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2018-04-16 11:58 by Karl Denninger
in Company Specific , 146 references
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They're claiming that it's a "loophole" with regard to Amazon's so-called "third party" sellers.

There are no actual third-party sellers on Amazon.

Amazon is not a mere advertising conduit; they in fact handle fully half the transaction in that they take the money, withhold their commission and transmit the money to the 'seller' along with being the "decider" in any dispute.

They thus have nexus for the simple fact that Amazon is exactly like a company that has a product 'drop shipped' from some supplier in another state.

During MCSNet's first incantation (as a custom PC hardware and software development house) we occasionally had someone order something we didn't have in stock but had an established line on and knew where to get it from.  We would and did have that product drop shipped to the customer, but they paid us (and then we paid the supplier) and in every case where the customer was in Illinois we charged and remitted sales tax because we had nexus.  This is exactly Amazon's "third-party" business model; they quote a price, they take the money, they pass the part of it (less their commission) to the supplier and they tell the supplier where to ship the product.

The sale from the perspective of the buyer is from Amazon and they pay Amazon.  If there is a problem with the product or delivery thereof it's Amazon's problem and if the customer charges back the transaction from their credit card company Amazon is the one that gets the chargeback.

There is no new law or new Supreme Court decision required.  This is settled law; the only reason Beelzebezos has run this crap is his firm's size and their sheer bludgeoning of both state and local governments with so-called "employment" promises made to same.

Lock that son-of-a-bitch up and shut his scam down.

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Yeah, you see, it's all for the good because the ends, making billions, justify the dead bodies.

We connect people.

That can be good if they make it positive. Maybe someone finds love. Maybe it even saves the life of someone on the brink of suicide.

So we connect more people

That can be bad if they make it negative. Maybe it costs a life by exposing someone to bullies. Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.

And still we connect people.

The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is *de facto* good. It is perhaps the only area where the metrics do tell the true story as far as we are concerned.

Let me tell you how I read that:

We don't give a **** whether it's "negative" or "positive" from an outside or even objective basis.

We don't care if someone is bullied as a direct consequence and commits suicide or mass-murder in response.

And we don't care if terrorists blow up or shoot up some place as a consequence either.

We make our billions, we consider it de-facto good irrespective of these outcomes and those billions are all we give a **** about.

This company continues to exist and have advertisers and users on it, given this admission.....


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2018-03-27 12:42 by Karl Denninger
in Company Specific , 280 references
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Oh, so you don't think I'm right about Facesucker mining data off their site where you cannot consent since you have no means to see the mining about to take place before it does?

Well, read this:

Hidden in plain sight under Ad Preferences is a section called Your Information. If you click on that tab, you’ll see an option for Your Categories, which contains a section called US Politics — in parentheses, Facebook will have you labeled as Very Liberal, Liberal, Moderate, Conservative or Very Conservative.

The social network says it fills up these categories “based on information you've provided on Facebook and other activity.”

There it is and you never consented to it, nor can you, since they not only can and do classify your activity elsewhere on the web, in fact anywhere there is a Facebook "like" or "login" button whether you click it or not but they can also link that to you personally without your knowledge or consent.

It is blatant, it is in-your-face, it is theft, it is invasion of privacy, you cannot consent to it since there is no means to either consent or revoke consent.

This must be considered a criminal offense, Zuckerpig must go to prison and the firm must be utterly destroyed along with all others that do the same thing. 

Further, until the above happens any firm that advertises on this platform must be targeted for boycott and avoided in every single case along with all of their employees.



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There are things firms do these days that are close enough to per-se fraud that I believe they deserve an immediate indictment in response.

This is one of them.

Press it, and you’ll be taken to your phone’s respective app store to download Onavo Protect. This has been in both the iOS App Store and Android’s Google Play for a while, but the button within Facebook appears to be new. This app may seem like a good option for a free, security-focused app, but it isn’t. It’s a way for Facebook to spy on you…you know, more than they already are.

This "VPN" app not only intercepts all your data and the "privacy policy" allows Facebook to steal and use it the app continues to run and siphon off data when not in use!

VPN software is much more powerful, potentially, than something "simple" like the Facesucker App itself.  The Facebook Apps have already been caught siphoning off data when not actively in use (such as location and, it appears, even conversations via the microphone!) but what both IOS and Android try to prevent is apps siphoning off data from other applications.

Android does this by assigning each app its own UID (user ID), which is a numeric index in the Linux operating system on which Android runs.  That in turn allows the directory containing the files for a given app to be given permissions that bar other apps from having access to them that are not under the same UID, along with other system resources.  At least in theory this prevents cross-application compromise -- assuming, of course, there are no bugs or other "flaws" in the operating environment that allow those walls to be breached.

A VPN by definition breaches that for any data transmitted or received since it must get its hands on the data in order to encrypt and decrypt it.  Far worse is that the back-end system on which the VPN runs must decrypt and encrypt it too, which instantly exposes everything you do to that firm's inspection on hardware much more powerful than the phone in your pocket, never mind it being connected to essentially-infinite resources owned by the company in question.

A VPN would not be able to decode the contents of an "https" ('secure') web session, as an example, but it would be able to decode the fact you went there (through examining the SNI data) along with the exact date/time and frequency of contact.  Anything sent unencrypted (not through https), however, is wide open which typically includes transmitted email and might, in some cases, include received email as well.

I run my own VPN here on my own infrastructure.  Part of the reason is exactly this -- trusting any third-party to run a VPN is trusting them not to inspect, store, analyze and sell whatever they can from your traffic patterns.  That's a dubious bet at best, especially for a VPN provider located outside of the United States where if they do so despite claiming they won't your ability to go after them is an effective zero.

But this is far worse: The App in fact declares it will collect everything you send or receive!

Not one person in 100 will read that "policy" and understand it, but it in fact means what it says.  Even worse it appears from other reporting that the app collects and transmits data even when not in use, simply because it's loaded.  That would jive with what I've caught other Facebook apps from doing, so it doesn't surprise me in the least.

Why hasn't this company been shut down again?

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2017-07-20 15:38 by Karl Denninger
in Company Specific , 257 references
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How do you stop Zuckerpig's privacy invasions?

Boycott anyone who advertises on those sites -- do not buy and do not do business with in any other way.  How do you know they're advertising?  You see "Sponsored" or any sort of video ad from a given entity.

This post is exempt and will never go away.  I will add to it as I see new companies, and if you do and can confirm it to me I'll add them.  Here's my pledge: If I see an ad from your firm on any of Zuckerpig's properties or sufficient confirmation (e.g. seeing such an ad on someone else's device in the app) I will never buy anything from you.

You choose -- you advertise and pay that company to do so, you lose my business.  To get it back you must permanently pledge to never again advertise on any Facebook-owned property, in public, via a formal press release or other similarly-verifiable and public method.

Oh and you get one second chance, never more.

Advertising is legal.  So is refusing to do business with you because you are the primary and in fact nearly the sole source of funds for a company that does things I consider detestable.

So here is the start of it folks, and yes, it will grow.... check back often!

  • Best Buy (Oh well; I've bought plenty there)
  • REI (this one hurts; I like them.... but no more!)
  • Big Green Egg (Sorry *******s, I was interested but NOT NOW!)
  • Southwest Airlines (all airlines SUCK, but now these ****ers are on my blackball list)
  • Consumer Reports
  • Inked Magazine
  • Runner's World (oh well!)
  • 30A clothing company (oops -- that one's local)
  • The Heritage Foundation (oops again!)
  • Huffington Post (no loss there)
  • A&E TV
  • We Are The Mighty (Military-oriented news org)
  • Orbitz
  • LinkedIN (be a paying customer and you're blackballed - as employer or employee!)
  • iHeartDogs.Com
  • Pensacola Runners Association (ouch; they sponsor races I'd run in...)
  • National Geographic (oh well)
  • CNet (Bleh)
  • 22 Words (Clickbait garbage, but heh)
  • (oops again; and I have bought quite a lot from gearup...)
  • 12 Tomatoes
  • The Penny Hoarder (yeah, another clickbait garbage site, but..)
  • SoWal (oops -- bye-bye Walton County beach businesses..)
  • Innermost House (San Fran Non-profit... good for some west coasters)
  • NTD Television
  • The New York Times (shock - NOT!)
  • Conservative Tribune (news)
  • Netgear (Router/ipCam/etc manufacturer)
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