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private Waves coming...

posted Sep 3, 2010, 11:55 PM by Zhu Liang
i was looking at news that Consumer Watchdog is running a big video ad in Times Square, nyc, dissing Google. and then the issue, i think, is...
1. credit card companies will sell ur details and ur buying habits for money. u can't actually buy that info from Google. why not complain about the cc companies first?
2. your isp also know where exactly you've been and what sites you've gone to.
3. companies like Sony leave rootkits on your machine. Game firms, even blizzard, often leave a tool to monitor your system processes in the name of anti-cheating and a bit torrent client to steal your bandwidth to deliver patches and game downloads. often without telling you.
4. you can opt out of google http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout , or just use yahoo or bing.
5. think about facebook.
6. i would actually like for Google to succeed. in the sense that when they do, i shld have RELEVANT ads delivered to me. like when i'm looking at exakta mount lenses, maybe they show me an ad for a camera shop nearby my house that carries an exakta-to-canon EF-adaptor ring...knowing that i already have a EF-mount body... that'd be SWEET!

in other news
i) twitter's implementation of OAuth is shit.. http://arstechnica.com/security/guides/2010/09/twitter-a-case-study-on-how-to-do-oauth-wrong.ars
ii) govts are often clueless about things. i wonder if its especially true for tech? they awarded a us$2.3b contract without mentioning redundancy/backup... http://spectrum.ieee.org/riskfactor/computing/it/virginia-information-technologies-agency-believes-in-the-perfect-network-fairy
iii) i wanna my own Google Wave!!! http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2010/09/google-sticks-wave-source-in-a-box-sticks-a-bow-on-top.ars?comments=1#comments-bar