Monthly Archive: March 2017

Google spies on you, recording your voice when you are not expecting it to

Android devices have an “Ok, Google” voice activation feature. This enables voice input of search and other functions on your Android device. Google also records a copy of the audio when it does this. Google also occasionally records incidental audio having nothing to do with a search. It certainly has for me. You can manually delete the records, one by one, which is very time consuming. You need to go to this Google page and...

https now fully implemented on coldstreams.com

https now fully implemented on coldstreams.com

I set up https (secure web access) earlier in March but a few items on the page were still going through http (not secure). I found those items and have fixed them so the page is now fully secured. When https is in use, the ISP sees only the IP address for coldstreams.com. The remainder of the URL, such as coldstreams.com/somepagereference.html is transmitted securely. That means the ISP will not know the specific page you...

McDonald’s testing fully automated food order and prep systems #IOT #Automation #Robots #Labor

McDonald’s refers to the machine as a Big Mac ATM. The machine does all the work, no human intervention required between your self order, food prep and delivery. Source: This machine will serve you a free Big Mac – The Boston Globe Automation is going to happen across many industries. Policy makers, however, are doing everything they can to accelerate the adoption of automation and the elimination of lower wage jobs. Here in Oregon, which...

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Social media, confirmation bias and its use in marketing #FakeNews #Propaganda #SocialMedia

(I originally posted this on May 24, 2014, about 2 1/2 years before “fake news” became a popular meme. Since then, social media has become a friction-less platform for the spread of propaganda, fake news, and worse. I run an entire blog on the topic of social media propaganda at Occupy Propaganda – the title being a spoof on a whole bunch of “Occupy” titled propaganda and fake news web sites on Facebook.) Confirmation bias...

McDonald’s testing mobile app ordering for its restaurants #Iot #Automation

McDonald’s has started testing mobile order-and-pay after acknowledging the ordering process in its restaurants can be “stressful.” Source: McDonald’s tests mobile ordering before national rollout | KATU Six months ago, I saw a self service order kiosk in a McDonald’s in Utah (the image accompanying this story is my photo of that). Mobile app self ordering is another way to speed up the customer experience – and potentially reduce labor costs as automation is now...

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