Reality Exploit Roundtable
Episode 005 Show Notes
Recording Time: Aug 17th 2012, 18 UTC
Show notes and episode download link: TBD
Intro music by Sun Araw – “Deep Cover”
- Voodoo: Black and Yellow Pages, Beer Can Engines
- Ernest Hancock: Freedom’s Phoenix, Declare Your Independence
- Smugggler: http://anarplex.net, http://shadowlife.cc
- Plato: Twitter, Reddit
- Hiro: Agorist Radio
Topic #1 – A Gawker Ranter Proposes a Maximum Income Scheme
Hiro, walk us through the short and long-term effects of a 99% top marginal tax rate on earnings over 5 million.
Topic #2 – Trapwire Knows EVERYTHING!
Ernie, you’re not one to worry about people knowing where you are and what you’re up to. In fact, you make a point of calling your shots. John Q. Public doesn’t do that, but has a demonstrated lack of care about his personal privacy. So why is this such a big story?
“Over the past decade, Cubic has implemented more than 80 percent of the major smart card systems in the U.S. now active today,”
Topic #3 – When I was a kid, we spent time trying to disable school busses, not make them better
Plato, this kid is pretty sure he’s going to get a better education now that he’s saved the bus company money. Are you?
Topic #4 – Maybe the BND is just jealous?
Facebook seems to recognize that its current procedure to collect biometric data of its users conflicts with European and German data protection laws. This development is to be welcomed. Yet, Facebook is not entitled to stop their commitment halfway.
It is regrettable that Facebook has not used the chance for a consensual solution but is obviously playing for time. However, we will now resume administrative proceedings. Facebook has detailed knowledge of our legal opinion.
Smuggler, what exactly is the threat to Facebook from the German data protection authority and their legal opinions?