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Personal Assistants are Trojan Horses

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 3 hours ago. 0 Replies

Amazon owns my Echo; I’m just feeding itI found this personal story more disturbing than humorous. It's a dystopian…Continue

Tags: corporate takeover, personal digital assistants

Top Clean Cars and Trucks of 2018

Started by Cane Kostovski. Last reply by Cane Kostovski Feb 10. 4 Replies


Betcha can't tell what's real

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Dec 12, 2017. 0 Replies

SOCIAL MEDIA FROM AUTOMATED INAUTHENTICITY“Artificial neural networks are advancing rapidly in their ability to…Continue

Tags: phony online content

You have no privacy

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 21, 2017. 2 Replies

HOW PETER THIEL’S PALANTIR HELPED THE NSA SPY ON THE WHOLE WORLDYou'll be floored by the imbalance of information…Continue

Tags: Peter Thiel, surveillance, XKEYSCORE, Plantair

Open Air Plasma Ring

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 18, 2017. 0 Replies

Engineers Create Stable Plasma Ring in Open AirYou've probably played with a plasma ball.…Continue

Tags: plasma advance

Your TV is getting creepy

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Nov 10, 2017. 1 Reply

They Can Hear You Now: Verizon Patent Could Listen In On CustomersYour TV will listen to your conversations with…Continue

Tags: corporate intrusion, TV stalking users

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 14, 2017 at 6:13pm

Broadband over 'wet string' tested for fun

Broadband can be sent over 2 meters of string wet with salt water.

Engineers at a small British internet service provider have successfully made a broadband connection work over 2m (6ft 7in) of wet string.

"Here the string is acting as a waveguide to transmit an electromagnetic wave. And because the broadband signal in this case is very high frequency it doesn't matter so much what the material is."

The connection reached speeds of 3.5 Mbps (megabits per second),...

Comment by Grinning Cat on December 1, 2017 at 11:41am

What could happen if Title II (common carrier) net neutrality is killed, as FCC chairman Ajit Pai is about to do despite public comments opposing the move:

Yes, censorship, tiered access, and extra charges for consumers as well as websites and publishers. (click to enlarge)

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 19, 2017 at 1:34pm


Comment by Grinning Cat on August 1, 2017 at 9:56am

Watchdog Group Files Complaint Over Google Tracking In-Person Purchases (NPR, All Tech Considered)

[I already use several defenses against such things: a non-tracking search engine (DuckDuckGo), an ad blocker, avoiding apps with ads, and keeping location turned off on my phone except when needed for navigation. The ExtremeTech article on this also suggests staying logged out of your Google account except when needed.]

A privacy watchdog group has filed a complaint with the FTC over Google's system for tracking purchases Internet users make in person, at physical store locations.

Google announced the new service — a way for advertisers to measure the effectiveness of an online ad campaign — in May. It combines Google's search and app records with credit card purchase data acquired from third-party sources.
For several years, the company has been using location data on phones to track store visits — for example, to see how many people clicked on a PetSmart ad and then visited their local PetSmart.

But the new system goes further, and looks at actual purchases, by relying on in-store credit card transactions. [...] That data gets cross-referenced with information Google already has, to connect user accounts to in-person purchases.


Rotenberg says that Google has never identified who its third-party partners are, "what data is acquired or what steps they are taking to de-identify that data." Without those details, he says, there's good reason to be skeptical of the company's claims of anonymity.

He points to examples like Snapchat, the app that said that photos posted on its platform would disappear forever. EPIC challenged that claim in an FTC complaint. The FTC agreed that Snapchat was being misleading, and the company eventually settled the charges.

Rotenberg says that if Google's anonymizing practices are as robust as they say, that likely alleviate EPIC's privacy concerns. But without an independent investigation, he says, it's impossible to evaluate Google's claims that the process is fully anonymous.

EPIC also complains that the opt-out process is "opaque and misleading," [...]

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 10, 2017 at 9:52am

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 8, 2017 at 12:21pm

Just read that the iceberg that sank the Titanic only made a very small hole, not enough to come close to sinking the ship.  The reason it sank was because of poor quality rivets that popped loose when the ship hit the iceberg.  Read more here:

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 7, 2017 at 10:42am
Comment by Grinning Cat on May 3, 2017 at 3:51pm

Facebook told advertisers it can identify teens feeling 'insecure' and 'worthless' (The Guardian)

Facebook showed advertisers how it has the capacity to identify when teenagers feel “insecure”, “worthless” and “need a confidence boost”, according to a leaked documents based on research quietly conducted by the social network.

The internal report produced by Facebook executives, and obtained by the Australian, states that the company can monitor posts and photos in real time to determine when young people feel “stressed”, “defeated”, “overwhelmed”, “anxious”, “nervous”, “stupid”, “silly”, “useless” and a “failure”.

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Comment by Grinning Cat on March 29, 2017 at 5:18pm

There's a robot that prints out and burns every tweet of Donald tRump's, then tweets that video as a reply, "I burned your tweet."

"@burnedyourtweet - giving Trump's tweets the attention they deserve"

"Donald Trump is being trolled by a disobedient robot on Twitter" (The Telegraph)

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 29, 2017 at 11:22am

Now that Senate and House Republicans have repealed the FCC's internet privacy protections, and opened the door to ISPs selling our browsing and search histories to the highest bidders --

Any recommendations about VPNs? Tor? Other ways to protect ourselves?

(Please reply in that discussion. Thanks!)


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