Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 27th Mar 2006 19:30 UTC
Google Phil Sim, a professional with technology editor journalist background, has written three interesting blog posts recently, discussing the much-rumored Google OS (1, 2, 3). He speculates that all user's data will be stored online on Google's servers and so one's desktop and files can be retrieved exactly as left by any other PC station, anywhere in the world, by simply using his Gmail credentials. It's like having your OS on a usb key with you at all times, only, without the usb key...
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Eugenia
Member since:
2005-06-28

Of course I agree with you and the previous commentator about privacy issues, but here's the thing: transport yourself back when the first bank and life insurance company was created. I am sure people didn't wanna led their money to these companies either. But with time, the good outweighed the bad and today these are formidable business and most people are not afraid anymore of them.

I guess the real question is: do you have something to hide from Google or FBI?

Edited 2006-03-27 20:40

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Kris Member since:
2005-07-24

Since you edited in the real question:
Yes I have plenty to hide. Private Information wich I'm not very interested in sharing with any company. And let's just say I have a certain gut feeling that Google isn't all that bad at data mining and selling customer data.


Is it because I'm paranoid ? Probably.
Is it because I belive in certain basic rights ? Certainly.

"If you have nothing to hide that shouldn't be a problem" was a phrase often used by the GESTAPO btw. Just because I have nothing to hide doesn't mean I don't care.

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Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

Again, I agree with you. But I also see the world moving towards a democratic-showroom with a totalitarian background. I think that this is inevitable (citing over-population and other social and economic factors) and so such OSes, programs, RFID chips inside us etc etc, are all going to happen. And there is not much we can do to stop it I think because it will all have a "democratic face", but in reality it won't be.

You can always set a house up in the mountains, get space to plant vegatables and for sheep and goats. (Oh, wait, I do have such a house ;)

I think you can tell that I am a pessimistic person. ;)

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Duffman Member since:
2005-11-23

"do you have something to hide from Google or FBI? "

I am afraid because this kind of questions are usually said by fascists ...

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diskinetic Member since:
2005-12-09

People who routinely see fascists hiding behind every bush either think themselves immensely important or fall prey to the insipid dual-thinking that somehow they can be perfectly free and have organized society simultaneously. Perhaps you're safely hidden in an invincible bunker on an unreachable and unbreachable, self-sufficient island, I dunno. But barring that, you are only held free from enslavement to someone else by the civil agreement by parties other than yourself that you should be allowed to be so. Case in point: An armed man takes a suburban housewife hostage and forces her to cook, clean and generally keep house for him. Her friends discover her plight. Do they send in another helpless, unarmed person to save her? No, they send cops. Big, burly, well-armed cops who fascistically believe that that armed man isn't as "free" as he thinks he is, and that housewife should be "more free" than she currently happens to be.
Do I want a police officer to arrest me for wearing a denim jacket? No. Do I want there to be no police anywhere, ever? No. Must I then exist on a continuum between these two extremes? Probably. Don't trust Google or the FBI? Maybe you shouldn't. Never used Google (or something similar) or benefitted from FBI activity (or something similar)? I'm not so sure. Regardless, if GoogleOS is insecure for certain transactions, as I am sure any system ultimately must be, then there will be other routes available. I'd be more worried that it just won't work from a mechanical standpoint.

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Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

That is a ridiculous statement. FUD-head. Some people stand on their own principles and some people hold principles that they demand and deserve privacy in their personal matters.

I am not so 100% inclined to be that way so I don't really mind so much, but some people are. Eugenia's question [I am guessing] was not meant to be a jab but a general question to all maybe better rephrased as "if you have sensitive data, personal data that you do not EVER want to be revealed, then steer away from such things, otherwise use them"... in other words, she was saying "ask yourself the question........"

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greenhat Member since:
2005-07-06

'do you have something to hide from Google or FBI?'

Yes. But if you were to answer no to that question, then the question becomes 'do you have something on google now that you might want to hide from google or the fbi in the future?' Almost everyone can answer yes to that. If it isn't illegal now, it probably will be in the future.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Banking is not a good comparison because what we're talking about is not storing a number representing your balance and changes to that number but a whole load of personal and private information stored in ONE central database under the control of a commercial entity.

"I guess the real question is: do you have something to hide from Google or FBI?"

That's not the point.

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