The always interesting ABC programme, which I listen to as a podcast, Download This Show, is about technology. I love technology. I loved learning that erratic drivers will be able to totally screw up driverless cars. I know you can make them brake. Can you make them swerve or stop entirely when you brake in front of them.
DTS also confirmed to me what I expected. If you visit a holiday booking site and don't book, when you return the next day, it will have a higher price. I thought that came from your IP address, but apparently it is by cookies planted on your computer. It is not so hard to beat cookies. You can delete cookies or use a different web browser.
DTS then discussed Grindr, a gay hook up app with 3.3 million users. I would have hoped that gay dating ads as were seen in gay newspapers and magazines that said 'no Asians' was a thing of the past, but apparently not. However Grindr has been addressing the matter. I didn't really hear how, but it it is simple enough to state your preference in a non negative manner. Usually, so I am told, you have the opportunity to check box racial types you like when you fill in your profile. At my age, all I would say is, male. Not really true. I would rather go without, and I do because actual sex with men is part of my history, not terribly relevant to my current life, although one does experience twinges at times. But normally it is a matter of I just can't be bothered. I see this one real benefit of being older. As one quite old female workmate very many years ago said, at my age I'd rather have a beer and a cigarette.
Grindr has been mega successful and made a heap of money for its inventors, from both advertising and a premium paid subscriptions which gives your more and enhanced features.
Yeah, I knew all this already. But what I did not know was that a Chinese company had bought a controlling interest in Grindr quite some time ago.
Grindr controlled by China? I am alert and alarmed. Couldn't the Chinese government tell one of their hundreds of thousands of internet censors to get records of a certain person's Grindr history?
One of the guests, who sounded gay himself, ever so naively assured the host it wouldn't be a problem. How naive was he? Well, he said that if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about. Well, tell that to Rohingya Moslems in Burma. Tell that to Australian gay men who born before 1970. Tell that to Jews of mid 20th century Europe. Nothing to hide? Only what you are and cannot change.
Yes, Mat Beeche, I am not impressed. And you Marc Fennell should have really challenged him more on the point.