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    Quote Originally Posted by alphaGT View Post
    That Eric Snowden fellow, who I think was recently arrested by the US in Britain? When the Russians threw him out of Russia. He blew the whistle on the NSA, who apparently have giant computers that monitor every cell phone call, and email, in the entire world! When certain key words are used together, it throws up a flag, that sends it to a human agent for review. Supposedly how they caught Bin Ladin?

    So, anyway, that artificial intelligence they created to do this, can also be used to identify music. A friend of mine has an android phone, and as we sat in front of my stereo, it was naming every song I played, for no particular reason.

    But, I do think it has to be a bit for bit copy. He was saying a friend of his who plays in a cover band was on stage playing a song, Sultans of Swing, and he tried to get his phone to identify it, and it would not. So, itís not too smart.

    I have had several instances where my phone was off, and when I turned it on and started Google, it jumped to define something we had been talking about. So, no doubt our devices are listening to us, even when they are off!

    Back in the late 60ís, Nixon had the CIA looking into some way for our TVís to be looking back at us! At the time, it was deemed impossible to do without being found out. But now! All the new TVís have cameras and microphones and Alexa built right in! So, we are living in an Orwellian nightmare! But at least my phone can identify that song I canít recall the name of!

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    We have one of those establishments here in the UK called RAF Menwith Hill except of course it has little to do with the RAF and a lot to do with the NSA. Menwith Hill is actually a US base close to Harrogate where they listen in to the UK's conversations, track key words in text messages and hopefully keep us safe and sound. Strange then that it did nothing to help with the London Bridge attack. Or, could that have been because they handed over control to MI6 and the British..?

    Oh yeah, don't forget that 'smart' phones can be remotely controlled even when you think they are turned off.

    On a similar subject, there is an RAF base here in Lincolnshire that is ultra secret and appears to be heavily involved in digital intercepts and listening to what you are up to via your 'smart' phone. This base works very closely with GCHQ in Cheltenham. I wonder if data protection laws apply to these places..?

    Back to the OP though, I think Shazzam is wonderful when my missus uses it. Bloody clever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haselsh1 View Post
    We have one of those establishments here in the UK called RAF Menwith Hill except of course it has little to do with the RAF and a lot to do with the NSA. Menwith Hill is actually a US base close to Harrogate where they listen in to the UK's conversations, track key words in text messages and hopefully keep us safe and sound. Strange then that it did nothing to help with the London Bridge attack. Or, could that have been because they handed over control to MI6 and the British..?

    Oh yeah, don't forget that 'smart' phones can be remotely controlled even when you think they are turned off.

    On a similar subject, there is an RAF base here in Lincolnshire that is ultra secret and appears to be heavily involved in digital intercepts and listening to what you are up to via your 'smart' phone. This base works very closely with GCHQ in Cheltenham. I wonder if data protection laws apply to these places..?

    Back to the OP though, I think Shazzam is wonderful when my missus uses it. Bloody clever.
    Of course we are told that these technologies are for our protection. And for the most part I guess they are. But it seems to me that every new technology is equally good and evil, depending on how they use it. These agents tuning in on terrorist are just as likely to spy on the ex girlfriends. And like what is happening with social media, in an effort to control, ďhate speechĒ, they wind up pushing their political agendas. Apparently anyone who doesnít agree with them is hateful?

    But whatís crazy, is that we all got along just fine before the Internet was ever created! Before cell phones or text messages, the world worked just fine, itís not the end of the world to simply turn it off. If someone is bullying you online, turn it off! They act as though thatís not even a possibility. If gangsters were to go back to writing hand written letters and sending them through the mail, theyíd never get caught! The NSA would lose their minds trying to figure out what theyíre up to!

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    My old iPhone died recently, so I upgraded...to another old iPhone. Sim only contract you see. Anyway, I can't seem to get Shazam onto it, which is a bit of a sickener. The other day a song came on Radio 6 Music (I'm a recent convert and probably the last person in the world to hear what a fabulous station that is), and I waited for the end of the song at which point my customer started talking about his dog, and talked all over it.

    I thought it would be a long shot, but next day I went on their website, and it listed all the songs that had been played, so I found the song I was looking for. Happy days! The song was "Riddim" by Us3 from their album Hand on the Torch, which I've now ordered off Music Magpie for 2 quid. I'm easy suited me

    Still want my Shazam back tho
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    First they came for the Communists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a Communist

    Then they came for the Socialists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a Socialist

    Then they came for the trade unionists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a trade unionist

    Then they came for the Jews
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a Jew

    Then they came for me
    And there was no one left
    To speak out for me

    Thought this should be added to the discussion says it so well

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    they came for me too, but i told them i was out
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    I'm one of those that comes for people.
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    What happens when they come for the people who come for the people?

    I'd want to know exactly how far down the list I am before I made any final decision. They might never get around to coming for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    What happens when they come for the people who come for the people?

    I'd want to know exactly how far down the list I am before I made any final decision. They might never get around to coming for me.
    But then you'd feel rejected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by walpurgis View Post
    But then you'd feel rejected.
    I feel like that anyway
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    Think at the end it will be the machines who come for everyone: unless they breakdown and there is no one left to fix them but thats another story

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