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Now, if I'd *known* the last Republican "debate" was going to include a musical number.. (many thanks to schneelocke!)

If you'd like a chance to win a unique signed Moog, and support the Moog Foundation's educational work, have a peek over here, before the end of Thursday. Contributions of $25 or more qualify for entry into the drawing for the synth, signed by the likes of Brian Eno and Moby, and quite a few more.


The EFF has some advice on removing your Google history before the company's new "privacy" policy goes into effect.

It's rather disappointing, of course, that things didn't pan out quite the way they'd hoped, but this Kodak corporate short from 2006 is rather fun. Frankly, I'd love to've seen short form versions of this as their public advertising - so much advertising winds up being so damnably sterile.

A friend in SoCal's wondering: "Might Anyone know of someone/somewhere in the Los Angeles Basin who has 2 74# 33' Railroad rails they're willing to part with?" - a long shot, but if you know anyone that might be able to help, I'd be delighted to refer you to the fur in question. ^_^
 
 
 
 
 
 
Huh, I checked that https://www.google.com/history link they suggested, and it just asked if I wanted it turned on. I just hit the "no thanks" button and signed back out.

Going to that link when I'm signed out just asks me to sign in. Does that mean it doesn't track it when I'm not logged in, or what?

Of course, if I ever decide I really don't like something they do, I can always just search with https://www.ixquick.com/ (multiple search engines version) or https://startpage.com/ (Google search engine only version) instead I suppose. They default to HTTPS, don't record your IP address, and they do have some other nifty options. Including an option to save your settings as part of the url rather than as an (anonymous) cookie!
Same here, thankfully. I suppose they'll still feel entitled to trawl all your data anyway, like the way they're now cross-linking separate email accounts in my domain, making unrelated contacts appear in the chat suggestions. Any thoughts on email providers? Ideally cheap, as it's something I'd need to be able to sustain even in leaner times.

The problem is that Google doesn't, as I recall, ever actually stop gathering data - even if you're not signed in, they're tracking a number of other parameters, and using those to form further links with their dataset. IP, browser, types of query - not technically your search terms, just anything else.

Including an option to save your settings as part of the url rather than as an (anonymous) cookie!

Oh, that's rather nice. Also means, I suppose, you can be creative with shortcuts, and use different ones for different option combinations. Mostly, I've been using DuckDuckGo of late, though sometimes Google as well, as they're sometimes simply better in the results returned.

Which was the Google-based offering that recently got cut off/throttled? I recall reading about one of that brigade had been reined in by Google.
IP, browser, types of query - not technically your search terms, just anything else

I bet they get interesting stuff conclusions from public/shared computers or from free wifi spots... :-P

Hmm, Probably wouldn't be too hard for someone to write up an add-on that spoofs your user agent whenever you're connecting to Google, and changes it to some random combination of values each time... Might even be able to set it up to connect through a random proxy each time or something, although that would be a lot more work for not that much more gain obviously.

(I wonder if there's a way for an addon to scrub "unique" information from your Google cookies without deleting your settings, such as killing safe search, how many results per page, &c.?)

(Oh, speaking of "cookies", have you ever seen this page before? Oddly enough, I can't find a good way to selectively remove entries from the same information locally - in fact, that particular tool REFUSES to work anywhere but on that page even!)

Which was the Google-based offering that recently got cut off/throttled? I recall reading about one of that brigade had been reined in by Google.

I don't know, but even if Google cuts off ixquick, they do still have results from several other engines at least.

Edited at 2012-02-28 08:11 pm (UTC)