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    That may be a fairer way of putting it. Personally, I'm willing to accept the risks of using Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri, and there's no evidence they're recording 24/7 or otherwise doing dramatically more than their creators claim. There...
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    I won't rehash UnknownSouljer's position beyond pointing out that you just amplified the reductio ad absurdum to an even greater degree between this and the "if they didn't have the data they couldn't lose it" statement. You need a baseline level...
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    Okay, and how would life work? In order for that idea to work then get all of your money out of the bank and store it yourself. No loans of any kind, home, car, or other. (Especially since there are credit services that also track information...
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    This is an incredibly ignorant response. This has ZERO to do with data brokering. If we had "magic" and we could remove 100% of all "malicious" data collection in the universe: bad administration of important data would still happen. This is an...
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    Eh, assuming extreme abuse is not rational and fosters unhealthy levels of paranoia. I don't doubt that these companies are pushing harder than we'd like, and occasionally what they say they're doing. But there's still a distinction between that...
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    I suspect there will be a lower price, design tweaks or both. If it was just a name change, it wouldn't take much more to relaunch the GPU than reprinting boxes and changing device IDs.
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    Good grief, folks... NVIDIA messed up, but it's not some unforgivable crime. If the RTX 4070 Ti is basically a 4080 12GB at a lower price, the company will have learned its lesson.
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    Aurelius reacted to UnknownSouljer's post in the thread iPad Pro 2022 with M2 chip with Like Like.
    I perhaps didn't word it right. The previous 12.9" M1 iPad Pros have (as far as I know) the same displays as the new 12.9" M2 iPad Pros. What I meant to say is that this is the first time the HDR capable display has become relevant from a color...
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    Aurelius replied to the thread iPad Pro 2022 with M2 chip.
    Sounds about right. Like Apple's "Pro" Macs, if you can actually benefit from the added performance... you'll already know. I'd say the iPad Air M1 is plenty for everyday users who are serious about the iPad, and you only really need the iPad Pro...
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    That's one of the things that amuses me about the "smart speakers are spying devices" crew. The AI can't even recognize some of our commands when we explicitly state them, but somehow it's supposed to be good enough that Amazon or Google can...
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    Er, no. Argue against a real person, not a straw one. I hate it when anyone uses the "if you have nothing to hide" argument. You should expect reasonable protections against non-consensual uses of your data. But it's also wrong to throw out "omg...
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    I have always looked at it as this, if someone has a smart phone and power it on AND someone has any concern about data collection of any other smart device but not the phone, that individual will always get a blank stare from me.
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    Where did I say that? In a previous response I literally said you can refuse to put these devices in your home. I just want people to make genuinely informed decisions and accept that it's not the end of the world if someone they know has an Echo...
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    For goodness' sake, I'm not gaslighting. I'm talking about grounding concerns in practical reality. You don't have to like what Amazon/Apple/Google/Meta/Microsoft et. al. are doing now. I'm saying we shouldn't fall for the "your Echo speaker is...
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    Data collection can increase without reaching a completely nightmarish level, you know. And no kidding, things would have increased over 25 years. In 1997, most people connected to the internet through dialup that could barely handle more than a...
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    I've said it before and I'll say it again: I wish folks would take a realistic, nuanced approach to how Amazon, Google and others collect voice assistant data (and indeed, data in general). On forums like these the conversation seems to be split...
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    I'm starting to appreciate HomePods more, and that's saying something given how behind Apple has been in the voice assistant game. Siri is less capable than Alexa or Google Assistant, there's no question about that. But it also isn't trying to...
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    Aurelius replied to the thread Microsoft cancels "new" console.
    I wouldn't say "never" (I rarely deal in absolutes), but I wouldn't be surprised if game streaming fizzles out. Latency and costs can go down — the challenge is getting enough game developers to offer their games in the cloud, whatever the...
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    It's important not to let Apple off the hook, but it is true that Apple is still generally more respectful of data privacy. And crucially, moral absolutism doesn't last long in the tech world. It's important to consider privacy, but the folks...
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    The webcam quality problems were the result of... unfinished firmware, frankly. I don't know why Apple shipped the Studio Display in such a rough state. It's still not the best camera, to be clear, but with Center Stage and all it's certainly...
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