June 15, 2013
Time to sh*t-can Google!
When you search Google, and click on a link,
your search term is usually sent to that site,
along with your browser & computer info,
That’s creepy, but who cares about some random site?
Those sites usually have third-party ads,
and those third-parties build profiles about you,
and that’s why those ads follow you everywhere.
That’s creepy too, but who cares about some herpes ads?
Your profile can also be sold,
and potentially show up in unwanted places,
But there’s more.
Remember your searches?
and then come back to bite you (happens).
Or a bad Google employee could go snooping (happens).
Or Google could get hacked (happens).
That’s why we don’t send your searches to other sites.
Or store any personal information at all.
So don’t get tracked when searching.
Privacy is just one of many reasons why it’s awesome.
~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)
August 8, 2012
It happens all the time. Go to YouTube (House of Sunny TV -my current fave) searching for news, music, a rant, political commentary, movie trailer or whatever. The title comes up in the search selections, but the video has been removed. Poof -gone. It was there, you saw it somewhere else, but now it’s too hot to handle, politically toxic for the powers that be or not in Google’s best interest, whatever, but it’s gone.
NOT your friend
And this should give pause (hat-tip ProPublica). The Obama campaign has a new mobile app for canvassers. Plug in an address & a map displays the first name, age & gender of the voters who live there. Helpful to the campaign? Yes, but obviously this app is available to anyone and everyone!
Privacy much? It’s slipping more every day.
Oh don’t you worry, a spokesman for the Obama campaign says “it has built-in mechanisms to detect when people are misusing the data”. Okay, now I feel better.
GOOG’s (NASDAQ stock symbol) tentacles extend farther and deeper than you can imagine. This list of acquisitions by Google is extensive but by no means complete:
- YouTube (Video sharing) 2006 for $1.65 Billion
- Motorola Mobility 2011 (Mobile device manufacturer) for $12.5 B
- Keyhole, Inc (Map analysis) 2004, $$ undisclosed (Google Maps)
- Dodgeball (Social networking) 2005,$$ undisclosed (Google Latitude)
- ZipDash (Traffic analysis) 2004, $$ undisclosed (Google Maps)
- Marratech (Videoconferencing) 2007 for $15 Million (Google Talk)
- Picassa (image organizer) 2004, $$ undisclosed
- Android (mobile software) 2005 for $50 Million
- DoubleClick (Online advertising) 2007 for $3.1 Billion (AdSense)
- ImageAmerica (Aerial Photography) 2007, $$ undisclosed (Google Maps)
- FeedBurner (Web feed) 2007 for $100 Million (FeedBruner)
- GrandCentral (Voice over IP) 2007 for $45Million (Google Voice)
- eBook Technologies (E-books) 2011 $$ undisclosed (Google Books)
- Zagat (Restaurant reviews) 2011 for $151 Million (Google Places, Maps)
- Meebo (Instant Messaging) 2012 for $100 Million (Google+)
Good advise from the old Hill Street Blues Sergeant, “Hey, let’s be careful out there.”
Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)
November 21, 2011
Google is probably happy, but Oracle’s Larry Ellison may not be. Here’s the deal. Civil cases are being knocked off the docket in federal courts as a result of a glut of criminal cases particularly related to drugs and immigration according to a recent piece in the Wall Street Journal. Public defender cases are also getting short shrift, so it’s not just the big corporations being slighted, it’s everyone.
Ellison is suing Google claiming intellectual property infringement over patents held by Oracle Corp. that Oracle claims are being used in Google’s Android smartphone and it’s been dragging on for 2 years!
Additionally, government over-reach has expanded the federal rule book with heaps of new criminal statutes and regulations contributing to a 70% jump in the number of pending federal criminal cases in the last ten years with civil cases are getting squeezed the most.
Not surprisingly the districts with the most backlog are:
- The 9th District which includes both our Northern and Southern borders (15,159 cases)
- The 5th District which includes Texas and our Southern border (13,012 cases)
- The 4th District which includes Washington D.C. (12,265 cases)
- The 2nd District which includes New York (7,764 cases)
- The 11th District which includes Florida (6,394 cases)
The right to a speedy trial is guaranteed to defendants in criminal proceedings by the US Constitution (6th Amendment), and if the federal government would close and secure our borders it would be a lot better for criminal and civil defendants, not to mention the rest of us!
April 28, 2011
According to Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski (ranking member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee) the government has told us since 1919 that America is running out of oil. The lie:
“The US has about 2 or 3 percent of the world’s proven oil reserves, but we use 25% of the world’s oil.”
Murkowski says the US’ recoverable oil resources are estimated at 157 bb (billion barrels). Additionally there is roughly 900 bb of unconventional oil resources nearing commercialization. But the lie gets repeated and commissions, studies and ‘get to the bottom of this’ exposés do too.
In case you slept through the latest one: Obama seeks the cause of high gas prices as the Justice Department will look for cases of fraud or manipulation in the oil markets. He’s thrilled about the Birther distraction hoping you won’t notice the Fed still printing money driving down the dollar. He’d really rather get to more adult stuff like filming for Oprah!
Obama’s answer of developing renewable energy sources are slow and costly and no good in the near or even mid-term. Just ask Spain who experimented with massive “green economy initiatives” and is now in economic collapse with a 19% unemployment rate. In America just think cash for clunkers or GM’s heavily subsidized and failing green LEAF car, etc.
Senator Murkowski sums it up:
“If our country endeavored to produce more oil, we could slash imports and stanch the flow of dollars sent to foreign suppliers (all of them our enemies –my words here). At the same time, we could create thousands of jobs and generate hundreds of billions of dollars in government revenue. Our most effective energy strategy is to have oil work itself out of a job by using revenue from production to facilitate the deployment of alternatives.”
Oh, and BTW if you’re still swallowing that oil companies make too much profit check out these other companies and compare. According to Yahoo! finance for the most recent quarterly reports available:
- Exxon Mobil (XOM) profit margin = 8.89%
- Apple (APPL) profit margin = 22.36%
- Microsoft (MSFT) profit margin = 30.84%
- Google (GOOG) profit margin = 28.43
Why no commissions to demonize these evil capitalist profiteers?