Just for your information, Lawrence, because you have asked;
There is a saying in German that underlies much of my thinking: SILENT
WATERS ARE DEEP
I use Linux since Microsoft decided (as from XP) to check what I do with
my computer, and what not. Using Linux is more effort, it is not as
user-friendly as is Windows, simply because it has a much smaller user
base. I don't mind, I can do everything in Linux that I could do under
Windows, and probably even more if I were to put in the effort to learn
scripting and the command line. I like reading Peter's mails, it keeps
me in touch with what other people think,
When talking about Google, let's not forget that it's primary purpose in
life is to sell advertisements - targeted advertisements. If I want to
see these ads, I can open my mail in Firefox. As I don't, I open the
mail in Thunderbird. This is software written outside Google, and all
Google ads are removed.
To be able to do targeting, Google does data mining on a large scale.
Data mining only works if one's interests are narrow enough, and if
there are enough requests for the same type of data that a pattern can
emerge. Thus, as long as my interests are sufficiently diversified, data
mining fails. But the moment I join a Google group, my interests are no
longer diversified enough, and data mining succeeds. Think of the bomb
that went off in Boston, or think of British soldier Lee Rigby. In both
cases, routine data mining by the security services failed, and people
I do not need to keep secrets, thus confidentiality is no concern of
mine. But I do use occasionally Google Translate. As long as its output
is as much rubbish as it is currently, I can be certain that no computer
can understand what I am writing here and instruct a team of secret
agents to come visit me guns blazing, as happened at a well-known
Auckland mansion, and thus I need not look for encryption. Once I do go
for encryption, a computer will detect that, and flying under the radar
is over, and tor needs to be installed, and a password server, and . . .
Gotcha??? Let's keep the ripples on the water small, and the pond deep!
Don't you think the fish like it better that way? Or must they advertise
their presence to the fisherman?
On 27/11/14 12:50, Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:
On Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:31:33 +1300, Wolfgang wrote:
I rather get off the list altogether than expose
myself to Google
profiling and advertisements
Why? This is not exactly a confidential list.
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