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Comment Re:More to the story? (Score 1) 140

What can you learn by resolving every single dns query from someone using an internet connected machine?

Quite a bit.

Imagine the scary amount of information Google knows about people who use their service. Especially combined with the fact that almost every site out there now uses Google Analytics and/or Google Advertisements.

I realize it sounds very tin foil but intercepting all DNS queries can give you a pretty good fingerprint of a user.

Comment More to the story? (Score 5, Interesting) 140

I wonder if the real reason they kept this on life support for so long was to enjoy 6+ months of DNS queries for 4mil-300 thousand users?

Seems like an excellent opportunity to gather a large amount of intelligence without any messy subpoenas or warrants.

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - A Cashless, High-Value, Anonymous Currency: How?->

jfruh writes: "The cashless future is one of those concepts that always seems to be just around the corner, but never quite gets here. There's been a lot of hype around Sweden going almost cashless, but most transactions there use easily traceable credit and debit cards. Bitcoin offers anonymity, but isn't backed by any government and has seen high-profile hacks and collapses in value. Could an experiment brewing in Canada finally take us to cashless nirvana?"
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Submission + - Google Announces Compute Engine - At Last An Alternative to Amazon AWS

mikejuk writes: Google's Compute Engine is the first credible alternative to Amazon's AWS. Until today the cloud was Amazon — now at last it's a two-horse race (or more).
The announcement includes the line:
"...allows Google Compute Engine to give you 50% more compute for your money than with other leading cloud providers"
And we know who "other leading cloud providers" are! A full price table is available and from this, for example, a single core image with 3.75GB and 420Gbytes of storage is $0.145 per hour, which is a lot more power than the same rate would buy at AWS.

Live within your income, even if you have to borrow to do so. -- Josh Billings