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Hello, everybody Craig Peterson here on WGAN and, of course, also heard every Wednesday morning at about 730 with Matt, as we discuss the latest issues of the day. And in fact, that's what we do here every weekend as well. So I do want to welcome you guys who some of you might be new. Some of you have been listening for a while now. I'm trying to remember when was my first time at this station. I've been on the air now for more than 20 years, 25 years, something like that long time. And I always have enjoyed it. And I enjoyed talking with you guys, too. We've had about six or eight calls. I think this week, and we've been setting aside time for people who are having problems with the computers, whether it's kind of work at home situation, maybe it's a small business, just help Send them out helping them understand what's up. So shout out to all you guys. I think the winner this week was Linda, and we spent Wow, an hour and a half, two hours with her trying to help with a few things. She had some questions about emails, and you've been having some problems for about two years now. And so we spent some time going over that with her. Elahh, one of our texts, also one of my daughters, was gracious enough to spend the time with her. And I know Linda appreciated it. And it can get frustrating. I understand that too, is funny because Elahh was saying that, you know, from time to time to Linda was getting a little hot under the collar, but that's understandable. I do that too with computers because they just can get so frustrating. So hey, I get it. I understand. And we also had an email go out this week, and you should have received that. Offering if you wanted help, and you could schedule free calls. You could get any information you wanted to get my earballs and eyeballs if necessary to look at your screen, depending on what's going on. So that's a little bit of what I've been up to this week. We also finished up I did not do any webinars this week. I'm planning on doing some Facebook Lives next week. Maybe some webinars as well depend on how it all goes. And on training, right, we're getting into the basics again, helping you guys out with completely free stuff. I'm going to be redoing my webinars and kind of explaining all of the stuff you need to know, not you know, we're not getting geeky on this. I'm not trying to turn you into a computer expert. But understand modems what they are your routers, your Wi-Fi, your firewalls, your Windows computers with the updates, what's an upgrade How about the patches going through VPN And the major risks of VPN, and when you need to use them when the appropriate time is to use them. And I'm also thinking about maybe putting together a little series for businesses that are starting up, trying to be optimistic here, right? We're starting up again, and we're getting back into the swing of things. And that means there are some things you have to worry about the machines where they shut down properly, how to get them back up and running, do you need to go in and update some of the software, maybe replace some of the just antivirus with real advanced malware protection and all that sort of stuff? So I might be doing that as well. I'm kind of thinking that, and I was talking with my team this last week about trying to do that to be optimistic and help businesses get back going again because I think we're going to have some serious problems. I think that well, frankly, I know that some people have lost their jobs or a friend of mine was saying that a friend of his I just found out that he's not going to be rehired when the business reopens because he had been laid off. And of course, this whole payroll protection plan, frankly, is a scam. It's just crazy. What the Federal Government did, they would be better off giving every family in this country a check for $60,000. Of course, that would not Greece or pockets, would it? And that would help a lot. A lot. Instead, they're spending about $60,000 per family, the spending that money on banks who are already liquid, they can go to the capital markets. You've heard about the public companies that have gotten some of this money. How about the major universities that have multiple 10s of billions of dollars in endowments that got it? And yeah, I'm a little bitter about this because I didn't get any of the money. I applied. I got nothing, nothing. I got an email a couple of weeks after I applied it saying, Well, you know, we need this. We need that. Well, wait a minute, I was supposed to get this, this instant $10,000 loan to help me stay on my feet. So this friend of mine, they got laid off, right? Then even on the PPP, you're given two months' worth of payroll, and you have to keep these people on the payroll for about four months. Well, how can you do that if the government's not letting you make money? If it's not letting you bring people into your restaurant or send people technicians out, whatever it is that you do cut hair, right? You can't you, but you know this already, right? Because this is happening to you. Look at the stats in Maine, and they say okay, well, we helped all of these, you know, these 10s of thousands of companies. Well, maybe they did, but I can tell you from people I know and my personal experience that it hasn't hit any of the pockets of the real small businesses. I haven't even gotten that. The so-called 1200 dollar stimulus check from the Federal Government. It's insane. How many weeks that we've been locked down now? It's what about six weeks? It is not good. It is not fair. It's going to be hard to come back. My friend was saying that his friend found out they're not hiring him back, which is going to be the case for many people. What happened? His friend hanged himself. Yeah, think about that. Think about all of these other consequences. It's the typical thing with the government, right? You've got people highly focused on this pandemic, and what should we do? They are extremely highly focused because last October, there was this major meeting, where they've been getting together and talking about global warming and what we need to do to save the universe. 1000 years from now. And of course, we know just how good these models are that they use for global warming. And I've never really talked about it here. I've talked about it on my other radio shows in the past, I've had the guy who founded the Weather Channel weather.com on, and it's just absolutely crazy how bad those numbers are.
But we can't even get the models, right when it comes to a virus that's right in front of us, where we have some real numbers. Okay, well, maybe the numbers coming out of China weren't that wasn't that good. Perhaps those numbers were fake. Maybe, you know, we can't trust them. That's fine. Well, how about Italy? How about all of Europe, the numbers are coming out of there. How about our numbers we're still not getting it right. Remember the initial model talking about millions dead in the United States, a couple of hundred thousand dead over in the UK. We're not even getting get close to that. We're not also going to be close to the UK number that was predicted. And then it's revised down, and it's revised down and as revised down as writes down so we've got these people who are focused on what they learned last year, about pandemics and what the response should be based on this, all of this quote-unquote science. And they, of course, you know, we haven't had pandemics like this to deal with, so in reality, it's a theory, and they have the models which are in reality theory. And all of those models said Oh, no, we're going to have a lot of people that unless we go ahead and quarantine people, we need this social distancing is what they've been calling it. And so a lot of states that Okay, everybody has a social distance you have to get out you have to Oh, my goodness. And you look at the exact opposite look at Sweden and what's happened over there and was Sweden did none of this stuff, they didn't quarantine, they didn't shut down their businesses. People were still sitting in cafes, sipping their coffee, having a pleasant afternoon, and that that springtime sunshine outside, doing everything they wanted to. And it's about the size of Michigan and Sweden has had fewer deaths than my lot fewer deaths than Michigan. And you know, in Michigan, what they did with all of their lockdowns over there. It's it is nuts. These models are, at best, a guesstimate. And there they were saying okay, well we need to do is kind of get rid of that peak because our hospitals aren't going to handle it.
Have you noticed how hospitals now are looking to, and some have already not only declared bankruptcy but closed their doors because they are not full. They're not full of Coronavirus cases. They shut down all the elective so-called optional surgeries and other things, right. We haven't gone to see the doctors. How many people's lives were saved the numbers the stats look like this was one of the worst I don't know the flu just a regular flu year even not particularly bad, but that's not what all of these projections said that's not what this just tickle model said. Right? Right. I remember playing the game of life well is you don't play it but writing some of that code, seen it on the computer way back when back in the 70s, it would have been and mid-70s. I was just so impressed with it, and it shows how a cell will replicate you know and replicate and how it will expand. That's about the only I've seen that's correct. So we can't get our models right for COVID-19. We still don't have them, right. We're again revising them. Now they're saying that we could have another resurgence this fall maybe even worse than what we had this year. At the same time, some of these same people are saying, Hey, we're all going to die. Because what was it five years ago or ten years ago, by then we were by 2010. We're supposed to be underwater in Florida, right? You just can't trust it. People are dying. People are losing their jobs. And so we're looking at it saying, what can we do to help businesses get back? Anyways, stick around. That's enough, belly aching for me. We'll be right back here on WGAN. Of course, I'm Craig Peterson. We'll be getting into the tech stories of the week. So stick around.
Hey, welcome back, everybody. Craig Peterson here on WGAN and online at Craig Peterson dot com. We are talking today about some of the latest technology as we do every Saturday and Wednesday morning. On Wednesday morning, it's at 738, and on Saturdays, we're on from one end till three. Well, we're going to talk right now about this news surveillance program that's out there. And the whole idea behind this is to map the spread of the Coronavirus. At least that's the rumor, right? A great article you'll [email protected] about this, but Coronavirus is being used to drive brand new surveillance programs around the world. So let's talk about a few different countries what they're doing. And I've gotten a little bit of a concern we'll talk about later in the show today, about maybe something like that. Patriot act, as we had after 911, that gives the government all kinds of new powers and they may go unchecked, which is a concern for me, particularly looking at the statistics as we know them so far, which is that this isn't just a horrific, horrific thing. It's terrible. It's awful when anybody dies, but it happens every year with the flu too. So we'll see where it all comes out. But we were just talking about the last segment. The whole thing about the models is just ridiculous. Well, in Argentina, their Ministry of Health has built a mandatory app for anyone entering the country, and you have to keep it installed for 14 days, and that requires users to give access to their GPS position. Now, it's not clear if Argentina is keeping track actively of the people with that location data about apparently the province of Santa Fe is Forcing those who have violated the quarantine to download an app that tracks precisely where we are. We're talking about Argentina here, as well as many other countries is that they are putting one of those trackers on you as though you'd been convicted of a crime which bugs me, frankly, Australia. Yeah, and everything down there is trying to kill you, including the Coronavirus. Now those ordered into quarantine could have government surveillance devices installed in their homes or be forced to wear electronic surveillance devices, and that's a new law that went into place in the state of Western Australia. But the Australian government has opted not to use cell phone-based tracking Austria. The Australian telecom con gave two days' worth of anonymized location data to the government to analyze movement in the country. And this is something that I've been saying that governments are doing worldwide. They're asking the cell phone companies that you know, the providers to give them location data, and anything that's anonymized pretty much can be D anonymized. And think about that, think about how easy that is. So if the government has your home address, and they see that person 1750, it is of that place every night, well guess what they can guess who you are, and then they know where you travel, etc., etc. So anonymized location data is ridiculous rain. They've got electronic braces that connect to a mobile app. And this is something similar to what Hong Kong has done. Belgium, they've been hit the worst in Europe when it comes to per capita cases and deaths. But three telecoms over in Belgium are giving data to a private company, and they're analyzing the information and trying to detect Widespread trends of movement in the country. Now they're using drones to make an announcement. But they can also be using the devices to capture surveillance footage. That's according to the top VPN digital rights tracker, Brazil. Let's get into the socialist countries here. Local governments across Brazil are tracking locations from citizens' smartphones. And one city receives alone is tracking 700,000 people's location through their devices. And that's one of Brazil's smaller metropolitan areas. And quote here from one of the Brazilian firms that are doing some of this stuff, we have visibility of specific behaviors that couldn't be captured by other technologies. For example, if an individual leaves their house, we can detect that in a matter of seconds. And then, of course, that ends up in the government's hands China, another socialist country. They're using practically every surveillance system in their toolbox.
Publicly located cameras there you go running facial recognition searches, citizens are location tracking through their phones. Drones are being used to give directions from the government. Can you imagine that having a drone over your shoulder yelling at you? We've seen that over in China where they chase you back to your house. The Government in China is socialist, also tracking individuals more than 200 cities through a smartphone app that grades are health and assigns them a classification of green, yellow or red this according to New York Times socialist newspaper, the app sends that data to the police. It works as a hall pass for entry into certain public places, and that has been proposed here in the United States. As well that you can have a little Hall Pass, to let you board planes and go to work, etc. and China, of course, is putting pressure on private companies in the country to hand over data to China. Dubai, I don't know they're, they're a monarchy kind of a, you know, I don't know it's not quite socialist. It's undoubtedly addicted, dictatorial. They're using cameras. And by the way, one of the significant ways they make money in Dubai is these amazingly high fines for speeders. Still, this case, they repurpose the cameras from catching speeding motorists to analyze driver's license plates and determine if they are deemed, essential workers. Ecuador is tracking cellphones.
Germany, which is starting to open its businesses, in fact, this week, they started opening while their telecom company they're big firm over there called telecom is providing location data from its customers to the Robert Kok Institute. And that's the organization coordinating their national action against Coronavirus. Now Germany did something right upfront. That was wonderful. I think they went immediately to the private sector and Germany said hey, listen, guys, we're going to need tests so come up with some tests figure out how we can do this how we can do testing quickly. Whereas here in the US where we don't have the private companies right up front getting involved in at CDC said we're the only ones that can do this. We are at let us do it. We're, we have a monopoly on testing. And we don't like those tests because they have 40% negative rates and you know, false positives, false negatives and, and you have to have everything come through us, right, which is a very socialist thing. And, you know, we don't live in a truly capitalist country anymore. We're at best, it's crony capitalism, but in Germany, they did the right thing. They got companies involved right away to figure this out to analyze the data. They weren't relying on a non-reviewed report out of the United Kingdom, to base all of their analysis and projections on. So they're also expected to launch a Bluetooth based app like those that are used in Singapore and Indonesia right now. They've also got a smartwatch app over in Germany, Hong Kong, those quarantines have to wear special electronic wristbands that track the locations are handed out the airport and must be paired with the individual's phone. And then, once they arrive home, they're given one minute to walk around their apartment to calibrate the wristband and the company app to space where they are confined. India oh my gosh, talking about a country that could have problems. They have expanded their programs to track citizens through both digital and analog means They using location data. They're using closed-circuit television footage to track citizens in the southern Indian state of Kerala. According to Reuters, some western states, are stamping the hands of those arriving in airports, with a removable ink stamp detailing the date until which the person must quarantine. They're also taking passenger information, primarily airlines and railroads. Now, the touch base authentication, like fingerprint scanners, are risky, because they require people to touch a surface. They're getting a real boost in facial recognition over in India. So stick around, we'll come back. We're going to go through a few more countries what they're doing, and then we'll talk more about what's going on here. Yeah, Craig Peterson has some concerns. You are listening to WGAN. I will be right back, so stick around.
Hey, welcome back everybody Craig Peterson here on WGAN, and I had on some good old Herb Alpert, remember him? The Taste of Honey was the one playing during the break. How is that for fun? Man, I haven't listened to Herb Alpert in a lot of years since Well, the 70s, right? I Remember the album's cover and that this particular one was somewhat controversial. Look at the Beatles, all almost all of their stuff was initially done in mono, and then they remastered it into stereo. Some of the purists are pretty upset about that. So we're kind of going through what different countries in the world have been doing when it comes to this Coronavirus. And, you know, we'll talk about the US as well, but there is a trend. I hope you notice seen Indonesia, they've got an app that tracks interactions with nearby Bluetooth. Okay? And it has it is by the way in Indonesia, it's an often and it does help you if you want to notify people who might have been exposed so they can get tested Iran. In contrast, they haven't had as many deaths, because they've just been shooting people in the streets. Well, that is according to a classmate of one of my sons who is living in Jordan, right now. The smartphone app developed by the Iranian government scooped up millions of users' location data, alongside a short questionnaire that claimed to detect the likelihood of infection. And notice about the app was also sent to 10s of millions of Iranians with the director to take the questionnaire before going in for Coronavirus test. At least 3.5 million people, according to Iran, are using this app. Israel government. They are Using data from their telecom providers here telecom, track the location of their citizens. And those people, by the way, who braved quarantine in Israel are facing up to six months of imprisonment. So there you go. They're also using this data they're getting from the telephone companies to track people and potentially quarantine them. In Northern Italy, Vodafone, you might have heard of these guys, this is an English telecom provider. Vodafone also has a presence in Italy. They are providing the Italian government with heat maps, which means general details as to the number of mobile phone users locations. They started over in Lombardi, Italy, of course, that was a bit of a hotspot, and officials do Chairman 40% of the people in Italy are moving around far too much. According to The New York Times, Kenya, they've got aerial surveillance of the border to detect illegal crossings.
Norway, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health and Norwegian tech companies, simultaneously built a voluntary app that tracks GPS Bluetooth data to be stored for 30 days. In Pakistan, through location surveillance and mass texts, the Government of Pakistan is tracking confirmed cases Coronavirus. Sending alerts to people found to potentially come in contact with them in the past 14 days is not a bad idea. Poland has an app called home quarantine, which is requiring Polish citizens who are quarantine to check in immediately and intermittently check-in by sending a picture of themselves at home with 20 minutes or within 20 minutes or face to find. So all of this is from the medium you'll find a lot more data. Tell them just kind of rushing through it. Russia has more than 100,000 cameras are in Moscow. And the Russian government is using facial recognition and phone-based tracking to monitor people under quarantine.
Local governments in Russia are also kind of doing their own thing. Singapore, very, very socialist authoritarian, really government there. They released an app called trace together pings nearby smartphones through Bluetooth to determine who's come within six and a half feet of each other for more than 30 minutes. That's according to the LA Times, and they record the data they stored for three weeks supposedly and don't record the user's location. South Africa, again, telecom companies, South Korea, they've had an interesting response. You've probably heard about them what they've been doing there. In South Korea, the confirmed cases of Coronavirus are being tracked in using a bunch of different data, collected through data mining. They're taking credit card purchases, smartphone location tracking, closed-circuit TV footage, analyzed by facial recognition. So the Korean government can then reconstruct where a person's been that was diagnosed, and they have just incredible granularity. Like using the person's location data to check the closed-circuit TV footage, see if they were in a mask, etc. Switzerland and they're colossal telecom companies. Swisscom is alerting the federal government when more than 20 phones are located within 100 square meter area.
One of my sons has a girlfriend over in Sweden, and they are not doing anything over there. The numbers are fascinating. So we'll see what ends up happening there. Taiwan's government is denying that it's adopting surveillance technology to track citizens' movements, but that is what's happening. Thailand. If you're arriving there from a high-risk area, you're going to get a SIM card for your phone that lets the government track you for two weeks. In Turkey, they are monitoring locations of patients using cellular data and sending messages to them if they should quarantine. The UK is allegedly talking with telecom companies to track citizens' location data. National health servers or services partnered with planets here to track the spread of the virus in the good old United States. Yes, indeed. The mobile advertising industry is the one that's doing the tracking here. They've been supplying data to local state and federal organizations about the location of individuals. And that's according to The Wall Street Journal. Because it's advertising data, they want to know, very, very fine-grained data. So for instance, if you go to Gold's Gym, they somebody who has what Planet Fitness gym can say, hey, I want to send an ad to anyone that went to this Gold's Gym. That's a half a mile down the street from me. And the advertising companies have that data. And so you might have noticed, it's some of its kind of scary. You go into a hospital of a sudden you start getting ads for hospitals, medicine, and even lawyers for malpractice suits. So they have very fine-grain data, and apparently, it is granular enough to let them know whether people are staying at home. If parks are still in use, Foursquare, which has one of the most comprehensive repositories of personal location data, is in talks with a bunch of different government agencies. Most data comes from these apps and bottom line, you've permitted those apps to log your location. So you download that free game that you love to play. It may be tracking your data and sending it up. Now, remember, it doesn't have to use GPS; it only has to do is know the Wi-Fi network in use. Remember, when Google and these other companies have been driving around taking pictures of everything, they are recording the SSIDs and MAC addresses of the Wi-Fi systems all over the country. That way, they can tell where you are based solely on the Wi-Fi connection.
So they're taking all that data and then they are reselling it. And the whole goal here is to have a portal that could be used to track citizen movement in up to 500 us citizens cities, Google and Apple have also come up with a new standard for tracking. And this is tracking using Bluetooth again, some troubling state and local policies West Virginia. People who test positive but refused to quarantine are getting ankle bracelets. Yes indeed. Many of the software privacy and privacy guarding mechanisms are unknown about all of these things. There are a bunch of things pred poll predictive policing. All of this is coming in New Jersey, Connecticut using aerial drones with temperature sensors and apparatus to detect people who might have the virus, so it's getting scary. Stick around. We'll be right back. I am Craig Peterson on WGAN with a little Coronavirus information, things we are doing, and what is coming.
Hey, welcome back, you're listening to Craig Peterson here on WGAN, every Saturday from one till three. Also, I am on Wednesday mornings with Matt during drive time for those of us that are still driving to work. where we talk about the latest in technology for the week. Then we do some more follow-ups here on the weekend as well. I had mentioned earlier, we're planning on doing something to help businesses get back into the business, and we are going to be focusing in on some of the technologies for that. So keep an ear out. Make sure you sign up for my email list so you can get all of this. You can get stuff like Linda and Joanne and Ted and Danny and many others who listen to me here on Saturdays, and you can get all of the stuff that they get to help stay safe online and to keep up to date on What is happening in that great big world outside? We covered what other countries are doing for surveillance, there was a definite pattern to the socialist countries, demanding people self-isolate, quarantine fines, prison time, right? You notice that, didn't you? Now I want to talk a little bit more about the US because we kind of ended the last segment talking about that. But where I'm getting concerned is what our government will do? The reason I went through all of these other countries is so that we have an idea of what they're doing because, like the UK, okay, they're certainly more socialist than we are. They're not dictatorial at all, but they are doing a lot more with the tracking than we appear to be. Doing. And of course, we have some rights recognized in our Constitution that is going to be difficult for the government to take away, but they have taken them away in emergencies before. Look at what happened during our World Wars, and even what happened in the wars in the 60s in regards to the demonstrations and things. It's not as though nothing could happen here. And there is a great article in TechCrunch this week by Heather Fetterman. And you'll find it up on my website at Craig Peterson dot com, where she's wondering about this potential, what she's calling the Patriot Act for COVID-19. We had this massive knee jerk. What was it about two weeks after the tower Twin Towers came down in New York City after that terrorist attack. About two weeks later, we all of a sudden had this Patriot Act, which gave the government all of these sweeping powers, And they were monitoring all of our calls, which in contact with emails, even locations, etc. Very, very scary stuff. So what's going to happen now because Heather Fetterman is a privacy lawyer, and is the VP of privacy and policy at big ID is a New York-based company that's trying to use AI to help businesses be better privacy stewards for their customer. And now you think of your customers. I think of the data that you have, first of all, do you need it? All right, that's one of the things I talked about and all the training I do. And secondarily, how much of it sensitive, should you be throwing it away? Deleting it because you don't need it. And you certainly don't need the liability or what should you be doing so that's part of what they do. She also has headed up privacy over at Macy's and American Express, and with the code At 19 infections climbing here in the US kind of leveling in some spots, we're saying nationwide, we may be on a bit of a downturn. The officials are starting to panic. And you heard it this week. They're saying, Oh, my, what is going to happen coming up this fall? Are we going to have a massive COVID-19 resurgence in the middle of the flu season? Is this going to double the number of deaths that we would get in a regular flu season? And so they are trying to figure out these government regulators and lobbyists frankly, and of course all of the bureaucrats and, and Congress and everybody, so they're trying to figure out how do we track the people. Now, remember, when we give up a little bit of privacy for some suppose it security trying to think of a time when we got it back. Certainly, we have gotten it back in some cases. After World War Two, of course, you no longer had to have those ration cards. So things got better. Certainly. World War One, for instance, introduced the income tax, and it was guaranteed only to be 3% maximum ever. And the income tax would only be on the richest Americans it would not affect the rest of us. And that was something put in place because of World War One, and they needed funding. But in case you haven't noticed, income tax has not gone away. So will this whole monitoring that they're doing for COVID-19? Will it go away once this epidemic has died down because it is going to die down at some point in time, but frankly, it's going to be with us forever. Whether it was engineered Somewhere whether it was in the wild from a bat and when direct to humans or pigs, and then humans or however it got to us, it's here now, and it's never going away. So is that going to give the government justification to continue to track us all? And when we have limited testing development ability then, of course, it's going to improve. Even if they had 2 billion test kits available, If I test negative today, and I'm exposed this afternoon, are you going to test me again tomorrow? I might have it tomorrow, and I didn't have it today. So even then, testing is not going to solve the problem. So we've talked before about this whole joint effort between Google and Apple, and the idea here is to come up with some standardized software that can monitor the spread of infections by keeping track of infected people. Keeping track of the people they have been close to and how long they've been close to them. And the idea is you download the mobile app from a public health website. And the Public Health website will notify you if you have had prolonged exposure to someone that came down with COVID-19. That will frankly, this would be handy with the flu, for instance, right? There we would cut back the number of flu-related deaths dramatically, absolutely dramatically. And this system is designed to use low Bluetooth Low Energy transmissions rather than GPS. But again, It's just a standard, and it is not a piece of software. And someone could implement using the standard and track your GPS and record as well. Okay. So this is, frankly, if they do this the way they're promoting it, I don't have a huge problem with this as long as it's voluntary. Now, apparently, in Indonesia, it has been voluntary, but only about a third of people have done it. So how are they going to enforce all of this stuff? And these community mobility report, they're showing trends over time by geography, where they're taking data from the phones of people who have Android or who are even with iOS using Google software, and have not turned off the location history setting. And they've got this great little map so they can track all of the people. The CDC is tracking all So the movements of American citizens based on location data from the mobile advertising companies, we mentioned a little bit earlier. So it's great that the government's trying to stop the spread of infections. But ultimately, you can't stop them all. And there has to be a line. Where is it? So the Patriot Act wasn't two weeks. It was six weeks after 911 that gave the government powers that had never had before to spy on American citizens. Yeah, you know, was it constitutional, certainly not in times of peace. I think that argument could be made pretty effectively. But in this case, it was effectively a war. So it may have made sense at the time, but the government's still vacuuming up millions of records of phone calls and text messages to today. Look at that huge data center. The National Security Agency built over in Utah, the point of the mountain. So if companies like Google and Facebook are willing to share data with a government, there needs to be a clear and defined period in which they can share this data, there has to be a clear and defined period in which they can retain the data as well. So civil liberties, of course, are fundamental here. And my gosh, following September 11, of course, the New York Police Department conducted illegal surveillance on some local Muslim populations. Remember what happened during World War Two with the Japanese American internment camps? The FBI is surveillance of African Americans who oppose segregation, the whole civil rights movement. They've got something called the fair information practice principles. These state that personal data should not be used for any purpose beyond the specified object of the data processing activity. So we've got to be careful. The government has proven itself to keep this too much data, keep it for too long, and also not securing it properly. Word gets out, and it gets into the hands of people within the government that probably shouldn't have access to it. It gets into the hands of the bad guys. And if the government starts collecting this are going to see yet another uptick tick in cybercrime. It has already happened. But imagine all of this location data in personal data and how valuable it would be to the hackers. You know, I don't hold hope that our Congress it has learned from the past. I don't Look at what Clearview AI did. We talked about them a month or two ago, where they were scraping information off of websites. They were getting the facial pictures that we had posted, not realizing that a company like Clearview would grab them and use them to identify us and sell the information to the highest bidder. So it's not right. It is not good, but it's very concerning. And you might want to read this. It's on techcrunch.com. Heather Fetterman is the author of the article. And she's been looking at privacy for a very, very long time and thank goodness for that. And you'll find it on my website at Craig Peterson comm make sure you sign up so you can get all of my weekly email summaries of this week in the news, including everything from today. Stick around, and we'll be right back to the top of the hour here on WGAN.
Okay, okay, okay. Hi everybody. Craig Peters on here on WGAN. Of course, I'm heard every Saturday from one until 3 pm, Wednesday mornings on with Matt, Wednesday at about 730 is they go over, of course, all of the latest news, keeping you up to date, on your day, what's happening where you should go, where you shouldn't go, what you should do.
And in this kind of this day and age, it's maybe you shouldn't go anywhere, right. I was just reading an article during the break about the SARS epidemic. It was written by a guy who was over in Hong Kong at the time and talking about almost the same thing. When SARS broke out, this was slightly after the reunification of China and Hong Kong. The British signed it over the rights one nation to what was it two economies or something like that again, remember, they also, of course, had British common law and stuff. They were doing the same thing back then. The Chinese were presenting doctors who dared talk about a potential pandemic who talked about this respiratory illness that people had. So I guess some things just don't change very much over time. And that's one of them. But he talked about what it was like going out on the roads, not seeing anything, and now he's living in Los Angeles. And he said he was right there in Sunset Boulevard. He stood right in the middle of the intersection through two sets of green lights and didn't see a single car. Then this part I thought was fascinating. At the end of the article, he talked about how the kind of ban was lifted, because people South Korean team they're in Hong Kong, of course, the government stepped in. All these draconian measures kind of like what the socialist government did in Taiwan and throughout China, after this latest COVID virus, hit The you know, so the muon virus is spreading. They're jailing doctors who dare talk about it. They're putting their head in their sand, pretending it's not happening. And then, all of a sudden, they cracked down on everybody and everything. But in the end, he said in Hong Kong, at least for SARS, what ended up happening was all of these people all of a sudden had a desk kind of a Why am I putting on this face mask this morning, and slowly but surely without a government order. People started going out, started walking around, and he said one day, he was sitting there eating noodles in a restaurant, and all of these people were walking by and just really having a normal life. And they thought, wow, this is kind of cool. Wait a minute when did this normal life happen? And I think that might be kind of what happens here, although the governors are slowly starting to open up states and now you know, moving from what Stage one to two to three, that this is going to be fascinating, absolutely fascinating.
What would have been the best way to respond? Of course, there'll be a million opinions that will be expressed here over time about the best way to respond. Maybe we could have warned people to try not to spread this saying if you have this respiratory problem or you're obese or whatever that there are major causes of death associated with getting the virus. Who is it that we should recommend quarantine for? I know that some people I think I mentioned on the show before are being advised that in till about 18 months have passed, you should not be going outside. Now I have an aunt who's a transplant patient. She's been advised to stay out of everything for about 18 months because this could nail her. And we know about kidney problems with this virus and liver problems even people getting legs amputated, right? There's a professional sports athlete who had his leg amputated after this and damage of course to the lungs, etc., etc. So would that have been a better response just warning everybody to be careful here the precautions you should take. Then the segment of the population that needs to be quarantined not everybody. We're already hearing about the side effect deaths, if you will, the people committing suicide, getting hooked on drugs, it'll be just in terrible places for a very, very long time. So it's very, very concerning to me. Hey, and I want to give you all quick notice here puts you on notice we are going to be doing Some getting back to business training, where we're talking about security, what you need to do and what you should do, what are the first things you should do when your business reopened? We're going to help you with backups The best way to get the backups done, how to verify them, I'm going to walk you through all of that. And we're going to have all of these free webinars coming up, make sure you are on my email list. And to do that, just go to Craig Peterson dot com you can go to Craig Peterson dot com slash subscribe is probably the best place. And you will once you're there, be able to subscribe to my emails and start getting like moving along. So let a little bit of advice there on that side. I thought that article was interesting. So, of course, I shared it with you. And we'll see what happens here. I think we should we're at the point now where we should start getting back to normal. We should have enough data already here in the us that we can trust that tells us Who the most vulnerable populations are. We know nursing homes are vulnerable that people in nursing homes aren't just necessarily older, which is one of the problems associated with death from this virus. Still, they are also many of them are infirmed one way or the other. So we know we got to protect them. Imagine spending a few trillion dollars, hunches, protecting those people, maybe helping them out with some other health issues. And I'm sure going forward many of these convalescent homes nursing homes are going to be more careful with the transmission of disease. While we won't, we won't go down that road.
Alright, so let's talk about some conspiracies here. One of the big conspiracies about Coronavirus that people spouting is that these new 5g networks that are growing dramatically across the whole United States and around the world are causing Coronavirus and are where it started. Now, we somehow always get all of these theories, conspiracy theories right. Whenever anything starts happening, well, you know its causation and correlation are not the same things. In other words, if Coronavirus started when 5g networks got turned up that correlation. But that does not mean that 5g is causing this problem. It is a massive conspiracy out there. It's spreading more and more. Even USA Today had an article about it this week, talking about how people are just claiming the man 5g is exacerbating at the very least The spread of Coronavirus. Hence, I think the opposite is true. 5g is allowing people to be entertained, to do research, pick up new hobbies to learn while they're at home. So that's a very, very big deal here. The actor John Cusack spread this social media, right? Isn't that a problem what he tweeted to 1.6 million followers 5g will be proven to be very, very bad for people's health. He deleted the tweet later where he said five G's making people sick, and we're going to regret it. He put another one up, calling people who disagreed with him just dumb and effing sheep.
Yeah, who are the sheep here? So there are all kinds of these people out there. There's rapper Wiz Khalifa I have heard of him. Isn't that weird? Singer Keri Hilson at sea judge on Britain's Got Talent, Amanda Holden. I know her because I've watched that show before. And all of these people attended various art schools. So we've got Yeah, one in Pittsburgh, I've got another one in Atlanta and another one over in London. So be very, very careful. There's no evidence that there's any tied to this. I've talked about it before. There are different types of radiation, and when you mentioned, 5g or LTE and radiation, and people just totally freaked out because they think of radiation, like what they use at the dentist's office or in the hospital. That radiation is dangerous, and it is called ionizing radiation.
Where ionizes cells, and that's a problem. The type of radiation we're talking about with LTE with 5g With Wi-Fi is non-ionizing radiation. So keep that in mind, and the American Cancer Society says that the frequency of the radio waves that are given off by a cell phone, quote simply does not have sufficient energy to damage all our DNA or cause heating in the body tissues. It has been proven again and again. The Federal Communications Commission ruled months ago that we have nothing to worry about, not that we can necessarily trust it comes from the government. But you know me as an advanced class, Amateur Radio license holder. I've studied this back into the 70s, just trying to figure out what was going on. Am I more dangerous because we're talking about a cell phone or smartphone that gives out milliwatts' worth of power? And as a ham, I was routinely transmitting 50 watts of power relatively near my head, and in some cases, I was 100 watts or even 1500 watts worth of power very close by. So what is it? Okay, so this is not a fact I just wanted to kind of warn you guys. Yeah, 5g is spreading. It's spreading very fast. It's rolling out quickly with the Sprint T-Mobile merger. And T-Mobile has a nationwide 5g right now, that's a cool one there to low enough frequency that looks like T-Mobile may win the whole 5g argument outside of the big cities, because of the lower frequency bands that T-Mobile has access to. It's even worth using in your house. Anyways, of course, you're listening to Craig Peterson on WGAN. Stick around. We'll be right back.
Hi guys, Craig Peterson here. Welcome back. I hope I put that whole 5g Coronavirus myth to bed. Remember, 5g is not going to be harmful. Now some characteristics are a little bit different than what you might expect. With 5g there are going to be transmitters all over the place, particularly in big cities, there'll be one on basically every corner would be on buildings everywhere. Most of the 5g networks using higher frequencies that cannot pierce buildings very well and cannot penetrate even glass. So I know from that standpoint, there will be more radiation, and it will be closer to you. But ultimately, I don't think there's any real risk involved in that. So there you go. I'm thinking back to a speaking engagement for an annual meeting for a bank, and a lady came up to me afterward and said, so what do you think about cell phones causing cancer? And I explained to her what I had just described to you guys here, only last segment, and she said, Well, my sister died of brain cancer. And she got it when she started using her cell phone all the time for work. And, you know, so what do you think of that? And I said, Well, I'm just so terrible thing. That's all I said. But again, correlation versus causation. Did she already have that brain cancer before she started using that cell phone for work? And if you are concerned about it, and you know, some people are very, very worried about The thing to do is always use a headset of some sort. If you're concerned about any kind of electromagnetic radiation, you should probably use a wired headset, which is getting harder and harder to find. And then you hold the cell phone away from you when you're using it because the power drops off very quickly of that signal. It's for those math majors, it drops off as the inverse of the distance squared, in other words, drops off, really, really fast. So if you just hold it a few feet from your body, you have cut down the amount of radiofrequency transmission or radiation, you've cut it down by many factors many multitudes, frankly, as it drops off, but anyway, so that's the way to do it. Some people use Bluetooth nowadays, and you see people walk around all the time with this little apple, ear pod things. And those are using Bluetooth that is much lower power than what your phone is putting out. So there you go some tips if that's what you want to do. This next one, I thought it was funny. And I talked this week on a couple of different times different radio stations about this, and Amazon is actively trying to get people to buy fewer items on its website. Now have you noticed that typically, you go around from website to website, and you see just all kinds of advertisements for things from Amazon, mainly if you've looked at something recently? Well, this week, Amazon lifted its ban that prevented third-party sellers from shipping non-essential items to its warehouses. Before that, they were only accepting household staples, basic stuff, toilet paper, right metal supplies, any other high demand products, but it's also been raining in its tactics used to encourage people to buy stuff, and they have dropped some of their advertising. And remember, they've got this Prime Day deals extravaganza that they have every year where they say, Hey, listen, we're going to save you, and you can save like 3040 50% on some things. That is delayed indefinitely. Now, the traditional Mother's Day Father's Day deals have been canceled for this year. They also remove the recommendation boxes. Have you noticed that if you look at an item, it will show you other related products people bought, and they've removed that as well? And a quote from an unnamed Amazon employee talking to the New York Post. We typically want to sell as much as we can, but our entire network is Full right now with hand sanitizers and toilet paper that we can't serve other demand. The demand we see for essential products has remained high. That's according to Jeff Bezos. But unlike a predictable holiday surge, this spike occurred with little warning, creating significant challenges for our suppliers and Disney Disney network and delivery network. We also have some of these people who are working in the warehouses getting sick with it, and at least one worker has died. So how's that Amazon canceled Father's Day, Mother's Day, and their Prime day for all of us Prime people. A couple of weeks ago, I had a webinar where I discussed Wi-Fi wireless networks. And I told you guys Hey, listen, and I've got this deal. That we put together and we based the deal on some, I think, frankly amazing, some amazing stuff. That is business class, Wi-Fi router-firewall, you know, low-end business class stuff. And, and, man, a lot of you guys bought that. And I thought that was great. And we're getting those set up now. But we've got another warning out if you are a Linksys user if you have a Linksys broadband router, these wireless routers that they've been sending for years. They're saying that they've locked user accounts on their smart Wi-Fi cloud service. It's asking users to reset their passwords. Hackers were using these hijacked accounts and changing router settings to redirect users to malware sites. Now if you're taking if you attended my DNS training Where I told you what the best free DNS services are out there, you came to realize I'm sure pretty quickly that one of the best things you can do is put one of these DNS services, like the open DNS, put them into your router. So what ends up happening is when your web browser program on your computer asked to go somewhere on the internet, it's going to ask a known-good DNS service. I think that's a wonderful thing. And Firefox added in a new service just recently that uses a CloudFlare DNS service to help prevent some of the hijackings that can happen. So apparently, what's happening right now with some of these Linksys routers that are tied into their smart Wi-Fi cloud service is they're changing the DNS settings on your Linksys Wi-Fi router. And they're changing it so that when your machine says, For instance, I want to go to Bank of America, instead of giving Bank of America's real internet address, it gives the internet address of a hacker-controlled website. That is a very, very big deal. So what's going to happen is people are going to be ripped off right, left, and center because instead of going to the real website, they are going to be going to malware sites. And sometimes, it redirects them to the malware site, which tries to install malware and then immediately redirects you to the real site. Now, we've known about this type of attack for a very long time because people just have not been changing the default administrative usernames and passwords on the routers. So either someone breaks in via the internet, or in some cases, they are compromising a home computer and then using that home computer to compromise the router and therefore compromise Do the other business computers and compromise the home router, etc., Right? So that's been around for a long time. This particular problem is only impacting the Smart Wi-Fi account. It is a cloud-based system that if you only have these Linksys devices connect to Linksys routers and other equipment over the Internet to manage the router settings, which has always been a bit of a problem, okay? And I'm on Linksys as website right now, and they're saying, Hey, we're experiencing longer than usual wait times while Yeah, I bet they are. If you have Linksys smart Wi-Fi, if you're using it, make sure you go and change your usernames and passwords right away because it's turning out to be a problem. So we're going to talk about zoom some more when we get back you're listening to Craig Peterson on WGAN and online. Craig Peterson dot com.
Hey, welcome back, everybody Craig Peterson here, in case you missed the last segment, if you are using Linksys, you're going to want to go back and listen to it. It's a very, very big deal. Very important. Because of the hack that has just happened with their Smart Wi-Fi service. It's a pretty bad one. Also, we talked about COVID-19 in the show the Patriot Act, 5g rumors, we've got this 5g rumor about how it is accelerating the spread of Coronavirus and the surveillance programs around the world. Now you can listen to all of those on tune in the app. And right there you just search for Craig Peterson you'll see me we post all of these online. So check that out if you missed it. And next week, don't miss any of the show, because I'm on Saturdays from 123 pm. I'd love to hear from you as well. Just send an email to me at Craig Peterson dot com. It is a very, very big deal. Just do that, and we will be reaching out right away. I had promised to get to this ongoing zoom issue. You know I don't like zoom. We after we found out about zooms significant security vulnerabilities. Months ago, we banned it in our company and all of our client's companies out there, and in light of this Coronavirus pandemic, everybody is turned to these apps now FaceTime pretty good, pretty safe. It's encryption, zoom. Not it's pretty good, not safe at all. Currently, hanging out with friends is one thing. But doing work on zoom is entirely different. Because what we found out now is that Zoom is very insecure. You probably heard me last week. I think it was I talked about the thousands of zoom meetings that were found on-line by hackers. Well, this week, we've got yet another zoom story. Researchers found on Monday, according to refinery 29 le Bell's article, that hackers began selling over a half a million zoom accounts for less than one cent per account. And according to findings from the cybersecurity firm Sibyl, which is investigating some of these hacking activities, Sibyl found that more than half a million zoom accounts on hacker forums and the dark web put up for these low prices. Bleeping Computer, which is something that I follow as well and if you are into cybersecurity and understanding some of the computer stuff.
I think you'll appreciate it. Bleeping computer has also been reporting on this, some of these accounts are cheap. Cymbal was able to purchase 530,000 Zoom accounts for two-tenths of a cent each. Two-tenths of a cent each, so five for a penny. Now, why are they being hacked so suddenly? Well, it turns out that Zoom has yet another major security problem again, this is what happens when businesses just jump in headfirst without really understanding the implications of what they're doing. And we have seen this over and over again. These hacks are not a traditional hack. In this hack, the hackers used something known as credential stuffing to hack the Zoom accounts. It is something I've warned about, again, and again, and again. I have some features that hopefully we're going to get them running soon here on WGAN, and some of these other radio stations out there. But these credential stuffing attacks take data from the dark web hacks that have happened on other websites where you've got people's usernames, email addresses, or passwords. And then they're compiled into lists that are sold to hackers. There are some huge lists out there that contain millions. I think there's one that had 2 billion usernames and passwords in it. They're being used right now to scam people into sending money from to the hackers. Okay. But then this case what's happening is they are stuffing them into zoom hence credential stuffing, checking to see if zoom will allow them to log in. And of course, Zoom doesn't have the proper security to stop these credential stuffing attacks. Don't use Zoom. Stop using it drives me nuts. So the suspected reason, by the way, that these accounts have been doled out by hackers. It's coming back to this whole Zoom bombing notion where people want to drop in on zoom meetings. Now, Zoom bombing is typically used for trolling and abuse. But if you can go and you can get one of these databases of usernames, email addresses, and passwords. And let's say you want to spy on your competition, and you can now drop in on your competitions' zoom meetings. What do you think is going to happen? If one political party wants to spy on another political party, just look up that person's email address, and you're in. So hackers have been using zoom bombing and virtual synagogue chats during Passover, shouting racial racist slurs at women and people of color berating people attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. We've got a high school teacher reporting that her classroom call was accessed by an end on an identified individual who was yelling profanities, putting up swastika tattoos. A woman of color told BuzzFeed that unwelcome parties entered her regular meetings with other women of color and what seemed like 100 people yelling racist slurs at the same time. Cybersecurity experts are suggesting that passwords be changed on all Zoom accounts, that's what I've been saying. Right? Change your password. Don't use your normal Zoom meeting, set up a random Zoom meeting number. It's there now stepping in to help prevent these attacks. The FBI in Boston had to step in and offer tips on how to keep online meetings secure, which is absolutely freaking amazing. So a bit careful and don't use Zoom. A lot of people have switched over to WebEx, which is something I've been using and selling for years now, WebEx teams not only gives you meetings, it gives you all of these different workspaces and things. I like it and recommend it. They are offering their free WebEx meetings for 90 days but had to stop it for a bit because too many people were signing up. WebEx had to open up a whole other data center to be able to handle All of this demand. So it's essential, we need to understand that if you want to have a small meeting with family, friends, even small business and you guys are smart enough to be using iPhones, not Android. Just go ahead and use FaceTime. It's quite good. You'll like FaceTime now. They have meetings for up to 30 people. You can also use a few other apps. You know, some people like WhatsApp, I am not fond of that. Silent Circle has some excellent stuff. They've got a silent phone, and these guys know what they're doing. If you're on Android, the first tip is to get rid of it. Don't use Android if you have anything you're data, and you are concerned about losing. Because Android is not as a secure platform in the least, it's crazy people. Remember, you cannot Get the updates, even with our friends over at Samsung with their Galaxy phones, they only provide updates for a couple of years. So if you are stuck in the Android space, and I get it right, I am not the biggest Apple fan in the world. But their software, their systems are secure. They are not in the business of selling your information. Google Android is in the business of selling your information. Okay. Hey, and when we get back, we're going to talk about iPhones. We're going to talk about what would be the actual cost of an iPhone if it was made in the United States because that may be happening soon. Stick around. We'll be back with more. I'm Craig Peterson, and you're listening to me on WGAN make sure you get my newsletter, Craig Peterson dot com slash subscribe.
Hey, welcome back everybody Craig Peterson here on WGAN. And of course, online at Craig Peterson dot com slash subscribe. Well, we have made it through most of the show today we've been talking about Linksys and significant security problems you have to take care of right away if you're using link system vices. We spoke about Zoom and why you don't want to use Zoom ever again, and I gave you some alternatives. What Amazon is doing with canceling Father's Day, Mother's Day, they've changed right now anyways, for the time being, their entire business model COVID-19 of course, we talked about that about some rumors floating around about the spread of COVID-19 because of 5g. We also talked about what countries are doing around the world to help battle this. What is the US doing with surveillance right now on the COVID-19 front? Where it's all taking us? You'll find all of that by going to Craig Peterson dot com right there on the homepage. You can scroll down and listen to any of the segments that you might have missed. You can also get it right on the TuneIn app, where you might even be listening to me right now. Live as the show is aired Saturdays Of course 123 and looking at the clock, that means we are almost done for the day today. I can't believe how fast it went today. I am delighted to be able to help you guys out we've had hundreds of people who have attended my webinars over the last few weeks. I didn't do any this previous week. I am strongly suspected. I'm going to be doing some this coming week. So keep an ear to the ground on this next week. Okay. Let's Get into that Oh, and to do that, the only way you can have a new to the ground on this is if you are on my email list, Craig Peterson dot com slash subscribe. How's that for easy? So how much would an iPhone cost if we make it in America? You know, some of these iPhones go upwards of over $1,000 depending on what they are. And I want you to think about that for just a minute. Not so much in the context strictly of an iPhone. But what did a first computer cost you? How about a laptop? Because frankly, these devices have almost the same functionality as a functional laptop does or a good computer does. They do. And you could not get this type of computing power just a few years ago. I found a couple of my beloved iPhone pods only a few weeks ago in a drawer as I was doing some cleaning, right, aren't we all right spring cleaning time. And I just was shocked and amazed because these things were huge, I think one was 80 gigabytes. And I think the other might have been 120 gigabytes. And that's huge for the day. Huge. I used to listen to them on airplanes. It was just such a relief because all that was on there was my music. And there was nothing else to tempt me. I didn't even put games on them. Now there's a lot of hacks available for the iPod, you can put on some cool players, but that iPod interface, it could not have been more simple. I just absolutely loved it. And now you look at these new iPhones, and you have only incredible amounts of data, storage, bandwidth, everything on them. So let me see, I'm going to go into Apple's website right now even as we speak, and they have the newer iPhones there. So right now it looks like they've got $1,000 is the highest level one they're showing, Oh, I bet you, I need to configure it. So if I click on this, there's my latest iPhone, watch the keynote. It's very cool looking. They've got some beautiful graphics, don't they? This new camera system that they have, they're bragging about it.
And they are excellent. I have to say, so what does that all mean? How does that all work? So if I click on buy, Come on, guys, just give me the basic stats. Don't make me scroll through pages. Pages of stuff I want to know. How much is it? So I'm going to say no. And I want the most expensive iPhone here. Capacity. So now they go up to 512 I'm going to say just space gray so you can get me to the next one. So 512 gigabytes. So right now on the website, they've got a 64 gigabyte, a 256 gigabyte and a 512-gigabyte, wowzers. Okay, that's just absolutely amazing. And by the way, that almost 1500 dollar iPhone. Now, remember that things made in China. It is not only Apple, but this is also nearly every anything you buy nowadays, electronics wise, made in China is made in many cases by slave labor, and in many cases by almost slave labor. Now, I don't have a problem with people in third world countries, getting paid very little money. To do something, and the reason I don't have a problem with that is that I know it's going to be taken out of context. But if that job is better than what they had before, that's a step up for them. Look at what's happened in India. India has gotten to the point now where they've priced themselves out of the market, because wages have kept going up going up as people gained skills, think of the Industrial Revolution and what happened with that. People gained skills, and the workers were worth more, right. So that's why I don't have a problem with it. I certainly do have a problem with the slave labor component, but this is true of anything made over in China. So I'm looking at what the cost would be saying that this is an article from Vox Okay, so very left-wing, news, newspaper, or website online. It's telling that China only makes $8 per phone. So placing Apple in their supply chain amid the US-China trade dispute isn't a smart thing to do. And so they're just talking to saying that China is not only cheaper. It's tempting to assume the reason Apple assembles its phones in China is the cost, after all, minimum wages a fraction of what it is in the US. So why aren't the phone's built-in Nicaragua or somewhere else? Well, it's because right now China has the skills. We've transferred those skills we moved, our no haul know-how, think of during the Clinton administration how the Clinton administration gave the Chinese the technology that allowed them to make intercontinental ballistic missiles so that China could launch become a launch platform for us. We've done this for very many years. And then there's a question of what does made in America mean? etc., etc. and IHS is estimating, and so I'm looking at that right now this is an article over on business wire on what a preliminary cost summary would be for making an iPhone. So it has a complete breakdown of what the processors cost of the assembly all of the different materials. So they estimate that an iPhone 10 costs $370 and 25 cents to make. The iPhone 10 sold for nearly $1,000. So, even if they need to pass some of the costs along, there is a lot of margins there. In the iPhone, we already knew the margin was at least 100% for Apple on an iPhone, and Apple has the best margin of everybody in the industry. And it's going on and on fractions, what's it going to cost and of course Vox doesn't Get into it what it really would cost and what's the government? Yeah, so they're the US government, of course, has the tax on the import duty taxes because of the trade dispute with China $240 towards the deficit going towards it. So they're not saying what it would cost. They're saying it would not require a whole lot more, because, in reality, the costs in China are not a significant component of the value of the manufacturing of the iPhone. So if it was made in America, it might go up another hundred bucks, so that's not too bad. And one more quick one here before we go.
This one came from my kids, frankly, and they love playing some of these online games like League of Legends fortnight Call of Duty, there's a whole bunch of them out there and ask yourself right now who is the biggest game company in the world making we're talking about these games online games. It isn't Nintendo, which I would have thought, and it's not Microsoft or Sony, is this Chinese company called Tencent. And the biggest problem we're having right now is the Tencent has a new online game out. The people are starting to play it. Tencent owns Riot Games, and they have two of the world's biggest names, League of Legends team fight tactics, and now they've got this considerable game out there. That is going to be a bit of a problem because what Tencent is starting to do is they are putting spyware onto the computers, and it isn't just regular spyware, with at least one of these Tencent games and they're planning on rolling it out to the other games. They are putting that into the operating system as what's known as a ring, zero drivers. That's a bad thing. The game they have it in right now is called courage, and VA l o RA and T. League of Legends legends, which is their real big game, are out there right now. And we're talking about over $15 billion industry. It's amazing. So they are interfering with the operating system, they're interfering with the graphics cards are doing this saying, Oh, well, we want to protect your intellectual property, which they may be doing by doing this. Still, they also have the additional problem of messing up our computers. And if their code gets hacked. Now there's a direct funnel into all of the information on our computers. So my kids automatically uninstalled it all as the best thing could, and They're looking at maybe reinstalling their computers there is a lot of discussion on Reddit about this and about the problems it's causing. So if you or your kids play online games and you're playing courage, and you might want to install it as soon as possible, All right, so that's it for today. We covered a lot of great stuff I'd love you guys to visit me online be part of the free training that is coming up here over the next couple of weeks Craig Peters on.com slash subscribe Craig Peterson dot com slash subscribe. Whether you are a home user or a business user or a business owner, you're going to love these. Let me tell you, and it's a good thing. You've been listening to Craig Peterson. That's Peterson with -ON on WGAN, and I'll be back Wednesday morning at 730 with Matt Gagnon.
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