* Posts by Saint

20 posts • joined 6 Sep 2017

Study: How Amazon uses Echo smart speaker conversations to target ads

Saint
Terminator

Get a grip

The voting and arguments on this thread are ridiculous !

BlokeInTejas makes a completely valid comparison. Cross-selling happens in many aspects of our lives, and at some companies is even mandatory and people are graded according to their ability to generate sales leads. HSBC and Sky TV are two that spring to mind. I dont like it one little bit, but advertising is a fact of life and maoning wont make that stop, their job and livelyhood depends on selling things to you and I.

The argument lower down that Alexa is not a vendor is just as daft. Thats like saying your phone is not a vendor when you phone HSBC/Sky/whoever. No shit ! What it is, is an implement used to communicate with the vendor. What the vendor does or doesnt do with that information is a different conversation entirely. Again, I hate advertising, but I'm certainly not going to blame the telephone for it

People need to look beyond the tech and realise that just because its now being done with new tech/kit, its not really anything new. Its just that its in your own home. Welcome to the internet-enabled 21st century. So the only concern should be wether or not it is listening to you all the time (not just listening for the trigger word, Alexa) AND sending that data on to Amazon for marketing purposes.

If this is proven to be the case, I will be among the first to ditch my kit and press for legal proceedings. But otherwise, I just watch what I say when talking to sales people, including Amazon (via Alexa), as a rule of thumb

Brave takes the spring out of creepy bounce tracking

Saint

Re: "Say a website embeds a third-party script from info.tracker"

In my opinion, it shouldnt be necessary for us to have to take such evasive actions. I'll support any work to block this sort of crap

Amazon Alexa can be hijacked via commands from own speaker

Saint

Re: They are "mostly harmless", honest

As a matter of interest, I did a quick web search and found a page that says "Alexa is always listening but not continually recording. It doesn’t send anything to cloud servers until it hears you say the wake word (Alexa, Echo, or Computer)"

This ties in with my understanding and observation of how they work. And if this is the case, then a lot of the concerns mentioned are based on mis-information (not that I am promoting them, just pointing it out).

Is anyone able to actually verify this ?

SUSE announces 'tech and support' product Liberty Linux

Saint
Linux

Amazon Linux

AWS Is probably the main winner in all this

Foxstuck: Firefox browser bug boots legions of users offline

Saint

Re: "Waterfox users were totally unaffected. ®"

Nice one, thanks for this !

ESA's Solar Orbiter will swing past Earth this week – sure hope nobody created a big cloud of space junk up there

Saint
Mushroom

Is it just me ?

I would love to see them hit something big at 12km/sec ! That should be an awesome impact

The moon might be too close, but there must be something out there we can attempt to destroy in the name of, errr, science

Windows what? PC makers have bigger things on their minds

Saint

Windows 10 upgrades

"Remember when they said that Windows 10 was the end of it and we'd just see evolution of that release forever and ever?"

Yes, and its utter bull*** !

I recently reinstalled Windows 10 from an oldish iso and found that it can no longer be updated due to missing previous updates, which are no longer available. The message "Click here to install service pack XYZ by going to this Microshaft page" leads to "Click here to buy Windows 11". "Click here to use our helper tool" (forgotten the name), takes you to the same upgrade page

Getting a newer iso works, but at that point it not the same thing any more is it ?

Saint

Re: Remember those days

You seem to have forgotten some of the Ubuntu desktop "highlights" that toppled it from top spot

Want to check out Windows 11 but don't want to buy a new PC? Here's how to bypass the hardware requirements

Saint

Re: 2025

Try Xubuntu for a lighter experience

BOFH: I'm so pleased to be on the call, Boss. No, of course this isn't a recording

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Facepalm

Re: Brilliant!

You didnt have my personal favorite in there, the meeting about having too many meetings and what can be done about it.

Normally at some point during the call we get the old chestnut that if we dont think we need to be contributing in the meeting or if its not beneficial to us, then we are fully empowered to drop off the call.

I'm still a bit confused as to why I got into trouble for dropping off that particular call, but havent made the same mistake since

Amazon flicks switch on AI-powered enterprise search service Kendra – but where are all the connectors?

Saint

Re: I hope the AI is better than Alexa..

They should try using Kendra to hook Alexa up to Google.

Dropped, then kicked in the head, hard.

Saint

Re: I hope the AI is better than Alexa..

They should try using Kendra to hook Alexa up to Google.

Dropped and then kicked in the head, hard

After 1.5 million days of computer time, SETI@home heads home to probe potential signs of alien civilizations

Saint

Re: Folding at Home

I would like to help, but I dont see COVID as a research option in the app ?

Oops, wait, yeah, we did hand over photos for King's Cross facial-recog CCTV, cops admit

Saint

Hmmm

How does GDPR affect things like dash-cams, helmet-cams, those video doorbells, home CCTV systems that point at the street, etc ? What about schools posting photos on twitter ? What/where are the limits ? Are they legal or can you insist that such data be deleted ?

Microsoft's only gone and published the exFAT spec, now supports popping it in the Linux kernel

Saint

Re: It's a trap!

And MS SQL Server

DXC Technology seeks volunteers to take redundancy. No grads, apprentices, and 'quota carrying' sales folk

Saint

Re: How F***ing Much?

One month over and above the standard deal

Saint
Facepalm

Re: What this really means

Related.... "DXC also said it had hired 2,000 people with “digital capabilities,” including data scientists and security engineers, but hadn’t seen steep wage inflation in hiring those heads because they were “much earlier in their career”."

Having contracted there pretty recently, I can confirm this means employing young graduates that havent got a clue, and even less experience

From slow batches to fast files, how Microsoft is luring folks into Azure

Saint

Re: "You know that you can encrypt your data, right ?"

Wrong. AWS KMS certainly doesnt work that way

Dump ur mobile provider via txt by 2019: LMFAO cu l8r

Saint

Sharks

About bloody time. Now they need to deal with this nonsense about getting out of yearly contracts. I recently ended a contract, not knowing that I had at some point accidently upgraded to a yearly contract. Vodaphone would not let me cancel the cancellation, nor send me a sim card to use up the remaining air time on my contract, nor would they tell me which regulatory scheme they are part of. All because I dared move house to an area that they dont cover !

What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

Saint
Terminator

Flava-tism there somewhere

Why is it that whilst the new Mate & Budgie have attractive desktops, the older, (better, solid & much loved) distros look like they fell out of a kids bag on the way to kindergarten ? They are just as capable of displaying nice (advertising) backgrounds as the other two !

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