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Google photos and google ads.

Discussion in 'off topic' started by eternumviti, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. eternumviti

    eternumviti Bloviating Brexiter

    One of those niggles around the matter of internet privacy.

    I somehow aquired a google account with a new smartphone last year, which I found automatically uploads the photos that you take on the phone camera to what has turned out to be a very useful cloud storage application called Google Photos. It is apparently unlimited and free, unless you intend to use it for very large individual files.

    Now the working of internet 'algorithms' are, and will always remain, impenetrable to me. However, I have just noticed this remarkable coincidence.

    A snap photo that I took on my phone at a social function last weekend, and the banner ads displaying to me on pfm this morning. The photo is of a circular love-in involving the mighty Boozilla, who will be familiar to those on the pets photographs thread in the photo room.

    However, I draw your attention, if it hasn't already been drawn there by natural processes, to the dark-haired young woman in the background...


    And a screenshot of the banner ads on pfm...


  2. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod


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  3. Nero


    Don't be evil
  4. eternumviti

    eternumviti Bloviating Brexiter

    Isn't that the google 'phrase', or something like it?

    The trouble is, you can't get away from it. I tried to log out of google on my (android) phone, and you simply can't, it takes down the operating system, and if you are logged into google on a PC you remain so even if you run a sweep of your cookies and stored files.

    I find it pretty uncomfortable. There is no way that the thing is coincidental. I guess there's no such thing as free in google world.
  5. CHE

    CHE pfm Member

    Really ? I seem to be able to log out of Google OK.

  6. eternumviti

    eternumviti Bloviating Brexiter

    Sure, you can log out on a PC (not on an android phone), but you have to remember to physically do it. If I run CCleaner it logs me out of everything else, but not google.
  7. vuk

    vuk \o/ choose anarchy

  8. eternumviti

    eternumviti Bloviating Brexiter

    CCleaner, its an internet cache cleaer.
  9. kensalriser

    kensalriser pfm Member

    Many years ago during my teenage punk fanzine days I got to know the anarcho-punk group Crass.

    In one of our conversations, a member of the group told he thought computers were a completely malign development. At the time, circa 1980, computers were still very much a professional thing and much of what we have now wasn't even imagined. But I still thought on the whole he was being a paranoid hippy. In recent years I'm beginning to think he was right. Modern technology affords government (and now, big business) the ability to control and monitor people in ways that are almost impossible to escape unless you go completely off-grid. China is now forging the way forward for the technologically bolstered hard-authoritarian regime to the point where it is becoming a model for other governments. The US included, I daresay.
  10. eternumviti

    eternumviti Bloviating Brexiter

    He was right. Which member?
  11. awkwardbydesign

    awkwardbydesign Officially Awesome

    I'm avoiding Google as far as possible. Which why I am using DuckDuckGo through Mozilla here and on my phone. It will be interesting to see how that goes.
    Big Tabs likes this.
  12. eternumviti

    eternumviti Bloviating Brexiter

    Sounds good. They need to rethink the name though.
  13. Nero



    I try and avoid Google where possible. Anyone who has a mission statement "don't be evil" must, by definition, be evil IMO. Amazon are no better
  14. eternumviti

    eternumviti Bloviating Brexiter

    Oh, of course, I've been puzzling over that all day
  15. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs hearing problems

    been using DuckDuckGo for a few years, mein schatz uses Ecosia (something like that)
  16. Marchbanks

    Marchbanks Hat and Beard member

    I really can't think what I have been up to that has resulted in my being given this banner ad today.

    Rob998 likes this.
  17. clifftaylor

    clifftaylor Absolutely retired!

    Ah, but we can!!

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