Rik01: I don't have a problem with this.I had a problem when I discovered just how many ways we can be tracked and spied on through items we depend on. Especially when reading about a GPS tracker in a cell phone which could not be turned off. Then finding out that some cells could be activated when shut off just like some webcams could be turned on remotely by a hacker and you'd never know he was watching you. (My webcam is unplugged.)I drive a late model car. Aside from not being able to work on the engine because of all of the electronics, it has this automatic light thingie. When I turn the key, the headlights pop on if it's too dark. The parking lights come on no matter what.I can't shut them off, even with the adjustment control.Now, there have been times in my past where I've found it necessary to park, lights out, at night, not wanting to be seen. (Like when I caught my last G/F cheating on me.) A long time ago, I found it necessary to do the same thing to avoid the cops who were determined to pull me over.You can't do that in my current car. Shut the thing off and those lights keep right on burning for several minutes.I was impressed when PCs became available to the general public. I've been impressed as they have evolved over time and when the Internet opened up. However, I became alarmed when suddenly, advertisers discovered this untapped resource to foul up, SPAMMERS appeared and then hackers started screwing up systems just for fun.Suddenly, I had to arm my system with expensive security measures, and still some bright boy would find a way in. In a era of HD space limited to megabytes, the constant upgrades of anti-virus and anti-malware programs could eat up available memory and resources fast.Cell phones appeared and I was impressed, especially when they went from about the size of a carton of smokes to something close to a credit card. I was still impressed when they turned into camcorders, video players, had internet access and scores more ...
LrdPhoenix: Rik01: Why do phone companies keep such extensive records of your usage and calls for so long when space on a server is precious? Who gave Google a right to save records of your searches and why would they do it anyhow? Why does your cell save copies of every text you send or get, unless you deliberately delete them?Well, I can answer this. 1. Server hard drive space isn't precious at all. It's like 5 cents per gigabyte. 2. Knowing how people use your service and how lets you figure out how to improve it. 3. Ditto on Google and why they save records, so they can see where their algorithm fails at or could be improved upon. 3. As per cell saving copies, because, yet again, space is cheap.
Rik01: I can't shut them off, even with the adjustment control.Now, there have been times in my past where I've found it necessary to park, lights out, at night, not wanting to be seen. (Like when I caught my last G/F cheating on me.) A long time ago, I found it necessary to do the same thing to avoid the cops who were determined to pull me over.
Rik01: I don't have a problem with this.
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