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(Boing Boing)   Further proof that those making technology laws have no clue what they're doing: Watch Congressman Louie Gohmert try to question a Google rep about e-mail privacy   ( divider line
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2013-03-21 03:02:25 PM  
3 votes:
As stupid as Gohmert comes off in this clip, it's not even on the top 100 list of stupidest things that farking moron had said.  The motherfarker is so dumb I doubt he can even tie his own shoes without help.

In other words, he's a perfect representative for his constitutents in the great state of Texas.
2013-03-21 08:59:56 PM  
1 vote:
He took his mouth off of an oil company's CEO's dick long enough to ask a question? Shocking
2013-03-21 04:54:38 PM  
1 vote:

CheetahOlivetti: Gohmert: I'm not asking for a fruit comparison.

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"Louie Gohmert, with apples and oranges."

2013-03-21 04:52:43 PM  
1 vote:
The Google rep is doing a piss-poor job of explaining the situation.  If the congressman is ignorant, the Google rep is even worse.

He should have given an example:  An advertiser sells cars.  If mail comes in with the word "cars" in it, that advertiser's ad will show.  But the advertiser does not know who's looking at it any more than an advertiser knows who's looking at one of their billboards on the highway.

As for other questions about the government, the answer is, "No, senator.  Google does not work that way and it would be impossible to do what you describe."
2013-03-21 04:44:10 PM  
1 vote:
"Would you discriminate against the government, or would you allow the government to know about all emails that included those words?"

"Uh... sir, I think those are apples and oranges. I think the disclosure of the identity..."

"I'm not asking for a fruit comparison. I'm just asking would you be willing to make that deal with the government?"

Ho. Ly. Crap. This sounds like something Colbert would say.
2013-03-21 04:37:03 PM  
1 vote:
Gohmert is a complete idiot, but the Google Rep could have explained AdSense better.
2013-03-21 04:20:14 PM  
1 vote:
This is painful to watch.  Also the guy from Google is trying to hard to be polite.  The first couple answers should have been simply "No."

Or, "No, we don't five E-mail or any other information to other customers."

Or, "The E-mails have ads on the screen automatically triggered by words in the users E-mails."

I could be a better PR spokesman than that guy with about 30 minutes prep time.  If you want to be polite the answer is "No Congressman" or "No Sir".
2013-03-21 02:59:19 PM  
1 vote:
There are a few good ones out there.  Zoe Lofgren in CA and Ron Wyden in OR both seem to have a solid grasp on internet technology and have for the most part been on the correct side of things in terms of debates and legislature concerning it.
2013-03-21 02:58:19 PM  
1 vote:
How the hell does that Google rep support his own head?  He looks kinda like that "Mm'kay" dude from South Park.
2013-03-21 02:43:40 PM  
1 vote:
Gohmert couldn't spell CAT if you spotted him the C-A-_

/the pride of the Republican party
2013-03-21 02:41:23 PM  
1 vote:
Silly Subby - Gohmert has no clue about anything, much less technology. He makes the Potato kid look like a farking mensa candidate. He truly is one of the most ignorant human beings on the planet.
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