Google Latitude launches - Meets criticism already

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Google Latitude in hot water alreadyGoogle launched Latitude earlier this week, a mobile phone tracking service, which can pinpoint users locations to as close as just a few metres on an online map. Latitude is intended to allow family members and friends to track each other, and only when both parties consent to this. But it has already faced a backlash, calling into question how secure it is, and how easy it would be to abuse the new service. Although the technology behind Latitude and GPS tracking isn't something new, and there are other mobile phone tracking services available, because Google is behind this one, it has garnered more interest and criticism.

Examples of legitimate usage, as Google have suggested, are parents wanted to see where their children are, or friends wanting to meet up and see where each other are. But coming up with the not so legitimate uses doesn't take a wild leap in imagination.  Google are keen to point out though, that the service is an opt-in one, and you can restrict who sees your location within your friends list. A spokesman from Google had the following to say about Latitude:

“Once you’ve shared your location, you can hide it from individual friends or all of your friends at once, or you can turn off Google Latitude completely at any time. You can adjust your privacy settings in Latitude so that you share as much or as little about your location as you want, with whom you want.”

One group in particular has been quite vocal in pointing out the dangers of Latitude, and have claimed that they found a major security flaw in it just one day after the service launched. Privacy International, a human rights group, claim that Google have failed to safeguard against a second party activating Latitude on an owner's mobile phone without their consent. Once Latitude is activated there is a good chance that this would go undetected by the owner, and the phone would subsequently be broadcasting the owner's location. An example of a scenario where this could happen could be when someone is wanting to spy on their partner and where they were going. Privacy International say that Google are aware of this flaw and haven't done enough to safeguard against it. The Director of Privacy International, Simon Davies, said:

"Many people will see Latitude as a cool product, but the reality is that Google has yet again failed to deliver strong privacy and security. The company has a long way to go before it can capture the trust of phone users. As it stands right now, Latitude could be a gift to stalkers, prying employers, jealous partners and obsessive friends. The dangers to a user’s privacy and security are as limitless as the imagination of those who would abuse this technology."
 

We expect social networkers to pick up on the new service quite quickly, as they did with Facebook and myspace.  But it does make one wonder how much of their personal lives are users of these technologies willing to make so public? From personal tastes, family news, personal photos through to personal thoughts, all these can be found online, just an invite away. Now we can even keep tabs on other peoples movements, where does it all stop?

Do you see yourself using Latitude? Or do you think it's yet another tool to keep tabs on us? Discuss in our forums here. You can read the full article on Latitiude by Privacy International on their website.





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02-02-2009, 05:20:21

moogle
I had 3 of those Scythe Kaze Jyuni's on an XSPC RS360 rad before. They were very quiet when I turned the speed down but the airflow was still decent. If you want good airflow and lower noise get 38mm fans they'll have better pressure to push the air through your rads.

02-02-2009, 05:21:47

Kempez
I don't think a 295 will put that much of a strain on a 120.3. Why don't you try it with your current fans then change if temps aren't great?

02-02-2009, 05:24:50

Bungral

I don't think a 295 will put that much of a strain on a 120.3. Why don't you try it with your current fans then change if temps aren't great?



Valid point... And will probably do that. Was just thinking of getting everything done at once, but as my rad is external, it's not too much of a job swapping them.

Still need info on the fans just in case though ;)



Also thanks Monkey for the info on the Scythe.. From what you said, the first one will be the one to opt for providing it's quiet.

02-02-2009, 05:32:34

moogle

Also thanks Monkey for the info on the Scythe.. From what you said, the first one will be the one to opt for providing it's quiet.



So it's come down to insults now eh :haha:

I'm guessing thats a typo :p

02-02-2009, 05:41:33

monkey7
Am I being confused with someone? :p

02-02-2009, 05:56:35

Bungral
Oopsy... My bad.. Yeah I think I had just read something from Monkey7 and got you mixed up. Sorry about that.

Thanks for the info Moogle!

Am I being confused with someone? :p

02-02-2009, 09:20:11

soapsupah
the Scythe is pretty good, but yate loons aswell, so its up to you.
A Delta fan (if you lower its voltage) would be pretty good aswell since it has lots of static pressure, and pulls lot of cfm aswell;

02-02-2009, 09:24:16

monkey7
You'd need a beast of a controller to tame a Delta... The last controller reviewed at OC3D which claimed to be able to do that wasn't exactly living up to its promises.

I'd say see what your temperatures are first, then replace the fans. Even if your temps rise 5*C I guess it isn't really a disaster - watercooling keeps the hardware way below the max. temps anyway.

02-02-2009, 09:32:38

soapsupah

You'd need a beast of a controller to tame a Delta... The last controller reviewed at OC3D which claimed to be able to do that wasn't exactly living up to its promises.

I'd say see what your temperatures are first, then replace the fans. Even if your temps rise 5*C I guess it isn't really a disaster - watercooling keeps the hardware way below the max. temps anyway.



yeah sadly waited for better results from the fan controller :rolleyes:
hmm i didn't payd attention the the 5c thing, but you right, 5c is nothing becase afterall he put a 295 on the loop, that's something like a sandwich of gtx260 (not exactly the 260 anyways..)
the temps are good dude.

02-02-2009, 12:27:46

de_lenni
you don't really need to replace the fans, you can also add fans.
by this i mean putting up push-pull configuration, this could help you get those few degrees.
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