Archive for the 'Google' Category

Google Lies To Children

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Google has fallen in with a nefarious cartel comprised of several national postal services, countless shopping malls and, last but not least, NORAD. It’s quite a paradox when you can choose to find hard facts proving that Santa Claus is a myth on Google Search OR you can follow His movements on Christmas eve using Google Earth.

Which is it Google? Is there a magical toy factory at the North Pole or not? If there is, can you explain why most of the crappy plastic toys that people get their kids are made in China?

Interesting links found using Google:

‘Non-YouTube’ Video Hosting and Sharing

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

There are a few reasons why someone might prefer to use a video site that is not the default site that Google bought.

YouTube aggressively removes content that breaks the TOS with regard to copyright or adult content. Some alternatives do not have the resources to police their own sites and some sites have less restrictive terms to start with.

YouTube shares revenue with a select few users while some other users get nothing. Sites like Revver have a policy of sharing advertising revenue with all members. That sounds great, but my experience has been that I only have five cents worth of pending payment.

Because YouTube is the default website, it bears the brunt of political censorship. A handful of countries have longstanding policies of blocking YouTube and others have done so temporarily in response to specific content. Other video sharing sites slip under the radar. I was in a second class train car in a developing country just last week and I had to walk through the first class coach in search of the snack trolley. The young dudes with the laptops were mostly watching stuff on Metacafe.

Trend Spotting

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

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Google has so many features and beta bells and whistles that many of us aren’t even aware of some of them. I just discovered the bar graphs in the news archive pages. I randomly picked a search term and then non-randomly chose a term to use for comparison. Apparently news items about Smart Cars have been holding steady in recent years while the Hummer is getting less attention after a peek of interest a few years ago. Both automobiles were introduced in the mid 90s.