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Off topic, sort of (Also: Hi Serena--good to have you back. Bones, here's a keg of Serena Red Elf Ale--Make sure she gets a big mug!)
01/28/2017, 23:46:56

    The Elf Herself writes:

    Don't know why it took so long for me to figure it out. Anyway, it's obvious that game disks come with a sub-routine so that the manufacturer can go online with YOUR computer.
    I recently dusted off an old "Torchlight" (the first, not Steam's "Torchlight 2") disk and installed it. When I began to play, I noticed that gameplay was slightly different from when I'd last played five years ago. Some of the changes were minor, others rather drastic. I then looked at the version number: v. 1.13. The disk itself read "v.1.0." I was not prompted for an update, nor did I knowingly go online.

    So be aware: even if you aren't using your browser, Big Brother IS watching. I don't believe that pre-Y2K disks had this capability, but back then about the only time you used the internet in conjunction with a game was to register as the owner, or were playing a (yuck!) multiplayer game.





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Drinks all around! And a toast to friends old and new.
01/29/2017, 08:48:49

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It's sad, but yes, Big Brother certainly IS watching. Certainly I needn't mention that Uplay, need I. (A very tasty drink, despite the fact I don't drink ale at all.)
01/29/2017, 11:39:55

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Just to be clear ...
01/30/2017, 08:47:41

    Bones writes:

    ... in "1984", 'Big Brother' is the government monitoring the thoughts and actions of its citizens. In this case it's corporations both supporting their products and protecting their property. They might also be collecting user information, but you'd have to really read your EUA. 'Big Brother' might be here, but this isn't an example of what Orwell envisioned.




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I know, I've read & listened to the book many times.
02/02/2017, 07:32:16

    Ramillies writes:

    Uplay certainly wasn't the best example. I only thought it will be familiar to everyone. Just to make it clear from my side as well, I'd call "Big Brother" anything that monitors thoughts and actions of others, not only governments.

    But sadly, I think there are quite a few programs out there that do spying without you ever giving consent. And yet still other will gather your data "only in order to provide personalized ads" (or something equally unwelcome), but only God knows what they really use them for. (And even if they don't do any misdeeds with them, the sole prospect of all data about you being saved somewhere for all the eternity is frightening. After all, there certainly are persons or organizations who can just ask for the data and they will be given. )





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I don't doubt it for a moment
02/02/2017, 13:47:00

    Peter2 writes:

    And something else I routinely use Ad-blockers, and I've recently come across some websites which won't allow me access until I disable them. When I hit one of these, I always go elsewhere.

    And another thing I'll bet somebody is collecting the data from sat-navs in cars (and possibly on smart-phones and i-pads too) to watch where we go.

    Even paranoids have real enemies . . .





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Well said
02/02/2017, 22:26:24

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