[mythtv-users] OT: Google - big brother? or I going mad?

Richard Shaw hobbes1069 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 14 13:45:20 UTC 2010

On Tue, Sep 14, 2010 at 6:30 AM, Damian <myth at surr.co.uk> wrote:
>  Hello all,
> Excuse the off topic post, but this has long been one of the best most
> informed places to ask linux/open source type questions and I'd be
> interested to read your thoughts on this issue that really bothers me.
> I'm really not comfortable with the 'big brother' presence of google. I
> think that they produce incredibly good products, but they are all designed
> to scrape every last piece of personal information out of the user. They are
> getting a bigger and bigger presence in the Linux/Open source world, and no
> one seems to mind which makes me question if I'm just being paranoid and
> everything is fine.
> If you read a Linux magazine, it's often get many articles about privacy and
> security and keeping your system safe. Yet these same magazines discuss
> gmail, Android, google calendar and picassa without any mention of privacy
> and security. The files that are being put through googles servers and
> scanned for content to advertise back at us is the very content that we're
> trying to keep private on our machines.
> Is it just me that finds this uncomfortable?

Not at all... I use many google apps (docs, gmail, calendar, etc) and
I'm getting to the point where I cringe doing it. I think the goole of
old, "Don't Be Evil", was pretty safe, but I'm not so sure anymore.


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