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Today In Creepy Privacy Policies, Samsung’s Eavesdropping TV

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As the number of connected devices — aka the Internet of Things, aka the sensornet — proliferates so too does the number of devices leaning on voice recognition technology as an interface to allow for hands free control.

Last fall, for instance, Amazon revealed a connected speaker with a Siri-style assistant that can perform tasks like adding items to your ecommerce shopping basket on command. Internet connected ‘smart TVs’ which let couch-potatoes channel-hop by talking at their screen, rather than mashing the buttons of a physical remote control are even more common — despite dubious utility to the user. The clear consumer electronics trajectory is for more devices with embedded ears that can hear what their owners are saying. And, behind those ears, the server-side brains to data-mine our conversations for advertising intelligence.

The potential privacy intrusion of voice-activated services is massive. Samsung, which makes a series of Internet connected TVs, has a supplementary privacy policy covering its Smart TVs which includes the following section on voice recognition (emphasis mine):

You can control your SmartTV, and use many of its features, with voice commands. If you enable Voice Recognition, you can interact with your Smart TV using your voice. To provide you the Voice Recognition feature, some voice commands may be transmitted (along with information about your device, including device identifiers) to a third-party service that converts speech to text or to the extent necessary to provide the Voice Recognition features to you. In addition, Samsung may collect and your device may capture voice commands and associated texts so that we can provide you with Voice Recognition features and evaluate and improve the features. Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.

As an Electronic Frontier Foundation activist pointed out earlier today, via Twitter, the concept of a TV screen that might be snooping on your private conversations  — and thus broadcasting a chilling effect by inculcating self-censorship within its viewers — is straight out of George Orwell’s 1984:

Sixes – Secrets in Plain Sight


Sixes are structural.

“The comb of the hive-bee, as far as we can see, is absolutely perfect in economizing labour and wax.” -Charles Darwin


Euclid recognized that the hexagon shape makes most efficient use of material in space.

The Pantheon dome is an Roman architectural wonder made possible by its interior honeycomb structural ribbing.

Modern man-made honeycomb materials are widely used in the aerospace industry because they offer high strength-to-weight ratios. Speaking of aerospace, the Cassini spacecraft photographed the north pole of Saturn in 2013 and humanity got a glimpse of an enormous persistent hexagonal pattern in this gas giant.


I have had a series of epiphanies recently regarding the structure of the Earth. It all started with my post Deep Challenges when I found patterns of sixes in the measures of the highest and largest mountains, the deepest place on Earth, and Easter Island.


Incidentally, a line from Easter Island to the obelisk in St. Peter’s Square incredibly bisects the whole Vatican complex. The name “Easter Island” was given by the island’s first recorded European visitor, the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen, who encountered it on Easter Sunday, 5 April 1722. WTF?



This one’s almost 20 years old. Say what you will, but it turns out Icke was TOTALLY CORRECT on the Royal Family pedophilia blood rituals. This presentation reminded me of the story – swept underground, even for alternative research standards – about the bodies of 6 children and 4 adults found in Ben Franklin’s former residence. Very nice throwback Thursday.

Watch “The Mike Brown Shooting What You’re Not Being Told” on YouTube

This news interview with Mike Brown’s “friend” is pretty fishy. Speaks in Leagal-ese pretty well for a witness of a recent murder. Might be “enhanced” news, Brown was shot by someone and agency gave the green light for news based psy op, or maybe there’s no Mike Brown at all.

Watch “Strange Weather is getting stranger. Noctilucent Clouds. Lightning Storms. Sprites. Red Auroras.” on YouTube

Our Joker-Rainbow-Gummumint-Shutdown meme (Oct 1 2013) appears towards the end of this.

Everyone should watch Thor News once in awhile. We love these videos.

Cheers! And thanks, Thor!

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