2106: "Sharing Options"

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2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby The Snide Sniper » Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:38 pm UTC

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Title text: How about posts that are public, but every time a company accesses a bunch of them, the API makes their CEO's account click 'like' on one of them at random so you get a notification.

I feel attacked by this comic.
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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby rmsgrey » Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:12 pm UTC

The Snide Sniper wrote:I feel attacked by this comic.


Why? Are you a hostile foreign government?

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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby cellocgw » Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:28 pm UTC

I thought it was proven mathematically that the only numbers are one, two, three, and infinity
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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby Keyman » Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:31 pm UTC

I don't see BHG there. What could go wrong?
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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby orthogon » Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:41 pm UTC

In case the last panel has left you curious, there are some examples here.
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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby speising » Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:22 pm UTC

cellocgw wrote:I thought it was proven mathematically that the only numbers are one, two, three, and infinity

the only natural numbers are 0, 1, and n

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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby sotanaht » Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:53 pm UTC

I'd personally be more concerned with the numbers between 0 and 300.

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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby Jorpho » Fri Feb 01, 2019 6:02 pm UTC

Well, y'know, back in the day if you put something on your Geocities page or whatever it would also be a permanent copy shared with billions, scammers, predatory companies, etc. I suppose the big difference is that it was a lot more difficult to unintentionally share something on your Geocities page, and even then in the absence of any kind of standardized format it wouldn't be quite so easy to automatically harvest and catalog. And you could only pretend that it was of interest to anyone since you'd generally have a difficult time convincing any of your 300 approved friends to have a look in the first place.

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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby Reka » Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:50 pm UTC

Keyman wrote:I don't see BHG there. What could go wrong?

Isn't it BHG on the phone?

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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby chenille » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:03 pm UTC

Jorpho wrote:Well, y'know, back in the day if you put something on your Geocities page or whatever it would also be a permanent copy shared with billions, scammers, predatory companies, etc.

Though back when Geocities first started there weren't actually that many people to see it. It looks like the internet had maybe a dozen million users in 1994, and it wasn't until 2005 that it passed a billion. So things like Facebook started in a much, much larger world.

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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby Soupspoon » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:17 pm UTC

I remember submitting things to Usenet, where for a while there likely were many more groups*hosts than anyone actually interested in harvesting all the kibobytes of data necessary.

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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby Keyman » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:33 pm UTC

Reka wrote:
Keyman wrote:I don't see BHG there. What could go wrong?

Isn't it BHG on the phone?

OH CRAP!!!

Wait...explainxkcd says it's "Screen". So we're fine. Whew!
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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby Bridge Troll » Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:54 am UTC

Perhaps more pertinent than giving your information to hostile foreign governments: also giving your information to a hostile domestic government, which tends to be in a stronger position to exploit it.

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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby Flumble » Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:00 am UTC

Jorpho wrote:Well, y'know, back in the day if you put something on your Geocities page or whatever it would also be a permanent copy shared with billions, scammers, predatory companies, etc.

Well, y'know, back in the day when I was first introduced to the tubeosphere I was encouraged to pick a nickname(s). That way people might pick on/blackmail you online, but at least they wouldn't know you by name and send aggressive pizza to your address. (Also why would you be yourself on the internet when you can pose as a dog pretending to be a human?) And you can dispose of a nickname much easier than your real name.

Perhaps I kind of overshot and tied my whole online self to a particular name :roll: , but still, my potential employer and not-too-precise hostile (domestic) government aren't going to pin it to my person.

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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby Monster_user » Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:49 am UTC

Flumble wrote:Perhaps I kind of overshot and tied my whole online self to a particular name :roll: , but still, my potential employer and not-too-precise hostile (domestic) government aren't going to pin it to my person.

Your employer most likely won't be able to identify you, largely because they are not likely to be best friends with a guy who works at your ISP, and simultaneously have justified spending money on one of those big data breach dumps that ties your IP history to your accounts and usernames and some passwords and such.

The government, well, you're probably not a big enough fish for them to bother.
Title Text wrote:How about posts that are public, but every time a company accesses a bunch of them, the API makes their CEO's account click 'like' on one of them at random so you get a notification.

Uhm, might not be an API. This is probably more common when a secretary or clerk or such is browsing the account using a mobile device. Very easy to accidentally click "Like" and not realize it when it is the same action for initiating a click and for initiating scrolling.

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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby ijuin » Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:45 am UTC

Bridge Troll wrote:Perhaps more pertinent than giving your information to hostile foreign governments: also giving your information to a hostile domestic government, which tends to be in a stronger position to exploit it.

That’s ridiculous—we ALL know that domestic governments are never hostile, right?

*looks around nervously* . . . right?

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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby rmsgrey » Sat Feb 02, 2019 5:39 am UTC

ijuin wrote:
Bridge Troll wrote:Perhaps more pertinent than giving your information to hostile foreign governments: also giving your information to a hostile domestic government, which tends to be in a stronger position to exploit it.

That’s ridiculous—we ALL know that domestic governments are never hostile, right?

*looks around nervously* . . . right?


I am quite certain that my nation's government is entirely benevolent and solely interested in the good of the nation (as an aggregate of the good of its citizens) and is definitely not intercepting my internet traffic.

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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby Kit. » Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:49 am UTC

Does Option 1 actually exist?

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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby Soupspoon » Sat Feb 02, 2019 3:18 pm UTC

Whichever one (or set) of the apps it is that gives peer-to-peer encryption between a limited number of people, famously unreadable by anyone else (e.g. intelligence/counter-intelligence and law-enforcement agencies).

After chasing down the recent news story that I saw thag mentioned this (but a different outlet's version, who spelled it out more obviously), and going on from there, it seems like it might be (around) 256 people in a single group, which is close-ish to 300, so…

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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby Pfhorrest » Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:51 pm UTC

Thag? Thag Simmons the paleontologist? I thought he was dead.
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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby Old Bruce » Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:11 pm UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:Thag? Thag Simmons the paleontologist? I thought he was dead.

Deader than a Dodo bird.

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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby Kit. » Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:37 pm UTC

Soupspoon wrote:Whichever one (or set) of the apps it is that gives peer-to-peer encryption between a limited number of people, famously unreadable by anyone else (e.g. intelligence/counter-intelligence and law-enforcement agencies).

Law enforcement allegedly reads it peer-decrypted from the peer's iCloud backup.

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Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Postby Locoluis » Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:49 pm UTC

There's also the option every other person that was new to social media kept asking for, back when social media was still new.

How can I make it available to everyone EXCEPT HIM/HER!?
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