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    So damned annoying...

    ...I am not a Luddite...really...give me tech stuff that helps me and I'm in. Solar energy houses? I built one. Tesla cars? I'd buy one if I could afford it. But, there is some stuff I don't want. Facebook? NO! Ford's Synch bluetooth that calls Kate when I tell it to call Home. Make it work or get rid of it. But, to the issue. I get frequent email notices from social/political/business sites. Fine. It's because I sign up and give them my email address. But, today I'm getting emails on the gmail account that comes with Verizon whether you ask for it or not. I don't even know my gmail address or password. Today it was from one of my US Senators and from a social organization. How the hell are they getting my address? I can only assume they are buying access from Verizon or some online business that specializes in gathering all our data. I want them to stop.

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    Smartphones. Don't want one. My 2002 Motorola Dumbphone works just fine.

    I'll keep my dumbphone. It's never heard of photos or email, but it sure can talk. And I've dropped it on its head numerous times, and it just keeps on going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevebiker View Post
    Smartphones. Don't want one. My 2002 Motorola Dumbphone works just fine.

    I'll keep my dumbphone. It's never heard of photos or email, but it sure can talk. And I've dropped it on its head numerous times, and it just keeps on going.
    I guess it's not smart enough to die. Nice.

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    I like my smartphone but the electronics in my car play FM only. No phone, no anything else.

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    Well I just bought a smartphone last year, mostly to take on bike rides because payphones that work are few on the ground nowadays.

    No puters on the bike though. Never had even a cadence meter on any of my bikes since the late '70s. I still carry a map in a plastic baggie in my touring shorts pocket when in unfamiliar territory.

    No flat screen TV. The only flat screen monitor I had was ruined when I swatted a fly on it. Since then I've stocked up on the old fashioned monitors when my former workplace replaced theirs and gave them away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zinger View Post
    No flat screen TV. The only flat screen monitor I had was ruined when I swatted a fly on it. Since then I've stocked up on the old fashioned monitors when my former workplace replaced theirs and gave them away.
    I think that's a bad decision if you pay for electricity. Modern TV's pay for themselves by saving you money on your electricity bill.

    Also I replaced my monitor and my old TV with my current HDTV. I just run an HDMI cable from my PC to it and now I save room and $$.

    I'm with the OP on annoying emails though. I've had to call Amazon customer service 7 times now telling them I don't want companies sending me solicitation emails asking me to review their products. No matter what I do I still get those emails. I told them if it happens again they'll lose my business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zinger View Post
    ..I've stocked up on the old fashioned monitors when my former workplace replaced theirs and gave them away.
    Who'd a thunk it and just across the border from ID. Haha
    If you have to force it... you probably shouldn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cale View Post
    Who'd a thunk it and just across the border from ID. Haha
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    [QUOTE=bruce19;17697986 I can only assume they are buying access from Verizon or some online business that specializes in gathering all our data. I want them to stop.[/QUOTE]

    BINGO! and it's not gonna stop.
    Do you have any rewards cards? Any credit cards? Store credit cards? Those companies make a metric s**t ton of money by selling your addresses. I used to work for a large supermarket chain, supporting the shopper discount club. They made more money selling names and address than the did by the traffic the cards brought to the stores. And this was pre-email days.

    There is a lot of money to be made by selling your information. Those that have it are going to sell it.
    If you don't know the way, you shouldn't be going there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leob1 View Post
    There is a lot of money to be made by selling your information. Those that have it are going to sell it.
    That's what Facebook is all about. Selling your information. Slimeballs. Facefraud claims that something like half the world's population is a "member." They use this lie to puff up their stock price.

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    At some point, I registered as a particular political party member at town hall so I could attend the caucus. The card I filled out did not require a phone number, let alone an email address, but sure enough, started getting party based political spam almost immediately. Brave new world...
    I know next to nothing. I am frequently wrong.

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    Until recently Verizon was gathering personal data and there was no way to opt out. Now you have to go to the website or dial a number to opt out of the harvesting. I work for a large software company doing anti-spam software. Harvesting e-mail addresses and selling them is nothing new. Just the method is. If you ever use an email address to sign up for something it will be sold.

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    I will sell my email address for a Jimmy Johns sub. Who's buying?

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    I definitely prefer my Samsung Convoy III dumb phone. It works just fine, and I can carry it in my cycling jersey pocket,
    and not worry about it should a soaking rain come along.

    As far as trying to escape from the information miners out there, I don't think you can eliminate it totally. You can cut down on
    it, but somewhere out there, someone has information on you, and they are going to sell it.
    "The Universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on a government contract." Robert A. Heinlein

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    Quote Originally Posted by skijor View Post
    I will sell my email address for a Jimmy Johns sub. Who's buying?
    To late, I already sold it.

    I keep getting spam from ADT in our work email account after opting out and creating multiple filters to keep their ads out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce19 View Post
    ... But, today I'm getting emails on the gmail account that comes with Verizon whether you ask for it or not. I don't even know my gmail address or password. Today it was from one of my US Senators and from a social organization. How the hell are they getting my address? I can only assume they are buying access from Verizon or some online business that specializes in gathering all our data. I want them to stop.
    I set up a gmail account AFTER I set up a verizon.net account. The Verizon.net account was all they offered when I signed up for FIOS. It has nothing to do with my smartphone, though they asked for the e-mail when they activated the phone. I gave them the verizon.net email.

    Possibly this is why I get no SPAM in my gmail account even though it's configured to pickup the VZW.net traffic, which should be none as I also use my gmail as the return address. Gmail is actually pretty good at filtering out spam and I get almost none.

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