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Saturday, Mar. 3rd 2018

This is how the food industry talks

Follow up of previous note.

I asked them about their production's process.

Specifically, how to decode the ID we find on the products.

I wanted to check whether broken biscuits are all from the same factory or not.

They replied with money.

I guess their idea is that both they and I are happy. (English grammar one o one.)

What kind of communication is that?

I feel used. This big company certainly has many people working to deal with unhappy consumers. They "theorized" how to reply. They decided on what amount of money would be okay for everyone to be happy in this or that situation, as if money was all what matters.

Did I ask for money? No. I asked for some information I didn't get in return.

I think I'll try to bake my own biscuits. I don't want to have nothing to do with people so lost in procedures and unable to interact with other human beings in a way that has not been planned.

What a sad picture of humanity they gave to me.

Anyway, to conclude, let me put some data.

Here is the letter I received back. I removed some stuff to remain slightly anonymous.

[image: letter from Mondelez]

It's in french and I won't translate! Use some OCR and whatever translation tools available to you.

Here is the "coupon de r├ęduction" they sent. Three euros. Which is actually more than 155 times what I lost.

[image: coupon de reduction]

You want a high resolution version?

There you go: face A and face B.

The thing is more or less thirteen centimeters large, something like that.

I think it's possible to print it and use it here and there. Maybe the previous sentence is illegal though.

There is no meaning in the universe. But we are human beings and can talk and understand each other. It's sad to regulate so much our interactions, based on abstract ideas that come out of nowhere.

Let me conclude with how to remove metadata from JPEG files, for no one should throw more data than necessary out to the wild. Cameras like to put too much information along with pixels.

    exiftool -all= file.jpg

Debian puts this in the package libimage-exiftool-perl.

I was too lazy to download JPEG documentation and write a small utility myself.

And actually it may not be enough. Maybe the camera does add some watermarking directly in the image that can be decoded by "those who know".

But then I guess "those who know" have also access to other sources of information and if they want to find out about you then they can. And if you fall into one of the categories of people facing such threats the best is to share nothing at all and enjoy your underground life as long as you can.

Enough noise for today!

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