Google sells out for money

Shocking, I know. It’s really lame to see such a cool company like Google, who’s motto is “Do no evil,” sell out to the commies for money.

Online search engine leader Google Inc. has agreed to censor its results in China, adhering to the country’s free-speech restrictions in return for better access in the Internet’s fastest growing market.

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Because of government barriers set up to suppress information, Google’s China users previously have been blocked from using the search engine or encountered lengthy delays in response time.

The service troubles have frustrated many Chinese users, hobbling Google’s efforts to expand its market share in a country that expected to emerge as an Internet gold mine over the next decade.

China already has more than 100 million Web surfers and the audience is expected to swell substantially _ an alluring prospect for Google as it tries to boost its already rapidly rising profits.

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To obtain the Chinese license, Google agreed to omit Web content that the country’s government finds objectionable. Google will base its censorship decisons on guidance provided by Chinese government officials.

Although China has loosened some of its controls in recent years, some topics, such as Taiwan’s independence and 1989’s Tiananmen Square massacre, remain forbidden subjects.

Google officials characterized the censorship concessions in China as an excruciating decision for a company that adopted “don’t be evil” as a motto. But management believes it’s a worthwhile sacrifice.

“We firmly believe, with our culture of innovation, Google can make meaningful and positive contributions to the already impressive pace of development in China,” said Andrew McLaughlin, Google’s senior policy counsel.

To be fair, MSN has already capitulated to commie demands, but I expect that from the likes of Microsoft, which is practically evil embodied in a corporate form. However, I thought Google, which wants to paint itself as a pure benevolent giant, would have higher standards than this. But here’s the real pay off:

Google is cooperating with China’s government at the same time it is battling the U.S. government over a subpoena seeking a breakdown of one week’s worth of search requests _ a list that would cover millions of terms.

Good job, Google, you two faced losers. I can’t imagine how a subpoena for one week’s worth of search requests is worse than censoring the entire internet for a government that actively crushes dissent, religion, and free expression.

Go Hawks

Yeah, so I’ve been a loyal Hawk fan since like forever. I’m just so glad that my boys finally make it to the Big Game like they so richly deserve. However, I am sick of all those people who get into football just when the local team is doing good. Dude, that’s so weak. Fan for life or no fan at all. That’s how it should be.

The EU will break the Internet

Things are definitely getting heated up in the power struggle over the Internet. I’m getting heated up too.

The US has got an image problem when it comes to the internet.

It is seen as arrogant and determined to remain the sheriff of the world wide web, regardless of whatever the rest of the world may think.

It has even lost the support of the European Union. It stands alone as the divisive battle over who runs the internet heads for a showdown at a key UN summit in Tunisia next month.

The stakes are high, with the European Commissioner responsible for the net, Viviane Reding, warning of a potential web meltdown.

“The US is absolutely isolated and that is dangerous,” she said during a briefing with journalists in London.

“Imagine the Brazilians or the Chinese doing their own internet. That would be the end of the story.

We have an image problem? While the freakin’ UN and EU are doing what? Cowtowing to the likes of China, Iran, and 3rd-world African nations?

In the face of opposition from countries such as China, Iran and Brazil, and several African nations, the US is now isolated ahead of November’s UN summit.

China?! China has say in this?! They’re an economic powerhouse only by virtue of their size and they actively and continuously engage in oppressing their people and limiting access to the Internet! And Iran?! Why should anybody give two cents what the hell Iran thinks about this?

Oh, and it gets better! The EU proposes essentially breaking the Internet and its worldwide cohesiveness and what do they propose?

The EU does not intend to scrap I[CANN]. It would continue in its current technical role.

Instead Europe is suggesting a way of allowing countries to express their position on internet issues, though the details on how this would happen are vague.

“We have no intention to regulate the internet,” said Commissioner Reding, reassuring the US that the EU was not proposing setting up a new global body.

Rather she talked of a “model of cooperation”, of an international forum to discuss the internet.

Yes, you intend on breaking the Internet, and you remain vague about how you want to fix it. You want to break the Internet so you have a chance to discuss things? Brilliant. Freakin’ brilliant. And I find rich irony in the fact that some EU bureaucrat claims they have “no intention to regulate the internet.” Yeah, the EU, the king of regulation and bureaucracy doesn’t want to regulate. The smell of BS is almost overwhelming.

Yes, I’m pissed about this.

Here is a short op-ed from the WSJ that is a little bit less apoplectic. Worth the short read.

Yes, everybody does hate you

A couple of French dudes surveyed the rest of Europe, asking them for 5 words to describe the French. Unsurprisingly, it apppears the rest of Europe hate the French. Money quote:

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Britons described them as “chauvinists, stubborn, nannied and humourless”. However, the French may be more shocked by the views of other nations.

For the Germans, the French are “pretentious, offhand and frivolous”. The Dutch describe them as “agitated, talkative and shallow.” The Spanish see them as “cold, distant, vain and impolite” and the Portuguese as “preaching”. In Italy they comes across as “snobs, arrogant, flesh-loving, righteous and self-obsessed” and the Greeks find them “not very with it, egocentric bons vivants”.

[My favorite] Interestingly, the Swedes consider them “disobedient, immoral, disorganised, neo-colonialist and dirty”.

I feel a bit better about my rather intense dislike of all things French (except for French bread, French toast, French fries, and shaved French women) since I now have proof it’s not an outgrowth of my ultra-right-wing, pro-America-damn-the-world, theocratic idealogy. If the Europeans hate the French, then it must be because the French have some truly detestable quality about them.

If I were to describe the French in 5 words it would be: prissy, haughty, ungrateful, shallow, and untrustworthy. Share your own if you want. I think this also calls for a new poll.

UPDATE: I posted a rather large comment explaining this post and responding to comments.

(via The Corner)

Proof of an Evil Being

The only way I can explain this behavior is by positing that a Evil Being of some sort is conspiring against me. Fortunately, this isn’t very hard for me to do becuase it fits very well with my faith and theology.

This must be my Job-ian test. I am given a task that I must do, in this case a memo that is due at 8 A.M. this morning, and then I am confounded by another event, in this case my tower is on the fritz again, big time. I need to explain something about me. My computers are my domain. I am the sole ruler and arbiter of my machines. I control the existence and content of those machines, and I’d like to think that I also ensure their operation to a certain extent. But now, tonight, when I need to be concentrating on my memo, my tower once again has rebelled against me, probably incited by this Evil Being. When a machine has risen up against me, I am compelled with an almost overwhelming desire to quash the rebellion and instill peace and stability into my domain. I become possessed by a nearly single-minded purpose to bring the rebellious machine back into the fold of my benevolent will.

What does this all mean? Well, what would have been just another late night has turned into an all-nighter. Man, I was really rolling on my memo too, whipping out page after page. Now, I can barely concentrate because that tower over there is giving me the fits and threatening to dump all of my precious data. My faith is strong, and I will prevail.