Why I might need to stop defending Google :(

I had to post this comment over at the excellent ghacks website after reading another embarrassing Google Up to No Good (GUNG) © article.

“Will you news sites stop revealing all this stuff about Google please, they used to be my hero’s back in the day’s of “Portal” homepages there minimalist Google search page loading so quickly compared to the “portal” pages, they were a genuinely “good thing” and now look at them a multi-million pound empire intent on world destruction (sigh)”

Are Google really as bad as they are being portrayed now ?

Comments on this one definitely welcome.

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How to OWN any Linux box otherwise known as “A Cry for HELP”

Although Linux is known for its security amongst other things it seems to be frighteningly easy to reset the Root password thereby giving you complete access to ALL the files of ANY user on the system, this seems like a major oversight that should have been locked down a long time ago or perhaps i’m missing something if anybody can enlighten me. I realise you could remove the Shutdown/Restart options from a desktop or BIOS lock a computer but surely there must be another way, at least in Windows you have to reboot with a LIVE CD to reset the Administrator password.
Please feel free to share any ideas on this subject.
It was the excellent gHacks website that reminded me of this, you can read more here How To Reset the Root Password in Linux

The Police + Ebay = More Security & Privacy required

I was most disappointed to read over at the Times about the new Police powers to crack into and place Spyware on your PC. Of course this raises several questions,
Is this legal for them to do this ? I think it breaks some Communication Act somewhere.
What software will they be using ? I’m using Linux so there spyware may not run on my machine, can they force me to change to MS Windows so that they can monitor me more easily 🙂
Does this software run on any platform ? what about Vista 64bit because bugger all else works on it.
If my Firewall refuses entry can they force me to let them through ? You see to me this would be similar to the law allowing them to insist I hand over my encryption key in the event my data is encrypted or face going to prison. Comments most welcome on this.

I pick up some good tips from Ghacks and thought whilst on the subject of security  and privacy i’d mention this article regarding Flash cookies, in fact Flash cookies you probably didn’t know you had even got, you can probably delete most but be wary if you are an Ebay seller, if you delete the tracking cookies you may have to do the confirmation phonecall with Ebay each time you list ! Of course it makes you wonder why Ebay needs to do this as even my bank does not track me like that on my own machine, its another invasion of privacy really and you would think Ebay would be very delicate about how they treat sellers nowadays especially after the sellers tried to warn Ebay about this last year. Mind you i’m still waiting for confirmation on a legal matter I took up with them some time ago to which they never replied so unless you are offering them large amounts of cash in “sponsorship” don’t hold your breath for any help & support.