Big Brother and AOL

For those of you who do not ritually browse Slash Dot, I include the following.

AOL has updated its AIM terms of agreement. Basically they can now do whatever the heck they want to with your conversations. While this creates the tantalizing possibility that some tearful conversation with your loved ones will be turned into the next great emotional scene of some movie, it also means your million dollar ideas you share are freely accessible to AOL.

Considering the number of AIM users, this technically changes very little. The odds of AOL noticing your conversation in particular, let alone any particular one of interest, is marginal. But to someone like me who overflows with sucky ideas he and his friends think rock, it's too great a risk.

And somewhere, there's a hermit who doesn't care.

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