[linux-elitists] Re: Point of order
Tue Nov 30 20:55:13 PST 2004
In the immortal words of Jeff Waugh <email@example.com>:
> <quote who="Don Marti">
> > Point of order.
> > gmail.com is a webmail service that, as far as I can tell, does not apply
> > a User-Agent header to show the browser being used. So all From:
> > .*gmail.com posts have to be filtered out.
> That said, gmail itself is the email client, and it is proprietary software.
Remember how cool we all thought Google was when they were running
Google Linux Servers using bare motherboards on exposed trays?
Google has done a lot with Free / Open Source software over the years,
but that seems to have been motivated more by keeping overheads low
than by scruples. After all, they run Orkut on Windows with ASP.NET:
and of course Gmail's web interface is proprietary (although someone
could use Free Software, like Mozilla Thunderbird, to POP their Gmail
account -- where do you draw the line in that case, Don?)
What's even more interesting to me is the way that Google has racked
up so many "punk points" from their early days, and from opening up
their APIs and whatnot, that people seem to be falling all over
themselves to give Google the kind of demographic information that
you'd usually try very hard to keep away from a huge tech company.
Even people who are reasonably intelligent, tech-savvy, and clueful
about their privacy in the digital domain seem to trust Google to an
astonishing degree. "I don't mind if they build up a database of key
words in my emails and use it to target me for advertising -- at least
their advertising is discreet and tasteful!"
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