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Facebook Frolics 0

And this surprises you how?

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In The Roanoke Times, Betsy Biesenbach muses on what gives the Zuckerborg such a hold on person. A snippet:

But Facebook offers us something more — it allows us to the be the center of our own universe. We can “like” other people’s posts, we can commiserate with them, we can satisfy our inner voyeur by lurking, or we can hide behind our anonymity and attack complete strangers — and never have to get off the couch. It’s only a simulation of human interaction, but it can feel like the real thing, and we’re in control of it all.

No Place To Hide 0

I normally keep the GPS on my Android phone turned off, unless I have a positive need to use it. For example, I turn it on when I am using Move! Bike Computer to record a bicycle ride. Also, I don’t use the phone for navigation. I use maps.

Remember maps? They are big and colorful and easy to read and don’t talk back.

Yesterday, I turned the GPS on to perform a function and neglected to turn it off when I was done.

After going out for Sunday morning breakfast at our favorite breakfast place (it’s not fancy, but the food is good, the prices reasonable, the people nice, and the country ham to die for), we stopped at a local commercial emporium to purchase some items. Shortly thereafter, I received a message from Google asking me to provide a review of [name of commercial emporium].

I won’t make that mistake again.

It’s not Google’s business, or anyone else’s business, where the hell I choose to shop. Or where you choose to shop.

And people worry about the NSA and surveillance, for Pete’s sake, while they run nekkid through Silicon Valley without consciousness of their nekkidness, as Adam and Eve in Eden before eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge.

We are doomed.


No Place To Hide 0

Two weeks ago, according to Danielle, an employee of her husband’s who lived in Seattle called and told the family that they were “being hacked.”

The man told the family he had audio recordings from inside their house. He sent back the files and indeed, they were the family’s conversations, Danielle said.


In a statement to KIRO, Amazon said, “Echo woke up due to a word in background conversation sounding like ‘Alexa.’ Then, the subsequent conversation was heard as a ‘send message’ request. At which point, Alexa said out loud ‘To whom?’ At which point, the background conversation was interpreted as a name in the customer’s contact list. Alexa then asked out loud, ‘[contact name], right?’ Alexa then interpreted background conversation as ‘right.’ As unlikely as this string of events is, we are evaluating options to make this case even less likely.”

And this surprises you how?

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Oh what a tangled web the Zuckerborg weaves,
as these discovered when they tried to leave.

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Yet another Facebook user is surprised at how thoroughly he has been assimilated by the Zuckerborg. A snippet:

With a few clicks, I learned that about 500 advertisers — many that I had never heard of — had my contact information, which could include my email address, phone number and full name. Facebook also had my entire phone book, including the number to ring my apartment buzzer. The social network had even kept a permanent record of the roughly 100 people I had deleted from my friends list over the last 14 years, including my exes.

In Other Words, DHS Wants To Be like Facebook 0

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Damn computers. They expect u to splet stuf rite.

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Two men dressed in medical scrubs dragging a man to an MPI (My Personal Information) scanner where a Facebook logo adorns the scanning bed.  One says,

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No Place To Hide 0

One more time: The internet is a public place. Comport yourself accordingly.

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John Long discovers that he has no privacy. Zilch, nada, none.

Invasion of the Mind Snatchers 0

Sunday’s New York Times explored coming attractions in digital spyware.

No, not that kind of spyware; the spyware that masquerades as a help-meet, so that persons eagerly welcome it into their homes. Here’s some of the patents that are pending:

In one set of patent applications, Amazon describes how a “voice sniffer algorithm” could be used on an array of devices, like tablets and e-book readers, to analyze audio almost in real time when it hears words like “love,” bought” or “dislike.” A diagram included with the application illustrated how a phone call between two friends could result in one receiving an offer for the San Diego Zoo and the other seeing an ad for a Wine of the Month Club membership.

Some patent applications from Google, which also owns the smart home product maker Nest Labs, describe how audio and visual signals could be used in the context of elaborate smart home setups.

One application details how audio monitoring could help detect that a child is engaging in “mischief” at home by first using speech patterns and pitch to identify a child’s presence, one filing said. A device could then try to sense movement while listening for whispers or silence, and even program a smart speaker to “provide a verbal warning.”

I will note that Google, Amazon, and other vendors of this stuff claim that no so features are currently in use and that their current consumer digital “assistants” speak only when spoken to. Given the tech industry’s spotless record of integrity, I have no doubt that such claims are credib–oh, never mind.

Follow the link, then remind yourself that it’s perfectly okay to get off the couch and turn off the coffee pot on your ownsome.

Twits on Twitter, Facebook Frolics Dept. 0

I am certain I am not the only person who finds that #deletefacebook is trending on Twitter to be somewhat ironic.

In related news, John Aravosis retrieves his data from Facebook and finds that the Zuckerborg has slurped up far more information about him than he imagined.

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No Place To Hide 0

Rat:  What are you doing?  Pig:  Doing a crossword puzzle.  The clue is

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No Place To Hide 0

Thom discusses our culture of institutionalized spying and the loss of privacy.

Facebook Frolics 0

Germany suggests the Facebook is being intrusive. I’m shocked, shocked, I say.

The Bundeskartellamt informed the American social media giant on Tuesday of its “preliminary legal assessment” that by forcing third-party websites and apps – including WhatsApp, Instagram and those using embedded Facebook APIs – to share their data with Facebook, it was abusing its position.

“We are mostly concerned about the collection of data outside Facebook’s social network and the merging of this data into a user’s Facebook account,” said Bundeskartellamt president Andreas Mundt.

He noted that this data gathering “even happens when, for example, a user does not press a ‘like button’ but has called up a site into which such a button is embedded.” Visiting a webpage with a Facebook ‘like’ button on it phones homes some info about the netizen to the Mark-Zuckerberg-run business, in other words.

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In case you ever wondered why I seldom use Facebook and why, when I do, I do so only in “private” or “incognito” mode, the reason is quite simple.

The Zuckerborg makes the NSA look like amateurs.

The Internet of Targets 0

If you are thinking of getting internet enabled doo-dads for Christmas for yourself or others, check Mozilla’s report, “Privacy Not Included.”

Via Bruce Schneier.

Big Mickey Is Watching You–and Your Kids 0

There’s an App for That 0

Thom speaks on several off-beat topics, then discusses how your smartphone spies on you. The relevant portion starts at the five-minute mark.