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havoknkaos From: havoknkaos Date: February 5th, 2003 01:53 pm (UTC) (link)
It's not as powerful a program as they'd like the (potential) consumer to believe. I've got a copy of an older version, and while it does give you access to "thousands of online databases" they neglect to mention that all but about 4 of those online databases require a fee to access - In some cases, a fairly substantial fee. Many of them also require proof that the person using the database is the person being researched, most notably the credit report sites.

None of the information NetDetective (and it's many clones) gives you is proprietary, secret, or even obscure. It's all public record, and more easily and inexpensively found using Google.

If they spent half as much effort on the program as they have the website, it would at least look nicer - it's a kludgy batch of html pages in an executable wrapper.

In other words, don't worry so much about it. It's not BigBrother v2.0, no matter how effective thier marketing is.
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: February 5th, 2003 11:10 pm (UTC) (link)
*laugh* Well thank you for explaining the less-than-impressive inner workings. I am glad it is not as effective as they'd like it to seem.

However, I was mainly disturbed at the concept.

You have an older version? Do you ever use it yourself or is it mainly for novelty?
havoknkaos From: havoknkaos Date: February 6th, 2003 03:52 am (UTC) (link)
I don't use it; as I mentioned before, if there's actual knowledge to be gained from this "toolkit" it is in knowing not to give good money for what amounts to someone's favorites list.

I ..er.. "acquired" this particular piece of software while browsing an e-tailer's dingy "shelves" in one of the back alleys of the 'Net. Had always been curious, and wanted to see what the software was actually made of.

I use Database America and public record searches if I'm actually trying to play Private I. *grin*
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