Hingham, MA, day fifteen, part I

Google’s motto: “Do no evil”.

Dave Marks today:

To get a sense of just how much location tracking Google does, check out this Quartz post from last November:

“Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, haven’t used any apps, and haven’t even inserted a carrier SIM card?

Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it back to Google when they’re connected to the internet, a Quartz investigation has revealed.”

Yeah, I remember having an Android phone…Like twelve years ago.  Both employers I’ve worked for over the last ten years have required me to have an iPhone (their on-call paging integration service uses the iOS API), so I probably wouldn’t know how to work an Android phone (i.e., a Samsung) if someone gave me one for free.

Besides, real criminals don’t carry phones purchased through a normal carrier who has their ID on file, they have “burner” phones, or “throwaway” phones, and they damn sure don’t have Gmail or Google Maps installed on them.  Where they get them I don’t know, but Military Special Operators have them, so they are on the black market somewhere, I guarantee it.

Granted, it’s easier to just NOT BE A F****** CRIMINAL than it is to worry over stuff like this, but damn, if you’re going to do hood rat s***, read a book or ten on cybersecurity.  The only reason I posted this is because I hate Google, Apple, and Facebook for all the data mining they do on their customers without disclosing it, and their bowing and scraping to law enforcement the moment a warrant is presented to them for the information they’ve basically stolen themselves.

In other news, while I’m stuffy about my Martinis and Bloody Marys, I’m quite plebian when it comes to beer:


And a 30-pack will last me three weeks – I love beer, but my waistline hates it.

Out here.

UPDATE: Mark Zuckerberg once called Facebook users ‘dumb f***s’ for handing personal data over to him – as firm becomes further embroiled in Cambridge Analytica row.

Zuckerberg wouldn’t want to know what I call him – It certainly isn’t fit for pixels.  But remember…Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, and in this case Zuckerberg is correct.  That’s why I no longer have social media accounts – Any of them, just this blog.

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