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* Posts by Reg 6

4 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010

Google spymobile snaps self jumping to light speed

Reg 6

There can be only one

Guys... guys!!! There is only one car, ... haven't you seen that giant mirror in Grosvenor Place?

ARM chippies cooperate on Linux

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Colonisation Lives On?

Sorry Ubuntu is South African!

Even if the head office is in London.

Next I expect to hear an explanation ow the name originates from come Celtic roots ...

UK data watchdog to quiz Google on Streetview Wi-Fi database

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The data is not gathered by WarDriving [part 2]

I seem to have a lot of smart friends, another one observed this:

"When using the javascript geolocation API, the user explicitly agrees to use the location service. In firefox, the default location server is, surprise, google. The user actually accepts to send data in order to get the position. This means ip address, mac, wifi macs around, base station (in mobiles), gps, and any other info the might be helpful. Thus, you get your position, and google has all the info around you in exchange. Quite clever. And scary. The users work for them."

Reg 6
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The data is not gathered by WarDriving

A very smart friend of mine from the Czech Republic immediately twigged then I showed him this article that Google is not gathering the location data through WarDriving. That would be highly inefficient and their database would soon age. And if they did it by WarDriving they wouldn't have my friend's MAC address either, as he lives on top of a tall building and there is little chance of picking up his WiFi signal from ground level.

This database is populated with your consent when you agree to the non-gps based services on your Android phone (and possibly others).

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