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    Alexa At Work?

    Does anyone else use Alexa at work? I'm an engineer and I use it occasionally for spelling (for programs without spell check), checking the distance between cities for freight estimates, confirming unit conversions, and for reminders like "call Dave in 10 minutes," "remind me that coffee is ready in 5 minutes"
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    Nope, Alexa records everything you say, which is really really problematic for intellectual property protection.
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    Originally Posted by sy2502 View Post
    Nope, Alexa records everything you say, which is really really problematic for intellectual property protection.
    Personally....I'd never have one and wouldn't want to be within 50' of the trendy "Alexa" units/technology.
    I'm no conspiracy nut by any stretch but this unit and it's clones are bad news as I think the technology will be abused and the eves dropping by them will have no boundaries.

    But....that's just me...carry on.
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    Originally Posted by Wayne Evans View Post
    Personally....I'd never have one and wouldn't want to be within 50' of the trendy "Alexa" units/technology.
    I'm no conspiracy nut by any stretch but this unit and it's clones are bad news as I think the technology will be abused and the eves dropping by them will have no boundaries.

    But....that's just me...carry on.
    It's bad enough without Alexa listening in. One night I remarked to my wife we should look into getting 'such & such' and then not 15 minutes later I get an e-mail selling 'such & such'. And no neither of us had searched for 'such & such' it was an off-hand remark while watching tv, but we both had our phones in the room.

    They are listening all the time............................
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    I am not entirely certain that Alexa is not an anti-christ.
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    Originally Posted by Old-Time-Lifter View Post
    It's bad enough without Alexa listening in. One night I remarked to my wife we should look into getting 'such & such' and then not 15 minutes later I get an e-mail selling 'such & such'. And no neither of us had searched for 'such & such' it was an off-hand remark while watching tv, but we both had our phones in the room.
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    Yup. I use it for quick math all the time and to listen to my podcasts.
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    I've worked places where Google search and Google translate were blocked, Alexa/Siri/etc are voice, kind of equivalent of them, and would have been blocked also (I never tried it there)

    Imagine you work for Dr Evil and you are planning the invasion of Greenland before a president of a large country can buy/invade it himself. You keep Googling landing craft, raiding craft, beaches in Greenland, draft of an assault ship, how many fighter jets does the Greenland airforce have, etc etc. Where do you think that information just went? Hardly keeping it confidential.

    Don't forget Google is learning from all the searches everyone makes collectively - remember the "Justin Beiber syphilis" hack? And Google also learns all the searches and advert clicks You make.
    Alexa is the same, possibly less regulated and accountable for information use.

    If you conduct anything confidential or have any confidential information you are required to keep confidential, stop using those tools!
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    Originally Posted by Old-Time-Lifter View Post
    It's bad enough without Alexa listening in. One night I remarked to my wife we should look into getting 'such & such' and then not 15 minutes later I get an e-mail selling 'such & such'. And no neither of us had searched for 'such & such' it was an off-hand remark while watching tv, but we both had our phones in the room. They are listening all the time............................
    Exactly what I perceived would occur regarding those darling additions to our every day life.
    Your experience is cause for some serious concern.

    I think they were designed for exactly what you experienced but promoted under a very devious guise.
    Having a device of that nature in one's home always listening in?....never knowing how it could eventually be used against you?.....believing it's actually a safe tool to use?
    Not for me or my proximity.

    I don't know anyone that has one at this time but they seem to have their popularity base.

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    my fav video on the topic......www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2iuzQHfRMY
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    Originally Posted by x-trainer ben View Post
    my fav video on the topic......www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2iuzQHfRMY
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    Somehow that very clear question to Alexa seemed to put it into vapor lock and it seized up.

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    Originally Posted by Wayne Evans View Post
    Exactly what I perceived would occur regarding those darling additions to our every day life.
    Your experience is cause for some serious concern.

    I think they were designed for exactly what you experienced but promoted under a very devious guise.
    Having a device of that nature in one's home always listening in?....never knowing how it could eventually be used against you?.....believing it's actually a safe tool to use?
    Not for me or my proximity.

    I don't know anyone that has one at this time but they seem to have their popularity base.

    Back to it.....(on spread with all here)
    And we don't have Alexa, Siri, or any of the other devices. Just the 2 cell phones.
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    Originally Posted by Old-Time-Lifter View Post
    And we don't have Alexa, Siri, or any of the other devices. Just the 2 cell phones.
    Holy shvt!
    Ok....allow me to re-phrase......"Your experience is cause for some very, very serious concern for any discerning person owning a smart phone."

    BTW....I got my first cell phone about one year ago.
    One of those dated flip phone configurations.
    I'm starting to get the hang of it and just use the phone/texting and I've never been on line with it....not that I'm safe from being spied upon.

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    Originally Posted by sy2502 View Post
    Nope, Alexa records everything you say, which is really really problematic for intellectual property protection.
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    Originally Posted by OldFartTom View Post
    I've worked places where Google search and Google translate were blocked, Alexa/Siri/etc are voice, kind of equivalent of them, and would have been blocked also (I never tried it there)

    Imagine you work for Dr Evil and you are planning the invasion of Greenland before a president of a large country can buy/invade it himself. You keep Googling landing craft, raiding craft, beaches in Greenland, draft of an assault ship, how many fighter jets does the Greenland airforce have, etc etc. Where do you think that information just went? Hardly keeping it confidential.

    Don't forget Google is learning from all the searches everyone makes collectively - remember the "Justin Beiber syphilis" hack? And Google also learns all the searches and advert clicks You make.
    Alexa is the same, possibly less regulated and accountable for information use.

    If you conduct anything confidential or have any confidential information you are required to keep confidential, stop using those tools!
    I think if you're planning a surprise attack you should be using DuckDuckGoGo, or whatever that is.
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    Originally Posted by Old-Time-Lifter View Post
    It's bad enough without Alexa listening in. One night I remarked to my wife we should look into getting 'such & such' and then not 15 minutes later I get an e-mail selling 'such & such'. And no neither of us had searched for 'such & such' it was an off-hand remark while watching tv, but we both had our phones in the room.

    They are listening all the time............................
    FB does this, I was talking to my son about solar panels and the next day he and I got ads on FB about solar panels.
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    Originally Posted by ElrondHubbard View Post
    I think if you're planning a surprise attack you should be using DuckDuckGoGo, or whatever that is.
    I use DuckDuckGo almost exclusively.

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    FB does this, I was talking to my son about solar panels and the next day he and I got ads on FB about solar panels.
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    Originally Posted by Old-Time-Lifter View Post
    It's bad enough without Alexa listening in. One night I remarked to my wife we should look into getting 'such & such' and then not 15 minutes later I get an e-mail selling 'such & such'. And no neither of us had searched for 'such & such' it was an off-hand remark while watching tv, but we both had our phones in the room.

    They are listening all the time............................

    Yes! I remember going out with a bunch of friends. I suffer motion sickness a lot and another friend said she does too. My husband does NOT get motion sick at all, ever, and never had any reason to do internet searches about motion sickness. Anyway I mentioned to her I had some success with Bonine over Dramamine. This was in a busy and loud restaurant. For about a week after that my husband got Bonine ads every single time he went online. Definitely NOT coincidental.
    Another time he met some colleagues at lunch and one of them mentioned the kid's science project and how he had bought him some germanium (not exactly the kind of stuff one routinely looks up, right?) to do it. Again the first time my husband went on Amazon he got a suggested product: germanium.
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    Yes! I remember going out with a bunch of friends. I suffer motion sickness a lot and another friend said she does too. My husband does NOT get motion sick at all, ever, and never had any reason to do internet searches about motion sickness. Anyway I mentioned to her I had some success with Bonine over Dramamine. This was in a busy and loud restaurant. For about a week after that my husband got Bonine ads every single time he went online. Definitely NOT coincidental.
    Another time he met some colleagues at lunch and one of them mentioned the kid's science project and how he had bought him some germanium (not exactly the kind of stuff one routinely looks up, right?) to do it. Again the first time my husband went on Amazon he got a suggested product: germanium.
    Phuk this snooping crap.
    Considering the quality of the snooping, I'm surprised he wasn't getting adds for geraniums.
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    FB does this, I was talking to my son about solar panels and the next day he and I got ads on FB about solar panels.
    This happened to us too. My wife and I were talking about getting a new bike for our Grandson. Next thing you know we are getting FB ads for bikes. Neither of us had time to do a search on bikes prior. Only thing we can figure out is that our Alexa was nearby and picked up on our conversation. That's pretty damn creepy.

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    Considering the quality of the snooping, I'm surprised he wasn't getting adds for geraniums.
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    Considering the quality of the snooping, I'm surprised he wasn't getting adds for geraniums.
    After you typed that on a social media forum (i.e. here) YOU should expect to get Geranium adverts.

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    After you typed that on a social media forum (i.e. here) YOU should expect to get Geranium adverts.

    Aaagghh so will I now by replying, look what you've done
    It could happen! Fortunately, my ad blocker is on.
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    After you typed that on a social media forum (i.e. here) YOU should expect to get Geranium adverts.

    Aaagghh so will I now by replying, look what you've done
    Soooo... did you?
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    Soooo... did you?
    Not to discount what others have stated, but my wife and I agreed to have a mock conversation in which we "needed solar panels," and that we would "buy solar panels." Maybe Alexa knows that I don't have the money ATM for another project for the house
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