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    Several privacy advocacy groups are making a stink about this because a computer program will scan e-mails for the purpose of targeted text ads. I don't see how that's a concern, but some think otherwise.

    Do you think that GMail will be an invasion of your privacy? If so, will it be enough to discourage you from using it?
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    Invasion maybe if it stores the information, but at the same time I have one thing to say to those who use it and complain of invasion:

    BOO I am sillyI am sillyI am sillyI am sillyING HOO!

    If you don't like what they do just use their service.

    Oh I'm surprised no one has pointed this out:

    1000megs != 1 gig

    1024 megs == 1 gig

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshdick
    Do you think that GMail will be an invasion of your privacy? If so, will it be enough to discourage you from using it?
    if so .. sure it will be so enough for me not to use their service

    but i dont think so

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    1000megs != 1 gig

    1024 megs == 1 gig
    Actually, you're thinking of a gibibyte. The SI unit of a gigabyte is 10^9 bytes.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigabyte

    Several privacy advocacy groups are making a stink about this
    Google's Gmail sparks privacy row
    However, its terms of use acknowledge that "residual copies of email may remain on our systems, even after you have deleted them from your mailbox or after the termination of your account".

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    Um your point is?
    1 073 741 824 bytes - 1024 times 1024 times 1024, or 230. This is the definition used in computer science, computer programming and almost all computer operating systems. This is measure can be abbreviated as GiB to avoid ambiguity
    In speech, gigabyte is often abbreviated to gig,
    Last time I check this was community of programmers and not telecomm peeps

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    >> Um your point is? <<

    This is General Discussions, points are few and far between! :-)

    In reference to storage, a gigabyte is usually 1000 megabytes. Try buying a harddisk where a gigabyte == 1024MB.

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    This is General Discussions, points are few and far between! :-)
    True dat
    In reference to storage, a gigabyte is usually 1000 megabytes. Try buying a harddisk where a gigabyte == 1024MB.
    Yea but thats just a marketting ploy to make it seem like you are getting a bigger harddrive.

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    >> Yea but thats just a marketting ploy to make it seem like you are getting a bigger harddrive. <<

    Yeah, it can be a little annoying when your new harddisk shrinks by a few gigabytes as soon as you put it in the computer!

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    any idea when they might have this done?

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    I have unlimited space on my free email at speedy at pagemac.com. However, its because I'm an admin and we run the email service.

    Btw, pagemac.com is linked to two dedicated T1 lines for frikkin free. We know the company's head personally and we use his backup lines for free haha.

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    Google's Gmail could be blocked

    Gmail, the planned free e-mail service from Google, could be facing strong legal opposition in California. A draft law is being drawn up by local Democratic Senator Liz Figueroa, who calls Gmail "an invasion of privacy".

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    Bleh I'm sure the privacy issues really aren't issues at all. I hope this comes out soon (I'm at like 80+% of my email storage limit currently)
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