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-JAY-

Posts: 6729

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

It's getting scary.

This laptop is 100% photography and netflix... it's all I use it for. Every search is photography related, and a LOT of it.. or movie reviews, etc.





But for the past few weeks I've seen a TON of ads about CPAP supplies.

**Continuous Positive Airway Pressure** It's a medical device that blows air into your face to combat sleep apnea... and coincidentally... has been my focus at work for the past few weeks (medical field.)

I have never... ever... ever even mentioned CPAP on this computer, on any computer on my home network... or on any computer I have ever logged in using my google account, or anything linked... Yet every 10th ad on MM is CPAP related.






Skynet has become self aware.

I am frightened.

Save me.

May 20 12 01:33 am Link

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the lonely photographer

Posts: 1954

Beverly Hills, California, US

you went into a site and they dropped cookies in your temp file.
probably aspy bot also time to virus check it

May 20 12 01:37 am Link

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-JAY-

Posts: 6729

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

the lonely photographer wrote:
you went into a site and they dropped cookies in your temp file.
probably aspy bot also time to virus check it

?


Massive amounts of virus protection, and daily MBAM scans. the point is... this computer, or any computer I have ever use knows I am a CPAP technician. This information has never been mentioned outside of my office...


Yet google knows.

May 20 12 01:50 am Link

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Digital Photo PLUS

Posts: 5503

Lorton, Virginia, US

-JAY- wrote:

?


Massive amounts of virus protection, and daily MBAM scans. the point is... this computer, or any computer I have ever use knows I am a CPAP technician. This information has never been mentioned outside of my office...


Yet google knows.

Google saves your search history with your google account on the net so it doesn't matter which computer you use. You probably searched using google at work for work stuff while logged into your private gmail account.

To see your history go to:

google.com/history

May 20 12 02:20 am Link

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JAE

Posts: 2171

West Chester, Pennsylvania, US

Google knows me better then I know me.

May 20 12 04:42 am Link

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Light Writer

Posts: 18387

Oakland, California, US

Doesn't have to be a virus, nor cookies. The algorithms probably can link the computers you use to each other, so anything you do on one gets linked to the other.

May 20 12 05:15 am Link

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Michael Bots

Posts: 6769

Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Have you talked about CPAP near the laptop? Used a wi-fi enabled phone around that network?  Is the microphone enabled?

Patents applied for half a decade ago. Have seen comments elsewhere that imply the technology has gone live, at least in some areas.

"Advertising can be served on the basis of a sensor that detects temperature, humidity, sound, light or air composition near a device, and ads are served accordingly."

Google plans to spy on background noise to bombard you with tailored advertising
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/a … noise.html
http://www.webpronews.com/google-patent … cy-2012-03
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ … calls.html
http://www.geekwire.com/2012/google-pat … arget-ads/


GM too.
OnStar Files Patents for Minority Report-Style Billboards
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2012/05/onstar-billboards/
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=02d_1337197893
http://www.wpxi.com/videos/news/onstar- … ads/vHKhL/

May 20 12 05:48 am Link

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Accidental Plateau

Posts: 7715

Brooklyn, New York, US

Have you ever mentioned your work in an email ?

Do you have a gmail account or communivate with a gmail account ?

It had to be something. You might have just forgotten.

May 21 12 05:46 pm Link

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John Photography

Posts: 13622

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Michael Bots wrote:
Have you talked about CPAP near the laptop? Used a wi-fi enabled phone around that network?  Is the microphone enabled?

Patents applied for half a decade ago. Have seen comments elsewhere that imply the technology has gone live, at least in some areas.

"Advertising can be served on the basis of a sensor that detects temperature, humidity, sound, light or air composition near a device, and ads are served accordingly."

Google plans to spy on background noise to bombard you with tailored advertising
http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/a … noise.html
http://www.webpronews.com/google-patent … cy-2012-03
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ … calls.html
http://www.geekwire.com/2012/google-pat … arget-ads/


GM too.
OnStar Files Patents for Minority Report-Style Billboards
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2012/05/onstar-billboards/
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=02d_1337197893
http://www.wpxi.com/videos/news/onstar- … ads/vHKhL/

That is fucking creepy

May 21 12 05:53 pm Link

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Christopher Hartman

Posts: 54153

Buena Park, California, US

-JAY- wrote:
It's getting http://assets.modelmayhem.com/images/smilies/scary.png.

This laptop is 100% photography and netflix... it's all I use it for. Every search is photography related, and a LOT of it.. or movie reviews, etc.





But for the past few weeks I've seen a TON of ads about CPAP supplies.

**Continuous Positive Airway Pressure** It's a medical device that blows air into your face to combat sleep apnea... and coincidentally... has been my focus at work for the past few weeks (medical field.)

I have never... ever... ever even mentioned CPAP on this computer, on any computer on my home network... or on any computer I have ever logged in using my google account, or anything linked... Yet every 10th ad on MM is CPAP related.






Skynet has become self aware.

I am frightened.

Save me.

I snitched on you. big_smile

Wait till the ads you get next month!

May 21 12 05:54 pm Link

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DRImages

Posts: 1651

San Diego, California, US

JAE Photography PA wrote:
Google knows me better then I know me.

That autocomplete feature on Google is a little creepy at times. It's like it knows what I'm thinking.

May 22 12 11:59 am Link

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BeautybyGod

Posts: 3075

Los Angeles, California, US

-JAY- wrote:
?


Massive amounts of virus protection, and daily MBAM scans. the point is... this computer, or any computer I have ever use knows I am a CPAP technician. This information has never been mentioned outside of my office...


Yet google knows.

you NEVER go to your work web site from home?

or any cpap web sites?

May 22 12 01:57 pm Link

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-JAY-

Posts: 6729

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

BeautybyGod wrote:

you NEVER go to your work web site from home?

or any cpap web sites?

never ever ever. I have never uttered the word CPAP outside work.

May 22 12 02:47 pm Link

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C Mirene

Posts: 1610

Toledo, Ohio, US

If it makes you feel better Jay - both the ad at the top and the one at the bottom when I read this thread were cpap puppies.  yikes

May 22 12 02:51 pm Link

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S K E L E T O N K E Y

Posts: 2110

Louth, England, United Kingdom

lol I've got *stop snoring* ads on this page.

I've never searched anything to do with snoring, nor do i snore tongue

Odd.

May 22 12 02:55 pm Link

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John Sweet

Posts: 190

Denver, Colorado, US

I don't have any ads on this page because I block all ads at my router. Google will surely find me and kill me.

May 22 12 03:11 pm Link

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S K E L E T O N K E Y

Posts: 2110

Louth, England, United Kingdom

John Sweet wrote:
I don't have any ads on this page because I block all ads at my router. Google will surely find me and kill me.

ahh the conspiracies!

May 22 12 03:13 pm Link

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JM Dean

Posts: 8931

Cary, North Carolina, US

Firefox and Adblock Plus, the only way to surf.

May 22 12 03:27 pm Link

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Brian Diaz

Posts: 64175

Danbury, Connecticut, US

DRImages wrote:

That autocomplete feature on Google is a little creepy at times. It's like it knows what I'm thinking.

That's only because you're thinking the same things that thousands of other people have already thought.  wink

May 22 12 03:44 pm Link

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Eastfist

Posts: 3558

Green Bay, Wisconsin, US

Satelite spying, user lists, mass databases of even your private records, it's all garbled together to give you a "personalized" Internet experience.  Why is it that when someone mentions this, it's dismissed as conspiracy theories?  Were this the early 1990s, it could be brushed off, but it's 2012.  Technology advances at a rapid rate.  Look at Google Maps.  Think they're taking pictures of those maps with DSLRs?

May 22 12 03:49 pm Link

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GeM Photographic

Posts: 2400

Chicago, Illinois, US

They're coming to get you Barbara

May 22 12 07:23 pm Link

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R A V E N D R I V E

Posts: 15867

New York, New York, US

your email address.

your youtube account.

your phone number (especially if its the "recovery verification" phone number they convinced you to link with your email)

***YOUR ASSOCIATES THAT ALSO USE GMAIL***


and double especially if you ever use your email on your phone as well

***OR YOUR ASSOCIATES THAT UPLOADED THEIR PHONE CONTACTS TO THEIR GMAIL***




those are the ways the decide to push ads to you. we are far past cookies man

May 22 12 07:26 pm Link

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Gulag

Posts: 1253

Duluth, Georgia, US

"Welcome to Hotel California. We are programmed to receive.  You can checkout any time you like,  But you can never leave! "

The only way to best it in its own game is to come up with another gmail alias for your surfing purpose, and then use a different browser on the same machine with that alias to surf.

May 22 12 08:05 pm Link

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John Photography

Posts: 13622

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

I use Firefox. How do you stop ads in that? Never tried that feature

May 22 12 08:09 pm Link

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BlueMoonPics

Posts: 4620

New York, New York, US

AdelaideJohn1967 wrote:
I use Firefox. How do you stop ads in that? Never tried that feature

I use adblock lite.  Don't see any adds.

May 22 12 08:19 pm Link

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JM Dean

Posts: 8931

Cary, North Carolina, US

AdelaideJohn1967 wrote:
I use Firefox. How do you stop ads in that? Never tried that feature

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefo … ostpopular

May 22 12 09:33 pm Link