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  1. Texmoor Coolidge

    What an ad read by JVL! For a minute I thought it was Aaron Harison sitting in.

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    • August 8, 2019, at 1:38 PM PDT
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  2. Daniel Sterman Listener

    From a computer science standpoint that ad was complete nonsense. Nothing a VPN is going to do will prevent Google and Facebook from tracking your internet activity. It only stops your ISP (or people hacking into a public WiFi network) from doing it.

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    • August 9, 2019, at 7:34 AM PDT
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  3. kedavis Member

    Daniel Sterman (View Comment):

    From a computer science standpoint that ad was complete nonsense. Nothing a VPN is going to do will prevent Google and Facebook from tracking your internet activity. It only stops your ISP (or people hacking into a public WiFi network) from doing it.

    That’s true, if you sign into your Google or Facebook or Amazon etc, accounts. But otherwise, while they’d be able to track your activity by IP (which is going to be shared by everyone else using that same “branch” of the VPN) they wouldn’t know it was YOU, or where you are actually located.

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    • August 9, 2019, at 2:07 PM PDT
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  4. mildlyo Member

    The font porn was more than a bit much. I thought watch porn was the previous low point. Thank the Lord they wandered back to Red Dawn.

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    • August 9, 2019, at 6:46 PM PDT
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  5. Daniel Sterman Listener

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Daniel Sterman (View Comment):

    From a computer science standpoint that ad was complete nonsense. Nothing a VPN is going to do will prevent Google and Facebook from tracking your internet activity. It only stops your ISP (or people hacking into a public WiFi network) from doing it.

    That’s true, if you sign into your Google or Facebook or Amazon etc, accounts. But otherwise, while they’d be able to track your activity by IP (which is going to be shared by everyone else using that same “branch” of the VPN) they wouldn’t know it was YOU, or where you are actually located.

    It’s been well known that Facebook uses cookies to track the internet behavior of users who don’t even have a Facebook account. Think of how many websites have Facebook comment widgets – they give you a unique ID and they know every one of those sites that you’ve been to, even if you never log in.

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    • August 10, 2019, at 10:15 AM PDT
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  6. kedavis Member

    Daniel Sterman (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Daniel Sterman (View Comment):

    From a computer science standpoint that ad was complete nonsense. Nothing a VPN is going to do will prevent Google and Facebook from tracking your internet activity. It only stops your ISP (or people hacking into a public WiFi network) from doing it.

    That’s true, if you sign into your Google or Facebook or Amazon etc, accounts. But otherwise, while they’d be able to track your activity by IP (which is going to be shared by everyone else using that same “branch” of the VPN) they wouldn’t know it was YOU, or where you are actually located.

    It’s been well known that Facebook uses cookies to track the internet behavior of users who don’t even have a Facebook account. Think of how many websites have Facebook comment widgets – they give you a unique ID and they know every one of those sites that you’ve been to, even if you never log in.

    Like I said, they know your IP (the hidden VPN one) went to those places, but if your VPN IP is – for example – France, they think someone from France went to those places.

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    • August 10, 2019, at 5:02 PM PDT
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  7. Daniel Sterman Listener

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Daniel Sterman (View Comment):

    It’s been well known that Facebook uses cookies to track the internet behavior of users who don’t even have a Facebook account. Think of how many websites have Facebook comment widgets – they give you a unique ID and they know every one of those sites that you’ve been to, even if you never log in.

    Like I said, they know your IP (the hidden VPN one) went to those places, but if your VPN IP is – for example – France, they think someone from France went to those places.

    But they still develop a user profile based on that activity, and all you need to do is use your name or look up driving directions one time.

    And if you’re using a prominent and well-known VPN service, they’ll have that IP address on file as “not actually from France” from the very beginning.

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    • August 10, 2019, at 10:38 PM PDT
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  8. kedavis Member

    Even so, they wouldn’t know where the person using it is actually from, or who they are, unless you tell them.

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    • August 11, 2019, at 1:52 PM PDT
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  9. Old Bathos Member

    I thought the scintillating exchange on fonts was a lead-in for Calm…

     

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    • August 12, 2019, at 1:26 PM PDT
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  10. kedavis Member

    Who needs Calm when you can just have a discussion about fonts? zzzzzzzzzz………

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    • August 12, 2019, at 4:16 PM PDT
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