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Think twice before you let Alexa into your house, amirite?

"Amazon’s voice recognition software only listens when you say the word “Alexa,” right?

That’s what most Echo and Dot buyers think because that’s what the advertising leads you to believe."

“Alexa, play some music” isn’t the only time Amazon is listening to you.We’ve invited voice technology into our homes and trusted tech companies to keep our private lives private. That’s a mistake.https://medium.com/swlh/alexa-play-some-music-isnt-the-only-time-amazon-is-listening-to-you-a556df19613f
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or any smartphone for that matter, siri on Iphone, or Cortana, google now etc etc, I have siri turned off on my phone, but i question if it really is off or just disabled for me to use it but still listens,

sometimes i think it can read minds, because a few times i have gotten ads for things i never looked up or talked about but was very very specific. maybe it is coincidence (most likely is) but still,

@Thinkerbell Amazon will sell you a Faraday...

probably, one could easily make their own too

@deusvult probably, one could easily make their own too

Sure.
Wrapping the phone in a couple of layers of aluminum foil should work.

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@2846356

How about throw it into the cellar where you get no connection anyhow. I don't mess with those things so no problems for memischief smilie

@2846356

How about throw it into the cellar where you get no connection anyhow. I don't mess with those things so no problems for memischief smilie

@2846356

Excellent solution. y smilie

Thinkerbells avatar Thinkerbell Yeah You Are -1Reply

Still fighting dark energy, don’t need any more...especially inside my house.

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@Masha Still fighting dark energy, don’t need any more...especially inside my house.

I am very glad I don't have a cell phone so nobody can hear me. I don't talk much anyhow.

Interesting article. I don't have one of those in my home, but I know some people that do. I'm forwarding this article to them. Thanks.

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Answer: "That's easy... cut the human population back to about 1 billion by attrition.  About 75 years of 1 child per fertile woman would do it nicely.  Then there would be no more problems with hunger, global warming, extinction of polar bears, etc., etc."

Thinkerbells avatar Thinkerbell Yeah You Are -1Reply

I don't have one and I never will. I don't need something in my house that spies on me.

@Thedudeyouhatetomeet I don't have one and I never will. I don't need something in my house that spies on me.

Also make sure your computer doesn't have a camera or a microphone.
And it wouldn't take much to convert your computer speakers into microphones; maybe they do that already.

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Wonder what would happen if you talk about a robbery or a crime you're planning in a room with Alexa. The next day a SWAT team will be crashing trough your door probably

Just wait until all appliances are "smart".
The refrigerator will report on what food you stock ... the oven and microwave will report on what food you cook ... the washer and dryer will report on how often you do laundry, and what detergents/softeners/etc you use.

@StickCaveman Good. Then I don't have to make a grocery list.

I believe Samsung ... or somebody ... already has a refrigerator that will do that. It was either at Lowe's or Home Depot.

@Walt_OReagun Just wait until all appliances are "smart". The refrigerator will report on what food you stock ... the oven and...

Your smart refrigerator will probably start chiding you for eating too much fat, not enough veggies, and will threaten to tell your health and life insurance companies, if you don't shape up forthwith. frown smilie

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@StickCaveman Sounds like the real problem are the insurance companies.

OK, let's nationalize the insurance companies, so we can all subsidize the health costs caused by the habits of the 300-lb guy who swills down two six-packs of beer and eats three bags of potato chips every day.
 
Oh, wait... that's exactly (among other things) what AOC is recommending. hehe smilie

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@Thinkerbell OK, let's nationalize the insurance companies, so we can all subsidize the health costs caused by the habits of the...

You're already paying for the habits of a 300lb guy with your premiums. I didn't say it should be nationalized either (while I'm not necessarily against it). Before health insurance became a big thing, doctors used to charge patients for the cost of the procedure plus a little extra. It was a reasonable system. We pay so much now because it's expected that insurance will cover it. Health insurance companies only act as a third party to pass around enormous costs to people who don't deserve to foot the entire bill.

Don't have Alexa.Won't either.
Sure the more bit is interesting but I can't get the site to let me read it!

No Alex or Alexa from Amazon. foreveralone smilie

16% of the people don't believe this???

@beachbum 16% of the people don't believe this???

Maybe at least some of the 16% meant "No Way" are they letting Alexa into their homes.

Thinkerbells avatar Thinkerbell Yeah You Are -1Reply

I set up Alexa in my parent's house because they wanted one. Not sure I'm ready for one in my house yet.

@StickCaveman I set up Alexa in my parent's house because they wanted one. Not sure I'm ready for one in my house yet.

Maybe you should tell them what Alexa is up to when they think she's not listening...

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She's an AI assistant.
https://www.amirite.com/824705#comment-2846348
And she might be able to help with the splinter, suggesting this url, for example:
https://thesecretyumiverse.wond...-skin-0139135/

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@2847009

It isn't, except for the fact that Alexa might be listening (and recording) when you aren't talking to her.
 
I hope my computer isn't spying on me when I'm not using it.

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Yes, but it would be rather inconvenient to have to unplug my computer every time I'm using it, and am interrupted to answer the phone or to speak to a family member.

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"Continual reminders of KGB eavesdropping. Whenever we visited Russians’ homes, our hosts invariably placed pillows over the phone, put an ear to the door, pointed to the wall, etc."   http://pen4rent.com/helping-bri...-iron-curtain/
 
My grandmother told me people did the same with their phones in Nazi Germany.

Thinkerbells avatar Thinkerbell Yeah You Are -1Reply

They should put those in prison cells..

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@2846358

Answer: "I'm telling the Warden."

Thinkerbells avatar Thinkerbell Yeah You Are -1Reply
@Thinkerbell Answer: "I'm telling the Warden."

It's really an empty box, with the warden acting like Alexa. hehe smilie

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DandyDons avatar DandyDon Yeah You Are -1Reply
@DandyDon It's really an empty box, with the warden acting like Alexa.

Wait a minute!
He'd have to be a cylinder, not a box, to act like Alexa. hehe smilie

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@Thinkerbell Wait a minute! He'd have to be a cylinder, not a box, to act like Alexa.

Oh yea, i forgot about that...I was thinking of Apple TV...
That might be a little tougher smirk2 smilie

DandyDons avatar DandyDon Yeah You Are -1Reply

Alexa gets very cagey, if she's asked about whether she is recording the conversation and passing it on.
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