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PostPosted: Mon 08 Jul , 2019 7:39 pm 
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The part about selling the organs is more disturbing to me. :shock:


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PostPosted: Wed 10 Jul , 2019 7:01 pm 

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I assumed that was as false as the rest of their proposal. :)

https://www.euronews.com/2019/06/26/it-s-too-hot-naked-man-riding-scooter-tells-german-police
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Police in the Brandenburg lander, north-east Germany, revealed on Wednesday that they had recently cautioned a man for riding on a motorbike wearing only a helmet and sandals.

In a tongue-in-cheek social media post, they joked that he must have been attempting "the Naked Man" seduction technique from the How I Met Your Mother television show. They also said when questioned about his state of undress, the man replied: "It's too hot!"

"We could not disagree with that, but asked him to put on his pants and then let him continue his ride," the Brandenburg police explained.

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jul , 2019 2:39 am 
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This seems the case of the crime being its own punishment.

Here's a cute one from Chicago - a five-foot alligator moved into a lake in a city park.

As Humboldt Park Gator Watch Enters Day 3, Alligator Bob Says The Creature Is Getting Comfortable

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At one point, a Chicago Police officer started blasting the “Jaws” theme song from his squad car, eliciting laughs.

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jul , 2019 12:04 pm 
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Google workers can listen to what people say to its AI home devices
Company admitted that contractors can access recordings made by Assistant, after some of its recordings were leaked


Does anybody here actually use these things?

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jul , 2019 1:35 pm 
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I absolutely refuse to own any of those contraption. I can't think of a single problem it would solve. And while I can't stop corporations and government from spying on me, asking me to pay them to do it is a bit cheeky, don't you think?

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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jul , 2019 2:28 pm 
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We've got one of those Alexa thingys. My husband often asks it what the weather forecast is, or what the temperature is outside but that's about it.

My son's name is Alex, so we initially renamed it "Computer"... but it kept triggering from things said on TV shows. So we renamed it "Echo" and I don't think it's been accidentally triggered yet under that name.

I think it's pretty useless, but my husband seems to like it.


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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jul , 2019 2:43 pm 

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I never believed they weren't uploading recordings to Google, etc. and I refuse to have any conversation in front of them that I wouldn't want recorded and played back on television. My in-laws bought one and, at first, they thought I was strange for objecting to having it on. I've noticed that, since then, it has disappeared from their house and they've mentioned the privacy risks.

What worries me is that some hospitals have been putting them in patients' rooms. No way I'd want one of those things listening there.

I've also taped over the camera on my laptop.


Of course, smartphones can be hacked, too. Some people in China take the batteries out of their smartphones when having political conversations.

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PostPosted: Wed 17 Jul , 2019 8:03 pm 
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I've been putting tape over computer cameras virtually since they first came out with them. Not because I thought anyone was spying on me, but because I've always hated having a camera pointed at me. The fact that no one was behind the camera doesn't really figure into my emotional response.

And if anyone ever listens to what is said on our Alexa gadget, they'll get hundreds of hours of audio books.


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PostPosted: Fri 19 Jul , 2019 1:38 pm 

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In connection with the recent Facebook group's joking "plans" to storm Area 51 and see the aliens ("If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets.")...

https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/453789-bud-light-offers-to-give-free-beer-to-any-alien-that-makes-it
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Bud Light offers to give free beer to 'any alien that makes it out' of Area 51

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