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Comment: Re:So let me get this straight (Score 1) 676

by LessThanObvious (#49547733) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

It's not secret how much I support Snowden, even if his actions were not legal. I hate supposed surveys where they don't show you the actual text of the questions asked. If I don't know how the survey asks the question, it's impossible to know how much to trust the responses. Sorry mister Snowden, your worst fears are realized. You sacrificed your own freedom to give us the chance to protect ours and most people are too ignorant to give a damn. If the ACLU actually sponsored this, they should have thrown it out. We don't need this shit in the press months before the expiration of Patriot Act Sect. 215.

Comment: Re:Fairly easy way to protect data. (Score 1) 75

Sure, but then how are they going to put all our medical records online and use big data to analyze treatments and outcomes. Oh, you don't want that? No, sorry there isn't an opt out for that. I guess even though we know businesses are incapable of protecting privacy we'll just have to be understanding that it's for our own good.

Myself, I'm preparing certified letters for my pharmacy, insurer and doctor's office to let them no they do not have my consent to do any of that and that I'd like all eligible records destroyed. Yes, I am bored, so what.

Comment: Re:republicrats (Score 1) 201

by LessThanObvious (#49531957) Attached to: McConnell Introduces Bill To Extend NSA Surveillance

It's a conflict they just don't understand. Yes, you can know more if you spy on all human interaction, but that isn't the point. It's better to not know some stuff that could be known, so that all of the innocent people can communicate freely and without reservation. I'm much more frightened by totalitarians than terrorists. I can put it no better than this: The Loss of liberty is worse than the threat of terror.

Comment: Re:Yahoo is still a "tech" company? (Score 2) 194

by LessThanObvious (#49531769) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

Finance.yahoo.com, is also dying. Thank you CEO Marissa Mayer, you have taken what used to be a valuable and interesting resource for investors and completely fucking ruined it.

Regarding Yahoo mail, since you can't take your yahoo email to another server, exactly what are we supposed to do with what is for many of us what we consider our permanent email address. I don't want to tell all my contacts to find me at a new address every time a new domain becomes popular. Then again, I don't want any more job related spam their so Gmail is welcome to it. It only helps with my efforts to make sure Google's algorithms think I'm a good little soldier that only cares about work. Yahoo has gotten a worse rap than it deserves. Just because the media latches on to Google doesn't mean there is something lacking in the competition. I've had my email there for over two decades and I've never had to contact support for anything, they must do a few things right. If I go anywhere with my real mail I'd have to consider Hushmail. Lack of privacy is my only real complaint about yahoo mail.

Comment: Re:Solution in search of a problem (Score 1) 141

I carry small bills loose in my pocket whenever possible in large cities. If a homeless person gives me a bad vibe, I'd rather appease them and give a couple dollars and I like to be able to do it without pulling out my wallet in front of them or anyone else who may be watching. Standing there on the street looking down and fumbling in your wallet is a bad idea.

Comment: Re:The new version is terrible! (Score 1) 209

by LessThanObvious (#49488727) Attached to: Google Sunsetting Old Version of Google Maps
The old version has fewer of the unnecessary permissions they want us all to allow. So, if we want maps on Android they expect us all to allow: Identity, Contacts, Location, Photos/Media/Files, WiFi Connection Information, Phone, Bluetooth Connection Info, Device ID & Call Information. No thank you. Do I really have to lug around an unregistered NAV device if I don't want Google seeing all this shit?

Comment: Re:Navteq (Score 1) 66

by LessThanObvious (#49480749) Attached to: Nokia To Buy Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 Billion

So, Google gets to win at maps and we are just stuck with it? I can understand where can't very well offer free mapping software as a service for the whole planet and have multiple companies struggling to get people to use their version. I do hope for an alternate future where Google maps isn't the only game in town for mobile, but if Microsoft can't compete, I'm not sure who else ever will. It's not that I don't like Google Maps, but the less competition, the more leverage they have to disrespect our privacy.

Comment: Re:I know! (Score 1) 185

by LessThanObvious (#49434297) Attached to: The Key To Interviewing At Google

I nearly learned that the hard way. As an idiot teenager I picked up a rectangular storm drain grate that was heavier than estimated. It went right into the hole and just about took me with it. It's funny I hear Google doesn't like to hire people who "just want to work for Google", but unless you really had some desire to specifically seek out Google, their interviews would seem really obnoxious. I only lasted a few interviews before it became clear I didn't want it bad enough, but I will say they didn't go off topic from the technical stuff in my case. If they pulled out some nonsense questions that far into the process I'd have been happy to explain that my job area doesn't involve golf balls, man holes, or explaining colors to fucking blind people.

Comment: Data protection laws lacking (Score 1) 92

I have long felt that companies should legally have to disclose if not, get consent to share your personal information outside your home country. I don't say this because people in other countries are any less trustworthy. My reasoning is that a person has more ability to control their risk exposure and be provided with known forms of legal recourse when their information isn't unknowingly shared or transmitted outside their own country. I've never been comfortable with the idea that when I call into a call center, they don't tell me where they are located. Now if I share my personal info with that agent, how would I possibly know if US laws and protections apply to the data I share or if the call center's IT environment is regulated to U.S. standards for audit compliance and data protection? How would I know if a breach of that unknown foreign call center network would be reported as it would under U.S. law?

Comment: Re:Simple to fix (Score 1) 312

Google's representative says she isn't defending the practices being right or wrong. Let me simplify that, if the tail is waging the dog, it is wrong. If they aren't going to book the revenue in their home country I can see the merits of booking revenue based on the true national origin (not shell company) of the advertiser or of the end customer, but booking revenue in a tax haven that is entirely unrelated to the transaction is indefensible.

  'These are international tax arrangements and what Google is doing in Australia is very very similar to what Australian companies are doing outside of Australia. I am not sitting here today trying to defend whether those practices are right or wrong, they are simply the way the global tax system is currently working and we are trying to operate within that.' Said [Google's Maile Carnegie]

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