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Google Preparing To Launch G-Town

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the owe-my-soul-to-the-company-store dept.

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theodp writes "The Mercury News reports that Google's aggressive online growth increasingly has a counterpart in bricks and mortar, with the company's Mountain View HQ mushrooming in the past four years to occupy more than 4 million square feet. And that's just for starters. On Silicon Valley's NASA Ames base, Google is preparing to build a new corporate campus with fitness and day care facilities and — in a first in the valley — employee housing, adding 1.2 million sqare feet to Google's real estate holdings. 'I don't want to say it's the new company town,' said commercial real estate VP Gregory M. Davies of Google's role, 'but it's not far from it.' Presumably, no anti-suicide nets will be needed for this one."

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Think bigger (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34226558)

Why start your own town when you can start your own country?

Re:Think bigger (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34226572)

Why start your own country when you can buy (representatives of) existing countries?

Re:Think bigger (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34226604)

you can keep minorities (and thus crime and poverty) out of your own country.

Poverty! (2)

lullabud (679893) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226610)

Hah! Poverty in Google Town, that's a good one!

Re:Poverty! (2, Funny)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226874)

But you'd be happy. After all, you found your G-Spot. Tough to find, I understand.

Re:Poverty! (4, Funny)

jhigh (657789) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227048)

Dude, this is Slashdot. You just sent thousands of geeks to wikipedia to try to find out what a 'g-spot' is...

Re:Poverty! (1)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227068)

But their girlfriends will be happier for it.

Re:Poverty! (1)

Datamonstar (845886) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227088)

Maybe you're new here in G-town...

Re:Poverty! (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227100)

Do "Virtual Girlfriend" simulators have G-Spots?

or

"You had me at 'Electric Sheep'..."

Re:Poverty! (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227116)

Do "Virtual Girlfriend" simulators have G-Spots?

or

"You had me at 'Electric Sheep'..."

Hang on while I ask a New Zealander.

Re:Poverty! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34227132)

According to SCIENCE gspots don't exist. Thanks for playing.

Re:Poverty! (1)

postbigbang (761081) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227142)

Shows how far YOU got.

Re:Poverty! (1)

mug funky (910186) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227428)

those scientists didn't find it because their methodology was wrong...

Re:Poverty! (1)

h00manist (800926) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227140)

Hah! Poverty in Google Town, that's a good one!

I worked with a guy who had owned USD$500,000 in stock options. He had nothing again, both of us were working for no salary on some miserable startup. You don't buy anything with stock options, you know.

Re:Think bigger (2, Interesting)

h00manist (800926) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227114)

Indeed the corporation now wields greater power than the nation-state. I saw an article the other day that Vienna, traditional, old stomping ground of national spies, has lost some of it's importance in that world. Although many of the national-spies now have the company of their new industrial espionage overlords. So indeed corporations now buy nation-state leaders. Presidents and politicians plead for time on the media, who makes them or breaks them. Lobbyists and their money and "favors" exert greater influence on congressmen than voters. Corporations often have greater effect on jobs than government policies. That is the state of the game today. But nothing lasts forever. The global economy teeters ever more often now, and corporations plead for rescue from who? Guess what, one of these days, the answer will be no - you corporate master, you go broke, we people buy your assets, and we own you now.

Re:Think bigger (1)

camperslo (704715) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227138)

Why start your own town when you can start your own country?

Maybe this is a good time to get a deal on one of those countries that's being swallowed up by a rising ocean?

A great spot to pile all that stuff that doesn't recycle so well, or to be someplace special for those that don't believe in global warming. Move them there and bring along their favorite tv network to make it feel like home.

Re:Think bigger (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34227558)

Like Manhattan? Seems to be to solve multiple problems :p

Smaller can be better (1)

goombah99 (560566) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227286)

Think G-spot. I guess that name was taken.

Eviction rate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34226578)

Will I get evicted if found using Apple TV?

Re:Eviction rate? (1)

gnapster (1401889) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226784)

Not if you can prove you are trying to make it dual-boot Chromium OS.

Re:Eviction rate? (1)

h00manist (800926) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227128)

Yes if you are caught watching anything other than "don't be evil" on it.

obvious (4, Insightful)

bhcompy (1877290) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226582)

Considering the cost of home ownership(and rentals for that matter) in the Bay area/San Jose area, this is pretty obvious. They attract a lot of people out of college who simply can't afford to live within any reasonable distance of the facility. So they rent/buy in places like Tracy, which are 90+minutes away. It would be nice if more companies did this.

Re:obvious (2, Insightful)

redemtionboy (890616) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226706)

Plus, what other houses have gigabit internet!

Re:obvious (1)

Mitchell314 (1576581) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227274)

Hell, min wage is worth it for free housing + gigabit internet.

That's how I got my start in SV (5, Interesting)

lullabud (679893) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226708)

I worked in Colorado for a company headquartered in Sunnyvale. They used to fly us out from CO and we'd work in silicon valley for Colorado wages, staying in corporate housing. I loved it because I sublet my apartment in CO out so I was essentially staying for free. Top that off with all the overtime I was working in a place that I didn't technically live (yet) and thus didn't have many friends to go out partying with.

Then they wanted to bring some of us out to CA to live permanently, but didn't want to give us the cost of living adjustments. In order to pacify us they let us stay in the company housing with less than cost-of-living raises, making less than we should but compensating the low pay by covering the housing cost. It worked out really well for a while and was a great start. I had to quit the company when I wanted to move out though because they wouldn't budge on giving any of us raises if we moved out.

The living wasn't bad, I had some interesting room mates that were smart people, but some were crazy or just odd characters. They were bringing in Taiwanese engineers that couldn't speak just about any english and urinated all over the bathroom in the middle of the night. Thankfully we had housekeeping three times a week. I also had these two drunk party-crazy room mates that would tear the place apart. One of them came home drunk and drank a half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and went blind for like a day or two. Another one would get drunk and go steal fruit off the trees in people's yards. One time they got in a flour fight and when I woke up it was like a ghost had walked all over my apartment. Another one went crazy on drugs, lost a rental car, got sent back to CO but never made it because he got arrested on his Phoenix layover for trying to disassemble a metal detector or something (though he wasn't technically my room mate.)

Ah, the good old days of technology, per diem, overtime cash and partying with other nerds in Man Jose. Can't say they weren't interesting, but I'm glad they're over.

Re:That's how I got my start in SV (1)

daeley (126313) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226954)

There is a novel waiting to be written there. :)

Re:obvious (2, Interesting)

ubrgeek (679399) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226782)

Valid points. I always wondered [slashdot.org] how long it would be until they went down this road. Interesting to see their motivation. Of course, as someone else posted, this community could also just be a "beta" until they build something for non-employees.

Re:obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34226794)

This is nonsense. Starting salaries are enormous at top companies like Google and Apple. Straight out of college you can not only afford to live nearby, but you can load up on toys too.

I have hired several people onto the company I work at (which is similar to this and in Santa Clara County) and our hirees have had to get roommates for the first year or two, but they have plenty of money left over to buy 52" TVs and BMWs within the first two years.

Young people don't rent/buy in Tracy, it's only older people with families who move out that far because they want a house and a backyard. Young people just get apartments.

Re:obvious (1)

TamCaP (900777) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227158)

And to me, not living in Silicon Valey, this sounds completely crazy. You need to have a roommate or two to afford rent in some low/mid level housing, YET you can easily get a BMW and splurge on a 52" TV. Am I the only one who thinks that something's wrong with that picture?
Re: topic
Similar stuff happens in academia already. It's cheaper for universities in expensive places (like NYC) to subsidize housing for graduate students / some staff than it would be to pay out extra location bonuses.

Re:obvious (1)

demonlapin (527802) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227292)

It's the lack of a social life that allows them to afford the BMW and TV. After all, if you never drive it, you can get a 3 series for under $500/mo. That's only about $300/mo more than a Nissan Altima. When an apartment costs $400/mo, that's a lot of money. When your share of a 2BR apt costs $1000, it's not such a big deal.

Re:obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34227574)

Starting salaries are enormous at top companies like Google and Apple.

I think you'd be surprised, Google isn't known for huge starting salaries. There are plenty of tech companies that pay much, much more.

Re:obvious (1)

Registered Coward v2 (447531) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226796)

Considering the cost of home ownership(and rentals for that matter) in the Bay area/San Jose area, this is pretty obvious. They attract a lot of people out of college who simply can't afford to live within any reasonable distance of the facility. So they rent/buy in places like Tracy, which are 90+minutes away. It would be nice if more companies did this.

Stanford University has a similar setup; not bad for a Junior University.

Re:obvious (4, Insightful)

blincoln (592401) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227338)

It would be nice if more companies did this.

You are joking, right? Or do you actually like the idea of your employer not only being able to fire you at will, but simultaneously kick you out of your place of residence? There is not a chance I would ever give a corporation that much power over me, and I've never even left an employer on anything other than good terms.

Re:obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34227544)

Yes. Once the employees move into this campus (if not already), they'll start jockeying for the best seats on the cruise ship. Instead of working on ways to move the ship forward, or working out new adventures for the ship. It's the classic big company syndrome, and it's as real as Moore's and Metcalfe's laws.

Remember the simpsons (3, Funny)

ivanaponte (82505) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226608)

Re:Remember the simpsons (1)

coaxial (28297) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226902)

Or Epcot [wikipedia.org]

Re:Remember the simpsons (1)

jgbishop (861610) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227254)

I wonder if G-Town will have a hammock district?

Re:Remember the simpsons (1)

linatux (63153) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227276)

My favourite episode!!

They did this already. (2, Funny)

fishthegeek (943099) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226656)

HERE [theonion.com]

Security Risk? (1)

shougyin (1920460) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226678)

I'm not aware of current NASA Ames Security protocols, as far as getting access to the area, but I could only speculate that not everyone is authorized access. So with Google now building on their land, would they have a separate control entry point? Or give access through NASA's entry point? I have a huge problem with people having access to places they shouldn't.

Re:Security Risk? (4, Informative)

ocdscouter (1922930) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226752)

Last time I was there (to scope it out for a potential scout event), I believe that all I had to show was a valid ID, such as a driver's license, to get through the main gate and onto the Moffet field campus.

Re:Security Risk? (2, Interesting)

shougyin (1920460) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226804)

Well, I would hope that certain buildings have a much higher security check than that, but even still, giving people free access to get close enough to certain buildings without a deterrent in the way is kind of foolish in my eyes. Especially, to get onto NASA and a military instillation.

Re:Security Risk? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34227472)

Well, I would hope that certain buildings have a much higher security check than that, but even still, giving people free access to get close enough to certain buildings without a deterrent in the way is kind of foolish in my eyes. Especially, to get onto NASA and a military instillation.

More proof, as if yet more was needed that NASA is just a public front. It showcases ingenius uses of old tech that people are told is the cutting edge. The real cutting edge is classified and reserved for military use and eventually trickles down to public use once it is made obsolete. So yeah, the military contrary to what many believe is NOT stupid, in fact they're damned good at what they do. If they seem to ignore safeguarding NASA it's because the things they want to safeguard are not part of NASA.

Re:Security Risk? (2, Interesting)

Nyeerrmm (940927) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226832)

It seems that its on Moffett Field, not actually at Ames itself. Moffett is the old air base that plays host to Ames as well as other facilities. In order to get into Moffett, I believe that only a picture ID is required.

However, even if it were on Ames itself, Pete Worden is a unique administrator and if anyone could find a way to make it work, its him.

Re:Security Risk? (1)

shougyin (1920460) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227126)

I just don't see what reasons they have being in the same location, maybe besides having a very open space to work with and build upon. I'm sure that sharing the same interests and having a good working background between Google and NASA have something to do with it, but I’m not convinced it's worth the new location. Sharing interests with another company is one thing, but I wouldn't go as far to invite them in and give access to things I might not want them to see. Although, I’m sure if Moffett Fields security measures are anything close to mine here (requiring 3 different security checks before given access to anything!), then there's really nothing to worry about, but I wonder if there is something else going on between the two companies as for the reasons of this placement.

Re:Security Risk? (-1, Troll)

MichaelKristopeit181 (1940430) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226958)

is that you, adolf?

Re:Security Risk? (-1, Offtopic)

MichaelKristopeit175 (1940352) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227164)

is that you, adolf?

Is that you, MK Fail? I see you went through the 170's already today and are into the 180's.

Re:Security Risk? (-1, Troll)

MichaelKristopeit168 (1939486) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227372)

you spend your days fantasizing that you are me. i spend my days actually being me. do you NEED to be me? OR, do you NEED to NOT BE YOURSELF?

you're completely pathetic.

"MichaelKristopeit175" is operated by a pathetic individual attempting to steal my identity.

to the individual responsible: i assume you welcome death. present yourself to me; admit what you've done, then i'll bring upon you the ultimate punishment for your transgressions.

Re:Security Risk? (1)

shougyin (1920460) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227454)

I'm so confused right now, but I’m going to just tell myself you are all bots, or that you have an extreme dissociative identity disorder and need to seek help! All three of you!

Re:Security Risk? (-1, Troll)

MichaelKristopeit167 (1939484) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227526)

i am one person, retard. guess who?

ur mum's face has an extreme dissociative identity disorder and need to seek help!

you don't understand that PEOPLE control the USERS OF THE INTERNET WEB SITE CHAT MESSAGE BOARD... or do you just like to hypocritically claim that one person (you referenced "you") is responsible for all of the posts, but you'd rather pretend something else is true... and then you hypocritically and ignorantly diagnose dissociativity upon others. look in the mirror, moron.

you're an idiot.

let me know when you stop feeling confused. idiocy is hard to shake.

Re:Security Risk? (1)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227336)

I had a brief stint at NASA Ames (protip: don't work for NASA) and I seem to recall that getting a badge involved taking a fingerprint of all 10 of my fingers and showing a valid US passport.

You don't want to mess with the folks at the gate either, since they each carry two handguns.

Don't think I'd want to live there.. (4, Funny)

Junta (36770) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226680)

I don't think I could live in a town that will probably stay in beta forever.

Sounds familiar... (0)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226684)

Of course such place [goo.gl] (or generally [goo.gl] ) was considered evil. Any day now?

Completely Off Topic Question (5, Insightful)

coaxial (28297) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226912)

Why are you using a url shortener in a non-twitter-like environment? You could have just copied the URL, just like any other URL instead of passing it through Google, so they'd get click tracking.

Re:Completely Off Topic Question (2, Funny)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226960)

Hm, true (though also: lately /me semi-automatically assuming that an URL from Wiki might be non-ASCII / this one [goo.gl] gave issues on /. recently...). At least surprise sort of fits with the content of the two above.

Re:Completely Off Topic Question (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34227534)

Hm, true (though also: lately /me semi-automatically assuming that an URL from Wiki might be non-ASCII / this one [goo.gl] gave issues on /. recently...). At least surprise sort of fits with the content of the two above.

You're a fucking nigger. It had to be said.

"from the owe-my-soul-to-the-company-store dept." (2, Interesting)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226686)

Timothy hit it on the head on this one. Google probably owns the "souls" (online personalities) of its employees more than any country in the world. To own their physical lives too seems like a consolidation of too much power.

Re:"from the owe-my-soul-to-the-company-store dept (4, Insightful)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226826)

I launched sixteen droids and what do I get? A cubicle bedroom and deeper in debt.

Re:"from the owe-my-soul-to-the-company-store dept (3, Funny)

poena.dare (306891) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227076)

Better than being unemployed and asking, "Brother, can you spare an IPv4 address?"

Re:"from the owe-my-soul-to-the-company-store dept (1)

yuhong (1378501) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226844)

Google probably owns the "souls" (online personalities) of its employees more than any country in the world.

Really?

Re:"from the owe-my-soul-to-the-company-store dept (3, Informative)

fightinfilipino (1449273) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227440)

i'm not exactly seeing how this has Google owning their "physical" lives. these employees have the choice to live either in off-Google-campus housing, which might be far and/or expensive, or in this new housing. they can choose to work for Google, or they can seek employment somewhere else. indentured servitude this ain't. Google employees' freedom to contract hasn't been eroded in some way. i'd say the only negative factor in all this (and it is a significant one) is Google's gobbling up of previously independent communities. but even there, Google can't just take over peoples' homes and businesses, they have to purchase them just like everyone else.

call me when Google starts making work a contracted requirement for basic living necessities or builds unmaintained, dilapidated tenements, then there'll be something worrisome.

Ames (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34226700)

I'm getting a little worried at just what Google is able to get away with with respect to Ames and Moffett Field. Only military and NASA planes can land there...except Sergey and Larry's private jets. Only military and NASA personnel and researchers live on the property...plus some Google staffers who need a cheap apartment. I just think that maybe they're getting a little special treatment.

Re:Ames (1)

darth dickinson (169021) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226888)

The phrase "The best government money can buy" comes to mind.

I wonder how this will end... (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34226710)

History is full of stories of very powerful companies (Standard Oil, IBM, etc.) that exerted great influence in their time. However, over their life, their influence was either diluted by regulations or the company changed completely. An example would be IBM -- they had a complete lock on the mainframe, a huge advantage in the "business machines" side of the business, but almost lost their place in the 90s by not reacting fast enough to the changeover to PCs and lower-end servers. Now they're a powerful consulting company and STILL have their lock on the mainframe, so they're still OK. Another example would be AT&T -- total monopoly on phone service, had enough money and leeway to support a complete basic research lab (Bell Labs) and had to totally reinvent itself to bexome a wireless carrier on a much smaller scale. (Yes, I know ATT handles all the iPhone contracts in the US, but that's a far cry from dictating the phone service standards for the world.)

I wonder if Google will even have to adapt. At their heart, they're just an advertising agency that happens to serve search results to millions of users every day. For all the neat stuff they "give away" for "free", I don't know if people realize that all their usage data for these tools are being used to improve the core advertising business. If the Web 2.0 no-privacy thing proves to be the new way of the world and not just a fad, Google could concievably keep its lock on the advertising market as long as "common users" never have to pay for anything.

Looking at some of the current Google news stories such as the Street View flap, and how underwhelmed most people were about it, I really think they could continue collecting any information they want without being challenged. I'm not super-old, but I really am amazed about the difference in generational attitudes about privacy. I'm not a tinfoil hat guy, but I really wonder about some of the implications of one company controlling a lot of the advertising market and having a pretty accurate profile about you to share with its customers. Advertising is annoying, but take it a step further and think about life insurers, potential employers, etc. etc... A little far fetched, but I wouldn't totally rule it out.

Re:I wonder how this will end... (3, Insightful)

DrEldarion (114072) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226994)

I'm not a tinfoil hat guy, but I really wonder about some of the implications of one company controlling a lot of the advertising market and having a pretty accurate profile about you to share with its customers.

One of the big reasons that Google is so trusted in advertising is specifically because they don't share details with advertisers. Google looks at its available inventory of ads, looks at the user requesting the ad, looks at the site the ad is on, and uses an algorithm to pick the result. They don't offer crazy targeting options like, for instance, Facebook. IIRC, it's limited to targeting by region. (and then computer-specific stuff like OS)

Re:I wonder how this will end... (4, Insightful)

TamCaP (900777) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227216)

It's not only tthe IT sector! If you ever have a chance to read Benjamin Graham's book "The Intelligent Investor" you will see that many companies described there (from the 60s and 70s) are no more than silly sounding names today. Railroad industry was considered ultra-powerful and very stable, to fall apart almost overnight from the historical point of view. Corporate histories are not as boring as some people think.

Foxconn dorm doesn't look so bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34226744)

I don't want to be in that environment *now*, but at the age of the workers in this story, I lived in a dorm that was *more* crowded, dirtier, had a worse gym, and I had *no* job (so these workers probably make more than I did, in *any* currency).

The Foxconn story had the opposite of its intended effect on me.

Re:Foxconn dorm doesn't look so bad (2, Insightful)

skine (1524819) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227108)

Yes, but you probably had the ability to choose whether you would attend that university, live in that dorm, or leave campus.

welfare rate (-1, Troll)

Cyko_01 (1092499) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226764)

they must have a ridiculous welfare rate considering the entire town is paid by the government.

or to look at it another way, the entire city has cushy government jobs

You load 16 tera and waddya get? (0, Offtopic)

RevWaldo (1186281) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226780)

Another day older and skills less fresh
Spaghetti Monster don't ya call me 'cause I can't go
I sold my ghost to the company store

.

lies in the headline... as usual. (-1, Troll)

MichaelKristopeit163 (1939476) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226810)

google is not preparing to launch "G-Town"... google is preparing to launch something that the marketeer who submitted the headline chose to call "G-Town".

slashdot = stagnated

Re:lies in the headline... as usual. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34227058)

You are NOTHING.

Re:lies in the headline... as usual. (-1, Troll)

MichaelKristopeit166 (1939482) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227388)

i am michael kristopeit. you're the one who has failed to claim an identity. you ARE nothing... BECAUSE YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO BE.

why do you cower? what are you afraid of?

you're completely pathetic.

Re:lies in the headline... as usual. (0, Troll)

MichaelKristopeit175 (1940352) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227562)

Your shift key is broken. So is your repertoire.

MichaelKristopeit is operated by a sad individual who wants to be every voice in every conversation and he'll even shout down himself to do so. Simply pathetic.

Re:lies in the headline... as usual. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34227196)

slashdot = stagnated

Did I read in another thread that you were in a choir? Maybe you need to learn another song. That one sounds like a broken record.

Re:lies in the headline... as usual. (-1, Troll)

MichaelKristopeit167 (1939484) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227408)

YOU didn't read anything... YOU don't exist.

you are NOTHING.

you sound like someone that would break records containing nothing but the truth just to further your own individualistic interests. another marketeer to further the stagnation.

why do you cower? what are you afraid of?

you're completely pathetic.

Re:lies in the headline... as usual. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34227546)

Are there six of you? Are you one of those famous sextuplets? Which one of you sits out when you play poker?

Re:lies in the headline... as usual. (-1, Offtopic)

MichaelKristopeit160 (1934884) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227584)

i have many accounts because i believe cowering is for the pathetically feeble and unsure.

i am michael kristopeit. there is only me.

you're an idiot.

Re:lies in the headline... as usual. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34227346)

Lies in the headline...as usual

So.... that pretty much applies to headlines everywhere doesn't it. I hope you didn't expect anything different. People sell stuff by lying. If the article just said "google builds housing Ames research center site" you never would have clicked on the link but G-TOWN ooooo now that sounds interesting. Personally I liked Toon Town better but no one gives a shit what I like. Shoehornjob

Re:lies in the headline... as usual. (-1, Troll)

MichaelKristopeit167 (1939484) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227430)

cower some more, feeb. what are you afraid of?

i hope that you didn't think i expected you to expect that i expected anything. i state only facts. take them as you will.

this website promotes lies. you attack those that point out the lies while refusing to take responsibility for your stance that the world should expect to be lied to. why?

you're completely pathetic.

slashdot = stagnated

No Surprise Really (1)

kdekorte (8768) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226830)

I've always wondered why a company like Microsoft didn't do this. Buy a bunch of land in the midwest where the land is cheap and create there own town. Rather than using money everything would run off of a debit system or be communal.

They could have the townpeople be the beta testers for all the new products they create in addition to having them work for the company.

Where World's Collide (5, Interesting)

NicknamesAreStupid (1040118) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226846)

My experience in Silicon Valley -- when a company announces that it is going to build a new corporate headquarters, then short the stock. This has an amazingly positive correlation. When executives are fusing about the house, they are not ruthlessly plotting to eviscerate their competition, enslave their workers, screw their stockholders, and take over the world. They are nesting. Now they are going to face the City Council, who are going to want 3,618 EPA, economic, and tax reports -- that is just for starters. Then, they are going to face 20,000 local residents who are going to hate any idea Google has just because Google is successful and lives on the side of the freeway that produces tons of tax revenue that cannot be shared with the rest of the city. This is called a morass. It is not what nimble companies like to kill time managing. Eric Schmidt would have more success fucking a tar baby.

Re:Where World's Collide (4, Insightful)

putaro (235078) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227192)

Dead on! One might note that Google's campus up until now was the old Silicon Graphics campus - and its construction just about coincides with the beginning of SGI's slide. Campuses are like cocaine for companies - God's way of telling you you have too much money.

Re:Where World's Collide (0, Troll)

Warll (1211492) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227542)

"success fucking a tar baby."

That was a shock. I'm surprised a comment with THAT got rated up at all.

In case any one is wondering "tarbaby" is a derogative term for a black person. Like Ni*ga only more offensive.

G Town will become.. G Nation (1)

Master Moose (1243274) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226876)

The growth won't just stop there people.

There is a erason that they call it Google earth and Google Space.:)

You are not looking at a snapshot of once was, Rather you are looking at a blueprint of what will be. .
People with no faces feeding the Google machine more and more data. . .

Why do you think the mobile OS is called Android? Google have managed to create walking talking bological robots out of us all. .

Mayor McCheese (1)

Master Moose (1243274) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226882)

Is this going to be anything like McDonaldland?

Robble Robble Robble

This was the easiest way... (1)

RealGrouchy (943109) | more than 3 years ago | (#34226980)

They found this was the most convenient way to deliver ads directly through the power grid.

- RG>

Generation G (1)

ovoskeuiks (665553) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227148)

Google are clearly putting all their staff together so they can only socialise with each other, eventually pairing off and producing Generation G offspring

Great pickup line (1)

thatkid_2002 (1529917) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227182)

Why don't you come back to my place in G-Town?

Bell Labs (1)

C0R1D4N (970153) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227188)

Shame they haven't just bought the old Bell Labs campus [wikipedia.org] . Jersey could certainly use those jobs.

It could get ugly.... (1)

rrossman2 (844318) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227244)

when someone forgets the term "G-Town" and accidentally says to a friend "hey man, have you ever been to that G.. spot?"

Corporation: The Future of Roleplaying (4, Interesting)

sesshomaru (173381) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227248)


There will come a time when the nations of the world will cease to exist. When the anachronisms of state and country are finally crushed by the inexorable juggernaut of total corporate domination. When five monolithic Corporations are the new world powers. When the lives of billions are the sole property of the companies that employ them.
-- Corporation Core Rules [corpgame.com]

I thought G-town was a social network (1)

microbee (682094) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227290)

that Google was launching to counter Facebook. Guess I was wrong. People don't live on a virtual network when they could live in a real one.

Nightlife .. (5, Funny)

srealm (157581) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227322)

Does that make the local nightclub the G-Spot?

Re:Nightlife .. (4, Funny)

PPH (736903) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227352)

No one here can find it.

G-Town in a decade or two (1)

reboot246 (623534) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227328)

Is it the "mill village" of the 21st Century?

I hope not. When the mill dies, the town dies with it and the mill village becomes a rundown slum. A town (or city) needs a diversity of industry and business in order to prosper over time.

A pattern that oft repeats itself (1, Flamebait)

nickdwaters (1452675) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227362)

"Don't be evil." The road to hell is paved with good intentions. This idea of G-Town is the start of yet another indentured servitude scheme to eke out as much productivity as possible while subtly applying pressure that will enslave Google-ites both mentally, physically, and financially. American history is replete with examples and is fundamentally anathema to the concept of Liberty. Just like modern American economic enslavement. How are the payments of that McMansion and Hummer coming along?

Troubling trend in employer running your life (4, Interesting)

Deviant (1501) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227518)

I have been seeing a scarry trend in employers like Google trying to run the lives of their employees. It goes something like this:

You get a student out of University where the University was like their parent (provided their housing, food, rules, activities, goals to achieve, etc) and you recreate that in coporate life so they don't have to adjust to being an adult. You provide their food, their housing, their banking (through your own employee credit union), their healthcare and their activities/goals. It is almost like a cult.

In the end, it makes it difficult to distinguish your personal life and your personal space from your work and it makes it that much harder to leave that job because you'd also need to find a place to live, a new bank, a new health plan/provider and all of the rest of living in the real world as part of the process.

Are Google employees paid in dollars ...? (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34227596)

... Or are they paid in GoogleQuatloos, Google's own currency, which can be spent at GoogleStores? If Google did launch their own currency, I would expect that it would be accepted for all debts, public and private everywhere anyway. The local McDonald's where I live used to have a sign up posting their exchange rate for dollars to the local currency, because a lot of US servicemen would come in with nothing else in their pockets. The McDonald's dropped this, because servicemen tend to stay on base these days, because of terrorist threats. It's rare now to see someone in uniform in the city; this used to be a common sight before 9/11. At any rate, US military bases with housing areas could be a model for Googleville: the servicemen can spend months their, working and shopping, with no need to leave the base.

Is there a law in the US that requires employers to pay wages in dollars? Or can they pay in any form that they want: bales of hay, pork bellies, or teenage virgins? I know that some mining companies in the 1800's paid employees in company vouchers, that could only be redeemed at company stores.

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