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Topic: OT: Googlin ur paperz (2 msgs / 115 lines)
1) From: Floyd Lozano
I worked at a startup company that created a product which automatically
searched, contextualized, and categorized corporate email.  by analyzing
content and recipients, you could determine who was expert in what, and who
they knew, how often, and what they corresponded about.  It was eerily
accurate.  A government agency came to meet with us and showed great
interest in our product.  This was in early 2001.  Unfortunately, the
company folded after a few months, packaged up the technology and sold it to
some unnamed buyer.
1) nothing is free
2) the technology exists to figure you out, and it's not all that hard.   A
little math.  Google uses it to make money.  Governments use it to see if
they should raid your house.
The apps you think are free are just another way to get to know you.  Google
opens up your desk, pokes around, and figures out what you might like to
buy.  Tweak your search results a bit.  That sort of thing.
Anyway, nothing to worry about if you have nothing to hide!  But maybe think
twice the next time you search on 'Lindsey Lohan wardrobe malfunction' or
'olsen twins swimsuit'.
-F
On 8/14/07, Brett Mason  wrote:
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2) From: Rich
Floyd is indeed correct here.  Google is only using this technology to make money, and nothing in this 
life is free.  But Google never throws anything away, or deletes it.  The "I have nothing to hide" 
concept has some risk associated with it.  I am sure you are aware of the consequences of some 
insurace companies using credit report data to set rates.  Nothing to hide there either.
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From: Floyd Lozano
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 00:44:09 -0400
I worked at a startup company that created a product which automatically searched, contextualized, 
and categorized corporate email.  by analyzing content and recipients, you could determine who was 
expert in what, and who they knew, how often, and what they corresponded about.  It was eerily 
accurate.  A government agency came to meet with us and showed great interest in our product.  This 
was in early 2001.  Unfortunately, the company folded after a few months, packaged up the technology 
and sold it to some unnamed buyer. 
1) nothing is free
2) the technology exists to figure you out, and it's not all that hard.   A little math.  Google uses it to 
make money.  Governments use it to see if they should raid your house.
The apps you think are free are just another way to get to know you.  Google opens up your desk, 
pokes around, and figures out what you might like to buy.  Tweak your search results a bit.  That sort 
of thing.
Anyway, nothing to worry about if you have nothing to hide!  But maybe think twice the next time you 
search on 'Lindsey Lohan wardrobe malfunction' or 'olsen twins swimsuit'.
-F
On 8/14/07, Brett Mason  wrote: Hey folks, Google puts up ads.  They also 
throw in ...
  Documents
  Spreadsheets
  Search
  Finance 
  Presentations
  Images
  Videos
  Email
    ... and lots lots more ...
Did I say FREE yet?  So they throw up Ads...  
Perhaps you did hear about Google Helicopter yet?  It's one of their newest online offerings, but you 
have to get an invite for it.  It's a stealth surveillance web-app where you can passively utilize stealth 
technologies to monitor your property, and particularly follow persons of interest.  This is one of the 
benefits of the Google cookie snaplet, the DLL code that tracks your actions to identify trends and 
actions, separate communications and signatures of those with whom you interact.  I have been part 
of the Beta test for this, and like the others, find it just one more benefit of using Google's newest 
technologies. 
Someday they'll do more for coffee roasting, but for now, protecting my security is enough for me...
Brett
On 8/14/07, Larry English < larrylenglish> wrote: Just one more reminder that Google 
isn't a content company, it's an advertising company.  Every word you type goes into the magic 
analyzer and out comes ... 
   an ad.
So it goes.
On 8/9/07, Brett Mason  wrote: I selected the SPAM folder (on GMAIL) so I 
could delete the spam that was moved there.  The top banner had an advertizement for "French Fried 
Spam" - boy are they creative or what?
Brett
On 8/7/07, Floyd Lozano < fplozano > wrote: About the worst that can be said about gmail 
is that they scan and categorize the content of your email (anonymously of course) and use it to target 
google ads at you.  It's always funny to see the various coffee related links next to my emails.  Just 
don't click them if you don't wanna ;) 
-F
On 8/7/07, Amy Bailey  wrote: P.S. Another benefit of online e-mail is that 
almost no matter where you are traveling in the world, you can check your e-mail.  Whether you're 
visiting relatives, or in Lima or Bangkok or Cairo, you can check your e-mail.  It's a little harder in the 
U.S., since we have fewer internet cafe's, but most libraries allow checking of e-mail.  For those with 
a serious e-mail addiction (myself included) this is a big plus.  :)
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