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Danger, Will Robinson… DANGER! Big Brother IS Watching -and- Listening!

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, January 3, 2019

Feeling paranoid?

Not to worry.

You just think you are.

But it’s true.

YOU’RE BEING WATCHED.

-and-

Did you know?

Even the direction-finding app Waze is owned by Google.

The G will eat your babies.

The G has already eaten your lunch.

And G, you didn’t even know it.

The G is Google.

So, here’s the deal: You THINK you’re searching for something and the search will return UNBIASED results… right?

WRONG!

From Forbes, Mar 5, 2012, 12:34pm: “Google will track what you search for in its search engine facility and then use that intelligence to its advantage.”

But we can go back even further to see where “You’re not the customer; you’re the product.”

In 1973 the artists Richard Serra and Carlota Fay Schoolman broadcast a short video titled “Television Delivers People.” An anodyne soundtrack played while sentences in white text on a blue background slowly scrolled upward. The messages displayed thematically matched the saying under exploration. Emphases were added to the excerpt by Quote Investigator: 1

Commercial television delivers 20 million people a minute.
In commercial broadcasting
the viewer pays for the privilege of having himself sold.

It is the consumer who is consumed.
You are the product of t.v.
You are delivered to the advertiser who is the customer.
He consumes you.
The viewer is not responsible for programming——
You are the end product.

If you think that anything has changed, you’re WRONG AGAIN.

This time, it’s Google.

And not only is there online Google, there’s now the danger of Amazon’s Alexa listening device, which increasingly is being found to be not only INSECURE, but invasive.

Truly…

BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING!

Look, I’m not now, nor have I ever been one to be conspiracy-minded, nor any kind of fear-monger. But THIS is not surreptitious, this is BLATANT! Echo/Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Google’s Home Assistant are ALL privacy invaders! Those so-called “smart speakers” are ALWAYS LISTENING! They’re snoops! Blatant eavesdroppers! And the tragic irony is, folks freely give up their privacy to have that “shiny new thing.”

Okay, perhaps you don’t have that “shiny new thing,” and if you don’t, GOOD FOR YOU! But Read the rest of this entry »

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Google’s Gmail new look has problems

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, January 6, 2012

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Google, the undisputed Internet search engine leader and online giant, has embarked upon a new adventure.

No, it’s not a new social media, mapping service, business document service, or cloud computing service.

And no, it’s not a new email service.

Well, not a “new” new one, per se.

Shortly after it was introduced, Google’s Gmail customer/user base quickly eclipsed Microsoft’s purchase of Hotmail Internet-based email service. And for the past 13 years, Gmail’s layout and design – their online interface – has not significantly changed. No matter in what Read the rest of this entry »

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How to get the most out of Flickr

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Friday, November 11, 2011

By now, if you’re not aware of Flickr… God help you!

All seriousness aside, of course, Flickr is – as they describe it – is “almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world.”

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I agree.

While I am familiar with Googleit is so much more than a search engine – and their Picassa photo management service, I have chosen to stay with Flickr for several reasons… not the least of which is that I have found it more hospitable to the protection of photographers’ copyrights.

While it’s not a perfect tool (find one that is!), I have found it much better than Read the rest of this entry »

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Social Media Mega Melee: The Flickring Twittering FaceBooking Googleplex -or- How I made FaceBook work for me!

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, February 7, 2011

I have found a way to make FaceBook work for me! Read the rest of this entry »

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“As the Plains Burn” – pre-Iron Bowl Auburn rants

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Wednesday, November 24, 2010

As The Plains Burn

Compiled by blueTunaTiger
SEC Rant – TigerDroppings.com
November 17, 2010 / 11:21 AM CT

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