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A Note on Google


Let me mention two things as background. First, I occasionally do a web search of my own name to see what pops up. Second, I have a private website where I upload files to share with friends. The directory is not secured, so anyone who I send the link to can view all the files and download them, 1990s style.


The last time I searched for my name on Google, I noticed that it had found one such directory on my website where I had uploaded some videos. I was surprised because, as far as I know, there was only one place where Google could have found the link to those files: in private emails from my Gmail account.

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I flew out of Atlanta, Georgia today.  While waiting to go through the TSA checkpoint, I was directed into a special waiting line.  The line was special for two reasons.   The first was that it was about five times longer than the normal lines.  The second was that instead of just having a metal detector at the end, it also had a new millimeter wave body scanner, which is part of the TSA’s Advanced Imaging Technology.

When I had gotten close to the scanners, I saw that a government agent was directing each person to either go through the metal detector or the body scanner.  I loudly asked another TSA agent, the manager, if the second machine was “one of those nudo-scanners”.  It laughed and said that the machine was a “nudo-scanner”.  Then I turned to some teenage girls behind me and asked them if they were going to go through it.  They stared at me blankly.

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