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: I don't see the problem...
by marblesbot on Tue 21st Jun 2011 20:02 UTC in reply to "I don't see the problem..."
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First, why would the government need this information? You, as a US citizen should know the US constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the fact that every citizen and legal resident are innocent until proven guilty. Gathering information assumes everybody is guilty to start with. Guilty of what? Nobody will ever know the answer to that. Gathering internet habits seems like a small step, but that's how things start. Just one small thing after another. Oh, Jews in Nazi Germany, I guess you can't ride bicycles anymore. Weird, but where's the harm in that? Besides, I don't know who's working for these companies, nor do I know personally everybody working in the government. It seems to me that anybody who is a stranger to me that knows my habits is a threat to my security. Just because they have a job with a company people want to trust, or with a government (who in their right mind trusts any government?) doesn't mean they're nice people. In fact, since the industrial revolution, most governments have been set up based on the very fact that no government can be trusted. The only reason Americans have the Right to Bear Arms is to protect themselves from their government if it becomes too overreaching. I'm a free man in a so-called free country in a so-called free world. Tracking what I do and assuming I'm guilty of something, that's not freedom. As you said, there's nothing important or interesting about your internet browsing, so why would anybody want to know about it?

Edited 2011-06-21 20:05 UTC

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