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Comment: Flying experience (Score 5, Funny) 227

What I get out of this story is that, if you're lucky enough to survive the trip in the wheel well, it's much more convenient to travel this way than doing it the regular way: no queuing, no overcharging from the airlines, no restrictions on the amounts of liquids you can carry, no getting your gonads showered with x-rays, no groping from TSA perverts... and of course, no arbitrary, secret no-fly list that prevents you from boarding the plane in the first place.

The airport security theater almost makes me want to risk my life as a stowaway.

Comment: Re:Kudos, Bill (Score 1) 140

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#46767705) Attached to: Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

Glad to see there's someone out there that cares about privacy and is looking to do something about it!

Unless this was irony, no: Bill Gates doesn't care about privacy. He cares about profits.

All I see here is one company - Google - bringing misery to people with their surveillance equipment in disguise, and an individual trying to profit from the coming backlash. All in all, both are out to profit from you, but none have your interests at heart.

Comment: Re:Not getting funded. (Score 0) 157

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#46750293) Attached to: Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

Flying cars are technically possible.

Flying cars however are not desirable for everyday drivers: they have a hard enough time managing 2 dimensions, we don't need them to occupy a third. So unless they're fully automatic in flight mode (with manual control disabled), flying cars can only be flown by trained pilot.

The market for pilots who want a plane that turns into a car is very small. That's why flying cars won't happen - not enough money in it.

Comment: Re:Because you think Google is any better? (Score 0) 218

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#46672331) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Number of times google has fucked ME over so far... zero

Millions of Youtube account holders who were forced to get a G+ account and divulge their true identity or give up the ability to comment beg to differ.

Number of times google has demanded payment for services or my credit card info. zero

Try using Google Play to get a for-pay Android app.

Number of annoyances google shoves in my face. zero

Try using an Android app - ads.
Try searching something on - more ads.
Try *not* giving in to the constant G+ nagging.

Comment: Re:Because you think Google is any better? (Score 2) 218

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#46672203) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Saying there is no conspiracy involved generally leads people to believe there is one.

Aaw man, I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't aren't I? :)

Okay look, Google is a company that scares the bejesus out of me, and I believe the things they develop and invest in lead the world to a dangerously slippery slope. I also think they don't publicize all the things they do because they believe people aren't ready to hear what they have in store for them. But I *emphatically* don't believe there is ANY conspiracy involved.

Comment: Re:Yes, because it is (Score 1, Redundant) 218

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#46671997) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Google lets you close your account and delete it, leaving no traces

How do you know that? Did Google offer you to audit their systems to verify what you believe?

More likely, Google, being an enormous information gathering company that live off that information, keep all your data and add a new tidbit of information to your file mentioning that on date D, you closed your account and deleted it.

If you truly believe Google's data retention policy is any different from Facebook's, you're delusional. And even if they say they do delete your data, they're so big and loaded with cash that nobody can ever check they really do.

Facebook is nasty, but at least they're clean nasty. Google cloaks in a good-corporate-citizen "do no evil" bullshit but is in the same business space - massive information gathering and monetizing.

So the best way to be sure Google has no information on you (or rather, as little as possible) is to not give them any whenever possible.

Comment: Re:Because you think Google is any better? (Score 4, Insightful) 218

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#46671885) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Realistically, Google wasn't founded by a guy who stole passwords to read other people's email.

Google may have been founded by people with the best of intentions, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Google believes in a panopticon world in which anonymity and the right to privacy has disappeared. They may believe it's for my own good, but their dream world is my nightmare.

Comment: Re:Because you think Google is any better? (Score 5, Interesting) 218

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#46671777) Attached to: Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Google doesn't (as far as I know) sell user information to advertisers

If you really believe this, I'll tell you a little story:

A few years ago, I was working for a manufacturer in R+D, developing an accessory for one of our products. One of the parts of that accessory required a plastic part with very specific features (it was a living hinge, but with certain requirements that made polypropylene unsuitable).

I used Google to find out what other types of plastics might be suitable, and quickly finally found a material that would work. A rather obscure, rather expensive plastic with a barbaric name. I Googled some more about that plastic, then called it a day and went home.

The VERY NEXT DAY, I got a spam in my work mailbox from a Chinese manufacturer of that very plastic, offering me prices by the ton.

I had never heard of that plastic before Googling it.


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