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(The Daily Beast)   We used to say that Google was making us stupid. But now the process is complete   (thedailybeast.com) divider line 23
    More: Obvious, Google, Richard Blumenthal, googling  
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2012-05-30 08:33:18 AM  
This is an advertisement for a book.
 
2012-05-30 08:37:18 AM  
I don't think a search engine thinks you're stupid. I think you're stupid for thinking that. There's a difference between thinking you're stupid and knowing that people make mistakes so trying to help out. Making a mistake doesn't mean you're stupid. If you make the same mistake repeatedly, despite warnings, then you're stupid.
 
2012-05-30 08:41:26 AM  

Feepit: This is an advertisement for a book.


It's also a sleeping pill. I started dozing off reading that article.

/ BUY MY BOOK!!!
 
2012-05-30 08:42:04 AM  
Google didnt make anyone stupid. It capitalized on the average person's stupidity.
 
2012-05-30 08:46:26 AM  
and SERIOUSLY... did this turd actually write a book about how he's butthurt that google wont let him in on their industry secrets??

What repeatedly strikes me aren't Google's secrecy, obfuscation, or blank denials, but the flat-footed implication that those of us who are curious-whether journalists, attorneys general, or you-can be brushed aside, as if we don't even understand what it is we're not understanding.

Can you sound like more of a pedantic child?
 
2012-05-30 08:53:14 AM  
Well google is right, people are stupid and most people wouldn't understand. Hell I'm sure most people don't even give a shiat as long as their facebook and twitter are working.
 
2012-05-30 09:38:34 AM  
Hey! No, I'm...doesn't!
 
2012-05-30 09:55:14 AM  

TheOriginalEd: and SERIOUSLY... did this turd actually write a book about how he's butthurt that google wont let him in on their industry secrets??


It reminds me of the businesses that sell the "secrets" on how to rank in the top of Google's search index, and then complains that Google changes their sort orders and doesn't inform them.
 
2012-05-30 10:07:17 AM  
Count me in on the train of people thinking this is a bullshiat article. Shilling for a book and acting as if it is evil to not want to explain to people trade secrets that yes, they likely won't understand.
 
2012-05-30 10:13:16 AM  
Most people aren't THAT dumb, but they are disinterested in actually learning what makes things happen.
 
2012-05-30 10:19:35 AM  

TheOriginalEd: and SERIOUSLY... did this turd actually write a book about how he's butthurt that google wont let him in on their industry secrets??


No he didn't. He wrote a book about the internet and the locations of the net hardware. This article is about his experience at google compared to all the other places he went while writing the book. That doesn't mean the whole book is a rant against google.
 
2012-05-30 10:23:24 AM  
The first paragraph reads like an undecipherable manifesto of some lunatic in a log cabin. Somebody who speaks crazy translate the rest please.
 
2012-05-30 11:19:47 AM  
The stupid part is no one believes me until I google some shiat and smack them with my rphone
 
2012-05-30 12:00:13 PM  
What moothemagiccow said. God knows I can never tell my friends anything without them saying "citation needed" even though every single time I end up having told the truth.

But but but, you should always question everything! , they say. I say, when does it end? It would end up being like, turtles all the way down until you see something verified right in front of you with your own eyes. Unless you eventually have to take a leap of faith and trust when someone says something to you like "did you know velociraptors had feathers?" - "No they didn't. Citation needed." - like of all things to lie to my friends about, I decided to choose feathers on a velociraptor. But that's just an example...
 
2012-05-30 12:05:49 PM  
I'm rather surprised at the reaction here on Fark.

I know that Google has seduced the masses with good free software and a great search engine - but that's the carrot. This article is about the stick.

Is no one disturbed by their corporate posture? By the incongruity between the 'people's / worker's paradise' image they project and the Iron Curtain style walls of secrecy and the growing litany of abuses - and those are just the ones they've been caught doing.

People still demonize Microsoft decades later for smacking around a few startups that probably wouldn't have made it anyway yet maintain a hands off policy with Google like it's somehow sanctified.

I find the whole situation bizarre amongst a computer with a greater than average understanding of the tech industry and what a monster like Google has done and is capable of doing.
 
2012-05-30 12:07:14 PM  

ThatBillmanGuy: What moothemagiccow said. God knows I can never tell my friends anything without them saying "citation needed" even though every single time I end up having told the truth.

But but but, you should always question everything! , they say. I say, when does it end? It would end up being like, turtles all the way down until you see something verified right in front of you with your own eyes. Unless you eventually have to take a leap of faith and trust when someone says something to you like "did you know velociraptors had feathers?" - "No they didn't. Citation needed." - like of all things to lie to my friends about, I decided to choose feathers on a velociraptor. But that's just an example...


You should stop giving them citations. Who gives a fark if they don't believe you? Make those turds look it up themselves. They are probably just farking with you.
 
2012-05-30 12:08:15 PM  

PIP_the_TROLL: I find the whole situation bizarre amongst a computer community with a greater than average understanding of the tech industry


/my bad. fixed.
 
2012-05-30 01:50:27 PM  
Google hating is the next Walmart hating.
 
2012-05-30 02:32:06 PM  
"My butt hurts because Google wouldn't agree to violate a frankly sensible security policy that keeps people like me away from critical data centers."
 
2012-05-30 03:32:43 PM  

PIP_the_TROLL: I'm rather surprised at the reaction here on Fark.

I know that Google has seduced the masses with good free software and a great search engine - but that's the carrot. This article is about the stick.

Is no one disturbed by their corporate posture? By the incongruity between the 'people's / worker's paradise' image they project and the Iron Curtain style walls of secrecy and the growing litany of abuses - and those are just the ones they've been caught doing.

People still demonize Microsoft decades later for smacking around a few startups that probably wouldn't have made it anyway yet maintain a hands off policy with Google like it's somehow sanctified.

I find the whole situation bizarre amongst a computer with a greater than average understanding of the tech industry and what a monster like Google has done and is capable of doing.



I'm with you, have grown not to trust Google and Facebook for their we-know-whats-best-for-you attitude towards users, and their liberal collection and distribution of personal data while remaining tight-lipped on the subject. the internet is about openness and sharing, the point the author was trying to make was that while writing his book many facilities across the globe were open while Google was not. The part that would bug most of us is that Google seems to be much more willing to share facts about their users than they are about themselves.
 
2012-05-30 03:50:21 PM  

Feepit: This is an advertisement for a book.


So I went to Amazon and clicked on "read the first chapter for free". This guy is in awe of his phone line and flabbergasted that squirrels can damage it. I want to learn the dark secrets of Google from him for around $20.
 
2012-05-30 03:53:08 PM  
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Buy my book! Buy my book! Buy my book!
 
2012-05-30 08:01:35 PM  

Hella Fark: PIP_the_TROLL: I'm rather surprised at the reaction here on Fark.

I know that Google has seduced the masses with good free software and a great search engine - but that's the carrot. This article is about the stick.

I'm with you, have grown not to trust Google and Facebook for their we-know-whats-best-for-you attitude towards users, and their liberal collection and distribution of personal data while remaining tight-lipped on the subject.
...


I'm going to join in the Google mistrust camp. I still use their services but I wish I had access to the information they were collecting and selling about me. There's also a lot of stuff going around about Google's relationship with the NSA and other intelligence agencies.

Yes, I understand the need to protect trade secrets, but there is such a thing as being too opaque, especially for a company that holds that much sensitive information about its users. Especially if the NSA has better access to our information than we do.
 
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