back to article Is Chrome really secretly stalking you across Google sites using per-install ID numbers? We reveal the truth

Google is potentially facing a massive privacy and GDPR row over Chrome sending per-installation ID numbers to the mothership. On Tuesday, Arnaud Granal, a software developer involved with a Chromium-based browser called Kiwi, challenged a Google engineer in a GitHub Issues post about the privacy implications of request header …

  1. bazza Silver badge

    Ooops

    That’s not such a good idea in this era, is it? If it’s not some sort of GDPR problem it’s certainly an anti trust monopoly issue.

  2. heyrick Silver badge

    Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

    Why is anybody surprised?

    1. bazza Silver badge

      Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

      I don’t think anyone will be, but it is staggering. You’d think that in the current climate they’d be keen to be seen to be operating without a “special advantage”. Yet here we are. If the 48 state attorneys and the federal government wanted some evidence that Google have been abusing their near-monopoly position, it’s right there. Advertising on Google web services works curiously better than in other places? Well, guess why.

      The data privacy violation inherent in this is less surprising, frankly. Google have seemed repeatedly uncaring about that kind of thing despite the billions in fines they’ve copped already.

      1. overunder Silver badge

        Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

        It's not that Google doesn't care, it's that none of them do. The bigger picture leads to Windows 10 and Android as they are the largest pieces of spyware that exist on Earth. So while calling out Chrome is rightful, it's also like changing a sail on a sunken ship. No web browser or website can spy better than an entire OS, if only it could have remained that simple.

    2. Kabukiwookie Silver badge

      Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

      Break them up

      1. aks Bronze badge

        Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

        What would you break out?

        If the Chrome browser no longer enabled targeted ads, it would no longer have a reason to exist.

        Open-source browsers exist. Use them. I do.

        Fingerprints that are only available to Google are automatically available to government agencies when requested.

        1. Zolko

          Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

          "What would you break out?"

          Separate Android and Search. And may-be YouTube. Let search be search with some added satellite services (Maps...), let YouTube be like any other broadcaster, and Android like Nokia or Samsung were/are.

          It's like Microsoft repeat: they should have separated OS and Office. And like Facebook: separate Facebook and WhatsApp and Instagram. Let's break up monopolies and have competition again. What does society as a whole gain by these untouchable giants (like banks, the same).

          1. Lomax

            Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

            > What would you break out?

            Advertising | Search & Maps | Android & Applications | YouTube

    3. Rich 2 Silver badge

      Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

      Wish I could upvote you more.

      It's amazing that anyone is surprised by yet another sneaky googlies attempt to stalk everyone on the internet. And it seems that nothing they do seems to (a) discourage anyone from using their services or browser or (b) make the law makers wake up and stomp on them.

      WHY anyone uses Chrome is completely beyond my comprehension - it was always intended to be a stalking and data-gathering tool. And the people that work on it must have exceedingly low morals.

      1. JDX Gold badge

        Re: WHY anyone uses Chrome is completely beyond my comprehension

        Because as a side-effect of stealing your information, it is the best web-browser out there.

        1. JohnFen Silver badge

          Re: WHY anyone uses Chrome is completely beyond my comprehension

          Regardless of any of its other characteristics, the fact that it spies makes it a terrible browser.

          1. JDX Gold badge

            Re: WHY anyone uses Chrome is completely beyond my comprehension

            >Regardless of any of its other characteristics, the fact that it spies makes it a terrible browser.

            In your opinion. In many peoples' not so much. They care how well it can run FaceBook and Amazon and iPlayer as their top priority.

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        2. slartybartfast

          Re: WHY anyone uses Chrome is completely beyond my comprehension

          'Because as a side-effect of stealing your information, it is the best web-browser out there'

          Utter rubbish. That's like saying "apart from me stabbing you in the stomach, I'm the best friend you have". There is nothing Chrome can do other browsers can't. Firefox, for me is a much better browser. F**k Chrome.

        3. imanidiot Silver badge
          WTF?

          Re: WHY anyone uses Chrome is completely beyond my comprehension

          Really?? The best? It used to be the fastest (by certain metrics), but it's become as bloated and crap as any other browser (perhaps more so). I really prefer Firefox and I personally find it better than Chrome.

          1. JDX Gold badge

            Re: WHY anyone uses Chrome is completely beyond my comprehension

            I could re-phrase: people use Chrome because it WAS by far the best browser and they haven't had the motivation to switch.

            People use X, it's crap

            Y comes along and is much better, people switch to Y

            X catches up with Y, people don't switch back

            Of course for the people here who prefer to turn most of the browser off, it's different. But you really need to get this into your heads: you are not the target user. Your mum is.

            1. FIA

              Re: WHY anyone uses Chrome is completely beyond my comprehension

              I could re-phrase: people use Chrome because it WAS by far the best browser and they haven't had the motivation to switch.

              This could also be it's undoing. Pretty soon most new installs of Windows will come with the new version of Edge. I wonder how many people will simply stick with that now it's good enough?

        4. Fungus Bob Silver badge

          Re: WHY anyone uses Chrome is completely beyond my comprehension

          "Because as a side-effect of stealing your information, it is the best web-browser out there."

          Nope, Vivaldi is much better.

      2. JohnFen Silver badge

        Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

        > It's amazing that anyone is surprised

        I don't think that anyone is surprised, or at least not anyone here.

        1. Baldrickk Silver badge

          Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

          Indeed. I had a brief "fling" with chrome back when it was released, but really, nothing ever stood out as being better than Firefox, which I went back to using.

          I'm glad I transitioned my Father back off it too.

      3. Someone Else Silver badge

        Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

        [...] (b) make the law makers wake up and stomp on them.

        Well, there is Liz Warren...

        /me ducks and runs for cover....

      4. Someone Else Silver badge
        Facepalm

        Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

        WHY anyone uses Chrome is completely beyond my comprehension [...]

        Perhaps because your company's IT dept says so?

        1. Nunyabiznes Silver badge

          Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

          Because certain web and software developers go out of their way to specify a feature of HTML5 that only Chrome is using to ensure they only have to support one browser for their product?

          We run into this frequently.

          1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

            Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

            "Best viewed in Chrome" - Ah, the memories that brings back. Not!

        2. Clunking Fist Bronze badge

          Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

          "Perhaps because your company's IT dept says so?"

          For work, there's Chrome. For everything else, there's Firefox.

      5. Clunking Fist Bronze badge

        Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

        "And the people that work on it must have exceedingly low morals."

        No, on the contrary: they are woke and it is you Trump voters who have low morals. Or something.

        Gervais let them have it. But the world: we like free stuff.

    4. Chris G Silver badge

      Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

      Ilike that the Ad-tech companies prefer the apparent abilty to reduce ad fraud over privacy.

      In other words "My profits are more important than your privacy".

      1. Mike 137 Silver badge

        Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

        Thanks Chris G

        You've made a very important point. Please submit it to the CMA Online platforms and digital advertising market study before the deadline of 12th Feb.

    5. teknopaul Silver badge

      Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

      What is surprising is that do it on youtube.com in http headers. Thats lazy. And may get them busted.

      They have other ids, when you install chrome it looks around the network for printers bluetooth devices wifi etc and builds a fingerprint of your computer (rather that the browser install) so it can detect reinstalls and sends it all of to google. It uses that cookie for "user metrics" such as its monitoring of which sites you use. How much porn etc.

      All this is in Chromium source if you want to look. I tried to remove user metric calls from chrome. But if you do google maps crashes. Suspect.

      There is rumored to be more tracking in closed source Chrome.

      1. Kiwi Silver badge
        Devil

        Re: Ad flinger makes browser, ad flinger needs to track you

        There is rumored to be more tracking in closed source Chrome.

        Surprised and saddened by what you mention in Chromium (though I tend to use Waterfox).

        Pretty sure Chrome will have as much tracking/gathering as they can get away with (and then some).

        Ugh.. Times like these I kinda wish 'hell' was real...

  3. cdrcat

    PII leak

    > According to Granal, this identifier is sent to youtube.com, google.com, doubleclick.net, googleadservices.com...

    The code[1] shows the X-CLIENT-DATA is sent for any google.X domain where google owns the TLD, but if there were any youtube.X domain owned by a squatter then the PII would be leaked to that squatter. I haven’t looked if there are youtube domain squatters that match that restriction...

    [1] https://cs.chromium.org/chromium/src/components/google/core/common/google_util.cc?q=IsGoogleAssociatedDomainUrl

    1. Pascal

      Re: PII leak

      Without having checked, it is a safe bet that Google can afford to preemptively buy youtube.*

      1. DavidRa

        Re: PII leak

        While that's true, it doesn't mean they have (or that there won't be some kind of process failure that releases one of the stragglers to someone else).

  4. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    It is indeed practically everywhere

    "it has Google Analytics, DoubleClick, Adsense, reCaptcha and other code on pretty much every site that matters"

    Yep, and NoScript is set to block all of that on my browser, so no data that way. I have no doubt Google can still find ways to track me, but I'm not holding the double doors wide open for it.

    1. big_D Silver badge

      Re: It is indeed practically everywhere

      DNS blacklisting is the only way to go... But how many people would block all of Google? Heck, how many people are actually in a position to set up their own DNS server and maintain the blacklists?

      1. Rich 2 Silver badge

        Re: It is indeed practically everywhere

        And that's the problem, isn't it? Techies can complain about this all they like, strip-out googlies and faecesbook, etc etc from their lives, but the other 99.999% of internet-using peeps out there won't have a clue about any of this.

        It's why these abhorrent companies carry on as they are - the (undoubtedly enormous) flack they get from the tech world makes no difference to them; it's still a tiny tiny drop in a very large ocean. You can block them all you like (as I do) and they don't care. Because they don't need YOUR or MY data; they have a few billion other people they can stalk instead.

        1. big_D Silver badge

          Re: It is indeed practically everywhere

          When I first set up my Pi-Hole, my daughter came to visit and logged into my Wi-Fi. A few minutes later, she said "your Internet doesn't work!"

          I quickly checked with my phone, nope, everything working fine.

          She then said, "but Instagram isn't working." Ah, that would be because all of Facebook is blocked (over 2,000 domains and counting). "But this is Instagram, not Facebook!" Quick lecture of who owns Instagram and WhatsApp and she logged back out of the Wi-Fi to check her Instagram account.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: It is indeed practically everywhere

      One thing I have always wondered: does (the excellent) NoScript actually stop your browser from even fetching the request for the script (or web font, CSS, pixel bug, etc) listed on the web page, or only prevent the script from running?

      If your browser still makes the request in the first place, then that presumably still results in some request header data ending up in Google's logs, even if they can't do further JavaScript evil about your interaction with the site that you are actually visiting?

      1. Mike 137 Silver badge

        Re: It is indeed practically everywhere

        RequestPolicy for Firefox does indeed block the requests at source, and not just for JavaScript

    3. sabroni Silver badge

      Re: NoScript is set to block all of that on my browser

      RTA. If you were running Chrome noscript wouldn't make any difference to this. It's not "google domains serve tracking code" it's "Google browser sends magic id to Google domains". JavaScript is not needed, this is a browser function.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    3/4 OT, or my brief encounter with chrome

    All my browsers were too slow (too many ad-blocking addons) to access a certain (non-ad-ridden) site. So I installed chrome:

    1. 10 minutes in search of an offline installer (google search)

    2. exe found at last, installed, opens the site, success, but...

    3. laptop fans in overdrive like I hit a mine coining script, WTF?! - back to google search

    4. appears that chrome installed "software reporter" component that scans my hdd for soft "interfering with the normal functioning of the browser" WTF?!

    5. back to google search, deleting reporter no good, re-installs, etc. Some registry fiddles, etc, et. WTF, why should I bother with this (...)?!

    6. uninstall, leave a "love you too" message on the usual page that google didn't ask my permission to open (in firefox though).

    Total: 20 minutes wasted. But at least it confirmed my google paranoia & phobia are not totally groundless :)

    1. Fred Dibnah Silver badge

      Re: 3/4 OT, or my brief encounter with chrome

      7. Backup files.

      8. Reformat hard drive to remove all traces.

      9. Install OS.

      10. Install applications.

      1. Someone Else Silver badge

        Re: 3/4 OT, or my brief encounter with chrome

        Grand total: 3 days wasted spent, but pristine hard drive(s)

      2. CAPS LOCK Silver badge

        "Fred Dibnah"? More like...

        ... Ellen Ripley...

    2. Graham 32

      Re: 3/4 OT, or my brief encounter with chrome

      Why do you need an offline installer for software that needs a network connection? I get it for software that need never contact the internet. For something that contacts the internet, whatever nasty you think might be in the installer could be in the main app also.

      Tip for the future: use VirtualBox to test out untrusted software. Reset VM back to previous state after the test.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Randomly change what's sent back ?

    Once again, piss in their data pool. It only takes a few to compromise the whole damn lot and make it much less valuable.

    1. chuBb. Bronze badge

      Re: Randomly change what's sent back ?

      Which is why anyone who can should run there own proxy

      1. GnuTzu Silver badge

        Re: Randomly change what's sent back ?

        And, if you're a proxy admin for a big organization, why share your company's data with google. Just strip those headers out.

    2. JohnFen Silver badge

      Re: Randomly change what's sent back ?

      I'll just continue to not use Chrome and evangelize to others against it.

    3. Psmo Bronze badge
      Pint

      Re: Randomly change what's sent back ?

      Once again, they don't care. Stop acting like the client you are not.

      Ad brokers get paid no matter what, and adding in truly random data to their training data will just increase their signal-to-noise ratio, but they'll easily filter it.

      1. Someone Else Silver badge
        WTF?

        @ Psmo -- Re: Randomly change what's sent back ?

        A little too parochial, I wot.

        You're not going to save the world from global laziness and/or stupidity (cf. Donald Trump). But it makes a difference to me, at least, and those other commentards of a like bent, to protect themselves (and associated loved ones, family members, close friends, people with curiosity or a willingness to listen, etc.) from the likes of Google.

      2. Kiwi Silver badge
        Megaphone

        Re: Randomly change what's sent back ?

        Ad brokers get paid no matter what, and adding in truly random data to their training data will just increase their signal-to-noise ratio, but they'll easily filter it.

        "All it takes for evil to succeed..."

        YOU are the reason we have this, you and the lazy defeatist people like you. Because too many have the attitude of bending over and taking it at the first suggestion, regardless of what you want or think, just because "they don't care what I want so I might as well cave in", we have these people who think they can make their demands, act outside the law, and people will do what they want and hand over money and worse their privacy without further question.

        It doesn't take many people standing up to bullies for the bullies to cower back into the holes they belong in. But it does take people standing up, and any decent person will not bother to look if they have support or not, any decent man will take up the fight regardless of support. True, it works better if you have a well-organised team behind/beside you, and you can make your first step a look to see if anyone is at your side, but if you're alone that doesn't make this cowardice acceptable.

        And that's really what this defeatist attitude is, cowardice. Man up, stand up, step up, and even if you punch like a newborn kitten do your best to give them a bloody nose and send them packing. They may not notice the first 10,000 of us, but if people actually start fighting eventually they will notice.

        [El Reg, can we get a "raised fist"/"Power to the people" icon?]

        1. Psmo Bronze badge

          Re: Randomly change what's sent back ?

          That's fine, but that won't change anything.

          What will make a difference to Google are things like:

          • making sure stories like this one don't die,
          • lobbying shareholders,
          • calling out the near-universal use of trackers,
          • treating new tech (like AMP) with scepticism,
          • raising the profile of the next data scandal and forcing statements on privacy,
          • asking for assurances around existing services (DNS),
          • calling them out when they go back on their word.

          For info: I've been avoiding Google and counselling against use of any of their products for more than a decade, but local solutions don't scale.

          1. Kiwi Silver badge
            Pint

            Re: Randomly change what's sent back ?

            For info: I've been avoiding Google and counselling against use of any of their products for more than a decade, but local solutions don't scale.

            So.. You're not one of those locked away in mom's basement furiously bashing out blog posts (read only by you and Mr Kitty) thinking you're something.. You're one who is doing something and something of value.

            For that you have my thanks :)

            (FTR : Mom died years back and basements aren't common for residential houses in NZ)

            1. Psmo Bronze badge

              Re: Randomly change what's sent back ?

              Thanks, but in that time, I've seen Google go from "doorway to the internet" to "gatekeeper of the internet" so that worked well.

              "Strategy." "What about it?" "Need some."

              1. Kiwi Silver badge
                Pint

                Re: Randomly change what's sent back ?

                "Strategy." "What about it?" "Need some."

                It's not so much the strategy we're lacking as the "suitable numbers of people with the will and ability to carry it out" :(

                Sometimes you can't win, but you can still hold to principles and do what you can. You may only be able to do a small amount, but if you're doing it you can hold your head high. Most people don't do anything of value.

  7. chuBb. Bronze badge
    Meh

    Not surprised, not particuarly bothered, get the feeling that all the privacy hee haw getting main stream press attention following cambridge analytica is just the sound of the door closing after the horse bolted, meh :(

    On the plus side, decided to see what X- headers el reg sends back with requests and well the server bods have managed to put a smile on my face with x-reg-bofh and x-clacks-overhead, well done guys, have a pint or 10 on me!

    1. joeW Silver badge

      A man is not dead while his name is still spoken.

      1. chuBb. Bronze badge

        Well said

    2. BoldMan

      X-Clacks-Overhead: GNU Terry Pratchett

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Speaking of browser fingerprinting...

    I found this hex filled code being served up from akamai which uses elaborate figerprinting techniques and posted it to PasteBin:

    https://pastebin.com/2tW06app

    Doing a web search of one the the deobfuscated variables brought me to a persons GitHub gist where they also created a tool to deobfuscate the same:

    https://gist.github.com/ttilberg/c23f39318f5efacdd3ec45f3e1b19ad4

  9. Mage Silver badge
    Big Brother

    Really, is this news?

    I'd assumed Chrome was part of Google/Alphabet's spyware suite. Replacing the need for Wardriving on Streetview.

    It baffles me why they have such a big market share, except Firefox lost the plot on GUI, plugins and more, becoming a poor copy of Chrome. I use Waterfox + uMatrix + Classic Theme Restorer and other stuff on Desktop. I don't want desktop programs that look like badly ported mobile apps.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Really, is this news?

      Chrome got the market share through a few things.

      1. massive online advertising

      2. sneaky backdoor installs (lots of other software came with a hidden chrome install)

      3. Chrome was significantly faster / more advanced than the then leader Internet Explorer (which at the time had only got it's market share by being included as part of the operating system)

      1. IneptAdept

        Re: Really, is this news?

        I would argue that Chrome got its foot in because when the browser choice was forced upon us, the non tech savvy see Google and it was a name that they recognised

        So really we can blame the EU Anti Trust for forcing it upon us

      2. chuBb. Bronze badge

        Re: Really, is this news?

        Don't forget they and apple copied ms and put it into oses, it's chrome on mobile and tablet which really has the market share.

        Chrome on desktop is only because Firefox shat the bed when they focused on service on top to try and replace the income lost by Google no longer paying them for default homepage and a really annoying download button. On the search homepage.

    2. slartybartfast

      Re: Really, is this news?

      Well I went back to Firefox after Opera decided each new version needed to mess with the GUI and menus, add a load of annoying bugs and the developer team routinely ignore user complaints. The Firefox GUI isn't all that bad and I tend not to run many potential security risk browser plugins, just a few add/spyware plugins. Best thing, as far as I'm aware, each new Firefox version doesn't break things, unlike Opera.

  10. Zolko
    WTF?

    What about Chromium ?

    What about Chromium and Chromium-based browsers,like Falcon ? Is there a way to check ?

    "users logged into a variety of services like Chrome, Gmail, Google Maps, Google Docs"

    I'm not even registered in these "services", even less online logged in. May-be that's why YouTube always tells me to log-in to improve my user experience. Yeah, sure

    1. Def Silver badge

      Re: What about Chromium ?

      I had a quick look at the headers sent by Vivaldi, and the debugger doesn't show any such thing. But it could just be hiding them.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Reason

    The only reason Chrome exist is as a data harvester/marketing tool.

    If they can't harvest your data and pump adds at you, there is no reason for goog to make chrome.

    Bluntly- If privacy laws worked correctly, chrome would not exist.

    1. JDX Gold badge

      Re: The only reason Chrome exist is as a data harvester/marketing tool.

      This is not true. Chrome (also) exists because it was in Google's interests to make the web-browsing experience better for computer users, so they would use it more and therefore see more ads in a more polished way.

      Getting everyone to do everything on the web gets ads more visibility.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Getting everyone to do everything on the web

        Well from personal experience over the past 35 years since I was emailing via JANET, they've a fuck of a long way to go. I'd say 80% of companies - no matter where they advertise - seem to be welded to the fucking phone. On the odd occasion you can find an email address, it goes unanswered.

        1. JDX Gold badge

          Re: Getting everyone to do everything on the web

          Email? OK grandad. It's all Zen-bots and Tweets these days.

  12. Danny Boyd

    13 Bits

    Is it just me, or do 13 bits describe the range [0x0..0x7FFF] rather than [0..7999], as the article states? 0x8000 != 8000, you know. Am I missing something?

    1. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      Re: 13 Bits

      You're over-thinking it. A random number is generated between 0 and 7,999 inclusive, which falls within 13 bits. It's as simple as that.

      C.

    2. Def Silver badge
      Headmaster

      Re: 13 Bits

      I think it’s just you.

      In our universe, 0x7FFF is 15 bits. ;)

  13. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
    Joke

    GDPR

    Google Do Public Relations

    1. DrBed
      Happy

      Re: GDPR

      GDPR? BoJo said that UK is not GDPR compliant anymore, so who cares?

      PM: "United Kingdom will develop separate and independent policies” LOL ... policies independent to privacy ;)

      Welcome to Cambridge Analytica reloaded.

  14. wolfetone

    So does Kiwi do away with this behavior then or is it baked in to Chromium too?

  15. Gil Grissum

    Not surprised. Even Edge is Chromium based. Ad blocking makes some websites, not work. There is no escape.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Edge on the chromium platform is not public yet. Still under development. The current version of Edge is being discontinued. I hope they rename it.

      1. DavidRa

        Your information is out of date. Edge Stable has been available for several weeks (both v79 and v80 are in stable, and those map closely to Chromium versions with the same inflated numbers). While there are Dev and Canary channels (and I run in Dev) it's definitely wide release as of Jan 15.

        And as far as I can see, Edgium doesn't send the X-Client-Data header (nor did it seem to have an equivalent for Microsoft properties so it seems to be MORE privacy conscious than Chrome).

        I don't get the continued FUD about Microsoft hoovering up info - unlike Google where you don't pay for stuff (which supposedly means you're "the product", right) you do pay MS. And regardless of all the noise about it, I've never actually seen anyone show any data suggesting that MS really is copying everyone's hard disks to the cloud. Even when all the "privacy invasions" are left on.

        1. Kiwi Silver badge
          Windows

          And regardless of all the noise about it, I've never actually seen anyone show any data suggesting that MS really is copying everyone's hard disks to the cloud. Even when all the "privacy invasions" are left on.

          There's this site that has LOTS on articles on that you might wish to peruse. I hear they have a somewhat functional search system even that could help you find the articles on MS slurpage - tinfoil-hatter, suspected, logical and actually proven.

          It's called "theregister.co.uk". An article about some winslurp borkage that meant local data/software search would not work because Bing was not reachable is a good place to start. If MS aren't slurping everything, why is the local search tied to Bing?

  16. rbaba

    Motherfuckers

    We are to blame for failing you. We should have fought harder against Intel and its chipID instruction.

    1. rbaba

      Re: Motherfuckers

      Some companies that get all of their revenue by tracking you and spewing ads at you should not be allowed to produce the tools (OS and browsers). It's as simple as that. Just like some companies https://www.trustpilot.com/users/5d6f4b4be97c312a5dc07e63 shouldn't be allowed to employ people.

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