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(Washington Post)   Major tech firms unite to protect your porn habits, because Ceiling Google really doesn't want to watch you masturbate   (washingtonpost.com ) divider line
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2013-12-09 02:55:36 PM  
"The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual - rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish."

I'm sure the fact that US tech companies are losing foreign business over it is just a coincidence.
 
2013-12-09 02:57:07 PM  
I want to shake their hands.
 
2013-12-09 03:02:58 PM  
I thought this would be an article about trying to ensure the world's porn sites weren't riddled with malware. I guess I was wrong.
 
2013-12-09 03:06:33 PM  
Time to invest in lube.
 
2013-12-09 03:13:36 PM  
It has more to do with the fact that people in other parts of the world are boycotting US internet giants in response to the US spying on everyone, tracking their cellphone 24/7, etc.

It's cutting into the internet giant's bottom line.

To which I say, keep it up. This is going to be the only way to shut the NSA down. Our government clearly doesn't care what real people think, but they are ALL about what corporate people think.

Keep on boycotting. Convince your friends.
 
2013-12-09 03:26:55 PM  
If people start getting concerned about NSA spying, maybe they won't share all their info with Facebook, etc.  THAT is what is concerning to these companies.  They will lose out on their targeted advertising dollars.
 
2013-12-09 03:29:45 PM  

Iamafed: If people start getting concerned about NSA spying, maybe they won't share all their info with Facebook, etc.  THAT is what is concerning to these companies.  They will lose out on their targeted advertising dollars.


Yeah, something like this.  FB and Google are just mad that somebody else is threatening to take our sweet, sweet data.
 
2013-12-09 03:42:13 PM  

HMS_Blinkin: Iamafed: If people start getting concerned about NSA spying, maybe they won't share all their info with Facebook, etc.  THAT is what is concerning to these companies.  They will lose out on their targeted advertising dollars.

Yeah, something like this.  FB and Google are just mad that somebody else is threatening to take our sweet, sweet data.


Bingo.

The underlying fallacy is that I am supposed to trust the companies more than the government. I do not trust any of them.
 
2013-12-09 03:43:56 PM  
Aw man...having them watch is half the fun.
 
2013-12-09 04:32:26 PM  
What I want to see from this is legislation which basically says government agencies are not allowed to receive or gather any new medium of data which previous legislation was unable to anticipate, public or private, unless new legislation is passed for the specific medium of data or a warrant is issued for a particular instance. Basically something which says our laws cannot be as agile as technology, but if someone in the NSA or CIA finds technology compelling for national security interests then a compelling case may be made for this technology, but until then no one is allowed to use this.
 
2013-12-09 04:44:17 PM  

Cytokine Storm: I want to shake their hands.


It's all just a front.

Like the commercials about how BP loves the environment.
 
2013-12-09 05:21:39 PM  

mcreadyblue: Cytokine Storm: I want to shake their hands.

It's all just a front.

Like the commercials about how BP loves the environment.


disinfo.s3.amazonaws.com
 
2013-12-09 05:38:19 PM  
"I don't want the NSA spying on people. That is a violation of their rights and freedoms," says Microsoft after releasing the Xbox One with Kinect2.
 
2013-12-09 05:40:50 PM  

Ishkur: "I don't want the NSA spying on people. That is a violation of their rights and freedoms," says Microsoft after releasing the Xbox One with Kinect2.


What about it?
 
2013-12-09 05:58:55 PM  

Ishkur: "I don't want the NSA spying on people. That is a violation of their rights and freedoms," says Microsoft after releasing the Xbox One with Kinect2.


This is why you should get a ps4. I got mine with the brack friday bunduru.
 
2013-12-09 06:03:43 PM  
They're just worried about being banned from doing business in China.

I say fark them. I hope every last employee of these companies gets arrested for espionage every time they set foot in a foreign country.
 
2013-12-09 06:43:47 PM  

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We just wanna be cool again!

Is that really too much to ask? We loved it when you thought we were geniuses. We loved being the ubber-hippsters of the century.

It sucks now that you've found out we all went to work for 'Uncle Sugar' years ago. The NSA helped us to grow and destroyed our competition for us so they could have a nice clean source of metadata. Now you know we had huge unfair advantages. Now you know we got rich by selling you out to the NSA.

Can't we just forget all that and get back to the sniveling adoration? Please?
 
2013-12-09 06:52:52 PM  
hell half the time I don't even want to watch myself masturbate.
maybe it's the O face.
 
2013-12-09 07:46:56 PM  
Awwww... it was more fun when I thought I had an audience :(
 
2013-12-09 08:32:19 PM  
Trust me, 100% of the time we don't want to watch you masturbate.

Happy Holidays!
The NSA

PS That is not what that vacuum cleaner attachment is for.  jeez
 
2013-12-09 09:10:15 PM  

Cytokine Storm: I want to shake their hands.


After you wash yours they will be happy to oblige. Nothing personal, just in their line of work they know how people are....
 
2013-12-09 09:56:20 PM  
Interesting to see that capitalism requires some form of transparency to function internationally.
 
2013-12-09 09:57:06 PM  
Are you kidding?  That's all Ceiling Google wants to do.
 
2013-12-09 10:18:38 PM  

tinyarena: [steveblank.files.wordpress.com image 300x108]

We just wanna be cool again!

Is that really too much to ask? We loved it when you thought we were geniuses. We loved being the ubber-hippsters of the century.

It sucks now that you've found out we all went to work for 'Uncle Sugar' years ago. The NSA helped us to grow and destroyed our competition for us so they could have a nice clean source of metadata. Now you know we had huge unfair advantages. Now you know we got rich by selling you out to the NSA.

Can't we just forget all that and get back to the sniveling adoration? Please?


The problem with your comment is that Bill Gates had his last full-time day at Microsoft over five years ago, Steve Jobs is dead, and I'm pretty sure the tech community has always considered Larry Ellison a colossal dick.
 
2013-12-09 10:36:41 PM  

part of the problem: Cytokine Storm: I want to shake their hands.

After you wash yours they will be happy to oblige. Nothing personal, just in their line of work they know how people are....


And they're probably perfecting the Google product line involving hand sanitizer and super-absorbent tissues.
 
2013-12-09 10:55:42 PM  

olapbill: hell half the time I don't even want to watch myself masturbate.
maybe it's the O face.


You could always take that mirror down. Just saying.
 
2013-12-09 11:35:14 PM  
This is all well and good, but I am so sick of Google trying to get me to use my regular account as my youtube account.  Damn it, I don't really want to share with everyone, with my name, all the weird shiat I look up on youtube.  All the embarrassing music/music videos I check out, all the weird/kooky comedy clips, and the hours upon hours of cat videos.  Just let me have my guilty pleasures anonymously, damn it, that's what the internet was made for.
 
2013-12-10 02:14:44 AM  

JRoo: Time to invest in lube.


"You can scream if you want to, but no one's gonna hear ya!"

- Chris Rock
 
2013-12-10 07:09:49 AM  

ckccfa: This is all well and good, but I am so sick of Google trying to get me to use my regular account as my youtube account.  Damn it, I don't really want to share with everyone, with my name, all the weird shiat I look up on youtube.  All the embarrassing music/music videos I check out, all the weird/kooky comedy clips, and the hours upon hours of cat videos.  Just let me have my guilty pleasures anonymously, damn it, that's what the internet was made for.


This gets me as well.  Google seem to have zero concept that there is a private and a public side to people on the internet.   What I want is to keep a healthy degree of separation between the two so they don't leak, because it'd be embarrassing for me to be in the middle of a 'private' place and to start getting adverts and such for my 'public' side.

Now that doesn't mean to say I'm against having targeted adverts delivered, but I want them appropriate to not only the place I'm visiting but also the purpose for my visit; there is a difference between me following a link to YouTube video someone sent me and me actively visiting YouTube at night.  One is me checking out some content a friend has made and the other is my guilty pleasure...

I expect the Google mothership to be far more intelligent than it really is...
 
2013-12-10 07:20:14 AM  
The unbelievable bastards were caught handing over your personal data to Big Brother without a qualm and now they cry for change. C* nts.
 
2013-12-10 10:17:35 AM  

Vaneshi: ckccfa: This is all well and good, but I am so sick of Google trying to get me to use my regular account as my youtube account.  Damn it, I don't really want to share with everyone, with my name, all the weird shiat I look up on youtube.  All the embarrassing music/music videos I check out, all the weird/kooky comedy clips, and the hours upon hours of cat videos.  Just let me have my guilty pleasures anonymously, damn it, that's what the internet was made for.

This gets me as well.  Google seem to have zero concept that there is a private and a public side to people on the internet.   What I want is to keep a healthy degree of separation between the two so they don't leak, because it'd be embarrassing for me to be in the middle of a 'private' place and to start getting adverts and such for my 'public' side.

Now that doesn't mean to say I'm against having targeted adverts delivered, but I want them appropriate to not only the place I'm visiting but also the purpose for my visit; there is a difference between me following a link to YouTube video someone sent me and me actively visiting YouTube at night.  One is me checking out some content a friend has made and the other is my guilty pleasure...

I expect the Google mothership to be far more intelligent than it really is...


If you just watch stuff on there and you don't want to use a favorites list or anything like that, set your browser to reject cookies from youtube.com and www.youtube.com and it will ever bug you about that again.
 
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