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  •  As someone who has done programming... (5+ / 0-)

    This isn't 100% accurate.  Even open source software is going to be pulling from APIs and libraries of other software, often without your own knowledge.  Open source != more secure - it means that if you really felt like it you could dig through the code and see how the program was written yourself.  Maybe download it, tweak a few things yourself, and recompile it.  Fix a bug and post it for everyone else to verify.

    Google APIs are EVERYWHERE on the Internet.  I mean FUCKING EVERYWHERE.  Why?  Because the Google Analytics engine is built into nearly any website that wishes to be ranked on the Google search.

    Unless you are 100% sure that a website you visit doesn't have Google code buried in it, you can't escape.  You can take a look for yourself, easily: Right click and hit "View Page Source."    Hit CTRL F and type in "Google."

    Look, even DKos has 41 hits.  Google APIs are the friggin second line of code.

    The Cake is a lie. In Pie there is Truth. ~ Fordmandalay

    by catwho on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 08:42:24 AM PDT

    •  But the apis's and libraries are open (0+ / 0-)

      gcc's source code is available for read only access through svn - http://gcc.gnu.org/...

      Pretty much any open source library is available in source code that you can compile unless it's something like mp3 playback or a video card driver or something else that's encumbered by patent.

      "Don't be defeatist, dear. It's very middle class." - Violet Crawley

      by nightsweat on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 10:10:05 AM PDT

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    •  You can block many, if not all, of (1+ / 0-)
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      catwho

      google analytics, adware, etc using things like Ghostery. You're correct, the list compiled by EFF and shared in the diary above doesn't guarantee 100% privacy. It doesn't claim to do so;  it does give people information about using some specific software/applications that helps keep them from being tracked.

      The software and applications EFF listed respects people's privacy, either in and of themselves, or by allowing users to customize preferences in order to opt out of being spied on.... unlike the big box companies like Yahoo and MS, who demonstrably, do not.


      Information is power. But; like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. Aaron Swartz ~1986-2013~

      by Lisa Lockwood on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 02:11:40 PM PDT

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