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I like the one

with the camera and speaker in the doorbell.

The guy asks if they want a free estimate on clearing some trees....I would tell them to get off my property...never mind I'm taking care of the children.

Don't sugar coat it.

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I know I've said this before but what we're being asked

to buy these days is a vending machine. As well, our PCs with certain operating systems are no longer a product that we purchase. WE are the product and WE are for sale.

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Ergo, my use of Linux now

Takes back the power.

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Linux based smart phones

are vending machines like the rest of these devices that now rule the day of so many people. Watch a table full of friends at a restaurant as their conversations are no more than passing around their phones showing pictures of where they've been and with whom they have schmoozed. Too often their conversations focus on which device is best or which they want to buy next. Linux is a clandestine partner in the takeover of the human race. Happy

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Re: smart phones

You can't blame Linux for that. In fact, there are very few, if any, phones with Linux unless you call Android a version of Linux. But where's your privacy (and James' power taken back) if your location is sent to Google or Facebook so they can show local ads?

But it's the same with phones running iOS (iPhones) or Windows Phone (although not many people do that).

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Please don't mistake (weak) attempts at humor

for being accusations. Linux is an operating system and not a person that should be capable of knowing their own motives. As for privacy, who do you think are the best at making keys? I'll say it's those who make the locks. I recall some outrage many years ago when it was revealed that those who made radar detectors for drivers were also the ones who designed the radar guns used by the police. Like any tool intended for legitimate use, it will find its way into the hands of abusers.
I don't have a "smart" phone. I have a land line. Even my land line has become a vending machine. I'll receive many more calls from those wanting to lighten my wallet than from those genuinely interested in expressing their friendship. Happy

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There's an 800 number

to keep away solicitation calls. It works well.
BTW it doesn't keep us from calling you via reverse directories. Happy

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Ah, Canonical and Unity

I don't use them, they are on Ubuntu.

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Thanks fridge

I saw that the smart home (internet of things) took down a ton of services yesterday and looks like one of the latest tools which are easy to hack, especially the Chinese products.

Thanks fridge.

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It froze parts of the internet


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so they are saying but...

You cannot always trust what is being reported. It was really the aliens who were using the internet to find out about us humans. Their computers made a mess of things. The government wanted to keep this a secret.

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How timely!

I guess the cartoon is very appropriate for this month.

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It was only a matter of time before botnets were created from smart devices. What really surprises me is that it has taken this long. Or perhaps this is just the 1st one we are hearing of...

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Yep, you hit the timing on the nose!

Mirai, Dirty Cow, etc.

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Remember the days when we were told to stop

the mail and newspaper delivery while on vacation as piled up papers and stuffed mailboxes were evidence that one's home was available for thieves? Can't a hacker tell if someone is communicating with their home devices from Aruba? And might they be able to see what's in the house and even create a map to include entry and escape routes? Even with a good alarm system, police response allows several minutes for a well pre-scripted burglary...or so I'd think.

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why do you think Zuckerberg tapes his camera?
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And you've seen video of break-ins

where the crooks suspect they're being watched so they wear masks and dark clothing. An outside camera might get a car's make and model but no license tag. Thieves who've already made a virtual tour of your house, find something of interest and know they have 5-10 minutes might just risk it. Even if they get nothing, they've trashed your place while you're 100s or more miles away.

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and then

sometimes it takes 30 minutes or more to get notification from your cameras if you have nest dropcam.

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