|Reason 464,888 to not use Amazon...
||[Jan. 4th, 2006|08:40 pm]
Data Mining 101 is located at:|
It is a great primer on how one person, using modest computing tools, and one week of work, can find the reading preferences, address, telephone number, and infer all sorts of other interesting things about 250,000 people using nothing but the internet. Quote:
My Amazon seller ID is attached to these links. If I get any interesting statistics on how many copies of On Liberty, etc., are sold as a result of this article, I'll post them in a follow-up. If I get a call from the FBI, I'll let you know that, too.
The scary thing is, this happens all the time. And it's private corporations doing it for your government to access.
Sorry if you already saw it on BoingBoing; but this is about the best reading I've seen all week, aside from an ISC handler letting loose against microsoft in a diary entry here. Best quote from them:
While all of the rest of us were sleeping, it appears that the propeller-heads working on Billy Wonka's Official Microsoft Research and Development Team have been hard at work creating a crystal ball capable of foretelling the future. The only problem: it appears that they made it from rose-colored crystal.
There. Shared my links; go read and be enlightened :)