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May 25, 2018 8:50 am  #1


Do you have an Echo?

Did I say it?  Did I say early last year when these gadgets first came out that they were a horrible idea?  Did I say 10 year ago that baby monitors were a horrible idea?  Did I say "home security" and "smart meters" (actually smart things of any kind) were a bad, bad, bad idea?

Yip.  I think I did, all right.  Not to gloat but I was right about it, as proven recently by an Echo device which "spied" on a family in Oregon and sent their PRIVATE conversations to someone at a waaaaaaay different location. 

Here's my advice:  If you don't own one of those stupid devices, don't buy one.  If you own smart appliances, which is sometimes all you can get these days and that's a damned shame, just be aware that they certainly, most certainly, are spying on more than just your useage, much like the excuse the power companies use for installing those stupid smart meters.  They say it's to monitor your electricity useage - - that is pure unadulterated horseshit.

America is now a spy machine and we'll all have to learn to live with it.  But it's one thing for companies to spy on you (whatever they have to gain, I have no idea) and it's quite another for personal private conversations to be spurting around the airwaves.

It's disgraceful and if there's a way to undo all of this we better figure it out fast.  We used to make jokes that pretty soon everyone would know what color underwear you have on every day - - - that's no longer a joke.  NOTHING is private. 


A government which robs Peter to
pay Paul can always depend on
the support of Paul.
-- George Bernard Shaw
 

May 25, 2018 9:56 am  #2


Re: Do you have an Echo?

Here's one of the few stories I've seen about this subject.  It will give you a better idea, although VERY short on explanation, really, about how this went down for just this ONE family.  Can you imagine anyone being stupid enough to do this in the first place?  I mean, really.  VOLUNTEERING, basically, to be spied on?  Yeah, you get what you ask for/wish for.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-25/how-amazons-alexa-records-and-shares-private-conversations-without-your-permission

I sure wish I could figure out how to comment (in the comment section) over at ZeroHedge.  I see nothing at all that would allow me to use my disqus account or to just randomly sign up.  It's a stupid format.


A government which robs Peter to
pay Paul can always depend on
the support of Paul.
-- George Bernard Shaw
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