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    Google Developing Eavesdropping Software
    "The first thing that came out of our mouths when we heard that Google is working on a system that listens to what's on your TV playing in the background, and then serves you relevant adverts, was "that's cool, but dangerous".
    The idea appeared in Technology Review citing Peter Norvig, director of research at Google, who says these ideas will show up eventually in real Google products - sooner rather than later."

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/09...ping_software/

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    THAT'S something I'm not about to download...

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    The Register is one of my favorite sites to read commentary about IT.

    Google is Big Brother.

    Anyone who isn't familiar with George Orwell's classic, 1984 can read an interesting summary on Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four

    and there's a cool searchable online edition here:
    http://www.online-literature.com/orwell/1984/

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    The idea is to use the existing PC microphone to listen to whatever is heard in the background, be it music, your phone going off or the TV turned down [source]
    Wouldn't the person have to have the microphone turned on?
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    Another good movie to see is Brazil, by that dude from Monty Python.

    Highly recommended.

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    All the years I've had a computer, I've never once hooked a mic up to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simcat
    All the years I've had a computer, I've never once hooked a mic up to it.
    Is there a way to turn off the internal microphone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drewbert
    Another good movie to see is Brazil, by that dude from Monty Python.

    Highly recommended.
    Thanks for the tip.
    I like Monty Python but I haven't seen Brazil yet.
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    That's nuts. Hell with that...I may let them know my surfing patterns, but having them "reach out from my computer" is another matter alltogether. What's next...

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    Cool
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    What's next...
    interactive toilet paper

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    Google Developing Eavesdropping Software
    If that dosen't work, they are going to try Gablesdropping. They found out that after hurricanes, the eaves usually blow off.
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    I'll show Google...I'm pulling all the wires out of the walls! Ha!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Herb ԿԬ
    interactive toilet paper
    classic!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Herb ԿԬ
    interactive toilet paper
    The interactive toilet is already a reality. Motorola (yes, Motorola) made one several years ago and the Japanese sell them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arite
    The interactive toilet is already a reality. Motorola (yes, Motorola) made one several years ago and the Japanese sell them.
    Imagine trying to poo and having the toilet paper lecture you about your unhealthy diet.

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    Hahaha...:-) I agreed with Rhia.

    I have no worry, big brother Google is deaf on my computer because I never hook up a microphone ever!

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    is deaf on my computer because I never hook up a microphone ever
    Don't be too confident about that!

    Any Electro-acoustic transducer (speaker), can be used as a device for converting sound waves into electrical energy (microphone), so anyone with the right knowledgeability, time and money, can easily manipulate the computers internal speaker and turn it into a eavesdrop device by remotely adjusting the frequency modulation of the carrier signal like, DSL, Cable, Dial-up, etc, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Sal
    Don't be too confident about that!

    Any Electro-acoustic transducer (speaker), can be used as a device for converting sound waves into electrical energy (microphone), so anyone with the right knowledgeability, time and money, can easily manipulate the computers internal speaker and turn it into a eavesdrop device by remotely adjusting the frequency modulation of the carrier signal like, DSL, Cable, Dial-up, etc, etc.
    So does that mean we are sitting ducks for google? Is there a rubber duckie smilie (there should be one)?
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