> Having the opt-in vs. opt-out discussion is worth while.
Agreed. It might be best if it was opt-in and/or continued integration with the music/video or other lenses which are more explicitly about network searches.
> I stopped listening to anything Stallman had to say a long time ago
I think that's unfortunate, what he actually says, instead of whatever crazy crackpot notions are often mis-attributed to him by poorly-informed commenters on the Internet, usually makes real sense.
> I would find a Google lens significantly more useful
Yeah an explicit network search that covers search engines, amazon, etc. might be cool
> I would like to know what the difference is between that, and simply searching Amazon?
Canonical explicitly proxies and traffic to anonymize it due to privacy issues. You are only exposed to Amazon if you navigate to it, which would link your search to your identity. Searches for "Terminal" are probably not that interesting, searches for private medical or financial data stored on your machine. Many people are very private when it comes to medical and financial data, you shouldn't have to be constantly on-guard when using your own machine to not leak this data, by searching for key words in it, to third parties.
> The fact that the feature is on by default is probably due to the fact that Ubuntu tries to accommodate the "average" computer user.
> If you don't like it, disable the lens.
That's the rub, since it's not opt-in there is a greater chance of unintended disclosure , especially from the "average" user crowd who is unlikely to poke around in the settings and disable the feature unless they are highly motivated and well informed. Privacy shouldn't be a luxury only extended to those who fight for it, privacy should be the default.
Of course, considering how much data is collected by (marketing) intelligence firms these days just based on your ambient network footprint, this is like throwing a grain of sand to block a raging river, but it's probably the right thing to do in any event. I guess Stallman is Ned Stark 8-)