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Old 03-03-05, 09:15 AM   #1
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Is Big Brother is Watching Us??

Does anyone get creeped out by the fact that EVERYTHING we type here on the forums gets archived away, for years in many instances? Did you ever google your login name?

I mean, the atmosphere here is very relaxed and permissive (I love it), like the local pub I never had. Except that there's a tape recorder going 24/7. You've heard about the employers googling the names of applicants, right? Should we be concerned?
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Old 03-03-05, 11:14 AM   #2
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welcome to the internet. Dont say anything here that you wouldnt want broadcasted on a giant billboard in your hometown. Thats just the way of things, even back in the day of USEnet and BBS's.

I suppose you think email is secure too?
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Old 03-03-05, 11:27 AM   #3
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yes, big brother is here. for example, everything i type here is saved. every email i send at work is saved. all the websites i've visited can be viewed. same with voice mail. when i walked to the train station this morning i was on camera. when i got to work i was on camera and had to use an id badge to get in the building (and the stairwell, and certain areas of the company). during the course of a day it's almost a possibilty to know exactly where i am at any moment. now, we're also in a time when language is changed (see Fox news "fixes" quote thread), and doublespeak is obvious. war continues for ideological reasons. george orwell was a genius, his predictions are spot on.
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I'm thinking it's a good idea to not choose unique screen names. Like Stumpjumper there. If you Google that you get lots of hits for the actual bike, but Timmhaan and mine give a history of our bike forum lives. And worse is, I use the same screen name on almost all the sites I visit.
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Old 03-03-05, 12:06 PM   #5
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humm...i just googled my user name and found it (along with other comments on this board) associated with outside sites. the most shocking was a 'gay lyrca' fetish web ring. i only assume it was because i made a comment in a thread about lycra once. this IS pretty scary.

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Who cares. Big brother knows and sees all.
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Unfortunately, back in the late 80's and early 90's a lot of us used our REAL NAMES in newsgroups. That was back when computer users were a relatively small community of more-or-less like minded techno-dweebs.

Thanks to google, these postings are now preserved for all ages.

I probably could not get a top secret clearance today because of all the extreme left-wing rantings of my college days (I still feel approximately the same politically, but I keep it myself mostly).
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Paranoia has its place, but do you really think that any organization, even Homeland Security, really has the manpower and/or tech savvy to monitor the sheer volume of email and internet traffic on a routine basis?
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Paranoia has its place, but do you really think that any organization, even Homeland Security, really has the manpower and/or tech savvy to monitor the sheer volume of email and internet traffic on a routine basis?
How about stored for later use against selected targets or group round-ups?
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How about stored for later use against selected targets or group round-ups?
I don't think you have anything to worry about, scottogo.
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i see a lot of people discussing accidents on here. some have even admitted to things prior to going to court. it would be very easy for a lawer to search and find a thread in which you are discussing things that haven't been filed in a police report. just an example. also, there is the whole ownership debate. who actually will own all these messages and all the archives 10 or 20 years down the line. may not be used for "evil" per se, but it should be viewed with caution.
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Yeah, and if you buy a GM car with On-Star they can know where you are via Satalite imaging. Kinda Scary!

There is also a recording device that will let the insurance adjusters know if you had your seatbelt on, at the time of an accident.
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Paranoia has its place, but do you really think that any organization, even Homeland Security, really has the manpower and/or tech savvy to monitor the sheer volume of email and internet traffic on a routine basis?
Absolutely not. What they DO sometimes do is come down real hard on somebody in a really harsh, well-publicised way, so as to make an example for 13 year old hackers everywhere. The biggest piece of disinformation about the 'net is that the government and corporations are capable of regulating it. They're not, they just don't want anyone to know! For those who are paranoid, don't type stuff on the internet. As far as I'm concerned, I'd tell the FBI, George Bush and Charles Bronson all my drug stories, my political (non-)affiliation and where to stick it to their face, so if they've got an extensive dossier on my dumb a$$, I'm flattered.
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Old 03-03-05, 03:56 PM   #15
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The biggest piece of disinformation about the 'net is that the government and corporations are capable of regulating it. They're not, they just don't want anyone to know!
you can't post whatever you want on the internet. take child pornographers for example, they are sought out and arrested. which is good, of course, but there is difinitley some regulation. try posting detailed plans about bombing some building and we'll see what happens to you. my guess is you'll be in handcuffs within a week.
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hey, if anyone wants to google my verbal ************, fine by me.
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you can't post whatever you want on the internet. take child pornographers for example, they are sought out and arrested. which is good, of course, but there is difinitley some regulation. try posting detailed plans about bombing some building and we'll see what happens to you. my guess is you'll be in handcuffs within a week.
Well, the internets no different than real life, in that the really stupid, ham-fisted guys get caught quickly! My point was that the government would like everyone to believe that those putting immoral/dangerous content on the internet get caught %100 of the time. I think most criminals go unpunished, and the exceptions are penalized harshly with great fanfare to send a message. You CAN post whatever you want, you just have to deal with the consequences!
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Yeah, and if you buy a GM car with On-Star they can know where you are via Satalite imaging. Kinda Scary!

There is also a recording device that will let the insurance adjusters know if you had your seatbelt on, at the time of an accident.

That's exactly why I'd never have an OnStar equipped vehicle.
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I worried a lot more when one of my coworkers found my blog and left a couple of comments...
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Did you mean "especially Homeland Security"?....
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I worried a lot more when one of my coworkers found my blog and left a couple of comments...
Yeah, once someone finds out your "internet alter ego" you can't really be as bold as you would like. I noticed you changed your blog name... I can only assume this is the reason.

Although, I do often wish my nextdoor neighbor would find my blog.
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Did you mean "goggle"?....
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I worried a lot more when one of my coworkers found my blog and left a couple of comments...
I found a former co-workers... I knew she was leaving her finance before he did.

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Lord Opie....Did you mean jiggle?....
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