Welcome to the internet!
The unstated goal of Facebook and other social sites is to mine user
data. That's what gives them monetary value; targeted advertising.
Well, not necessarily mine, more like walk around and pick it up.
Hellooooo... That's the entire point behind Facebook. You provide data
about yourself to Facebook; Facebook provides it to its customers, who
will then use it to pitch products and services to you, or just to
find out more about you. You aren't Facebook's customer, you are its
I attended a presentation on forensic data recovery services
yesterday. The presenter owns his own company, and is a former Secret
Service agent who performs investigations and retrieves data from
devices and online sources in the course of his work. He was quite
emphatic about the foolishness of sharing personal information on the
internet, because it can and sometimes will be used against you - and
you have no control over how it will be used, nor do you know who will
be using it.
He made the same point about smartphones and similar devices and apps
- they quietly collect data as you use them, and you most likely have
no idea what they're collecting, who that information is being shared
with, and what they could do with it. Of course, as he noted, the
tendency of people to use these products provides him with lots of
data and even handy timelines to provide to his clients or law
enforcement, or to testify about in court cases.
One of the many down sides:
The feds are after us to keep all personal medical conditions private
(HIPAA) and big business is doing everything it can to expose us.
Which is why I never have and never will join social networking sites like
I cannot fathom why anyone would want to post their life to the public. They
obviously believe others really care.
If you can't use email to reach me, then you're not reaching me.
I commend for your consideration the book: "What do you care what other
people think" by Richard Feynman. Here's a sample:
Caller: "Is this Dr. Feynman?"
Caller: "Dr Richard P. Feynman?"
Feynman: "(wearily) Yes."
Caller: "Dr. Feynman, my name is Margaret Tibbets. I am the United States
Ambassador to the Court of King Olav V of Norway. It is my distinct pleasure
to inform you that you have been awarded the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physics!"
Feynman: "Do you know what the hell time it is in California?"
Caller: "Er... no."
Feynman: "It is three o'clock in the goddamn morning. Call back after nine!"
On Thu, 03 May 2012 23:59:25 -0500, gonjah <gonjah.net> wrote:
You can do the same thing with plain old email. But you have to know
how to use the email software. Some people thing they need to type a
separate email to each person. WRONG! You can make a mailing list for
family members, another for old friends, and another for the guys and
gals at work. (or anything else). Then send the same typed message
along with photos to the whole list. All of them will get it, and can
reply to the whole list or just to the sender. It takes a little time
to create the lists. After that it's no different than posting to FB as
far as effort. But it's private. You wount have some child molestor
drooling over your children, or some moron shoving their political views
or religion up your ass, and you wont have some friend of a friend or a
friend whining because you used the F-word, or any of the other losers
you see on FB, plus no ads or harvesting your data to use against you.
Anyone thatr knows anything about how to actually use their software can
do this. FB is intended for the lazy, computer illiterate loser who
dont have any brains, nor understands just how harmful FB really is. Of
course it's also a fad for the kids. "Because I use it, you have to use
it too" (mentality). I can only hope that this fad dies a quick death.
But first the word needs to get out how destructive FB really is, and
make it "uncool" to use. Peer pressure can work in both ways......
It may have some uses like that, but you have to be aware of the down side,
such as corporate America is watching you. Facebook is also becoming a
large factor in divorces also. Too many people keeping up with "old
friends" and even meeting new ones.
internet to harm you. If you disable these technologies, you virtually
neuter the bad guys.
By default, NoScript disables them all but allows you to selectively
turn them on for sites, like your bank, that you trust.
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