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CIA cyberwarfare on us

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Mar 9. 1 Reply

Just in case you feel the current administration doesn't have enough power, we find out that the CIA can take control of your iPhone and Twitter account, or watch you through your smart Samsung TV, at will. Moreover, the vulnerabilities they…Continue

Tags: cyber weapons, cyberwarfare, spyware, weaponized Apple, Google, and Microsoft vulnerabilities

AI against trolls

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 8. 0 Replies

Now Anyone Can Deploy Google’s Troll-Fighting AIHorray! I hope this works!A Google offshoot called Jigsaw declared war on trolls, launching a…Continue

Tags: troll control, Jigsaw

In the US, Ads watch YOU!

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 23. 1 Reply

Secret signals between your TV, computer, laptop, smartphone, etc, so corporations can  follow your every move. Creepy!…Continue

Tags: spyware apps

Magnet Toys

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 12. 1 Reply

Neat videositeShort story: We’re a group of three university students from Norway who have for 3 years worked with a magnetic game…Continue

Tags: Magination, magnetic toys

Cloud Hosting Infected

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 1, 2016. 0 Replies

'Lurking malice' in cloud hosting services, study findsMalware in cloud hosting services is going undetected.Overall, the researchers scanned more than…Continue

Tags: malicious software, cloud hosting

Question about The Dresden Files.

Started by Joseph P. Last reply by BenGee Oct 22, 2016. 3 Replies

I have a question about a series of books.  I just recently tried reading the series, The Dresden Files.I've heard from so many people about what a great fantasy series it is.  It's the go-to reference for almost any discussion about modern magic in…Continue

iPhone 6 plus design defects

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 7, 2016. 2 Replies

A Design Defect Is Breaking a Ton of iPhone 6 PlusesThe phones apparently malfunction from "molding themselves to the shape of your rump if left too…Continue

Tags: Touch Disease, iPhone 6

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Comment by Idaho Spud on September 5, 2016 at 10:33am

Comment by Steph S. on September 4, 2016 at 7:24pm

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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.

 

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