[HLUG] Search Engines

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Wed Mar 17 10:34:12 UTC 2010

In the early years of 20th century the Dutch government, being fair and liberal,
made a census of all citizens including religious beliefs, the aim being to
ensure that minorities were treated fairly in the distribution of government
In 1940 someone else was running the country and they found the data base very
useful for their own purposes.
The price of liberty is CONSTANT vigilance.
Quite apart from the colossal waste and stupidity of our present governers, who
are operating well beyond their collective competence.
Rant over; hoping to see you all tonight;

On 17 March 2010 at 01:07 Broomster <broomster at gmail.com> wrote:

> I think that all this worry about Google and other entities spying on
> us and knowing our inside leg measurement, all depends on how paranoid
> you are..
> People complain about Google reading their email - yet I can guarantee
> that unless you're an MP, or in MI5, nobody will be sat looking at
> your email - instead one of Google's thousands of servers will be
> automagically matching keywords in your text (which is all it is to a
> machine) and then serving up adverts at the side of the screen,
> matched up with the content of your mail.. Which is how Google makes
> money.  They don't make money by blackmailing you over the contents of
> your emails. Search wise, they will use similar techniques, providing
> relevant search results and adverts, based on previous searches, and
> other bits and pieces they pick up whilst logged into google
> services..
> I've no worries about them logging your ip address - so does every
> website you visit.. Using proxies (unless you're 100% sure of the
> server) can in all probability put you more at risk of privacy issues,
> such as private data being cached..
> I've no issues with Google, in fact look here :-
> http://tinyurl.com/ybyqpkn
> There's me, captured by the Google Streetview Camera. Oh, and in case
> Google *is* reading this, that image is me, my email is
> broomster at gmail.com, and my inside leg measurement is 31". Hopefully
> that will enable them to match up with my NI number, by bank account
> details, and steal my identity...
> I can sometimes see why people who are paranoid refuse to even plug
> their pc into the phone line.. The reality is, unless you're doing
> something wrong, or are very careless online, nobody will actually
> care what you do..
> Back to the original question tho - I can't think of any search engine
> based on my useage, that comes close to Google, and I think they'll
> all have some concerns privacy wise if you care to dig deep enough..
> The reality is, Google is bloody good at getting results. Both in the
> business sense, and in the 0.36 seconds it takes to find an answer to
> your question..
> If you don't want these concerns, go to your local library..  Oh, hang
> on, they have your name and address in their membership database..
> Broomster,
> Kington,Herefordshire.
> On Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 11:17 AM, Marilyn or Tony McQueen
> <oak.organics at btinternet.com> wrote:
> > With the election coming over the horizon its been mentioned again how
> > google and co are secretly crawling all over us when we use them. Has anyone
> > any confidence in a search engine that reduces this?
> > Bests Tony
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