Crony Capitalism ← Previous post Next post → Comments JTC Feb 17 2018 at 12:04 am Yes it’s true…the i’s have eyes too. Ryk E Lee Feb 17 2018 at 2:00 am Excellent subject matter and the dialog was hilarious. cmblake6 Feb 17 2018 at 2:32 am Cute interchange. Polly Cy Feb 17 2018 at 3:40 am There is a certain amount of fun that can be had, you know. Every once in a while, I shop for gaudy jewelry, high end real estate, or French provincial furniture, or browse through Ebay looking for vintage Uncle Scrooge comic books or size 4 1/2 narrow cowboy boots just to keep the little rascals confused. I love thinking of combinations that might tip the data miners over the edge once and for all. JTC Feb 17 2018 at 11:23 am Polly, it seems that final blurb was intended to convey video contact, you know, so you can’t do the BS browsing that wastes their marketing spam, and more importantly to support their other nefarious plans. You say that little spy device doesn’t have visual capability? Maybe, although we don’t really know do we, or what advanced version they might have sent to a pair of international insurgents. And even if not, as I said above plenty of your other i’s have eyes…your ‘puter of course, your phone, your wireless home security/remote operational system, your Ring doorbell…etc. We can’t hide…well we can, but it ain’t easy and that’s the plan. Polly Cy Feb 17 2018 at 3:37 pm Precisement, mon ami, which is why the “gift” of an Alexa remains tucked into its box. Fortunately at my age, I can plausibly claim to keep “forgetting” to install it and no one doubts me. One thing that decades of being a Kremlinologist taught me was that if there’s a way to undermine your personal autonomy, someone will try to use it against you. MasterDiver Feb 17 2018 at 7:07 pm I keep a sticky-note over my laptop camera. Phone and tablet stay zipped up in their cases. I do NOT believe their lyin’ eyes! Zar Belk! Merle Feb 17 2018 at 10:36 pm That takes care of the camera, but what about the mic? Pamela Feb 17 2018 at 4:06 am Hmm, that dress comes in blue. How often do you and Bill get together Jeff? nonncom Feb 17 2018 at 9:35 am Comes in blue?….oh, never mind…. PaulS Feb 17 2018 at 10:37 am That would be, comes on blue. WayneM Feb 17 2018 at 11:47 am Tangled up in Blue… MasterDiver Feb 17 2018 at 7:09 pm She’d be a Rhapsody in Blue! ;-0 Zar Belk! Deplorable B Woodman Feb 17 2018 at 11:52 pm “She Wore Blue Velvet” eon Feb 17 2018 at 5:01 am “But wait, there’s MORE!!…” Oligarchs like Bezos think they can buy anybody with enough trinkets. And that they can suborn what they can’t buy. They don’t believe that KYFHO should ever apply to them. Let alone FOAD. After all, are they not gods? They certainly have the Olympian act down pat. Petulant, petty, narcissistic, vindictive, prone to hold grudges, and like to throw thunderbolts just because they feel like it. And oh yes, believing that no woman (or man) can resist their charms. They should remember that in the real world, no ruler with those attributes has ever lasted very long. And half the time, it was their own underlings and lackeys who removed them from the equation. clear ether eon Bill G Feb 17 2018 at 7:06 am They have made massive fortunes which proves their superiority to the herd, and therefore their opinions and ideas must always be correct. Yeah, right. But don’t bother trying to tell them. Mike Bloomberg is another from the same mold. Deplorable B Woodman Feb 17 2018 at 7:08 am Once the conversation with Alexa/Bozo is finished, I have the perfect end use for that little snoop device………..as a 100 yard down range target. FIRE FOR EFFECT!! Grumps Feb 17 2018 at 8:04 am PULL!!!!! GWB Feb 17 2018 at 12:20 pm Make you sure you say something just before firing. Like, “Hey, Alexa, find me some snowflakes.” *Then* fire. S Hooks Feb 17 2018 at 2:25 pm Would be good for a trebuchet toss, too! Pamela Feb 17 2018 at 2:31 pm Punkin Chuckin Henry Feb 17 2018 at 5:31 pm Plus it has a handy cavity for Tannerite. TomZ Feb 17 2018 at 9:59 pm Just set the Tannerite on top of it. Flatten it right out. Or put the tannerite bottle in an open cardboard box, just big enough, with Alexa on top. Dread Feb 17 2018 at 7:24 am Megalithic brats! Going where Bill Gates longed to go before! Kevin M Feb 17 2018 at 9:55 am I realize everything Alexa hears goes to the NSA, that’s why I love my Echo. When I’m in the kitchen (where I keep it) I have prepared dialogues with my Maine coon and German shepherd. I’ll spare you the sleepless nights by keeping the subject matter secret, but if anyone at the NSA listens to my conversations with Heinrich and Mr. Mostly Mittens, I’d have blackhawks landing in my backyard by lunchtime. My hero is Mel Brooks. That’s all I have to say. Doggo Feb 21 2018 at 12:46 pm I’m not sure that Alexa is a direct port to NSA. I’m pretty sure that the Google/Amazon collective exists in competition with NSA. Including their data-centers-on-a-barge, they have more processing power and data storage than NSA does. Browncoat Feb 17 2018 at 10:56 am Can’t post it here but there was an excellent meme going around Facebook a couple of weeks ago. The top half was an old, B&W photo of a woman talking into a rotary phone saying, “I better not say any more. This phone may be tapped.” The bottom half was a modern, color photo of a woman saying aloud in her kitchen, “Siri/Alexa… Get me a recipe for beef stroganoff…” or some such. The point was clearly made. WayneM Feb 17 2018 at 11:51 am You mean like this… https://steemit-production-imageproxy-upload.s3.amazonaws.com/DQmQJuvh8octLxBNNLkgutpwNKLbwd6UonmPojSGpaTPoBN Deplorable B Woodman Feb 17 2018 at 12:26 pm That’s the one. Shows the difference in attitude and sheepleness between the eras. GWB Feb 17 2018 at 12:26 pm Like the one I linked when this storyline started? 🙂 (No permalinks to comments, so it’s on the back-door-2 comic) Or Wayne’s. 🙂 Reply Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.