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Worried about google: was -> Re: chrome, Google DNS

I must say, I'm worried about google's dominance of information. The 
recent attack on their gmail servers is one example of why the use of 
free information systems (i.e. as in e-mail) is just dangerous. How many 
people use yahoo, ms mail, gmail and other free mail services? Now with 
google putting out its own cell phone, which has gmail installed on it 
and I'm sure it uses google for is search engine. A google OS? A google 
desktop system which "integrates its search ability" from desktop 
through to all your internet searches... (I'm kind of feeling raped here..)

Does anyone share this feeling of privacy violation? I'm starting to 
feel a bit like Kaczynski, not that I plan to mail bombs to Larry Page 
and Sergey Brin, but that I feel the need to guard myself when I go off 
and search the next. Some how do the online equivalent of running off to 
Montana and learn survivalist skills. Actually, what we need is a 
distributed search system, something akin to the SETI at home project, 
where the search database is distributed throughout millions of desktops 
and no one place contains the sum all of our queries...

I'm just rambling...

/ <>/

On 01/16/2010 03:58 PM, Tom Metro wrote:
> Stephen Adler wrote:
>> Has anyone tried out chrome for linux?
> I have it installed on an Ubuntu desktop. They conveniently provide a 
> repository for the beta builds, and I see the updates getting 
> installed quite often.
> I've used it rarely. Mostly as a sanity check back-up when something 
> doesn't work right in FF.
> I spent some time using it on a Windows box back when it first came 
> out. On that platform, it was a bit faster than FF, but the deal 
> breakers were lack of session management, and it didn't interoperate 
> with FF's bookmarks.
>> Does chrome keep track of all your searches and send them to google...
> Sounds redundant, if most of your searches already go through Google.
> Speaking of Google spying, anyone tried out their DNS servers? (They 
> claim that they purge the logs.)
> Anyone ran across a DNS benchmarking tool for Linux? It would be 
> useful to see whether the Google DNS servers really offer any 
> advantage compared to your ISP's servers.
>  -Tom

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