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    National Unfriend Day Facebook

    WoW, something that makes sense to me about fb "friends".




    Have some fun with it

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    Even George Orwell could not imagine Facebook.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Even George Orwell could not imagine Facebook.
    The new "opiate of the masses."
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    What is this Facebook of which ye speak?
    So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains
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    I must be some kind of genius for never signing up on the facebook.

    (thread hi-jack)

    Another interesting conspiracy theory involves ancestry.com. I have heard it suggested that big brother collects DNA profiles from every sample submitted. Thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by James.A View Post
    I must be some kind of genius for never signing up on the facebook.
    No wonder why I can't figure out when your on vacation and your house is "open"

    (thread hi-jack)

    Another interesting conspiracy theory involves ancestry.com. I have heard it suggested that big brother collects DNA profiles from every sample submitted. Thoughts?
    I rather doubt it.............however I have no doubt that "someone" knows where a large repository of cataloged DNA is.

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    Kim Komando told a story about Facebook on her radio show a week ago (Komando is a computer/IT expert who hosts a weekly radio show and website). The story relates the experience of a married couple who suspected they were being listened to when they had Facebook up on their household computer, so they conducted an experiment. The couple has no cat, has never had a cat and has no interest in having a cat. They brought up Facebook on their computer and had a conversation about being low on cat food and needing to go shopping to buy some cat food. Sure enough, shortly thereafter they started seeing cat food ads displayed when they visited Facebook. True? Hell I don't know, but I think Orwell was an optimist.
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    FACEbook is Big Brother!
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Kim Komando told a story about Facebook on her radio show a week ago (Komando is a computer/IT expert who hosts a weekly radio show and website). The story relates the experience of a married couple who suspected they were being listened to when they had Facebook up on their houshold [sic] computer, so they conducted an experiment. The couple has no cat, has never had a cat and has no interest in having a cat. They brought up Facebook on their computer and had a conversation about being low on cat food and needing to go shopping to buy some cat food. Sure enough, shortly there after they started seeing cat food ads displayed when they visited Facebook. True? Hell I don't know, but I think Orwell was an optimist.
    Exactly what is surprising about that? The whole point of Facebook is their software reading posts, building a profile on the user, selling that profile to advertisers, then showing ads based on the profile. On Facebook, the advertisers are the company's customers; users are the company's product. That has never been a secret.
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    Quote Originally Posted by James.A View Post
    I must be some kind of genius for never signing up on the facebook.

    (thread hi-jack)

    Another interesting conspiracy theory involves ancestry.com. I have heard it suggested that big brother collects DNA profiles from every sample submitted. Thoughts?
    As with most internet claims or rumors, this can be easily checked via a number of reputable fact-check sites. Snopes is good, for example, and here’s what they have on record for Ancestry.com:
    https://www.snopes.com/ancestry-dna-steal-own/

    Personally, given the current in-flux state of health insurance in this country and the possibility of returning to a structure that allows excluding coverage due to pre-existing or genetically probable maladies, I’d not be scattering my DNA around with ANY such companies. Terms of Ancestry’s agreement would likely let them sell your DNA information to the insurance industry, for example...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueWaterCooled View Post
    Exactly what is surprising about that? The whole point of Facebook is their software reading posts, building a profile on the user, selling that profile to advertisers, then showing ads based on the profile. On Facebook, the advertisers are the company's customers; users are the company's product. That has never been a secret.
    What is surprising about that is that the data was garnered by listening in on a suposedly private conversation held in the couple's home.... not from sites they visited or something they typed into the computer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueWaterCooled View Post
    Exactly what is surprising about that? The whole point of Facebook is their software reading posts, building a profile on the user, selling that profile to advertisers, then showing ads based on the profile. On Facebook, the advertisers are the company's customers; users are the company's product. That has never been a secret.
    Surprising? NO - it's disturbing, and more than a little pathetic.

    'Friends' are people you know face-to-face, have their phone numbers handy and you actually call them now and then, you visit with these persons, rally with them, share lunch and pics of the grand kids, and 98% of them live close enough to show up for Thanksgiving if invited.

    While I use applicable innovations of the electronic revolution, I don't fall under its spell. If you can count your 'friends' in the hundreds or thousands, you're in much more desperate need of true friends than you realized.

    The world will not soon shake off this 'opiate' (Psychologists even coined the term "Automation Addition"), but 'friends' help you move, cut your grass if laid up, make it to baptisms, ride in staggered formation, come to weddings and funerals, and will share a cup of coffee with you every Wednesday @ 9.

    I am on Facebook solely with my two children, at their request. I have assimilated zero 'friends' in the Matrix, but shake hands with dozens in the real world. I suppose that makes me a dinosaur, but at least not a member of the BORG collective.

    Gotta' run (or at least, lumber) - Java and a French crueler await me at Dunkin' Donuts this morning with .......... a friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    What is surprising about that is that the data was garnered by listening in on a suposedly private conversation held in the couple's home.... not from sites they visited or something they typed into the computer.
    Since the day of devices like the Remco walkie talkies, non-powered remote listening has been possible-



    In the early days of "simple" cable TV's, there has been concern with unauthorized monitoring of conversations.....Since then it has become much easier although it seems to be less personal. For example, it is listening to a device and picking up the preferences of the device and through an algorithm, determines the rest.
    Scotch tape over the camera helps
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    So, are there any companies selling tinfoil helmet liners yet?
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