Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Dec 2012 23:12 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Perhaps most likely to raise some eyebrows is that Ubuntu 13.04 will let users purchase music or apps directly from the desktop Dash, without having to open a browser or a separate client." That's going to go down well.
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Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Tue 11th Dec 2012 23:56 UTC
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Presumably it can be easily disabled? I don't really have a problem with this, as long as there is some transparency in how paid results are selected and presented.

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RE: Comment by Drumhellar
by nej_simon on Wed 12th Dec 2012 10:55 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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I see a big problem. Mostly when you open the dash you'll be looking for local files and apps, even if you are a frequent buyer of for example amazon downloads (and a guess is that most Ubuntu users aren't). So sending all queries to canonical's servers and downloading the results will just waste data traffic and battery 99% of the time.

Hopefully you can still just apt-get purge unity-lens-shopping in 13.04.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Lennie on Wed 12th Dec 2012 13:05 in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
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Yes, you can do that.

Or go into the privacy settings to disable it as I understand it.

(but only for the default lenses, not for any self-installed lenses)

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RE: Drumhellar : Knowledge is Power!
by curio on Wed 12th Dec 2012 16:31 in reply to "Comment by Drumhellar"
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A widely accepted maxim is,"Knowledge is Power!".
Logically then, all "Knowledge collected specific to/about you is power over you!".
When one guards their privacy they deny others the ability to exert power over them.

All advertising/interactive functions that are based upon an individual's usage history are an affront to any notions of privacy and their long term socio-political affects will be dire as time passes.
At what specific point does the science of Madison Avenue/Google/Apple/Microsoft advertising become so fine grained through the constant and consistent surveillance of users, over time, that their algorithms become so utterly sophisticated that advertising moves from the realm of informational inducements to buy some product or service, to ads so compelling due to insider information that they become outrageous, out and out "Mind Rape!"?
All this in the hands of a very select few individuals. Combine this with a plethora of other perpetual, commercial and governmental databases and we'll have an "Authoritarian, Scientific Tyranny!" for our's and our children's futures.

Ads-based revenue models do not absolutely require user tracking to be effective. Generic, contextually based ads (i.e. Car wax ads in automotive enthusiasts venues etc..), are safe and non intrusive because they don't need to track an individual's activities to be effective. They aren't currently as profitable as the "Evil!" (tracking) alternatives but they're socially acceptable and nearly privacy/freedom neutral.

"Freedom will not, can not, survive (outlive) privacy! They are inseparable!".

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