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    Shitposting Rank 4 Missle Command Champion johnflesh's Avatar
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    So far, getting up and turning on a light, adjusting my heating at the thermo or getting the latest stock quotes from my go-to websites doesn't listen in.

    Each time I hear one of these stories I ask "how can people use these things" - but I do get it. It's neat and convenient. I'd love the device if it wasn't listening to everything you were saying - and recording it.

    Before anyone runs from across the forum and says "Amazon says it's not listening in, get your facts correct" - I say, bullshit. You only know what Amazon told you - yet it's been proven.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    I usually do not need directions from GPS. I just look at the map in advance and plan my route that way. And I can wait to see emails and texts until later - not like I can really act on them while driving, anyway.


    I do not remember activating the computer by touching the communication badge ... must have been early TNG, as they did not even have those badges in TOS.
    The original touched a badge. TNG and DS9 just spoke it aloud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    I am pretty good with maps and superimposing them (in my head) over reality - kind of visualizing the big picture from my on-the-ground vantage point. Besides, I hate the phone talking to me while I'm trying to listen to music - seriously harshes out the chill.
    That's what I do, if I have the time ahead of time. Especially for a trip. Examine a map of the surrounding area for awhile before going and put it in memory so when you get there you know your way around. I'm not carrying around a map and I hate that damn lady in my navigation. She is always bothering me just before I have to do something like make a turn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    I am pretty good with maps and superimposing them (in my head) over reality - kind of visualizing the big picture from my on-the-ground vantage point. Besides, I hate the phone talking to me while I'm trying to listen to music - seriously harshes out the chill.


    Opportunity to teach the kid patience.
    I'm actually quite good with maps and navigation, too. I used to study the street guide and my mom's trip-ticks and roadmaps for fun when I was a little kid. I know my north, south, east, west, and am the sort of nerd who pays attention to street names even as a passenger. (I've a good friend who can attest to this -- I once navigated us back to his folks' house after a long day of tailgating, football game, bar hopping, when he was too inebriated to figure out that there was a construction detour in place. This was my first (and only) visit to his hometown.) That said, I like the added technology feature as reinforcement. I do NOT like being (or feeling) lost.
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    My wife and I were watching a TV show in our bedroom. One of the main characters on the show was named "Alexis." I'd say that at least twice per episode, the Echo would give some confused response.
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    Oh... For those who have multiple Echo devices, try the command: Alexa, announce 'Hi there!'

    The "announce" command instructs the Echo to repeat your message, in your voice, to every Alexa-enabled device on the network. Some announcement commands trigger sound effects. I think announcing "Dinnertime!" accompanies your voice with the sound of a musical triangle being chimed.

    My daughter and I conspired to make my wife explode by using the Echo in two different rooms to get into an "I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I" broadcast exchange that was piped into every Alexa-enabled room.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    Lol.

    I appreciate the technology. I have no need for it at the moment, though, so I guess I am old-fashioned in that respect. Obviously, though, it is an exciting area of technology.
    In the original Star Trek series episode #19, Tomorrow Is Yesterday, Captain Kirk is irritated by his computer, which technicians at the previous stop by the Enterprise have programmed with a sexy female voice. The 1968 Air Force captain they have inadvertently taken on board in this time travel episode is highly amused by this 'problem', and I shared his amusement.

    I had a female economics professor in the early 1990's who was from Australia. I might just decide to give my computer a sexy female Australian voice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    In the original Star Trek series episode #19, Tomorrow Is Yesterday, Captain Kirk is irritated by his computer, which technicians at the previous stop by the Enterprise have programmed with a sexy female voice. The 1968 Air Force captain they have inadvertently taken on board in this time travel episode is highly amused by this 'problem', and I shared his amusement.

    I had a female economics professor in the early 1990's who was from Australia. I might just decide to give my computer a sexy female Australian voice.
    I'm tellin' ya, I'm a bigger fan of Siri now that he's Aussie.

    I had a Secured Transactions professor in law school from New Zealand. I see "bearer bonds" and hear "barrah bawns" to this day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jeffrey View Post
    I would imagine both should be optional. I think they will straighten it out eventually, though I am not sure how.

    I think it cool that you can activate it by saying "Computer!" though ... just like Star Trek. If I recall the original, though, you had to activate the computer manually before you could talk to it - unlike TNG, where you could just shout it out to activate a conversation.
    So MUCH of our modern technology was directly INSPIRED by the original Star Trek series that it really boggles the mind........

    One should NEVER underestimate the power of a technological vision!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Dad View Post
    The original touched a badge.
    Not in the TV show. The thing on the uniform chest was just an insignia, not a badge/communicator.

    Maybe the films? I don't remember that, either, but....
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