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Comment Re:Who the hell cares? (Score -1, Troll) 197

Can I use a sensitive scientific microphone aimed at the front window of your house and record everything going on inside?

Not my fault you publicly broadcasted those sound waves.

At some point, there is an expectation of privacy. Wi-fi technology is confusing to people, and they don't understand how to protect them, which is unfortunate, but it's not an excuse for someone else to do whatever they want with their emails, passwords, and other private information. Honestly, if this was any other company, there would be more outrage in the comments.

Comment Re:What people figured all along (Score -1, Flamebait) 197

If this was Microsoft or Apple, nobody would be buying that explanation.

Even if you were right, Google isn't any less exempt from blame, because it would mean there is so little oversight over handling of user data that one engineer can put into place a program that indexes emails and passwords under everyone's nose for three years. If an individual had done this, authorities would have punished them.

Comment Re:What people figured all along (Score -1) 197

I don't understand how you can claim that FCC report is being mischaracterized. It cites the original proposal written by the engineer, and it reveals that other engineers had knowledge of the project. One of the managers claimed he signed off on the design document without even reading it, which is scary on its own.

There was never any intent do use this data, it was merely one engineer's pipe dream to do so.

The program's proposal explicitly states that the intent was to collect payload data to "be analyzed offline for use in other initiatives." Then the program ran for three years. I think you should take your own advice and read the FCC report.


Submission + - Google Supervisors Knew About Wi-Fi Data Harvesting (

bonch writes: According to the FCC report, Google's collection of Street View data was not the unauthorized act of a rogue engineer, as Google had portrayed it, but an authorized program known to supervisors and at least seven other engineers. The original proposal contradicts Google's claim that there was no intent to gather payload data: 'We are logging user traffic along with sufficient data to precisely triangulate their position at a given time, along with information about what they were doing.'

Mistreated Foxconn Brazil Workers Threaten Strike 201

An anonymous reader writes "More bad news comes from Apple's iDevice manufacturing partner Foxconn that is sure to ruffle the feathers of Apple fans. From the story: 'Factory workers at a Foxconn plant in Jundiaí, Brazil are complaining of overcrowded buses, poor food and a lack of water and have threatened to strike unless the issues are resolved by May 3. According to a report by Brazil's Tech Guru (Google Translation), over 2,500 Foxconn employees have complained about conditions at the factory. Workers reportedly met last Monday to raise the concerns and have given the company 10 days to address them.'"
Lord of the Rings

Submission + - Hobbit Film Underwhelms At 48 Frames Per Second (

bonch writes: Warner Bros. aired ten minutes of footage from The Hobbit at CinemaCon, and reactions have been mixed. The problem? Peter Jackson is filming the movie in 48 frames per second, twice the industry standard 24 frames per second, lending the film a '70s era BBC-video look'. However, if the negative response from film bloggers and theater owners is any indication, the way most people will see the movie is in standard 24fps.

Comment The logo (Score -1) 230

I would sell it just to never see that stupid logo. It drives me nuts how its stretched so that the horizontal lines are thinner than the vertical lines. Seriously, if you're trying to create a brand name, you would pick a better name and make a better logo that doesn't look like some high school kid's pirated Illustrator output.


Submission + - FTC Escalates Antitrust Investigation Against Google (

bonch writes: The FTC has hired an outside litigator for their investigation into Google's alleged antitrust practices, signaling their intent to take the case to court. Competitors have accused Google of manipulating its search results to promote its own services over others. 'It’s a watershed moment when you hire someone like this,' said one former FTC official. 'This shows Google that if it doesn’t give you the remedy you want, you’re going to litigate.'

Submission + - Nintendo Hurt By New Rivals (

bonch writes: For the first time ever, Nintendo has announced an annual operating loss of $460.9 million. Analysts cite shifting trends toward smartphone gaming and the rise of foes like Apple, insisting that Nintendo will be forced to expand to rival hardware platforms. However, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata blamed European economic conditions for the loss and offered no change in plans for the Wii U, due in the 2012 holiday season.

Comment Fluff piece (Score 4, Interesting) 219

What a fluff piece from the Verge. It doesn't compare the exact wording of the policies. Instead, it justifies Google's policy by saying abuse is "unlikely" (which isn't the point) and explains that rival services need certain delivery permissions to run the service, but it doesn't cite any examples from the policies of those rivals that are equivalent to the content license that Google Drive grants.

The article also claims that "public" refers to the user and their actions regarding their own data. But that is NOT what Google Drive's policy states--it explicitly states that the content is licensed to Google as well as anyone Google works with.

Comment Google's motivation (Score 3, Insightful) 219

Google's motivation, in all that it does, is to index your data an sell you to advertisers. Advertisers are the customers, and you are the product. Android, Gmail, the search engine, Google Drive, Google+, and so on--they all exist solely to index people's data and serve them ads. 96% of Google's revenue comes from advertising. It is their core business.

In fact, that's not actually bad in and of itself, up to the point where it crosses into creepy territory, like in this case. Just by uploading your personal files, you are licensing them to Google to do whatever they want with them. And not just Google--note the parenthetical "(and those we work with)". So you don't even know who is going to be using your personal data. I mean, these policies actually give Google and other strangers the right to publicly display and distribute your files. One wonders if that absolves them from any consequences from security intrusions too, since a hacker getting hold of your files that would count as publicly distributing them, even if accidentally.

I've never bought into the image of benevolence Google always presents to the public, and that's cost me Slashdot karma over the years, but I don't care. It will be very interesting to see who defends this. It would be difficult not to see them as sellouts of themselves, all too happy to trash their own privacy rights, eager to please the advertising megacorp and defend them from attack. Wake up!


Submission + - Nintendo Reports First Ever Operating Loss (

bonch writes: Nintendo is set to report its first operating loss ever, a deficit of 45 billion yen. Analysts cite shifting trends toward smartphone gaming and the rise of Apple as a foe, but Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata insists the loss is due to economic troubles in Europe and that there would be no change in plans for the Wii U, due for release in the 2012 holiday season.

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