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Google Opens Virtual Window Into Secretive Data Center

October 17, 2012 | 6:41AM

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — Google is opening a virtual window into the secretive data centers that serve as its nerve center. The closely guarded facilities house an intricate maze of computers that process Internet search requests, show YouTube video clips and distribute email for millions of people.

The unprecedented peek is being provided through a new website unveiled Wednesday at http://www.google.com/about/datacenters/gallery/./

The site features photos from inside some of the eight data centers that Google Inc. already has running in the U.S., Finland and Belgium. Google is also building data centers in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and China.

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imho... the best way is to

imho... the best way is to create an entire false digital persona. Pick a name, an address, an occupation, and run with it. Everything you do should be tied to *that* person. It's not fool proof but it sure would help.

- Grow Mushrooms at Home

Sheesh. How can two kids in a

Sheesh. How can two kids in a garage somewhere be a threat to THAT?

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Is it better to quit using @gmail account?

Should I stop googling, if it's going to be used to profile me?


I've got news for everybody. You're being tracked no matter what. ISP's hand over customer data, mobile carriers hand over customer data, Google/Apple, credit card companies; it doesn't matter. There is no possible way that you can't be tracked. You can use things like Tor or not have Facebook to make it harder to profile you, but I'm afraid there's nothing you can do.

I approach it as yeah, it sucks but there's nothing you can do about it at the given moment. It's a matter of convenience over being inconvenienced. Trying to hide all my activity is too time consuming. I think it's a crock that the govt stiff arms corporations into giving up customer data (corporations know that customers don't like the idea of their data being turned over to possibly be used against them) but it's out of our control.

All empires eventually fall.

I use

I use encrypted.google.com.
It's not supposed to track your searches, but no idea if it actually makes a difference.

I've got nothing to hide, but

I value my privacy more.

"society could go in a thousand directions as to how it would exist and how it would be, but the public mustn't know that. The generations must believe that the one that they're born into is naturally evolved."-Lenin/Alan Watt/cuttingthroughthematrix.com

For the same reason to leave

For the same reason to leave Facebook

Southern Agrarian

Ah, but one cannot simply "leave" Facebook!

No, that would be too easy. Rather, when you delete your FB account, FB is kind enough to hold onto ALL your info...just in case you want to come back, of course! What with people using FB for weddings, birthdays, social gatherings, and just hanging around, Facebook is pretty much the mafia; You can try to get yourself out, but you'll be pulled right back in.

So enjoy using Facebook everyday in every way, because we're *never* going away! ;)

A signature used to be here!

I left in 2008 and haven't

I left in 2008 and haven't been back. My friends have stopped asking me to comeback, finally. Best choice I ever made.

Southern Agrarian