Resistance is futile... ALEXA!

Discussion in 'Digital Sources' started by 50nstillhifi, Dec 31, 2018.

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Will you eventually replace your analog sound system with digital music streaming?

Poll closed Jan 14, 2019.
  1. Yes

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  2. No

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  1. 50nstillhifi

    50nstillhifi Super Member

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    Yes.. the movie Snowden was really intense and revealing but truth be told, folk have been eavesdropping since the ham radio :dunno:

    Correct me if I'm wrong, there is a statute that states you must not listen to intercepted communications whether phone or other.. does that still exist?
     

     

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  2. GChief

    GChief Not well known, super member or other silliness Subscriber

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    Yep, and that’s my point. You can do your due diligence keeping your money fairly “safe” but at this point in time it’s pretty much a lost cause for anything else. If your posting on this site your out there, and you don’t even need to post. ;)

    :whip:
     
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  3. Condorsat

    Condorsat Audio Enthusiast

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    Yes .. but there was no reason for the ass clown in the video to be watching the girl undress. No need to be concerned though .. I'm sure that never happens in real life. :cool: Myself .. I don't leave my laptop open when not in use and I damn sure would not have in the bedroom.

    I'm not one who believes it's a lost cause. Not a bad idea to be aware of what's possible w/ modern tech. Don't post your closely held secrets on Facebook .. as an example. Good lesson from the movie.
     
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  4. KrisM

    KrisM Lunatic Member

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    I think that’s why I have to vote ‘no’.

    I’ve dabbled with streaming; I tried out Apple Music with their free trial, and have paid for the odd month here and there when it’s a busy travel season. My library(yeah, you know what I’m talkin’ ‘bout) has some cool free streaming options that I use, too. I dig a few Mixcloud cats, and a few other DJ types that are out there.

    But to replace my personal library? Heck no. Those streaming services have a lot more content than I do obviously, but I’ve got content that they don’t have, too. And GOOD content.
    Is that going to correct itself in the future? Or get even worse? I know where I’d put my money.
     
  5. GChief

    GChief Not well known, super member or other silliness Subscriber

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    A bit of drama on my part to make a point.:D
     
  6. GChief

    GChief Not well known, super member or other silliness Subscriber

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    I think what we fail to realize is this will be our grandchildren/great grandchildren making that change. IMHO while I would never make the switch to streaming only as I like my LPs too much, our generation will be worm food when it happens, but it’s going to happen.

    Hell all you need to do is watch Star Trek
     
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  7. 50nstillhifi

    50nstillhifi Super Member

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    As an admission to my seeming "disgust" for Alexa... and her intrusion on my humble analog based home audio system. I will say, the concept of streaming music is a radical change in service normally provided by AM, FM, and even broadcast television events to include cable. Given the INET has provided the conduit for this to happen just about anywhere, I must nod positively to the clean and instant delivery :thumbsup:.

    Now the streaming inside your automobile and linked via the smartphone and in turn amplified by the vehicle blue-tooth audio system.... Outstanding! I regularly use the means when traveling in the car and to have any genre at my fingertips as well.. just sayin` :dunno:

    I am sure there is a plan to invite Alexa into the automobile realm as well.. I'm not sure if I would enjoy it the same since I favor fiddlin' with screens.

    On another odd note, the wife is saying Alexa makes comments (noises) when she is near the Echo device and she can't understand how/why. I simply respond.. Alexa's not talking to me since I turned off her microphone button.. but she does offer a rather interesting red glow :rflmao:
     
  8. chicks

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    The Alexa toilet. You know you want it, lol.

     
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  9. uofmtiger

    uofmtiger Super Member

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    Make sure you put tape over the camera! :rflmao:
     
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  10. The Fuxtor

    The Fuxtor AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Season 4 of Black Mirror!
    Episode 1 - Alexa takes over our music.
     
  11. 50nstillhifi

    50nstillhifi Super Member

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    Hey.. thanks, this is interesting!

    And I like the "robot people".. they are small (space friendly :idea:), and seem to smile all the time :hug:
     

     

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  12. Dingman

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    I can't comment on Alexa because I use Google and I'm sure no professional security tech.

    But I have checked the packet logs from my router and if I don't trigger the Google Home, it doesn't send any packets out of my home. I did another test by avoiding triggering for a few days, in case it uploaded in a dump but in this case, it did communicate with the google servers - it wasn't much, but there was something and I'm not smart enough to read the packets.
     
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  13. Bill Ferris

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    Ok, can somebody tell me why, way back when I first bought and started using DVD/BR player`s, that I noticed that while watching a DVD/BR movie, that my modem/gateway`s activity light was going to town ?

    I had initially had the internet connection to the player connected, & engaged for firmware update checking, as at that time, the BluRay specs/HDCP were in a flux, and sometimes new release`s would not play until the firmware was updated, and current..

    I had no interest in any of the other internet based functions available in the player`s menu, and disabled them, and any onboard data storage !!

    So where was this outgoing data about what I was watching, is going, and for what reason, and who was benefiting from it ?

    All internet connections are disabled now, and only engaged every so often to check for any firmware updates, before using the player in the DVD mode.

    Just curious.

    Kind regards, Billy Ferris
     
  14. 50nstillhifi

    50nstillhifi Super Member

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    When I first enabled my Blue Ray player, I did see data updates via the Blue Ray menu take place to initialize the unit correctly. I thought it had more to do with the interaction with the Smart TV and upload links used to enhance viewing. I have not seen activity since and may have to recheck for firmware updates and their release.

    Routinely and by design the newer INET devices will recheck IP addresses and confirm/deny software upgrades given they need the messaging to play properly. I believe most are controlled by "permissions".. but like you am unsure if these controls are always "active".
     
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  15. scoloheros

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    Yip, I don't like that idea either. There are phone scammers out there that try to get a vioce print of you saying "yes". There is a robo call that asks, "Can you hear me?". Alexa opens all kinds of doors, me thinks anyway, even though I can't come up with much as examples.
     
  16. drew_t

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    I have an Echo Dot, and have an Input coming. They’re both going to be in my bedroom, the Dot bedside and the Input connected to a stereo. I have made an admittedly minimal attempt to learn how these things work, and don’t plan on delving deeper into them in the immediate future. What is going to be the simplest way to keep the control of the two units separated — change the wake word on one of them?
     

     

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  17. willyrover

    willyrover Super Member

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    Yes, or set one as your "preferred" device though the Alexa app. They can also tell which one you're closer to. I have a Dot on each bedside table as a stereo pair and depending on the way I'm facing, one or the other will respond.

    I'm all in with the Apple ecosystem and have a HomePod - but Apple is moving way too slowly with Siri and HomeKit. So for now, Alexa and Siri share a job.
     
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  18. Drugolf

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    I love streaming. No way I could enjoy music as much without it and I am not about to go out of my way to invest $ in a huge hard copy media collection. Real estate is too valuable.
    Not sure how Alexa, dot etc make this an issue. Don't go that far with you connectivity. That being said it would be great to have voice command capabilities for Spotify, Tidal etc. Why not? as an example, when I am cooking dinner and listening to music it sure would be nice to simply throw out a voice command to change the track or artist etc. Unfortunately I am afraid those services will eventually integrate with Amazon, Google, Apple etc instead of just coming up with their own software restricted to media.
     
  19. jeanmarie

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    Nope, Never!!!!!!!!
     
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