Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

The End of Privacy: Address Books with Friends

So all the apps that take and upload and store your address books (which is a lot of them!) are making changes to their apps! By… sort of vaguely notifying you that they are doing so. So… not by not doing that. For instance, Twitter: "In place of 'Scan your contacts,' we will use 'Upload your contacts' and 'Import your contacts.'" Ha! Good one. Because "upload" really means "we're going to store every phone number and address and name of everyone in your phone for 18 months." WELL? Once people started digitally "signing" that endless user agreement in iTunes without clicking through all 36 or 42 pages or whatever, it was all over anyway.

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Matthew Phelan (#10,133)

:: Just Curious ::

If I started a Kickstarter to build a server farm on an old luxury cruise ship out in international waters, how much would any of you be willing to pay for hyper-encrypted, ad-free, privacy obsessed knock-offs of all Google's services?



CatsInBags (#3,656)

@Matthew Phelan $100. Easy.

Matthew Phelan (#10,133)

@CatsInBags Awesome! That's great.

Get ready, America! I read "Cryptonomicon" like three years ago, so I'm pretty much all set to do this shit.

Anti-torpedo Mines! Some kinda armed blimp with anti-aircraft guns (for the inevitable drones)! The Business Requirements Document writes itself!

Rod T (#33)

I often wonder what they think they are learning. My contact list contains many disparate elements. By knowing that I have contact with a 74 year old lesbian accountant and a 14 year old girl that cat-sits, what the fuck have you learned? Considering that the ads that Facebook and Google serve up to me and considering they know the most about me, I'm guessing they are learning absolutely nothing. (I don't NEED a crock pot. I was looking for recipes for the crock pot I already own, you fools.) I really look forward to the bursting of the newest web bubble. The boasts they make toward knowing consumers are outrageous. Down with them all.

freetzy (#7,018)

@Rod T Can we talk about crock pots? I got one for Christmas and I absolutely love it. What recipe did you decide to use?

jfruh (#713)

@freetzy My wife makes all kinds of recipes from this:

Which I mostly love and I'm not even a vegetarian!

Rod T (#33)

@freetzy: Girl, you gotta make chili. It's really the best. Generally though just take your usual recipe and bump the moisture up a little is my general rule. It was a hit at my Super Bowl party, served with cornbread baked in the shape of a football.

Urbania (#94)

@Rod T Grow my own hot peppers and make my own hot sauce. Nothing tastes better.

boysplz (#9,812)

@Rod T Taco Soup is a great place to start because it's easy and rewarding (and really cheap).

Another good cookbook is Slow Cooker Revolution by America's Test Kitchen. It does a good job having recipes that are a bit fresher than the usual, dump some chicken breasts and a bunch of cans of soup and wait ten hours that I've seen in most other slow cooker cookbooks.

freetzy (#7,018)

@Rod T As a married father (a straight one…now that it's up to seven states, I feel the need to further clarify), I just want to say how happy getting a reply with "Girl…" made me.

@boysplz Yeah, my tastebuds are reaching their limit on the "dump shit in and wait 10 hours" recipe. But we need to talk about chicken breasts vs. chicken thighs. Chicken thighs are half the price and between 3 and 8 times more delicious.

@jfruh: Thanks for the rec!

So basically someone at Twitter was all "wait, but what if I'm in a strange city and don't have any weed dealers' numbers?" and voila the solution presented itself.

NinetyNine (#98)

The Flash tracking ads I see are exclusively ads for various forms of ERP software because I did a single Google search looking for a logo for a client and 20×200. Bring it, ad-targeting ninjas.

David (#192)

Well, I guess I better go in an alter the last digit on every number in my contact data base (by rounding up, add +1), make every David "Peter" and every Mary "Martha" and change @ to *. That will fix 'em.

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