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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 :)

[User Picture]From: jgp
2006-01-04 10:10 pm (UTC)
Anyone else amused by the fact that only 3 people are looking to get "1984" between the West Coast and the Mississippi? =D
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2006-01-05 11:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, compared to the entries for "bible" in the same area. Apparently Bruce Schneider picked it up on his blog, so the site has been blown to hell. Next thing you know, /. will get isc.sans.org and ppl will be all "ey! wtf you linking to, mate?!"

[sarcasm]It's damn tough being on the leading edge of the blogosphere.[/sarcasm]

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[User Picture]From: jgp
2006-01-05 07:10 pm (UTC)
Hahaha yeah, you're the regular Matt Drudge of LiveJournal, breaking the big ones before they get slashdotted into eternity ;-)
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[User Picture]From: jgp
2006-01-05 07:11 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah... and Mom's the weekend of the 20th, nothing big cause I'm studying up for the CISSP exam next month, but something I'm sure. Need to break the jacuzzi tub in and all. =D
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From: alpinejunkie
2006-01-05 10:55 am (UTC)
Stuff like this used to scare me.
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[User Picture]From: whizistic
2006-01-05 11:30 am (UTC)
Same here. Nowadays it's more of an exclamation of "Good show!" with a golf clap thrown in. Always good fun to see what strange things people come up with when they have the same access everyone else does.

It's even more interesting to see how people escalate their access, but that's a different story.
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