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I was worried for a minute, but I can't actually think of anything a hacker could do with my last.fm account that I care about.

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How would one go about setting this up in their own house? Privacy concerns aside, I can think a some cool uses for this (more finely-grained location based reminders for instance).

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Doing the reverse might be easier. In Android you can see several access points and their strength. You can trilaterate or record fingerprints.

And it works anywhere where there is at least one or two visible wifis.

No special infrastructure needed.

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You can use a Bluetooth keyboard with an Android tablet.

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Or an Android phone with ICS :).

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That's good to know; the "Missing Bluetooth HID Profile" bug is still open:

http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=9708

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The two best alternatives I've found:

https://ixquick.com/eng/

https://startpage.com/eng/

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Aren't they the same? It says "Startpage by ixquick" for example on the Startpage About page.

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I believe Ixquick blends results from several search engines, like an aggregator. Startpage is by the same people but only includes Google results. It also has some Google-specific features like date search. The difference is pretty small though.

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What if you object to being tracked, but also realize that no other search engine comes close to matching Google's results?

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Tough. Google's results are, in part, created from their tracking. If you object to the tracking then you shouldn't use the output of said tracking.

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>Tough.

It's not my job to look out for Google's interests. "You're the product, not the customer," remember? Why should I concern myself with the quality of Google's product?

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Why? I doubt it has any negative impact on Google if a tiny fraction of their users go through a proxy, and I'm having trouble thinking of another reason to oppose doing so.

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Use Tor? http://torproject.org/

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I'm not sure that's true, but in any case, being tracked is the price you pay for using Google.

The way I see it, there are three options:

* Accept it and keep using Google

* Use DuckDuckGo, Bing or some other search engine

* Struggle to use hacks like Scroogle

Tracking users is a key part of Google's business model. If you use their services, they're going to track you and target ads to you. And they're going to keep implementing things like throttling to frustrate sites like Scroogle.

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the disconnect extension http://disconnect.me/ includes an option to depersonalize searches (which seems to work by killing google's cookies).

there's also http://www.googlesharing.net/ which is an anonymizing proxy service, but i think it's firefox specific.

personally, i just stopped using their other services (i tried disconnect, but vaguely remember various issues when otherwise logged in) - as far as i know, they don't track you when you're not logged in (to be more sure i also use ghostery - that, together with disconnect, prevents a lot of tracking).

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Killing Google's cookies will not make your search anonymous, since you can still be identified by your IP address.

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Not just IP address but also browser signature, screen size and resolution, javascript settings and anything else in the HTTP header. See http://browserspy.dk/ for details.

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yes, i know (and also browser fingerprinting if they really wanted to), but do they do that? as far as i know, they do not (likely for various reasons - bad press, confusion of people behind NATs, etc).

[i mean, more exactly, that i have heard nothing about them updating personal information with data from searches when not logged in; i am not talking aggregate info like typical searches from geoip locations]

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XDA forums are hard at work: http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1309

Basically, they have CyanogenMod 7 running on it, but there are still some kinks that need to be worked out (a few features aren't working yet, video isn't perfect, etc.)

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Spaced repetition fans should be aware that there's a great Anki deck available for learning vim commands:

http://alfmikula.blogspot.com/2010/11/using-spaced-repetitio...

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I can't help but think it's more likely that these images are faked than that Apple actually designed Siri to recommend escort services.

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It's not like they had a bunch of people sitting around a conference table thinking up the phrases people might ask it. It's a natural language parsing engine; it understands "horny" as sex, and pulled up related Yelp listings.

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There's also this addon for Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/resurrect-pag...

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Maybe people who want e-ink just buy a Kindle.

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Or maybe people who want e-ink are a single-digit percentage of the market.

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If a consumer does research, as I did, and looks for comparison of the eInk of the Nook and of the Kindle, you quickly discover side by side photos of the Nook and Kindle and conclude that the Kindle eInk is better (it does use a more current version of eInk than the Nook after all). If you wanted color - you with w/ the Nook because that was the option you had out of the big two, otherwise, with the Kindle.

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