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 Remember, Eric-the-asshat Schmidt was lambasted for his "If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place" comment.  If you think the only reason to be careful about personal data mining is because you're a gangster, then I'm not sure what to say.  Be happy your life is simple.  Not the case for everyone, and you should consider that your life can be turned upside down in a heartbeat.  Clearly you don't get it,...
 Dude!  This ^^ Solip doesn't get it, I guess I'm done trying to explain.  :-( FYI, the storage and CPU to do this kind of thing is virtually nothing.  You could do it with a 1st generation Mac mini.  Or hell, you could do it with some of the <$100 linux boxes that are around now.  It's the sensors and getting standards built around them (which HomeKit could really help with) which take time, effort and money.  People do this stuff already, but it's too complicated for the...
Read more carefully! ;-)  Sure I do, but they do not have open access to the internet at large.  I control what/where/when/how all my devices connect to the outside world, and it's rare that I ever need my iDevices to connect to servers that are not under my direct control.I started to type something about why I am so careful about this, but honestly, it's just not something that I'm going to discuss here.Strawman! Ignored! ;-)I don't use Apple's mail client, but even if I...
 You're sidestepping the question.  I already know that YOU don't think it's a big deal.  Are you 100% sure that all your friends (I'm already guessing by your responses that you don't have kids or a wife or S.O., but for most people they matter!) are okay with this?  If you haven't asked, then you can't be sure. Are you okay with people walking around at parties with google glass, staring in your face, recording you?  Have you experienced this?  I have, and it's a...
 1) GG *sometimes* backs up his arguments well.  He's clearly a smart guy, and is a skilled persuasive writer, but too often his "argument" is simply: "other companies do it too", which is no argument at all. 2) This is essentially what you've done here.  It's not that Echo is any worse than the way it sounds like you have your iPhone configured.  It's that they're both bad.  Or at the very least something that should require very careful consideration, depending on...
Just a quick follow-up for whoever is still reading here.I did go check out the iPad Air 2 in person, and there definitely is a big improvement with the display. Not only vividness, but MUCH better color gamut and significantly better glare reduction. I don't know if the glare reductions is quite good enough that I would consider purchasing a new laptop with that kind of display, but it's finally within the range that I would at least go take a close look. The current...
And to follow up just a bit more, unless you believe Apple is secretly evil, by default Siri only listens when you double-press, right? You have to take extra steps to enable it otherwise, right? That's kinda/sorta okay in my book, even though I would never use it personally, because it means that you're never sending Apple anything accidentally. Very, very different from this Amazon device. Also, just to show I'm not hypocritical, I guarantee I don't have any...
lol, it's the GG argument again! Okay, not exactly, but close. ;-)In this case there's clearly a difference between allowing devices in your home/bedroom that might possibly be doing something they're not-supposed-to-be-doing-but-probably-aren't, and something that most definitely is listening to everything by design, and most definitely sending everything you say to a centralized, analyzed, archived, commercial database. One that quite literally has no restrictions on...
Attempt to get this thread back on topic...This is, oddly enough, a very GatorGuy-like comment. His arguments often go something like this:AppleGuy: Hey, google is sniffing in my private business again. That sucks!GatorGuy: So what, Apple does that too!As if that's an excuse for poor (or even immoral at times) behavior. It's not.I really doubt any of us here have "dozens of microphones" in their home, listening to everything that's going on 24/7 while connected to a...
LOL. This.Not to mention, where has Amazon been in the fight to rein in data handoffs to authorities?Unbelievable that anyone would welcome an always-on microphone in their home. To add to UnfetteredMind's list:Wife: Oh honey, not again...Alexa: Don't forget John, we have one-hour delivery available for Viagra. Would you like it delivered here or to your normal delivery location?
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