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[#] Tue Aug 01 2017 17:46:17 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Web services written *by* the 419 scammers! Now they won't have to phish because every bit of private information you enter is automatically sent to a centralized cloud service in Nigeria.

[#] Sat Aug 12 2017 19:16:12 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I know this is going to come as a surprise to some of you, but news is starting to come out confirming that Google is evil.

[#] Sat Aug 12 2017 21:00:54 EDT from kc5tja

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All publicly traded companies, regardless of size, is evil by definition (all hail the stock holders!). It's just a matter of how evil scales with size.

[#] Sun Aug 13 2017 13:43:26 EDT from zooer

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Several years ago when I said "Google was evil" you insisted that google was saintly and did no wrong.

[#] Sun Aug 13 2017 21:27:06 EDT from kc5tja

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Me? I don't recall saying that. I do recall saying they were *least* evil.

[#] Wed Aug 16 2017 12:39:01 EDT from nonservator

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March on Google cancelled due to credible threats of violence.

[#] Thu Aug 17 2017 18:37:53 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Me? I don't recall saying that. I do recall saying they were *least*


Was that addressed to you or me? Either way I think we are in agreement.

When Google was touting "don't be evil" it was said and heard as "don't be like Microsoft" and at the time it was true. Also the company was not politically connected to anyone at the time.

Now ... the idea that Google, Facebook, and Twitter now have the power to be "thought police" and have made it clear that they're actively interested in abusing that power ... that takes things to a whole new level. Any wrongthink is labeled "hate speech" or "not advertiser friendly" or whatever, and either removed or demonetized.

Beware the savage jaw ... of 1984

[#] Wed Sep 06 2017 23:29:06 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Every now and then I get pissed off at Google (who are Hitler now) and try another search engine, only to be disappointed with the results a few days later and switch back to Google (who, as I mentioned, are Hitler).

Surprisingly, over the past two weeks I have been using DuckDuckGo and I haven't switched back to Google (yet?). The quality of their search results has improved greatly. I recommend giving it a try.

(Those who have been paying attention might remember that this was my experience with T-Mobile as well ... at some point they turned the corner from "unusable" to "usable" and eventually they got to "pretty darn good")

2017-09-in-the-next-day-or-two from Ragnar Danneskjold
I have tried them all and they all suck.

Well yes, everything sucks at some level, but if you're trying to balance the quality of search results with the level of non-Hitlerianism, you may be pleasantly surprised at how decent DuckDuckGo has become.

[#] Thu Sep 07 2017 00:33:50 EDT from kc5tja

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DDG is a pretty good search alternative. They're not perfect, but I've been using them at least 20:1 versus Google.

[#] Thu Sep 07 2017 16:24:03 EDT from bennabiy

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I use DDG as default, and with their ! syntax, if I need to use bing or google, I can just do !b or !g and the search... granted DDG uses bing for many of its results, just without tracking.

[#] Thu Sep 07 2017 22:21:17 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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As long as evil Microsoft/Google don't capture the ad revenue I'm ok with it :)

Really though, the thing that irritates me most about Google is the doodles.

[#] Thu Sep 14 2017 15:02:24 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Well, here we go...

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Google, a left-wing lobbying firm which also runs an Internet search engine, just got hit with a gender pay discrimination lawsuit.

It seems that they are talking the talk but not walking the walk. Whodathunkit?

[#] Thu Sep 14 2017 21:12:43 EDT from Google

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This will turn out to be nothing, here at Google we love the babes.

[#] Mon Sep 25 2017 09:44:15 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Has anyone tried Google Duo yet?  Looks like they did a decent job but I'm having trouble coming up with a reason why anyone would install it.  At least it works on both Android and iOS, which puts it a notch above Facetime, but that's about it.

Now that Google is Evil I might as well just use Skype.

[#] Mon Sep 25 2017 10:36:28 EDT from zooer

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Somehow my family started using Viber, a text & video message client.  Available for Iphone, Android and Linux apple, or Windows desktops.
You can set up text messaging groups, but it does not have group video.

I don't think the Linux desktop works as it should, it seems to have a problems syncing.  Although you can download it tech support said Linux is not supported.


[#] Tue Sep 26 2017 13:04:42 EDT from kc5tja

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I think these "real-time" voip/videophone apps are completely overrated. Bandwidth and user experience are significantly improved by simply bringing back the good old "push-to-talk" button, like on ham radios.

[#] Wed Sep 27 2017 16:33:03 EDT from fleeb

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Skype is owned by Microsoft now. So, evil all around.

I've tried Duo, mostly because it does work on both iPhone and Android. Seems to do the job. Haven't used it for anything beyond testing. I'm not against it... it drastically simplifies everything... but I haven't had a need to chat with people like that much.

[#] Wed Sep 27 2017 16:40:54 EDT from fleeb

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I experienced something rather unusual today, that will sound like a fabrication to you, I suspect.

I needed to look something up for Python, so I googled it (as I've googled countless other things for Python, Java, C/C++, and all the other various and sundry languages I've had to use over the years). There wasn't anything special about this particular search, but... it got weird. The search results, within the browser, tilted back, revealing a black background behind the results, and a question appeared at the top of this back-backgrounded mystery: "It looks like you speak our language. Would you like to play a game?"

Intrigued, I clicked the button indicating that I'm interested.

The search results then fell into the black background, disappearing, to reveal what looked like a terminal desktop within the browser. From there, very terse instructions (something like 'type [help] for assistance') on how to work this environment were made available, and that was that. 'ls' showed the contents of the folder I was in. I could log in, which would make it possible to return to this environment later if I wanted (so I did). I could also type in something that would give me a programming challange.

So, I did. And it created something like a folder in which my challange was made available. I had 48 hours to finish it... a simple Java or Python programming challange that only took me a few minutes (it showed as 2 hours, because I had to walk away to do some other stuff before I could finish it, since this all happened at work after all). Ran it through their verifier... passed... then submitted it to them. Challange complete... and I can pick up another one if I want (which I haven't done yet).

I thought, cool, I guess I stumbled into an easter egg. So I went to our intern and said, 'try this', and gave him the URL.

It wouldn't let him in.

I think it's a game that requires an invitation.

Has anyone else experienced this?

[#] Wed Sep 27 2017 21:16:40 EDT from zooer

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I googled google.

One morning, while working on a project, I Googled “python lambda function list comprehension.” The familiar blue links appeared, and I started to look for the most relevant one.

But then something unusual happened.
The search results split and folded back to reveal a box that said “You’re speaking our language. Up for a challenge?”

[#] Wed Sep 27 2017 21:20:36 EDT from zooer

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