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Of Foxes and Phone Numbers

The redoubtable of_salfarro pointed out an interesting development... domesticated foxes! Just another one of those things that wouldn't have happened if researchers hadn't, by pure chance, spent 45 years breeding them for that.

Meanwhile, indigoskynet passed on information about Google's phone search feature. If you search for your 10-digit number on Google, it may come up with links to a map to your house (as mine did). If you would like to have Google pull that result, you can click on the "Phonebook Results" link and, from there, get to the 'Phonebook Removal Form'. Not that that will get it out of the databases where Google got it in the first place...

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trancendenz
Feb. 10th, 2005 05:02 am (UTC)
This isn't anything new. I didn't read the article, but there is an island that has foxes all over it and the reason their population went out of equilibrium is because they were adjusted to humans by Native Americans and the ones now are not afraid of humans. So they get hit by cars or killed by dogs and such.
noisyparker
Feb. 10th, 2005 05:12 am (UTC)
hey... new icon! I won't say anything more about that, beyond "mmmm... sexy glasses!", however.

I think the main reason it was covered was that the foxes were part of a study on the relationship between domestication and the ability to read humans.
trancendenz
Feb. 10th, 2005 05:13 am (UTC)
oh okay...i went to the link this time

btw i was trying to be an ass...internet makes it sound that way LOL
noisyparker
Feb. 10th, 2005 05:26 am (UTC)
Well, yeah, I was thinking, "how cold!" ;-)
trancendenz
Feb. 10th, 2005 05:28 am (UTC)
lol
sweet_srrndr72
Feb. 10th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC)
THAT is exactly what i was talking about in my entry last week re: deranged client. could not SLEEP until i did 1000 searches of myself with my phone number, addy, all possible variants of my name, etc.

he can't find me, i've decided. this does not work w/ cell phones. thank G-d.
noisyparker
Feb. 10th, 2005 06:01 pm (UTC)
I thought your other point, about the effort involved, was a good thought, as well. It is difficult to anticipate all the opportunities that are open to a truly determined person, but it seems like a lot of troublemakers are more disaffected than determined. It is the same calculation you run into in the information security field all the time, when doing risk assessment.
hankyu
Feb. 11th, 2005 05:16 am (UTC)
I want one!
noisyparker
Feb. 11th, 2005 05:20 am (UTC)
"Take two... they're small" ;-)

I wonder if there will ever be availability here.
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