Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Jun 2011 09:33 UTC
Internet & Networking Remember when Altavista was the search engine? Or Yahoo? They stuffed their search pages with useless, distracting crap, and using them became unpleasant. And then, bam, along came Google, with a simple, clear search page and uncluttered search results. However, now that Google has become this massive behemoth, tracking our every move, and tailoring our search results, leading to only being fed those pages you agree with - isn't it time for something new? Something simple? It might be, and you've undoubtedly heard of them: DuckDuckGo. I'm switching. Update: Just got an email from Gabriel Weinberg, the guy behind DuckDuckGo. The OSNews !bang (!osnews) is now live!
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RE[2]: I don't see the problem...
by leonalpha on Tue 21st Jun 2011 19:24 UTC in reply to "RE: I don't see the problem..."
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Having access to everything we do will tilt the balance of power even more towards the governments

Well, you and I disagree but that's cool. We can agree to disagree. Now, 1. Can you explain what "power" this info will give governments? 2. Can you site some examples where this "power shift" has proven to be hurtful for citizens.

Laws exist to serve us, not the other way around.

The way I see it, laws exist to bring order and protection — protection from the government and protection from citizens themselves.

You seem to have missed the gist of my argument: as a normal US citizen, I don't consider the government having access to my online browsing data as a threat to me. You (and many others), on the other hand do, and what I ask is that you please elaborate on WHAT that threat is. Saying that "power will shift" towards the monster who will eat us all might be eloquent, but isn't sufficient enough to justify a semi-schizophrenic mentality where every single governmental action implies the Illuminati will take over the world and enslave us all.

I do not want to give up my rights. As you say, that would be cute and naive. But again, I don't know how to label those who fear others are watching their online activity and using that info to prepare for an attack.

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