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Swiss Pics May 9, 2006

Posted by dhar in Misc.
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Currently on project at Switzerland. Did some sightseeing on the weekend and here are the snaps.

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1. Jose Luis Avila Herrera - May 10, 2006

Hi!

Nice pics!

The Wikipedia, is an excellent font of information for all times…

You Blog is Excellent…

Interchange links?

From México, an friend more…

José Luis Ávila Herrera

[¡¡¡Please VISIT ME!!!]

2. ./w - May 12, 2006

Wow, wonderful pics. Trust you were not all alone there? Coz that would have sucked. 🙂

./w

3. Anonymous - May 16, 2006

Dhar, the other blog on which we were discussing privacy issues has blocked anon comments, so here’s my response:

(P.S. You guys were great, I hope you take this in the right spirit.)

You guys pointed out wiki articles, but I am not sure if you understood exactly what the articles are saying. For eg., PII article says ” Moreover, sometimes multiple pieces of information, none of which are PII, may uniquely identify a person when brought together;”. This is the crux of what I was saying and what you guys missed. None of the pointers shown in the data point to me, but you can if you choose to, easily identify me via looking at them in totality. I am pretty sure the author of the blog knows who I am, even though my comments are anonymous. If he doesn’t, it’s because, a gentleman that he is, has chosen not to look at the data. Not because the data was not there.

Let me point to a technial article, unlike the media articles used as evidence in the discussion.

http://www.cs.cornell.edu/~mvnak/pubs/ldiversity-icde06.pdf

This article clearly talks about how with background information, attackers (in our case, the blog owner) can breach privacy. The blog owner knows something more than a casual reader, say you, knows. I am not going to tell you exactly what he knows, for obvious reasons.

Read the wiki articles again, if I am not being clear.
“For example, there may be only one Inuit person named Steve in the town of Lincoln Park, Michigan”.–>

4. Ranjyte - May 16, 2006

Hey D, wanted to comment on wordpress as well. Just for the H of it.. looks good. And Tachyon Brush? Nyze I say!

Cheers
RB

5. Vivek Kumar - May 16, 2006

@Dhar: Congratulations on the successful move 🙂

@Anon: Sorry for blocking those comments. It was not done with the intention to stop anyone in particular, but to *force* people to start commenting on the new blog.

As to online privacy, I agree that at times one can look at multiple data items and figure out some things. Not always though, and in the case of my blog and you.. hardly likely. I suppose I could have figured out your IP/city by matching the timing of your comments with those in the statcounter. But that is hardly an identification.

Like the gentleman that you graciously assumed me to be, I have been true to my word. I have not only *not* looked at the data, I have also removed all such info from the storage.

As far as I know, I don’t know you 😉

I must say, now I am damn curious though. I have always kept the Anonymous option open because it is more convenient for people, but I didn’t realise that some people might be really serious about protecting their identiy in comments on blogs.

To each their own, I suppose.

6. Jeet - May 16, 2006

Mass movement ho raha hai ji yeh to 🙂


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