__/ [ casioculture@xxxxxxxxx ] on Tuesday 01 August 2006 02:29 \__
> casiocult...@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> > Contemplating the Google operating system
>> > ,----[ Quote ]
>> > | While the world will probably have Microsoft Windows and MacOS (and
>> > | the flavors of Linux, which are excellently implemented) for quite
>> > | some time, the "Google OS" is alive and well -- something this article
>> > | describes and I agree with.
>> > `----
>> There's one very, very major problem with Google though; privacy.
>> Google has the most ominous practices when it comes to gathering
>> information about its users.
> Let me put it explicitly; I am actually far more willing to trust
> Microsoft in this regard than Google! I, like most people, used
> Microsoft products for many years before Google came on the scene,
> however, I don't recall ever feeling freaked out by Micorosoft
> practices being too intrustive or me being unable to control them. I
> was, however, freaked out at least twice by Google in this regard.
But that is essentially the same concern that Windows Live
will introduce. It all stems from the fact that software
becomes an offshorn service rather than a process that is
purely operated by your own hardware and locally-installed
software. Companies have greed to retaining information
because it gives power (think Google Trends, for example).
And, yes, Google have got some logs. Some of them have even
reached the US Government, I suspect, having been weakened
by the DoJ. Privacy and national security will become a big
issue in the age when Web services prevail and expand.
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