Sep
14
2016
9

Tweet of the Day, :pointing: “Google Cow” edition.

Fun party trick: if you see a cow, and point at it while saying ‘Cow’ in just the right deadpan voice, people will automatically look to see the cow.  And once you’ve got them doing it, they’ll do it even when they’re in a completely ridiculous place to find a cow.  And it doesn’t matter if they know that you’re doing this to them.  An ex-girlfriend called the condition ‘bovilepsy,’ and I’ve spent half my life amusing myself with this particular game.

So… :pointing: Cow.

Apr
18
2016
7

OK, I admit it: I expected worse of this Computerworld article on Google and Cuba.

Said Computerworld article argues that Google is not going to be able to wire up Cuba for the Internet. When I saw that, I started to huff and mutter Well, of course not it’s not going to work right. Cuba is a totalitarian Communist dictatorship.  I wonder what excuse the author will use to avoid writing that.  And then, sure enough: the author gave his ‘explanation’…

The problem is that Cuba is a totalitarian Communist dictatorship.

…Oh.  Well, don’t I look foolish, now. I’m sorry for assuming the worst.

 

Oct
05
2015
6

Google finally admits that ‘Don’t Be Evil’ isn’t really a core value for them.

About time: “Alphabet, which took over as Google’s new holding company on Friday, has dropped the tech giant’s “Don’t Be Evil” mantra from its code of conduct.” I mean, there’s a limit to how many deals you can make with ruthless non-democratic and totalitarian states before people start wondering what, exactly, your definition of ‘evil’ is. Certainly Chinese and Russian dissidents might have an opinion on the subject.  They may not dare to express that opinion, but they certainly have it.

Don’t get me wrong: I still use Google myself. But let’s have no illusions about the company, shall we? And certainly no more smugness from them, either.

Sep
03
2015
4

How Ed Snowden helped Russia get a good choke hold on its own online dissidents.

‘Inadvertently.’  How droll. How abso-[expletive deleted]-lute-ly droll.

Let me set the scene: Russia – which has comfortably settled back into the patterns of bureaucratic autocracy that has more or less been its operating methodology for a millennium – has a problem.  It’s that pesky Internet, which was created by those pesky Americans, and our pesky stubborn insistence that people have rights and needs that trumps the State’s. Worse, an American’s instinctive response to foreigners insisting the we shut up on the Internet traditionally involves a bodily function, a rope and directions on how do the former upon the latter. You can do that, when all the servers are on your soil. Sooo

For Russian President Vladimir Putin, this was intolerable. In his mind the solution was simple: force the platforms — Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Apple among them — to locate their servers on Russian soil so Russian authorities could control them.

The challenge was how to do it.

(more…)

Feb
18
2015
1

Tweet of the Day, Somebody Promote That Google Algorithm Programmer edition.

Because that’s some damned fine programming, there.

Moe Lane

PS: Don’t spoil the moment for me, here.  Just let me have this one.

Jan
14
2015
2

Tweet of the Day, Science Will Ensure That You Only Need To Know English edition.

I think that this is a reasonable way of doing things: the rest of the planet can keep their signage, and we don’t have to worry about learning other languages. Win-win!

Mind you: as a certain engineer I know notes, all demos are faked.

Jun
16
2014
6

Well played, Google.

google-world-cup

Well played.

Moe Lane

PS: Look at it again.

May
04
2014
4

Oh, great, Google’s come up with another secular commemo… actually, never mind.

I’m going to forgive them this one.

audrey

She really was a lovely woman, and that is a lovely sketch.

Jan
04
2014
2

Google makes Amiga emulator app for Chrome.

Sounds pretty cool.

The Amiga 500 lives again — in Google’s browser.

Google developer Christian Stefansen on Thursday resurrected a version of the venerable computer system from the 1980s in the form of a Web app that runs in Chrome. Forty-year-olds who want to relive their childhoods or younger people who want to see just how hard their elders had it can visit the Amiga 500 emulator for Chrome online, boot the machine, and play some games.

Via Steve Jackson Games.

Jul
16
2013
2

So, my problem with the new Gmail mailbox, in a nutshell.

And it’s a doozy:

  • On the one hand, they have arbitrarily, and without my input, pre-sorted my mail for me and have now divvied my whole Inbox into personal mail, mailing list mail, and quasi-spam mail folders.
  • On the other hand, they did a really, really good job at it.
  • On the gripping hand, they completely forgot to tell me that they were doing this before they went and did it, which is probably the worst part.

So, par for the course for Google, really.

Jun
07
2013
4

Facebook/Google: Barack Obama is the kindest, warmest, bravest …

…most wonderful person that they’ve ever known in their lives. Slate, of all organizations, summed it up best:

 

Basically, it looks for all the world like Google and Facebook got some sort of recommended talking points memo designed to end this hullabaloo by giving them something suitably vacuous to say that would allow them to, I think, progress past this issue and move on.

…OK, I’ll stop now.

Moe Lane

Feb
26
2013
2

…This might make me adopt Chrome.

I mean, I like Firefox, but dear God but I want this:

Google’s Chrome browser might soon be getting an easy way to tell you which open tabs are making noise, or recording it. The new feature is part of the latest Chromium build, and features a throbbing EQ animation over the noisy tab’s favicon (video below) to tell you and your system that it’s doing audio stuff. Chromium is the open source project that feeds into Google’s Chrome browser, and is often the first place that its new features show up.

Via Instapundit.  I don’t know why this isn’t built into every browser anyway, honestly.

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