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Google is Evil


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2015 Jul 7, 1:54pm   24,638 views  275 comments

by Patrick   ➕follow (58)   💰tip ($0.75 in tips)  

goddamn it, i want to keep google out of my life entirely, but now my employer uses gmail, so have to use it, and my employer put my first and last name on it: first.last@mycompany.com

to view my work calendar on my phone i have to add that account, so google knows my phone now too.

even viewing a youtube video at work i noticed that they have me logged in to youtube (which google owns). if i log out, i can't read my email...

google is the worst thing ever to happen to privacy.

#politics

#privacy



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254   richwicks   2022 Oct 18, 6:53am  

just_passing_through says

I just tried the rumble app on my roku. It sucks. I can't even read the black text on a white background.


Don't use apps. Why would anybody use an app when it works within a browser? NOTHING is better "with the app", ever.
255   just_passing_through   2022 Oct 18, 6:56am  

Because I have a fukt back and very comfy furniture downstairs with a 77" TV and surround sound. Why would I want to sit in front of a computer an additional period of time after coding genetics analysis software all damn day? Plus a nice kitchen with beers down there with a great view of the TV.
256   richwicks   2022 Oct 18, 9:29am  

just_passing_through says

Because I have a fukt back and very comfy furniture downstairs with a 77" TV and surround sound. Why would I want to sit in front of a computer an additional period of time after coding genetics analysis software all damn day? Plus a nice kitchen with beers down there with a great view of the TV.


You don't need an application to cast a video to your television in my recollection. It's been a while since I've casted to a television, because I just did it as an example a few years ago, at a friend's house. I've not owned a television since 1993 but unless they've changed the underlying Android system it should work.

I would NEVER own a smart television. The main purpose of that is to monitor you. Main purpose of every damned thing..
257   just_passing_through   2022 Oct 18, 7:52pm  

richwicks says


I would NEVER own a smart television. The main purpose of that is to monitor you. Main purpose of every damned thing..


Yeah, well when I bought this one 14 months ago I plugged it in, got updates then unplugged it from the interwebs. Maybe I'll get updates someday again, I don't know, I don't think I need to.

Maybe you don't know what a roku is? It's not a smart TV.

Casting is janky I've tried it. WTF would I want to sit on my zero gravity chair fumbling with a laptop instead of an intuitive remote I've cut the microphone on? Maybe you didn't notice I said I've got a fukt back? Hell no.

Yeah, roku spies on me, rumble (so far I trust) spies on me so what. I'm not doing anything that would get me into trouble watching finance videos or political videos on it through a VPN.

Hell amazone probably knows about the movies I watch for free using a firestick, VPN and kodi build but my internet company doesn't.
258   richwicks   2022 Oct 18, 9:59pm  

just_passing_through says

Maybe you don't know what a roku is? It's not a smart TV.


They are the people that produce a box for NetFlix. They are located, I think, technically in Los Gatos, but it's really just on the outskirts of Campbell, CA.

just_passing_through says

Casting is janky I've tried it. WTF would I want to sit on my zero gravity chair fumbling with a laptop instead of an intuitive remote I've cut the microphone on? Maybe you didn't notice I said I've got a fukt back? Hell no.


Laptop?

I have a different setup than you do. I have a huge monitor, and with VLC, I can control it through my phone if I want to watch a film. I'm just fundamentally different, in that I don't really "watch" anything anymore, I listen. 99% of what I consume is audio information. Video requires too much attention. Right now I'm listening to this:

https://cozy.tv/dawson/replays/2022-10-19

(first 9 minutes is an annoying intro) I grabbed the audio and placed it on my phone.

just_passing_through says

Yeah, roku spies on me, rumble (so far I trust) spies on me so what. I'm not doing anything that would get me into trouble


This is the wrong attitude.

Today it's "I don't mind" but tomorrow is "what do you have to hide?" if you want privacy.

1984 is so fucking easy to implement. You get 1% back on a credit card, and in exchange for that, you abandon all your privacy, and allow tracking of everything you do, and all corporations do is jack up the price by 1% to pay for it. People who demand privacy, they are taxed. You're not getting a rebate.

just_passing_through says

Hell amazone probably knows about the movies I watch for free using a firestick, VPN and kodi build but my internet company doesn't.


Don't you ever wonder why a VPN costs, like $1.50 a month? How do they make money doing that?

They don't. It's to monitor you, but they're not going to do anything and demonstrate that's what they are doing.

I work in this area. The purpose of NEST wasn't to control the temperature of your home, the purpose of RING isn't to provide YOU with convenience and the ability to monitor. It's to monitor you.

Consider this, there's a program called Telegram, it's a free "end to end" communication program. How do they make any money with this? Who funded the development of it? They SAY they are end to end encrypted, but how do you know? Somehow, telegram will not allow users to pass on certain URL's - how do they know what you're sending if it's end to end encrypted?

I throw my hands up. People have been warning for DECADES about this, if you still don't know, good fucking luck.

I work on this shit and all I get is "oh, you're being paranoid".

OK, believe whatever happy horseshit you want to believe in, as we go into the dystopian future, because paying $10 for a communication program that would work for... ever, that's too expensive compared to "free".
259   just_passing_through   2022 Oct 19, 7:10am  

richwicks says


I can control it through my phone if I want to watch a film.

Janky. There are remotes you can get as well to control when casting. Also Janky.

richwicks says


I have a huge monitor,


I have 3 huge monitors and a very nice stand sit workstation in my office. I still don't want to be in there after a long day. I work very hard. Notice I never post during weekdays during the day?

richwicks says


I'm just fundamentally different, in that I don't really "watch" anything anymore, I listen.


Not really, I'm the same. But when I want to watch I want to watch.

richwicks says


Today it's "I don't mind" but tomorrow is "what do you have to hide?" if you want privacy.

1984 is so fucking easy to implement. You get 1% back on a credit card, and in exchange for that, you abandon all your privacy, and allow tracking of everything you do, and all corporations do is jack up the price by 1% to pay for it. People who demand privacy, they are taxed. You're not getting a rebate.


Yeah, I get all of that. I've said the same to others in the past. Right now I don't care.

richwicks says


The purpose of NEST wasn't to control the temperature of your home, the purpose of RING isn't to provide YOU with convenience and the ability to monitor. It's to monitor you.


I would never EVER have cameras inside or outside of my home that I didn't have full control over unless I had tape over them like my work computer. For security there are some you can buy that don't connect to the interwebs.

richwicks says


I work on this shit and all I get is "oh, you're being paranoid".


Never said that, perhaps you are? You brought it up. All I said basically is that at this point in time, I don't care. Sure bugs the hell out of ya haha..
260   just_passing_through   2022 Oct 19, 7:18am  

richwicks says

Don't you ever wonder why a VPN costs, like $1.50 a month? How do they make money doing that?

They don't. It's to monitor you, but they're not going to do anything and demonstrate that's what they are doing


Another thing, I understand many if not all do this and often lie about logging. If this is true then using a web-browser only isn't going to help all that much even with a Tor browser.

Why not just get yourself a radio?
261   just_passing_through   2022 Oct 19, 7:30am  

So back to google is evil and using rumble as a replacement for youtube before someone went on the war path. There has been some discussions about I-bonds on patnet in the past. I bought some last year and this year and thought I was basically maxed out at 20K (unless I wanted paper delivery of the bonds and had 5K each year I could use from tax returns - yuck). Well, last night I watched this:

https://rumble.com/v1on56x-adam-taggart-wealthion-blew-my-mind-wthis-powerful-investment-strategy.html

Hot dog! I am going to load up for the short term!
262   Patrick   2022 Oct 19, 2:11pm  

Hey, I know Adam Taggart back from when patrick.net was mostly about the housing market.
263   just_passing_through   2022 Oct 19, 5:33pm  

Patrick says


Hey, I know Adam Taggart back from when patrick.net was mostly about the housing market.


That's because you're famous!

I watch Wealthion once in a while but am more of a fan of George and Rebel Capitalist. Turns out I'm not going to load up either. My dad chickened out on cross-gifting, oh well.
264   Patrick   2022 Oct 22, 1:06pm  

https://reclaimthenet.org/texas-sues-google-over-its-use-of-facial-images/


October 21, 2022
Texas sues Google over its use of facial images
New lawsuit filed.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a lawsuit against Google, alleging the tech giant has unlawfully collected facial biometrics without the consent of users for years. ...

The complaint alleges that Google uses features in Google Assistant, Photos, and Nest smart-home products to collect and store voice- and facial-recognition data without the consent of users.

Google then uses the data for commercial purposes, like improving its AI algorithms.

Under the Capture or Use of Biometric Identifier Act in the Texas constitution, it is illegal to collect and share biometric data without consent.

“Google has now spent years unlawfully capturing the faces and voices of both non-consenting users and non-users throughout Texas—including our children and grandparents, who simply have no idea that their biometric information is being mined for profit by a global corporation,” the complaint states.


Not just for commercial purposes. Google shares all that with the NSA, as was reported years ago already.
265   Patrick   2022 Oct 24, 10:06am  


Ezra Levant 🍁🚛
@ezralevant
2h
Google says they give you “safe” news. Safe for whom? Trudeau? Big Pharma? Big tech?

And safe from whom? Skeptical voices? The opposition?

Imagine a reporter saying he only wrote “safe” stories. That’s not a reporter. That’s a propagandist for the establishment.

That’s Google.
267   Patrick   2022 Oct 25, 10:27am  

https://newsbusters.org/blogs/free-speech/gabriela-pariseau/2022/10/25/google-caught-manipulating-search-buries-gop


Google CAUGHT Manipulating Search, Buries GOP Campaign Sites in 83% of Top Senate Races
Gabriela Pariseau
October 25th, 2022 9:08 AM


268   Patrick   2022 Oct 26, 5:30pm  

https://markcrispinmiller.substack.com/p/what-judge-what-mandate-what-decision


What judge? What mandate? What decision? Google wants us NOT TO KNOW that New York's "vaccine" mandate has gone down in flames
They will do ANYTHING to black out ALL the truth about the "vaccination" drive: not only the horrendous harm it's doing, but all the pushback that it's caused—and that WILL finally set us free

Mark Crispin Miller
3 hr ago
Here’s what a Google search on all the pertinent terms brought up yesterday, one day after the decision. (My thanks to Eric Francis Coppolino for the screen shot.)



270   Hircus   2022 Nov 1, 1:13pm  

I develop browser extensions and they're listed on the chrome web store. I just got an email from them informing me of the latest iteration of their commie policy changes

Basically: Bend the knee to woke or we will try our best to silence and starve you.

Here's an excerpt

Be Safe
We strive to make the Chrome Web Store a safe and trusted environment for developers and users.

This means that we will remove extensions that pose security threats, access data beyond what is necessary to implement their functions, appear to take advantage of users, encourage harm or hate speech, or otherwise abuse the Store system and network.

...

Be Useful
Extensions in the Store must provide experiences that are educational, informative, entertaining, inclusive, and that result in a positive user experience.

We will remove extensions that appear to provide little to no utility to users, or do not provide the reasonably expected functionality. Chrome will also strive to provide useful tools to developers to help encourage innovation.
271   Patrick   2022 Nov 1, 1:15pm  

@Hircus can you skip the chrome web store and distribute them directly?
273   Patrick   2022 Nov 21, 9:32pm  

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/google-quashed-midterm-red-wave-by-manipulating-swing-voters-big-tech-expert-robert-epstein/


For months, many on both sides predicted that Republicans would sweep into strong majorities in both chambers of Congress in response to President Joe Biden’s unpopular handling of numerous issues; instead, the GOP barely won a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and failed to wrest the Senate from Democrat control.

Epstein, a prominent tech researcher, wrote Tuesday in The Epoch Times that “almost no one is looking in the right place” for the correct explanation, and that Big Tech is in fact expanding the reach of “rumors and conspiracy theories” about it to divert attention from itself.

“Over a period of months, Google nudged undecided voters toward voting blue by showing people politically biased content in their search engine, suppressing content they didn’t want people to see, recommending left-leaning videos on YouTube (pdf) (which Google owns), allegedly sending tens of millions of emails to people’s spam boxes, and sending go-vote reminders on their home page mainly to liberal and moderate voters,” Epstein said. “These manipulations (and others) don’t affect voters with strong points of view, but they can have an enormous impact on voters who are undecided (pdf) — the people who decide the outcomes of close elections.”

Epstein’s team determined Google’s activities by monitoring the content seen by a panel of 2,742 politically diverse voters predominantly in swing states, primarily “ephemeral experiences” (EEs)— content such as text reminders that nudges people in a particular direction but does not linger to be reviewed after the fact and is not seen by anyone not targeted with it.
274   HeadSet   2022 Nov 22, 6:52am  

I think Epstein above is just trying to deflect from vote fraud by naming another villain. However, what Google did is not illegal. If Google really was successful as Epstein says, then the mail-in vote and the slow count of votes waiting for dumps would not have been needed.

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