Did Google screw this up?
So, basically, Google screwed up their own security here, right? pic.twitter.com/aH41Np3DUI
— Ogiel (@Ogiel23) December 17, 2016
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.
Great to see Google takes cow privacy seriously pic.twitter.com/ACTBpDwno6
— David Shariatmadari (@D_Shariatmadari) September 13, 2016
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.
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.
‘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.
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!
— Alex Howard (@digiphile) January 14, 2015
Mind you: as a certain engineer I know notes, all demos are faked.
I’m going to forgive them this one.
She really was a lovely woman, and that is a lovely sketch.
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.
And it’s a doozy:
So, par for the course for Google, really.
…most wonderful person that they’ve ever known in their lives. Slate, of all organizations, summed it up best:
— Timothy P Carney (@TPCarney) June 7, 2013
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.