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Parents 20 years ago didn't have to deal with this nonsense...

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Revenant

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Off-topic but...

Some days it begins to feel like a game of "What has my 4 year old managed to get me charged for this time?"

A couple of months ago he managed to get us signed up to Amazon Music for a month.

Last month he managed to upgrade my Netflix account to "Premium" - so now we can have 3 screens going at once instead of 2 - and it costs me $3 more a month.

I was just looking at one of the credit card bills, seeing a 5 dollar charge and thinking, "Oh no... What did he tell Alexa this time?" - Turns out it wasn't that it was just a tip for the grocery delivery driver.

Why can't these kids do something useful? Like get into my eBay watch list on my Phone's App and buy somethings while giving me deniability??? lol I could at least enjoy that!

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21 minutes ago, Just Bob said:

I don't have Alexa, so I know nothing about it. Is there no safeguard against unauthorized users?

It is so unsecure, IMO, my wife can say "Alexa," and then I can give the order - in a completely different voice - and it will take the command. It makes no distinction between an order from me and an order from my 4 year old. If there is a way to make it do this, I'm not aware of it. About a year ago there was a story about a small child shouting "Batman" a bunch of times and Alexa ordered and $80, SquareEnix collectable batman figure on the parent's accounts. It's a really convenient thing at times but if he gets any better at using it I'm going to just have to unplug the damn thing.

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I'm going to apologize ahead of time ....I'm sorry...But that is to funny... I'm glad I don't use Alexa because I have two grandkids that are always on the brawl and they are all ways getting in to some kind of mischief.. 

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18 minutes ago, Iceman said:

I'm going to apologize ahead of time ....I'm sorry...But that is to funny... I'm glad I don't use Alexa because I have two grandkids that are always on the brawl and they are all ways getting in to some kind of mischief.. 

I mean, it has had some major cute moments. When he was younger he used to ask Alexa what time it was (still can't read a clock) and he couldn't say the name right so he would be trying to activate it by saying, "Lexa! Time is it!?!?" There really is some cuteness but I was not thrilled when I got a 1 month Amazon Music membership.

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46 minutes ago, Revenant said:

I mean, it has had some major cute moments. When he was younger he used to ask Alexa what time it was (still can't read a clock) and he couldn't say the name right so he would be trying to activate it by saying, "Lexa! Time is it!?!?" There really is some cuteness but I was not thrilled when I got a 1 month Amazon Music membership.

Every thing they do ....No matter what it is ...Is cute and funny  but when they get older it becomes less cute and more like a horror and then in the back of your mind ...way way back ...you begin as time goes on....When things get crazy.... :headbang:  .....When the hell are they going to move out..... :preach:

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2 hours ago, Just Bob said:

It's amazing -  the stuff of science-fiction movies of my youth will be his normal.

He completely takes for granted things that never existed when I was a kid

One of the funnier examples: He's so used to Netflix and Hulu and streaming services that live TV confuses the out of him. He doesn't understand the idea of it being on when it's on and there being a TV "schedule" and they what the channel is playing is just what's on. We're cable cutters and have pretty much only had Netflix and Hulu all his life and haven't had a digital antenna, so the concept of live TV is just completely foreign to him.

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Never a dull moment with young'uns :)  They are funny and precious moments later but in the present is another story.  I was painting the bathroom when I got a phone call. I answered and it was an old friend. We chatted about 10 minutes and I hung up. I walked into the bathroom and found my son, maybe 3, had painted the shower door, toilet, door, and the floor to help daddy. We laugh about it now some 30 years later but oh my I was not happy. 

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three kids, the oldest one graduated college last year and is self sufficlent, she was hell on wheels in high school but now a great kid.  middle and young kid still in a pricey private university (the wife's fault), and the bills I see make me fume. but i try my best to tell myself one day it will all get better, lol.

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Six children, I'm thankful I didn't have todays technology to deal with, but there was always 'something'. My greatest joy in life was, and is, watching the children, grandchildren, and now great grandchildren evolve. I've worried till there's no worry left, accept things for what they are, because you never know what's in the future. Not going to bore you with stories, but the son who painted the outside of my new brick home different colors in '77 is now a home builder. The daughter who was playing with matches that burned down the neighbors barn and killed two horses is now a veterinarian, etc etc,, Evolving. Even me, from a liberal change maker in the late sixties and early seventies, to now the most conservative person ever. You just never know. Life is good. Enjoy.

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