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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   (boingboing.net) divider line 20
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2013-03-21 04:54:38 PM
5 votes:

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


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"Louie Gohmert, with apples and oranges."


2013-03-21 03:02:00 PM
5 votes:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Gohmert couldn't spell CAT if you spotted him the C-A-_


"Come on, Louie. 'Cat' - C-A..."
"Benghazi!"
"For the fortieth time, no. Look, try sounding it out in your head: 'cat'. Ca-tuh. What letter makes the 'tuh' sound, Louie?"
"Global warming is a hoax perpetuated by communists and gays to steal our military technology!"
"[sigh] Yes. Fine. Whatever. Have some paste - '010 was a good year."
2013-03-21 03:11:56 PM
4 votes:

TuteTibiImperes: what_now: This..this is almost exactly how this conversation would go if I tried explaining Google to my dad.

Of course, my dad is a 70 year old high school dropout who spent his whole life a truck driver, not a United States Congressman.

/not dissing my dad. Hardest worker I've ever met.

It seems that the congressman's fundamental misunderstanding is that he thinks Google sells companies lists of people talking about certain things so that those companies can advertise to them, instead of realizing that Google handles it all internally.  Somehow he doesn't seem to understand that Google is effectively the advertising agency.

There are companies that sell personal information to third parties for advertising purposes, and that is a worthwhile concern to address, he just picked the wrong person to talk to about it.


Yes, and when that person explained it to him, he simply couldn't understand. It's like when someone tries to explain astrophysics to a cat.
2013-03-21 04:26:17 PM
3 votes:

Ahhh_Ennui: I have an uncle who is a Very Successful Job Creator, but is dumber than Sarah Palin's left tit. His yahoo account was hacked, and his daughter told him he should set up a gmail account. His response was incredible: "I am NOT going to use government email!"

Yes. Gmail is obviously a government entitlement. Just look at the G in its name!

/css


Tell him to Google "G-Spot" which is a web-site of all the internet spaces used by the Government.
2013-03-21 02:58:19 PM
3 votes:
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 04:52:14 PM
2 votes:
Notice this fancy, big-city lawyer never actually answered the question. How can our privacy be protected from Google if we don't know how their ad machines work? If we don't get some straight talk out of these computer nerds we'll never know how compromised our privacy is by these non existent practices. Comparing apples and oranges? More like comparing Apple and Communism. Same damn goals, different leader. I'll bet 0bamao is smiling in his throne room right now at how Google is selling our private information to ourselves.
2013-03-21 04:21:26 PM
2 votes:
I have an uncle who is a Very Successful Job Creator, but is dumber than Sarah Palin's left tit. His yahoo account was hacked, and his daughter told him he should set up a gmail account. His response was incredible: "I am NOT going to use government email!"

Yes. Gmail is obviously a government entitlement. Just look at the G in its name!

/css
2013-03-22 12:42:39 AM
1 votes:
Give the poor guy a break.  He is both a Texan and a Conservative.  Each reduces his IQ by 50, so he starts with a 100 point deficit right out of the chute.  Good lord, we should be giving him a congratulatory clap every time he remembers to unzip before he takes a piss.
2013-03-21 10:47:59 PM
1 votes:

mrshowrules: 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".


That's what I thought as well. As dumb as the politician is the Google rep did not explain it clearly enough. I assume he was (a) trying to be polite and respectful and (b) was used to dealing with people who have a clue rather than having to dumb things down as if he was talking to a five year old.
2013-03-21 08:50:06 PM
1 votes:

make me some tea: Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: Mr. Gohmert does not accept emails from users outside of his district. However, Mr. Gohmert is also very stupid. So the page that kicks you out is one search result above the page that lets you send an email.

Anyway: here is the email I sent this stupid, stupid man.

Mr. Gohmert,
Although not in your district, I felt your honorable person was in need of some assistance, and so I find myself assisting.
I watched, with a great deal of trepidation and no insignificant amount of indigestion, your understandable difficulties in grasping the finer points of Google's targeted email marketing. I wish to help. Here is how it functions:
1) Advertiser buys keywords
2) Advertiser creates advertisement
3) Google saves advertisement for later
4) Google finds those keywords in a user's emails and  web searches
5) Google displays saved advertisement for user
That's it. That's AdWords in five steps. It is not insidious. I hope that helps.

You might have to explain "keyword" to him.


As well as "honorable," "trepidation," "indigestion," "insidious" and "assistance"
2013-03-21 07:22:36 PM
1 votes:

sinanju: Gohmert is a moron of the first order. That said, the Google guy was doing a really bad job of explaining things. Once he recognized Gohmert wasn't getting it, he should have used an analogy.


Like apples and oranges?
2013-03-21 05:19:07 PM
1 votes:

what_now: Oh God, we got my dad a GPS and he got all confused about how the thing knew where his house was, and he didn't like it, not one little bit. We had to take it back.


LOL! My mom got dad a GPS but I don't think he could figure it out.

TuteTibiImperes: My dad was convinced the internet was slow because my little sister was downloading anime which had somehow attracted hackers.

I also had a hell of a time trying to explain to an older co worker that if he wanted internet access at his home he had to buy some form of service ("But the laptop is wireless"  "Yes, but that just allows it to connect to the router, the router still needs to be connected to an ISP" "But it works here at work"  "Because we have internet service here attached to the routers"  "So I just have to buy a router?   I just want the internet without having to pay money every month" "*Facepalm*")


Wow...

When Wikileaks was all in the news last year, the CFO of the company came up to me and said "Is our network secured from Wikileaks hacking in and downloading our data?" (we are a health insurance brokerage/billing admin firm)
2013-03-21 05:00:30 PM
1 votes:

Dr Dreidel: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Gohmert couldn't spell CAT if you spotted him the C-A-_

"Come on, Louie. 'Cat' - C-A..."
"Benghazi!"


Oh god, I'm dying over here.  I'm drawing attention to myself.  Have my babies...
2013-03-21 04:53:30 PM
1 votes:

make me some tea: what_now: This..this is almost exactly how this conversation would go if I tried explaining Google to my dad.

Of course, my dad is a 70 year old high school dropout who spent his whole life a truck driver, not a United States Congressman.

/not dissing my dad. Hardest worker I've ever met.

I could say the same thing about my dad except replace truck driver with HVAC technician.

He's barely ever used a computer and doesn't understand why he'd want to.

I remember showing him how cool Google Street View was one time and he said "Great, so now the government can look in your windows and watch you take a shower? That's dangerous right there."


Oh God, we got my dad a GPS and he got all confused about how the thing knew where his house was, and he didn't like it, not one little bit. We had to take it back.
2013-03-21 04:49:28 PM
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2013-03-21 04:45:07 PM
1 votes:
Just one time, I wish someone would answer the teatards questions with, "cause jesus" just to see what they would do. For example:


Graham: "Mr. Hagel, what exactly happened in Benghazi?"
Hagel: "Well, senator, I'm gonna have to go with Jesus on this one."
Graham: "What does Jesus have to do with that?"
Hagel: "Are you questioning Jesus' master plan, Senator Graham? Are you claiming our lord and savior to be infallible?"
Graham: (hoisted by his own petard)
2013-03-21 04:44:10 PM
1 votes:
"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 04:42:56 PM
1 votes:
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2013-03-21 03:34:04 PM
1 votes:

TuteTibiImperes: It seems that the congressman's fundamental misunderstanding is that he thinks Google sells companies lists of people talking about certain things so that those companies can advertise to them, instead of realizing that Google handles it all internally.  Somehow he doesn't seem to understand that Google is effectively the advertising agency.

There are companies that sell personal information to third parties for advertising purposes, and that is a worthwhile concern to address, he just picked the wrong person to talk to about it.


You're doing a good job defending Google. Also, I would like to state "Benghazi."

Now excuse me, I have to go run for Senate as a Republican in 26 minutes.
2013-03-21 03:03:27 PM
1 votes:

Cyberluddite: 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.


He has to wear loafers
 
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