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Old 06-15-2019, 12:29 AM
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Freaky thing: Google knows what specific thing I was looking at in a physical store.


When I was at the Home Depot today, I randomly stopped at a small 5 foot long display of garbage disposals for a few minutes. One of the garbage disposal's product name was "Badger" which I thought was funny.

I have never searched for or shopped for a garbage disposal online in my life. I do not have a Home Depot app on my phone.

After I left the store, I used Google on my phone to look up an address and an ad for the Badger garbage disposal popped up.

WTF? I have never had this happen to me. I have had Google let me know what physical stores I had visited, but I have never had Google pinpoint exactly what aisle I was in or what product I was looking at. Is this a new thing?
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Old 06-15-2019, 12:39 AM
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This article might explain how. But Im convinced that google is psychic.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...g-privacy.html
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Old 06-15-2019, 01:33 AM
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It's just the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. You had Badger ads before, but you ignored them. Now you notice them.
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Tell Google you don't need no stinkin' Badgers.
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Old 06-15-2019, 02:59 AM
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I must be easy to read. Google does this to me, all the time.
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Old 06-15-2019, 05:04 AM
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It's just the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. You had Badger ads before, but you ignored them. Now you notice them.
Totally read that as BADGER-Meinhof phenomenon.
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Old 06-15-2019, 06:57 AM
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This article might explain how. But Im convinced that google is psychic.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...g-privacy.html
This does seem to be a good explanation for the OP, and pretty scary too.
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It's been almost 20 years since I started analyzing Bluetooth. It was scary then, it's scary now.
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Old 06-15-2019, 11:54 AM
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My coworker showed me a new piece of video equipment he had just bought. I didn’t google it or look at anything like it on my computer, but now I’m getting ads for it. It’s a little creepy.
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Old 06-15-2019, 02:38 PM
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This article might explain how. But Im convinced that google is psychic.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...g-privacy.html
I saw that article yesterday and disabled Bluetooth on my phone immediately thereafter.

I'd recommend also checking and limiting which apps are authorized to access location data on your phone.
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Just used up one of my NY Times freebies to read it. Not really seeing the threat.

I could see dystopian totalitarianism making nefarious use of the tech. But we're a bit of a ways off from that, and meanwhile, a grocery app knowing that I spend more time in the cheese section than the baby aisle - and sending coupons for mozzarella but not diapers - is low on my list of worries.
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Old 06-15-2019, 04:19 PM
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It's just the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. You had Badger ads before, but you ignored them. Now you notice them.
Reminds me of this trick http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/pickover/esp.html
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That was slick!

SPOILER:
When they say they're gonna remove the card you chose, they remove all the cards.
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Old 06-15-2019, 08:02 PM
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That was slick!

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When they say they're gonna remove the card you chose, they remove all the cards.
Yeah. I saw this trick a couple of decades ago (not on the web - in a PowerPoint of all things) and it took me a while to figure it out.
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Tell Google you don't need no stinkin' Badgers.
If you run an orange or lemon through it every once in a while, it's not so bad.
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