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A Smug Dill

I endeavour to be frank and truthful in what I write, show or otherwise present, when I relate my first-hand experiences that are not independently verifiable; and link to third-party content where I can, when I make a claim or refute a statement of fact in a thread. If there is something you can verify for yourself, I entreat you to do so, and judge for yourself what is right, correct for valid. I may be wrong, and my position or say-so is no more authoritative and carries no more weight than anyone else's here.

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Detman101
11 hours ago, inkstainedruth said:

A friend of mine was complaining several years ago that after booking a hotel room in some resort area, her FB feed was FLOODED with hotel ads for the same area.  And she said "I can't sleep in more than one hotel room at a time!" And when my husband was doing research online for a previous job (at the Naval Nuclear Labs) suddenly he was inundated with ads in his FB feed for, well, women's swimwear....  

The flip side of course is the school library somewhere a few years ago where their software preventing the kids from inadvertently find porn sites was ALSO blocking research int breast cancer treatments....

AI isn't going to take over the world anytime soon.  Last night I was trying to get a live person on a communications company's badly coded chat window and their bot thought my name was "NEITHER".  Of course, when I DID get a live person he was so useless he could just as *easily* have actually been another bot.... :huh:

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

 

11 hours ago, alexwi said:

My best story about FB adds (my wife's, really), happened years ago, when I got intrigued about what the feed of a twenty-something years old woman would look like in terms of ads. I also did this because I was annoyed at FB telling all my friends about my birthday and having to thank people for a ton of utterly meaningless and empty "happy birthday" notes.

 

So I went ahead and changed my gender and age (it was still possible to do it back then).

 

My feed didn't change radically.

 

Then, one day my wife and I were chatting about online privacy and I told her what I had done and she almost screamed that no wonder she was being BOMBARDED with ads for gay cruises, magazines, and what-not. She couldn't understand what the *$#($@#&* was wrong with Facebook!

 

Alex


My wife and I also tried this with our formerly internet-connected digital home thermostat.
The manufacturer recommended logging the devices onto our home internet for updates and maintenance.
So in the first week, we did that.
The very same day we started getting ads popping up in our email, on Facebook, recommendations on Amazon...everything.
And all things we had been talking about in the new house. Being that the only internet-connected devices were the thermostats...we knew the culprit.
We tested it by talking about "Hamsters" non-stop and sure as flies on s#!+.....we started getting "Hamster" targeted advertising on EVERYTHING!
The devices were taken off the internet immediately and then removed from our home and replaced with analog thermostats.
Digital everything is going to be the death of everything...

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54 minutes ago, Detman101 said:

My wife and I also tried this with our formerly internet-connected digital home thermostat.
The manufacturer recommended logging the devices onto our home internet for updates and maintenance.
So in the first week, we did that.
The very same day we started getting ads popping up in our email, on Facebook, recommendations on Amazon...everything.
And all things we had been talking about in the new house. Being that the only internet-connected devices were the thermostats...we knew the culprit.
We tested it by talking about "Hamsters" non-stop and sure as flies on s#!+.....we started getting "Hamster" targeted advertising on EVERYTHING!
The devices were taken off the internet immediately and then removed from our home and replaced with analog thermostats.
Digital everything is going to be the death of everything...

Your thermostat had voice recognition in it?

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Frank C
9 hours ago, A Smug Dill said:

:lticaptd::lticaptd::lticaptd:Glad to see someone is still "drawing" on this topic. As for the choice of names . . . . I can neither confirm nor deny writing my name in the snow. 

"One can not waste time worrying about small minds . . . If we were normal, we'd still be using free ball point pens." —Bo Bo Olson "I already own more ink than a rational person can use in a lifetime." —Waski_the_Squirrel

I'm still trying to figure out how to list all my pens down here.

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2 minutes ago, Frank C said:

someone is still "drawing"

 

I've pretty much run out of stickmen, but I have a few more "drawings" from times past and other forums...  Someone mentioned centripetal force...

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Message to @LizEF. (Note to self: Use a faster drying ink for the future stick figures.)

"One can not waste time worrying about small minds . . . If we were normal, we'd still be using free ball point pens." —Bo Bo Olson "I already own more ink than a rational person can use in a lifetime." —Waski_the_Squirrel

I'm still trying to figure out how to list all my pens down here.

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@Frank C Bravo to the above! :thumbup:

 

43 minutes ago, Frank C said:

Glad to see someone is still "drawing" on this topic.

 

There was an earlier topic I wanted to send up with a drawing, but the outline of the map of Ireland is very challenging to recognisably render freehand, and I was afraid someone may take the message to be political when I have absolutely no interest or leaning in the Irish Question.

 

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I endeavour to be frank and truthful in what I write, show or otherwise present, when I relate my first-hand experiences that are not independently verifiable; and link to third-party content where I can, when I make a claim or refute a statement of fact in a thread. If there is something you can verify for yourself, I entreat you to do so, and judge for yourself what is right, correct for valid. I may be wrong, and my position or say-so is no more authoritative and carries no more weight than anyone else's here.

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Detman101
38 minutes ago, LizEF said:

Your thermostat had voice recognition in it?

Indeed it did. Voice recognition, proximity sensors, remote monitoring...the works.
Kick in the butt for me selecting the top-of-the-line tech (at the time we built the house 3 years ago) for the house.
🙄

Shouldn't have done that...

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Detman101
36 minutes ago, LizEF said:

 

I've pretty much run out of stickmen, but I have a few more "drawings" from times past and other forums...  Someone mentioned centripetal force...

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Lol...that's a good one!
😛

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37 minutes ago, Frank C said:

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Message to @LizEF. (Note to self: Use a faster drying ink for the future stick figures.)

:lticaptd:Fabulous!!  Love it! :D

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28 minutes ago, Detman101 said:

Lol...that's a good one!
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:) Thanks!

 

30 minutes ago, Detman101 said:

Indeed it did. Voice recognition, proximity sensors, remote monitoring...the works.
Kick in the butt for me selecting the top-of-the-line tech (at the time we built the house 3 years ago) for the house.
🙄

Shouldn't have done that...

Wow.  Honestly, I'm kinda glad I'm slightly paranoid.  I like single-function, low-tech, few-moving-parts devices. :)

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59 minutes ago, Detman101 said:

Indeed it did. Voice recognition, proximity sensors, remote monitoring...the works.
Kick in the butt for me selecting the top-of-the-line tech (at the time we built the house 3 years ago) for the house.
🙄

Shouldn't have done that...

 

I had to beat back both the guys who upgraded our irrigation system ("are you sure you don't want a WiFi connected rain sensor?") and the guys who installed our new garage door ("but look! you can open your garage door with your phone! Are you sure you don't want it?"). No.  No Nest, no Alexa, no toasters/fridges/light switches to spy on us, no Internet of Things at my house, thank you.

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Detman101
29 minutes ago, LizEF said:

:) Thanks!

 

Wow.  Honestly, I'm kinda glad I'm slightly paranoid.  I like single-function, low-tech, few-moving-parts devices. :)

 

3 minutes ago, brokenclay said:

 

I had to beat back both the guys who upgraded our irrigation system ("are you sure you don't want a WiFi connected rain sensor?") and the guys who installed our new garage door ("but look! you can open your garage door with your phone! Are you sure you don't want it?"). No.  No Nest, no Alexa, no toasters/fridges/light switches to spy on us, no Internet of Things at my house, thank you.

You all are indeed wise for avoiding connecting all of your home functions to the internet.
I can honestly say that it is universally a horrid idea from my initial and only experience with it.
I will keep as many items I own "DUMB" for as long as possible...lol.

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Frank C
48 minutes ago, LizEF said:

Wait!  @Frank C, how exactly do you know I wear glasses?

 

 

I've watched—and commented on—a few youtube videos. The real question is: How did I know Makhabesh wears glasses, too?

"One can not waste time worrying about small minds . . . If we were normal, we'd still be using free ball point pens." —Bo Bo Olson "I already own more ink than a rational person can use in a lifetime." —Waski_the_Squirrel

I'm still trying to figure out how to list all my pens down here.

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Frank C
2 hours ago, A Smug Dill said:

@Frank C Bravo to the above! :thumbup:

 

 

There was an earlier topic I wanted to send up with a drawing, but the outline of the map of Ireland is very challenging to recognisably render freehand, and I was afraid someone may take the message to be political when I have absolutely no interest or leaning in the Irish Question.

 

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"One can not waste time worrying about small minds . . . If we were normal, we'd still be using free ball point pens." —Bo Bo Olson "I already own more ink than a rational person can use in a lifetime." —Waski_the_Squirrel

I'm still trying to figure out how to list all my pens down here.

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38 minutes ago, Frank C said:

I've watched—and commented on—a few youtube videos. The real question is: How did I know Makhabesh wears glasses, too?

:unsure: :lol: OK, I know you've commented on them there.  Maybe my avatar?  (I've certainly never shown my face in a video.)  As for Makhabesh, I prefer to let folks imagine him how they will, so it's all good.

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5 minutes ago, Frank C said:

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:D  Here's stick-Liz wondering how a single stalk of corn (I think) came to be growing right next to her air conditioner:

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28 minutes ago, LizEF said:

:unsure: :lol: OK, I know you've commented on them there.  Maybe my avatar?  (I've certainly never shown my face in a video.)  As for Makhabesh, I prefer to let folks imagine him how they will, so it's all good.

Isn't your avatar you? It is how the world sees you. I am morphing into a stick figure, even as I write. 

 

Of course, that may be Makhabesh's mother, but I think that she wears bifocals. 

"One can not waste time worrying about small minds . . . If we were normal, we'd still be using free ball point pens." —Bo Bo Olson "I already own more ink than a rational person can use in a lifetime." —Waski_the_Squirrel

I'm still trying to figure out how to list all my pens down here.

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