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The feature only works if the Google Toolbar has been previously downloaded, and the user must actively choose to download the feature before it is enabled. According to a spokesman for Google, the user then has the ability to turn the Compute feature off at any time.
It looks the same. The articles says if you don't turn it on it won't use your cpu. Did I miss something in the article Brett?
Apparently, user intervention is still required to implement the feature (at least based on my reading of the extreme tech story).
Quote from Google spokesman - "But we want to be very, very clear: this is an opt-in program."
Interesting story - thanks for the link.
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I was reading this new article there as meaning they've enabled something new that wasn't turned on before. Even if you opted in before, it didn't do anything. Now it does.
No I don't think I will be donating my CPU cycles to Google for it's own use. It is one thing to donate to a not for profit and/or medical research, but something quite different to "donate" to a for profit company.