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What Be Your Nerd Type?

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Steph S. May 16. 59 Replies

http://www.gotoquiz.com/what_be_your_nerd_typeTake the test and see what you get.This is what I am -Science/Math nerd and Gamer/Computer Nerd…Continue

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer (Official)

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 17, 2015. 8 Replies

Published on Oct 19, 2015 Watch the official trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, coming to theaters December 18, 2015.I can't wait to see this movieContinue

Tossing your privacy policies

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Donald L. Engel Sep 25, 2015. 5 Replies

The following companies just betrayed billions of peopleThese companies are lobbying for "hugely unpopular surveillance legislation that's been lambasted by privacy groups and security…Continue

Tags: surveillance, privacy, Cyber Threat Information Sharing, cybersecurity

Unsustainable Bitcoin

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 3, 2015. 2 Replies

... Bitcoin about 5,033 times more energy intensive, per transaction, than VISA... Bitcoin’s power usage per transaction isn’t remotely sustainable as a wholesale replacement for the conventional financial system.... According to my calculation, a…Continue

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The best trailers and talks of San Diego Comic-Con

Started by Steph S. Jul 15, 2015. 0 Replies

San Diego Comic-Con was last week, and our sister site IGN descended upon the…Continue

The Avengers - Age of Ultron

Started by Steph S. Apr 27, 2015. 0 Replies

Here is the website and trailer to the movie coming out May 1, 2015.I am looking forward to seeing this movie.http://marvel.com/movies/movie/193/avengers_age_of_ultron…Continue

10 bold predictions for 2015

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Joseph P Apr 14, 2015. 5 Replies

Life extension is one of the hottest topics around these days, but that…Continue

1000 years from now: What will we be like?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Joseph P Apr 14, 2015. 4 Replies

What will humans be like in 100 years?  1000?  One million?  One trillion?My main reason for this discussion is to see if my thinking is that far off.  I’ve mentioned this subject several times before on Atheist Nexus, in relation to living forever,…Continue

Tags: bodies, mechanical, Future

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Comment by Joseph P on July 15, 2016 at 7:10pm

If you attach the right component to a landline phone, it'll transmit when it's turned off, too.

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 15, 2016 at 7:04pm

I think listening on your landline only works when you're using it for a phone call. What folks here are talking about is the possibility of your cell phone being a bugging device even when it's "turned off".

Comment by Joseph P on July 15, 2016 at 6:53pm

To listen in on your landline, the government agency has to run it past a special court to get approval.  That court hands out approvals like candy.  It approves almost every request.  The last time I checked, it was something like 3 or 4 refusals, since the court was first set up.

Admittedly, the last time I checked was a few years ago.  So, you might need two hands to count, now.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 15, 2016 at 5:59pm

Idaho Spud, that's kind of alarming.

Verizon, my phone company, is one of the few that allows the government to access its data on its customers, and listen to the sounds the phone picks up.

So just having a cellphone on, to receive calls, is an open invitation to Big Brother to listen to your home. I presume this doesn't apply to a land line?

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 15, 2016 at 4:40pm

The "Pokemon Go" augmented reality game is having a real effect on our furry friends:

(Exhausted dog lying on a boardwalk) That's the sixth walk today - WTF is a Pokemon[?](Looks like "imnotrightinthehead" is a Facebook page, not a stand-alone website.)

Comment by Joseph P on June 26, 2016 at 9:39pm

Yeah, there's a hard shutoff switch in the sound settings somewhere.  I don't know where it in is Mac OS, since I only use Windows and Linux, but it should be somewhere obvious, in with the main volume sliders.  There's usually a mute button at the bottom of all of the sliders, in most interfaces.

I always keep it turned off, there, when I'm not using it.  Plus, my gaming mic has a hardware mute button, in the volume-control unit that's built into the cord.

Same with the camera.  There's always a way to turn it off, somewhere in the system settings, although that varies from interface to interface.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 26, 2016 at 7:15am

Shortly after I started using my latest computer, I discovered it had sent my image (in my underwear) in at least one email I sent.  I now have several layers of black tape over the camera, and have the microphone plugged.  The mic still picks up some sound, so I'll put a switch on it if I ever figure out how to open this iMac.

From what I've learned, it appears Verizon, my phone company, is one of the few that allows the government to access its data on its customers, and listen to the sounds the phone picks up.  I like to keep my phone on all the time for emergencies, but lately I've taken to turning it off when I don't want anyone listening.  I'm not even sure that's enough.  I may want to put a switch on it that can switch the battery out.

Comment by Joseph P on June 25, 2016 at 11:59pm

But as for the actual content of the article ...

That's why we should live in an anarcho-capitalist utopia.  The corporations will be held to account and be forced to be ethical by the buying public ... because the buying public clearly notices this sort of stuff.

The bit about phones is also a fun thing.  At least I'm good on that front.  I haven't used the phone in forever, except to make calls to contractors, my dentist, and similar people.  All of my personal stuff is handled through other apps, for which I can (and do) read the privacy statements.

My cell phone is almost completely a mobile computer.  I have ... three calls in my call log this month.  One is an appointment reminder from my dentist, and the other two are a call from my doctor to reschedule (which went to voicemail) and me calling his office back.

Comment by Joseph P on June 25, 2016 at 11:50pm

I don't worry about it.  I just have normal screens, since I just use my living room TV as a monitor for my desktop PC and my consoles.  No way I'd pay extra for a smart TV.

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 25, 2016 at 8:17pm

A warning about "smart TVs", with cameras and microphones for the convenience of face recognition, gesture recognition, and voice recognition:

I'm terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on - and you’d be, too

(Daily Kos, reporting and commenting on a Salon article)

"You may not be watching, but the telescreen is listening....
The FBI will not have to bug your living room; you will do it yourself."

"Wall Street, not the government, is creating the surveillance state Orwell never dreamed of."

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