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EFF: Privacy in Ubuntu 12.10: Amazon Ads and Data Leaks

EFF: Privacy in Ubuntu 12.10: Amazon Ads and Data Leaks

Posted Oct 31, 2012 17:38 UTC (Wed) by viro (subscriber, #7872)
In reply to: EFF: Privacy in Ubuntu 12.10: Amazon Ads and Data Leaks by mabradford
Parent article: EFF: Privacy in Ubuntu 12.10: Amazon Ads and Data Leaks

Which binaries in, say, MS-DOS 3.30 install would those be? I very strongly suspect that you are spouting bullshit, but I'm willing to apologize if you can supply a verifiable information. Pathnames, please.


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EFF: Privacy in Ubuntu 12.10: Amazon Ads and Data Leaks

Posted Oct 31, 2012 18:50 UTC (Wed) by nix (subscriber, #2304) [Link]

It may be a misremembering of the scares over just what info Windows Update was sending back to MS (which did include weird stuff like the BIOS serial number which it is hard to imagine a legitimate use for).

However, much of the rest is either bizarre (the only case where MS has ever claimed that stuff you generate with their tools is their property is some output of their own compilers, I think: they are not legal ignoramuses, juwt typically prone to corporate overreach). As for claiming that DOS 3 *had* any 'search applications', let alone claiming that anything could connect to the Internet without your permission, given the wild variety of distinct dialler programs in use in the DOS 3 days... well, there's no way that mabradford is remembering accurately. Even if you wanted to programmatically connect to the Internet in the DOS 5 days, you had to specialize it for one dialer: back in the DOS 3 days, DOS and the Internet had pretty much not heard of each other outside very specialist communities indeed. Naturally DOS never came with any sort of standard TCP/IP stack, which would make a search tool sending anything anywhere a hard proposition indeed.

I wonder if mabradford is just too young to remember those days? It's quite possible: someone born when DOS 3.3 was released is a quarter of a century old now...

I commend you on your scientifically accurate use of the term 'bullshit'. It's rare to see someone using the term according to Frankfurt's definition, despite the prevalence of bullshit in that sense all around us.


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