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hypnotoad72
Freedom = real democracy = living wages
06:00 PM on 05/15/2011
The same dude told people they should change their names as a result of Google's practices as well.

Nice.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/16/google-ceo-eric-schmidt-s_n_684031.html
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moonflowerjewelry
Buy American made, no excuses.
05:57 PM on 05/15/2011
"And then you can be just a better human and have a good time." You can no longer be the best you that you can be unless your life is completely mediated by their toy/tool? That's a sad reflection on humanity...
Thanks, but no thanks. I am a better me because I do without (which works for me, I am NOT telling anyone else on this forum to live their life my way).
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SickHippie
No, YOUR micro-bio is empty.
07:32 PM on 05/15/2011
I am a better friend because I don't have to remember everyone's phone number. I can just call or text from their name in my phone.

I am a better manager because I have my schedule in my phone, and it notifies me when I've got something important going on.

I am a better family member because I get reminders of birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

I know there's a lot of people in my age group (30+) that hate this stuff, and think it's somehow going to take over their lives if they give it an inch. The generation before mine feels the same way about computers, and it's put them at a disadvantage over the last 20+ years - many of them unable to find decent jobs because they didn't learn the skills in time. Those in my generation who remain stubborn will quickly find themselves behind the curves, and may not ever be able to catch up.

I know people who will call to let me know they sent me email - many times, I'm responding to their email on my phone when they call.

Using streamlined tools to help you be a better person isn't sad at all - unless you feel the same about day planners, address books, watches, debit cards, telephones, and so on.

It beats paying a 'personal assistant' to do it all, that's for sure.
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GwenEcho
05:49 PM on 05/15/2011
who would have thought that we would invite big brother in? am I the only person who finds the constant monitoring of oneself via FB and smart phones unsettling? This is the world where everything is catered to the individual with the results that makes everyone into a sort of drone. Like the inverse of a commune but with the same outcome. we are all "different" in the same way and therefore all alike.
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moonflowerjewelry
Buy American made, no excuses.
05:58 PM on 05/15/2011
You aren't the only one, Gwen!
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BlackBuddha
I didn't mean to, I meant to
05:44 PM on 05/15/2011
All I know about Eric Schmidt is...
He has ELEVEN letters in his name... and there only TWO vowels.
Most importantly, both of these are "I."

Is it a coincidence he sounds self centered?
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SickHippie
No, YOUR micro-bio is empty.
07:35 PM on 05/15/2011
I'm going with 'yes'. A hilarious coincidence, but a coincidence nonetheless. I'm just glad you didn't call it 'ironic'.
08:30 PM on 05/15/2011
I see a third vowel and it's not an "I".
(I didn't need help by a smartphone)
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BlackBuddha
I didn't mean to, I meant to
12:56 AM on 05/16/2011
There is no proof that "E" has ever been a vowel. I need to see its long-form Vowel Certificate.

(I blame my smartphone.) There were too many "I"s in my name when I wrote this.
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BlackBuddha
I didn't mean to, I meant to
05:41 PM on 05/15/2011
If a cell phone rings in the forest, and no one answers, did it ring at all?

...it actually depends if it's lost, on airplane mode, out of minutes or battery, roaming, or simply that it's your mother calling, but you can be assured of one thing - that Eric Schmidt will probably be able to answer the call for you.
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amleth
big fan of humanity - very often disappointed
05:39 PM on 05/15/2011
" . . . right up to the creepy line . . . and not cross it . . . "

Hmmm. Sems like there are a lot of creepy lines in our world. Can any one out there tell me which one has not been crossed, or will not be crossed by those already eyeing it with greed for profit in mind??
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MyTake
Release the Hydrogen Economy now!
05:37 PM on 05/15/2011
This guy sounds more and more like Joseph Goebbels every day!

He is so confidant now that he has been called to membership for the world elite House of Bilderberg!
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Dr. Sam
05:35 PM on 05/15/2011
Welcome to the George Orwell's (Eric Arthur Blair's) new world. Orwell's was of course concerned about the power of government to monitor and influence our private activities such as where we go, what we believe, what we buy and what we read. Today, private companies, even more than government, have become more intrusive.
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moonflowerjewelry
Buy American made, no excuses.
05:59 PM on 05/15/2011
The really ironic and unimaginable (to me) thing is that most people INVITE the intrusion because it comes in the guise of entertainment.
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Edward Standley
opinionated jerk
05:15 PM on 05/15/2011
There are some technology trends that I will continue to be immune to. I'm kind of an old geezer, and some of the creepier aspects, I don't need.
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amleth
big fan of humanity - very often disappointed
05:42 PM on 05/15/2011
As one geezer to another, I stand with you.

Your describer says one thing, but your name says "benevolent protector."

I take you for the latter.

Fanned for solidarity.
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SamEllison
I feel so clean!
05:04 PM on 05/15/2011
I call my cell phone a leash and liken it to what a judge gives you to wear on your ankle.

Freedom, freedom, freedom.........
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jcarterla
There ain't no shame in my game!
05:01 PM on 05/15/2011
I don't have a car, a credit card, a facebook account, a mobile phone or even a job. Do I exist?
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Onion Man
Campaigning against pants since 1982.Vive la toge!
05:10 PM on 05/15/2011
Probably do.

The real question is, how can you get by with out a mobile phone?
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jcarterla
There ain't no shame in my game!
05:15 PM on 05/15/2011
Remember what people did before they existed? That's what I do now.
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CaroleK1970
I want my country forward
05:11 PM on 05/15/2011
but you do have a computer, a wig budget, and lipstick o'plenty. yes, you exist
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fairwayhill
1948 Palestine belongs to the Palestinians
04:54 PM on 05/15/2011
Privacy must not exist. Use smartphones.
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cccoyote
Exile Citizens United
04:53 PM on 05/15/2011
How quickly everyone has forgotten the provider ads a few years back, before smart phones - "see where all your friends on our network are at".

Tracking has been going on longer than the phone execs in the hot-seat are implying.

Data = Dollars
04:43 PM on 05/15/2011
This is why hacking is NOT a crime.
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SamEllison
I feel so clean!
05:05 PM on 05/15/2011
and Wikileaks is a savior.
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Bright Creature
Crawling toward the light
04:34 PM on 05/15/2011
Big Phone is watching you!