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fm6's Journal: Love and Hate 3

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Here's my recent post about Google and their permanent betas. The mods follow a common pattern: quickly modded up, then eventually modded back down with the usual cowardly "overrated".

I don't give a shit about the mods. (And as usual, I ask people not to waste their mod points "fixing" the situation.) But something else does bother me. A dozen or so people responded, and not a single one of them seems able to grasp the idea that I admire Google, but am still critical of their screwups. Apparently you're only allowed to love or hate.

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  • Today at Open tech [ukuug.org] we had Jeremy Zawodny from Yahoo! saying how flickr's permanent beta is good - you get to adapt to feedback perpetually. I like the development model, but I wouldn't like to call that beta.
  • From what I've read, Google News is in indefinite beta because they can't figure out a way to make money from it. If they start putting ads on the page, the quotes from the news articles might not be fair use anymore.
  • The Slashdot audience is dominated by geek males 18-24, and a few older ones who've been reading for years.

    Criticizing Linux, Apple, Google, etc is like criticizing the social security system at lunchtime in a nursing home -- its just not going to be warmly received.

The Force is what holds everything together. It has its dark side, and it has its light side. It's sort of like cosmic duct tape.

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