I would like to ask the great Slashdot Collective for their thoughts, tips and recommendations on setting up such a source code management infrastructure AND getting the coders to accept and use it.
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This software will update
any Google software on your computer when new versions become
available. Google Software Update verifies updates and is safer than
downloading files from the Internet yourself.
To continue using Google Earth, you must accept the new Google privacy policies and allow Google Software Update to run in the background on your computer.
Meaning that your computer will get infected with a background process that will run automatically whenever Google decides, taking this choice and control from the user and there is no opting out as per their Terms of Service, Section 12:
12.1 The Software which you use may automatically download and install updates from time to time from Google. These updates are designed to improve, enhance and further develop the Services and may take the form of bug fixes, enhanced functions, new software modules and completely new versions. You agree to receive such updates (and permit Google to deliver these to you) as part of your use of the Services.
Having seen how gladly Google bends over for entities such as the Chinese government and from the security point of view, their "do no evil" mantra is pretty much moot and granting the software this level of freedom in your computer is unacceptable. All previous versions of Google Earth did check and alerted the user that an update was available, even offering a download link, but never went ahead and updated by themselves.
Machines that have broken down will work perfectly when the repairman arrives.