America Online isnt too bright.

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by tomokun, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. tomokun macrumors member


    May 21, 2006
    Milwaukee, WI
    So im not sure how many of you know this, but AOL yesterday released a document of 650000 peoples searching habbits over 3 months. Thers 20 million searches. Each person was picked at random and was anonymous. Oh and i have also read both 500000 and 650000 but either way its a lot of people. Anyway theres info on it here. AOL since then has taken the info down and I would share where to get this info, however i am not sure if that is allowed.

    For those of you that have downloaded the files, am i the only one who is actually really curious and reading all of these?
  2. Timepass macrumors 65816

    Jan 4, 2005
    well depending on how they did it, it is legal for them to log your searchs. Google easily logs it searchs and files them. what they are logging is what is put into the search engine and it all they are storing is what you search for (not who you are, or any way to link it back) it is fine. they are just logging the request on there servers
  3. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    Don't even get me started on AOL..... :mad:

    We had their dial-up service and it sucked, but all is good now that we have a wireless network setup in our house- courtesy of Comcast Cable. :D :)
  4. ham_man macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2005
    Why do people say that it is illegal for the governemnet to log phone records, but legal for companies to log internet searches...?
  5. SamIchi macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2004
    Because it's 2 differnet things?
  6. michaeldmartin macrumors regular


    Jun 29, 2006
    Testicles. That is all.
    One word: Politicians.
    Personally, I don't see how it's different if a 17 year old were to kill-- say a governor than a 30 year old to do it. Furthermore; why should doing the same thing to different things should have different punishments. Say the president being killed being punished more than A grocery bagger being killed. It's the same thing: recording what people are doing. Although i'm sure there's a reason... Although; i'm willing to bet there are terms and conditions to using their search engine which include using your search for statistics and surveys.
  7. CompUser Guest

    AOL is a horrible company with even worse. They hide their uninstallers for all their crap software bundled with AOL so you can't get rid of it.

    Anyone know how to get rid of AIM triton?
  8. tomokun thread starter macrumors member


    May 21, 2006
    Milwaukee, WI
    But anyway has anyone else read the list? Ive been reading it, and I gotta say that 130832 is my favorite person, ever.

    Also it isnt that nice to start tracking peoples searching habbits without their permission and without them knowing.
  9. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    Logging phone records (which phone companies do all the time to track usage for billing) and phone tapping (listening in on conversations, legal with a warrant) are very different things.
  10. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    Damn, and here I thought the most searched for stuff was gonna be pornography.
  11. d wade macrumors 65816

    d wade

    Jun 27, 2006
    Boca Raton, FL
  12. Timepass macrumors 65816

    Jan 4, 2005
    also like to add phone companies also log when you make you phone call for statisical reasons (just those stats are not link up to who you are or who are you are calling, more the area code and maybe what country). They do this so they know when the most calls are being made and when to charge the most.

    Why do you think nights and weekends came around on cell phones. They learned that very few calls where being made during that time and they had a ton of unused ablilty that they where paying for and not getting any used (for the most part each tower cost the same to maintain and run weather or not it being used to commucate a phone call). So they turn it in to advistiement to get more sells and not everyone is doing it and soon I expect to see 7pm-7am nigths and weekends become the standard.

    Compainys are always doing statisic on you. credit card compainy log how much you charge balance and stuff. Then remove all personal data and put in to a statisitcal data base. almost all companies do that. So they can learn how to better serive there customers and make more money
  13. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    OP, you do know this was all anonymous, right?

    They randomly assigned numbers to user's and associated a second column with search terms to the database.

    No one's tracking anything, anymore than DoubleClick and Google and the New York Times leave cookies on my machine.
  14. thedude110 macrumors 68020


    Jun 13, 2005
    Because companies can't search/seize your property.

    And because, for the most part, companies don't have tanks.

    And because corporations are probably not as likely to throw you in jail for disagreeing with them. Or for talking about the wrong books.

    These are the worries (or the slippery slope) re: government logging of phone records (and we shouldn't pretend that logging doesn't lead to listening in).
  15. nbs2 macrumors 68030


    Mar 31, 2004
    A geographical oddity
    On my old work computer, I tried to uninstall pieces (all I needed was AIM), but to break its back, you have to get rid of AIM. It's the master log. When you pull that one, the whole dam gives way...
  16. adk macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2005
    Stuck in the middle with you

    Because when the government logs phone records, they record that Mr. X in Sacramento called Mr. Z in Damascus. When AOL and Google record searches, they record that "Monkeys Doing it" was searched for on their server, but not by whom.
  17. tomokun thread starter macrumors member


    May 21, 2006
    Milwaukee, WI
    No i just stated that in the original post :rolleyes:.

    Either way i dont approve of it, but it sure is crack reading the entire list.
  18. Mammoth macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2005
    Weirdest example ever.... :eek:.

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