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Old 4th March 2008, 07:38 AM   #1
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Default Could Googling Take Down a President?

http://mags.acm.org/communications/200801/
Click "Contents", then the page 71 article
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Old 4th March 2008, 08:11 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 4th March 2008, 08:13 AM   #3
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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.
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The whole magazine can be downloaded as a very readable PDF.

As far as the article goes.
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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.
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Old 5th March 2008, 12:40 AM   #6
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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.
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Or if your extremely paranoid you could use a program like PeerGuardian 2 to automatically block domains.
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Old 5th March 2008, 02:15 AM   #8
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Could Googling Take Down a President?
Maybe so, maybe not; but we are darn sure that ogling can take down a president
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