Amazon in the News

nivek

As Above So Below
The rich get richer...a0009

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Jeff Bezos's wealth hits a new high of $171BILLION as Amazon stock soars amid the pandemic - a year after he gave up a quarter of his stake in the company during his divorce to ex-wife Mackenzie

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wwkirk

Celestial
I wonder if there's anything he could be prosecuted on? Even if not, I wouldn't be surprised if Amazon sues him.
200-300 stops sounds brutal, so I sympathize with the driver about that. But just drive back to the garage, hand in the keys, and quit. Even if mid-shift.
 

wwkirk

Celestial
That many stops is impractical.
If he worked 12 hours a day and made 200 stops, that comes to 3.6 minutes between stops. So, unless the stops were all very close to each other, the dude is probably exaggerating.

And 300 stops per day sounds like Guinness territory!
 

Toroid

Founding Member
Amazon announces $8.45 billion deal to buy Hollywood studio MGM | Daily Mail Online
Amazon announced its $8.45billion deal to buy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on Wednesday - but it won't include the rights to the movie studio's classics like Wizard of Oz or Gone with the Wind, which could hurt them in the scrum for the streaming crown.

Amazon's second-largest acquisition - after it bought grocer Whole Foods for nearly $14billion in 2017 - is aimed at boosting streaming services to compete against the industry giants Netflix, Disney+ and HBO Max.

It will get more than 4,000 post-May 1986 films and 7,000 shows, featuring famous characters including James Bond, Rocky, RoboCop and Pink Panther. Amazon will also get a cable channel: Epix, which MGM owns.
 

pigfarmer

tall, thin, irritable
From a practical, provisioning p.o.v it's utilizing bandwidth more efficiently and adding capability. In an Enterprise market it sounds like it could be useful - we used to dance around the edge of this with mobility features. They have control over their own routers and edge devices - not much we're going to do about it anyway. Even if you opt out how could you tell?
 

nivek

As Above So Below
Even if you opt out how could you tell?

That was exactly the point my brother brought to my mother's attention, she uses one of those Amazon devices, I think its an echo...I showed her the article I posted here and she found the settings and disabled that feature and then tonight my brother commented on how can you be sure it really is disabled and nothing is being shared...She unplugged her echo device after that conversation, lol, she decided not to use it anymore...

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pigfarmer

tall, thin, irritable
That was exactly the point my brother brought to my mother's attention, she uses one of those Amazon devices, I think its an echo...I showed her the article I posted here and she found the settings and disabled that feature and then tonight my brother commented on how can you be sure it really is disabled and nothing is being shared...She unplugged her echo device after that conversation, lol, she decided not to use it anymore...

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Like I said, from a provisioning standpoint it makes sense. Means, motive and opportunity. I have no access to the network side of my router and have no way to have a clue as to what's going on. QoS and bandwidth shaping are not tools you give the kiddies to play with. If the feature is off on the gadget how would you actually know if your bandwidth is actually being reserved for you or not? As long as 'the call goes through' what difference would it make?

I stand there like an idiot talking about Ring and Wyze and Nest crapola for hours. People can't find enough stuff to festoon their houses with. Cameras, microphones that see and hear and maybe even record everything. More often than not the people involved have zero understanding of the implications behind what they are doing. And yet somehow this change to bandwidth distribution is over the line, can't have it. I wish I could just mind-meld and give them an information dump very quickly. OMABB.
 

JahaRa

Noble
Like I said, from a provisioning standpoint it makes sense. Means, motive and opportunity. I have no access to the network side of my router and have no way to have a clue as to what's going on. QoS and bandwidth shaping are not tools you give the kiddies to play with. If the feature is off on the gadget how would you actually know if your bandwidth is actually being reserved for you or not? As long as 'the call goes through' what difference would it make?

I stand there like an idiot talking about Ring and Wyze and Nest crapola for hours. People can't find enough stuff to festoon their houses with. Cameras, microphones that see and hear and maybe even record everything. More often than not the people involved have zero understanding of the implications behind what they are doing. And yet somehow this change to bandwidth distribution is over the line, can't have it. I wish I could just mind-meld and give them an information dump very quickly. OMABB.
I have 2 ring cameras. I bought a pack of 3 from costco intending to put one on the east side of my back yard and on on the front porch because of some annoying 20 something neighbors who like to jump fences in the wee hours and cause a ruckus in my yard. I did not have a big dog when it started but I now have a big dog. She is a puppy but she will be a good watch dog eventually. Any way, I set up the one on the porch, the side has to go on the side of the house, which is stucco so I have not set it up yet. I don't have the subscription for recordings, but if I am not home I get an alert if there is something moving in my front yard and I can look using the app to see what it is.

My daughter has the 3rd camera because people have been stealing mail at her apartment and her front porch faces the area with the mail boxes and her camera records all the comings and goings. Some random person (never the same one) always shows up about 1 in the morning to check the mail boxes. The camera has a little light on it and it is obvious when they see the camera they jump back in their car and drive away. She is paying the 3$ a month for recording because of that, in case she has to report it to the police.

Otherwise, I got rid of my amazon fire stick. It was causing too many problems and I got tired of paying Amazon 15.00 a month for the privilege of paying to watch movies I wanted to see. Now I have a roku and it works a lot better.
 

pigfarmer

tall, thin, irritable
I have 2 ring cameras. I bought a pack of 3 from costco intending to put one on the east side of my back yard and on on the front porch because of some annoying 20 something neighbors who like to jump fences in the wee hours and cause a ruckus in my yard. I did not have a big dog when it started but I now have a big dog. She is a puppy but she will be a good watch dog eventually. Any way, I set up the one on the porch, the side has to go on the side of the house, which is stucco so I have not set it up yet. I don't have the subscription for recordings, but if I am not home I get an alert if there is something moving in my front yard and I can look using the app to see what it is.

My daughter has the 3rd camera because people have been stealing mail at her apartment and her front porch faces the area with the mail boxes and her camera records all the comings and goings. Some random person (never the same one) always shows up about 1 in the morning to check the mail boxes. The camera has a little light on it and it is obvious when they see the camera they jump back in their car and drive away. She is paying the 3$ a month for recording because of that, in case she has to report it to the police.

Otherwise, I got rid of my amazon fire stick. It was causing too many problems and I got tired of paying Amazon 15.00 a month for the privilege of paying to watch movies I wanted to see. Now I have a roku and it works a lot better.

Wyze makes some really nice, capable cameras that are really cheap. Got one for $26 with a 32Gb SD card in it.
 

JahaRa

Noble
Wyze makes some really nice, capable cameras that are really cheap. Got one for $26 with a 32Gb SD card in it.
My daughter had one of those. It is good if you don't need detail past a certain point. She said the Ring camera gets a lot more detail and has a wider range of view.
 

pigfarmer

tall, thin, irritable
200-300 stops sounds brutal, so I sympathize with the driver about that. But just drive back to the garage, hand in the keys, and quit. Even if mid-shift.

How did the guy get to work in the first place? He have to walk back to the garage to get his car?
 

nivek

As Above So Below
Amazon wants to use radar to track your sleep

The online giant's next 'Echo' device will reportedly be capable of actively monitoring your sleeping habits.

Smart hub devices, which are often equipped with cameras and microphones, have long been the subject of privacy concerns and with good reason - not only are these devices watching and listening, but they are also recording footage and audio of what you are doing and storing it on remote servers.

For some, even an easily accessible mute button and the option to delete data from the server is not enough to justify having one of these devices around, yet it seems that companies like Google and Amazon are continuing to double down on the level of surveillance these devices are capable of by adding increasingly sensitive microphones and even entirely new types of sensor.

The latest addition is radar - something that has already made its way onto the latest Google Nest Hub smart display and now Amazon is looking for approval to add it to its next 'Echo' device as well.

The purpose of this functionality is to monitor the user's sleep patterns, however concerns have been raised over exactly what else a radar device in a person's home is capable of doing.

"The use of Radar Sensors in sleep tracking could improve awareness and management of sleep hygiene, which in turn could produce significant health benefits for many Americans," Amazon's FCC filing reads.

"Radar Sensors will allow consumers to recognize potential sleep issues."

It goes without saying, however, that a device in every room of your house equipped with microphones, cameras and radar has the potential to be incredibly intrusive.

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