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Forum: Off-Topic February 16th, 2021, 01:01 PM
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Posted By bobwest
No, I haven't. No idea about it either, one...

No, I haven't.

No idea about it either, one way or another. It sounds good, but the details are what matter.

Bob.
Forum: Off-Topic February 5th, 2021, 07:54 PM
Replies: 264
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Posted By bobwest
I had exactly the same thoughts when I read about...

I had exactly the same thoughts when I read about this:

a) Satisfaction that we can track the bastards who did this.

b) Terror that it can be used to track anyone.

The time will come when it...
Forum: Off-Topic December 12th, 2020, 03:28 PM
Replies: 264
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Posted By bobwest
Nothing very involved, just what you wrote: ...

Nothing very involved, just what you wrote:



Technologies will be properly used when the aim is to use them in a way that is beneficial. They will be improperly used when the aim is exploitive...
Forum: Off-Topic December 12th, 2020, 12:20 PM
Replies: 264
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Posted By bobwest
All it takes is the intent to do the right thing,...

All it takes is the intent to do the right thing, not the wrong one.

Bob.
Forum: Off-Topic September 21st, 2019, 07:57 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
Although it sometimes feels like shouting in the...

Although it sometimes feels like shouting in the wilderness, it's still important to keep this topic alive.

Just saw this one:

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"Facebook said on Friday that it had suspended...
Forum: Off-Topic July 19th, 2019, 07:14 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
The tech industry, not surprisingly, discovered...

The tech industry, not surprisingly, discovered that they could put anything in their stated policies and no one would read them. They are not the first -- that's where the term "fine print" came...
Forum: Off-Topic July 19th, 2019, 03:44 PM
Replies: 264
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Posted By bobwest
Odd. Does this work?...

Odd.

Does this work? https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/07/18/i-found-your-data-its-sale/?utm_term=.add0168cc14c

I got to the same article through a different pathway at the Post....
Forum: Off-Topic July 19th, 2019, 03:00 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
This is very important. "I've found your data....

This is very important. "I've found your data. It's for sale":

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/07/18/i-found-your-data-its-sale/?utm_term=.add0168cc14c

(Link edited to see if it...
Forum: Off-Topic July 13th, 2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
I do think it is cool to be able to talk to...

I do think it is cool to be able to talk to machines, since talking is the most natural way for humans to communicate.

However, I want other people to be the early adopters of this kind of new...
Forum: Off-Topic July 9th, 2019, 07:41 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
I certainly agree. There is a forward march in...

I certainly agree. There is a forward march in the direction of more use of our personal data, including our faces and other aspects of our identity, and there is not much that can be done about it,...
Forum: Off-Topic July 9th, 2019, 04:51 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
This article is exactly what is disturbing about...

This article is exactly what is disturbing about new uses of technology that mine individual information:
...
Forum: Off-Topic June 11th, 2019, 11:43 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
Facial recognition advances. Now some...

Facial recognition advances.

Now some airlines are offering it (on a voluntary basis) for flight check-in. TSA is applying it for visa checks. Etc.

I think there is no way to stop this from...
Forum: Off-Topic May 9th, 2019, 12:48 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
Break up Facebook? An opinion piece in the...

Break up Facebook?

An opinion piece in the New York Times by Chris Hughes, one of the co-founders of Facebook and one of Zuckerberg's ex-college roommates.

I don't know if it's time to break it...
Forum: Off-Topic March 8th, 2019, 03:18 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
Ah, but Google probably has something about that...

Ah, but Google probably has something about that guy who lives in the woods with the funny hat and glasses....

:becky:

Bob.
Forum: Off-Topic March 8th, 2019, 10:22 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
I read this article in the Times today and...

I read this article in the Times today and thought of this thread.

It's not about Big Brother or Big Facebook this time, it's about Big Anybody who can use Google.

At first I didn't even want...
Forum: Off-Topic March 5th, 2019, 10:39 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
I saw the news of this yesterday and said, damn,...

I saw the news of this yesterday and said, damn, there they go again.

I think everyone would be wise not to give them any more information than they have to, since they apparently will...
Forum: Off-Topic December 10th, 2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
New article: tracking your location I get...

New article: tracking your location

I get comfortable, I tell myself not to be paranoid, and then I get new reasons to get less comfortable....

It seems that many, many companies are in the...
Forum: Off-Topic October 3rd, 2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
I was going to say the same thing. What in the...

I was going to say the same thing. What in the world are "prohibited material and documents" anyway?

Bob.
Forum: Off-Topic July 22nd, 2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
Good article on facial recognition vs. our rights...

Good article on facial recognition vs. our rights to not be recognized, basically:
...
Forum: Off-Topic July 11th, 2018, 05:14 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
I would say that this string of events is not so...

I would say that this string of events is not so unlikely.

They say that the device "interpreted" this and "interpreted" that. I'm sure they are right, and I'm also sure that there was no ill...
Forum: Off-Topic June 29th, 2018, 03:44 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
There is no innocent, non-abusive way to...

There is no innocent, non-abusive way to interpret this.

I'm starting to think it's time to break up Facebook.

Bob.
Forum: Off-Topic June 21st, 2018, 01:07 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
And gone. Bob.

And gone.

Bob.
Forum: Off-Topic May 4th, 2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
Facebook starts new dating service. What could...

Facebook starts new dating service. What could possibly go wrong?
...
Forum: Off-Topic April 5th, 2018, 12:06 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
I wouldn't call that off topic. It's part of the...

I wouldn't call that off topic. It's part of the whole thing.

Bob.
Forum: Off-Topic April 5th, 2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 22,391
Posted By bobwest
I am way more concerned about Experian, and the...

I am way more concerned about Experian, and the other rating agencies.

The rating guys stay in the background, unnoticed unless they mess up your data -- report things wrong-- or get hacked, which...
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