Pokemon Go vs Scientology?

Discussion in 'Think Tank' started by DeathHamster, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. AnonLover Member

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  3. DeathHamster Member

    Ingress runs on my phone, even without the magnetic compass.
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  5. AnonLover Member

    Ohshi- we have confirmed bodyrouter action.

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  7. That girl had better be playing Pokemon at a red light because she is being driven somewhere, and not behind the wheel herself.
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  9. TorontosRoot Member

    They are trying to use it to recruit, based on the instagram screenshot. Players be warned.
  10. DeathHamster Member

    The Ingress Intel Map, which should mostly match Pokemon Go locations.

    You can find a place in Google Maps, then enter the coordinates in the search box of the Ingress map.
  11. TorontosRoot Member

    Encountered some really rude, snotty pokezombies on the way to spadina along queen's quey. I should have shouted "you don't have to be so rude!, take the pikachu I pulled out of my ass!"

    I made a polite remark comparing the game's hype to what candy crush was like, and what it is now. They troll easily.

    Edit: I meant to say they really really get butthurt over anyone being critical of the game.
  12. Random guy Member

    Hah, and suddenly it's Channology all over again!
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  13. The Wrong Guy Member

    Privacy Scandal Haunts Pokemon Go’s CEO

    By Sam Biddle, The Intercept, August 9, 2016


    Within two weeks of its release last month, Pokemon Go, the augmented reality gaming sensation, surpassed, by one estimate, Twitter, Facebook, and Netflix in its day-to-day popularity on Android phones. Over on Apple devices, the game was downloaded more times in its first week than any app that came before it.

    The suddenly vast scale of Pokemon Go adoption is matched by the game’s aggressive use of personal information. Unlike, say, Twitter, Facebook, or Netflix, the app requires uninterrupted use of your location and camera — a “trove of sensitive user data,” as one privacy watchdog put it in a concerned letter to federal regulators.

    All the more alarming, then, that Pokemon Go is run by a man whose team literally drove one of the greatest privacy debacles of the internet era, in which Google vehicles, in the course of photographing neighborhoods for the Street View feature of the company’s online maps, secretly copied digital traffic from home networks, scooping up passwords, email messages, medical records, financial information, and audio and video files.

    Before Niantic Labs CEO John Hanke was the man behind an unfathomably popular smartphone goldmine, he ran Google’s Geo division, responsible for nearly everything locational at a time when the search company was turning into much more, expanding away from cataloging the web and towards cataloging every city block on the planet. Hanke landed at Google after his wildly popular (and admittedly very neat) CIA-funded company Keyhole, which collected geographic imagery, was acquired in 2004 and relaunched as Google Earth in 2005. By 2007, Hanke was running basically everything at Google that involved a map. In a 2007 Wired profile, (“Google Maps Is Changing the Way We See the World”) Hanke was lauded as a pioneer (“Led by John Hanke, Google Earth and Google Maps are delivering cartography tools to the masses”) and deified, appearing in photo with an enormous globe across his shoulders.

    It was an exciting time for Google. Google Maps had become indispensable, dumping the likes of MapQuest into obsolescence, and Google had great ambitions for turning surroundings into revenue. But before Google could sell the world back to its inhabitants, it needed to digitize it; around the world, fleets of sensor-laden Google cars roamed cities, back roads, and highways, snapping photos of buildings, posts, trees, and other features. Each vehicle was labeled a Street View Car by Google, a reference to the Street View feature their pictures enabled on Google Maps. Google shared Street View imagery widely via an application programming interface, or API, and among the apps that owe a debt of gratitude to Street View Cars is Pokemon Go.

    Then, in April 2010, Germany’s data protection commissioner announced that Google vehicles had been illegally collecting Wi-Fi data. Further regulatory scrutiny and corroborating news reports eked out the truth: As they drove, Street View Cars were swallowing up traffic from unencrypted wireless networks. Germany’s federal privacy czar, Peter Schaar, said he was “horrified” and “appalled.”

    It eventually emerged that, in the U.S. alone, this collection went on for more than two years. The scandal, referred to as the “Wi-Spy” case as it was unfolding, resulted in:
    • Findings that Wi-Fi traffic collection was illegal by authorities in the United Kingdom, France, Canada, South Korea, and New Zealand.
    • A bruising Federal Communications Commission investigation, which followed a director’s comment that Google’s activity “clearly infringes on consumer privacy” and which resulted in a $25,000 fine.
    • A Department of Justice wiretapping investigation.
    • A federal class-action case against Google, ongoing to this day, in which a district and appeals court have both ruled, against the company’s arguments, that the sort of data Google accessed is protected from interception under the U.S. Wiretap Act. (The Supreme Court has declined to hear Google’s appeal.)
    • Lawsuits brought by authorities in Spain.
    • Regulator intervention in Italy and Hungary.
    • And a government investigation in Germany.
    (The Electronic Privacy Information Center, an advocacy group and vocal critic of Google’s during the Street View scandal, has a good overview of these actions.)

    Hanke, through a spokesperson, denied any knowledge of the Wi-Fi collection at the time it was happening, pinning blame on Google’s mobile division. But a unit within his division, not mobile, was the focus of the largest investigation into the matter by U.S. regulators, and it was his division whose vehicles did the actual collection. The way Wi-Fi traffic was intercepted under Hanke’s nose should alarm people who use, or whose children use, Pokemon Go.

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  14. DeathHamster Member

    Anyone could do that with a phone if people are dumb enough to use open WiFi, nor is it illegal to receive them.

    Google was doing it to map the location of WiFi access points to give them a third way of determining position (as well GPS and cell towers). Their mistake was saving the raw data collected rather than just the access point locations; good science, bad PR. All in all, an overblown spasm over not much.

    Not that Ingress isn't creepy at times. If you don't use the app for a while, it says (literally with test-to-speech) shit like "It's been 14 hours since your last connection. We were getting worried."
  15. TorontosRoot Member

    I wonder if pokemon go says the same thing...
  16. DeathHamster Member

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  18. I play PokeGo. TEAM MYSTIC OWNS THE TREASURE COAST! WOOOOO! *Ahem* I should take a road trip across the state to Clearwater and have a go at them. :3
  19. TorontosRoot Member

    Dress like a pikachu and protest? Hahaahah :D (great idea actually, dress like Pokémon and play the game at the same time)
  20. Even better! I'm interested in fashion and I'm thinking of emulating Valerie from Pokemon X and Y fame... the Fairy-type gym leader? She's got a pokemon-inspired fashion line thingy as her "day job" in the anime. inb4 not a true weeaboo. Might be profitable in a niche market, but it CAN one-up the cliche cosplay notion.
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  21. TorontosRoot Member

    Go for it.
  22. I don't suppose anyone raids seriously these days, do they?
  23. TorontosRoot Member

    Its small time nowadays. I haven't seen any in toronto since six years ago due to them being inside a secluded gated apartment. Yes, cult shut themselves in.
  24. hehe. that figures. Wusses, I say!
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  25. Oh. I also considered getting a Pachirisu suit, if I'ma do the full-on Pokemon cosplay. It resembles a squirrel. So, I'll also have to be sighted with a Dianetics book or something $$$cientology related and openly cross stuff out and annotate sensible alternatives, perhaps tear entire pages out. Have a slogan, "Confused about $cientology? SQUIRREL GIRL TO THE RESCUE!" o.o
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  26. TorontosRoot Member

    Replace some pages with critical documents, that should really do something. Stand right beside the scientolooons. :)

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