Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Download This Show

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.

26 comments:

  1. I don't do podcasts, there's entirely too much information out there already that I can't be bothered keeping up with.
    As for sex, I can't be bothered with that either. I'd rather read a book or binge watch a TV series.

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    1. River, yes, I know what you mean, and I exclusively listen to them when travelling to and from work. I am sure you must have a few good memories of the old jiggety jig, even if like me, you don't desire it now.

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  2. Cookies .... I eat them :)

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    1. Lady J, be careful, or you will start a biscuit v. cookie debate.

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  3. That's ironic. For years China claimed there was no homosexuality in China, a claim that I can attest from personal experience is as ridiculous as it is illogical.

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    1. Anonymous9:53 am

      Some Chinese claim its just an 'imported' western decadence. Wishful thinking on their part. - Ian

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    2. Victor, my experiences are similar. There is a lot to be said for smaller, rock hard and springy, than big and floppy.

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    3. Ian, very much so from my limited knowledge of a proud history of gay sex in China.

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  4. Never think if podcasts seems to have too many other things to do. Love sex probably a little weird for my age :)

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    1. Margaret, I would be the same, except for my drive to and from work when I listen to them.

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  5. I love technology too. Lovefrom Katowice Pl

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  6. Anonymous9:57 am

    "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?" -- Maybe they are too busy with Blued, a gay dating app from China which has 27 million users, most of them in China. Grindr's 3.3million? Pfft! - Ian

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    1. Ian, I so want to say you are joking about those stats, but you are not a person to joke. Amazing.

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    2. Anonymous12:34 pm

      Wikipedia does not lie. However it can be tweeked by just about anyone. But it would not surprise me. How many gay men would there be in China? - Ian

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    3. Say a conservative figure of 5% of half of 1.4 billion, 700,000,000, = 35,000,000. I see your point.

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  7. I am so glad I am not young and need Grindr
    I now just couldn't be arsed

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    1. John, have you ever said how you the Prof met? I can't remember.

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  8. Personally I find all dating sites/agencies/etc totally bizarre. I'm a very ordinary bloke, but never had problems meeting plenty of dateables, without having to resort to outside help.

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    1. Cro, I have seen so many successful examples of straight people connecting through dating sites, including Ex Sis in Law and her really good husband. I don't wish that she was once my Sis in Law, but I am very happy for her.

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  9. Why making such a fuss about homosexuality, it had always existed and will always exist, humans are born like that. Has nothing to do with education or whatsoever and the Chinese are crazy to pretend there were no homosexuals in China ! That wouldn't be normal ! In the German TV it's now very fashionable to show homosexual couples in the movies, men or women, it became almost a fashion ! People have always to exaggerate !

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    1. Gattina, fortunately there is much less fuss about homosexuality in western countries, to many people relief, that is those who indulge in it and those who have to hear about it. But it is quite different in many less advanced countries where being outed as being gay can destroy your life.

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  10. I'm surprised at Marc Fennell, I thought he would have demanded a better answer than that !

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    1. Jayne, I was too. He usually on the ball about such things.

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  11. Yes, I'd be worried too, especially when an idiot makes a comment like that, if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to worry about. It is the mantra of those willing to give up personal privacy here to everybody from banks collecting personal info to turning over their security cameras to police, so they can access them at any time.

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    1. Strayer, and mostly we don't have things to hide. But history tells us, that does not matter.

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