[ExI] The NSA's new data center

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Wed Apr 4 09:43:14 UTC 2012

On Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 9:49 AM, Ben Zaiboc wrote:
> Kelly Anderson  declared:
>> If I knew you were
>> a lesbian, I could cease marketing certain irritating things to you...
>> When there is no privacy, SOME things actually do get nicer. It is a
>> tradeoff. One that I make in the direction of privacy today, but one
>> that I expect the zeitgeist will sweep away over the next 100 years.
>> It will be like living in a small town where everyone knows about
>> everyone... We'll go back to that way, which is the way humans have
>> been for most of our history. Probably time to get back to normal a
>> bit more.
> I'm sorry, but to me, this seems so wrong-headed I don't even know where to start.
> I have to disagree with - literally - every single thing you said, there, except for
> "which is the way humans have been for most of our history".  That's true enough
> (if you replace "small town" with "small tribe").  Human lives have also been 'brutish,
> nasty and short' for most of our history.  The past is somewhere I have no interest in going back to.

I agree with Ben.   I would prefer that you didn't do any marketing AT
ALL to me. That's why I run AdBlock, etc, to block advertising  and
make the web more user friendly. And don't whine at me that if I block
ads you won't be able to support your site. I don't care. There are
over 100 million other sites that I will never have time to visit

And you need other defensive software as well, as many web sites treat
visitors as willing victims who don't mind being tracked and getting
stuff installed on their computer. Not always malicious sites either.
Ordinary sites are often hacked by criminals and used to infect
visitors computers without the site owner realising what is going on.

It's a jungle out there. Think self preservation.


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