They didn't force us to use Google Plus before now, yet they made enough money to fill Scrooge McDuck's swimming pool. They're changing the terms of the arrangement in a way that will make users more vulnerable to everything from trolls to stalkers to idenity thieves, and have Google positioned to take our information in a more comprehensive and intrusive way. All the time they're telling us they're doing it to deal with trolls, but they could have easily allowed us to globally remove offending users from our youtube with a couple of clicks.
As a 55 year old male attic dweller, I'm not worth stalking, and my identity isn't worth stealing, but I feel bound by a sense of community not to bend over for the GOOGLE PhalLUS, Migrating is going to require archiving seven years of Gmail, and about 200 youtube uploads, finding a new blog host and possibly learning some blogging software. I am annoyed, especially when corporate fanboys tell me I have no right to complain because Google didn't charge me moiney for allowing them to put ads on the videos I uploaded that got a third of a million views.
It's important to understand that the Google user isn't the customer. We're the product, which Google sells to advertisers. The advertisers are the cusomer, and they want MOOOOORE INFORMATION. And the customer is always right.
"Control" here means that youtube comments don't wind up being posted anywhere but in youtube.
Well, until someone decides to copy them, anyway. Trying to control stuff you post on the public Internet is... optimistic.
If someone wants to copy something that I post, that's fine. I'm talking about my own actions.
In any case, I think you're under some misapprehension that Google+ is somehow distinct from YouTube. YouTube comments aren't "being posted" on Google+. It's the same system.
Whatever that means, YouTube and Google+ are two different websites in the most basic literal sense; they have different urls. By default, if I post a comment on YouTube once, it will now appear twice, at two different addresses, One address begins with www.youtube.com. The other begins with https://plus.google.com./ It's just a default, but it pissed me off.
I used to use ELive. I had to pay 15 dollars to get a patch to install it to the hard drive, but it was worth it. It was beautifully organized, and highly functional. I don't use it now because it was based on debian stable and I wanted access to newer packages.
I don't really understand Enlightenment, but it's not just eye candy. In the past, it seems to have needed to be given some shape by the user to be truly functioning, and I wasn't able to figure out how to do that.
How it's going to be, maybe, but surely there are limits to what a govenrment can do to its people's rights and still have it be "the way it ought to be."
Here's the thing: if decisions are made ex parte and in secret, the odds that these decisions will be strictly limited to include only cases of "gambling, child pronography, and copyright infringement" are just about zero per cent.
>>Yes, it does matter if they're exactly the same. If that student doesn't go on to college (at least right away), and wants to get a job in the community that requires computer literacy, they won't be able to say that they have multi-year experience working in a Windows environment.
And if he does, that means that he gets to compete with every other fucking kid in the world.
>Or, if they get sat in front of a computer as part of the interview, and the HR drone sees that they don't know where anything is, that is that.
Well, sure. No one should show up for a Windows-based job interview without familiarizing themselves with the interface. Are you suggesting that requires a computer lab? Couldn't someone who needed it get a look at a Windows-based computer somewhere? I hear they're actually pretty common.
So, unfortunately, as far as making someone viably employable is concerned, a lab running anything other than Windows (or, MAYBE, OS X) may as well not exist.
Facepalmed so hard, I may have to be treated for a concussion. Linux made Google possible. I mean that literally. No Linux, no Google. Can you imagine if all those thousands of networked PCs all required a separate license? Because of the free as in beer aspect (and the friendliness to old hardware) Knowledge of Linux is a valuable resource for entrepreneurs and start-ups.
Disc space -- the final frontier!