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melbaver Gold Member Chris Howells
Carrington, NSW, Australia   AUS
1968 MG MGB "Moneypit"
2012 Dodge Journey "Another Shopping Trolley"
I suspect a lot of us have a bookmark on ebay that will alert us to new offerings for our MGB's.

So I bring up my list today and I'm offered, of all things, a guitar cover (Pic 1) now a banjo cover would have been funny.

Thinking to myself "How could this happen?" I immediately exposed my mental status by think-replying "Wasn't there a guitar thread in Off Topic the other day?"

Indeed there was (Pic 2)

What other topics do we cover that would give Google the opportunity to expand their intrusiveness?



Chris Howells

1968 MGB Purchased already dis-assembled but which is largely back together so I'm a lot less ignorant.

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little G Charlie T
queensland, QLD, Australia   AUS
1964 MG MGB "Little G"
Baggie deals

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CountBasey Silver Member Thomas Basey
Brunswick, OH, USA   USA
1976 MG Midget 1500 "Opus"
My favorite Google story (and absolutely true) is I looked up the name of an “Irish Walking Stick” (i.e Shillelagh) around this time last year - soley for spelling purposes. Obviously I never typed that actual word in to Google - I didn’t know how to spell it.

A day later while back on Google for something else, the banner ad that popped up was “Shillelaghs on sale” (sold by some walking stick company). Now do you REALLY think that was coincidence?



Thomas (Count) Basey
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“With each replacement of parts, my British car slowly becomes Chinese.”

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Noble66 Gold Member Noble Bradford
Orlando, FL, USA   USA
1964 MG MGB "Black Betty"
1969 MG MGC GT
1974 MG MGB "Whitey"
I don’t know about you but my following story concerns me:

My friend and I were driving in his car. Both of our phones were in our pockets. Also my friend doesn’t have any social media accounts. We were discussing a trip he was taking with his girlfriend in a couple of weeks and casinos in Lake Charles, LA came up. The next day I was scrolling through my news feed on FB and I came across an ad for a casino in Lake Charles, LA.

Also, I sometimes research products on my work computer and later get ads for those products on both my FB and IG feeds. My personal phone is not linked to my work computer.

That’s no coincidence. My phone eavesdrops on me.

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Fairfield, CA, USA   USA
yes, they do try to imagine our interests.

But I consider these small potatoes compared to the value I get from Google Drive, Google Calendar, Google Sheets, Google Docs, not to mention the search. And I'm certain I forgot a thing or two.

Fortunately, I don't have anything set to automatically buy anything and I do have a close eye on my finances, so I don't consider it a problem.



1973 Pale Primrose Roadster. A nice 10-footer!
SUs, Datsun 5-speed

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Mr Creosote Dennis C
Visalia, CA, USA   USA
1967 MG MGB
My wife and I share the computer. We both "google" things for informational and curiosity reasons. She'll see adds for Moss and other car related things, tools, audio and other stuff I look at. I see stuff for plants, gardening, cooking, pet supplies and women' wear etc.. I'll get a banner for Macy's intimate apparel and she'll get a banner for Moss carburetor rebuild kits. Its hard to be discreet.

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rocannon Platinum Member Frank .
Clairvius Narcisse Township, Bokor, St. Kitts and Nevis   KNA
1967 MG MGB GT "GT From Hell"
1980 MG MGB "Restored By Photoshop Inc."
VPN and Ghostery helps for much of that on a PC/tablet.

Cel phones are a whole ‘nuther thing.



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Krishnamurti: “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

Sententia est fallacia; credere durum praecipitatum omnia inanis.

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Simon Simon Clowes
Vancouver, WA, USA   USA
2007 Saturn Vue "Vue With The Room"
My wife Googled for Dog harnesses with the Mobility handle that she needs. She was on her phone in one room, and I was on the computer in the office (other end of smallish apartment). Now MGExperiecne, Google and facebook are giving me for teh said harness.

Fact these groups know too much and have too much power



99 Chevy Blazer

Don't got to bed mad - stay up all night plotting revenge

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dohc281 Silver Member Ira Eckstein
Laurel Springs, NJ, USA   USA
I’ve stopped using Google as a search engine. I’ve been using DuckDuckGo.



If you hit your pony over the nose at the outset of your acquaintance, he may not love you, but he will take a deep interest in your movements ever afterwards.



Rudyard Kipling

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FrankMGBGuy Rudy D
Surrey, BC, Canada   CAN
That happens to me too; my phone is setup with work email and account and my pc and iPad are all personal email accounts and info. Somehow they are all linked because you google on your phone and it ends up on your pc. They have one smart database! Don’t get me started on Facebook and heaven foreboding anyone that sends DNA to ancestry.

In reply to # 3907765 by Noble66 I don’t know about you but my following story concerns me:

My friend and I were driving in his car. Both of our phones were in our pockets. Also my friend doesn’t have any social media accounts. We were discussing a trip he was taking with his girlfriend in a couple of weeks and casinos in Lake Charles, LA came up. The next day I was scrolling through my news feed on FB and I came across an ad for a casino in Lake Charles, LA.

Also, I sometimes research products on my work computer and later get ads for those products on both my FB and IG feeds. My personal phone is not linked to my work computer.

That’s no coincidence. My phone eavesdrops on me.



1972 MG B GT. A running work in progress.

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Lotus Silver Member Roy Hodgson
Villeneuve, VD, Switzerland   CHE
1974 MG MGB "Butterscotch"
I use my phone for phone calls, photos and, occasionally, to look up the weather so I don't have a problem there but on my laptop ??????? Any time I buy something, either on-line or in person, I will get ads for great deals on what I just bought for a couple of months. These come from the seller as well as other "usual suspects". How many dish washers do they think I am going to buy in three months?????



We have two lives. The second one starts when you realize you only have one.

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MG Cruiser Gold Member Keith Delta4
Rockingham, WA, Australia   AUS
1970 MG MGB "Moneypit"
Last year while at home, my wife and I talked about going to an island off of Thailand. Only talking mind you!
When I opened google on my I pad the Island was there with what to do around the resort. Very, Very spooky! Keith

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Gerald O Gerald O'Docharty
Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA   USA
1972 MG MGB GT
1978 MG MGB
I was telling someone about one of my cars that they had never seen. Phone was in my pocket. All the 'voice recognition' settings (Siri, etc.) are set to 'disabled' mode. So I got my phone out of my pocket to find a picture to show her. As soon as I turned it on a slide show with music immediately began to play with my own pictures of just that car!

These are not stored in any particular order, not grouped, and I hadn't been just looking at them. And I've got pictures I've taken of hundreds of other cars stored. Somehow the phone was not only eavesdropping, but all my photos have been snooped, analyzed, recognized, and catalogued without my consent. All photos should only exist in local storage on the phone, I don't upload or store them to 'the cloud'. Cloud services are all set to disabled.

Here's another creepy thing. My phone tracks me in a store, knows what products I'm standing near for too long, and then sends me ads for those products.

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Gerald O Gerald O'Docharty
Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA   USA
1972 MG MGB GT
1978 MG MGB
Talk about spying,
Any of you have one of those remote control 'drones'? They're very popular now and cheap. They all have cameras, and many have GPS. These send video from the camera down to your phone that you can watch in real time while they are flying.
And they are all made in China...

Well, it turns out that they are also sending the pictures and matching GPS coordinates back to mother China. China is building a detailed map with pictures and pinpoint locations of our country wherever these things fy.
And they've gotten us to provide it to them.

Banned on military installations and from use by military personnel for this reason.

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sweep Gold Member Chris W
Gosford, NSW, Australia   AUS
1966 MG MGB "Basil"
2013 Volkswagen Tiguan
2015 Audi A3
Sources? Evidence? Sounds like 冷战 偏执 to me.

In reply to # 3908370 by Gerald O Talk about spying,
Any of you have one of those remote control 'drones'? They're very popular now and cheap. They all have cameras, and many have GPS. These send video from the camera down to your phone that you can watch in real time while they are flying.
And they are all made in China...

Well, it turns out that they are also sending the pictures and matching GPS coordinates back to mother China. China is building a detailed map with pictures and pinpoint locations of our country wherever these things fy.
And they've gotten us to provide it to them.

Banned on military installations and from use by military personnel for this reason.



The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

To the intelligent person, life appears infinitely mysterious, but the stupid have an answer for everything.

Day Dreamers, don't discourage them. That's where original thought comes from.

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