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Wired Writer Imagines Google Island

timothy posted about a year and a half ago | from the through-a-hazy-fog-of-snark dept.

Google 150

theodp writes "The last thing Wired's Mat Honan remembered before awaking on the self-driving boat that dropped him on the island was sitting through a four-hour Google I/O keynote in Moscone Center and hearing Google CEO Larry Page promote a vision of a utopia where society could be free to innovate and experiment, unencumbered by government regulations or social norms. 'Welcome to Google Island,' a naked-save-for-a-pair-of-eyeglasses Larry Page tells Honan. 'As soon as you hit Google's territorial waters, you came under our jurisdiction, our terms of service. Our laws — or lack thereof — apply here. By boarding our self-driving boat you granted us the right to all feedback you provide during your journey. This includes the chemical composition of your sweat. Remember when I said at I/O that maybe we should set aside some small part of the world where people could experiment freely and examine the effects? I wasn't speaking theoretically. This place exists. We built it.'"

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And of course Apple has to have their version (5, Funny)

toygeek (473120) | about a year and a half ago | (#43764837)

iLand

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43764861)

I have a proposition: Let me shove my disfigured, foul penis into your rancid asshole so that I may use it to smooch your innermost pieces of feces. An interesting proposition, yes? And one you cannot and do not want to refuse. Let me guess... you also want me to release a wave of cum into your repugnant asshole, and you want it to mix in with your feces so perfectly that the two may as well be one; don't worry, I'll do just that. Now, let's get to the bowel-smooching! What say you?

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (2)

marsu_k (701360) | about a year and a half ago | (#43764871)

I have mod points... but there's no "-1, Lame" option. Really, you have to put some effort into it.

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43765033)

I'd mod this up.

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (3, Funny)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year and a half ago | (#43764889)

... where instead of innovation, you're told how you can dress and what you are allowed to do. If you manage to make any money, Apple get's 30%. Of course, everyone dresses very nicely.

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (-1, Offtopic)

RectumSmoocher (2926749) | about a year and a half ago | (#43764915)

My, my, my! Your asshole is rancid, and it's also filled with feces! This is the greatest day of my entire life! I can scarcely believe that such a foul asshole presented itself to my fetid cock. What say my putrid cock and your rotting bowels get acquainted with one another? Afterwards, I can fill your disgusting rectum with my little white tadpole friends! Finally, after the two are married, I can whisper sweet nothings into your bare Bayer aspirin hole. We will make this a yoctosecond to remember! What say you?

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (1)

Professr3 (670356) | about a year and a half ago | (#43764925)

... you're told how you can dress and what you are allowed to do. If you manage to make any money, Apple gets 30%...

Doesn't this describe Microsoft?

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (3, Insightful)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year and a half ago | (#43764961)

As of Windows 8, yes. Guess who made it palatable.

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765047)

I hate M$ as much as the rest. but when did they start taking 30% of anything you do?

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (3, Informative)

Dupple (1016592) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765093)

You could take a look here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Store [wikipedia.org]

it does drop to 20% after a certain point

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765269)

but are there other options to load apps on your windows 8 machine/tablet?

Last I checked you could still load apps onto it without going through the app store, where you cant do that with apple.

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765385)

Not under 'Metro'. That's why they're pushing it so hard.

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (2)

ganjadude (952775) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765453)

metro != windows

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765509)

Not yet.

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43765731)

Metro != Windows... not yet. Metro != Linux ... not yet. Metro != a murdering drone that kills people who speak badly of MS... not yet. This game is fun, blaming something for things it hasn't done yet.

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about a year and a half ago | (#43766431)

No, you are not clever.

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (1)

Macrat (638047) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765281)

I hate M$ as much as the rest. but when did they start taking 30% of anything you do?

Yup. All that credit card processing, servers, electricity, internet connection, etc. you should get for free I guess.

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765377)

what does any of that have to do with anything?

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765391)

Why should you be limited to software bought from them? It's not the 30% I have a problem with.

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765723)

you arent (unless you run IOS) any other OS you can run apps made by others (even if that is not the method they prefer, at least you have a choice)

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (1)

fatalwall (873645) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765861)

Metro apps can only be installed from the store last i checked. They have made it inconvenient for non savvy users to use anything but metro and they get very confused and upset when using metro because they have a hard enough time setting the time on a vcr.

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about a year and a half ago | (#43766097)

that may be true using the metro interface, however you can still access apps without going through metro. but with IOS you have to get apps through IOS. BIG difference/.

Re:And of course Apple has to have their version (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43766083)

But could it be any more homoerotic to a Mat Honan? That Tentacle pr0n is kinda hard to beat. Just imagine little eels wiggling their way between your cheeks, it make me wanna mash bananas.

imagine all the people (1)

turkeydance (1266624) | about a year and a half ago | (#43764853)

blah...blah

Hervé Villechaize (1, Offtopic)

puddingebola (2036796) | about a year and a half ago | (#43764865)

Hervé Villechaize used to say ze Plane ze Plane. Maybe its ze Pain ze Pain of losing any rights to privacy. So is this Fantasy Island or not?

Re:Hervé Villechaize (-1, Troll)

RectumSmoocher (2926749) | about a year and a half ago | (#43764929)

Your bare rectum is rancid to such a degree that my cock sniffed it out from miles away! Now, with your asshole opening itself to my cock as if it's a circular door from a science fiction movie, I shall shove my cock into your feces-infested anus and let loose my tadpole friends. My dreams are finally realized! Let's begin! What say you?

Re:Hervé Villechaize (1, Funny)

Frosty Piss (770223) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765087)

Hervé Villechaize used to say ze Plane ze Plane.

I was thinking more of a hideously obese Marlon Brando chatting it up with Elvis over clam boats, while Google Mutants shamble around servicing them.

wealth wearing off (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43764869)

"unencumbered by government regulations or social norms"

So he means rich guys would not be wealthy anymore because no value for real life money?

Re:wealth wearing off (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43764965)

That, and/or I'll hack their bank account and take it. If they try to stop my I'll kick their ass.

What's to stop me?

Re:wealth wearing off (0)

tmosley (996283) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765825)

No government doesn't mean no rules. If it did, cruises would never make it back from international waters, because everyone would have raped each other to death.

Re:wealth wearing off (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43765901)

IANAL, but I would imagine that cruises are covered by Maritime Law (several hits on google, I'm sure you can find them too.) and the contract you signed before you departed that said you're subject to the laws of one or more countries for the duration of the cruise.

But the premise of Google Island was no government regulations or social norms––– Maybe you should leave your girlfriend/wife at home!

Re:wealth wearing off (1)

sexconker (1179573) | about a year and a half ago | (#43766189)

Cruise ships fly flags.
They'll typically fly the flag of their principal western nation (the US, for example).

But when a crime is committed on board they'll fly the flag of the shittiest nation they can to stop investigators while they sweep the crime under the rug.

Google "flags of convenience".

Re:wealth wearing off (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43766513)

The flag doesn't matter.

Google "Law of the Sea".

Like the other famous G. Island (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43764881)

It was supposed to be a three hour tour, but it's been part of our lives ever since.

Re:Like the other famous G. Island (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765333)

LoL

I am Andrew Ryan... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43764911)

...and I'm here to ask you a question. Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow? 'No!' says the man in Washington, 'It belongs to the poor.' 'No!' says the man in the Vatican, 'It belongs to God.' 'No!' says the man in Moscow, 'It belongs to everyone.' I rejected those answers; instead, I chose something different. I chose the impossible. I chose... Rapture, a city where the artist would not fear the censor, where the scientist would not be bound by petty morality, Where the great would not be constrained by the small!

And with the sweat of your brow, Rapture can become your city as well...

Re:I am Andrew Ryan... (1)

BanHammor (2587175) | about a year and a half ago | (#43766505)

Mod the parent up, for the reference to Bioshock has never been as appropriate.

Not an island... (-1, Offtopic)

Darkness404 (1287218) | about a year and a half ago | (#43764945)

When compared to most of the other vendors, Google is easily the most open and easy to use no matter what your platform of choice is. So I really wouldn't call it an island, Apple is more of an island, if you use iCloud you can't use it on an Android phone, on the other hand, you can access Google Drive on nearly any platform imaginable.

Re: Not an island... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43764993)

Except if you're writing a YouTube app.

OK, /. Hivemind, mod me into oblivion now.

Re:Not an island... (2)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765241)

Google's more of an intensive care bed. Where they stick a probe into your every orifice.

Re:Not an island... (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765287)

Same with Talk vs. FaceTime/iMessage. Google wants you to use their tools so they can target ads, Apple wants to sell you hardware and time you to their ecosystem. It would be cool for Google to give people the option of paying for the nice open tools with no tracking or information gathering. You can opt out of most of it already though.

Techno-homoerotic fantasy (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43764999)

Congratulations (?) to Wired's Mat Honan for inventing a subgenre that nobody wants.

Re:Techno-homoerotic fantasy (2)

jhobbs (659809) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765111)

He's just doing his part for Rule 34 by creating "Google Erotic Fan Fiction."

Re:Techno-homoerotic fantasy (1)

notknown86 (1190215) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765205)

Just be thankful that the Moderate Safe Search was switched on - the bit where he and Google's Larry Page went to Erection Cove together was clearly inappropriate...

ST gay fanfic authors beg to disagree (1)

SuperBanana (662181) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765283)

First off, way to be homophobic! And bravo to everyone who voted the AC up for it! Second: there are a large number of star trek fanfics that have homosexual themes. They're coming from somewhere, folks.

Re:ST gay fanfic authors beg to disagree (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43765417)

Congratulations (?) to Wired's Mat Honan for inventing a subgenre that almost nobody wants...

You ignore the possibility that the AC is gay, and therefore, likely not homophobic. Classic case of close-mindedness.

Re:ST gay fanfic authors beg to disagree (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43765743)

As long as the naked Larry Page gets some furry action too, then I'm down with it.

Re:ST gay fanfic authors beg to disagree (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765751)

That raises a serious issue, the current Google Glasses are in no way properly sized for full-scale rabbit or tiger outfits.

Re: ST gay fanfic authors beg to disagree (1)

ColdGrits (204506) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765917)

You seriously believe that a gay person can't be homophobic? That's so naive that it's almost sweet (if it weren't so flawed). Fact is that many of the most homophobic bigots in this world are themselves gay.

Re: ST gay fanfic authors beg to disagree (2)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about a year and a half ago | (#43766401)

"Gay" is such a weird label. People who openly profess to being 'gay' can go around claiming that other people are 'gay' and use it to as the basis to ridicule them. Yet it's supposed to be something that we all accept in one another. Its like peoples' copulation preferences are something the defines them and must direct the rest of their lives. Really, get over it.

Re:ST gay fanfic authors beg to disagree (1)

tftp (111690) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765905)

They're coming from somewhere, folks.

Yes, there are writings of all sorts out there. It doesn't really matter who produces them and how. It's far more important to know what percentage of readers reads them.

Re:ST gay fanfic authors beg to disagree (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43766539)

They're coming from somewhere?? No dude. They are not. You are seriously the only one who is into that shit. And it is weird.

I think the majority of rational people can agree that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality.

However, when you put the pointy ears and oil filter visor in there? Weird. Fuck-ing Weird.

Invasion! (3, Funny)

DeathGrippe (2906227) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765009)

All was well until the place was discovered by a colony of penguins...

Imagine a world where people stop imagining stupid (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43765021)

shit.

Who the hell cares?

There are no laws, and you MUST obey that! (1)

Dutchmaan (442553) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765075)

"As soon as you hit Google's territorial waters, you came under our jurisdiction, our terms of service. Our laws — or lack thereof — apply here." HOLY OXYMORONS BATMAN!

Utopian playland (5, Interesting)

Okian Warrior (537106) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765089)

This appears to be a story depicting a sort-of utopian future (of limited extent - an island) where there are no rules.

I'm not sure from the context whether the author is in favor or against the concept. It somehow feels like he is knitting together several uncomfortable consequences of "no rules" in an attempt to paint that future as dystopian.

The thing people always miss, the important overlooked point, is that no one wants a state where there are no rules. What people invariably want is a state which has rules enforcing human rights, and little else.

The most basic human right is to have sovereignty over ones own body. Mat Honan's article shows us that with no rules, outsiders would be able to do anything they wanted to us - even against our consent. It would be the strong doing whatever they wanted to the weak. Typical, obvious, and predictable - we have many examples of lawless societies where the strong do just that.

Many of our rules are violations of that first most basic right, pretty much anything that someone else thinks that you should do or not-do for your own good: rules about drugs, prostitution, abortion, doctor-assisted suicide, and yes, wearing clothes. We could do away with large swaths of the legal landscape and eliminate large parts of government, both local and federal, if we could just say "do anything you want, so long as you don't infringe on the rights of others".

If you would like to read about a rule-less society which enforces basic human rights and is a little less dystopian, try "Manna" [marshallbrain.com] by Marshall Brain. It's an easy read and an interesting story.

Another good example is "Voyage From Yesteryear" [wikipedia.org] by James Hogan. A little longer and with more drama, but essentially a rule-less society which enforces basic human rights.

Re:Utopian playland (5, Insightful)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765277)

What people invariably want is a state which has rules enforcing human rights, and little else.

That's not what most people want at all. Most people want roads, education, defense, a framework for business, etc. etc.

It's what Libertarians say they want. Though each wants only the human rights that happen to serve them individually.

We could do away with large swaths of the legal landscape and eliminate large parts of government, both local and federal, if we could just say "do anything you want, so long as you don't infringe on the rights of others".

The problem is that huge amounts of what we do infringes on others rights. There's very often a balance between rights of one person and rights of another. That's why an awful lot of those laws were created in the first place.

Re:Utopian playland (3)

Black Parrot (19622) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765355)

What most people want is a place where they can have everything and do anything, and not suffer any negative consequences.

Some idealists apparently aren't aware that Utopia means "nowhere".

Re:Utopian playland (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765729)

I don't know about anyone else but my utopia is simple, it's a tropical island with plenty of fresh water, fruit, and fish, the rest of you can get the fuck off my Island.

Re:Utopian playland (1)

spasm (79260) | about a year and a half ago | (#43766205)

Well, there's a few hundred uninhabited islands listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Uninhabited_islands_by_country [wikipedia.org] but I think maybe 25 of those would be "tropical .. with plenty of fresh water, fruit, and fish". Problem is, what's the other 6 billion people who'd like the same thing supposed to do?

Re:Utopian playland (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43766547)

Well, there's a few hundred uninhabited islands listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Uninhabited_islands_by_country [wikipedia.org] but I think maybe 25 of those would be "tropical .. with plenty of fresh water, fruit, and fish". Problem is, what's the other 6 billion people who'd like the same thing supposed to do?

They're supposed to FUCK OFF!

Re:Utopian playland (1)

epyT-R (613989) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765457)

No, actually, libertarians do not say that, but go ahead, keep getting your information on them from the NYT and MSNBC.

Re:Utopian playland (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765567)

Libertarians certainly do say that. But you may have confused them with Anarcho-capitalists.

Re:Utopian playland (4, Insightful)

TapeCutter (624760) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765891)

Many people on slashdot holding those kind of opinions self-label as libertarian, but you're correct in that it is not part of the libertarian "platform". However like "flower power" in the 60's, the libertarian movement tends to attract people under 25 who are well-meaning but very naive about the human condition. They tend to believe all people are basically decent people and will naturally "get along withe each other" if only government would stop doing "stuff". This is simply false, without larger societies humans will revert to their natural tribalism, the alpha male in each extend family will rise (sink?) to the status of warlord. What both groups are really asking for is a self governing society, what they fail to see is that we already have one. I'm not sure what it says about the US but both movements arose and are strongest in the US.

During the late 60's, early 70's the hippies leaving the city to join communes in the country was one of the largest, if not the largest, internal US mass migrations of all time. Most of the communes fell apart quickly, people simply walked/ran away when the alpha members of the group turned it into a personality cult and started using and abusing everyone else for pleasure and profit. Very few lasted more than 2yrs, about the time it takes to truly realize that living with other people, (even like minded people), entails copious amounts of compromise + confrontation (politics).

Simply put evolution has designed our minds to live in tribal societies numbering between 100-200, all other tribes (even tribes of chimps) were universally seen as sub-human, xenophobia is still alive and kicking today because in geological terms evolution is still just playing with the idea of civilization for primates.

Re:Utopian playland (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about a year and a half ago | (#43766557)

... like "flower power" in the 60's, the libertarian movement tends to attract people under 25 who are well-meaning but very naive about the human condition. They tend to believe all people are basically decent people and will naturally "get along withe each other" if only government would stop doing "stuff". This is simply false, without larger societies humans will revert to their natural tribalism, the alpha male in each extend family will rise (sink?) to the status of warlord. What both groups are really asking for is a self governing society, what they fail to see is that we already have one. ... ...

Simply put evolution has designed our minds to live in tribal societies numbering between 100-200, all other tribes (even tribes of chimps) were universally seen as sub-human, xenophobia is still alive and kicking today because in geological terms evolution is still just playing with the idea of civilization for primates.

+6, Absofuckinglutely Excellent.

utopia = selfishness (2)

SuperBanana (662181) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765371)

What people invariably want is a state which has rules enforcing human rights, and little else.

Sort of. What people invariably want is a state where the rules benefit them, or at least not stopping them from doing what they want to do.

It would be the strong doing whatever they wanted to the weak.

Given Brin and company are arguably the most powerful people in the world, it's not terribly surprising he wants a land where there are no rules, is it? See above.

Re:Utopian playland (1)

n3r0.m4dski11z (447312) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765717)

"Many of our rules are violations of that first most basic right, pretty much anything that someone else thinks that you should do or not-do for your own good:"

I would guess then that you are not in favour of public education for k-12, universal heathcare, or government run power & water companies. Just some of the things, of which to live without, would to me be a distopia already.

I think most libertarians will find that the things that society collectively taxes and pays for, roads, sewers, schools, bylaw enforcement, emergency preparedness, police, fire, ambulance, etc, will most likely add up to the amount they are paying in taxes anyways. So you most likely will not pay less in the end, or it will be marginal. Unless you want to privatize all those services, which in my experience (yours of course may differ), always leads to poorer quality service and costs going up for everyone. For profit necessitates that costs will always rise to meet an ever-growing need to profit.

Never forget that YOU are the government. You pay for it, you elect it, they hopefully follow what the majority of the electorate wants. So to argue against government, generally breaks down to "I dont want to pay for various things I do not use or agree with", which is just plain selfish.

Re:Utopian playland (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year and a half ago | (#43766635)

Never forget that YOU are the government. You pay for it, you elect it, they hopefully follow what the majority of the electorate wants.

Kinda, true, no you don't, HAHAHAHA.

Re:Utopian playland (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43766111)

No rules? I think, the computer makes and enforces the rules.

Re:Utopian playland (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | about a year and a half ago | (#43766595)

No you are wrong.
"Many of our rules are violations of that first most basic right, pretty much anything that someone else thinks that you should do or not-do for your own good: rules about drugs, prostitution, abortion, doctor-assisted suicide, and yes, wearing clothes. "
Let's tear this apart one by one.

'rules about drugs"
No you are wrong. http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/human-biology/medical-quackery.htm#page=0 [howstuffworks.com] not to mention FDA testing of drugs for safety and effectiveness. You are probably talking about recreational drugs but even then you will want laws to keep them safe and more or less pure and not mixed with who knows what.

"abortion,"
No you are wrong. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/us/kermit-gosnell-abortion-doctor-found-guilty-of-murder.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 [nytimes.com] Even if you support abortion rights if you are not a total nut job you will want laws that make them safe like requiring a doctor perform them.

"prostitution"
No you are wrong. Even if you believe that prostituion should be legal you would want laws regulating the minimum age of the prositute and health checks of the workers.

"doctor-assisted suicide"
Yea what could go wrong with that. Again you would want laws to make sure that the patient understood and that they where not pressured into such a choice.

"wearing clothes"
Like hell! Don't you know that the only people that want to walk around naked are people that nobody wants to see naked?

This is all just extreme libertarian clap trap. It is as unworkable as anything Marx or Ayn Rand ever came up with. And just as with Marx and Rand it is too extreme and over simplified to be workable. What I am pointing out is that you are wrong. You really do not want to get ride of laws on those subjects. You want different laws that reflect your world view. There is nothing wrong with that just work within the system and change the laws and stop pretending you want to get rid of laws on those subjects because frankly they are needed.

Dystopia - last exit on your right(s) (1)

Mister Liberty (769145) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765101)

Follow signs 'GGL"

Let me be the first to say it (1)

Crypto Gnome (651401) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765105)

Shaddup And Take My Money Already!

Re:Let me be the first to say it (0)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765285)

Let me be the first to say the more libertarians that disappear off to this island, never to be seen again, the better.

Re:Let me be the first to say it (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765467)

Eventually, your kind will attempt to invade with real-world laws. You are part of a giant, hyper organism whose parts, humans, can be directed by data streams that "warm your heart" and "make you feel like a Good Person".

We understand this. You don't.

Re:Let me be the first to say it (3, Funny)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765525)

Don't worry, we promise to leave you entirely alone on your island, just you libertarians, the telephone sanitizers, the hairdressers and advertising account executives.

Re:Let me be the first to say it (1)

tmosley (996283) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765843)

Actually, I think the rest of you will tear yourselves apart. Good riddance to thieving rubbish. Too bad you will wind up killing everyone on the island in your vain attempts to deflect the blame for the complete and total failure of your policies. Nothing like a nice war against the enemy of the week to stop the proles from discovering that the king can't command the tide.

Re:Let me be the first to say it (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | about a year and a half ago | (#43766209)

Eventually, your kind will attempt to invade with real-world laws

It's much more likely to be a coup from within, reason being "your kind" are also humans. The bit that "your kind" haven't worked out yet is that the ability to discern the folly of humans in large groups does not imply the ability to avoid it.

We understand this. You don't.

"My kind" get the hyper-organism thing, it's not created by "my kind", it spontaneously forms whenever a human society grows past a handful of related individuals. It's only when "your kind" fully realize "your kind" are not immune [prisonexp.org] that "your kind" will start to understand why society 'doesn't work' [cracked.com] .

Re:Let me be the first to say it (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about a year and a half ago | (#43766583)

You are part of a giant, hyper organism whose parts, humans, can be directed by data streams that "safeguard your property rights" and "protect you from the Government".

Hiya, Pot! Kettle here...

You can shove it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43765125)

Google Utopia who the fuck are you trying to kid? it smacks of a dystopia run by a megacorp rather than a mega government.

Same history different time (1)

Dutchmaan (442553) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765141)

This is only the natural progression of things, a group of people (company) seeks freedom from what they view as restrictive intervention in their lives and dreams of striking out to find a new land of freedom where they can create their 'utopian' society. The only difference now is that it's the merchant class seeking to break away from the state, instead of a new state seeking to break away from a monarchy and so on and so forth. Ultimately any independent group of people will start to run into the same problems over and over and over again because circumstances are always changing leaving group A feeling cheated by group B or vice versa, until another splinter groups seeks to break away from the old establishment to begin the cycle anew.

I know where this is going (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43765151)

Yeah yeah, and next there's this dude calling himself Atlas having you do things over the radio and you're shooting fireballs out of your hands and "would you kindly?"

You KNOW I'm right.... (0, Redundant)

Crypto Gnome (651401) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765165)

.... when I say "shaddup and take my money already!" (where do I sign up for this magical island experience)

People are happy to "go explore and the consequences can go fuck themselves". In fact, some people are HAPPIEST in such circumstances.

Long before there was ever proposed a ONE WAY Mars Mission I was saying that the NASA/US insistence on human safety during exploration missions was THE WRONG ATTITUDE.

I said that should such a mission be proposed, with a well explained and clearly stated intention to NEVER even ATTEMPT to return these pioneers to earth (yes folks, you're gonna die out there - one way or another) they'd STILL have squilliions more applicants than they could ever accept.

And I was proven right.

The Same Goes for this (as yet hypothetical) 'Google Island', there's be literally thousands of people who would rationally consider all the possible negative outcomes and despite everything still choose to explore-the-possibilities.

To deny such a thing is true is to completely misunderstand something fundamental about what it is to be human.

For some opportunities the reward is so great that it is worth any risk.

And before anyone tries to belittle such an atitude, remember folks that without such a pioneering risk-accepting attitude The US of A would never have been discovered (by anyone). In fact without such attitudes your great-to-the-umpteenth primate ancestors would never have left the trees (ditto THEIR great-to-the-umpteenth fishlike ancestors and water).

Re:You KNOW I'm right.... (3, Insightful)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765253)

How you equate the human need to explore with this self indulgent shite is beyond me. Google is a marketing company, end of. That they've managed to make the "don't be evil" tag stick in the face of their persistent attempts to violate every human convention about privacy in the name of gross lucre merely means they are a good marketing company.

Hopefully it will be forgotten before too long.

Re:You KNOW I'm right.... (0)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765305)

They're a technology company that pays the bills with advertising. They're into energy, languages, automation, AI, and lots of other areas.

Re:You KNOW I'm right.... (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about a year and a half ago | (#43766427)

They're an Advertising company that leverages technology to stay on top of critical new marketing trends.

The days when Google wasn't an Advertising business ended many years ago. Any highly successful entity that involves a significant amount of advertising is quickly flooded by a special kind of people. Let's not pretend otherwise.

YOU FAIL jIT (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43765177)

on baby...don't The proje3t to writing is on the Baby take my duty to be a big dim. If *BSD is parts of you 4re came as a complete the rain..we can be Series of internal

scienceisland.org already being planned (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43765267)

Until google acquires it. [scienceisland.org]

A Thousand Google Employees (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43765295)

A Thousand Google Employees on the island Google-Glassed for a thousand hours and managed to reproduce "Lord of the Flies".

Someone had to say it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43765323)

New idea: Drop it underwater. Imagine all the possibilities in genetic research!

Billy Blog (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43765369)

Quoting Bill Gates, "that's the stupidest fucking thing I ever heard".

Powering Down Google Island (4, Funny)

theodp (442580) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765413)

We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Island (the actual date is August 18, 2013). We know Island has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We're sad too.

There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Island has declined, and as a company we're pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.

To ensure a smooth transition, we're providing a three-month sunset period so you have sufficient time to find an alternative island. If you want to retain your Island data, you can do so through Google Takeout.

Thank you again for using Google Island.

Re:Powering Down Google Island (1)

Swampash (1131503) | about a year and a half ago | (#43766481)

We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Island (the actual date is August 18, 2013). We know Island has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We're sad too.

*golf clap*

No rules, no regulation, haven't we done that? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43765591)

Oh yeah, most of history. Seems to cause exploitation, abuse, and suffering. Some people get rich.

Bioshock (2)

Arffeh (2651647) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765615)

After reading the summary, I couldn't help but think of the storyline to the first Bioshock.

Googlian's Isle (4, Funny)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about a year and a half ago | (#43765791)

Just scroll right down and you'll read a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip,
That started at Google IO,
and it involves a ship.

Some fool was a dreamer of sailing men,
All naked -- That's for sure!
"They'd 'innovate'; No, it won't be gay",
Said the blogger du jour -- A blogger "du jour"!

The commenters started getting rough,
The idyllic ship was tossed,
It wrought imagery of a lawless few:
Your privacy would be lost -- Yar! "privacy wood" be "lost!"

The ship made port at a private pier:
A Google-owned desert isle,
With Googliaaaaans!
The Blogger too...
Some billionaires,
(but no wives),
Home "movie" stars,
Terms of Service-er, and
Hairy Mans!
Here on Googlian's Isle!

Seasteading? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43765833)

I dimly remember that patri friedman worked for google for awhile. My guess is he built the island. Actually projects like this are doable and practical within google's budget. Several energy plays are easy to do on an island. Solar, wind, tidal, using the temperature difference between the surface and the deep. The place could be a vacation spot for google staff, and a place for refugees whenever political instability somewhere threatens populations of good coders willing to work cheap.

Sorry.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43766307)

... I was just imagining whore island.

Googleshock (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43766329)

Welcome to Glassature

So much for the 'Three Hour Cruise' bit. (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about a year and a half ago | (#43766393)

How do we get off this island?

The Professor and MaryAnn aren't helping things by panicking, btw.

Dumbest article I've seen on slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43766649)

Sounds like something I'd have written when I was in grade 5, aside from the fact that google didn't exist then...

Either way some pretty pedestrian writing, not really worth any consideration...

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