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Mar 31, 2020 - 9:39:36 AM
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mander

USA

4214 posts since 10/7/2007

We were joking the other day about how the tv and computer listen in, but there is no denying, they are. We were talking about a tv show, suddenly, Netflex asked if we wanted to watch that show. We have a cheap tv, didn't know it came with that capability. I was on the computer telling folks that the fella that lives here wants to raise chickens, and the next thing I know, my email box is chuck full of posts from a yahoo group for chicken lovers.

If it weren't for the BHO, I think I'd unplug the computer.

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:06:01 AM

244 posts since 2/22/2010

Same thing is happening at my house, be careful what you say. We invited this into our lives.

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:17:13 AM

RonR

USA

1632 posts since 11/29/2012

Abc news has access to cell phone movement and reports on how far our phones venture from our homes during this epidemic.This morning they reported the deline of the average miles of movement over the last several days.

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:21:33 AM

Owen

Canada

5540 posts since 6/5/2011

...just for clarification, Mander ... are you talking about yahoo.com or some yahoo that loves chickens?  cheeky

We haven't driven into the USA for some time now, but I [think I] recall highway signage saying that the border is up ahead and that surveillance is taking place.  Typically I would make a loud verbal acknowledgement to my wife and say something like "Guess we'd better turn the music up to drown out our voices." ...and then do it.  I mentioned this one time to a brother-in-law [retired Cdn. military], and he said, "They're listening before you get to the signs."

Edited by - Owen on 03/31/2020 10:30:23

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:31:32 AM

Banjo Lefty

Canada

1881 posts since 6/19/2014

Your TV and your computer come with a plug. That's how they get their electricity. If you want privacy, pull the plugs out (or get one of those surge protectors with an off switch, and use it)! They can't listen if they don't have power.

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:14:05 AM

9651 posts since 2/22/2007

If your phone is in the room, blame the phone. It hears everything, even if "off". It happens to us often. We are discussing where we might want to travel, fire up the computer to search destination choices, and the places that we were talking about just happen to pop up on our screen.

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:15:41 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

24244 posts since 8/3/2003

People have Alexa and all sorts of "helpers" that listen in and probably transmit data from your home to wherever. Your computer uses "cookies" and that means they're collecting data. You can delete cookies daily or weekly and help rid yourself of some of those irritating ads, but unless you delete them every time you go on a site, you're going to be giving away what you want, what you're looking at, what you're interested in.

I wasn't aware of the TV having the capability of listening/spying, but I'm not surprised. I knew cell phones could listen/track, that's why mine is turned off unless I need to use it. As far as unplugging the TV, if we do that, we'd have to reprogram every time we turned it back on and that would be a lot of trouble, so we just put up with the spying.

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:18:45 AM
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5317 posts since 12/20/2005

I feel sorry for whoever might be monitoring my life.
Unless they like the sounds of banjo and fishing, they are in for a long day.

I've never checked on this, but whatever entity might be doing this has no business doing so.

Sounds like something out of Nazi Germany.

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:54:54 AM
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figmo59

USA

31004 posts since 3/5/2008

Me big brother ain't listened to me in years...if evah..

Course he says that I'm..nutz...
Fer thinkin that ..devices..are listening in on us...

Alexa...m'i right..?


Alexa.......


ALEXA..!!!


DANG YOU GIRL......!

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:58:20 AM
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chuckv97

Canada

49134 posts since 10/5/2013

I keep hearing voices....

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:12:40 PM
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Brian T

Canada

16485 posts since 6/5/2008

Nothing more to say to the jerk who told me I was paranoid.

I fixed 'em.
CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, is our nationalized TV and Radio.
I'm convinced that they are in love with the sound of their own voices. Little more some days.
So I turn on CBC. Hang the speaker in front of the mic/camera and let it blather on all day long.

In the meantime, I'll be in the basement, measuring the weapons-grade plutonium that Mom sent me.

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:37:09 PM
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figmo59

USA

31004 posts since 3/5/2008

Don't measure ..Brian... jest fill the canister... ;0*)

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:41:02 PM
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234 posts since 4/11/2019

Whenever I hear someone ask Alexa something, I notice they pause just a sec after they say "Hey Alexa...."

That's when I always interject with "PLAY ROCKY TOP!!"

Gets them every time!!

Mar 31, 2020 - 1:19:13 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

49134 posts since 10/5/2013

Why are so (!) many people on TV and radio answering questions starting with the word “So” , then a slight pause. Brian, you might know ; is this code for something or other...??

Edited by - chuckv97 on 03/31/2020 13:19:38

Mar 31, 2020 - 1:58:09 PM
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Brian T

Canada

16485 posts since 6/5/2008

"So. . . . . . " It's a word learned in broadcast school = replacement for "Um. . . . "
Just a couple seconds more to frame an answer or cook up a new question.
Doesn't sound as dim-witted. Sounds more analytical.

In Block's textbook: "Short, Sharp & Strong, Writing Broadcast News", there was a chapter
on word substitutions so the piece didn't sound monotonous.
You learn quickly when you write for the money.

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:13:54 PM

Owen

Canada

5540 posts since 6/5/2011

 
Originally posted by Brian T


<snip> Just a couple seconds more to frame an answer or cook up a new question.
Doesn't sound as dim-witted. Sounds more analytical. <snip>

 

Brian, are you sure it isn't to cook up an "answer"?   As often as not, the "answer" isn't really an answer to the question that's been posed, so while the respondent may not come off as dimwitted, he/she surely comes off as deceitful.    ....just MNSHumbleO, mind you.

It's kinda like asking a politician a simple question.   If one is lucky (?) 1% of the time he/she gets an answer...  the other 99% is split about 10:1 between a "response" [i.e. irrelevant or tangentially related ...if one has a good imagination], and not even acknowledging a question has been asked.   ...just my experience, mind you.

Edited by - Owen on 03/31/2020 14:27:47

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:38:46 PM
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Brian T

Canada

16485 posts since 6/5/2008

I guess I was being reminded of the genuine "olden days" when what you wrote was legitimate and fact.
Honest answers seem to be losing popularity. Now, you can tell when they are lying = their lips are moving.

Here in BC, we get a daily medical and legal briefing. No BS and the politicians of all stripes know enough to step aside
and co-operate before they get kicked to the curb. If we are about to see an infection peak/spike in 2 weeks (approx),
chances are we might be almost prepared.

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:41:50 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

49134 posts since 10/5/2013

Your Bonnie gal over there has a quiet forthright style; quite impressive seeing as she seems to be an introvert.

Mar 31, 2020 - 2:44:52 PM
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85 posts since 2/21/2020

If you want to be invisible in the RF spectrum regarding your phone, buy the metallic zip bags or put the thing in a tight metal box. A Faraday cage works in this century also. No signal out or in.

Hank KG0TR Ham Op

Mar 31, 2020 - 3:10:17 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

13745 posts since 9/27/2007
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quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

Your Bonnie gal over there has a quiet forthright style; quite impressive seeing as she seems to be an introvert.


If you want to hear a real strong Canadian accent listen how she says the word "Out".

She says Oat. Rhymes with boat. 'Muricans hear it as oot. Rhymes with boot.

I noticed it when I moved here to B.C.

Mar 31, 2020 - 3:13:41 PM
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Brian T

Canada

16485 posts since 6/5/2008

Dr. Bonnie Henry. Yes, she's the real deal. Chief Medical Officer? Something like that.
Clearly, she has the support and the ear of everyone.

Mar 31, 2020 - 4:26:34 PM
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oly

USA

1412 posts since 5/27/2006

My wife and I were talking about the appliances listening to us. I laughed, my wife laughed, the toaster laughed. I shot the toaster. yep, it was a good time.

Apr 1, 2020 - 2:12:40 AM
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14981 posts since 2/7/2003

You cant imagine the levelthey are listening I have family in the govt thats involved thats all I will say

Apr 1, 2020 - 6:35:33 AM

figmo59

USA

31004 posts since 3/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by desert rose

You cant imagine the levelthey are listening I have family in the govt thats involved thats all I will say


N...that was over 20 years ago....

Other folks have famahly...too... ;0*)

Apr 1, 2020 - 7:16:16 AM

14981 posts since 2/7/2003

Im talking now today ITS NO JOKE

Apr 1, 2020 - 7:30:46 AM
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Owen

Canada

5540 posts since 6/5/2011

quote:
Originally posted by bubbalouie
quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

Your Bonnie gal over there has a quiet forthright style; quite impressive seeing as she seems to be an introvert.


If you want to hear a real strong Canadian accent listen how she says the word "Out".

She says Oat. Rhymes with boat. 'Muricans hear it as oot. Rhymes with boot.

I noticed it when I moved here to B.C.

 


Dunno, bubba, methinks either you or I [and possibly my wife] should take our hearing aids in for an adjustment. 

Near the bottom of this link https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/march-30-update-covid-19-bc-1.5515001  B.H. is making an announcement re. the northern industrial sites.   Near the :15 to :19 second mark she says something about workers going "in and out" of the camps.   Both my wife and I clearly hear "out"   [i.e. as 99.9% of Canadians normally* say it ... as a part of "pout."]   We don't heat [p]oat or [p]oot.   

I'd be interested to know what other BHOers hear.

Edit: .... or should that be "99.9% of normal Canadians" ?  cheeky

Edited by - Owen on 04/01/2020 07:33:52

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