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Free games

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Mar 18. 1 Reply

Stay at home and play some gamesFree games available on GOG.COM that will help you relax and pass time at homeContinue

Tags: free online gaming

Google tracking your movements, lying about how to turn it off

Started by Grinning Cat Oct 8, 2019. 0 Replies

(Year-old news from the group comments; probably still relevant and helpful, so I'm posting a copy in a more visible place.)"Google…Continue

Tags: spying, Big Brother, corporate Big Brother, surveillance, privacy

Cellphone Call Scams

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 16, 2018. 1 Reply

Almost half of US cellphone calls will be scams by next year, says reportThe percentage of scam calls…Continue

Tags: cellphone scams

Beware Blockchain Currencies

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jul 31, 2018. 1 Reply

Up to Two-Thirds of Bitcoin Transactions Have No Economic ValueAccording to Coinmetrics,…Continue

Tags: cryptocurrency

Personal Assistants are Trojan Horses

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Mar 7, 2018. 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, 2018. 4 Replies

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

image sourcembc-comics.com/comic/listening
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:

https://www.nist.gov/nist-time-capsule/nist-reveals-how-tiny-rivets...

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!)

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 23, 2017 at 1:06pm

I've actually seen something similar on the web a couple of times, when a website's bare-bones "page not found" Error 404 page says that the server also encountered a 404 error looking for the [intended, customizable] "page not found" page!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 22, 2017 at 2:33pm

from cheezburger
Comment by Joseph P on January 13, 2017 at 7:52pm

Hmm, I haven't run into that issue.  It must be some sort of detection triggered by posting identical or nearly-identical comments in different groups.  I think I've done that maybe once or twice, posting something in only two different groups to which it was appropriate.  My discussion about the Dresden Files books was one of those, I remember.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 13, 2017 at 12:01pm

Lately AN has been sometimes asking me to complete captchas before posting comments or replies. (Maybe because I've been posting "too much", or reposting virtually identical comments in order to fix misteaks.)

In addition to checking "I'm not a robot", it'll ask "select the pictures with storefronts" or some such... which reminded me of this:

Angry cheetah: “It said Select all the food. So I clicked the cheezburger, the hotdog and the puppy. Now I’m a robot? THIS WEBSITE IS GAMED, MAN, GAMED!”(from cheezburger.com: "I mean, since when is salad food?")

 

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