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Sometimes the Internet is just creepy

Discussion in 'General Off Topic Forums' started by 1tumbleweed, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. 1tumbleweed

    1tumbleweed Kozmik Kowboy Subscriber

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    And sometimes it's just weird.

    So a short time ago, I posted in a thread about turntables, and mentioned that "low bearing friction" was a good thing to have in an arm. Next thing I know, the banner ad at the top of the page is hyping me on a "slewing bearing manufacturer". Hmmmm...

    I never heard of such a thing as a "slewing bearing", it sounded to me like a bearing that suddenly went off track to look at a squirrel. Turns out there actually is such a thing - you can look it up - but I have otherwise no interest in one. Strange,

    Maybe it's the Russians?:dunno:

    Cheers,
    Larry B.
     
  2. captainclock

    captainclock Pacifist Otaku

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    Thank Google for that bit of creepiness that's been added to the internet recently. They watch your searches like a hawk and then customize the ad banners on every website you visit to match your searching habits, its part of Google's Ad/Surveilance Network that is actually in cohoots with the NSA, go figure.
     
  3. 4-2-7

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    Right now I'm seeing audio adds, earlier I went into the camera forum on this site, I started getting Canon camera adds. They are following us around like little trolls.
     
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  4. dosmalo

    dosmalo T-Totaled Subscriber

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    Several years ago I would have poo-pooed the Russian thing but these days I'm not so sure.
    Lately I feel like I need to "duck and cover."
     
  5. Bob

    Bob AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    Actually, if and when you click through, the cameras and microphones turn on and record you.

    please wear your best underware (you know, the stuff underneath the hardware and software)

    and my alien friends tell me it's not the Russians.
     
  6. bobsvinyl

    bobsvinyl Painfully Aware Subscriber

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    Well, I have seen a few banners about marrying a Russian bride, so maybe it is a plot. Russia has their women marry all of us and then take over our finances, run our credit cards up and make us do all the chores. Now I really am creeped out. :yikes:
     
  7. SuperLead100

    SuperLead100 "These go to 11"

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    It's a new world order and kids these days don't have a clue how much they're being watched. I can't even shop online without getting ads targeted towards me. Imagine the data collected I don't know about.:yikes:
     
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    Esp if the wifey gets a glance at these ads and asks..."How come?":D

    Q
     
  9. bobsvinyl

    bobsvinyl Painfully Aware Subscriber

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    She hasn't complained about the other 3 wives I ordered.
     
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  10. dosmalo

    dosmalo T-Totaled Subscriber

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    And without a shot ever being fired.
     
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  11. dcmfan

    dcmfan AK Subscriber Subscriber

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    I don't know what all the fuss is about. This is all spelled out clearly in the terms and conditions of the End User Licensing Agreements.

    You all read those before you clicked "Agree" right? :D


    Yeah, me neither.
     
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  12. whoaru99

    whoaru99 Epic Member

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    Cookies. They've been around a long time.
     
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  13. likebike23

    likebike23 Well-Known Member

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    It's getting really creepy. I had a conversation with my daughter in the supermarket about tilapia, next thing I know I'm getting suggested links on FB about the health benefits of tilapia. I never even searched for tilapia. I am quite sure that my phone's microphone had something to do with it. My wife thought I was crazy then she heard a podcast talking about corporations using phone microphones and cameras to gather information about us. The person in the podcast said you'd be crazy not to suspect that it's going on.
     
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  14. buglegirl

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    Or the store where you bought Tilapia (Somewhere in the past or someone you know on FB) shared the fact that you purchased it with someone as part of some loyalty campaign.

    Frannie
     
  15. 4-2-7

    4-2-7 Smart Ass Sponsor Subscriber

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    I'v been learning not to bite on click bate news articles, most are fake. If members post links to store sites I avoid them.

    All my TVs and computers have tape over the cameras.
     
  16. 4-2-7

    4-2-7 Smart Ass Sponsor Subscriber

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    I don't post photos of myself online unless it's a baby shot.

    It might be interesting for some of you to google your name and see what pops up under ALL, then click on images and take a look.
     
  17. whoaru99

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    I have. There are more "me" out there than I expected. However, none that show up are the real me. ;)
     
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  18. faber12

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    Take a look at all the permissions that Facebook and Facebook messenger want on install and it will not be a surprise that this stuff happens. That is probably why messenger slows down my phone.
     
  19. likebike23

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    I can see that too, but I've never purchased tilapia, ever. That is the creepy part.
     
  20. likebike23

    likebike23 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I tried the messenger app and it made my phone unusable. I ended up uninstalling it after a day.
     

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