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    Everything is fine here. I pretty much reinstalled everything. I did a full scan with both Windows Defender and Bitdefender and everything was clean.

    Now I'm looking at cryptocurrency and fingerprinting. (I'm a tinkerer).

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    Just for the record, the strict setting in Firefox doesn't play nicely with DuckDuckGo. I used DuckDuckGo to lessen my add-ons and then turned my Firefox strict on not knowing that they wouldn't play nicely. I decided to use Firefox strict.

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    I hope this isn't off topic, it's about phones rather than computers.

    Does anyone know of an app that lets you quickly get through to the local police station of whatever town you're currently located in while driving?

    I was once driving in a town other than my own and saw something that wasn't worthy of a 911 call, but it was suspicious, and the police might have wanted to know. It was time critical and I lost the opportunity to report it because I didn't know the number of the local police.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Open Book View Post
    I hope this isn't off topic, it's about phones rather than computers.

    Does anyone know of an app that lets you quickly get through to the local police station of whatever town you're currently located in while driving?

    I was once driving in a town other than my own and saw something that wasn't worthy of a 911 call, but it was suspicious, and the police might have wanted to know. It was time critical and I lost the opportunity to report it because I didn't know the number of the local police.
    I don't know where you live and how it works there, but we have one universal 3-digit police number, that you can call anywhere from the country and that will connect you with an operator that will direct you further, ie local police if you need to. The same about ambulance and fireman. So no need to look up a different number in each town.

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    In the US, you can call 911 quite freely, even if it's just something suspicious. They won't give you any static. Just don't be like that guy I read about who called 911 because his pizza wasn't served hot enough.


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    I have received static for calling 911 in the past. It depends who you reach and how burdened the system currently is, I guess. Maybe that's been relaxed since there's no universal alternative in the U.S.

    I saw more than the usual number of police out and about that night. As I was leaving town on a quiet residential road a car with its lights off came up behind me suddenly and passed me at high speed. It looked to be on the lam. I could have told the police where it was going.

    Anyway, I think such an app such as I have described would be a good idea.

    If the guy with the pizza felt like he was going to kill somebody over it, then I guess he would be justified calling 911. I probably would have been justified, too.
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    360 Total Security identified a cryptominer that spread quickly and proved effective for cryptojackers. Dubbed WinstarNssmMiner, this malware also has a nasty surprise for anyone who tried to remove it: It crashes the victim’s computer. WinstarNssmMiner does this by first launching an svchost.exe process and injecting code into it and setting the spawned process’ attribute to CriticalProcess. Since the computer sees it as a critical process, it crashes once the process is removed.
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    It seems more and more obvious that my phone is spying on me.

    About 9 months ago I bought an obscure brand of water shoes from Amazon.

    On Monday I was at the beach with my wife and commented (in the presence of my phone) that the water shoes were satisfactory and she might consider getting a pair for herself.

    On Tuesday night I received an email from Amazon advertising the woman's version of my water shoes.

    WTF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Scarpia View Post
    It seems more and more obvious that my phone is spying on me.

    About 9 months ago I bought an obscure brand of water shoes from Amazon.

    On Monday I was at the beach with my wife and commented (in the presence of my phone) that the water shoes were satisfactory and she might consider getting a pair for herself.

    On Tuesday night I received an email from Amazon advertising the woman's version of my water shoes.

    WTF?
    The BBC has a current article on this and claims it's a myth. Maybe today it is. But tomorrow?


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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    The BBC has a current article on this and claims it's a myth. Maybe today it is. But tomorrow?
    I checked any my amazon app has Siri connectivity and it was on by default. It is not impossible that it used Siri to sniff a reference to water shoes. I disabled Siri access for the amazon app. Maybe I’ll try to get in the habit of shutting down the amazon app when I’m not using it.

    I think it is reasonable to assume that anything they can do, they are doing. Apple makes a point of safeguarding privacy better than android, but they are not necessarily effective at policing the apps that get written for their platform.
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    I have it happen to me frequently. Just last night I got an ad on my phone for something I had talked about earlier. Believe it or not, my first thought was that this was starting to get annoying.

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    Just saw this. 'Spotify' caught my eye.

    A recent report by Privacy International revealed that 20 popular Android apps—including those by Kayak, Spotify, TripAdvisor, and Yelp—are automatically transmitting data to Facebook, even if their users don’t have a Facebook account.
    https://blog.malwarebytes.com/privac...ersonalization

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    Would a music forum make money on us?

    Money makes the world go round.

    John confided to a friend. “Mike, I’m in a terrible pickle! I’m strapped for cash and I haven’t the slightest idea where I’m going to get it from!”

    “I’m glad to hear that” answered Mike. “I was afraid you might have an idea you could borrow it from me!”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luchesi View Post
    Would a music forum make money on us?

    Money makes the world go round.
    At 2% of the recorded music market, I can't believe we're a demographic that the industry has much interest in. They probably wouldn't pay five bucks for the detailed buying habits of the bunch of us.


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    Yep, well,

    when I was growing up the most affluent households in the neighborhood listened to CM, but I think those days are gone..
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