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Comment: Not New (Score 4, Informative) 213 213

This is known as a perceptual hash. We have a perceptual audio hash in pHash, my open source software project that will tell you how similar two media files are to each other. It also features an indexing system to find the best matches from a sample audio clip, a la Shazam. These algorithms are not new by any means, although this patent goes a bit further than simply matching audio samples.

Comment: Update your Firefox search bar (Score 1) 288 288

To take advantage of the change in your Firefox search bar on Linux, edit the ~/.mozilla/firefox/xxxxxx.default/search.json file and change all URL references to Google to "https" where xxxxxx is the random string created by Firefox. I assume it's similar for other operating systems.

While this is a step i nthe right direction, I believe only the results of your search are encrypted, not the search string itself. Perhaps Google should make the search a POST and not a GET. That should solve the problem of your search string appearing in the URL.

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