… you almost never know the price. Today I was thinking that everything on the Internet that is “free” should have a little price tag which says how much data the company is storing about you. Think about the Google homepage which next to the search bar has a cute little icon saying “221kb” and […]
I’ll never believe it, no matter how long Google keeps repeating it. Advertising (except maybe as an art form) is a fundamentally useless product. It’s like cold war, everybody pays, nobody gains. It’s a waste of resources. Think of all the attention of creative people, eaten by adaptive ad generation machines. Google’s highly effective business […]
Here is a new essay on the perils of big data which complements nicely with “To save everything click here” which I just finished reading. Here is a new essay on the perils of big data which complements nicely with “To save everything click here” which I just finished reading.
I’m trying to migrate away from Google services since Google slowly turns into a data silo. You don’t believe me? Try to export your location history, or try to export your Google contacts with pictures! I also don’t like their business model. I want to pay for services with money, not with private data/usage statistics, […]
Auf dem Magdeburger Ring gibt es eine Ausfahrt die von Google’s Navigation “Hasselbachplatz, Freie Plätze” genannt wird. Einheimische nennen sie nur “Hasselbachplatz”. Als ich heute diese Ausfahrt nahm wurde mir klar warum: Auf dem Schild welches die Ausfahrt ankündigt findet sich auch Parkinformation. Direkt unter “Hasselbachplatz” ist eine elektronische Anzeige zu einem Parkhaus unter der […]
Michael Horrowitz argues how Google knows most of the WiFi Passwords on this planet: They get them for free through Android’s back-up functionality which stores all “user settings” in the cloud. Now it would be foolish to assume that NSA had no access to this data. How important and secure are WiFi passwords anyway you […]
Here’s another interesting post. One scary thing for me is that the amount of money and political power that NSA governs. Apparently it suffices to implement very sofisticated attacks like weakening standards or blackmailing huge corporations to hand over the keys. http://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2013/09/on-nsa.html?m=1 Here’s another interesting post. One scary thing for me is that the amount […]
I’m trying DuckDuckGo again (it’s like the 3rd time or so that I enabled it as my address bar search). So far it seems a little faster than last time, and search results seem a little more relevant. What made me switch again is the increased creapyness of Google and that I learned about the […]