The giveaway is the use of a 3G telephony network, rather than Wi-Fi or similar, providing a network connection which is active whenever the device feels like activating it, without the user being aware. That makes for a very different experience than deliberately connecting when the user wants to, one which Amazon calls Whispernet – as Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, puts it: “This isn’t a device, it’s a service.”
One plan is to reduce the cost of books though advertising: while in-book advertising is generally limited to “other books by this author”, and the occasional free chapter to bulk out the page count, books in Kindle can contain adverts which are updated daily. Every time you open a book a different advert can appear amongst its pages (just like this article). But it’s not just the bits between the text which Amazon can reach out and alter: even the prose itself will no longer be inviolate.
Oh fuck, as if you needed a reason to avoid the Kindle: it’s actually just an advertising delivery device.
These are just two of the most prominent examples of the interrogations of detainees after 9/11. Two examples cannot prove a point. They do illustrate an opinion that is held by many if not most interrogators: torture and other extreme techniques are useful in getting people to talk, but not necessarily to tell the truth.
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