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    Aikido is offline Senior Member Community Builder
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    Default WHOA! good thing I didnt install this!

    thought it would never happen...

    Google = Evil After All
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    According to a statement issued yesterday by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Google Desktop ain't what it seems. A new feature of the application now records the contents of your hard drive, storing actual copies of your files -- including Word documents, PDFs, and spreadsheets. Concern about the new "Search Across Computers" feature arises out of the possibility that making such files available to Google opens users up to severe invasion of privacy, not only from hackers, but from government surveillance as well.

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    What about the toolbar? Is that safe?

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    Aikido is offline Senior Member Community Builder
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    I'm not sure. Sorry. I dont think it is, though, I remember hearing about this a while ago, but just didnt have any sort of link.

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    I think it actually just caches them to a part of your harddrive for easier access.
    Sigh. It's lonely at the top.

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    why the hell do you use google desktop anyway...a altho the MS search engine is slow it works... >_> this is what you get for going against the big bad men in black suits!!! shame on you google you sellout bastards, what pussy in youre company crippled under pressure from the US government to help with spying!!! where are youre balls!!!! *eyeballs the Google company executives*

    /saracasm

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    How annoying. It actually duplicates your stuff and wastes your drive space? Glad I never installed it.

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    Cool

    I never even thought about installing it, and if (like me) you use a logical and easy to navigate filing system, you shouldn't need it.
    I file everything on my computer, if someone told me to find a file (not a system file) I instantly know where it is and can find it in under 5 seconds.

    Music is a great example of how poorly people file things these days, if you were to look at the music folder of most users, you would probably see hundreds of nameless files (most people don't realise that if you type in the album details before you rip a CD, the computer will automatically file you songs by artist and then album.

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    if you are paranoiac and want to use google desktop, just block its connections to the internet....
    no need to worry about this ^^"

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    google desktop pwns. love it =P
    so when are you gonna unblock me?

    seriously.


    (damn i'm clever putting a msg in my sig. :hfive

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    Uhhh....... last I heard about this, what it was was a function that you could turn on/off that would copy the files of the subdirectories that you specified and sends them into Google to be put in their Cache... hence "Search Across Computers".

    Thing is you need an account with Google. You also need to enable it. I don't think it is on by default. Otherwise though, I don't know of it being that big a deal. I love the EFF, but sometimes they seem to be too cautious, due to the fact that they have to take the computer literacy of the average computer user into account when they make their recomendations.

    So, from what I remember, this is how it stands. You just need to turn it off (or not on...).

    So, you can still install the thing. Its not a big deal. The warning was to not enable the new feature, not to stay away from Google desktop search. If you like it... you should be fine installing it.

    http://desktop.google.com/features.html#searchremote

    There is the info from Google on it.

    I'm afraid wherever you got that info was a little... lets be nice and say 'jumpy'.
    Vol~

    thanks to Silverwmoon!

 

 
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