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    Proof that the internet snoops on you

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    I was reading Magnafunks post on coffee in Bali and next thing, a banner at the top of the page from Jetstar saying, "Book Bali. You know you want to".

    Proof right there........



    Nope, never on Jetstar. Too many reports online of technical issues.

    No doubt Virgin has them too and Qantas seemed to have a bad run a few years ago. Probably would pick Qantas if I had to.

    A few nights ago we had a Jetstar airbus? go over at about 2600 ft. I knew because I checked Flightradar24 and it was unusual for it to be so low when most planes are at about 4 or 5000 over here and never directly overhead.

    It turned out that they had a flameout just after takeoff and flew a large circle at 2600 and landed again. (Brisbane)

    Oops, off topic.................

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    Some of these advertisements are by Google and it tracks what you are searching and what you might be thinking of purchasing. It then puts those things in your usual browsing.That's why I use Adblocker!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwcalder05 View Post
    Some of these advertisements are by Google and it tracks what you are searching and what you might be thinking of purchasing. It then puts those things in your usual browsing.That's why I use Adblocker!
    Will check out adblocker. Thanks mwcalder05.

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    Adblocker is a must these days if you want to browse the internet without being inundated with advertisements.

    A lot of sites will now notice that you have an adblocker enabled and either give a pop up asking for you to switch of the adblocker (so they make ad revenue) or in some cases, lock you out of the site until you disable the adblocker.

    I usually switch off adblock for my favourite youtube channels and their videos so they get the ad revenue but otherwise leave it on for everything else.
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    I searched for something on my phone and the Facebook adds on my pc matched my search.
    I don't have Facebook installed on my phone and wasn't logged in to Google on my pc.
    I'm not sure how it knew.

    I have heard people with iPhones say that they have been talking about something and then get targeted adds for it. Implying that their phones are listening. Some apps always run the microphone to give faster start up times but they claim they don't do anything with the info captured.

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    Very common 'feature' now for social media websites and apps to read your browser cache content to tailor advertising accordingly, if you 'log in' to a particular flavor of browser (such as Firefox or Chrome) then it is also likely your browser profile contains metadata that would feed advertising widgets and the like.

    Not sure about voice biometrics though (as in listen to your phone calls and then tailor advertising based on the content), pretty sure that breaches a bunch of privacy laws without appropriate pre-authority (such as a warrant)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by trentski View Post
    I searched for something on my phone and the Facebook adds on my pc matched my search.
    I don't have Facebook installed on my phone and wasn't logged in to Google on my pc.
    I'm not sure how it knew.

    I have heard people with iPhones say that they have been talking about something and then get targeted adds for it. Implying that their phones are listening. Some apps always run the microphone to give faster start up times but they claim they don't do anything with the info captured.
    I've messed about trying to teach myself machine learning for the past couple of years. I recall one competition on Kaggle where the client was looking to identify people across devices by matching their web browsing patterns - without IP addresses or cache.

    I have problems with that on an ethical level...

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    If we knew half of what went on with our browsing being tracked, I think we would all shut down right now.

    Grrrr.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrJack View Post
    .............the client was looking to identify people across devices by matching their web browsing patterns - without IP addresses or cache.

    I have problems with that on an ethical level...
    Agreed.

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    Previous discussion on the matter: http://coffeesnobs.com.au/off-topic/...g-privacy.html


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    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile View Post
    Previous discussion on the matter: http://coffeesnobs.com.au/off-topic/...g-privacy.html


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    Thank you Javaphile.

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    On a somewhat related note...
    I'm not all that excited that Microsoft just take over your computer when they decide to download their 'updates'.
    I have had an annoying week of failed MS 10 updates that take control of my computer and then just leave it in limbo when the update fails at 91% after about 8 hours.
    The only option is to pull the power. My computer geek son tells me he has now disabled the "update process" and that is the way it will stay unless MS can "un-disable" it.
    You would think that they would have a process where a failed update would either diagnose the problem OR at least stop trying to repeat the failed update.
    There is nothing remotely unusual about my 2 yo bog standard DELL laptop, so if i am having problems there must be a lot of others as well.
    I have always hated MS because of their crappy programming but have stayed with them only because I have support readily to hand.
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    It's not unrelated at all actually as Windows 10 is one of the most if not the most invasive OS ever. Talk about data-mining. Pretty much everything you do is tracked and reported back to Microsoft so they can, among other things, better target you with ads. Other than as an 'empty' test bed installation to support customers I will never install Winblows 10 on one of my computers!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile View Post
    It's not unrelated at all actually as Windows 10 is one of the most if not the most invasive OS ever. Talk about data-mining. Pretty much everything you do is tracked and reported back to Microsoft so they can, among other things, better target you with ads. Other than as an 'empty' test bed installation to support customers I will never install Winblows 10 on one of my computers!


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    Ok. Back to Windows XP then. Or 98........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    I have always hated MS because of their crappy programming but have stayed with them only because I have support readily to hand.
    It's a shame their update process seems to be bug ridden as the Windows 10 kernel is (IMO) the best they have ever produced!

    Still not enough to sway me back to MS, I am a 'nix man through and through!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwcalder05 View Post
    Some of these advertisements are by Google and it tracks what you are searching and what you might be thinking of purchasing. It then puts those things in your usual browsing.That's why I use Adblocker!
    You can also block googleadservices.com and associated cookies to cut back on a lot of this sort of stuff...

    How-to here...
    Remove Googleleadservices.com - Eliminate the Browser Hijacker Instantly - VilmaTech Expert Guides

    Mal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    You can also block googleadservices.com and associated cookies to cut back on a lot of this sort of stuff...

    How-to here...
    Remove Googleleadservices.com - Eliminate the Browser Hijacker Instantly - VilmaTech Expert Guides

    Mal.
    Thanks Mal. Will do that.



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