POLITICS, Protect Yourself, Tech Stuff - posted on October 29, 2014 by

TRACKING – If you have a smartphone, look at this and gimme some info?

ATT Skeksi

ATT Skeksi

VERIZON AND ATT ARE TRACKING SOME PHONES by inserting a piece of code into EVERY web request your phone makes. And the places you GO can track it, TOO.

Really, they are.


First, a terminology correction….this thing isn’t an “advertising header” (ATT), it’s a “Unique Identifier Header” (Verizon), in the sense that it’s tracking everything you do on the web, and providing that info to ANYONE able to capture the header (everyone), and allowing those sites to gather that data in one place and get a VERY clear view of you and what you do with your phone on the web.

After reading a great article about this that really kinda shocked me, I went to this site to see if I was one of the Lucky People That Get that Crappy ID TAG.

(Quick plug for an app that I use to aggregate news stories I’m interested in called “Zite“, this thing is the bomb for finding news I care about and I recommend it highly, tho it appears to cause SOME memory leaks on my phone according to an Apple Genius who plugged some little doo-dad into my phone at the store that told him all kinda cool stuff about my phone, and presumably me, since he didn’t want me to look over his shoulder and would NOT send me the report about MY phone, which I found really interesting, but that’s a whole other deal.)

I am being tracked, shocker.


When I sent that link around to a bunch of people, I got back word that some of them were NOT being tracked –

what he said - not getting it.

what he said

THAT got me wondering why.

Why NOT track some people and track others?

Hmmm….well, one thing might be our political views and how vociferous about them we are. I’m extremely motivated and aggressive about my political views (drrrr), the other fellow not so much….so would that play into it?

And honestly, I don’t know. But one could easily imagine that in this time of technology and NSA spying and corporate governmental takeover and erosion of free speech via erasing of privacy, that such a thing would be a trivial decision to make by those whose interests lie NOT with the public interest, but with their very very extremely rich overlords, in order to find yet one more way to track/commodify/ensnare/intimidate/control/restrain us/me/you/everyone/anyone.

One thing I know, this is NOT OK with me, and I want it to stop ASAP. So I’m gonna get in touch with ATT and let them know I’ll be moving to another provider if that thing isn’t turned off and I mean NOW.

I’ll let you know how that goes….

(Another BTW, just TRY reaching out to ATT if you’re on their GoPhone plan, and not a month to month contract plan. You’ll immediately understand that they REALLY don’t like you not allowing them to rape you for every nickel and dime they can, if you DON’T know what I mean, click that link to find out how hard you’re getting screwed, it’s a doozy that most people still don’t seem to know. Here’s another.)

So I think it’s going to be very tough to even get someone on the phone about this issue, much more so to get it changed.

Another related note….ATT wants you to think that this thing is about identifying and quantifying you and your preferences for their advertisers, (which, if truly their ONLY motivation, is still WAY NOT OK with me. I’m not the least bit interested in subsidizing them making money off of me by PAYING to be followed around everywhere I go just so someone can SELL me shit I don’t want/need!! Are you fucking kidding me?!?!)

“Take advertising, for example. The whole basis of that industry is to mislead and manipulate, to create desire where none existed before. The concept of a rational consumer may have made sense a hundred years ago, but it was posited before the advent of two essential advertising tools — mass media communications and public relations psychology.”

My last point being, if they plan on using my habits/needs/wants/interests/friends/family/sexual stuff/etc etc, then they can PAY ME FOR THAT, and TELL ME THEY’RE DOING IT!! Maybe we’ll make a deal, much like Google does; you give me a free phone that you can make money off of me with by selling my very specific info, or YOU DON’T SELL OR TRACK ANYTHING ABOUT ME, and I’ll pay for the phone.

THAT seems fair, and would allow everyone their own choice in the matter.

But I digress, usually, and often…

Something else to mention here, and that is that ATT  is ALLOWING you to “opt-out” of this tracking.


ATT NON optout Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 1.28.12 PM

As you can see, that’s a complete farce.

But this another kind of tracking, that’s what I’m talking about.
ATT has something they call ATT AdWorks Relevant Advertising, which is what they say this bit they stick into your http requests is for, and you can *allegedly* opt out of that, so let’s look at that…

ATT's NON OptOut

ATT’s NON OptOut

As you see, it appears that this is a way to OptOut of their tracking you on sites….BUT…bullet points #2 and #3 make it clear that’s not the case, and that it will NOT get rid of the code they insert into your http requests, #2 because all it’s saying is that you’ll still be getting ads from them, they just won’t be designed to fit you based on the profile they will develop of you, (and NOT delete, I’d bet a finger on it), and #3 because they’re making it clear that whatever deal you make with ATT will NOT be honored by anyone else, so the implication is that the info will still be there in the header,  and that the info will still be gathered by others, and further that ATT might not be using THEIR profile to send you tailored ads, but I’ll bet they’ll happily use OTHER company’s profile of you….to send you tailored ads….



Net effect, you still get tracked all over Kingdom Come by everyone, but you feel like you aren’t being tracked because you “opted out”.


And yes, a lot of people are that stupid or busy that they won’t pay attention.

So, you’re likely being tracked, in new ways that you haven’t been told about and likely wouldn’t allow if you were, and you can’t do a thing about it, unless you do.

Go to this site and find out if you have the tracker, then please let me know if you do or don’t will you? I have a feeling there’s more to this bit of code than just advertising, whatcha think?


UPDATE 5:15 pm 10/29 – It appears that opting out has worked for me at least, there is now nothing in my UID field at the testing site. YIPPEE!!




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POLITICS - posted on March 21, 2014 by

Rick Ledgett on TED

So I’ll first note that I’ve literally NEVER had so much trouble getting through a TED talk due to technical difficulties, NEVER. It crashed my entire roku device 4 times, each which required a hard restart. Just saying…. And in between those events was a constant rebuffering and lack of signal.

Coincidence…..? Sure, why not.

Having taken due note of that, I now feel like I need a shower after the ocean of self-righteous and indignant bullshit I just had vomited on me out of my TV, that guy is a true scumbag.

To say that I find his statements WILDLY at variance with obvious facts, as well as self-serving and contemptuously patronizing in the extreme, is to say that I would have an issue with being thrown out of a plane without a parachute, it’s not even worth talking any more about.

These people call themselves Americans, unreal.

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POLITICS, Protect Yourself - posted on January 31, 2014 by

Hey LOOK!! Police scum…what a…..surprise…..? Really…?

I’m not surprised at all……are we gonna keep letting them do this?

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POLITICS - posted on October 18, 2008 by

Backstage on the set of Idiocracy…..

Not long ago a friend of mine used a phrase I hadn’t heard before – “The Angry Left”, and at the time I thought that was a very odd thing to say, given that almost all the shrill spit-flying anger I’ve EVER heard in Politics was from people on the right, and I’ve really never heard serious anger from anyone I know on the left…..in fact, I’M the one who is usually the angry one on the left, and I don’t really get that angry at people about this stuff, (mainly because I figure if they don’t get what’s going on, they must be challenged somehow, and I don’t like to make fun), so where is this angry left? (I now know that it’s a phrase the right has floated out there to give their base another canard-bomb to throw when someone starts using facts truth and other pesky stuff that needs to be obscured in a tidal wave of biley glue that you can’t get off your body without a shower, a bottle of toilet cleaner, and a belt sander.)

So where is the “Angry Left”….? Well, I guess it’s NOT in Strongsville, Ohio.

This is a place that National Geographic needs to go out and do some of their genetic mapping at, because I think we’ve found the “Missing Link“, or the extras from the movie “Idiocracy” at least.

Now I’ll grant you that the videographers in these clips must have known what they were gonna get when they started filming here, but if there is a Mother-Lode of dumbass knee-jerk redneck Stoopid-Is-As-Stoopid-Does Gumpaliciousness, this is the spot. Full of people who are just plain angry at……ummm…….well, I’m not quite sure what, but they’re REALLY ANGRY at any rate, and filled with inarticulate half or non truths that they’ve gleaned word for word from Limbaugh/O’Reilly/et al, these folks give new meaning to the phrase “Dumber than a Bag of Hair”.

Unless you’ve been living in your closet for the last week you’re probably already seen some of this, but since that’s possible, here’s some looks at what I’m talking about….

Ok, call me an elitist………..great, thanx. Now, if you were on Obama’s Secret Service detail, you’d be looking around a little harder in that part of the country wouldn’t you? Makes me a little scared for the guy, because THIS kind of thing gets a little past politics and gets into some, shall we say, “darker” parts of the human psyche. I mean seriously, do YOU know anyone who’s this angry on the left, (besides me of course) who doesn’t also chain themselves to trees?

Anyways, I’d love to see ANY evidence of this kind of nuttiness on the left, and be assured that I will put any vids that show lefty weirdness up, because it’s either real and I can say “Well, I was wrong” or it’ll be obvious BS and I can make fun of you in public….so send it in!


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POLITICS - posted on September 16, 2008 by

A bit confused, have I got this right?

A friend sent this to me, knowing I couldn’t resist posting it, so without further ado….

If you grow up in Hawaii , raised by your grandparents, you’re ‘exotic, different.’

Grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, a quintessential American story.

If your name is Barak you’re a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.

Name your kids Willow , Trig and Track, you’re a maverick.

Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.

Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you’re well grounded.

If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate’s Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran’s Affairs committees, you don’t have any real leadership experience.

If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you’re qualified to become the country’s second highest ranking executive.

If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you’re not a real Christian.

If you cheated on your first wife for years with other women and with a very rich young heiress, then left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you’re a Christian.

If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state’s school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you’re very responsible.

If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family’s values don’t represent America ‘s.

If your husband is nicknamed ‘First Dude’, with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn’t register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

I’m a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight…

OK, much clearer now

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