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Anyone see the comercials for a tracking device that you can check the where abouts of your kids(which is the idea they are pushing)? While I think that is a great idea(never mind teaching them to be responsible enough to call and let you know they've arrived, but that's another thread)I find it a scary thought how a would be burgler could use this tool. Could they not attach one to your car and track your movements from a laptop, and then after they have your schedule down, they could monitor your position while they rob your house? :confused:

I'm not even going to touch the other ways this device can go bad....watch devorce rates go through the roof...

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This sounds like the frog in the pot of water syndrome to me. :nono:

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They sell them at Petco. Strap one around your dog's or cat's neck and know where they are at all times. They even suggest throwing one in your car in case it gets stolen or you want to know where your teenager is. mad

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There is a Lojack-like device that you can have installed in your car. Once you sign up (and pay!) you can log on from any internet connected computer and locate your car.

They recommend it to find your teenagers (or your stolen car).

I think it's idiotic. If you don't trust your teenagers to drive, don't give them the car. If your car is stolen are you going to get it back yourself or are you going to get the cops?

I don't think any of these devices are the end of personal freedom though. Around here we have something called E-Z Pass. You sign up and get a little plastic box that attaches to the windshield then you don't have to stop to pay tolls - just drive through the marked tollbooths and get billed once a month. It's a real convenience and works up and down the east coast (and maybe farther).

When it came out a lot of people wouldn't get it because then "they" would know where you were or had been.

I decided I'm not that interesting. If "they" want to know where I've been, that's OK.

I think E-Z Pass records are available to law enforcement with a warrant. I'm a big believer in personal liberty, but I think some of the paranoia is misplaced. And I say that, despite the fact that I believe that there has been a steady erosion of our personal liberties over the last few years.

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Camel's nose under the tent, slippery slope, Sam. frown Liberty or privacy? Or both? John C.


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Sam, from time to time I have heard reports that EZ Pass is going to start clocking you from point to point and speeding tickets issued if you were too quick.

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......and, Sam, your new car has the "black box" and "On-Star"....even tin foil in your hat will not save you from the black helicopters....

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How long will it be before the 'hackers' figure out how to disable the 'black box' parts that do not have to do with operating the actual vehicle. Now, see, there is a legitimate service that the hackers can provide. At least in my opinion. John C.


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What "black box" is that? Do I have something new to be paranoid over? I'm already cognizant of the remainder of my eroding anonymity.


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