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abzug 4th March 2008 07:38 AM

Could Googling Take Down a President?
Click "Contents", then the page 71 article

Netlist 4th March 2008 08:11 AM

Apart from the fact that I can't read the article - too small written and blurred if magnified (not your fault) - we have a rule against political discussions here.
At least I assume that's what the article is about.


abzug 4th March 2008 08:13 AM

No, it's about technology and privacy, not politics. Don't rush to judgment.

The magazine name should have given it away--Communications of the ACM, where ACM = Association for Computing Machinery and is the primary professional organization for computer science.

As for the text being small--clicking into the text area zooms it to something that on my screen compares to 16 point size font, or quite a bit larger than the default font size on the forums here.

theAnonymous1 4th March 2008 12:53 PM

The whole magazine can be downloaded as a very readable PDF.

As far as the article goes.:apathic:

gtforme00 4th March 2008 01:39 PM

Interesting article, a bit on the conspiracy theorist side, but who doesn't like a good conspiracy theory every once in awhile?

I have had some similar concerns about search engines, especially as a Research and Development Engineer who works on confidential projects. By looking at my search strings, a reasonable guess could be made as to what my current projects are.

Certainly gives me food for thought.

abzug 5th March 2008 12:40 AM

Not to mention all your browsing habits can be tied in to these because Google ads are in most websites. I block all Google adsense related domains in my hosts file; it doesn't affect the search and gmail and they work fine with that.

theAnonymous1 5th March 2008 12:44 AM

Or if your extremely paranoid you could use a program like PeerGuardian 2 to automatically block domains.

Ron E 5th March 2008 02:15 AM


Originally posted by abzug
Could Googling Take Down a President?
Maybe so, maybe not; but we are darn sure that ogling can take down a president :D

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