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Re: Google Home Mini Defect Caused Some Units To Record Audio 24/7
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2017, 05:19:43 PM »
Yeah, I saw that. Supposedly it's a bug that will be fixed soon. I wonder if it wasn't on purpose, then was declared a "bug" when they got caught. If so, it wouldn't be the first time a tech company has used this strategy. Google = not trustworthy.

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Re: Google Home Mini Defect Caused Some Units To Record Audio 24/7
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2017, 08:44:15 PM »
Yeah, I saw that. Supposedly it's a bug that will be fixed soon. I wonder if it wasn't on purpose, then was declared a "bug" when they got caught. If so, it wouldn't be the first time a tech company has used this strategy. Google = not trustworthy.

Agreed. Google is an extension of the NSA and others.

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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2017, 10:20:48 PM »
So Google and Amazon make these appliances for some kind of marginal lifestyle convenience, like being able to tell a computer to do something with spoken words a la Star Trek, which to my thinking are basically potential 24 hour a day spying devices. And people are dumb enough to buy these stupid devices?

I would be OK with a device that you had to hold a button down on to give voice commands to. We have Alexa on our Fire TV but you have to hold the microphone button down which places it in listen mode. Otherwise the 2 AAA batteries in the remote don't have the potential to keep streaming audio continuously to the device 24x7. So I deem that push to talk fetaure safe. 

The potential for government abuse with these things is through the stratosphere.

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Re: It's Orwell's telescreen but currently just the audio track
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2017, 10:39:05 AM »
Oh, you're holding a gun pointed at my temple. Here, I'll give you a bullet and I'll tell you how to turn the safety off.

Hilarious. I hope I get a chance to use your bon-mot in a conversation sometime.

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Re: Google Home Mini Defect Caused Some Units To Record Audio 24/7
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2017, 06:28:38 AM »
https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/25/16538834/amazon-key-in-home-delivery-unlock-door-prime-cloud-cam-smart-lock

Amazon's new service where Prime customers can allow the delivery person to put the box inside your door.

Requires an Amazon-supplied camera to be placed in your living room to monitor the door.  :)

Check out the camera at 20 seconds.  The video ends with the observation that you have to trust Amazon.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/t1uZ-2xbefA" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/t1uZ-2xbefA</a>


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Re: Google Home Mini Defect Caused Some Units To Record Audio 24/7
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2017, 06:41:19 PM »
https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/25/16538834/amazon-key-in-home-delivery-unlock-door-prime-cloud-cam-smart-lock

Amazon's new service where Prime customers can allow the delivery person to put the box inside your door.

Requires an Amazon-supplied camera to be placed in your living room to monitor the door.  :)

Check out the camera at 20 seconds.  The video ends with the observation that you have to trust Amazon.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/t1uZ-2xbefA" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/t1uZ-2xbefA</a>

Thanks but I choose not to trust Amazon.

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Re: Google Home Mini Defect Caused Some Units To Record Audio 24/7
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2017, 11:20:27 AM »

Thanks but I choose not to trust Amazon.

Like I'd never have to worry about the camera being hacked. 

I used an Amazon locker for a delivery a couple of months ago.  The locker was located at a underground parking level entrance at a nearby grocery store. It looked like a bank of big P.O. boxes with a computer screen.  You type in your pickup number and the door to your box swings open.   I would use it again for something expensive.  I can't remember how large the lockers were and maybe big items might not fit in one.


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