Siri gets even creepier

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    Feb 24, 2016 5:10 AM GMT
    It seems to be getting weirder every day.

    The doc had me recording my blood pressure every day, so now, when I roll out of bed in the morning, the "health" icon pops up on the login screen.

    When I get in the car, the time and distance to town pops up on the screen unbidden. (Unless I get into the car when in town - then it shows me the time and distance to home.)

    Except on Saturday afternoons - then the time and distance to the nearest gay bar in Portland pops up on the screen. icon_eek.gif

    It tells me how many more minutes I will be reading a book. It tells me when I'm going 2 mph over the speed limit.

    It's like the fucking phone is stalking me...

    And of course, uploading all these observations to the mother ship. Just like Artie Johnson in the shrubbery.

    I suppose that I wouldn't mind quite so much if it actually brought me a beer at six o'clock. Or alerted me when there was actually a hot guy on-line. Or anything really useful. But all that these little notifications really do is let me know that Siri is watching everything I do. Bitch.

    Has your phone been taunting you?

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    Feb 24, 2016 5:29 AM GMT
    Is that the resident Siri doing that, or a health app you have installed?

    If you want Siri disabled, go to Settings, and then to General. Disable Siri there.

    Individual apps can be accessed from Settings, their locator functions disabled by opening them. The procedure varies with the app.
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    Feb 24, 2016 5:33 AM GMT
    It is the operating system doing it. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 24, 2016 4:01 PM GMT
    The OP must have a setting crossed in their iPhone.

    if said iPhone had airPlay enabled for the house auido speakers that would make it even creeper
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    Feb 25, 2016 6:36 AM GMT
    The point is that the OS is collecting data on our behavior, deducing patterns from it, and acting on those deductions.

    E.g. They have code that detects when you get into a car. Where you go when you drive, at different times and days. What apps you use in different situations, and a thousand other things.

    Pretty much the same thing that all the ad companies do, and probably the government spooks, but now supposedly for our "convenience." And they're letting us see this.

    Now, imagine this information in the hands of whatever form of Meese that President Trump would empower...icon_eek.gif
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    Feb 25, 2016 4:15 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidThe point is that the OS is collecting data on our behavior, deducing patterns from it, and acting on those deductions.

    E.g. They have code that detects when you get into a car. Where you go when you drive, at different times and days. What apps you use in different situations, and a thousand other things.

    Pretty much the same thing that all the ad companies do, and probably the government spooks, but now supposedly for our "convenience." And they're letting us see this.

    Now, imagine this information in the hands of whatever form of Meese that President Trump would empower...icon_eek.gif


    A reason not to own the fruit phone:

    Researchers said they've found more than 250 iOS apps that violate Apple's App Store privacy policy forbidding the gathering of e-mail addresses, installed apps, serial numbers, and other personally identifying information that can be used to track users.

    http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/10/researchers-find-256-ios-apps-that-collect-users-personal-info/
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    Feb 25, 2016 4:48 PM GMT
    A couple of points here are baffling on this iPhone law issue:

    There is little information in iPhone itself. It has all gone out and sitting in a server somewhere being further compiled and sold.

    The iPhone would be of little use to the FBI if Apple designed it as a completely locked system. That is to say you can totally erase the unit but otherwise its just an iBrick.
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    Feb 25, 2016 5:27 PM GMT
    to address the OP's original post:

    this is not Cuba; odd you would expect something is free

    the next smart phone you buy:
    -craiglist it one hardware revision behind the latest.
    -consider rooting or jailbraking it right off, if necessary be able to restore the original OS.
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    Feb 25, 2016 6:12 PM GMT
    pellaz saidA couple of points here are baffling on this iPhone law issue:
    There is little information in iPhone itself. It has all gone out and sitting in a server somewhere being further compiled and sold.
    The iPhone would be of little use to the FBI if Apple designed it as a completely locked system. That is to say you can totally erase the unit but otherwise its just an iBrick.

    So are you saying that the case with the FBI is about the FBI wanting the data that's on Apple's servers for that particular guy?
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    Feb 25, 2016 6:55 PM GMT
    Yes; the FBI should look outside the iPhone.
    Smart phones are primarily a web appliance.

    also

    if the iPhone was totally encrypted Apple would just assert no back door possible. This can be done why would they go half way on this?
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    Feb 25, 2016 7:40 PM GMT
    pellaz saidYes; the FBI should look outside the iPhone.
    Smart phones are primarily a web appliance.
    also
    if the iPhone was totally encrypted Apple would just assert no back door possible. This can be done why would they go half way on this?

    Thanks. That's what I was thinking as well.

    One of the articles I read focused on how it's really about bad pr for Apple to give up a user's data. And they quoted one of Apple's lawyers saying just that.
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    Feb 26, 2016 1:42 AM GMT
    No, but my printer has ...sending me rude messages that I'm not using HP ink .,.that refills are not acceptable and refuses to print..
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    Feb 26, 2016 2:01 AM GMT
    davfit saidNo, but my printer has ...sending me rude messages that I'm not using HP ink .,.that refills are not acceptable and refuses to print..

    The rudest HP message I got was that my genuine HP cartridge was outdated, and using it would deny me HP factory repair service. Best I can determine is that I installed an HP cartridge that had been in my office for a while. Purchased with a 6-pack of all the colors.

    But the colors get used unevenly, and this one was the last to be needed. Plus the cartridge package itself may have been getting old when I bought it from Office Depot. So I'd get this error message, every time the printer restarted. Very annoying, but I still used it, the printer didn't refuse to operate, its performance fine.
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    Feb 26, 2016 2:27 AM GMT
    davfit saidNo, but my printer has ...sending me rude messages that I'm not using HP ink .,.that refills are not acceptable and refuses to print..

    Yeah. Back in the days when mainframes had reel-to-reel 9 track tape drives our unix machines would make the two spindles go in the opposite direction in order to break the tape whenever we put on a tape from some "foreign" operating system.