Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 21st Nov 2011 07:48 UTC
Google Last June, CNET disclosed that Google collects and publishes the estimated locations of millions of phones, laptops, and other Wi-Fi devices. All without their owner's knowledge or permission. Google has finally announced how to exclude your home network from this database. Simply append "_nomap" to its name. Details over at CNET. Left unsaid is why the burden is placed on millions of individuals to opt-out, instead of on perpetrator Google.
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by clhodapp on Mon 21st Nov 2011 10:05 UTC
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_nomap one of the most stupid and pointless things I have heard of. It is simply not reasonable to expect you to encode messages intended for computers in what is supposed to be the friendly name of your network. That said, I don't believe that you have any grounds to be the outraged against having your publicly-broadcasted SSID and MAC address indexed. If you don't want people to know about something, don't have it send out "Here I am" radio messages...

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