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Mr. Geek 2U
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Icon 1 posted November 03, 2010 18:19      Profile for Mr. Geek 2U     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I have a friend on facebook and she has fancy photographs to see.

I want to see them. Yes I do!

But Facebook wants to know all this stuff about me. I do not like that!

I want to be free. I want to be me! Only Mr, Grumpy Steen wants to imagine who I am and he is wrong.

I do not know what to do. I do not want to share. I just do not want to sell me to facebook. It is scary It is BIG BROTHER.

What do I do?

MR. GEEK 2U

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Icon 1 posted November 03, 2010 18:34      Profile for Mr. Geek 2U     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
My sister and I are in a big argument.

It is very painful. I love my sister.

I ma 56 she is 55. So long for us.

But facebod. It wants to know everything or I can't see her pictures.

They are scary!

I do not like NAZIS.

I want to write to Congress! I want to write to Tea Party! I want FAcebook against the law!

SAVE AMERICA! JAIL FACEBOOK!

LOVE FREEDOM!

What do I do?

Mr. Geek2U

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Ugh, MightyClub
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Icon 1 posted November 03, 2010 20:17      Profile for Ugh, MightyClub     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I do not like FaceBook either. I have not yet sold my soul, but I fear I will have to someday soon just to keep tabs on the Clublets.

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dragonman97

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Icon 1 posted November 03, 2010 20:41      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
What to do? Find a better solution for her.

Personally, I'm not a fan of it, but you could always recommend Flickr.
Or Picasa Web Albums.

Both let you protect your pictures with passwords or restrictions on user IDs.

I haven't sold my soul yet, and the way things keep going downhill with Fb and privacy, I can't convince myself that it's worth it. (There are some damn convincing reasons to do it, but the evil of Zuck's lame outfit far outweigh them for now.)

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Icon 1 posted November 03, 2010 22:29      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I have heard that some people sign up for facebook with false names.

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Icon 1 posted November 04, 2010 06:22      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
____ Face book scares me, I can text or chat with other means.

____ However I think that the E-mail I got from my Sister-In-Law sums up every thing.





There is nothing political about this email.
It simply points out very probable changes that are in our future.

Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come

1. The Post Office. Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

2. The Check. Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.

3. The Newspaper. The younger generation simply doesn't read the newspaper. They certainly don't subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.

4. The Book. You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can't wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you're holding a gadget instead of a book.

5. The Land Line Telephone. Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don't need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they've always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes.

6. Music. This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It's the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is "catalog items," meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, "Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies."

7. Television. Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they're playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It's time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.

8. The "Things" That You Own. Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in "the cloud." Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud services." That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider.
In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That's the good news. But, will you actually own any of this "stuff" or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big "Poof?" Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.

9. Privacy. If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That's gone. It's been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, "They" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. And "They" will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.

All we will have that can't be changed are Memories.

____ How to remain out of sight, maybe go Amish?

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Icon 1 posted November 04, 2010 09:07      Profile for spungo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
All we will have that can't be changed are Memories.

Your memories and associated, secondary imagery remain the intellectual property of Monsanto, Inc. You are hereby advised to register a pre-petition request to Monsanto, Inc., and / or all related subsidiaries, both wholly owned and otherwise (which comprise of all foreign and domestic holdings), in order to commence a limited-use license appeal. Prior to the granting, in part or otherwise, of any such entitlement, Monsanto reserves the right to prohibit the invocation of any recollection, reminiscence, and / or day-dreaming, of both voluntary and involuntary forms, in the absence of a demonstrably valid pre-existing right and / or permit. Other restrictions may apply.

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Icon 1 posted November 04, 2010 18:11      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I signed up for Facebook in a fit of post-defense delirium a little less than two years ago. It wasn't the dumbest thing I've ever done, but it wasn't the smartest.

You can Facebook safely, but only if you're really really vigilant. They tend to tweak things in surprising ways. You can also use one of your pets as a sock puppet. I've seen people do that.*

*Yes, I have some weird friends. Birds of a feather...

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Xanthine wrote:
You can also use one of your pets as a sock puppet. I've seen people do that.

But where does the hand ... you know what? Don't answer that.

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Icon 1 posted November 04, 2010 19:10      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by The Famous Druid:
I have heard that some people sign up for facebook with false names.

The only problem with that is that it doesn't scale.

It solves small problems of communicating with a select few, but it'll take a bit of 'splaining to before anyone outside your inner circle will be your "Sam Olsen's friend," if you're not "Sam Olsen." Similarly, it might elicit odd looks from friends of friends who see things related to your false identity and don't know who you are.

*whistles innocently*

No...I've never pondered doing this before... [Wink]

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Icon 1 posted November 04, 2010 19:18      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Steen, no comment.

quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:

It solves small problems of communicating with a select few, but it'll take a bit of 'splaining to before anyone outside your inner circle will be your "Sam Olsen's friend," if you're not "Sam Olsen." Similarly, it might elicit odd looks from friends of friends who see things related to your false identity and don't know who you are.

*whistles innocently*

No...I've never pondered doing this before... [Wink]

Some of these problems can be solved by rendering yourself invisible to everyone except your friends, though.

I thought about doing that too, actually, under a pseudonym that would be recognized by one or maybe two people. I even set up an account, but then I decided not to, mainly because I would either be limiting myself to those two people and thus making Facebook utterly pointless or I'd have to explain the pseudonym to more people and thus lose something very special and private (namely, the pseudonym). A couple years later, I made another foray onto Facebook, this time as myself.

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And it's one, two, three / On the wrong side of the lee / What were you meant for? / What were you meant for?
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Flickr and Picasa are good alternatives. I personally prefer Dropbox, since it gives a little bit more of privacy and I can manage which files are going to be used.

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