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  •  Right. (2+ / 0-)
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    AoT, earicicle

    And how many people are aware of these protections? Most people think, "Hey, it's convenient!" and they take Google's (relentless) advice and link all of their various devices and services.

    Your awareness is not reflective of that of the average person.

    "Bob Johnson doesn't have special privileges, because really, why would I entrust that guy with ANYTHING?" - kos, November 9, 2013

    by Bob Johnson on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 07:33:00 PM PST

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    •  Correct, my awareness isn't (3+ / 0-)
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      Which is besides the point. The NSA is collecting shit tons of data. Yes, if someone uses google for everything then google will have a lot of information on them, just like if someone goes to the same tea shop every day. But google can't force other companies to give them information. The NSA can get information that I can't stop them from getting.

      If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

      by AoT on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 07:41:02 PM PST

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      •  No doubt. (1+ / 0-)
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        But can Google get more information on you than the Stasi? I think it's possible that they can, especially with data mining technology.

        "Bob Johnson doesn't have special privileges, because really, why would I entrust that guy with ANYTHING?" - kos, November 9, 2013

        by Bob Johnson on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 07:50:50 PM PST

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        •  The might be able to (1+ / 0-)
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          if they decided to write the algorithms and all of that. More so if you've got google fiber. But as I've said many, many times. Google can't arrest you. The government can. Power in the hands of business is a threat, but it isn't the same threat as the government. It's fundamentally different.

          If knowledge is power and power corrupts, does that mean that knowledge corrupts?

          by AoT on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 07:53:54 PM PST

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