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  1. Avatar for DaHoj DaHoj says:

    I had to use Chrome and set Chrome to be the default browser in order to view/hear the presentation.

  2. Though I’m logged in to Epsilon Theory, all I see is:

    Because of its privacy settings, this video cannot be played here.”

    I think the issue is privacy settings for the video set on Vimeo.

  3. Avatar for jz1 jz1 says:

    iphone running safari and firefox here. Does NOT see any link for presentation or audio.

  4. Avatar for bhunt bhunt says:

    I had the same problem when I was getting into Safari through a twitter link. Can you try launching Safari directly (won’t have the “Done” button on upper left of screen)? Works okay for me when I do that.

  5. Avatar for bhunt bhunt says:

    What browser are you using, Clark? We’re having success with Chrome and (sometimes) Safari.

  6. Avatar for bhunt bhunt says:

    Well that’s annoying! We’re on it …

  7. 12-12-18 Android browser no go. Chrome worked. But after logging on, had to go through the recent comment link list to get by the paywall. Also my local keyboard keeps vanishing?

  8. Ben, I’m sorry I didn’t see this until just now.
    Once I allowed ‘all cookies’ it played just fine. I use the Brave browser, which is just like Google Chrome in many respects. I had to specifically allow all cookies (which I usually block) for the video to play.

  9. Hi Ben… This is my first visit. I can’t get the video to play. Admittedly, I have my shields up all the time but I took them down to see if that would work. I suppose I could do more, but at my age if it don’t work, just leave it. I’ll watch to see if this comes back. --Fred

  10. Avatar for dlutom dlutom says:

    Ben, as a fellow Birmingham guy, Berry graduate, it was Golden Flake Potato Chips.

  11. Hi Guys… (Before you get on my case, I have two grown daughters. When I arrive, I say “Hi guys.”)

    For all of you who were so enamored by the idea of “take back your data,” here is what I think is going on.

    I’ve read every word written on Epsilon Theory since day one (okay, day 11) of the Manifesto. Haven’t been able to get enough of it. I went through a similar enthusiasm for Grant Williams’ “Things that make you go Hmmm.” But then Grant decided to partner and make some money and he and Raul started “Real Vision.”

    Real Vision was to take Grant’s ideas to the next level. So I signed up, just like I did recently here. But what I found was that the video did not play on my computer. What I discovered was that Real Vision required that your cookies accept Google Tag Manager. Unlike most, I kinda know what Google is up to, so I was reluctant to continue with the Real Vision idea. I contacted Real Vision and actually had a discussion about this. They were clear that without the benefits that Google Tag Manager provided, their service would not cost $200 but more like $1000.

    Now, we all know that all of that convenient stuff that Google (and Facebook and Amazon) provides is not really free; they take all of our personal data and sell it. But what blew me away was how much value my data must be worth to make up for that $800 difference. Makes ya kinda wonder, hmmm.

    So when I saw that Ben’s first video interview was with Grant Williams, my antenna started to quiver. My fear was that Ben was getting his video advice from the guys at Real Vision. My real fear was that when Ben got his own site up and running, I would not be able to view any videos that were available.

    No surprise. No video.

    Take back your data? Really!

    I do not lower my shields.

    Not even for you, Ben and Rusty. I really do think you guys are the smartest in the room. I will miss you dearly when you put everything behind the paywall.

    Take back your data? This is hypocrisy; no other word for it.

    Sorry to be the conscience in the room. I’m never much fun.

    Ben and Rusty, thank you so much for all of your wisdom; I’m much older then either of you and have far less of the stuff.



  12. Avatar for bhunt bhunt says:

    Golden Flake! Yes, that was the sponsor for the Bear Bryant show. We were a Charles Chips family, ourselves, delivered in giant tins every other week just like the milk.

  13. Avatar for bhunt bhunt says:

    I say this with a lot of love and respect for a fellow pack member, Fred, but you’re misunderstanding what “take back your data” means. It means that each of us takes responsibility for when we allow our personal data to be shared and when we don’t. It should always be a conscious decision, never an abdication. But in the same way that we have the freedom to say “no”, we also have the freedom to say “yes”.

    We can turn cookies off. And we can turn cookies on. And we can turn cookies off again.

    I understand what protecting your online data means to you. And I respect that. But it’s not hypocritical for us or Grant or whoever to make a different choice from you in how we access or provide information.

  14. Hi Ben…

    Thanks for your time to answer me. But frankly, to me, it is hypocritical. Maybe it isn’t from your perspective. But it is not as simple for me as turning cookies on and off. There has to be a line in this matter. Your line may be different from mine. I realized long ago that once your data is out there, there is no pulling it back in.

    I saw this early. Most people didn’t. All their crap is out there and so they approach each day with resignation that there is nothing they can do. Maybe it is too late for them. But there is something we can all do: Draw a line and don’t cross it, no matter how compelling. That is where we differ, my friend. I’m not crossing the line.

    Hey, I already live in a world where I cannot control all of my data. But I try to do my best: I turn off all third-party cookies, I use a VPN, I have a private e-mail account. I never owned a cell phone – really. I never had a Facebook account. And on and on… I do EVERYTHING I possible can do. And yet, I know there are leaks: I use an Apple TV, my phone is internet based, I get e-mails from people with g-mail and must reply… who knows what else.

    So, my bigger point is that there are only so many leaks I can tolerate and still sleep at night. (I just cancelled Netfilx; I gotta figure out how to live without streaming TV.)

    I guess that what is coming between us is that I do not consider Google Tag Manager a minor leak; this is a big one for me.

    Maybe if I was not as young and ambitious ( and smart) as you and Rusty and Grant are, I might be forced to allow that leak into my life. I honestly don’t know the answer to that question; it probably just boils down to money.

    I’m sorry that I can’t be a better member of the pack. I’m pretty sure that if I was in the wild, my greatest threat would come from my fellow pack member: “PLEASE ACCEPT MY RESIGNATION. I DON’T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT PEOPLE LIKE ME AS A MEMBER.” I got that syndrome. I would be eaten alive for being an asshole.

    I’m so sorry it has all come to this.



  15. Avatar for rwgood rwgood says:

    We had Charles Chips in Richmond…I thought it was a local company unique our particular Holy City. How oldvirginiacentric of me. Even though they weren’t local I bet they never bought back and stock … maybe Charles himself went down with the ship?

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