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"What are you all, secret agents or something? Why are you so concerned about anyone knowing where you are or when? If you're uncomfortable with people knowing where you go, maybe you shouldn't be out at that strip club, or that brothel, or the farm where you sodomize livestock at 3 am."– toomanynames
Where have you been since June? If you were carrying an iPhone or an iPad, a hidden - and unauthorized - tracking file may be able to remind you, according to researchers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden. They have posted a program that will allow iPhone users to see a map of their movements.
Whatâ€™s the big deal, some CNN.com readers wondered?
ef84w said, "I found it particularly amusing that the gentleman in New York was so horrified that his travels were being recorded but doesn't seem to be aware that he's probably being captured on a myriad of cameras at almost any minute as he walks or rides through the metropolis."
OriWorkhorse said, "Now AT&T will know exactly where I was when they dropped my call." Eideard said, "Yup, it's a robot plot from Planet Nine. Only the most paranoid will survive the attack."
BrianB1972 said, â€śMany of the apps, tools, and devices on these products simply could not work if they could not tell your location. You want a GPS? Well, it can tell where you are. Thereâ€™s your trade off.â€ť
Some readers used the tracking program themselves and reported their findings. Guest said, "If you can extrapolate any data from that information, you are one smart cookie. I used the program to see what it showed of my movements. It only recorded every few days and because of the triangulation it is not even close to the actual location. The house I go to every day did not show up once on the map in six months, probably because there is no cell tower close to my house. The nearest point was 1/4 mile away. This information is useless. "
noname1969 said, "That program must only work in big cities because I tried it and it showed me in places all over the state on one day... places I've never visited."
That inaccuracy could be a problem. TathegBob said, "Since the local police and ICE can take your phone and search it, I hope that all of you can remember why you were at any given location, It would be horrible to be accused of a crime that happened near any check-in points just because your phone logged in at that time."
Clay04 said, "This is not about the government keeping track of you. It is about a company keeping track of your whereabouts without your knowledge. If you don't care about your privacy then you have already drunk the Kool-Aid."
But not everyone thought it was a bad idea. pootypoo asked, "I wonder if they tracked the guy that put glue on the Wal-Mart toilet seat?"
Teacher Sarah Shourd was imprisoned by the Iranian government for allegedly spying while hiking along the Iraq-Iran border along with her fiancĂ© and friend. She warns that pastor Terry Jones will endanger American lives by his planned protest outside the largest mosque in North America. Shourd was released last year, but her fiance, Shane Bauer, and friend Josh Fattal remain imprisoned.
Most CNN.com readers said the real blame lay with the hikersâ€™ lack of judgment.
jrg75 said, "Jones is a fool, no doubt, but how can someone who goes hiking in Iraq blame Jones for endangering people such as herself? Isn't this a bit like driving around with a blindfold on, then complaining about all the drunk drivers on the road?"
dca123 said, "Terry and Sarah and her fellow hikers are all loons. None of them has any common sense whatsoever. Only an idiot would go hiking in such an unstable region of the world. Only another kind of idiot would think that he was making a significant political statement by burning a Koran. To hell with all of them. "
Most suggested that Americans shouldnâ€™t let fear of Muslim reaction to Terry Jones destroy the right to freedom of speech.
Trek7553 said, "I am completely against the message of hate that Terry Jones is proclaiming. I hope that he chooses to stop, but I also hope that no one forces him to stop. It will be a sad day when we allow terrorists in another part of the world to curtail free speech in our own country."
LordWorld said, "The U.S. tolerates idiots like Terry Jones, unlike most Muslim countries. Do we change our belief in freedom to accommodate their intolerance? Sarah has my sympathy, but the problem is not here, but elsewhere. While Terry Jones may be inflammatory, it is only because those inflamed choose to view his acts as representative rather the acts of a madman. The shame falls on them."
dmanpic said, "Sarah, your ignorance of crossing into the border of a country that considers us the 'Great Satan' and wants to destroy us is beyond puzzling. As a Christian, I think Terry Jones is a crazy son of a gun and needs to stop his foolishness. As an American, we live by our Constitution, not extremists."
OliverHolz said, "She is trying to get her friends released from an Islamic republic and will write anything to help them."
Writer Richard Quest described how his memories and identity as a British citizen were inextricably tied to the British royal family. But most CNN.com readers remained uncharmed by the upcoming wedding.
twiddly said, "Such a ridiculous tradition and a scandalous waste of money. It continues the lie that somehow a person is better just because of who their parents are, or who they marry.â€ť sonicbender agreed, "Seriously! We should demand a referendum. Surely most of their fans have died off by now...."
normal45 said, "People without purpose. Itâ€™s simply good entertainment really."Â bluegorilla said, "Go away. Get married already and go away. This is the biggest waste of time and money."
But there were still some who spoke up for the monarchy and their traditions. schnuptz said, "Oh come on now...who doesnâ€™t love a wedding?"
BeeMelon90 said, "It costs the British taxpayer only 69p a year to fund the monarchy, and most British don't mind paying that. Also, thanks to them, we have a boosted tourist industry. They also promote British industries around the world and devote time and resources to charities such as the Princeâ€™s Trust, which provides young people the money to start their own businesses. I know they are an outdated institution but I think we're allowed a little bit of patriotism."
MatildaCdn said, "According to The Telegraph, a UK newspaper, the wedding is expected to generate up to ÂŁ1â€‰billion in extra tourist revenues and sales of memorabilia. That's actually $1.5 billion in dollars."
DEELVAHO said, "Oh pleaseeeee, let's admit it, if we got an invitation we'd go."
Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments were edited for length or clarity.