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Thread: Smart Home crap, or something. (Was: Echo.)

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    Don't forget the "Alexa" thing is an actual IC. Just like the xbox, Echo is in low-power sleep mode most of the time and not processing or forwarding anything. The doodad that processes wake words is the only thing doing anything; that's why the wake word is fixed, because it's processed locally. It's only the stuff you say after you address Echo/Alexa that gets clouded, that's where the data mining comes from. If Echo/Xbox/Siri/Home actually sent every word spoken within 20' of them over the internet for inspection the data would be completely unmanageable.

    In theory.

    I do buy into the theory. If it was otherwise, it'd take a few minutes with a packet inspector to learn the truth, and nobody has suggested that.

    Most likely, unless dude said, "Alexa, I'm being murdered" Amazon probably has nothing and they are [rightfully] objecting to an overbroad request. If the cops wanted 30 seconds or 30 minutes of activity I'd bet Amazon would comply, but turning over everything pertaining to a dead person? Unnecessary and overbroad.

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    Hmm, I kept hearing people say you can change the wake word, but now I see you only have three options: Amazon, Echo, Alexa.

    http://www.howtogeek.com/249342/how-...hos-wake-word/
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    I didn't know the Echo defaulted to having voice ordering on. I wonder how much this is happening.

    https://www.engadget.com/2017/01/08/...pending-spree/
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    It only defaults to on and works if you have 1-click ordering enabled, which IMHO is a mistake in and of itself!

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    That makes more sense. I also don't have 1-click on for similar reasons.
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    I was recently very dismayed when I found out you can only buy music products if you have 1-click enabled. Maybe other stuff, but specifically music. I actually had to turn it on, order what I wanted, turn it off again. That was the most disappointed I have been in Amazon ever. Enough that I will probably not buy music from them again.

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    Turns out there is a way to get Google Home working on a wired network: Chromecast ethernet adaptor.

    https://www.reddit.com/r/googlehome/...d_google_home/
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    Native Harmony support now in Google Home. Not a ton of additional functionality, especially since I don't use channels, but volume control is good.

    https://support.myharmony.com/en-us/...t=learn%20more

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    And now multi-user support in Google Home. Impressive if it really works!

    https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/20/...an-one-person/
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    That is cool! Not something useful for us, but I can see a lot of situations where it would be.

    Actually, another cool trick like this would be an Us and Everyone Else setting... to prevent Everyone Else from using your assistant in ways other than those you've prescribed.

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