January 30, 2015

Big Data Can Figure Out Who's Buying What, Even With Names and Numbers Withheld from Credit Card Information
— Ace

Well, sort of. The idea is that given three months of shopping history, with no names or numbers attached, Big Data techniques can figure out who you are anyway, or at least can match your records to your name (if given your name on a list).

When I read that, I thought: Assuming Big Data has you offering information under your name, such as your location on FourSquare, or saying things like "I just bought an aquarium" on social media.

And that is in fact what they mean.

But so many people dribble out so much of that sort of information... Pretty much, for most people, if you exist online at all, they know who you are and they know what you're buying or just browsing.

Your shopping habits can expose who you are even when you are just one of a million nameless customers in a database of anonymous credit-card records, according to a new study that shows how so-called metadata can be used to circumvent privacy protections in commercial and government databases.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, writing Thursday in the journal Science, analyzed anonymous credit-card transactions by 1.1 million people. Using a new analytic formula, they needed only four bits of secondary information--metadata such as location or timing--to identify the unique individual purchasing patterns of 90% of the people involved, even when the data were scrubbed of any names, account numbers or other obvious identifiers.

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Researchers drew on records of purchases over a period of three months by shoppers at 10,000 stores, provided by an unnamed bank in an undisclosed country. Each transaction was time-stamped with the day of purchase and linked to a shop.

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After isolating a purchasing pattern, researchers said, an analyst could find the name of the person in question by matching their activity against other publicly available information such as profiles on Linkedin and Facebook , Twitter messages that contain time and location information, and social-media "check-in" apps such as Foursquare.

So, like, Be More Paranoid.

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1 Wahoo..!!

Posted by: hello, it's Me Donna ....again at January 30, 2015 07:05 AM (Bn6aD)

2 Or just buy ammo and don't talk about it. Or not. Your call.

Posted by: NJRob at January 30, 2015 07:05 AM (odDaT)

3 You can't if cash is used ...which I typically do if not online. Keeps'm guessing.

Posted by: dogfish at January 30, 2015 07:06 AM (1vYi0)

4 Does this include my Platinum AoS membership...?

Posted by: @JohnTant at January 30, 2015 07:06 AM (PFy0L)

5 No.. just don't use social media!

Posted by: Chi-Town Jerry at January 30, 2015 07:07 AM (4+IgA)

6 yo so will I purchase some Kaboom and personal lubricant in the next 30 days or not?

Posted by: Moron #17 at January 30, 2015 07:08 AM (W6iIX)

7 MOAR SPYING

Posted by: toby928(C) at January 30, 2015 07:08 AM (rwI+c)

8 or use cash...

which I am shifting more and more towards...

we give them these tools my friend

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077[/i][/b][/s] at January 30, 2015 07:08 AM (/4AZU)

9 The Four Square thing is crazy. A couple ppl I follow on twitter had that turned on. It broadcast their movements throughout the day. Just checked in at Starbucks. Now captain at Chik-fil-A. The boss at Target. odd.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at January 30, 2015 07:09 AM (ZPrif)

10 cash baby, just cash

Posted by: The Zebra at January 30, 2015 07:09 AM (W6iIX)

11 Uh.... I was buying it for a friend

Posted by: Vibrator buyer at January 30, 2015 07:09 AM (GrXXa)

12 I'm not paranoid! I have REAL enemies!

Posted by: Sort-of-Mad Max at January 30, 2015 07:10 AM (DLu2s)

13 Only once or twice in my life have I mentioned something that I have just bought or done on social media, and that was usually a day or two after the event. I've never seen the appeal of needing to broadcast everything I do ("Hey, look at my Chik-fil-A sandwich and hate shake!").

I am definitely trackable in many ways (usually use a credit card for purchases), but I'm at least going to make you work to figure out what I bought at Kohls or Aldi.

Posted by: Virginia SoCon at January 30, 2015 07:11 AM (+/C3g)

14 I was framed. I never, ever purchased the Kim Kardashian sex tape !!

Posted by: Arlen Specter at January 30, 2015 07:11 AM (W6iIX)

15 The assholes are going to turn me into a luddite.


Technology was supposed to be cool by now, but instead of flying cars, we get data voyeurs.


And yeah, I find myself using more and more cash and doing less business online.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at January 30, 2015 07:11 AM (xSCb6)

16 So, Big Info knows about by record collection and my penchant for beef jerky? The horror.

Posted by: Garrett at January 30, 2015 07:11 AM (7+hc/)

17 I'll go along with the cash as much as possible. Not to mention the hacked stores in the last several years.

Posted by: HH at January 30, 2015 07:11 AM (Ce4DF)

18 I see that 4th quarter GDP growth has been halved from what was originally reported.

Posted by: The Great White Snark at January 30, 2015 07:12 AM (XUKZU)

19 We really need to start worrying when they marry this technology to armed drones. 

"Well, pep, I see you still didn't purchase that item you've been eyeing for a month, now.  Do we need to motivate you?"

Posted by: pep at January 30, 2015 07:12 AM (YXmuI)

20

 

so will I purchase some Kaboom and personal lubricant in the next 30 days or not?

 

yes,yes you will.you might want to pick up some value-rite vodka too you haven't purchased any for awhile

Posted by: big data at January 30, 2015 07:12 AM (lKyWE)

21 Wow, good thing I don't have any money and can't buy anything, or I'd be worried!

Posted by: Null at January 30, 2015 07:12 AM (bQVAp)

22 Grocery stores only need age and zip code to guess a person's identity with 95% accuracy. There are a lot of startups based around this in Silicon Valley, aka valley of the boob jobs.

Posted by: Yes means Maybe at January 30, 2015 07:12 AM (7wyDO)

23 Vote for me I can fix this

Posted by: Jeb Bush 2016 at January 30, 2015 07:12 AM (W6iIX)

24 So, $700 an hour for anything I want... Will you take a check?

Posted by: Bob Beckel at January 30, 2015 07:13 AM (7+hc/)

25

PUT DOWN THAT FKN COFFEE

 

COFFEE IS FOR CLOSERS

Posted by: Big Data at January 30, 2015 07:13 AM (3ZtZW)

26 Wanna know a secret? (I get all the money now.)

Posted by: Jeb Bush at January 30, 2015 07:13 AM (ZPrif)

27 18 Posted by: The Great White Snark at January 30, 2015 12:12 PM (XUKZU)

but you can TOTALLY trust BoL and Treasury my friend....

he got the data point he wanted for his self-oral-gratification....

he's done this before.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077[/i][/b][/s] at January 30, 2015 07:13 AM (/4AZU)

28 These Big Data spooks want to know everything about us, but scream bloody murder about privacy if anything about them becomes public Example; Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who famously said "if you don't want anyone to know what you're doing, then maybe you shouldn't be doing it". Good old Eric then went apeshit when emails from him proved collusion among the big Silicon Valley companies to keep salaries as low as possible got out. Maybe you shouldn't be doing that, Eric

Posted by: kbdabear at January 30, 2015 07:14 AM (GrXXa)

29 I've limited my footprint to the best of my abilities. And, if I'm forced to give personal information, no matter how slight, on a fluff product or site, I lie. It's that simple. Even my favorite color changes... *green

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at January 30, 2015 07:14 AM (IXrOn)

30 OT: George Zimmerman will not be charged in the latest fracas. You know why? White Hispanic privilege.

Posted by: The Great White Snark at January 30, 2015 07:14 AM (XUKZU)

31 Heh, and since it relates to social media, I always love promoting despair.com and its social media Venn diagram:

http://www.despair.com/social-media-venn-diagram.html


Posted by: Virginia SoCon at January 30, 2015 07:14 AM (+/C3g)

32 I thought the fact that I only used FB to exchange private messages that are mainly just "hey, e-mail me at ____" would keep me in the clear.


Until it became apparent that MS Hotmail was sharing my contact list information with Facebook.


I should really just get off FB altogether. Minimal usage is no defense these days.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at January 30, 2015 07:14 AM (xSCb6)

33 Big data also goes into Public Data... Like... Voter Rolls... andddd... Did you know your Name, phone number, and Address can be sold by your Phone provider? even on Cell phones? Its a hold over from the old Phone Book days, so unless you opt out, which usually costs money, by default, they can sell your data.

Posted by: BB Wolf at January 30, 2015 07:14 AM (qh617)

34 What is this "shopping" they keep referring to? Does it have to do with that "money" thingy I hear so much about?

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this sh1t [/i][/s][/b][/u] at January 30, 2015 07:15 AM (0HooB)

35 Big Government knows, too

Posted by: brak at January 30, 2015 07:15 AM (Tj+s6)

36 >>>aka valley of the boob jobs. Posted by: Yes means Maybe at January 30, 2015 12:12 PM (7wyDO) Shhhh, don't tell Hillary that, I go there to visit the tech industry

Posted by: Bill Clinton at January 30, 2015 07:15 AM (W6iIX)

37 Until it became apparent that MS Hotmail was sharing my contact list information with Facebook. I should really just get off FB altogether. Minimal usage is no defense these days. Posted by: Burn the Witch at January 30, 2015 12:14 PM (xSCb6) And its all going into Catalist... the Progressive database...

Posted by: BB Wolf at January 30, 2015 07:15 AM (qh617)

38 Ever since, when I was much younger, Bill Gates admitted he is totally paranoid, I nodded. So am I - not in a crazy way, a responsible way. And act accordingly. (didn't hurt to study compsci either - it's all so easy...)

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at January 30, 2015 07:16 AM (IXrOn)

39 I have always minimized my credit card use for just this very reason. There are a few situations where you HAVE to use a credit card (like buying a plane ticket), but wherever possible I always use cash. Of course the progressives want to transition to a cashless society so that they can then track your every move and mood. They will never pry these Benjamins from my sweaty grubby hands!

Posted by: zombie at January 30, 2015 07:16 AM (K4YiS)

40 No worries.  I pay for my NAMBLA membership by regular mail. F that pay online crap. 

Posted by: Harry Reid at January 30, 2015 07:16 AM (OD2ni)

41 Off grid looking better day by day I will miss the AoS

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at January 30, 2015 07:16 AM (a20XK)

42 It is frightening how much people can learn about you and do to you with the info we leak. I picked up the book "How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, and Vanish Without a Trace" on a whim, and it was very interesting, even if most of it is info I'll probably never use.

Posted by: redsweater at January 30, 2015 07:16 AM (q5JWV)

43 Hey Big Data spook ... that 3 speed ribbed electric toy you saw me buying? I use it on your sister. Bet you didn't see that one

Posted by: kbdabear at January 30, 2015 07:16 AM (GrXXa)

44
Protip - when a shopping site suggests you review a product you purchased -- don't.  More public info about you that can be googled up and integrated info the portfolio the space lizards are keeping on you..

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at January 30, 2015 07:16 AM (kdS6q)

45 (oh, romney jabbed jeb? truth or dare? if so, well, now we know what happened, don't we.) sorry, been away from the puter, so my two cents.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at January 30, 2015 07:17 AM (IXrOn)

46 Here's a Big Data thing I predict. A lot of us commenter types, myself included, like to use fake names and pseudonyms around the net. Here's what I expect to happen in the future. You take a block of text written by some fake-named, anonymous coward (like me). You feed that text into Big Data De-Anonymizer Machine. The De-Anonymizer then looks at vocab and style and sentence construction ... and pulls up all the other names you've been writing under for the last 20 years on the web. And, if you have any writing samples on the net with your real name, it'll pull that up, too. Privacy is dead. And it's only gonna get deader.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at January 30, 2015 07:17 AM (ZPrif)

47 I buy a whole chicken every five days, and rice, barley, frozen peas, fresh carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets once a month at the grocery store.

What do you suppose the odds are that "big data" knows I make my own dog food?

Posted by: jwb7605[/i][/u][/s][/b] at January 30, 2015 07:17 AM (ZALPg)

48 Big Data. F*cking Dangerous.

Posted by: syme at January 30, 2015 07:17 AM (Wxdwg)

49 I wonder if they track how many guns are going overboard in the canoes?

Posted by: blaster at January 30, 2015 07:18 AM (Rx8ML)

50 Fortunately, my life is so vanilla that any big data or Big Brother research into me would induce sleep.

However, if I ever did want to stock up on 2nd Amendment items* I would use cash. May miss out on some online deals, but not nearly as traceable.

*Not disclosing whether or not such stockpile may or may not exist

Posted by: Virginia SoCon at January 30, 2015 07:18 AM (+/C3g)

51 So after looking at credit card purchase data and and social media posts from people who talk about things they just bought, we are able to connect the two things. This doesn't seem like something that is that hard to do (assuming one has access to the CC data and can efficiently mine social media--a big if, but not too big an if for a govt or big corp) or that shocking. The easy answer to this is to stop sharing so much trivial information. New flash: the people you know don't really care about this stuff, the only people who do are those that want to do you harm.

Posted by: taylork at January 30, 2015 07:18 AM (7W3uU)

52 25 years ago I purposely mispelled my name on an industry magazine subscription. After 5 jobs and 6 homes across 3 different states, I *STILL* get mail with that name on it.

Posted by: rd at January 30, 2015 07:18 AM (k19Aq)

53 I don't even know what a Foursquare is. Sometimes I enjoy being blissfully ignorant.

Posted by: Citizen X at January 30, 2015 07:18 AM (7ObY1)

54 Ace you should try to find and invite a person who has studied the Forensic Datamining courses from a right-wing PoV for the Podcast some slow week...

http://tinyurl.com/om44krh

Champlain has coursework so does OSU...

I am hardly joking when I say give me a big enough data pool I can reverse engineer your life and the pool isn't that big...and I am just a lowly Tax dude.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077[/i][/b][/s] at January 30, 2015 07:18 AM (/4AZU)

55 Posted by: Virginia SoCon at January 30, 2015 12:11 PM (+/C3g) They also track what you search for... what you look for on websites.... and its damn fast... but for me annoying, as I'll see ads for stuff I've already bought until I go to search for something else...

Posted by: BB Wolf at January 30, 2015 07:19 AM (qh617)

56 A lot of us commenter types, myself included, like to use fake names and pseudonyms around the net. Fake names and pseudonyms?

Posted by: Charlie Gibson at January 30, 2015 07:19 AM (Rx8ML)

57 Yeah, I saw that tracking stuff on someones' FB page. Said they were going to the movies, and it showed exactly where they were on a map.

Creepy...

Posted by: HH at January 30, 2015 07:19 AM (Ce4DF)

58 If they start cross referencing keyword searches and purchases, Ace is in trouble. How many other people are buying Kaboom, Marvel Comics and searching for Tan Lines and Hobo Leather Tooling Instructional Vids?

Posted by: Garrett at January 30, 2015 07:19 AM (7+hc/)

59 So a future defense tech from Big Data De-Anonymizer will be software that takes text you write, and re-writes it in another style. Of course, for writer-types, that defeats much of the fun of writing and developing your own voice. But it will make it more anonymous. Also dull and boring.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at January 30, 2015 07:19 AM (ZPrif)

60 Thank God pr0n is free! Or so I heard from a distant acquaintance. You don't know him.

Posted by: jwpaine at January 30, 2015 07:19 AM (a3NCX)

61 You take a block of text written by some fake-named, anonymous coward (like me). You feed that text into Big Data De-Anonymizer Machine. The De-Anonymizer then looks at vocab and style and sentence construction ... and pulls up all the other names you've been writing under for the last 20 years on the web. And, if you have any writing samples on the net with your real name, it'll pull that up, too. We should give that a shot with HecDerp.

Posted by: Citizen X at January 30, 2015 07:19 AM (7ObY1)

62 Sven is more than just a lowly........

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at January 30, 2015 07:20 AM (a20XK)

63 These Big Data spooks want to know everything about us, but scream bloody murder about privacy if anything about them becomes public I still can't grasp why billions are being spent to track us in other ways, like our travels in real time. That serves no possible purpose in a free society.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this sh1t [/i][/s][/b][/u] at January 30, 2015 07:20 AM (0HooB)

64 MIT knows who Ace is, but the FBI and DHS couldn't figure out the Tsarnev brothers.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at January 30, 2015 07:20 AM (wg9gY)

65 46 Posted by: Costanza Defense at January 30, 2015 12:17 PM (ZPrif)

Two things are gonna happen when my wife retires...

1) I am gonna be a lot happier and online a lot less

2) I am gonna retire my nick and use my name.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077[/i][/b][/s] at January 30, 2015 07:20 AM (/4AZU)

66 Big Brother knows the floral print on the toilet paper I buy, but they couldn't possibly know that Joker and Speedbump were planning on killing a shitload of Bostonians even though the Russians told them they were apprentice terrorists.... "Yeh, but we didn't think they actually MEANT to do it!!!"

Posted by: kbdabear at January 30, 2015 07:20 AM (GrXXa)

67 Solution: In rapid succession, buy a 16" long purple "Horse Dong" dildo, the entire back catalog of Mormon Tabernacle choir, a velvet painting of Dennis Kucinich, a Hawaiian pidgin translation of the Koran, then donate $500 to the NRA and another $250 to Planned Parenthood. The Big Data computers would explode in a ball of fire trying to figure you out.

Posted by: zombie at January 30, 2015 07:21 AM (K4YiS)

68 46 Here's a Big Data thing I predict.


A lot of us commenter types, myself included, like to use fake names and pseudonyms around the net.
----------------------------

Ha! They'll never be able to find out my super-secret identity.

Posted by: Carlos Danger at January 30, 2015 07:21 AM (+/C3g)

69 66 Posted by: kbdabear at January 30, 2015 12:20 PM (GrXXa)

The correctly paranoid answer is Big Data and Big Guvmint were too busy tracking my ammo purchases to be assed enough to be bothered about guys motivated by an ideology they like "doing Allah's work..."


THAT is the reality, and maybe one day people will figure it out.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077[/i][/b][/s] at January 30, 2015 07:22 AM (/4AZU)

70 Well, yes, which is why criminals and terrorists (1) use cash (2) use disposable cell phones and (3) have near-zero online presence.

Posted by: joncelli at January 30, 2015 07:22 AM (RD7QR)

71 cash cash cash

Posted by: Feh at January 30, 2015 07:22 AM (KGwO/)

72 Take out $10,000 from your bank account and DHS puts you on a terrorist watch list Post death threats from your mosque and buy C4 and a shitload of detonators? "We can't be judgemental towards other cultures, so shut up racist!"

Posted by: kbdabear at January 30, 2015 07:22 AM (GrXXa)

73 Fortunately, my life is so vanilla that any big data or Big Brother research into me would induce sleep.

I'm not in any demographic any retailer gives a shit about, so as long as I pay cash in different stores for my garbage bags, shovels, and quicklime I'm not real sure why I'm supposed to be freaked out here.

Posted by: HR needs donuts at January 30, 2015 07:23 AM (ZKzrr)

74 No wonder I get those AoSHQ ads for.., well, you know...

Posted by: OG Celtic-American at January 30, 2015 07:23 AM (ASn1R)

75 Prepaid cell phones, prepaid cell phones, prepaid cell phones. There's a reason drug dealers use them.

Posted by: Citizen X at January 30, 2015 07:23 AM (7ObY1)

76

 

In rapid succession, buy a 16" long purple "Horse Dong" dildo, the entire back catalog of Mormon Tabernacle choir, a velvet painting of Dennis Kucinich, a Hawaiian pidgin translation of the Koran, then donate $500 to the NRA and another $250 to Planned Parenthood.

The Big Data computers would explode in a ball of fire trying to figure you out.

 

or identify you as harry reid

Posted by: kj at January 30, 2015 07:23 AM (lKyWE)

77

The De-Anonymizer then looks at vocab and style and sentence construction ... and pulls up all the other names you've been writing under for the last 20 years on the web.

And, if you have any writing samples on the net with your real name, it'll pull that up, too.

 

I'm wondering when we'll see advances in face recognition technology match names/pictures freely posted (ex: Facebook) with faces appearing in ......other sites, freely posted or otherwise.

 

if that capability isn't here, it soon will be. And scanners are so ubiquitious that old polaroid pictures can be posted online.

Posted by: Blue Hen at January 30, 2015 07:23 AM (Spluw)

78 A lot of us commenter types, myself included, like to use fake names and pseudonyms around the net. ---------------------------- Ha! They'll never be able to find out my super-secret identity. Posted by: Carlos Danger at January 30, 2015 12:21 PM (+/C3g) Are you related to Rick Danger?

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at January 30, 2015 07:23 AM (a20XK)

79 That serves no possible purpose in a free society. Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this sh1t at January 30, 2015 12:20 PM (0HooB) You answer your own question....

Posted by: BB Wolf at January 30, 2015 07:23 AM (qh617)

80 I wouldn't be surprised if NSA types already have some software that can do that. It won't be perfect, of course. But it will narrow the range. There'll be false positives, of course. 20 years from now when you angrily, anonymously, cuss out some stranger on the web, he'll just take your paragraph of hate, feed it into the Big Data De-Anonymizer and call your home 15 minutes later.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at January 30, 2015 07:24 AM (ZPrif)

81
Actually this is the reason the feds (and microsoft) hate cash.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at January 30, 2015 07:24 AM (wg9gY)

82 What about people who don't use facebook, Linkedin, Twitter?

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at January 30, 2015 07:24 AM (ABcz/)

83 Forensic Datamining courses from a right-wing PoV for the Podcast some slow week... Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at January 30, 2015 12:18 PM (/4AZU) yep I took only one - basic - data mining course in grad school. it's too easy way too easy

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at January 30, 2015 07:24 AM (IXrOn)

84

>>>>What do you suppose the odds are that "big data" knows I make my own dog food?

 

Thanks! We were wondering!

Posted by: Big Data at January 30, 2015 07:24 AM (3ZtZW)

85 That explains all the side ads for whips and mousetraps I keep seeing.

Posted by: Hobbitopoly at January 30, 2015 07:24 AM (5j6el)

86 25 years ago I purposely mispelled my name on an industry magazine subscription. After 5 jobs and 6 homes across 3 different states, I *STILL* get mail with that name on it. One of the things that almost makes me wish I were a lawyer is this. A company is making money from my name without my permission? I shouldn't need to be incorporated for that protection. In my view, it's theft of intellectual property.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this sh1t [/i][/s][/b][/u] at January 30, 2015 07:25 AM (0HooB)

87 This why I have my butler buy all of my tights and tool belt accessories.

Posted by: Bruce Wayne at January 30, 2015 07:25 AM (7+hc/)

88
The Big Data computers would explode in a ball of fire trying to figure you out.

Posted by: zombie at January 30, 2015 12:21 PM (K4YiS)

Follow-up with a purchase of officially licensed Trayvon hoodie and then Andrew Branca's legal self-defense book.

Posted by: Carlos Danger at January 30, 2015 07:25 AM (+/C3g)

89 hahahahahaha zombie monthly subscriptions to Guns & Ammo, Mother Jones, and The New Yorker mass purchases of 9mm ammunition, organic hemp seeds, and Shopkins vibrators, NFP manuals, and bulk orders of Che t-shirts

Posted by: Feh at January 30, 2015 07:25 AM (KGwO/)

90 In other news, I ordered flowers yesterday and my AOSHQ page is full of pretty pictures of bright bouquets this morning.

Posted by: Meremortal at January 30, 2015 07:25 AM (1Y+hH)

91 You take a block of text written by some fake-named, anonymous coward (like me). You feed that text into Big Data De-Anonymizer Machine.

The De-Anonymizer then looks at vocab and style and sentence construction ... and pulls up all the other names you've been writing under for the last 20 years on the web.


Already exists, in some fashion.  That's what Jack Cashill did with Bill Ayers and Dreams of My Father, and how plagiarism-detection software used by college profs works.

Posted by: HR needs donuts at January 30, 2015 07:25 AM (ZKzrr)

92 Off, damn sock!

Posted by: Virginia SoCon at January 30, 2015 07:26 AM (+/C3g)

93

>>>>So after looking at credit card purchase data and and social media posts from people who talk about things they just bought, we are able to connect the two things.

 

YES

 

Unless they're Muslims. Those guys we can't figure out at all.

Posted by: Big Data at January 30, 2015 07:26 AM (3ZtZW)

94 Style. Periodically. Writing. Change. Of.

Posted by: OG Celtic-American at January 30, 2015 07:26 AM (ASn1R)

95 85 That explains all the side ads for whips and mousetraps I keep seeing. Posted by: Hobbitopoly at January 30, 2015 12:24 PM (5j6el) You forgot to mention pudding purchases

Posted by: Misanthropic Humanitarian at January 30, 2015 07:26 AM (a20XK)

96 I've given up an any hope of having any privacy so I live my life like a saint. Well in a manner of speaking. I still allow myself to drink, curse, fuck, and occasionally lie, but basically I'm a straight shooter.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 30, 2015 07:26 AM (LJcWW)

97 I just plugged my nic into Bing.
Wow.

I'm with a couple other commenters, though.
I doubt I'll get arrested soon.

Posted by: jwb7605[/i][/u][/s][/b] at January 30, 2015 07:26 AM (ZALPg)

98 So, like, Be More Paranoid. I am known for being extremely cautious about sharing Super Sekrit Real Life Information online. I am, it's true. I am cautious and wary about that, to the extent that Certain People *glares* mock me for it. But, yes, I am very particular about that. Except for Bezos. Amazon knows every single solitary thing about me. Every. Thing. Of course, given the, hmmm, how to put this, many and varied items that I buy which would seem to be mutually contradictory, I probably make the server eyetwitch but whatevs. Go Team Snowflake.

Posted by: alexthechick - I'll stop attention whoring when you start listening at January 30, 2015 07:27 AM (mf5HN)

99 "Off grid looking better day by day " Heh, yeah.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at January 30, 2015 07:27 AM (AbFmZ)

100 83 Posted by: artisanal 'ette at January 30, 2015 12:24 PM (IXrOn)

Ace seems genuine in his interest and I am not in any way expert enough to do it justice...

The Donks have Goggle and Fuckbook openly colluding with them on exerting datamining tech to micro target...

it *is* the reality we live in and too many on our side happily feed defacto agents of the enemy.

Anyway I respect Ace and in fact all the Cobs here my sometime antipathy to Gabe is 90% playful.

It would be a good interview and would expand the Horde rolodex.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077[/i][/b][/s] at January 30, 2015 07:27 AM (/4AZU)

101 6 yo so will I purchase some Kaboom and personal lubricant in the next 30 days or not?

Posted by: Moron #17 at January 30, 2015 12:08 PM (W6iIX)


I just buy the pre-lubricated Kaboom. It's called Kaboom Plus.

Posted by: Badda Bing 'now with Badda Boom' at January 30, 2015 07:27 AM (klaU/)

102 Conversation at Microcenter when I was buying some Arduino kit stuff:

Cashier: Can I get your address?
Me: What do I owe you?
Cashier: $168.87, can I get your address please?
Me: No, you may not. Here's how this transaction is going to go: I'm going to give you a wad of $20 bills, 9 of them to be exact and you're going to hand me a bag full of electronic components, a receipt and change in the amount of $11.13. Then I'm going to walk out of here. You don't need to know my name, address or phone number.
Cashier: ......hands me stuff and I leave.

Posted by: DanInMN at January 30, 2015 07:27 AM (XqeyF)

103 The theory is very easily. Scaling it is non-trivial, but you'd better believe it's already been done to some degree by hundreds of organizations who don't have your best interests in mind.

I'd say Person of Interest is/was prescient, but I think it's actually quite late to the topic.

Posted by: redsweater at January 30, 2015 07:28 AM (q5JWV)

104 Want to really screw them up? Start clicking on Democrat Candidate ads. Post reviews of crap you'd never buy, like kid's toys if you are 63, or depends if you are young and healthy. Poison the databases. Fill them with garbage.

Posted by: rd at January 30, 2015 07:28 AM (k19Aq)

105 In other news, I ordered flowers yesterday and my AOSHQ page is full of pretty pictures of bright bouquets this morning. Posted by: Meremortal at January 30, 2015 12:25 PM .................a few days ago I was booking a hotel on-line. Even on AOSHQ my ads were all hotels and or travel. Then yesterday I was looking for a good Irish Stew recipe. Now many websites I am on are advertising canned tomatoes. It's fckn creepy.

Posted by: Minnfidel at January 30, 2015 07:28 AM (Gl6jb)

106 And if I've never purchased anything online? Never used Amazon, facebook, Twitter, etc? Not tracking me. I guarandamntee it.

Posted by: shredded chi at January 30, 2015 07:28 AM (3Eg8d)

107
I just buy the pre-lubricated Kaboom. It's called Kaboom Plus.

Posted by: Badda Bing 'now with Badda Boom'

 

Now they tell me.

Posted by: fruitloop crazy woman in a tub full of fruit loops at January 30, 2015 07:28 AM (Spluw)

108 You answer your own question.... Yeah, between that and talking myself out of my own arguments these days, I'd be better off just drinking and lurking.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this sh1t [/i][/s][/b][/u] at January 30, 2015 07:28 AM (0HooB)

109 Derp

Posted by: into barrel go I at January 30, 2015 07:28 AM (q5JWV)

110 Villeins, perchance we should change to Elizabethan wrytynge of ye olde comments? We mayeth confound ye powers that beith.

Posted by: Citizen X at January 30, 2015 07:29 AM (7ObY1)

111 Posted by: DanInMN at January 30, 2015 12:27 PM (XqeyF)

<sniff> That was beautiful.

Posted by: Virginia SoCon at January 30, 2015 07:29 AM (+/C3g)

112
The real danger I suppose is that a bad actor (usually the govt) could erase and replace your data to get political dissidents like us thrown in jail.

Your magic bullet food processor became forty five magnum bullets that just happened to be used in a crime.  That's probably too complicated now that I think about it, they'll just show up in the middle of the night and disappear us.

No paranoia here.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at January 30, 2015 07:29 AM (wg9gY)

113 Who gives two shits what I buy or don't? Unless I'm buying a truckload of fertilizer, does that extra bag of Doritos really mean a damned thing? The time and energy wasted with these tracking programs is a crime, but I'm sure we are paying for them with our taxes. Where is the GOP when you need them? Cut the damned programs from the funding bill, already.

Posted by: tcn in AK at January 30, 2015 07:29 AM (+YMhA)

114 Posted by: into barrel go I

The barrel can get you even if you pay cash.

Posted by: HR needs donuts at January 30, 2015 07:29 AM (ZKzrr)

115 So, like, Be More Paranoid. I know our 'hash' is based on our IP. Can our IP then be reverse engineered? Asking for a paranoid friend.

Posted by: Name Withheld Upon Request [/i] at January 30, 2015 07:29 AM (zxQ4h)

116 he'll just take your paragraph of hate, feed it into the Big Data De-Anonymizer and call your home 15 minutes later. Posted by: Costanza Defense at January 30, 2015 12:24 PM (ZPrif) No.... the National Anti Hate Police will show up at your door, to arrest you for the micro aggression... and inform you that you can either go into Government Sponsored and Approved Therapy, or you will lose your job. Oh.... wait... that's already happening... Lady had a picture of her family on facebook wearing confederate flags... she's a school employee in Manteca Calif... Activist went to the School Board, reporter in tow, to demand she get fired.

Posted by: BB Wolf at January 30, 2015 07:29 AM (qh617)

117

Bye barrel boy; even I'm not that crazy.

Posted by: fruitloop crazy woman in a tub full of fruit loops at January 30, 2015 07:29 AM (Spluw)

118 Italicans.....

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at January 30, 2015 07:30 AM (AbFmZ)

119 redsweater.
barrel.
NOW.

Posted by: jwb7605[/i][/u][/s][/b] at January 30, 2015 07:30 AM (ZALPg)

120 Mornin', rons! You wanna see the big brown egg I just laid! Fascinating!

Posted by: Mega at January 30, 2015 07:30 AM (hHFOx)

121 Cashier: ......hands me stuff and I leave. Posted by: DanInMN at January 30, 2015 12:27 PM (XqeyF) Yeah, like Shopko really needs to know my zip code. Huh? I just say, NO.

Posted by: tcn in AK at January 30, 2015 07:30 AM (+YMhA)

122 we just delete all data generated bi muslims. if we didn't do that we'd be raysist

Posted by: Bigger Data at January 30, 2015 07:30 AM (W6iIX)

Posted by: AltonJackson at January 30, 2015 07:31 AM (2Ayux)

124 >>DanInMN

Yep, I am so tired of being asked my phone number (or email address) for every darn purchase, even when purchasing magic markers with cash at a craft store.

"It's unlisted."
"I'm already already on your mailing list."

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at January 30, 2015 07:31 AM (ABcz/)

125 My Google+ profile has been viewed 25,000 times. Who would do such a thing?

Posted by: Big Bubba's Licensed Tote and Fetch Drayage at January 30, 2015 07:31 AM (io5Gq)

126 I know our 'hash' is based on our IP. Can our IP then be reverse engineered?

Yeah, the hash algorithm goes two ways; one to use your IP to make the hash, and one to get an IP from the hash.  That's how they can ban the IP addresses of trolls and spammers.

Posted by: HR needs donuts at January 30, 2015 07:31 AM (ZKzrr)

127 the hatchet attack in NYC, never saw that one comming

Posted by: Bigger Data at January 30, 2015 07:31 AM (W6iIX)

128 Why are all my ads I'm seeing for big bewbs now? Wonder what that's all about? Whistles.....

Posted by: Minnfidel at January 30, 2015 07:31 AM (Gl6jb)

129 Wasn't me!!!

Posted by: rd at January 30, 2015 07:31 AM (k19Aq)

130 As a teen, I had a job bagging groceries. Best part was seeing the bizarre combinations of items some people would buy. A banana, a box of powdered douche, a pack of Juicy Fruit and a toilet bowl brush. What bothered me most, was I was the only one who seemed to find it funny.

Posted by: Garrett at January 30, 2015 07:32 AM (7+hc/)

131 106 In other news, I ordered flowers yesterday and my AOSHQ page is full of pretty pictures of bright bouquets this morning.

Posted by: Meremortal at January 30, 2015 12:25 PM


I kinda miss the Viagra ads. and shut up.

Posted by: Badda Bing 'now with Badda Boom' at January 30, 2015 07:32 AM (klaU/)

132 So what mean questions should I be asking of my grocery store?

Posted by: Feh at January 30, 2015 07:32 AM (KGwO/)

133 That serves no possible purpose in a free society.

"Free society."

And therein lies the failure in your statement.....

Posted by: chiefjaybob at January 30, 2015 07:32 AM (t2lvB)

134 Big Data is pretty fucking cool. Scary, but cool. It's not all that new though. 10 years ago I worked for a client where we did regression analysis and predicted almost exactly how much each customer would spend annually based only a few key demographic characteristics. What blew me away though was how much info they had on their customers. Year/make/model of their car, how often they flew, whether kids were in public or private school. It was like, whoa, this is pretty freaky.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at January 30, 2015 07:32 AM (0LHZx)

135 99 "Off grid looking better day by day " Heh, yeah. Posted by: Ricardo Kill at January 30, 2015 12:27 PM (AbFmZ) Yep...

Posted by: John Galt at January 30, 2015 07:32 AM (qh617)

136

Except for Bezos. Amazon knows every single solitary thing about me. Every. Thing.

 

Even your preferred "bible verses?" 

Posted by: buzzion at January 30, 2015 07:32 AM (zt+N6)

137 111 Villeins, perchance we should change to Elizabethan wrytynge of ye olde comments?

We mayeth confound ye powers that beith.


Posted by: Citizen X at January 30, 2015 12:29 PM (7ObY1)


Perchance it maye beith as thei saith, butte forre the incoherence of scribblings on Twitter. If Bigge Datta can dycyphir thoose, thei will rede this.

Posted by: Virginia SoCon at January 30, 2015 07:33 AM (+/C3g)

138 As a teen, I had a job bagging groceries. Best part was seeing the bizarre combinations of items some people would buy.

A banana, a box of powdered douche, a pack of Juicy Fruit and a toilet bowl brush.

What bothered me most, was I was the only one who seemed to find it funny.

Posted by: Garrett

 

The truth is down there Scully.

Posted by: Mulder taking the plunge(r) at January 30, 2015 07:33 AM (Spluw)

139 Checked my nickname on Bing. 


Comments from Hot Air, Final Fantasy XIV forums, Ace of Spades, and a story I wrote on fanfiction.net. 


o.0 Man people could get a decent profile of me on the first two pages... that's kind of spooky.

Posted by: Kinley Ardal at January 30, 2015 07:33 AM (9LuAk)

140 i mean shut up because the Viagra ads popped so...not shut upppa' you face Meremortal. Of fuck, never mind. Humor. Whatever.

Posted by: Badda Bing 'now with Badda Boom' at January 30, 2015 07:33 AM (klaU/)

141 Add in the fact that a lot of our identity is now wrapped up in our "smart phones" and....

Well, you get the picture...

Posted by: Tex Lovera at January 30, 2015 07:33 AM (wtvvX)

142 Guys. There's probably no such thing as "anonymous data". The mere fact that you are holding data means there is something of value in it, which LEAKS PRIVACY. Now think what the NSA can do with their data.

Posted by: HoboJerk, TPHSATAR at January 30, 2015 07:33 AM (FA3Z7)

143 Impregnate Mouth Scope Depends Zebra Duct Tape Very Small Churches Lead Athiest Lego Anal Reverse Cowgirl Hillary Vomit Bag Burrito Doggie Doolie Suck It Big Data

Posted by: OG Celtic-American at January 30, 2015 07:33 AM (ASn1R)

144 "It's unlisted." "I'm already already on your mailing list." Posted by: Lizzy at January 30, 2015 12:31 PM (ABcz/) How about, just, "NO."

Posted by: tcn in AK at January 30, 2015 07:33 AM (+YMhA)

145 Dynasties need male heirs and that's not even a guarantee if the Brahmins don't like you. Looking at you Joe Kennedy. Hill and Bill have no male heirs unless Bill is hiding a John Snow and he quite possibly could be. Bushes are down to George Bush Jr. That's it. Personally think Clinton and Obama are John Snows themselves. Okay anti-John Snows but you get my drift.

Posted by: Anthropology Guy at January 30, 2015 07:33 AM (lRHXv)

146 This is why I live in a cave. lol With a trap door. and a Scotch drip system.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at January 30, 2015 07:34 AM (IXrOn)

147 Luckily my real life name is the exact same as an actor on a pretty popular tv show. I'm covered in google-land.

Posted by: HoboJerk, TPHSATAR at January 30, 2015 07:34 AM (FA3Z7)

148 Yeah, like Shopko really needs to know my zip code. Huh? I just say, NO.
----------------------------------

They like to know where their customers are coming from so they can better decide where to locate their stores. Not everything is a conspiracy. Plus a very minimal check on credit card validity is zip code, which is why gas pumps ask for it.

Posted by: Mega at January 30, 2015 07:34 AM (hHFOx)

149 Tom Brady, the poster boy of White Privilege! Go Pats!!!

Posted by: KWDreaming at January 30, 2015 07:34 AM (N/v1f)

150 I kinda miss the Viagra ads. and shut up. I'm concerned about the lack of Valu-Rite ads here.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this sh1t [/i][/s][/b][/u] at January 30, 2015 07:35 AM (0HooB)

151 The Barrel feeds. Anyway: The De-Anonymizer then looks at vocab and style and sentence construction ... and pulls up all the other names you've been writing under for the last 20 years on the web. Pretty sure that can already happen to me. My multiple nics I use in various places can be connected and linked to me, but it takes more than casual viewing.

Posted by: Brother Cavil, Unrepresented at January 30, 2015 07:35 AM (DT3rQ)

152 Yeah, the hash algorithm goes two ways Would you be able to do it? I didn't go to one of those fancy smansy high schools that learnt women to program in Logo.

Posted by: Name Withheld Upon Request [/i] at January 30, 2015 07:35 AM (zxQ4h)

153 Had to walk out of a national chain restaurant once (Buffalo Wild Wings, the suckiest suckfest of suck around) because the server came to out table no less than 5 times asking for our names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses. For the love of G-d, we're just trying to eat your overpriced crap here! After politely demurring 4 times, we weren't so polite the 5th time. I gave the manager an earful about their policy of demanding the personal info of their diners and we walked out. Wrote a letter of complaint to their national headquarters. They promised me, get this, free coupons to their restaurant. The coupons never appeared (I am shocked) and I wouldn't have used them anyway.

Posted by: Citizen X at January 30, 2015 07:35 AM (7ObY1)

154 150 Luckily my real life name is the exact same as an actor on a pretty popular tv show. I'm covered in google-land.
Posted by: HoboJerk, TPHSATAR at January 30, 2015 12:34 PM (FA3Z7)


Lena Dunham?

Posted by: jwb7605[/i][/u][/s][/b] at January 30, 2015 07:35 AM (ZALPg)

155 Dang it. Wrong thread. Sorry. Too many threadjacks get shown the door.

Posted by: Anthropology Guy at January 30, 2015 07:35 AM (lRHXv)

156 I had read an article 12+ years ago about how a grocery store can easily identify your demographics based on purchases made in conjunction w/their discount card. So I have never filled out the form for those linking my name and address to my purchase history (cashiers don't care - they'll just give you one w/out the form). Obviously, that can also be done via my credit card, so maybe it's just a false sense of security...

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at January 30, 2015 07:35 AM (ABcz/)

157 136 Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at January 30, 2015 12:32 PM (0LHZx)

None of this is new and the data pools needed stretch back 15-20 years but we are just now gettingto the point thanks to processing power, technique, and solid state drives we can consume and sift enough to make it an economical tool....

it is deadly when coupled with a partisan weaponized civil service...

ask Joe the Plumber...

anyway fuck it..... the capital R libertarians are focused like a laser beam on gay marriage and pot I guess.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077[/i][/b][/s] at January 30, 2015 07:35 AM (/4AZU)

158 150 Luckily my real life name is the exact same as an actor on a pretty popular tv show. I'm covered in google-land.

Posted by: HoboJerk, TPHSATAR at January 30, 2015 12:34 PM (FA3Z7)


which actor?

Posted by: Badda Bing 'now with Badda Boom' at January 30, 2015 07:35 AM (klaU/)

159

The conflicting purchases thinger is very like the old Subgenius subscribe to every newsletter and use em for collage art idea.

 

Dunno if any of you recall that? After awhile you'd be added to so many crazy mailing lists that you'd get surprise hilarious crap in the mail. And, probably, an eventual visit from the Secret Service or FBI wondering what kind of fruitcake you were. After a short visit they'd figure out you were a collector just like them....

Posted by: Bigby's Mittens at January 30, 2015 07:35 AM (3ZtZW)

160 131 As a teen, I had a job bagging groceries. Best part was seeing the bizarre combinations of items some people would buy.

A banana, a box of powdered douche, a pack of Juicy Fruit and a toilet bowl brush.

What bothered me most, was I was the only one who seemed to find it funny.

Posted by: Garrett at January 30, 2015 12:32 PM (7+hc/)

 

There is a comedian out there that makes a game of that in a bit.  Going to the store and buying just the oddest combination of items possible to see if they can get looks from the cashier.

Posted by: buzzion at January 30, 2015 07:35 AM (zt+N6)

161 Yeah, the hash algorithm goes two ways; one to use your IP to make the hash, and one to get an IP from the hash. That's how they can ban the IP addresses of trolls and spammers.

Posted by: HR needs donuts at January 30, 2015 12:31 PM (ZKzrr)


A proper hash function is one-way, and requires brute-forcing to reverse. That said, shorter hashes can be brute-forced much more easily. I don't imagine the ban hammer does this, as it most likely already has IPs. They're just scrubbed out of the data at some point before comments are displayed.

Posted by: redsweater at January 30, 2015 07:35 AM (q5JWV)

162
Even your preferred "bible verses?"

Posted by: buzzion at January 30, 2015 12:32 PM (zt+N6)


Ezekiel 25:17 of course.

Posted by: Virginia SoCon at January 30, 2015 07:35 AM (+/C3g)

163 The Military knows everything they want about me. All my creditors know my credit score. My Parole Officer knows....ah scratch that, I mean my wife.....

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 30, 2015 07:35 AM (LJcWW)

164 This is why I live in a cave. Looking for one myself. Rock shelter, technically. Any good ones in your 'hood?

Posted by: Citizen X at January 30, 2015 07:36 AM (7ObY1)

165 True Story... my brothers wife's sister, who I went to high school with told me that she had lost her password to login online for a credit card account she had not used for many years. She called customer service and they started asking security questions. One of them they asked her was my birth date. She asked how do you even know that I know him and they answered, that is our business, not yours. Yikes.

Posted by: AndrewsDad at January 30, 2015 07:36 AM (C2//T)

166 154 Posted by: Brother Cavil, Unrepresented at January 30, 2015 12:35 PM (DT3rQ)

You can trace my web existence fairly well with sven10077 back oh a decade...

and really what more does it take?

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077[/i][/b][/s] at January 30, 2015 07:36 AM (/4AZU)

167 which actor? Posted by: Badda Bing 'now with Badda Boom' at January 30, 2015 12:35 PM (klaU/) Guess

Posted by: HoboJerk, TPHSATAR at January 30, 2015 07:36 AM (FA3Z7)

168 I'm not going to give away much about my work life (I retired at the end of November). Let's just say that this article is correct. Absent *successfully* faking your own death, you're on the grid somewhere, whether you like it or not.

Posted by: Michael the Hobbit[/i][/b][/s] at January 30, 2015 07:37 AM (0RdKg)

169 Zip code? 90210

Posted by: rd at January 30, 2015 07:37 AM (k19Aq)

170 Luckily my real life name is the exact same as an actor on a pretty popular tv show. I'm covered in google-land. Oh, I need to do that. Hmmm... Dolly Parton?

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at January 30, 2015 07:37 AM (IXrOn)

171 So they know I subscribed to 'Captain Stabbin'?

Posted by: RWC - Voting for Kodos at January 30, 2015 07:37 AM (fWAjv)

172

Romney is stooped anyway. he has the IQ of a Geoerge HW Bush and is a lyre. Bush lied to our Presdernt of Color which is now causing this bad economy.

Posted by: Mary Clogginstein from Brattleboro, VT at January 30, 2015 07:37 AM (Sd++4)

173 166 The Military knows everything they want about me. All my creditors know my credit score. My Parole Officer knows....ah scratch that, I mean my wife.....

Posted by: Nevergiveup at January 30, 2015 12:35 PM (LJcWW)


Your wife gave you parole? i can only dream.

Posted by: Badda Bing 'now with Badda Boom' at January 30, 2015 07:37 AM (klaU/)

174 " Luckily my real life name is the exact same as an actor on a pretty popular tv show. " Your David Spade....?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at January 30, 2015 07:37 AM (AbFmZ)

175 141 Checked my nickname on Bing.


Comments from Hot Air, Final Fantasy XIV forums, Ace of Spades, and a story I wrote on fanfiction.net.


o.0 Man people could get a decent profile of me on the first two pages... that's kind of spooky.

Posted by: Kinley Ardal at January 30, 2015 12:33 PM (9LuAk)


You need a less unique nickname, and/or multiples.

Posted by: redsweater at January 30, 2015 07:37 AM (q5JWV)

176 A proper hash function is one-way, and requires brute-forcing to reverse. That said, shorter hashes can be brute-forced much more easily. I don't imagine the ban hammer does this, as it most likely already has IPs. They're just scrubbed out of the data at some point before comments are displayed. Posted by: redsweater at January 30, 2015 12:35 PM (q5JWV) Yep.

Posted by: HoboJerk, TPHSATAR at January 30, 2015 07:37 AM (FA3Z7)

177 Right, the anti-plagiarism stuff is already there. But that works more on exact matches, not smart enough to detect style. Or sense of humor. Or even topics. But most of us have certain hobby horses and issues we talk about more than others. Big Data De-Anonymizer will notice that sort of stuff. If you have certain jokes or turns of phrases you like to use. Or if there are certain topics you like to talk about that aren't super typical ... it will ID you. Who's the guy here who often gets angry about Red States and "Red" being used to ID conservatives when it used to be the color of Commies and the Left. He would often rant about that. Nobody else would. It really bugged him. Big Data De-Anonymizer would notice stuff like that. The topics you like to talk about that are specific to you.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at January 30, 2015 07:37 AM (ZPrif)

178
I think its kind of funny on the kindle in our house because of the kids, I get some pretty funny recommendations based on what I "viewed".

Its like amazon doesn't even know me.  *cries*

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at January 30, 2015 07:38 AM (wg9gY)

179 Looking for one myself. Rock shelter, technically. Any good ones in your 'hood? Posted by: Citizen X at January 30, 2015 12:36 PM (7ObY1) I live near Scott's Hut.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at January 30, 2015 07:38 AM (IXrOn)

180 >>it is deadly when coupled with a partisan weaponized civil service...

Obamacare Hub that links all sorts of federal dbs, such as IRS, DHS, HHS/Obamacare, etc.

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at January 30, 2015 07:38 AM (ABcz/)

181

So, dated a Polish girl from Match last Fall.  Turns out she works at a Veterans' home where my team plays softball. 

 

After a couple of dates I said, "I know where you work, I know where you live, I've had sex with you, but I don't know your last name".  And she said "let's keep it that way".

 

Well I know her last name now because Facebook suggested I friend her. 

Posted by: Bandersnatch at January 30, 2015 07:38 AM (JtwS4)

182 175 Romney is stooped anyway. he has the IQ of a Geoerge HW Bush and is a lyre Don't be silly. Romney is a viola di gamba, not a lyre.

Posted by: Citizen X at January 30, 2015 07:38 AM (7ObY1)

183 5 No.. just don't use social media!
-----------------

Got it in one, if you do not blab every detail of your life like a 100% narcissistic douche-bag, these people will not data mine you for douche-bag pop-up ads and hipster advertisements during the Super Bowl.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 30, 2015 07:39 AM (/mTq0)

184 I gave the manager an earful about their policy of demanding the personal info of their diners and we walked out. Wrote a letter of complaint to their national headquarters. They promised me, get this, free coupons to their restaurant. The coupons never appeared (I am shocked) and I wouldn't have used them anyway. Posted by: Citizen X at January 30, 2015 12:35 PM .................So you ended up giving them your address then? It was all part of their plan!

Posted by: Minnfidel at January 30, 2015 07:39 AM (Gl6jb)

185

None of this is new and the data pools needed stretch back 15-20 years but we are just now gettingto the point thanks to processing power, technique, and solid state drives we can consume and sift enough to make it an economical tool....

it is deadly when coupled with a partisan weaponized civil service...

ask Joe the Plumber...

Those are easy targets. They are research jobs. "This guy dared speak back to JEF; investigate and destroy"

Being handed leads by the Russians ad following the antics of the bastard brothers and their fun loving family is harder, may never pan out to anything, but is the reason this monstrosity exists. We have decades of information gleaned from communication intercepts from Soviet, Russian, N.Korean, E. German sources. Most was keeping vigil, and is now dead storage.

Posted by: Mulder taking the plunge(r) at January 30, 2015 07:39 AM (Spluw)

186 >>How about, just, "NO."

That works, too. I prefer to be less confrontational because these people are obviously required to do this w/every transaction.

Posted by: Lizzy [/i] at January 30, 2015 07:39 AM (ABcz/)

187 anyway fuck it..... the capital R libertarians are focused like a laser beam on gay marriage and pot I guess. Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at January 30, 2015 12:35 PM (/4AZU) Yeah... because this is all the Libertarians fault.... cause they had so much political power over the last few years... Republicans, who are half the power of Washington, had NOTHING to do with it...

Posted by: John Galt at January 30, 2015 07:39 AM (qh617)

188 A proper hash function is one-way, and requires brute-forcing to reverse.

Hrm, I must be thinking of something else.

Posted by: HR needs donuts at January 30, 2015 07:39 AM (ZKzrr)

189
I don't think these programs work, they keep thinking my number is 867-5309.

Posted by: Jenny at January 30, 2015 07:40 AM (wg9gY)

190 178 Posted by: redsweater at January 30, 2015 12:37 PM (q5JWV)

You mean like Harlekwin15, the smiling bandit, the grin behind the snarl?

Yeah had that covered but when I factored in IP checking coupled with all the spyware and my use of hotmail...

nah I have mostly settled on sven...

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077[/i][/b][/s] at January 30, 2015 07:40 AM (/4AZU)

191 Posted by: Citizen X at January 30, 2015 12:35 PM .................So you ended up giving them your address then? It was all part of their plan! No, I gave them a throwaway e-mail address.

Posted by: Citizen X at January 30, 2015 07:40 AM (7ObY1)

192 Just let go. Give yourself to the machine. Be borg. ahhhh yes let go let

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at January 30, 2015 07:40 AM (IXrOn)

193 I just buy the pre-lubricated Kaboom. It's called Kaboom Plus. The teflon coated Kaboom, Kaboom Trots(tm), is the bomb!

Posted by: rickb223[/s][/i][/b] at January 30, 2015 07:40 AM (czbC2)

194 Badda Bing is my real name so all sorts 'a shit comes up.

Posted by: Badda Bing 'now with Badda Boom' at January 30, 2015 07:40 AM (klaU/)

195 Search lists: Depends + Mazola Cat food + tires Digital TV + shoe inserts Pumpkin seeds + Stalin Femur + Zinc Iraq + Neutron Star Atheism + Bacitracin Hillary + Barf bag NRA + Sea urchin Add post your Own! Have fun!

Posted by: OG Celtic-American at January 30, 2015 07:40 AM (ASn1R)

196 After a couple of dates I said, "I know where you work, I know where you live, I've had sex with you, but I don't know your last name". And she said "let's keep it that way".

Well I know her last name now because Facebook suggested I friend her.

Posted by: Bandersnatch

 

Translation: he can't pronounce it.

Posted by: We at the NSA can't pronounce it either at January 30, 2015 07:40 AM (Spluw)

197 Posted by: Kinley Ardal at January 30, 2015 12:33 PM (9LuAk)
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I was lucky enough to learn that lesson back in 1998 when someone dug up some info I'd posted elsewhere under the same nym and quoted it back to me. That was the end of that.

Anyone with access to the right data can find out anything they need to, and I don't have any illusions about that... but I make it hard on everyone else.

Last year, a friend of my mother's from 30 years ago went searching for her online through relatives - any info she could get her hands on - and assumed I must be dead. When she finally got in touch with my mom, she was literally waiting to give her condolences.

Posted by: Mega at January 30, 2015 07:41 AM (hHFOx)

198 Target's data analysis was so damned good it became the subject of an entire chapter in a book about Big Data. Seems they send out personalized coupons for customers who have their card, and who browse online. Man checks his mail, sees ads for diapers, strollers, etc. Wife's not pregnant...daugther's doesn't even have a boyfriend. Calls and writes Target demanding to know what the hell this is all about... A week later, his daughter tells him the bad news. Target knew before he did.

Posted by: OneEyedJack at January 30, 2015 07:41 AM (XmOA9)

199 There are a few situations where you HAVE to use a credit card (like buying a plane ticket), but wherever possible I always use cash. Posted by: zombie at January 30, 2015 12:16 PM (K4YiS) That's okay, I took a photograph. /Every grocery and convenience store/

Posted by: Michael the Hobbit[/i][/b][/s] at January 30, 2015 07:41 AM (0RdKg)

200 One tactic is to, whenever, possible use a very generic name. So when people search for Tom Smith or John Johnson or Susan Brown ... they get a million hits.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at January 30, 2015 07:41 AM (ZPrif)

201 190 Posted by: John Galt at January 30, 2015 12:39 PM (qh617)

I was of you right up until the Luap Nor undermining of the war...

thanks...

Look I get it, it probably gets a lot more tail aping 85% of donkey gripes than it does inveighing against the hyper-regulatory and predatory police state...

I mean sure it got Julian Assmange some nice EUtopian tail but here in the states it is peace, dope, and equal marriage baby...

it's all good in the hood

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077[/i][/b][/s] at January 30, 2015 07:42 AM (/4AZU)

202 >>So they know I subscribed to 'Captain Stabbin'? Hahahaha

Posted by: Garrett at January 30, 2015 07:42 AM (7+hc/)

203 Hmm, according to my recent purchases I like shopping at Aldi so I can better afford cheap games on Steam, action movies where no one is a whiny SJW, and anime with lots of gore and fan service. The data snoops will promptly toss me in the "useless but mostly harmless" pile.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 30, 2015 07:42 AM (/mTq0)

204 Re: paying for things in cash. There is a HUGE push to mandate that sellers keep information on cash transactions. For example, a couple of years ago NC passed a law that requires that identifying information be collected for cash sales. I don't remember all the particulars, but, yes, if I go into Ed McKay and sell stuff and tell them I want cash, I have to show id. Ed McKay has to keep that information on record. I know there have been states trying to mandate id requirements for all cash purchases and people pointing out that this would include yard sales. Government entities HATE people using cash. Can't track down what you spent/earned for taxes dontcha know.

Posted by: alexthechick - I'll stop attention whoring when you start listening at January 30, 2015 07:42 AM (mf5HN)

205 I use several shopper's club cards that I found in the parking lots or on the floor of the stores. You'd be surprised how many you find if you look.

Posted by: Citizen X at January 30, 2015 07:43 AM (7ObY1)

206 Big secret. I drink. I smoke. I laugh at dirty jokes.

Posted by: JohnnyBoy at January 30, 2015 07:43 AM (TPjwz)

207 196 I just buy the pre-lubricated Kaboom. It's called Kaboom Plus.

The teflon coated Kaboom, Kaboom Trots(tm), is the bomb!

Posted by: rickb223 at January 30, 2015 12:40 PM (czbC2)


Whoa rick. I've seen that stuff in action...luckily from a distance.

Posted by: Badda Bing 'now with Badda Boom' at January 30, 2015 07:43 AM (klaU/)

208 Proxify.


Posted by: kathysaysso at January 30, 2015 07:43 AM (fMQoG)

209 183 Posted by: Lizzy at January 30, 2015 12:38 PM (ABcz/)

Bingo the more the people accept the leviathan's everloving embrace the closer they are to having had entwined with an anaconda.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077[/i][/b][/s] at January 30, 2015 07:43 AM (/4AZU)

210 90210 The "State Stores" in my state started asking for zip code with every purchase so I used the one for Wasilla, Alaska. Gets tiring having to answer the same question four or five times a day. *hick*

Posted by: Name Withheld Upon Request [/i] at January 30, 2015 07:44 AM (zxQ4h)

211 195

Just let go.

Give yourself to the machine.

Be borg.

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I do believe that Roddenbarry, like Orwell, did not intend to have his cautionary tales used as DIY manuals.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 30, 2015 07:44 AM (/mTq0)

212

Translation: he can't pronounce it.

 

Technically also true.

Posted by: Mr. Bandersnatch at January 30, 2015 07:44 AM (JtwS4)

213 I have many keywords that identify me online. They're all cusswords.

Posted by: BackwardsBoy, who did not vote for this sh1t [/i][/s][/b][/u] at January 30, 2015 07:44 AM (0HooB)

214 I blew up the building. Why? Because you made a phone call!

Posted by: RWC - Voting for Kodos at January 30, 2015 07:44 AM (fWAjv)

215 " Can't track down what you spent/earned for taxes dontcha know" I hate it but black market, under the table, cash/barter transactions between private sellers may be the future. For just about everything lest you be tracked, taxed, logged, ID'd, and, then have the We Know What's Good For You PD show up and take me in.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at January 30, 2015 07:45 AM (AbFmZ)

216 Posted by: OG Celtic-American at January 30, 2015 12:40 PM (ASn1R) Hmm.... actually... Write a program that would do 1 few thousand random searches a day from your account... Loose what you are actually searching for in the overwhelming amount of random searches... Schedule it to run at random times, for random periods... Hmmmm....

Posted by: BB Wolf at January 30, 2015 07:45 AM (qh617)

217 Welcome my son Welcome to the machine Where have you been? It's alright, we know where you've been

Posted by: Citizen X at January 30, 2015 07:46 AM (7ObY1)

218 nood.

Posted by: rickb223[/s][/i][/b] at January 30, 2015 07:46 AM (czbC2)

219 "I drink. I smoke. I laugh at dirty jokes." Enemy. Of. The. State.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at January 30, 2015 07:47 AM (AbFmZ)

220 207 Re: paying for things in cash. There is a HUGE push to mandate that sellers keep information on cash transactions.

 Government entities HATE people using cash. Can't track down what you spent/earned for taxes dontcha know.
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You have just laid out the reason why Big Government is all in favor of "cashless society" crap.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 30, 2015 07:47 AM (/mTq0)

221 Big thing is Big Data has just about gotten to the point where it can read the internet and understand the topics being discussed. Target and Amazon Big Data works well cause it knows exactly what you buy and those things are. In the near future Big Data will scoop up this webpage and know exactly what is being discussed and who is saying what and be able to map the 17 different arguments going on. Arguing tools will monitor your arguments and suggest papers to cite and references -- oh, she says breastfeeding is healthier? Here's 5 academic papers that says she's an idiot! Oh, he says xbox is the best, here's latest sales data on PS4, boom! Real-time argument aides that monitor your online arguments and offer support. Then ten years after that they can just argue for you and you can go watch cartoons.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at January 30, 2015 07:48 AM (ZPrif)

222 191 A proper hash function is one-way, and requires brute-forcing to reverse. Hrm, I must be thinking of something else. Posted by: HR needs donuts at January 30, 2015 12:39 PM (ZKzrr) I mean you can directly convert an IP into a human-readable encoding like Base58 or something. However if you expose people's IP addresses that means trolls could DDoS commenters

Posted by: HoboJerk, TPHSATAR at January 30, 2015 07:48 AM (FA3Z7)

223 I went with a friend who owns guns (gasp!) to a big box outfitter to buy ammunition. At checkout, he pulls out cash, and cashier asks for his phone number. I know his number, and it isn't the one he provided her. I later asked why he just didn't refuse, and he said it would probable be noted somewhere. Better to lie than show displeasure. Weird times we live in.

Posted by: OneEyedJack at January 30, 2015 07:48 AM (XmOA9)

224 Except for Bezos. Amazon knows every single solitary thing about me. Every. Thing. Yep. Same here. My wife and I have an Amazon package on our doorstep every other day. If I were an Amazon Fresh customer, they'd know when I was on/off my diet too.

Posted by: bonhomme at January 30, 2015 07:49 AM (jhqr1)

225 Yeah, I just make up phone #s when they ask.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at January 30, 2015 07:49 AM (ZPrif)

226 Grocery stores only need age and zip code to guess a person's identity with 95% accuracy. There are a lot of startups based around this in Silicon Valley, aka valley of the boob jobs. Posted by: Yes means Maybe at January 30, 2015 12:12 PM (7wyDO) Spot on. Cameras in the parking lot can give a plus or 10% on how much you will spend when you drive up. With a bit more automated research, they can narrow it down to 5% and tell them what you're going to spend your money on. Cash is no longer the protection people think it is.

Posted by: Michael the Hobbit[/i][/b][/s] at January 30, 2015 07:50 AM (0RdKg)

227 I wonder if Huxley or Orwell could have imagined that people would voluntarily carry tracking devices and broadcast extra information about their daily lives to all and sundry? I do indulge in a fair amount of online shopping with a 'meh, I don't care who knows I buy lots of horse supplements, dog treats etc ' attitude; but I'll stick to my dumb phone and paying cash for stuff where its nobodies business how much of this I'm buying.

Posted by: PaleRider at January 30, 2015 07:51 AM (7w/kf)

228 fine 1601 Pennsylvania avenue zip20500 #202-867-5309

Posted by: shirley dickem at January 30, 2015 07:51 AM (nqBYe)

229 You think it's bad now?  Consider how far we have come technologically in the past decade.

Then add another decade or two and place all of this power in the hands of a relatively few, freedom despising and liberty hating tyrants.

Remember, it's not just information that they have.  It's power.

In that my field is data processing and database technology, this truly scares the shit out of me.

And try as I might, I cannot get my children to see the risk here of participating in social media of all kinds and to stop it.

Boned, we are.

Posted by: Mrs. Ida Lowry at January 30, 2015 07:52 AM (6G698)

230 In rapid succession, buy a 16" long purple "Horse Dong" dildo, the entire back catalog of Mormon Tabernacle choir, a velvet painting of Dennis Kucinich, a Hawaiian pidgin translation of the Koran, then donate $500 to the NRA and another $250 to Planned Parenthood. [...] Posted by: zombie at January 30, 2015 12:21 PM (K4YiS) You're dreaming with that "rapid succession." All that stuff has been on my Amazon Wish List for frickin' AGES.

Posted by: jwpaine at January 30, 2015 07:52 AM (a3NCX)

231 One tactic is to, whenever, possible use a very generic name. So when people search for Tom Smith or John Johnson or Susan Brown ... they get a million hits. Posted by: Costanza Defense at January 30, 2015 12:41 PM (ZPrif) The college dorm I lived in had three female Lynn Johnson's including two on the same floor. -- and a male Lynn Johnson in the men's wing.

Posted by: rd at January 30, 2015 07:52 AM (k19Aq)

232 Add post your Own! Have fun! Posted by: OG Celtic-American at January 30, 2015 12:40 PM Condoms and breath mints.

Posted by: RedMindBlueState at January 30, 2015 07:52 AM (knoK7)

233 anyway i don't comment anywhere but here . but my craigslist might give them some ideas. i like lace , the color purple ,funky chairs ,uhm antiques so now that i've put all my important information here. i'm gonna have to steal pixy.

Posted by: willow at January 30, 2015 07:54 AM (nqBYe)

234 Another good ploy is to exchange limited personal info with selected friends in different parts of the country, and then for everyone to randomly use each other's info as pseudonyms when making purchases. "So, Mr. TeaParty, how was it you bought Bourbon in Texas, ammo in South Carolina, cigars in Kansas and Kaboom in North Dakota, all in a single three hour period?" No, it would only slow 'em down for a moment, but still, I'm of the mindset that one screws with 'em at every opportunity to do so. Jim Sunk New Dawn Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim at January 30, 2015 07:54 AM (7x4lH)

235 maybe in #2weeks

Posted by: willow at January 30, 2015 07:55 AM (nqBYe)

236 No, it would only slow 'em down for a moment, but still, I'm of the mindset that one screws with 'em at every opportunity to do so. " Well Jim, what they can surmise from that is you have like minded friends who want to fuck with the government all over the country. What could go wrong?

Posted by: OneEyedJack at January 30, 2015 07:56 AM (XmOA9)

237 "In that my field is data processing and database technology, this truly scares the shit out of me." So how do you feel about computer artificial intelligence?

Posted by: Big Bubba's Licensed Tote and Fetch Drayage at January 30, 2015 07:57 AM (io5Gq)

238 I don't get half the digital payment harassment that you guys go through, but then again I use a MC-coded debit card due to some mistakes of my spendthrift youth. I suppose that gets me graded as one step up from a SNAP user, but I don't care.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 30, 2015 07:57 AM (/mTq0)

239 240 "In that my field is data processing and database technology, this truly scares the shit out of me."

So how do you feel about computer artificial intelligence?
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The AIs would do a better job, with less hassle or Obamabot discrimination, and wouldn't be located in Madras.

Posted by: exdem13 at January 30, 2015 07:59 AM (/mTq0)

240

>>>Real-time argument aides that monitor your online arguments and offer support.

 

iScold ?

Posted by: Bigby's Mittens at January 30, 2015 08:01 AM (3ZtZW)

241 BTW I see these fake identities used for medical and government contact all the time. Sometimes the identities are well-established and consistent but there is absolutely nothing at the other end wen I'm out trying to find them to get them treated for whatever. They're just by-names. Amongst certain subcultures its an of course kind of thing.

Posted by: Bigby's Mittens at January 30, 2015 08:05 AM (3ZtZW)

242 "So how do you feel about computer artificial intelligence?

Posted by: Big Bubba's Licensed Tote and Fetch Drayage"


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity


Computers are nothing but super advanced calculators.


When "intelligence" enters the picture, that will be a who different ballgame.  But it's arguably impossible, I will believe it when I see it.


However we must remember that not too long ago it was thought that we would not be able to travel faster than sound.



Posted by: Mrs. Ida Lowry at January 30, 2015 08:05 AM (6G698)

243 >One tactic is to, whenever, possible use a very generic name. So when people search for Tom Smith or John Johnson or Susan Brown ... they get a million hits.

Luckily for me, my name actually is one of those. Dan + a *very* common three letter name that goes back to the 1600's in the US and also happens to be one of the most common Asian surnames. You Google my name, you get the phone book.

Posted by: DanInMN at January 30, 2015 08:06 AM (XqeyF)

244 You know who kept Fox from releasing the later seasons of King of the Hill for so long?  The government!  - Dal...I mean Rusty Shakleford

Posted by: Shoot Me at January 30, 2015 08:11 AM (EQcfE)

245 246 Posted by: DanInMN at January 30, 2015 01:06 PM (XqeyF)

I'm a southwestern painter, a MS realtor, a Dead texan...and on and on

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077[/i][/b][/s] at January 30, 2015 08:11 AM (/4AZU)

246 anyway fuck it..... the capital R libertarians are focused like a laser beam on gay marriage and pot I guess. Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077 at January 30, 2015 12:35 PM (/4AZU) _________ Hope you're not smoking anywhere near the strawman.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at January 30, 2015 08:22 AM (0LHZx)

247 Well, in Obama's economy, it's amazing anybody has money for anything - then again, this may be why people are using the cards...

Posted by: Katja at January 30, 2015 08:29 AM (oi4A+)

248 249 Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at January 30, 2015 01:22 PM (0LHZx)

Mau Mau like your wingmen Yector and gerg the stink of your shit lingers from lines of pap prior....

strive on you capital R libertarian strive on.

Posted by: Sven S Blade a.k.a. El Assassin@sven10077[/i][/b][/s] at January 30, 2015 08:30 AM (/4AZU)

249 I should be more paranoid, but really I don't give a fsck.  To hell with them all.

Posted by: Miley's Tongue at January 30, 2015 08:43 AM (R+h7Q)

250 And what info you search for, websites you visit, and probably your personal email to your close friends.

Posted by: Stephanie at January 30, 2015 08:49 AM (sF0CB)

251

Ha! They'll never be able to find out my super-secret identity.

 

Posted by: Carlos Danger at January 30, 2015 12:21 PM (+/C3g)

 

Whatever I say ....

Posted by: Client Number 9 at January 30, 2015 08:53 AM (cL79m)

252

That's why the Bluesmobile is registered at 1060 W. Addison.

Posted by: Elwood Blues at January 30, 2015 08:57 AM (cL79m)

253 Are you sure you want to donate to that candidate? You might need the money for an attorney after your wife finds out about your visits to KoreanGrandmasSwallow dot com

Posted by: NSA at January 30, 2015 09:00 AM (T1Jm0)

254 We know everything about you, but we can't do a thing to track down that lacewigs spammer.

Posted by: Big Data at January 30, 2015 09:04 AM (T1Jm0)

255 We're out here buying moar gunz and gideons to cling to.  And pajama grams for our hawt cousins.

Best of luck trying to control us Proles.  Now where was that old hooker that Winston finished up with?

Posted by: The Lunatic Fringe, LLC at January 30, 2015 10:26 AM (RJN20)

256 Escort girls http://REGMODELS.RU

Posted by: Tina at January 30, 2015 11:25 AM (uV0j1)

257 Ron Paul's talking money will inform the Big Banks about your shopping habits

Posted by: You Know Me at January 30, 2015 12:00 PM (8vg3R)

258 Is it wrong that I lie and make sh*t up on FaceBook?

Posted by: Former Lurker at January 30, 2015 01:04 PM (JV/o6)

259 I don't use any of those "social" connections. But I do use Amazon. Wonder if it would still work? Most likely it would.

Posted by: lynn at January 30, 2015 01:06 PM (AjrEe)

260 Just throw in some things to mess them up, like sharia-compliant bikinis.

Posted by: PJ at January 30, 2015 07:01 PM (cHuNI)

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