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#4545486 - 10/16/17 07:29 PM Google Home - Loving it!
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I love my google home and all that it can do on its own and with my smart devices.

I especially love the trivia, games and all the hidden stuff.

"Ok google trivia"

Like for Halloween:
"Ok google scare me"
"OK google play scary sounds"

I can't wait until my Google Home mini's arrive so I can have them in every room.

I have most of my lights, ceiling fans along with my furnace thermostat hooked up to it.

I ask it how long to get to work and it checks local traffic.

I ask it to add stuff to my shopping list on my phone.

It even recognizes the voices of multiple users so you can have separate work addresses to ask it for traffic conditions, or morning news story preferences etc. and even your own shopping lists sent to the right phone!



Edited by StevieC (10/16/17 07:35 PM)
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#4545580 - 10/16/17 08:54 PM Re: Google Home - Loving it! [Re: StevieC]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 2963
Loc: USA
Can I have your IP so I can hack in and listen in on everything happening in your house?

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#4545582 - 10/16/17 08:55 PM Re: Google Home - Loving it! [Re: StevieC]
earlyre Offline


Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 3857
Loc: Lima, Ohio, USA
[foil hat] but now the NSA will know what is happening and who is saying what in your house!! oh noes!![/Foil Hat]

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ALL HAIL THE GOOGLE OVERLORDS!!!



Edited by earlyre (10/16/17 08:55 PM)
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#4545587 - 10/16/17 08:58 PM Re: Google Home - Loving it! [Re: StevieC]
StevieC Offline


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I have the ability to monitor it through my PFSense router. It is never transmitting anything unless I'm using it. It does check for updates once a day but the bytes sent/received is so small it can't possibly be voice data.

You have nothing to worry about. Besides you can unplug it or press the privacy button on it when you want privacy.



Edited by StevieC (10/16/17 08:58 PM)
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#4545595 - 10/16/17 09:05 PM Re: Google Home - Loving it! [Re: StevieC]
Reddy45 Offline


Registered: 08/15/08
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Loc: USA
Originally Posted By: StevieC
I have the ability to monitor it through my PFSense router. It is never transmitting anything unless I'm using it. It does check for updates once a day but the bytes sent/received is so small it can't possibly be voice data.

You have nothing to worry about. Besides you can unplug it or press the privacy button on it when you want privacy.



But what if it records and holds in memory.. and then sends it along the next time you 'authorize' the data to flow? How could you distinguish the data?

And "privacy button" - LOL boy those engineers really know how to pull the right strings

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#4545596 - 10/16/17 09:07 PM Re: Google Home - Loving it! [Re: StevieC]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
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UFO

Gotta go, I'm late...
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#4545597 - 10/16/17 09:09 PM Re: Google Home - Loving it! [Re: StevieC]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
Actually I can answer this... The bytes it sends are way too low to be voice data. It receives far more in return.

Besides if they want to listen to me typing on BITOG watching some show on Netflix or talking about what to have for dinner then by all means go right ahead. LOL





Edited by StevieC (10/16/17 09:10 PM)
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#4545612 - 10/16/17 09:19 PM Re: Google Home - Loving it! [Re: StevieC]
JHZR2 Offline



Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 41768
Loc: New Jersey
I'm sure google is listening and using data mined to sell you stuff. That is their model. Indeed they also know all my web search terms and they can read peoples' gmail. But those require a bit more human interaction to execute.

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#4545616 - 10/16/17 09:22 PM Re: Google Home - Loving it! [Re: StevieC]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
Meh...
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#4545645 - 10/16/17 09:47 PM Re: Google Home - Loving it! [Re: StevieC]
alarmguy Offline


Registered: 07/10/12
Posts: 2147
Loc: South Carolina
I work in customers homes on a daily basis and people who have it and also the Amazon Echo love them.
Just started with linking in the security systems with Echo.

There will always be naysayers and privacy concerns but I suspect it will do quite well judging by the limited input from customers lately. It is a bit more of a step up from the days of email so I suspect not everyone will have one but as time goes on most.

AS far as the privacy thing, I think its valid for me personally but the general public doesnt care (at least not yet) as they gave up their privacy when gmail became so popular, since it was ad free in exchange for having your email electronically scanned and information from those emails sold to the highest bidder as just about every "free" internet service does now, even the ones with ads, though they dont scan your emails yet, your cookies provide what you are doing and when.

What I just typed is not being negative, I am confirming your positive review, it will become quite popular.

I am addressing the naysayers and I dont disagree with them about privacy but dont be a naysayer if you are accepting free email accounts or anything free on line.
Maybe better said, researching and learning to limit the exposure of your private information all over the internet, then you earn a degree to be a naysayer.
Im getting there but not there yet, I have opened up some pay email accounts and recently a VPN, most of this because all the data breaches and drives me nuts that all these companies are making money off our information that we trade for free services but they make WAY more then we get in return.

In reality our private information including every single movement we make is tracked one way or another and the cell phone is the biggest offender of all, as the price for those "free" apps is another trade for your privacy.

Anyway, great feedback on the device, I bet it will be a big holiday item this year, who knows, I will not discount having one myself.
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#4545713 - 10/16/17 11:25 PM Re: Google Home - Loving it! [Re: StevieC]
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Posts: 16963
Loc: Michigan
I kinda like em....just not sure I want to do it though.

Sometimes old fashioned is good too... smile
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#4545741 - 10/17/17 12:55 AM Re: Google Home - Loving it! [Re: StevieC]
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Be careful of Google Homes self destruct code, "What's the best motor oil"
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#4545764 - 10/17/17 03:42 AM Re: Google Home - Loving it! [Re: StevieC]
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Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
LOL
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#4545779 - 10/17/17 04:21 AM Re: Google Home - Loving it! [Re: StevieC]
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Registered: 10/20/05
Posts: 4206
Loc: Atlanta
You seen “The Circle”?
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#4545799 - 10/17/17 05:14 AM Re: Google Home - Loving it! [Re: StevieC]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
Posts: 17116
Loc: Ontario, Canada
No... I have read 1984 if that is where you are going.


Edited by StevieC (10/17/17 05:14 AM)
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