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Japanese phonemaker KDDI has figured out how to use accelerometers to track what employees are doing. Big corporations may soon be watching you in the future.  (Source: Funponsel)
New system will allow your boss to spy on what you're doing at all times, measure how busy you are at work

In Japan, "Big Brother" has been replaced by big corporations.  In the land of the rising sun, powerful corporations like Toyota, Honda, Sony, and Nintendo command enormous power and control over their employees.  Companies in many cases go so far as to provide arranged marriages for single workers and housing for employees.  The price of such personal attention, however, is a level of scrutiny that most people here in the U.S. would find unsettling.

Japanese phone giant KDDI has just given employers a new means to scrutinize their employees, unveiling a new smartphone platform that allows companies to monitor cell phones' accelerometers and track what their employees are doing.  

KDDI will offer the phones, presumably to companies would make them mandatory for workers.  The phone firmware sends logs of accelerometer data to a central database for processing.  KDDI has identified patterns for common activities like walking, climbing stairs, or even cleaning.  Even precise cleaning activities like scrubbing, sweeping, or emptying waste baskets can be picked up.

Combined with GPS tracking, the platform could give employers an unprecedented and largely automated way to cheaply and efficiently track workers and digitally snoop on their performance.

Describes Philip Sugai, director of the mobile consumer lab at the International University of Japan, "Technically, I think this is an incredibly important innovation.  For example, when applied to the issue of telemedicine, or other situations in which remotely monitoring or accessing an individual's personal movements is vital to that service.  But there will surely be negative consequences when applied to employee tracking or salesforce optimization."

While medical applications seem quite promising, KDDI plans to primarily try to sell the service as to managers, foremen and employment agencies looking to snoop on workers.  Hiroyuki Yokoyama, head of web data research at KKDI's research labs in Tokyo describes, "It's part of our research into a total ubiquitous technology society, and activity recognition is an important part of that.  Because this technology will make central monitoring possible with workers at several different locations, businesses especially are very interested in using such technology to improve the efficiency of their workers.  We are now at a stage where we can offer managers a chance to analyze more closely the behavior of staff."

He says the system does not violate workers' privacy rights.  He states, "Of course there are privacy issues and any employers should really enter into an agreement with employees before using such a system.  But this is not about curtailing employees' rights to privacy. We'd rather like to think our creation more of a caring, mothering system rather than a Big Brother approach to watching over citizens."

Kazuo Hizumi, a leading human rights lawyer in Japan is among those unsettled by the technology, though, and doesn't think there's anything "mothering" about it.  He states, "This is treating people like machines, like so many cattle to be monitored and watched over.  New technology should be used to improve our lives not to spy on us.  It beggars belief that a prominent company such as KDDI could come up with such a surveillance system. It's totally irresponsible.  I'm afraid ordinary citizens don't care about this lack of rights. Consequently because of technology like this, Japan is heading for the Dark Ages."



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Patterns for common activities
By AnnihilatorX on 3/11/2010 3:09:26 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
KDDI has identified patterns for common activities like walking, climbing stairs, or even cleaning.


I am curious whether the accelerometer pattern with sex is similar to climbing staircases up and down




RE: Patterns for common activities
By porkpie on 3/11/2010 3:19:09 PM , Rating: 5
I think you're doing it the wrong way...


RE: Patterns for common activities
By ClownPuncher on 3/11/2010 3:22:27 PM , Rating: 5
Awesome.

Though, one has to wonder how much micromanagement benefits your company...

I have a company cell, and it would go in the toilet if this were implemented at my job.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By chagrinnin on 3/11/2010 5:33:36 PM , Rating: 5
ClownPuncher returns to his office to find his boss rifling through his desk....

ClownPuncher: Hey,....!?!

Boss: Oh! Heeeeyyyyy,...uhh..I was,..uh,..just,..uh,...I thought you were at the sewage treatment plant!?


RE: Patterns for common activities
By Souka on 3/11/2010 6:13:36 PM , Rating: 2
I used to work with a large wholesale food company, in which all the truck drivers had Blackberries.

With the 4.x OS, and internal GPS, we enabled tracking on the phones...which then was fed into a realtime tracking database & mapping software.

This allowed us to keep tabs on the truckers for various reasons: speeding, unathorized routes, taking naps instead of working, going to strip clubs, etc.

I saw the data...one driver (from emails left on the HR printer) were pretty amazing/ A married truck driver on the wrong side of town from his delivery route, parked in front of a cheap hotel....later to learn he was trading drugs for sex with a prostitute. Authorities searched truck and locker at work, arrested him on those accounts. The other data was made public at this trial...I'd imagine he's no longer married.

And this was about 2 years ago....so tech is already here in the US.

Hell, we have schools turning on the webcams remotely...."oh sorry, I didn't see you getting dressed after that shower" said the principal. (the shower thing I made up, the webcam being turned on was a real news story).


RE: Patterns for common activities
By whiskerwill on 3/11/10, Rating: -1
RE: Patterns for common activities
By mindless1 on 3/11/2010 6:44:03 PM , Rating: 5
Unfortunately you are wrong. Many companies in the orient aren't just trying to make sure you do your job, they are pushing, harassing, and worse to try to inhumanely make employees suffer to their personal benefit.

Tech is suppose to enhance our lives, not make us slaves.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By afkrotch on 3/11/2010 7:30:56 PM , Rating: 2
You obviously haven't see movies about robots taking over the world.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By sigilscience on 3/11/10, Rating: -1
RE: Patterns for common activities
By afkrotch on 3/11/2010 10:08:35 PM , Rating: 4
I always wondered what regions Oriental covers. I mean, Russia, India, Iraq, Turkey, etc are Asian nations.

Does Oriental only cover those you think actually fall under popular Asian classification? Like Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Vietnamese, Thai, etc?

I mean an Iraqi is usually called a Middle Eastern, but they are Asian.

Oh, I'm also Laotian, so I guess I'd be called a gook, if he wanted to start name calling.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By Hyperion1400 on 3/11/2010 11:54:25 PM , Rating: 5
Nonononono.....

Vietnamese are gooks. Anyway, if I wanted to be derogatory I would just ask if you were Chinese or Japanese. And, when you responded by saying you were Laotian, I would reply, "What ocean?"

(Somebody better get that reference!)

Also, Russia is half-and-half and India is it's own sub-continent and it's people are therefore not Asian.


By Reclaimer77 on 3/12/2010 8:01:02 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
(Somebody better get that reference!)


King of the Hill :D


By frobizzle on 3/12/2010 12:16:12 PM , Rating: 3
Hank Hill: So are you Chinese or Japanese?
Minh Souphanousinphone: No, we are Laotian.
Bill Dauterive: The ocean? What ocean?
Kahn Souphanousinphone: From Laos, stupid! It's a landlocked country in South East Asia between Vietnam and Thailand, population approximately 4.7 million!

Hank ponders this for a few seconds.

Hank Hill: So are you Chinese or Japanese?
Khan Souphanousinphone: : D'oh!


RE: Patterns for common activities
By Belard on 3/12/2010 2:37:38 AM , Rating: 3
Get over it... "The Orient" isn't insulting. Its kind of like the issue of "negro, black, African American, darkie" or "midget, little people, little person, short stuff" or "yellow skin, slanty eye"... gee, depending on who you talk to, one word may insult the person while not someone else.

Japan is the porn capital of the world with cute girls, isn't that something?

BTW: I date(d) blacks, shortish, brown, yellow (Oriental / Asian) and even white women. I ask them out because they were attractive or sexy... I'm not usually thinking about their race. One of my female friends (a Vietnamese 20yr old) and I are laughing outside making fun of Asian stereotypes because someone had a bug about some racial issue.

The world is a lot smaller place. We're all the same color on the inside... well a bit deeper inside.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By mindless1 on 3/13/2010 12:07:07 AM , Rating: 4
The orient is a region. If you actually think it is insulting racism or outdated to refer to a region of the world then it's your personal problem, not ours.

Thanks for trolling though, we don't have enough of THAT around here.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By porkpie on 3/13/2010 12:18:49 AM , Rating: 1
Regardless of what you might think, the term "oriental" is widely considered pejorative today. So much so, in fact, that the state of Washington banned its usage several years ago:

http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?a...


By mindless1 on 3/15/2010 1:38:30 AM , Rating: 2
"Oriental" != "orient".

There is a difference between referring to a region of the world and referring to people in a negative context.

How insane is this argument?

Do those living in the Americas get insulted if they are referred to as living there? Do Europeans get insulted if referred to as Europeans?

I can't even believe such madness exists today on the internet!


RE: Patterns for common activities
By Dark Legion on 3/13/10, Rating: 0
RE: Patterns for common activities
By mindless1 on 3/15/2010 1:44:41 AM , Rating: 2
Oh how wrong you are!

If I refer to someone living in Africa as being African, THAT is the same thing... because that is the region they live in.

It's sad so many people are so dumb.


By mindless1 on 3/17/2010 4:54:45 AM , Rating: 2
^ I mean knee-jerk racists, NOT Africans.

I do not feel that the region where someone is born has anything to do with their morality, intelligence, or potential.

BUT, I do think the internet seems to make everyone dumber than they would otherwise be.


By Dark Legion on 3/19/2010 1:18:24 AM , Rating: 2
Hence Asian, not Oriental. And if that is not specific enough you have Eurasia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, or even simply the country. By current terminology, those are (some of) the regions that Oriental originally referred to. Not only that, Oriental is a pejorative word; the regions it referred to changed changed over time, and it developed a negative connotation as well.

quote:
I do not feel that the region where someone is born has anything to do with their morality, intelligence, or potential.


I feel the same way, but I think not only of how I feel about a certain word, but also whether or not other people will be offended if I choose to use that term.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By Aloonatic on 3/11/2010 7:58:31 PM , Rating: 4
If the floors are clean, then they are doing their job, if they aren't, then they aren't. If the food's not getting delivered, they they aren't doing their job properly either. It's not rocket science. Monitoring like this is done for other reasons, probably left to people with a better understanding of psychological disorders than I have, but it's not just a simple mater o productivity, there is a lot of other more complex and deeper routed issues going on.

This is kinda like key-logging, but for manual labour. I'm sure that you would not want all your activities to be logged and monitored at work either. Maybe people will think it is different though, as it's a blue-collar thing?

It's sad that we continue to quickly move down a route where we stop seeing each other as people, but economic entities instead, that only exist to make more money from.

I'm not saying that people should be allowed to get away with not doing their job or anything, but tagging and monitoring people this closely makes me a little uneasy.

As for government monitoring being different. When you use this tech to monitor your property, sorry, I mean employees, then it makes it harder for you to argue against the government doing the same to you. If all these people are being monitored by their bosses, then why should they vote against something that means that their bosses get treated the same way too?


RE: Patterns for common activities
By whiskerwill on 3/11/2010 8:13:58 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
f the floors are clean, then they are doing their job. If the food's not getting delivered, they aren't...
The real world isn't like that. If you hire 20 people to clean, and the place gets cleaned, how do you know if one of the people let the other 19 pick up his slack?

If a guy comes back in 10 hours with the food delivered saying traffic was hell, how do you know whether he spent 5 hours in a cheap motel somewhere?

We wouldn't have these problems if our idiot govt didn't have so many restrictions on paying emmployees by the job rather than by the hour. But we do, and millions of employees slack, and millions of employers try to prevent that. If technology can help that, I'm all for it.

quote:
When you use this tech to monitor your property, sorry, I mean employees, then it makes it harder for you to argue against the government doing the same to you
No it doesn't. You CHOOSE to get a job. The government can FORCE you to be monitored. The line is black and white.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By Aloonatic on 3/11/2010 8:54:13 PM , Rating: 4
It really is not as complicated as you think, and it doesn't need this level of monitoring, if mangers/you are doing your jobs properly that is. If you want motivated employees who do their jobs properly too, there are far better ways of doing it than trying to turn them into heavily monitored machines. The worse you treat people, the poorer their conditions, the more they are to slack, or rebel in some other way. This sort of tech is just a cheap solution to a problem that would/should be handled better.

Your traffic/motel situation could easily be checked these days by monitoring the roads o the internet or some other means too, without having to resort to this level of personal monitoring. Vehicle monitoring is something that is different to what this article is about anyway, as this is monitoring actual people and what they are doing in far greater detail.

You may well be someone's employee too. Do you work 100% of the time available to you while your at work, and be as productive as it is possible for you to be? The 2 things are often not the same, or possible to achieve. You might spend a few minutes a day on DT and other web sites, but what your boss might also find is that you are actually more productive in the allotted time because of it, compared to you being monitored and check on all the time, so you can't have a quick peek and discuss articles on here.

Also, People NEED jobs. 1 company employs this tech, other probably will too. Even then, the real world isn't as simple as "just get another job". Many people can be FORCED by their employer too, in the real world, to do certain things that they shouldn't. But as I said, many people here probably don't care, or even think it's a problem because they are just blue-collar bozos, so have less rights.

Anyway, that wasn't the point that I'm making. I'm saying that if you treat a large number of the population like this, then you are just putting yourself in the firing line later on. If your government wanted to, they may well find some excuse to do this to you. As you are already treating people like this in your work place, why would those people do anything to stop it from happening to you? It also makes it harder (only harder, not imopssible/that you can't) for you to argue against it further down the line. That it isn't you being affected by this right now, or tomorrow, doesn't mean that you will not be later on.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By porkpie on 3/11/2010 9:45:54 PM , Rating: 2
" it doesn't need this level of monitoring, if mangers/you are doing your jobs properly that is."

If people always did their job properly, there would be no need for managers. Technology like this can allow a company to hire fewer managers per employee, which results in higher productivity and lower costs. Ultimately, that's good for all of us.

"Vehicle monitoring is something that is different to what this article is about "

Only in degree, not in kind. And as I recall, many people complained about employee vehicle monitoring when it first came out too. Yet most large firms use it now to some degree, and the world hasn't collapsed as a result.

"People NEED jobs. "

It's not a company's responsibility to give you a job because you "need" it. And if you can't find a job that appeals to your sense of personal freedom, I suggest you do what millions of entrepreneurs have already done, and start your own company.

If you ever do, and find your own employees slacking off on YOUR money, I strongly suspect your opinions will change somewhat.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By MadMan007 on 3/11/10, Rating: 0
RE: Patterns for common activities
By porkpie on 3/11/2010 11:31:11 PM , Rating: 1
Since I own the company, they probably do.

In any case, I spend less time than you think...typing at nearly 100wpm helps.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By ekv on 3/12/2010 3:05:54 AM , Rating: 2
Lol 8)

I was curious about that.

For some reason you remind me of T. J. Rodgers....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._J._Rodgers


RE: Patterns for common activities
By siuol11 on 3/12/2010 4:21:47 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure that they really appreciate a diligent boss, and your company totally won't be sued for an invasion of privacy when you invariably use such a system for your own personal gain.
Oh, and if you didn't grasp the concept, that's the other 50% of why so many people dislike such systems- they are so ripe for abuse.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By Kurz on 3/12/2010 10:26:59 AM , Rating: 2
Damn I wonder how working for Porkpie would be.
Would I be able to go to daily tech?

Still 100 wpm... I top off at 50 wpm.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By Camikazi on 3/11/2010 8:02:42 PM , Rating: 2
Wasn't there a story where one kid was suspended for doing something they considered inappropriate while at home? Obviously not a stolen laptop and they turned on the webcam anyway.


By whiskerwill on 3/11/2010 8:22:24 PM , Rating: 2
From what I gathered, the laptop turned up missing and the school turned on the webcam to find it. They saw what was probably the guy whacking off to some porn (code name 'inappropriate behavior') using school property.

As light as all the stories were on details though I think its very premature to conclude the school was in the right or wrong.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By siuol11 on 3/12/2010 4:16:25 AM , Rating: 1
Wrong on that one sparky. Although that was the official claim made by the school, it turned out to be a bag of horseshit. Here's a the creepy-as-hell side to it, as told by a hacker.

http://strydehax.blogspot.com/2010/02/spy-at-harri...


RE: Patterns for common activities
By porkpie on 3/12/2010 9:50:06 AM , Rating: 1
While the school may or may not be guilty, I don't see anything in that post that demonstrates it one way or another.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By siuol11 on 3/14/2010 4:15:05 PM , Rating: 2
Then you didn't read it.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By porkpie on 3/14/2010 9:52:26 PM , Rating: 2
While your post is a stunning example of brevity in expression, the fact remains that I did read the blog. The author certainly comes off as highly offended, but the only 'evidence' he seems to have is that someone who works for the school once posted a video noting that the software product in question (LanRev) can be used for remote monitoring.

All in all, its very mildly incriminating for the person in question, and says nothing whatsoever about official actions sanctioned by the school itself.

If you consider this as "proof" of anything, god help us if you ever serve on a jury.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By Smartless on 3/11/2010 3:55:58 PM , Rating: 2
Well sometimes women can train men so they associate emptying the trash with having sex. What a sad world its becoming. Oops off topic again.

I don't get how they can identify activities like scrubbing since I would think that different body structures move uniquely. Unless you are required to log what you did for a few days and then they map it. I mean what if you're an Olympic Curler, would you be sweeping? Sorry that was too much fun.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By porkpie on 3/11/2010 4:12:01 PM , Rating: 2
"I don't get how they can identify activities like scrubbing "

Harmonic frequency of the acceleration, I assume. Intensity probably plays a part as well.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By Xerstead on 3/11/2010 6:30:43 PM , Rating: 3
Going by the data, everyone will have a clean house after Baywatch has been on tv ;)


RE: Patterns for common activities
By kattanna on 3/11/2010 3:44:00 PM , Rating: 2
one positive use i could see this used for would be for the elderly.

if they can real time monitor movement, they might be able to detect someone falling down, and then have an agent call to see if theirs an issue.

and with the gps, possibly dispatch a response team if needed.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By NA1NSXR on 3/11/2010 3:55:46 PM , Rating: 2
its called life alert mang, and now comes in life alert 50+ for younger adults


By AnnihilatorX on 3/11/2010 5:34:20 PM , Rating: 2
Panic button for elderly already exists, but I don't think they use accelerometer yet. It is a possibility. However, it is not going to be easy to distinguish between dropping the device itself or if the elder person has fell down


RE: Patterns for common activities
By cmdrdredd on 3/11/2010 6:42:13 PM , Rating: 2
I'd leave my phone off and use a private phone.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By afkrotch on 3/11/2010 10:13:12 PM , Rating: 2
Do phone/gps signals penetrate lead boxes?


RE: Patterns for common activities
By porkpie on 3/11/2010 10:46:41 PM , Rating: 2
They don't penetrate any metal box...even if that box is just aluminum foil.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By afkrotch on 3/11/2010 11:15:42 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure it still would, just depends on the metal. I mean, I've used a cellphone inside an elevator before. Course, don't know if they built the elevator to work with it.

I should wrap my phone in aluminium and try it out.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By porkpie on 3/11/2010 11:29:58 PM , Rating: 2
It doesn't depend on the type of metal...any conductive shell shields its interior from electromagnetic waves. Google 'Faraday Cage' for details.

BTW, if you're talking about longer-wavelength waves (say for an FM radio) you don't even need solid metal...screen wire will work fine, despite it being full of 'holes'.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By afkrotch on 3/11/2010 11:51:38 PM , Rating: 2
I know all about the faraday cage thing, but I don't know if a cellphone is special built or some crap.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By Kurz on 3/12/2010 10:35:05 AM , Rating: 2
It is still built on transmitting and recieving radiation.
Microwave radition in this case.


RE: Patterns for common activities
By TETRONG on 3/12/2010 2:12:38 AM , Rating: 2
This has been going on for a good while over here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multilateration


VIRUS WARNING
By damianrobertjones on 3/11/2010 3:38:06 PM , Rating: 5
Could DailyTech 'PLEASE' resolve their add virus problem as mentioned by more than a few people the other day as the re-direction has happened again and BEFORE people jump on me saying 'Dude, it's your pc'... no, it's not.

Tested using a clean vm, tested in work, tested by friends.

Stop the re-direction before someone gets infected




RE: VIRUS WARNING
By Desslok on 3/11/2010 3:50:40 PM , Rating: 5
Dude, it is your PC.


RE: VIRUS WARNING
By damianrobertjones on 3/11/2010 6:33:02 PM , Rating: 2
Did... you... read the post? It's been CONFIRMED that some of the add's link to redirected pages that could infect pcs!

Some ads have already been pulled....


RE: VIRUS WARNING
By damianrobertjones on 3/11/2010 6:37:31 PM , Rating: 2
From Ryan Smith

Quote:
"I've talked to our ad people and they've pulled a ton of stuff. Please let us know if any of you guys are still getting redirected. "


RE: VIRUS WARNING
By pizan on 3/11/2010 4:07:23 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, it's called AdBlock. Try it, it works.


RE: VIRUS WARNING
By MojoMan on 3/11/2010 4:21:28 PM , Rating: 2
Get Firefox. Add Adblock Plus add on. Subscribe to easylistUSA. Problem solved!


RE: VIRUS WARNING
By damianrobertjones on 3/11/2010 6:35:09 PM , Rating: 5
Problem solved?

So DailyTech pushes add's that re-direct and yet the solution is to change browser, install a plug-in?

That's NOT solving the problem and shouldn't be ignored. Daily Tech should ensure that ALL it's content is safe for people to view.

This isn't some pron, ware page, it's a respected place that shouldn't have this stuff!!!


RE: VIRUS WARNING
By whiskerwill on 3/11/2010 8:08:56 PM , Rating: 2
I don't have adblock software, and I don't have that problem here.

Sites like this subscribe to a rotator service. They don't sell ads directly. Once in a while, someone unscrupulous gets in. I imagine thats what happened to you, but as I said, I havne't seen it.


RE: VIRUS WARNING
By Aloonatic on 3/11/2010 8:57:11 PM , Rating: 2
I've been redirected to a "your computer's at risk, download this security software to scan and clean you PC now" type page from this site too, not so long ago.

It really is a poor show guys.


RE: VIRUS WARNING
By afkrotch on 3/11/2010 10:17:14 PM , Rating: 2
Ya, I've found some of the ads on this site to be quite annoying. As of a while ago, I've been redirecting the ads in my host file to 127.0.0.1, so it's not annoying to come to this site anymore.


RE: VIRUS WARNING
By Yames on 3/12/2010 3:32:31 PM , Rating: 2
Um, no Daily Tech is not the only one with this issue. I have seen PCs get infected from ad services on CNN. If you did not know, there is an IE zero day vulnerability being actively exploited right now. All it takes is for you to open IE to any site that uses an ad service that points to a hostile web site, and without even leaving the comfort of your trusted sites you get infected. The problem will never go away, you need to take control and use something like NoScript or AdBlock that will mitigate this for all sites.


RE: VIRUS WARNING
By johnsonx on 3/11/2010 10:56:19 PM , Rating: 3
I was wondering about that... I've had 3 different computers at 2 locations get re-directed to a fake anti-virus site in the last day or two. At first I wasn't sure it was dailytech, but then it happened just this afternoon and dailytech was the ONLY site I had opened. This was on a newly buit computer with a fresh load of Win7 on it (literally, the comptuer was just a few hours old, hadn't been to any sites but MSN, Anandtech and Dailytech). I was going to e-mail someone at DT, but I see they're already aware of it.


RE: VIRUS WARNING
By Omega215D on 3/12/2010 2:18:10 AM , Rating: 1
When browsing on my MacBook I get no redirections. Getting on my Windows Vista PC I opened up Google Chrome 4, Opera 10.10, IE 8 and went on to the same articles in DailyTech and again had no such redirection. None of these browsers have adblockers or flash blockers. The MacBook is in its own little world...

The possibilities for this is that my router is thwarting this, BitDefender is thwarting this by protecting registry settings or by firewall, or the folks at DT have gotten this problem under control by 2:17 AM Eastern US Time.

Time to do a registry check, use CCleaner to cleanup any garbage and maybe check firewall/ router settings.


RE: VIRUS WARNING
By damianrobertjones on 3/12/2010 3:39:54 AM , Rating: 2
From Ryan Smith

Quote:
"I've talked to our ad people and they've pulled a ton of stuff. Please let us know if any of you guys are still getting redirected. "

Confirmed as being a problem. Thanks


So...
By inighthawki on 3/11/2010 3:11:04 PM , Rating: 2
...what happens if you turn the phone off or leave it on your desk/workspace?




RE: So...
By vhx on 3/11/2010 3:22:39 PM , Rating: 2
Probably fired for not 'working' or simply for breaking company policy to have it on.


RE: So...
By BadAcid on 3/11/2010 4:39:45 PM , Rating: 5
Repeated demerits will result in mandatory attendance to a re-motivation seminar. Please dress accordingly. Sedatives will be administered, but you may experience a brief period of acute discomfort in your spine. Please do not be alarmed or try to remove the implanted device. When you awaken, we expect you will feel alert and productive.


RE: So...
By Lazarus Dark on 3/11/2010 7:01:26 PM , Rating: 2
I know this... but I just can't think of where its from...


RE: So...
By cmontyburns on 3/11/2010 8:02:38 PM , Rating: 2
"Repeated demerits will result in mandatory attendance to a re-motivation seminar."

Why not re-NED-ucation seminar?
(okeley... dokeley?)


Forget Privacy...
By ksherman on 3/11/2010 3:32:44 PM , Rating: 1
that cellphone looks really neat!




RE: Forget Privacy...
By amanojaku on 3/11/2010 4:36:11 PM , Rating: 5
If I wanted a pretty device managed by tyrants I'd have an iPhone.


RE: Forget Privacy...
By ksherman on 3/11/2010 5:21:54 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah, except that information isn't reported back to an employer or Apple so your allusion is inaccurate.


RE: Forget Privacy...
By afkrotch on 3/11/2010 10:20:02 PM , Rating: 2
Nah, they just ban you instead, when you do something they don't like.


RE: Forget Privacy...
By Chocobollz on 3/12/2010 2:25:22 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Yeah, except that information isn't reported back to an employer or Apple so your allusion is inaccurate.

Are you sure about that? ;-)


By MrPeabody on 3/11/2010 3:59:38 PM , Rating: 5
This would encourage me to incorporate the most wildly unnecessary motions into every work-related task in my queue.

Ian: How is our new micromanagement initiative working? Is the workforce more motivated?
Malcom: I'm not sure. Tom is crab-walking, Jillian is over by the copier doing backflips, and Tate is typing with his elbows. Is that what motivation looks like?




By siuol11 on 3/12/2010 4:27:06 AM , Rating: 2
Sheer awesome!


By cmontyburns on 3/11/2010 7:58:50 PM , Rating: 2
"We'd rather like to think our creation more of a caring, mothering system rather than a Big Brother approach to watching over citizens."
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"Yes... MOTHER!!!"
(from Krusty the Clown answering Bart)




By Hannibal256 on 3/11/2010 8:46:10 PM , Rating: 2
It's for your own good. We're doing this to protect you.


By Belard on 3/12/2010 2:39:38 AM , Rating: 1
What if employer turns on systems (mic and cam too) and discover the phone inside a "cavity" of its worker?

That would be one quiet meeting.


By Hannibal256 on 3/12/2010 9:10:32 AM , Rating: 2
I just had breakfast!


Nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide....
By Aloonatic on 3/11/2010 5:10:57 PM , Rating: 2
I'm s sure that my government (British) is already looking into a way to use these things to monitor me, so as to make sure that I'm not making a bomb or something, all in the name of fighting terrrroooooorrrrrrrrr!

/(wish I was) joking




By whiskerwill on 3/11/2010 6:34:11 PM , Rating: 2
I heard your government is already putting monitoring chips in millions of trashcans, to make sure people are recycling like they should be.


By Aloonatic on 3/11/2010 7:41:20 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, pay-as-you-throw. It has a catchy name, so the public will let it pass. All for the sake of getting people to recycle more. When in reality, there should just be less packaging to recycle in the first place, and maybe we should focus on doing what they do on the continent (prob elsewhere too), and pay people to recycle bottles.

That wont do for the UK government though, not when their a chance of electronic surveillance, a database of some sort, and a scare tactic to be employed.


Am I the only one...
By thekdub on 3/11/2010 7:00:32 PM , Rating: 2
...who, when seeing an article about an omniscient "caring, mothering" software, immediately thinks of GLaDOS?

Maybe the reward for not goofing off is cake!




RE: Am I the only one...
By Camikazi on 3/13/2010 6:29:18 PM , Rating: 2
The Cake is a LIE!


What' next
By Yames on 3/11/2010 4:40:57 PM , Rating: 2
Employer can turn on the camera and mic? What a load, I hope the employees stand up for themselves.




"Caring Mother..."
By XSpeedracerX on 3/12/2010 6:04:38 AM , Rating: 2
Japans 'Caring Mother' can blow me, and any supervisor trying to stick me with that garbage can join her in line. I'm glad something like that wouldn't fly here in the US.




Transportation
By jdietz on 3/12/2010 11:15:53 AM , Rating: 2
Some snowplows have GPS on them. So controllers can reroute them to where they need to go, and make sure drivers aren't goofing off.
Some personnel transit buses have GPS in them. That lets the controller see which buses are on time, etc....
These don't system don't track you when you are not at work, though.




Japanese companies
By Josh7289 on 3/12/2010 1:27:58 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Companies in many cases go so far as to provide arranged marriages for single workers and housing for employees.

I'd like to know more about that.




The next day after this comes out
By Davelo on 3/12/2010 2:44:02 PM , Rating: 2
somebody will make a way to cheat it like a machine you put it in that emulates a hard worker.




Freight
By drycrust3 on 3/13/2010 2:11:06 PM , Rating: 2
A much more valuable use would be for a cell phone to be attached to valuable items being freighted or couriered. This sort of device could be very useful when trying to find out where a missing item is. The problem with the current "track and trace" system is it only tells you who last scanned the item, it doesn't tell you where it is now.
If an item is lost and it has one of these cell phones attached to it (and cell phone coverage reached the item) then the software that tracks the phone would tell you what is happening to the item and at least which area it is in, if not the exact building. It would tell you if it was being carried up the stairs, if it was being carried in a bag (i.e. stolen) or by hand (i.e. not stolen), on the back of a truck or in a van (i.e. mishandled), on a fork hoist, or how long it had been sitting on a palate (i.e. lost).
You could even use the software to alert you to it being stationary for more than a set amount of time, which would indicate it was lost before the non-appearance at the destination alerts you that something has gone wrong. If it is at a courier's transit depot, where there are thousands of items, you ring them and ask them to call that cell phone number to find the item.




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