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    Not sure if this is the right place to post this. Apologies if wrong.

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    a little creepy, as is the flying drone... just shout, "Hey CIA,MI5, am I doing anything illegal? and a deep voice comes back with, "Stop playing with yourself"
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    It might say "Can I join in?"
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    At my place Alexa would say ""Tidy up that F*****g place up, all rooms are untidy with Hi Fi junk in every room"
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    Quote Originally Posted by spendorman View Post
    At my place Alexa would say ""Tidy up that F*****g place up, all rooms are untidy with Hi Fi junk in every room"
    Mine too. It would have the voice of Hattie Jaques as the Matron in 'Carry On...'.

    The whole Alexa thing is both pointless and creepy IMO.
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    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, my very good friend and work colleague for decades at GEC Marconi/ BAE Systems, would not have one in his house.

    I find my Echo Dot very useful in the kitchen, mainly as a hands free radio, with quite acceptable sound quality, from a very small device.

    The same guy is coming here today to pick up a desktop that I have put an SSD and Linux Mint 20 in, he won't use Microsoft.
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    I don't really care about the 'spying' aspect, they can gather all the data they like about what I shop for, I doubt it will take up much room on their servers.

    There's just something creepy about it to me that I can't quite put my finger on. I think because it talks, responds to questions and so on, so it has the illusion of intelligence. If 1960s/1970s sci-fi has taught us anything, it's that inventing an intelligent computer always ends badly.

    'Are you telling me that there's no way to switch this damn thing off!?'
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    pull the plug out works. as does kicking it up and down a carpark
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    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
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    **Iíve studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**
    "An old man sleeps with his conscience at night, while young kids sleep with their dreams"

    "Justice is sinking to the bottom of the sea, And it feels like I'm living in the wasteland of the free"
    Give me absolute control
    Over every living soul, I've seen the future, baby,
    It is murder!
    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

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    Quote Originally Posted by spendorman View Post
    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, my very good friend and work colleague for decades at GEC Marconi/ BAE Systems, would not have one in his house.

    I find my Echo Dot very useful in the kitchen, mainly as a hands free radio, with quite acceptable sound quality, from a very small device.

    The same guy is coming here today to pick up a desktop that I have put an SSD and Linux Mint 20 in, he won't use Microsoft.
    Ive still got one of the old, well made tall ones. had decent sound from it too, but its behaviour put me off.. started talking on its own etc and rarely understood me when i di want it... so it got unplugged and is used as an ornament now. often hang my dongle from it
    Regards,
    Grant .... ؠ

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: democracy simply-doesn't-work
    .... ..... ...... ...... ................... ..... ..... ..... ..... .....
    OPPO BDP-103D - PANASONIC UB450 - IFI PURIFIER 2/PATHOS CLASSIC REMIX & HIDAC AMPLIFIER - LEAF HD BLUETOOTH - NURAPHONE' HEADPHONES - 2*ZBOOK'- ROON - MULTI HDD'S - DIGIONE RPI3 - EDINGDALE MK1 SPEAKERS - CABLE INC SUPRA, FISUAL, MOGAMI,

    **Iíve studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness kept breaking through**
    "An old man sleeps with his conscience at night, while young kids sleep with their dreams"

    "Justice is sinking to the bottom of the sea, And it feels like I'm living in the wasteland of the free"
    Give me absolute control
    Over every living soul, I've seen the future, baby,
    It is murder!
    ***SMILE, BE HAPPY***

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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    pull the plug out works. as does kicking it up and down a carpark
    Not in Westworld it didn't. It just carried on on batteries but all the technicians were locked in the control room and suffocated because there was no power to open the doors.

    In Star Trek 'NOMAD' has a force field around it so you can't get to it at all.

    In Colossus: The Forbin Project they can't turn it off at all and if they try it nukes stuff. In fact IIRC the computer ends up wining in that and takes control of earth.

    2001 - A Space Odyssey - he has to go through a world of hassle and danger to finally switch the thing off and it's too late for his pal.

    And so on.
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