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All Technology & Tech Help / Fuckerberg (Facebook) Gets Cornholed Live on TV
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on April 11, 2018, 08:24:00 am »


I am loving the expression on his face when they asked him about the censorship against conservatives including among other Catholics, Republicans, Baptists, etc.... Than when they asked him how they make money selling people's data I almost laughed myself to death.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvc8t4MuStM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbBY1IsnRls

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmxCrtNGNmY
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Chrome Browser not respecting Hosts File?
« Last post by I D Shukhov on April 10, 2018, 05:27:05 pm »
Chrome is honoring the hosts file now.   It didn't before, even after I typed ipconfig /flushdns as administrator.  Don't really care to investigate what's going on.  Must be some other type of caching other than what flushdns fixes.
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: The Tech Support Scam
« Last post by JoFrance on April 10, 2018, 03:59:09 pm »
People I worked with always used to get tech support calls from people posing as MS, but never got referred to a bad site by a valid software vendor.  That's a new low.
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: The Tech Support Scam
« Last post by unix on April 10, 2018, 03:13:33 pm »
LOL!!
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: The Tech Support Scam
« Last post by The Gorn on April 10, 2018, 01:45:57 pm »
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My IT friend says she called a legitimate vendor for help (they sell tax software) and got directed by them to a bogus tech support number. 

That's REALLY bad. Even  official product support can't tell a bogus support company.
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All Technology & Tech Help / The Tech Support Scam
« Last post by benali72 on April 10, 2018, 01:16:35 pm »
A big scam that hits lots of Windows users is fake Tech Support. My IT friend says she called a legitimate vendor for help (they sell tax software) and got directed by them to a bogus tech support number.  Another friend did something dumb and clicked on a bad link that said he had a virus and to call tech support at MS (with a bogus phone number helpfully provided).

This article says people lost over $120 million to this kind of scam in the last year -- http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/08/tech-support-scam-victims-lost-120-million-and-will-get-10-million-back/

Wow.  I had no idea this was such a huge problem. I'd never even heard of it until 3 people I know said they'd got hit over the past month or so. Nice time to avoid Windows if you can.
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I've never been a fan of FB because I didn't trust them.  Every few months I go on there and am just stunned at how people I know share their every moment on FB.  "I ate at this restaurant".  Well, BFD.  I think you hit the nail on the head Gorn when you said"

"Facebook reduces everyone to the psychological profile of a 13 year old teenage girl."

I never cared about any of their ads,  I just was looking to see what some of my friends and family were doing.  Look at pictures, that kind of stuff.  Unless you go to a purely political web page, I'm not sure how effective those ads would be for people like me.  I'm only interested in the people I know when I'm on FB.  FB is a big ego trip for some of them.
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some good thoughts here, Gorn.

I've believed for many years some of the thoughts articulated there.
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: So anyway, about Facebook...
« Last post by The Gorn on April 07, 2018, 05:27:35 pm »
Cruz voters were fed gun rights news to get them to support Cruz more.

I'm not being partisan because Democrats used FB as a source of psychographic data to persuade voters.  It's the current big data way of doing what campaigners have done all along with primitive door-to-door canvassing.  Unfortunately for the Democrats, they didn't have Cambridge Analytica as a consultant.

I agree completely with what you're saying. Both/either side will take whatever advantage they have available to them. Including psychological vulnerabilities in segments of the voting public. Facebook users are and have been ripe for emotional exploitation.

Facebook reduces everyone to the psychological profile of a 13 year old teenage girl.  :P
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: So anyway, about Facebook...
« Last post by I D Shukhov on April 07, 2018, 03:50:55 pm »
I  see FB being a self evidently fertile feeding ground for influencing people.

People on Facebook who cultivate their personal Facebook image and who buy into the culture deeply are vulnerable to influence and manipulation. Since they themselves have already selected themselves to be manipulated.

I'm saying that the cheap thrill aspect of the "Facebook dopamine rush" is only one sliver of the entire environment.

At 1:02:00 - 1:04:00 there is a presentation by Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica, telling how his company boosted Ted Cruz's positive rating from  < 5% to 35% in the 2016 presidential primaries, and then went on to support the Trump campaign after Cruz dropped out.
Nix says at 1:03:48 that his company has "4-5,000 data points on every adult in the U.S.".   

The method was apparently to psychologically profile people on FB and then send them news messages to get them motivated enough to vote.  Nix said, for example, that potential Cruz voters were fed gun rights news to get them to support Cruz more.

I'm not being partisan because Democrats used FB as a source of psychographic data to persuade voters.  It's the current big data way of doing what campaigners have done all along with primitive door-to-door canvassing.  Unfortunately for the Democrats, they didn't have Cambridge Analytica as a consultant.
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