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Old 11-24-2011, 05:56 PM
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Yay! Somebody created a Facebook account with my Gmail user last night. I reported it to Facebook, checked all of the sites I have associated with the gmail account and changed my password on all my email accounts.

Now I get to wonder if anything else was stolen.
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Old 11-24-2011, 06:32 PM
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OMG. Solar Panel don't care about Google. Solar Panel is hungry.

Google pulls plug on solar power plan - Business - Oil & energy - msnbc.com
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Old 11-24-2011, 06:41 PM
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Yay! Somebody created a Facebook account with my Gmail user last night. I reported it to Facebook, checked all of the sites I have associated with the gmail account and changed my password on all my email accounts.

Now I get to wonder if anything else was stolen.
Did they actually confirm the Facebook account, or did you get the confirmation message?

What would anyone have to gain from having a Facebook account with your email address?
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Old 11-24-2011, 08:58 PM
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Yay! Somebody created a Facebook account with my Gmail user last night. I reported it to Facebook, checked all of the sites I have associated with the gmail account and changed my password on all my email accounts.

Now I get to wonder if anything else was stolen.
Did they actually confirm the Facebook account, or did you get the confirmation message?

What would anyone have to gain from having a Facebook account with your email address?
Looks like it was confirmed and the person added friends. I checked Gmail, and there are only 2 places in the last 2 days which I accessed gmail from - home and work, so either their logs are inadequate, or someone did this from my home or work PC (at 9PM!).

I was sitting at home at 9PM, and none of my children admit to creating a FB account, nor do I think either have my gmail password.

It is possible that my job's workstation was left unlocked.... I had been using Remote Access earlier, and I'm not sure it always locks the screen properly - I've come into work the next day with my PC unlocked before.
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Old 11-28-2011, 04:26 PM
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OMG. Solar Panel don't care about Google. Solar Panel is hungry.

Google pulls plug on solar power plan - Business - Oil & energy - msnbc.com
Holy shit, they're winding down Labs? That, more than anything else, is sort of shocking to me, in that implies they're moving past the idea that they create awesome software with user participation and more toward the idea that they create products.
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:16 AM
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Dude they announced that like a year ago.
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Holy shit, they're winding down Labs? That, more than anything else, is sort of shocking to me, in that implies they're moving past the idea that they create awesome software with user participation and more toward the idea that they create products.
They mostly never did. They encouraged their users to promote their products, and used them as testers, but the actual work was in-house.

I suppose Chrome would be an exception, open source and all that. It's got a BSD license though. Once they don't need the community's free help anymore, Google is within their rights to close the code and only give people binaries.

I just realized something about the way they've promoted some of their products, like google mail. They give out ID's to some people, and allow these people to give out a certain number of free accounts to other people, who give out free accounts to others. This gives google a complete tree from start to finish of how the accounts spread from person to person.
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:53 PM
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Dude they announced that like a year ago.
AND WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME? DO I HAVE TO GO SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN :ff: TO GET MY NEWS NOW? HUH? HUH?
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Old 12-29-2011, 09:03 AM
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Google+ Not for mature adult content, like flipping people off.
Posted to my feed by an ex-google employee who left because they were getting too evil.
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:33 PM
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Heh, I accidentally referred to the "7 Pillars of Islam." I used ixquick to confirm it is actually FIVE pillars and received, as the lead result:

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Old 01-07-2012, 09:45 PM
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Someone sent me Stealth as an alternative to Google, but I have not figured out how to integrate it into Firefox yet.
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:54 PM
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I just realized something about the way they've promoted some of their products, like google mail. They give out ID's to some people, and allow these people to give out a certain number of free accounts to other people, who give out free accounts to others. This gives google a complete tree from start to finish of how the accounts spread from person to person.
In the machine learning community it's called a honey pot project.

It's how to get people to do for free what you normally would have to pay money to have done. And you get lots more data strait from the people themselves.

For some reason people today are far more trusting if it's free.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:41 PM
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Someone sent me Stealth as an alternative to Google, but I have not figured out how to integrate it into Firefox yet.
Yeah, I can't find that in the Firefox search engines, but Duckduckgo and Ixquick are both pretty good stealthy search engines too, and they're both available. (Dropdown search engines from the toolbar > Manage Search Engines > Add more search engines)

You could probably also add it yourself if you want.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:51 PM
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I have both of those already, I was just wondering.
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Just write your own search engine using the CommonCrawl corpus as a data source! Real web searchers roll their own PageRank. :)
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Google faces backlash over privacy changes - The Washington Post

I have been backing off Google for most stuff lately, anyway, but I am still a little comforted that their demographic profile of me is about 100% wrong. Also, every time I go to a Google property without ads blocked, I get shit about criminal attorneys and bail bonds and stuff.
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Hehehe Google thinks I am an Israeli. I sometimes get offered Muslim dating. I caught internet watser cooties!
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Old 01-26-2012, 06:58 PM
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Hey, it was funny in my head damnit!
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Oh, I bet it's funny in your head! :cuckoo:
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Do no evil, my ass.

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Google and other advertising companies have been following iPhone and Apple users as they browse the Web, even though Apple’s Safari Web browser is set to block such tracking by default.

How have they been able to do it? Well, first they made Safari think the user was submitting an invisible form associated with the ad.

That technique allowed the companies to then place a “cookie” – a small text file that is stored on the user’s computer and can be used to track online activities. Google disabled its code after being contacted by The Wall Street Journal.
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Safari Cookies is a good add-on for removing such nonsense.

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This could be a positive
Google Ancient Places digs into the past | Archaeology News from Past Horizons
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Google+ just got a redesign that smashed the feed over to one side and added a nice huge blank space for google suggestions. Thanks google for making G+ suck more.
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So far, Google Drive looks okay. Playing with it nao
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