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Amazon's Sidewalk feature will share
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Posted By: OhioNick, 6/1/2021 11:44:48 PM

Amazon is planning to automatically enroll owners of its devices into a program which would share a slice of your internet connection with your neighbors. The shift will take effect as of June 8, according to multiple published reports including Ars Technica. Amazon could not be immediately reached for comment. Amazon Sidewalk is a low-bandwidth shared network the tech giant says will not only allow your devices to work better, but help locate lost items. The network shares "a small portion of your internet bandwidth which is pooled together to provide these services to you and your neighbors," reads a description on Amazon's website.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Lucky5 6/2/2021 12:20:29 AM (No. 803254)
I will never own any of these devices from Amazon. Or google.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: smokincol 6/2/2021 12:39:07 AM (No. 803259)
time for all you lazy ash libs, et al to get off your ashes and join the rest of us in the stores and super markets. although it's been nice not having your stuffy ashes around.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: web 6/2/2021 1:12:21 AM (No. 803288)
Sounds like theft of service to me. Just because you don't "opt out" of something doesn't mean you give your permission for amazon to steal your bandwidth.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 6/2/2021 1:19:28 AM (No. 803293)
I would not have one of Bezo's spies in my house, ever. I have carefully avoided Amazon for a couple of years now. I used to buy books there, when that was all that they sold. Bought a few other things for convenience, and then realized that I was funding someone who hated everything I hold dear and was working hard to destroy the country, and erase our freedoms. No more Amazon for me.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 6/2/2021 1:50:03 AM (No. 803304)
Wow? And we are going to allow this? Good luck Comrade Amazon Fellow Share Your Internet Bandwidth Commies!
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Daisymay 6/2/2021 8:14:37 AM (No. 803456)
Okay, I have changed my settings on Alexa to be "off" for the Sidewalk Setting. Will that keep my Echo devices from participating? Or do I need to pull the Plug and not use them at all? Hoping the "Techies" here can lead me in the right direction!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Strike3 6/2/2021 8:58:37 AM (No. 803495)
I don't have any neighbors within range of my router except for the occasional deer and fox but Alexa or Siri will never live in my home.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: toddh 6/2/2021 9:25:21 AM (No. 803533)
Amazon is like the bad restaurant that manages to stay open, nobody knows how. I don't avoid them, they avoid me - whatever I try to buy, they can't get it to me. They also sell bespoke trash, the FireStick. It does not work for long! Cannot watch a 90-min movie without needing to restart in the middle. I am very concerned that United Launch Alliance has bet everything on the Blue Origin (Bezos) BE-4 engine. Maybe they can upgrade to some used - flight tested! - Raptors.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: mc squared 6/2/2021 9:46:21 AM (No. 803557)
When these devices came out I tried to warn people that no good could come from a gadget connected to the internet. Just imagine how popular these would have been with the Stasi or the KGB. Now we have the FBI to do the recording.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Bazi 6/2/2021 10:01:32 AM (No. 803580)
Enable or DISABLE Amazon Sidewalk for Your Account To enable or disable Amazon Sidewalk, use the Alexa app. Open the "Alexa app" Open "More" and select "Settings". Select "Account Settings}. Select "Amazon Sidewalk". Turn Amazon Sidewalk On or OFF for your account. The Jetsons didn't envision megalomaniacs to be in control all their amazing modern tech devices. Neither did we. Argh.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: DVC 6/2/2021 11:01:36 AM (No. 803662)
Anyone having an "Alexa" has a spy in their home, and is helping to fund the destruction of this country.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: anniebc 6/2/2021 11:08:50 AM (No. 803669)
I don't have the devices, but good luck to anyone attempting to suck on my internet bandwidth. I supposedly have the coppered 100 mbps or whatever. Good freakin luck.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: DVC 6/2/2021 11:48:20 AM (No. 803712)
And do you actually believe that "turning this off" will ACTUALLY turn it off? How gullible. They will do exactly what they want, regardless of the settings that you THINK you control. Like 'location off' on your phone. They STILL track you, just pretend not to.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: walkingladyliberty 6/2/2021 12:15:07 PM (No. 803762)
Bingo #13!
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