Tuesday, June 3, 2008

A nifty new dingus

When you read this, you will note that there is a spiffy little map that shows where you guys are in the world. Ain't that swell.

But I am saying this out loud here, remember that this is an off the shelf product that any bonehead can access on the web. What this shows is that the web itself follows you, that is it's nature and that is how the whole thing works.

You e-mails can be copied at any of the servers that route it into your mailbox. Folks can peek into your instant messages at any number of steps. And yes, the guv'mint can watch you.

For me it doesn't really matter much. My boring and pathetic life is beneath notice for just about everyone. I don't propose violent overthrow of anything, and the worst that can be said is that I have a morbid fascination for train wrecks, especially of the political and economic flavors.

But, that being said, keep in the back of your mind the idea that the web is transparent. If there is something that you do wish to keep other peoples noses out of, read up on cryptography and packet anonymizers.

For the greater bulk of you out there, there will never be a use for this thought. But on the off-chance that there may be something truly private....think before you put it out there on the net.

Fourth Amendment – Protection from unreasonable search and seizure.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

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