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FFH5
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Apple granted patent to pollute data collected on you

Apple has been granted a patent that in effect creates a cloned persona online and intelligently pollutes the data collected about a person as they traverse the internet. It is a persona designed to appear as a real person in order to fool online trackers.

It sounds almost like what the Federal Marshalls do when they create a false identity for people put in to the Witness Protection Program(WITSEC).

I can't believe the Feds would ever let Apple actually implement the tools talked about in the patent.

Anyway, here is the news item going in to GREAT detail about the patent.
»www.patentlyapple.com/patently-a···ent.html


Dude111
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I can believe anytihng,TRUST ME!! (No matter how stupid it is)


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reply to FFH5

Re: Apple granted patent to pollute data collected on you

On the surface it might seem like a benevolent move on the part of Apple but things are often not what they appear to be.
Personal data collection is the driving force behind the internet today with Billions of dollars being invested to that end.
Competition is fierce between the players, shameless buyouts, sellouts, corporate espionage etc... rule the field.
Poisoning the data of competitors would make it worthless, forcing the buyers to buy from the only reliable source available - Apple.
Guaranteed, Apple will be able to strip out the poison they added.


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said by Snowy:

On the surface it might seem like a benevolent move on the part of Apple but things are often not what they appear to be.
Personal data collection is the driving force behind the internet today with Billions of dollars being invested to that end.
Competition is fierce between the players, shameless buyouts, sellouts, corporate espionage etc... rule the field. ...

Sometimes having a patent for doing something means simply that nobody else can do that same something... and in this day and age, it's within the realm of possibility that a patent can be merely a tool to block somebody else from doing that 'something'. I have a hunch a patent issued for a thing like this would be worth a whole lot more to one of the big data mining houses than it would be to Apple - which makes it something of major value for Apple to sell to the highest bidder. Not accusin', just sayin'... only time will tell.
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Erin Pena

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Actually Apple put the patent on it so they could bury it, and nobody could use it. Sometimes patents are taken by major companies for suppression purposes. This I believe, is the case here, we won't hear about this again - it will simply drift off into oblivion like water powered cars, cancer healing devices, and mystery free energy inventions. So wave goodbye to the benevolent sounding technology.


Steve
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said by Dude111:

I can believe anything,TRUST ME!! (No matter how stupid it is)

. . .


Link Logger
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Re: Apple granted patent to pollute data collected on you

Do I now have to start paying a licensing fee to Apple?

This could be a great revenue source for Apple from spy agencies around the world. I can't believe they were granted a patent for it, but with the patent office, stupid is the name of the game.

Blake
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rcdailey
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It's hard to believe that IBM or even Unisys did not have a patent on this or something sufficiently similar long ago.
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Link Logger
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said by rcdailey:

It's hard to believe that IBM or even Unisys did not have a patent on this or something sufficiently similar long ago.

I think the problem is the declining intelligence of the patent office, as its pretty apparent that they won't refuse a patent no matter how stupid it is anymore.

Time to get rid of the patent office.

Blake
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dave
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Russian2

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Re: Apple granted patent to pollute data collected on you

"In some embodiments, at 160, the cloning service may perform a wide range of automated actions consistent with the assigned areas of interest. Examples of these actions may include, but are not limited to, performing an Internet search on a given area of interest; activating selective results that when analyzed conform semantically to the area of interest; activating advertisement banners in web pages; filling out electronic surveys; sending an email; engaging in rudimentary online chat discussion"

So it would use your real name to make fake fodder online. This sounds like spam and clicking on banners with viruses is bad news. Sending email bot sounds like spam again. Network all this as one and you could seriously do some damage.


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reply to Erin Pena
said by Erin Pena :

Actually Apple put the patent on it so they could bury it, and nobody could use it. Sometimes patents are taken by major companies for suppression purposes. This I believe, is the case here, we won't hear about this again - it will simply drift off into oblivion like water powered cars, cancer healing devices, and mystery free energy inventions. So wave goodbye to the benevolent sounding technology.

+1
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said by dave, replying to caps lock fanatic Dude :
We know.

Do they have a reliable Miracle Mineral Solution to cure a defective keyboard?
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reply to DownTheShore

Re: Apple granted patent to pollute data collected on you

said by DownTheShore:

said by Erin Pena :

Actually Apple put the patent on it so they could bury it, and nobody could use it. Sometimes patents are taken by major companies for suppression purposes. This I believe, is the case here, we won't hear about this again - it will simply drift off into oblivion like water powered cars, cancer healing devices, and mystery free energy inventions. So wave goodbye to the benevolent sounding technology.

+1

Aah, so this is like Google's "Don't be evil" code of ethics.
How's that been working out over the test of time?

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said by Link Logger:

I think the problem is the declining intelligence of the patent office, as its pretty apparent that they won't refuse a patent no matter how stupid it is anymore.

One of the problems is in their business model. They directly benefit from selling registering patents. The more they sell/register - the better their financial status... I think it's obvious. And to sell it you don't have to possess any kind of noticeable intelligence too...

said by Link Logger:

Time to get rid of the patent office.

Completely agree... Especially taking into consideration, that instead of promoting innovation (the initial primary goal it was actually designed to serve) now it's often used for suppression of innovation. In other words, not to help to innovate, but to help and promote anticompetitive practices by big corporations... And this process must be stopped.

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