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  1. RustyGunner
    RustyGunner June 30, 2015 2:37 am

    I do some occasional SCA camping, which is in semicivilized areas. Where the wilderness is concerned, I take the Bear Grylls approach: when the cameras are off, my hiney is in the hotel.

  2. Bear
    Bear June 30, 2015 6:15 am

    Chrome/Chromium: I’m reminded of the OnStar case in which the FBI remotely activated the in-car microphone to monitor conversations. Ninth Circuit only threw it out because activating the mike that way “disabled” OnStar emergency service- the user couldn’t call out while the feebs overrode the system.

    Here, we don’t even have that pisspoor excuse; your browser is live-streaming your conversations anyway. so the Fan Belt Inspectors stroll in with an NSL…

    Ah, well. Such limitaions on fed snooping powers is moot anyway.

    BTW, “OK, Google” is essentially the same thing that had a few people very briefly in an uproar over “smart TVs” a while back.

  3. Claire
    Claire June 30, 2015 7:35 am

    RustyGunner — Definitely a man after my own heart. It doesn’t even have to be a fancy hotel. Just one with windows and doors to keep the bugs, dirt, and weather out. (Not to mention the giant eagles.)

    Of course, an indoor pool with a swim-up bar serving umbrella drinks would be nice, too.

  4. MJR
    MJR June 30, 2015 8:26 am

    Given that there are so many ways you can be gotten at this is just another tempest in a tea pot. Simply don’t enable your camera or mike in settings as you already should have.

    Oh and here is Google’s response…

  5. Bear
    Bear June 30, 2015 9:42 am

    MJR, the problem is that the google module overrides your settings. And that Google response you linked was already linked — and answered — in the source article.

  6. Scott
    Scott June 30, 2015 10:07 am

    Living in a rural area combines the best of both worlds-I can go enjoy nature if I want-then walk back to the house when I get over it.

  7. Kent McManigal
    Kent McManigal June 30, 2015 10:09 am

    Funny, but I find the same experiences in “civilization” that are in that cartoon about nature. Wherever you are, things are out to kill you. Be aware of your surroundings to foil them as long as you can.

  8. A.G.
    A.G. June 30, 2015 11:27 am

    To my mild consternation, the Dove shares your view on time spent in the backcountry. I may be able to leverage this into justification for a mid sized RV.
    Of course, the most dangerous thing in the wilds is a trained individual armed with a rifle.

    It is sadly humorous to hear prepper newbs discuss their “plans” to bug out to the wilderness. Generally speaking, those area are undeveloped because they are poorly suited for sustaining our species. Mountain communities are typically as self-sufficient as a laboratory base camp at one of the poles.

  9. Kristophr
    Kristophr June 30, 2015 1:03 pm

    Welp, the FBI is officially run by dumbasses.

    This guy will be used by other foreign agencies as an object lesson for what happens to you if you defect to the FBI.


  10. Jim B.
    Jim B. June 30, 2015 2:00 pm


    Don’t forget humidity controlled Air Conditioning. ; )

    As for drones, it may have jump the shark when Martha Stewart gushed about them.

  11. MJR
    MJR June 30, 2015 3:00 pm

    Hey Bear,

    Of course there is the risk of someone turning changing setting on your computer remotely but to what end? If Google does it and gets caught (and you know they would in the end) the backlash would be sever enough to cut into profits meaning people get fired so why would the company take the risk. Police do it without court order and the evidence gets thrown out of court and the people who signed off on it get smacked with legal action by those who were spied so why take the risk?

    As far as the NSA crowd goes there is so much data being collected right now without even taking this Google thing into account they are drowning in it already, so why would they bother? The information gained from listening to you via eavesdropping on your computer has the same value as a grain of sand does among all the sand in Hawaii.

    As I wrote, it’s a tempest in a tea pot.

  12. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau July 1, 2015 5:36 pm

    [Dudes, you now need to elect representatives willing to uphold their democratic right to make and unmake the law. For their right is your right. Lose it, and you lose America.]

    Somehow I am unconvinced this will work.

    As to google, I tried to point out that putting an audio plug into the MIC port (with nothing on the plug) should physically switch off the internal mic. Then it won’t matter what google code does. Can anybody verify this? I don’t ever record my audio but if anybody does, he can check if the audio plug disconnects the internal mic.

    I have to agree somewhat with the “tempest in a tea pot” comments. Maybe what is more important is not the data collected by such techniques, but the fear inserted into our brains. Our fear serves the ruling class at least as well as our data does. It makes us helpless.

    [However, a bill recently introduced in the Senate would order the Federal Aviation Administration to clamp down on private drone use, restricting where (and how high) people can fly their UAVs.]

    Yeah, like that is going to stop people. The faith some have in law is hard to believe. I am laughing about the commercialization of drones. I’ll bet the ruling class will rue the day they started using them. It’s another Internet…

  13. A.G.
    A.G. July 7, 2015 12:34 pm

    I’ve (probably) finished my 12 year odyssey as an exterminator for good. In the future however, just call if you need timely guidance re such matters. What I don’t know I can find out very quickly.
    Upon reflection, I’m surprised none of the better prepping manuals suggest keeping a jug of pure powdered boric acid around. That stuff is great, and probably shelf stable forever. I have seen suggested stockpiling of rat and mouse traps.

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