It is getting hard and harder to deal with Google outside the USA.
Don't blame Google. Blame your lame ass government that wants to harass and extort them.
I think i see your tinfoil slipping.
Who is going to pay for the services? No one is gong to pay for this sort of thing, so AD revenue is what pay for places like Facebook. If you bypass it the money slowly dries up and the service goes away.
Even if people did pay, you wont see the amount of money being made, so less incentive for it to happen. Advertisements is the only way its going to happen.
Right or wrong, the reason a large site like Facebook stays large as most people dont want to have to go different places to do what amounts to the same thing.
Would you rather go to 10 friends house each week for 30 minutes each, or everyone hang out at one for the afternoon? Most people would not choose all the running around.
if *I* make a copy, nothing is lost as i was not going to purchase the product the first place. You may think it diminishes the product's value, but it doesn't.
The artist ( or developer, etc ) also might make a sale later due to my recommendation as without the copy, i would have never heard it in the first place and could not recommend it. If i determine the product had value to me, id even pay for it afterward.
You may see it as a way to get out of paying for something, while i dont. If it wasn't for the potential abuse by others, all products could be that way. Get it for free, and if you dont like it you dont pay ( or you get return it no questions asked, if its a ' hard good' ).
Yep, and it was crap the last time. For those of us old enough: overpopulation, environmental crisis, the collapse of capitalist societies and others are just boring memes that we've heard before.
The government is doing some really bad shit and we want them to stop.
You think you want them too. You like waking up ? The stuff the government is doing behind your back is helping your ability to continue to do that.
Sometimes you have to do questionable things to combat the bad guy. They dont play by 'the rules'.
Einstein didn't steal state secrets and give them to the enemy either.
The problem with Voice is that I signed up in the US, so I get free calls. But those that don't sign up until they are outside the US will not get that treatment, unless they sign up from within the US, and Google has taken to identifying IPs based on usage, not GeoIP, so you could use a VPN service with a US ARIN address physically located in Texas and Google will still consider you as being in Europe. The only "reliable" away is to have someone in the US sign up for you, then send you the login.