There was a pizza game on Google yesterday that I rather enjoyed.
If you blinked, you probably missed it.
Maybe there is an archive of these somewhere?
Christopher Reeve is Still Dead
No Google. It is not Christopher Reeves’ 69th birthday because he stopped having birthdays when he was 52. You know. Because, he died when he was 52.
Birthdays are celebrated by the living for the living. If you have a 16th birthday it is because you’ve lived that long. If you died when you were 5, you can’t possibly have a 16th birthday.
It is pretty simple really. I don’t know why we keep mis-using and mis-representing birthdays on Google.
It is ok to say “It *would have been* Christopher Reeve’s 69th birthday today.
On October 10, 2021, we can celebrate his death day.
Google on Patrol
I’m not sure how I feel about this one.
Google may have shared identifying information of certain users with law enforcement, according to a report from The Guardian. Leaked documents indicate that the company’s CyberCrime Investigation Group (CIG) has been forwarding data like real names, street addresses, credit card numbers, Gmail and recovery emails, as well as IP addresses from recent logins. In some cases, the CIG reportedly also included copies of comments made on Google’s platforms like YouTube, which include threats of racist and terrorist violence.
I like the idea of weeding these types of bad actors out but it comes with a price. The price is the perceived idea of personal privacy but the internet is not a private place.
If you don’t want someone to know something about you, don’t post it anywhere on the internet. It is literally that simple.
EU is a Big Fat Bully Who Wants Your Lunch Money
I equate the European Union (EU) to the bully at school that beats kids up and takes their lunch money.
Follow the Google link below for the latest bullying tactic.
They have fined Apple, Google, and Microsoft just to name a few. The reasoning is pretty weak and they just seem to be using their bullying tactics to extort money from the wealthy American companies. I’m pretty sure they care more about the revenue stream than protecting the rights of the downtrodden.
The EU declares war on American companies pretty much the same way that the small country did in the movie “The Mouse That Roared.” The whole premise of the movie was that if this small country could declare war on the United States and lose — the United States would pay them reparations which would boost their economy. My guess is that the officials in the EU have seen that movie and have taken it to the next level.
Engadget has a pretty good article giving you the background on the latest round with Google. The whole idea that Google is a bad guy for trying to get you to use its content is counterintuitive. Of course Google wants you to use its services. In case you missed it, that is how they make money. Taking that money from Google is how the EU makes money.
Getting out of the EU is probably the best thing Great Britain ever did. No-one wants to be associated with a bully when you want to make friends.
I think it would be awesome if the United States sued the EU for extortion.
They are a criminal organization that deserves NO less.
Update: 07.23.2018 – This little snippet from Engadget is extremely telling…
Google reportedly offered to make changes to its Android policies in August 2017, not long after it received an EU antitrust penalty for its product search practices. Although Google didn’t dive into specifics, it had offered to “loosen restrictions” in Android contracts and had considered distributing its apps in “two different ways.”
The EU wasn’t having it, according to the sources. Officials reportedly said only that a settlement was “no longer an option,” and that Google’s offer was “too little too late.” It couldn’t even mention the possibility of paying a fine as part of an agreement — regulators had effectively locked in their course of action.
Because Y’all Know How I Feel About This
Ok to be Evil Again
Google employees have been given the unofficial “green light” to be evil if they wish to be.
Google has removed the phrase “Don’t be Evil” from their employee manual.
I’m waiting for this story…
“Well, I had planned on donating blood today but I saw that my company [Google] had removed the don’t be evil thing from the employee book…thing and well, I decided to run over a bunch of puppies instead. You know…since it’s ok now…and all.”
My Google home screen of choice.
No birthday bullshit.
Dumbing Down of America
I found a pretty good article that talks about why Americans seem so dumb today compared to what they were just a few decades ago.
The article points to the education system but I disagree about why Americans aren’t as smart as they used to be.
The number of American citizens who can do very high-end research who also can easily get security clearances is limited,” Ignatius says. “The ability of our schools to produce American students at a world-class level, that’s an important national challenge.
Again, I disagree to a point. I believe the problem is something else entirely. Do college graduates really need to remember anything? In the age of “just Google it” do we really need to even try to retain information? I believe the answer is no. If I can’t remember a song, there is an app for that. If I can’t remember what camping gear I need to take with me — again I can just Google it.
Google’s Home Page
Today if you go to Google.com, you’ll get to create some music.
It is very cool.