Amazon Alexa or Google Nest

its why techies put tape over their lid cameras - I remember something with zuckerberg being shown with his laptop working and big lump of black nasty over the camera..
My lappie has a sliding cover over the lens, no more potentially bare arsed group convos.
If you device is 'listening for keywords' then it must be listening all the time and potentially recording. Horses for courses obviously but it's not my cuppa java.
 

philc

LE
Why, we have Alexa, or the wife does and the computer on Star Trek it is not, about the only meaningful thing it does is add stuff to the shopping list, ask for a song and you have to ask 6 times for the right tune, the weather is inaccurate and when we are watching Schitts Creek it interrupts as one of the main characters is called Alexa.

Really not worth it.
 
An Amazon Echo smart speaker could provide crucial evidence in a double murder case in the US after a judge in New Hampshire ordered the tech giant to provide investigators with recordings from the device.
The speaker, which features the artificial intelligence voice assistant Alexa, was seized from a home in Farmington where two women were killed in January 2017.
Timothy Verrill, 36, is charged with killing Christine Sullivan and Jenna Pellegrini by stabbing each woman multiple times.

Judge Steven M Houran wrote in the court order that an Echo device present in the home may have captured audio that could provide key evidence in the case.
“The court finds there is probable cause to believe the server and/or records maintained for or by Amazon.com contain recordings made by the Echo smart speaker from the period of January 27, 2017 to January 29, 2017, and that such information contains evidence of crimes committed against Ms. Sullivan, including the attack and possible removal of the body from the kitchen” during that period,” Judge Houran wrote.

He then ordered Amazon to “produce forthwith to the court any recordings made by an Echo smart speaker with Alexa voice command capability", as well as "any information identifying cellular devices that were paired to that speaker during that time period.”

It is 'could have recorded’ and the echo device still doesn’t store voice recordings.
  • An Amazon Echo smart speaker could provide crucial evidence in a double murder case
  • an Echo device present in the home may have captured audio that could provide key evidence in the case.
Is there anything conclusive that says a voice recording captured by a smart speaker device contributed to a murder conviction?

Of course, Amazon would only produce the ’wake word‘ recordings too otherwise their denials of Alexa listening and recording 24/7 would be blown wide open.
 
It's not just Hive, i've recently bought a pair of TiBO devices, they insist on contacting a 'metrics' web address twice every eight seconds. I contacted the company who said it was to check for internet connectivity - so I blocked it at DNS level, they still look for the site twice every eight seconds (each!) and work perfectly.
Before anyone asks (or cares), DoH & DoT is blocked also, as is all DNS requests at the router other than the internal DNS server.
My Linksys Mesh Router does it too thousands of times a day but it has been formally introduced to Pihole and now the calls home go nowhere.

Netflix is constantly at it too.
 

OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
My Linksys Mesh Router does it too thousands of times a day but it has been formally introduced to Pihole and now the calls home go nowhere.

Netflix is constantly at it too.
Netflix isn't too bad, probably because we only use it on 'smart' TV's - which try to be quite chatty to their mothership.
BTW, have you tried the Pihole v5.0? the group management feature is very useful - a pain to set up initially, but useful all the same.
 
Interesting, AFAIK mine sits happily dumb, just emails once a month giving me a comparison of my average temp to the local average.
How does it get to compare you to (iirc) with the homes In your neighbourhood also using Hive?

My mid May email from hello@email.hivehome.com

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This data is collected from all Hive users if their Hive Hub has an internet connection. You may be a little surprised at just how much data collection Hive (British Gas) has included in its terms and conditions.

Hive | A British Gas Innovation | Start Your Connected Home
 
Netflix isn't too bad, probably because we only use it on 'smart' TV's - which try to be quite chatty to their mothership.
BTW, have you tried the Pihole v5.0? the group management feature is very useful - a pain to set up initially, but useful all the same.
I have recently updated to V5.0 but as yet, haven't looked at it beyond a glance at the dashboard and switching off query logging. (I read somewhere that it makes mince of the SD card but I haven’t yet checked that out).
 
This isn't a criticism - why?
It's not something i've ever considered, just interested in the inertia of motivation.
Personally I do think they are only there to sell to you or sell you to others, that's not the focus of my question though.
No real reason,just thought it was time to consider joining the 21st century.
I understand that I would become a commodity. I fully intend to take steps to maximise my privacy (deleting recordings regularly, etc.) and would not be averse to teaching Alexa or Google about Clangers porn, translating the Gogs into english, etc.
 
If you would not be comfortable with putting a tv camera and microphone in your house and broadcasting everything to everyone, including us, then don't put either of those things in your house.

Before one of our in house pensioners starts the comedy routine about tin foil, it only takes basic understanding of the underlying technology to arrive at this conclusion.
I work for an IT company that supports a number of agencies/departments/services, etc. amongst many other organisations so I am not particulary concerned about the eavesdropping capabilities. I am aware that I already have plenty of devices in the house that could be compromised. I do not discuss anything (within range of any device) that I am not comfortable with becoming public knowledge.
 
O/T, but I must get round to setting up Pi Hole. Bought a Pi years ago when the kids started doing Computing at school, the bloody thing has been in a drawer ever since.
 
VHS or Betamax?
 

DarkBrig

Old-Salt
I have one, which I use mainly for the weather and setting alarms, however, I have noticed that if me and the wife were discussing say a new lawnmower or hairdryer, all my internet adverts become full of lawnmowers and hair dryers, which can be useful in a non big brother way
 
I have one, which I use mainly for the weather and setting alarms, however, I have noticed that if me and the wife were discussing say a new lawnmower or hairdryer, all my internet adverts become full of lawnmowers and hair dryers, which can be useful in a non big brother way
Have you tried discussing dildos, nipple clamps and butt plugs. You should also discuss something for your wife.
 
Have you tried discussing dildos, nipple clamps and butt plugs. You should also discuss something for your wife.
Ball gag? Good idea.
 

DarkBrig

Old-Salt
Have you tried discussing dildos, nipple clamps and butt plugs. You should also discuss something for your wife.
I like your thinking, however, I'm gonna try divorce lawyers and Trophy wife instead
 
I have one, which I use mainly for the weather and setting alarms, however, I have noticed that if me and the wife were discussing say a new lawnmower or hairdryer, all my internet adverts become full of lawnmowers and hair dryers, which can be useful in a non big brother way
Can’t say i have noticed targeted ads but then again, Pihole and before that (or even now if away from my LAN), ad blockers on every device.
 

sirbhp

LE
Book Reviewer
i've got two home mini nests around the house and found them handy when watching a film or a documentary to ask whats happened to so and so , or whats the population of london in the 17centuary. weird i know

Ive got Alexia on two amazon pads but for some reason never use it , nor do i used google speak on my phone . I m just dipping my feet in to tech really . but yes I like Google NEST mini
 
Thanks All, have decided to get a 3rd generation Echo.
 

sirbhp

LE
Book Reviewer
Did anyone here know that YOU Can turn your nest OFF when yore not using it ? theres a switch on the side . blimey wot next?
 

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