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A group for us Geek and Nerds to talk about things we like. Technology, sci-fi, movies, TV, collecting, games, comics, science, etc.

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Personal Assistants are Trojan Horses

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Mar 7. 1 Reply

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

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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

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Comment by Idaho Spud on September 5, 2016 at 10:36am

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

Welcome new members and thanks for joining.

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.

 

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