However the bit about requiring a Google login is pernicious. Because the google cookie is
(AFAIK) used both for applications and for ads, and the ads are everywhere on the internet, if
you login to use reitveld you're exposing yourself to being tracked by Google all across the
You're not only exposing yourself to Google, of course; since the NSA monitors all internet
traffic into and out of the US, you're exposing yourself to the US government as well. I'd be
surprised if they didn't have explicit code to track google cookies.
This does have implications, what with the patriot act, the green scare
(http://www.baltimorechronicle.com/2008/042808Lendman.shtml), the redefinition of terrorism,
indefinite detention, etc: it's easy to build a case against someone these days. Centralized
tracking, as implemented by google, is centralized power.
So I think that it's especially important that free software avoid ties to centralized power