. One small one - you thought it was hard to get health insurance now? Heh.... :cool:

Hahaha! I like the way you put that :flowers: :inlove:
The microsoft part scared me. :trumpet: :thumbsup:

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 09:11 AM

oooooookay.........creepy.

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 08:49 PM

Yeah, and the software is just gonna cost a couple hundred dollars, no doubt.

And who would monitor them the whole time?

Its all ridiculous....

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 08:56 PM

Cost is not a consideration in this aspect.

They will monitor you, us, them, whomever. Can you say 1984?
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Posted 19 January 2008 - 09:07 PM

Since when did the KGB start working with Microsoft?

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Posted 19 January 2008 - 09:35 PM

^1984? (giggle)
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Posted 20 January 2008 - 05:28 PM

I wonder whether one's internal electrical system would fry the connection.

More evidence that being self-employed, while challenging, might very well be safer.

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Posted 20 January 2008 - 05:45 PM

We watch over all, or can do so. Beware the 3-letter agencies. :thumbsup:

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