No Such Thing As a Tax-Free Lunch At Google?
As a Googler, I can tell you we ARE taxed for meals, to the tune of $4,650.00 in 2012. The company then pays a 'gross up' to make it a non-event for the employees. So all this complaining about 'free lunches' is entirely off-track, and this Professor of Law has demonstrated he doesn't know how to do basic research before talking.
Groupon Puts IPO On Hold
Parent comment is right on the mark! Except for the 5%... Try 30-40%. And yeah, I bet GroupOn is looking back on that offer from Google and wishing they would have taken it.
Google Deprecates Translation API
Somewhat misleading. Read Google's actual comments: http://www.google.com/webelements/#!/translate
"For website translations, we encourage you to use the Google Translate Element."
So its not really gone, just a new way to use it.
'Zodiac Island' Makers Say ISP Worker Wiped an Entire Season
Your local ISP's FTP server is not "the cloud".
A google service that replicates your data to multiple datacenters and dozens of servers, provides tape backup, and gives you easy and secure accessibility from anywhere... that is "the cloud".
Google Says Ad Blockers Will Save Online Ads
and when you do go looking for it, those little ad boxes on the right come in real handy...
Man "Beats" World of Warcraft
I put on my Druid robe and hat...
Air Cannon Ties Pirates In Knots
That is the same philosophy that said never try to stop airplane hijackers, just do what they say and you'll eventually be let go.
Of course, if the pirates read this they are going to say - 'hey, great idea. Why chase down these ships when we can just disable them.'
Android 2.0 SDK Released, Google Maps Navigation Announced
Now you can just use google maps as your GPS device to plan your trip.
Cursive Writing Is a Fading Skill — Does It Matter?
Awesome. Soon all us 'old folks' will have a secret code we can use to communicate that the youth will never be able to decipher.
Google Offers Scanned Books To Rival Stores
How can one circumvent copyright law for books in the "public domain"? If they are in the public domain, they are free to anyone.
What you meant to say, was they are making previously unavailable books that are still under copyright available to everyone. They are even providing competitors with access to the works that Google spent a fortune to scan. Nothing prevents Amazon or Microsoft from scanning these books themselves and working out a similar agreement with the authors guild, but they don't want to invest the money since they are already so far behind.
In the end, everyone (including the authors) benefits because these books will once again be available to the public as they were intended.
Can We Abandon Confidentiality For Google Apps?
This is such tin-foil crap, and has been debunked many times. Every mail server, router and switch reads your email by your definition, it has to in order to route a message, or copy data from one buffer to another. Just because gmail targets an ad based on a word or two in an email does not mean that someone is READING your email. Every time you search for a message in Exchange, Microsoft processes are "reading all your emails", right? Get real dude.
Most importantly, ads are only displayed in the "free" versions. If you get the $50/yr version there are no ads so your entire point is moot anyway.
20 Years of MS Word and Why It Should Die a Swift Death
Sure Word wasn't the first, I used SpeedScript on my C64, WordStar, and others. But the author has a very valid point. The whole original purpose of word processing was to replace the type-writer, which only produced printed documents. With a word processor, it was easy to make edits, print multiple copies, save copies, etc.
The "Word" processor was never intended to be a format or procotol for transferring electronic documents, which is how its being used today.
Software Glitch Leads To $23,148,855,308,184,500 Visa Charges
I wonder what a charge of $18,446,744,073,709,551,617.00 would do... $1 charge? (0xFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF + 2)
Or maybe $9,223,372,036,854,775,809.00? Would that result in a $1 credit? (signed int?)
DHS To Kill Domestic Satellite Spying Program
The title would be less exciting if it read "Bush and Obama has never used satellites to spy on Americans".
Bush didn't use spy satellites our of privacy and civil liberty concerns. Got it.
Now that we are straight on this particular issue, let the Bush bashing begin.
Google Labs Offers Table-Based Search Results
Comparison of hot vehicles in squared!
You gotta love the MPG value on the Saleen... and the Prelude stats are so dead-on!
Google, Yahoo!, Apple Targeted In DoJ Antitrust Probe
I work at Google, and in the past 6 months I've received job offers from both Yahoo! and Apple. Its not much of a secret agreement if all the companies are clearly violating it by trying to recruit out from under the others.
More FUD, probably somehow initiated by Microsoft, attacking and smearing its competitors.
Secret US List of Civil Nuclear Sites Released
Its all fun and politics until Seoul and Tokyo and its 20 million residents disappear in a flash of light.
I vote for taking out North Korea today. I'd rather have a 100,000+ casualties today if it can prevent the likely horrific death of 20 million+ later.
Mozilla and Google's "Don't-Be-Evil" Bulldozer
As a long time Googler, I can tell you the correct motto is "Don't be Evil".
Google's motto is 'Don't be Evil', and we have a similar motto for web developers: 'Don't be Eval'. (its kind of funny if you've ever dealt with security and user input, if not, you won't get it even if I explained it)
Saying 'do no evil' is being delusional and assuming you are perfect. Instead "don't BE evil" is about always trying to do the right thing, and when you occasionally screw up, accepting responsibility and trying to make things right.
Netbook-Run Dice Robot Can Rack Up 1.3 Million Rolls a Day
Gamesbyemail is awesome. I've been playing Axis&Allies on the site for almost 4 years now, and I must say its quite brilliant.
Great gaming engine, and he has covered all the classic games.
Wolfram Alpha Launches Tonight, On Camera
Fail... What good is a site that crashes in the first few minutes..
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