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Google Preparing "Google Mine" For Organizing and Sharing Your Stuff On Google+

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the have-some-google-for-your-google dept.

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MojoKid writes "George Carlin said it best, we all 'need a place to put our stuff.' It seems the folks at Google understand this age old wisdom as well and as such will be launching a new service. Google Mine will reportedly soon be integrated with Google+ so that users can share their belongings with friends in circles they so designate. The new service will also allow G+ users to rate and review items as well, so that anyone in your Google+ stream that you allow, can see the items and your opinion of them. Reportedly there is also an Android app on the way for Mine, which seems like a natural of course, for sharing your stuff on the go. What's perhaps most interesting about the prospects of Google+ Mine could be the secondary benefit that Google receives from data 'mining' your shares on the items you own, use or want."

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Finally it becomes clear (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44087879)

When we are all Google Miners, we will all become GoogleBot.

Is it the 1st of April yet? (5, Insightful)

OneAhead (1495535) | about a year ago | (#44087897)

They couldn't have chosen a more ironic name for it if they tried to. Or could they, /. ?

Re:Is it the 1st of April yet? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088029)

There's also "Google Latitude", in which we give Google latitude to do what they like with our location data.

Re:Is it the 1st of April yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088055)

The NSA need to fill all these brand new datacenters to justify the expense, you know.

Re:Is it the 1st of April yet? (1)

camperdave (969942) | about a year ago | (#44090651)

Ah, yes! It all becomes clear. Google is simply a front for the NSA.

Re:Is it the 1st of April yet? (1)

swamp_ig (466489) | about a year ago | (#44088177)

But what could me more metaphorically obvious, than your circles using glass for mining from the stream?

Re:Is it the 1st of April yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088293)

It's that twisted humor the reason Google is so famous for

Re:Is it the 1st of April yet? (1)

Jane Q. Public (1010737) | about a year ago | (#44088301)

"They couldn't have chosen a more ironic name for it if they tried to. Or could they, /. ?"

My thoughts exactly. "A place for your stuff" == "A great place to go mining."

I don't think it's necessary to point out who those miners might be.

Re:Is it the 1st of April yet? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088463)

Keep your stuff safe in the Google Mine, hosted in our brand-new, state-of-the-art Utah facility!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/14/nsa-utah-data-facility

Re:Is it the 1st of April yet? (4, Interesting)

Seumas (6865) | about a year ago | (#44088585)

I've given up on all stuff Google. I really just want one solid place to provide a good chunk of my services (so that it is all cohesive), but Google can't get their shit together. Things come and go overnight. They get abandoned. They make things very convoluted (Google Drive/Docs could not possibly have a worse interface and a shittier capability to sort/organize things -- want to easily find the size of a file in your google docs/drive? Good luck!).

All Google has done is proven themselves to throw too many things at the wall, abandon them quickly, and do them poorly. Once a big Google fan, I've come to realize that their big hits are less from the wisdom of Google and their engineers and more a result of simple probability. If you throw 500 things at the wall, two of them are inevitably *not* going to be total shit.

Re:Is it the 1st of April yet? (2)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about a year ago | (#44089039)

Things come and go overnight.

I'm pretty sure you're exaggerating.

I am pissed about iGoogle going away this coming November, but we have known about it for well over a year, giving me plenty of time to find a replacement (which does not appear to exist, for some reason).

I guess these hassles are the price for free services. Wait, I thought having access to my web activity was the price for free services. Well, maybe the price is too damn high.

Re:Is it the 1st of April yet? (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about a year ago | (#44089915)

There are all sorts of iGoogle replacements. Just to name a few...

NetVibes [netvibes.com]
U-Start [ustart.org]
Proto-Page [protopage.com]

Re:Is it the 1st of April yet? (1)

Al3s (2917287) | about a year ago | (#44090071)

Proto-Page looks great. I've been using NetVibes for a while but the option to add your favourite search engine on this is great. Thanks for the recomendation.

Re:Is it the 1st of April yet? (1)

Kugrian (886993) | about a year ago | (#44090765)

http://www.ighome.com/ [ighome.com] is also worth mentioning.

Re:Is it the 1st of April yet? (4, Funny)

goombah99 (560566) | about a year ago | (#44089687)

They couldn't have chosen a more ironic name for it if they tried to. Or could they, /. ?

G-spot was taken I guess.

It seems like calling this google Mine, is going to cause havoc when people google the term Data Mining. I'm actually wondering if this might even have been the intent to cause obfuscation. They should have called it Google `Nuff Stuff Already or G-NSA for short, to really cover their tracks.

Mine (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44087899)

At least they are being honest now.. They are mining YOU!

What's the point? (1)

Camael (1048726) | about a year ago | (#44089059)

Sure, this move benefits Google greatly -you're tagging their database and giving them more personal info, for free.

For the user though, not so much. If you've bought a hot new phone and want to show it off, its much more satisfying to do it in person where you can gush over it and more importantly, see your friend's reaction.

If you must share the news online, theres so many other ways to do it, over FB or Twitter for instance. All this instrusiveness achieves is make people more wary of using G+.

Not sure what I'm more excited about (4, Insightful)

frovingslosh (582462) | about a year ago | (#44087911)

Boy, not sure what I'm more excited about. The "What's the Vic's net worth?" facial recognition application for Google Glass or this great new tool for burglars.

Re:Not sure what I'm more excited about (1)

AmiMoJo (196126) | about a year ago | (#44090531)

More likely anyone who owns certain fertilizers or a pressure cooker in a metropolitan area will be getting a knock from the anti-terrorism squad.

Should be interesting when people start putting their gun collections on there.

Meh (3, Funny)

M0j0_j0j0 (1250800) | about a year ago | (#44087919)

I'm just waiting for the day when i have to close my gmail account due to the autoshare feature where all my g+ contacts get a a "Meh just received an email from amazon where he bought a facial massage, click here to buy too!"

Re:Meh (1)

deathguppie (768263) | about a year ago | (#44088739)

I actually like some of the things google does.. but I had to unistall google+ from my phone because I couldn't find a way to stop it from uploading all of my photos, and videos. I don't like the fact that they took out the setting that allows you to only upload what you want to. I don't care that they don't automatically share. I don't feel like going through and deleting 50 million images and movies every time I log in to G+

Re:Meh (4, Informative)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year ago | (#44088905)

I'll assume that since you're not an AC this is a serious complaint and not FUD. You can stop the "auto-backup" of all photos under Settings/Accounts/Google/Google+/Camera & Photos/Auto-Backup ... just set it to "Off". Here's hoping this doesn't get modded down as well. I've just about had it with the various FUD and astro-turfing campaigns going on right now.

Re:Meh (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44089431)

Oh noes. An internet tough guy has just about had it with the various FUD and astroturfing campaigns going on right now!

What ya gonna do if they don't stop, tough guy? Bluster some more on an internet forum? I'm sure that's got people all over the internet just TREMBLING with fear!

Re:Meh (4, Informative)

swillden (191260) | about a year ago | (#44089601)

Settings/Accounts/Google/Google+/Camera & Photos/Auto-Backup ... just set it to "Off".

Which is the default, actually. If it's been uploading everything, it's because you explicitly told it to.

Not a bad idea (5, Insightful)

onyxruby (118189) | about a year ago | (#44087935)

Most people have too much stuff, and we don't even realize it. Get rid of half your stuff and you will find it incredibly liberating. You will discover that you your residence is less cluttered, it's easier to focus, it takes less time to clean and it's easier to spend time at your residence. Donate it, sell it, give it away, loan it, just plain get rid of it. You'll thank yourself for long afterwords.

Re:Not a bad idea (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088971)

The more you have, the more you desire. Age-old truth. The weird mixture of the economy of scarcity and life of abundance has this schizophrenic effect on people.

Re:Not a bad idea (3, Interesting)

astro (20275) | about a year ago | (#44089805)

I find this to be quite true. Though not entirely voluntarily,* I recently downsized from 25 years of built up possessions to almost nothing - a backpack and a couple of suitcases worth of belongings. It is absolutely liberating. Yes, there are some things I miss - but I don't think of it nearly as much as I would have thought. The freedom of not worrying about "things" is very real.

* I was relieved of many of my possessions in my divorce; I shed the rest of them moving to Europe after a lifetime in the USA.

jesus fucking H christ!! (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44087939)

Seriously, anyone here got anything out of the NSA scandal, ANYONE??!!

They were the first to collaborate with them. They have the largest most detailed database just for them, I have been saying over and over how fucking scary google is, no need for much of a brain to understand the power they have and the VERY EASY way to use it for complete evil, now we have PROOF. PROOF FOR FUCK SAKE!! Yet every fucking retard on the net still roots for them and call them awesome. FUCKING SHIT what more do you want, what the fuck will it take to get you retarded sheep dickheads to understand how fucking evil this company is??!!

fuck politeness, fuck grammar, sometimes people just need to be told stuff bluntly:

YOU ARE FUCKING STUPID AND DANGEROUS.

Re:jesus fucking H christ!! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088019)

Don't confuse what slashdot nerds care about with what people care about in the real world. Slashdot groupthink is representative of about 0.1% of the real world, tops. It's insignificant when it comes to market influences.

In the real world, nobody has a problem with google, and they are happy with google's free services. So happy that I know very few people who don't use gmail, and nobody who doesn't use google search, google maps, and google apps if they have an Android phone.

That will continue to be true no matter how much you nerdrage against them. Get used to it.

Re:jesus fucking H christ!! (1)

RCL (891376) | about a year ago | (#44088287)

Try Russia. They substitute Yandex for everything Google.

Re:jesus fucking H christ!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088311)

Not so much lately.

Google is catching up on search, mail is mostly mail.ru and some gmail, IM trend moved to Skype from ICQ recently, social networking is generally VKontakte, with a bit of Odnoklassniki and my.mail.ru.

TL;DR: we're spreading it almost equally between our government and yours.

Re:jesus fucking H christ!! (2, Insightful)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year ago | (#44088109)

If by first collaborate you mean the first to fight the requests and release the number of requests to the public then yes. There is also a huge difference between the potential to use a power for evil and actually doing it. They ain't perfect but they're miles better than *all* of their competitors, explaining the FUD spread by ACs like you over the last few years.

Re: jesus fucking H christ!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088261)

10 years ago you were crying about Microsoft and loving Google. Please shut the fuck up and move out of your moms basement

Re:jesus fucking H christ!! (1)

b4dc0d3r (1268512) | about a year ago | (#44088853)

But this is not the government, which is for the people, by the people (the NSA's government, that is).

This is capitalist juggernaut sucking up all your data, reading your e-mails, eating your cookies and storing your wifi data so your phone knows where you are, and so does Google, so it can market intrusive ads to you. It's completely different.

Re:jesus fucking H christ!! (1)

shentino (1139071) | about a year ago | (#44088977)

The notion that the government will not molest the biggest collector of marketing data is insane.

What I'd like to know is if Google could expect to say "no" and not suffer for it.

Why I even heard that the FTC was nudged into going after Google for antitrust issues even though there were other companies that were at least twice as bad.

Strangely, at the time, Google was also one of the most uncooperative companies with the government.

Re:jesus fucking H christ!! (2)

Clsid (564627) | about a year ago | (#44089035)

And the funny thing is that there are all these alternatives out there. If you really cannot live without commercial systems, at least spread out the information among several of them that are owned by different companies. Or you can just use something like DuckDuckGo as your search engine, French DailyMotion for videos, rent your own website/e-mail and get your own domain. You can use that system to put files on the "cloud" with old-fashioned FTP.

Those are very easy things to do, even if they are not flashy as using the latest Google Drive, etc.

Re:jesus fucking H christ!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44089749)

Uhmm, you should not stop taking your meds. Please go back to the kitchen, find the plastic box with 'Monday' written on it and drink the tablets, right now, please.

When they say share... (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44087949)

...presumably they mean with the NSA?

Re:When they say share... (1)

Seumas (6865) | about a year ago | (#44088595)

More like, with the IRS.

what could go wrong (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44087957)

Location service [X]
social networking system to say when out [X]
Home information based upon past social posts [X]
List of property [X]

One bad share later...

Re:what could go wrong (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088321)

Or... registering for the service gives you +1 default friend: The NSA--sure makes their job 10x easier.

Re:what could go wrong (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year ago | (#44089187)

Story went up at 6:42, you posted at 7:01. So you came up with those four problems in about 15 minutes. So which is it that you assume:
1. Google has been working on it for less than 15 minutes
2. Everyone at google who is working on this or signed off on it is collectively dumber than you
3. Google wants their users to get victimized

"Don't make it public by default." Bam, solved that problem in about a minute. There are probably other ways google could try to prevent thefts.

ISR (4, Funny)

rossdee (243626) | about a year ago | (#44087967)

In Soviet Russia Google mines YOU!

Re:ISR (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088257)

I don't think that is true. I believe Soviet Russia had collapsed before Google was created.

Re:ISR (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088985)

I see a continuity here...

Re:ISR (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088833)

No no no.. i this case the only correct alternative, given the other 2 is already happening outside of Soviet Russia, is In Soviet Russia Mines Google YOU!

Re:ISR (1)

StripedCow (776465) | about a year ago | (#44090475)

And in the US, the IRS mines you!

Google+ still exists? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44087983)

The last time I went to it no one in my circles had updated anything about their profile in the past year.
 
Meh.
 
So much for Google.

Burglars will love this. (1, Insightful)

BoRegardless (721219) | about a year ago | (#44087985)

I wonder who is dopey enough to use this?

Re:Burglars will love this. (2)

icebike (68054) | about a year ago | (#44088023)

Burglars aren't likely to be in your Circles on Google+. (And if they are, you deserve any thing they get).

But by the same token, simple notes work fine. Anyone could write such an app. Oh, wait, someone already did. [google.com]

Why does Google have to know what you lend out?
So they can tell your mooching friends where they can borrow something?

Re:Burglars will love this. (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about a year ago | (#44088801)

People whom you know to be burglars aren't likely to be in your Circles on Google+...

YAKTANNTSIO.

(You already know the acronym, no need to spell it out.)

Re:Burglars will love this. (2)

mbone (558574) | about a year ago | (#44088207)

The same sort of people who accept join/friend requests from all sorts of people they don't actually know on their social media sites.

On the other side, they are called "marks."

Re:Burglars will love this. (2)

Mr. Slippery (47854) | about a year ago | (#44088943)

The same sort of people who accept join/friend requests from all sorts of people they don't actually know on their social media sites.

I accept "friend" requests from anyone -- as a teacher/lecturer/author/poet/musician, I figure people I don't know are people who have been to one of my classes or performances.

But when I choose what I share on Twitter or FB, I keep in mind that many "friends" there are strangers. I share only what I want to publish publicly.

Re:Burglars will love this. (0)

vilanye (1906708) | about a year ago | (#44088639)

If they are dumb enough to use any Google service they are dumb enough to fall for this. They don't have to be discrete anymore because their users have proven to be willing marks.

This is like a creepy social experiment (4, Interesting)

water-and-sewer (612923) | about a year ago | (#44087993)

These last couple of years are taking the shape of a creepy social experiment in which calloused developers working for billionaire corporations, see just how far they can go. "New app lets you share with all your friends and social-network-acquaintances the consistency of your last poop." Wow! Now with new icons and a fantastic new color scheme! Available for iphone, android, Blackberry, but not Winphone (sorry, folks)!

Then watch everyone rush out and coo over the new app, forgetting the fact they're now publicizing something even more personal than the last time.

How far will they go? I dunno - how far will we let them? Me, I'm going anti-social, and fast. This new social network trend is a recipe for disaster, and I plan on laughing about it from the safety of my underground weapons cache and tinfoil hat collection.

Right now at iPooped HQ (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088071)

"He's onto us! It leaked!"
"We'll have to rush to drop it at AppStore!"
"Did we flush all the bugs?"
"Yes, it's solid! ..."

OK, OK, I've got it, I'm leaving now, I'm leaving by myself, no need to use force...

Re:This is like a creepy social experiment (1)

wjcofkc (964165) | about a year ago | (#44088197)

I could not agree with you more. I ditched facebook 2 years ago after the realization that it was a moral cesspool. All other forms of 'social networking' I was already avoiding. I do have a g+ account but I never use it -- besides, doesn't everyone on the planet have a g+ account wether they know it or not? I have tried to explain the situation to others with wording very close to yours, and with a few other points. The problem is, the more people get wrapped up in social networking in general, or otherwise all things google, the more distracted from reality, and overall intellectually dense the become, therefore becoming harder to reach.

Don't even get me started on ingress... I have nearly lost real life friends over this google social networking information gathering so called game.

Re:This is like a creepy social experiment (1)

Oyjord (810904) | about a year ago | (#44088693)

"Ligten up, Francis."

I have a Facebook account, I share on Google + as well, and I was one of the fist Ingress'ers in my city. I've shared nothing of any consequence to anyone in doing so. My life hasn't nor will it change in any significant way because of these activities which bring me a few moments of fun here and there at the cost of NOTHING to me. I already was a number to corporate America long ago, but I avoid consumerism and its pitfalls on my terms just fine.

Sometimes I wonder why I read /., with all the crackpot tinfoil hat libertarians that troll it....

Re:This is like a creepy social experiment (1)

OhANameWhatName (2688401) | about a year ago | (#44088523)

laughing about it from the safety of my underground weapons cache

There's still room down there??

Re:This is like a creepy social experiment (2)

Paperweight (865007) | about a year ago | (#44089437)

You should join our anti-government group on Facebook.

We've been sliding down a slippery slope.. (1)

0ld_d0g (923931) | about a year ago | (#44090195)

I remember the time when cookies being set was such a big deal. I remember seeing Leo Laporte (on ZDNet.. the screensavers? ) admonish websites who didn't have a privacy policy stating that they would never log your IP/access to their website or set any cookies. How times have changed :)

Forget Tyler Durden! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088007)

There is no better way to define you as a person then what you own.

You are what you own.

Is it PRISM-compliant too? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088037)

I would never share anything with my friends without letting the NSA know.

Re:Is it PRISM-compliant too? (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | about a year ago | (#44088999)

You can count on it being IRS compliant too.

Re:Is it PRISM-compliant too? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44089761)

I live outside Canada and the Canadian Customs agency reads my mail. They usually open my Canada Revenue Service mail. The funny thing is that the Customs and Revenue Service is ONE organization. They effectively read their own mail, while they could simply have pulled up my tax file if they wanted to.

I fully expect that this same retardedness is also the norm at the CSE, NSA and GCHQ. Imagine large rooms full of high school drop outs reading hundreds of millions of people's email and Facebook posts and giggling like little girls. Sigh...

Carlin wouldn't approve (4, Insightful)

papasui (567265) | about a year ago | (#44088087)

I don't think GC would appreciate being associated with this unless it was to make fun of the people that are using it.

Re:Carlin wouldn't approve (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088149)

The GC litmus test should be applied to every life situation - if it passes it's a good idea - if it doesn't it should die in a fire

Sounds like loads of fun... (0, Flamebait)

todfm (1973074) | about a year ago | (#44088101)

Leave aside the the privacy and sharing issues for a moment. What difference in my life will it make if I tell the world that I own certain objects? None whatsoever. All it can do is help corporate America by making other people want what I have.

Google's new motto (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088107)

What's yours is mine and what's mine is mine.

It's going to blow up in their face. (1)

dicobalt (1536225) | about a year ago | (#44088131)

and all over NSA underpants.

Google's rules for three year olds: (3, Funny)

Hartree (191324) | about a year ago | (#44088133)

Google's new storage service: MINE!!!!!

Mine!
Mine!
Mine!

Unless it violates the law. Then it's yours and we'll tell the FBI about it.

Google can't control themselves (0)

Qwavel (733416) | about a year ago | (#44088143)

When Page became CEO he started on a house-cleaing binge, shutting down various services. They said they had launched too many little products/initiatives, and now needed to put more resources behind fewer projects/products.

Recently, with the launch of Keep - which looks like a nice start but is very barebones - and now the possible launch of Mine, it looks like they have already forgotten that sentiment.

Re:Google can't control themselves (3, Insightful)

b4dc0d3r (1268512) | about a year ago | (#44089025)

They shut down money sinks, and are opening up potential new revenue streams. That's how business keeps moving forward. The reason for the closings and new launches is the same - profit.

They had to explain it to the users without alienating users. "Your service that you like costs us too much money and isn't popular enough to monetize" doesn't have that snazzy ring to it.

Google seems very much in control of themselves, outside of the various FTC probes they will be subjected to since they are trying to monopolize all data everywhere, as the stretch goal.

taking bets: how long before THIS service ... (2, Insightful)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | about a year ago | (#44088159)

...goes kaput?

at this point, only fools trust google to keep things running. put your 'stuff' there, get used to it and in a year or two, they change their minds and either change the terms on you or outright cancel it.

I would not touch google services ever again. 'free' is not free when you have to spend time, later on, relocating.

Re:taking bets: how long before THIS service ... (2)

Darkness404 (1287218) | about a year ago | (#44088857)

Compared to...?

What? Facebook which enjoys changing its interfaces every 6 months for no reason? (and no warning)

Myspace? Friendster?

Google is easily the best when it comes to discontinuing services since they usually let you know ahead of time and give you the option to migrate your data. Even though some of the things they've discontinued have been really random (Reader didn't need much maintenance, neither did iGoogle) they've given people ample notice.

Re:taking bets: how long before THIS service ... (1)

bunkymag (1567407) | about a year ago | (#44089855)

Whereas we all know that 'paid for' services are invulnerable and never, ever shut down..

Google's new names (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088161)

What's wrong with simple names like gmail? I can only imagine the group of people that came up the double entendre Google Mine. I don't want to use it simply because of the name. Why not gshare? I would no it''s google and I would know what it was for. Google Drive, Google Play, +. Why not stick to gspace, gstore, gsocial. What's next, the google porn site called Google Nothing.

Google Mine Correction Officer (5, Funny)

Time_Ngler (564671) | about a year ago | (#44088163)

One Timex digital watch, broken. One unused prophylactic. One soiled. One black suit jacket, one pair black suit pants. One hat, black. One pair of sunglasses. $23.07. Sign here.

Re:Google Mine Correction Officer (2)

Zynder (2773551) | about a year ago | (#44088225)

Oh no thank you, Officer. All I need is my Wizard Robe and Hat!

We are definitely past peak Google (0, Redundant)

mbone (558574) | about a year ago | (#44088179)

I am not even going to waste electrons describing why Google DataMine (the "data" is silent) is a bad idea. These reasons will have already occurred to anyone intelligent enough to bother discussing them with.

Re:We are definitely past peak Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088315)

I'm not going to talk about it either. Who else isn't going to talk about this?

Re:We are definitely past peak Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44090101)

Most assuredly, I shan't be discussing this at all!

Re:We are definitely past peak Google (1)

OldSport (2677879) | about a year ago | (#44090927)

Hey guys, what are you not talking about?

In Soviet Russia (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088187)

Google Mines Yo..

No, wait..

yes this is what I needed (4, Insightful)

Trepidity (597) | about a year ago | (#44088199)

The only thing better than stupid opinions people express on Yelp is having my own personal Yelp where people write their idiotic opinions about my house and possessions.

Also coming soon - Google Mime! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088215)

Pretending to give a shit about your privacy.

Ever feel like a lab rat? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088479)

Google scares the hell out me. The stuff coming out of there has become really creepy. Are we on a unstoppable path to a Dystopian future?

Google Ours (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year ago | (#44088507)

As long as you consider that everything you put in the cloud is essentially public, or at least, that have access to it specifically the people that could damage you more having access to it (even by misunderstanding it), is up to you. At the very least until Google relocates itself on their own data heaven outside any national jurisdiction.

Sounds ridiculous, but (2)

BlackHornet (2526072) | about a year ago | (#44088593)

most people do like to boast about their possessions. I wonder if it will ensure some kind of truth policy like the real name policy on some sites - "Sorry, Porsche is not a valid item for Your social circle".

Am I getting old? (1)

manu0601 (2221348) | about a year ago | (#44088635)

Neither slashdot summary nor TFA give me a clear idea of what this stuff is about. Am I getting old or is it just too early in the morning?

At least I understood this is about giving Google some personal data. But that (Google + personal data) is a easy finding

Re:Am I getting old? (1)

RJFerret (1279530) | about a year ago | (#44088851)

Me too.

And no Wikipedia article, but Engadget had an article days ago, it's a system for listing things like book or DVD loans. IE, you can post your library to your circle of friends and they could respond, "I've always wanted to check out X". Voilà, sharing resources.

I'll find it useful to keep track of gear left with others.

I'll keep my stuff on MY hard drives, thanks. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44088765)

I may not be able to stop the pervasive surveillance
which is perpetrated by Google, but I'll be damned
if I am going to make it easier for these sons of bitches.

Fuck Google and all they do, whether it is spy on us or
yank useful apps in a manner which resembles the capricious
behavior of a teenage girl.

The world needs Google a lot less than Google needs the world.
And the day will come when all but the most dimwitted realize that
Google cannot be trusted with anything important.

!

How long before (1, Interesting)

fred911 (83970) | about a year ago | (#44088941)

They require use of G+? How many times must I close a tab in order not to accept its TOS?

no face, no space.. /.'s as social as I get. Screw G+

Carlin never said stuff (0)

plopez (54068) | about a year ago | (#44089023)

He said "shit". He talked about people running out of room for their shit and having to get a bigger house so they could put more shit into it. And that is what 90% of what most people own is, shit. Even more so now that both software and hardware tech are designed around planned obselesence. That nice new smart phone or table you have will be shit in 12 to 18 months when the new model comes out. And your personal information is shit too. The price of all your personal information google has on you is probably less than $1.00 when they sell it.

Ponder that for a minute.

Re:Carlin never said stuff (4, Informative)

Mr. Slippery (47854) | about a year ago | (#44090075)

[Carlin never said stuff, h]e said "shit". He talked about people running out of room for their shit and having to get a bigger house so they could put more shit into it.

No, he said "stuff". [songlyrics.com] C'mon, dude, the title of the fucking album is A Place for My Stuff [wikipedia.org] . Have some respect and don't misquote Carlin:

Actually, this is just a place for my stuff, ya know? That's all; a little place for my stuff. That's all I want, that's all you need in life, is a little place for your stuff, ya know? I can see it on your table, everybody's got a little place for their stuff. This is my stuff, that's your stuff, that'll be his stuff over there.
That's all you need in life, a little place for your stuff. That's all your house is- a place to keep your stuff. If you didn't have so much stuff, you wouldn't need a house. You could just walk around all the time.

Really? really? (1)

theRunicBard (2662581) | about a year ago | (#44089567)

the amount of tin-foil-hat crazy on here needs to stop. From what I gather, this is not only optional, but is even then just a tool to show cool stuff to people. Ever buy a new _ and tell people about it? Or get a message from a friend about their cool new _? That's all this is. Get over yourselves. I like Slashdot because it discusses what other news sources ignore, but every time I see crazy on this scale, I start considering finding a new source. There's also this thing called Ebay. And places where you can store your stuff. Time to jump off a cliff? Please hurry, and leave the rest of us alone.

Re:Really? really? (1)

StripedCow (776465) | about a year ago | (#44090803)

Ever buy a new _ and tell people about it? Or get a message from a friend about their cool new _? That's all this is. Get over yourselves.

If this was just some small and relatively obscure part of the internet, then sure.
But this is actually Google doing this. There are PhDs working on this tech!
These are people that could (and should) instead be using their intellectual capabilities for solving the world's problems.

This is not cool.

This can be made even more general and confusing! (1)

cripkd (709136) | about a year ago | (#44090419)

It looks like Google tries to make G+ even more confusing. They seem panicked in finding something to up Facebook. I have a suggestion, call it Google Everything. We know that's coming anyway, right? So let's tattoo our G+ ID as barcode on our arms or foreheads and get it done with.

Copyright Law Extension (1)

retroworks (652802) | about a year ago | (#44090695)

I work in used stuff (vintage, antiques, etc.) and the price of 1930s high school yearbooks is quite interesting. I guess Google's future rights to sell access to dead people's images is a good investment. If I'm really bothered by it I can buy shares in Google or start my own depository. I just hope each time Disney and Friends gets congress to further extend their exclusive rights to Disney creations like Pocahontas and Sleeping Beauty, that we'll also get the copyright to our "data mine" extended, so I can freeze my head like Uncle Walt and enjoy the proceeds as much as he will when they defrost him.

Meanwhile... (1)

OldSport (2677879) | about a year ago | (#44090917)

I'm preparing to migrate away from as many Google services as possible.

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