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White House Official Cozied Up to Google Before Antitrust Lawsuit Was Shelved

As The Federal Trade Commission considered whether to charge Google with violating antitrust laws in January 2013, the Obama White House, which as we have reported previously has a mutually beneficial relationship with the world domination freaks who run Google was watching closely, and apparently was eager to protect the interests of Obama's friends.

Newly published emails uncovered by public interest watchdog The Campaign for Accountability, show that a White House advisor met with a Google lobbyist and Google's specialist antitrust lawyer twice in the weeks before the FTC announcement. As well as reigniting interest in the question of exactly how much influence Google has on The White House, this should trigger even greater concerns about the health of US Democracy.

Immediately prior to the final decision on prosecuting Google, FTC commissioners took the unusual step of d theirismissing staff’s recommendation to sue, choosing instead to settle the case out of court. The leaked emails even reveal the White House official sought Google’s opinion on what should be included in discussions on the matter.

The United States Federal Trade Commission is a supposedly independent agency of the executive branch (The President's Office). As ought to happen with the Justice Department, but in the Obama administration doesn't as we have recently seen, White House political staff are prohibited from trying to influence federal regulators who might bring a formal case on behalf of the government.

The revelation about the White House’s contacts with Google prior to the FTC decision is another example of the unacceptably close relationship between Google and the Obama White House. In April, the Campaign for Accountability found — and The Intercept published — evidence from the White House’s own records of frequent meetings between Google staff and Obama administration personnel, over one a week since the beginning of his presidency. There is also the revolving door between Google and the U.S. government. Nearly 250 people have shuttled from government service to Google employment or vice versa over the course of Obama’s tenure.

This close contact, as well as Google’s partnership with the executive branch on a host of projects, almost inevitably breeds a camaraderie that is at odds with the ability of the government to actually regulate a private company that is often accused og having abused its near monopoly position in the internet search market.

Read full article at The Intercept

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Google Now Has Access To Millions Of Patient's Health Records

Michaela Whitton, ANTIMEDIA May 3, 2016

United Kingdom — A controversial deal between tech giant Google and the National Health Service (NHS) will allow artificial intelligence units access to 1.6 million confidential medical records. Since 2014, Google has partnered with several scientists in an attempt to understand human health, but a new report reveals the data gathering goes far beyond what was originally anticipated.

According to documents obtained by the New Scientist, the data sharing agreement between Google-owned artificial intelligence company DeepMind and the Royal Free NHS Trust gives access to the sensitive healthcare data of millions of NHS patients. The chilling and wide-reaching deal allows DeepMind access to the medical records of the 1.6 million people passing annually through the three London hospitals owned by the Trust — Barnet, Chase Farm, and the Royal Free.

The Google-owned A.I. firm announced in February it was working with the NHS to build an app called Streams — intended to help hospitals monitor patients with kidney disease. However, the new information has revealed that the extent of the data being shared goes much further and includes logs of day-to-day hospital activity, records of the location and status of patients, and even logs of who visits them and when.

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Google: Benefactor Of Humankind Or Evil Empire?

Social Media: A death spiral, except for a few big winners.

Because this blog platform is closing in a few months, it is quite appropriate to bring an article from Wolf Street blog to your attention. Because you see, when I warned that Google, Facebook and other cybernazis, while paying lip service the the idea that the internet was freeing information and connecting us with everybody in the world, their corporate policies were actually leading towards a situation in which information was controlled by a few global bureaucracies and supposedly capitalist corporations, and thus free speech was limited.

OK, hands up anyone who did not know Google and Facebook were both started with money from a 'Venture Capital' investor that is know to be a front for the CIA. Well you know now, OK.

The science heads, tech heads, authority worshippers and leftist sheeple called me a conspiracy theorist of course. But as I said back in 2006, if we embraced the idea that everything should be connected to t'internet, we would surrender our liberty to corporate interests.

The crowd are catching up with me it seems.

A death spiral, except for a few big winners.

By Fabius Maximus, Wolf Street a multi-author website with a focus on geopolitics:

The internet is a mirror in which we can see important aspects of America. Businesses funded by speculation (greed) struggle to survive in an era of few opportunities and falling investment, while high technology and rising inequality reshape America. The social media stocks are in this maelstrom, as virtual advertising space grows faster than their audience and advertisers dollars. Publishers grow desperate, try ever more intrusive ads. Few will survive. The race for revenue on the internet

The evolution of the internet is best seen in terms of what pays for it: banner ads, then pop-up ads, then auto-run video ads, and now “integrating” the content with the advertisements (these trends often end by debasing the product). It is an evolution to increasingly intrusive ads, forcing people to either spend more of their time killing the ads — or installing ad blockers (which are in a Red Queen race with the developers of ad technology).

Don’t blame the managers of these companies. That’s as foolish as blaming airlines for the poor service that accompanies the cheap fares we demand. We don’t pay for most of the information and many of the services we get on the internet. As Andrew Lewis said: “If you’re not paying for something, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.” So we have no grounds to complain.

The managers know the futility of this race they’re locked into, but they’re desperate.

Read the rest at Wolf Street >>>


Quality Content? On Planet Google The New Quality Is Anti - Quality

American activist site Alternet posted a story with the interesting headline

7 Surprising Ways Porn Is Changing

Users of Internet pornography are probably familiar with the site YouPorn. And maybe RedTube. There's also Tube8, XTube, ExtremeTube, and PornHub. The list goes on. These sites, often referred to as the "tube sites,” host a wide array of free (and largely pirated) user-generated content that's starting to change the porn industry. Listed below are seven of the most surprising ways porn is changing.

1. There's a lot less content.

Industry insiders will confirm that porn production is at an all-time low. Colin and Angie Rowntree have been in the porn business for over 20 years. Back in 1994, the AVN Hall of Fame inductees founded the BDSM website Wasteland.com. In 1999, Angie started Sssh.com, a porn site "for women, by women.” Colin estimates that at least 50% of the small studios have gone under in the past 10 years. Angie told me, "A lot of the little tiny mom-and-pop ones are gone, and those were the ones that had original ideas.”

Colin added, "If you want to get new content, quality content that's actually well made, somebody has to pay the performers. Somebody has to pay the cameraman. Somebody has to pay the editors. Somebody has to pay for all this stuff. And if nobody is paying to buy it, the whole thing comes tumbling down — which it currently is.”

Colin is right of course and his words apply to everything on the net, not just porn. It was inevitable that the hippy ideology of the founding beardies would lead to this, all that caring, sharing, join-hand-and-sing-kumbafuckingya bollocks could never work. It takes time and resources to make video content, be it porn, comedy, documentary or highbrow drama.

It takes time and dedication to write good fiction and articles, make good video, compose and record good music, or create good artwork. Yet because of the way Google works, the net wants new content every day, and yet people who want to, and have the skills and talent to create good new content are frustrated by the way their work is 'shared' (pirated) by people who are just attention seekers or stolen by rip off merchants.

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I Told You Google Were Evil


Dr. Evil's even more evil twin, Dr. Google (source)

Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission



I was always puzzled by they way Google became so dominant in the internet search market, OK Google would return a million results on your search and nerdy types are always impressed by big numbers but really, nerds aside, who would consider 'most linked', 'most viewed', 'most recent' and likely to earn most advertizing revenue as the best criteria foe grading the quality of content?

When however I learned beyond reasonable doubt last year that Google is really a subsidiary of the United States Department Of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) things made sense. Almost anything can be made to happen if you have unlimited money to throw at making it happen.

It also explains why Google (corporate motto - Don't be evil) are the most evil corporate business on the planet (well, apart from Monsanto maybe, but they are the only serious contenders.

So how evil are Google? Have a read at this from The Guardian:

Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations held in front of a computer.

First spotted by open source developers, the Chromium browser – the open source basis for Google's Chrome – began remotely installing audio-snooping code that was capable of listening to users.

It was designed to support Chrome's new "OK, Google” hotword detection – which makes the computer respond when you talk to it – but was installed, and, some users have claimed, it is activated on computers without their permission.

"Without consent, Google's code had downloaded a black box of code that – according to itself – had turned on the microphone and was actively listening to your room,” said Rick Falkvinge, the Pirate party founder, in a blog post. "Which means that your computer had been stealth configured to send what was being said in your room to somebody else, to a private company in another country, without your consent or knowledge, an audio transmission triggered by … an unknown and unverifiable set of conditions.”
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The spyware feature is installed by default as part of Google's Chrome browser. But open source advocates are up in arms about it also being installed with the open source variant Chromium, because the listening code is considered to be "black box”, not part of the open source audit process.

"We don't know and can't know what this black box does,” said Falkvinge.

READ FULL ARTICLE at The Guardian

Google and the Government Will Collect data On Your Farts

Levi's and Google working on interactive, internet device-linked fabric, how effing insane are these people? Are they gathering data on your fart and logging how often you scratch you belly?

Actually the claims they make for this new fabric are even crazier. I'm not saying the stuff will not do what they say, but FFS who apart from total nerds would want it. Throughout the day we all do stuff we don't want to share with the internet.

Project Jacquard – named after the inventor of a type of loom – was revealed during the internet giant's annual developers' conference in San Francisco on Friday.

"We are enabling interactive textiles,” ATAP's Emre Karagozler said while showing off the new smart textiles. "We do it by weaving conductive threads into fabric.”

To answer one of the key questions around the material itself, Karagozler explained: "It is stretchable; it is washable … It is just like normal fabric.”

The new type of threads used for the material can be woven into any shape, size or pattern and be made either to stand out or be invisible. The interactive material would be able to understand various gestures like crossing your legs or swiping your sleeve with your fingers.

The special fabric would also be capable of sending the data wirelessly to smartphones and other devices, opening up an array of new types of applications, aside from the most basic communication commands like placing a phone call and sending a text message.

"It becomes a home to new forms and applications we haven't thought of yet. The potential is that the input is the gesture – crossing your legs, swiping, saving, lifting,” Vice President of Innovation for Levi's said.

While not exactly an option for everyone, the interactive fabric would even be capable of notifying its wearer if they were gaining weight and be ready to suggest gyms, yoga classes and offer other health-related tips, founder of software development company FocusMotion, Grant Hughes noted.

Source: Russia Today

It sounds to us like a new advance in creepiness from the world's creepiest corporation. Steer well clear of Google in future.

How Law Enforcement Can Use Google Timeline To Track Your Every Move


Recent changes to Google’s Timeline feature may provide government agencies even greater access to users’ location history data, allowing them to track a person’s every move over long periods, according to a document recently circulated to law enforcement. "The personal privacy implications are pretty clear but so are the law enforcement applications," according to the document, titled "Google Timelines: Location Investigations Involving Android Devices," which outlines the kind of information investigators can legally demand from ISPs and the Searh operator. We have reported elsewhere in this document and elsewhere in our site that Google IS NOT Joe Ordinary's friend. The Google Timeline ostensibly allows users to look back at their movements on a map. That's fine. That the same information can now be examined by law enforcement is not so fine. It may help catch perpetrators of certain crimes by exposing false alibis, but the potential for misscarriages of justice. If a crime is committed by a man five feet eleven tall, with mid brown hair and blue eyes, the fact that he was in the area does not prove brown - haired Joe Five - Eleven is guilty. "It is now possible to submit a legal demand to Google for location history greater than six months old," the report says. “This could revitalize cold cases and potentially help solve active investigations.” The report was written by a law enforcement trainer, Aaron Edens, and provides detailed guidance on the wealth of historic location information available through Google Timeline and how to request it. A copy of of the document was obtained by The Intercept, it exposes the frightening levels of control governments are now seeking, with the aid of internet technologies to exercise over citizens. The expansion of Google’s Timeline feature, launched in July 2015, allows investigators to request detailed information about where someone has been — down to the longitude and latitude — over the course of years. Previously, law enforcement subpoenas to the company could only yield recent location information. The 15-page document includes details of information the author found being stored in his own Timeline: extremely specific historic location datadata going back to 2009. Those six years of data, he writes, show the kind of information that law enforcement investigators can now subpoena from Google.

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Google: I told you they were evil

Nobody who reads Boggart Blog or Little Nicky Machiavelli can say they have not been warned about how evil Google are, but if you need reminding this story from govtslaves.info has all the information you need.

"Google has managed to boost its revenues by billions of dollars this year by attacking thousands of smaller businesses who make money from affiliate programs. It does this by deliberately favoring large brands in its search results.

"This war is largely secret because very few people understand this shift. Google manages to deflect attention through publicity about projects such as Google+, or its self-driven cars — none of which are revenue generating businesses.

"Yet in its core business, under the renewed leadership of CEO Larry Page, Google has launched an incredibly aggressive strategy targeting mostly small firms. You can see how effective this has been in the following numbers culled from its financial reports.

"For example, for the whole of last year, Google's revenues from its own sites could barely keep pace with growth in revenues from its AdSense partner network — mostly small firms."

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Google Meets White House Officials Every Week Why?




Google is massive. Its dominant position in the internet seach market was achieved with little apparent effort and in a relatively short period. Just over ten years ago Google trailed Yahoo although many self styled experts insisted iut was the best search engine (this was never true, unless you agree that the most viewed or most linked to item must automatically be the best quality information available). That was just over a decade ago.

Since then, while web journalist (who had enjoyed Google's lavish hospitality or just had sheep like tendencies) continued to insist on google's superiority even while Google carried on a battle with people who were trying (and often succeeding) in bumping their web sites up the listings by dubious means such as link spamming.

Now Google does everything it seems (but still delivers crap search results based on commercial considerations rather than quality of content). From running the most powerful web ads network in the world (and rigging its search results to ensure the pages that will bring it most revenue get the most traffic) to building "terminator” robots for the government.

Soon, as we have reported Google will use a new algorithm to determine search engine position. This new algorithm is supposed to weed out "false” data. Essentially, at least within the Google world Google is seeking to determine what is "true” online and what is not.

Given the close relationship the company has with the Obama administration, an administration which has shown itself to be severely "truth challenged," in its dealings with the public, this is of some concern.

(From Venture Beat)

Google's relationship with the administration runs deeper than mere money. Google chairman Eric Schmidt helped design a get-out-the-vote system for the Obama campaign in 2012, and personally oversaw it on election night. Google employees helped dig Healthcare.gov out of its painful and glitch-ridden launch phase. Former Google VP Megan Smith is now the CTO for the White House. And, as the WSJ notes, Obama has mentioned Google in half of his State of the Union speeches to date.

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How Much Power Does Google Wield In Washington?

The question asked by the title is an obvious one in the light of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article linked in part one of this investigation. Supporters of the Obama administration predictably insist that Google are merely providing technical advice on internet matters.

Were that true, it would be bad enough. The possible conflicts on interests in obtaining advice from a commericial organisation that enjoys a near monopoly position in internet search should be completely unacceptable in a democratic nation.

Information we have acquired however suggests the links between Google and Washington are far deeper and more sinister. Because Obama's sycophantic supporters will try to discredit the WSJ report so we dug a little deeper by looking at the investigatins of the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) into the cosy, crony relationship between Gooogle and The White House.

Here are some significant snippets quoted from the FTC report:

1) The FTC investigated whether Google was unlawfully giving preference to its own products. This document shows that the FTC staff found evidence of monopolistic behavior by Google when it comes to its prize search engine, but recommended not pursuing an antitrust lawsuit. "…we do not recommend that the Commission issue a complaint against Google for this conduct" (Read Read original text, P18 - We cannot link you to the full official report as it is not released into the public domain so links to screenshots of the pdf pages are provided. The WSJ artile is available HERE with material supporting it HERE and HERE and HERE. Should be enough for reasonable people.)

2)While the FTC staff recommended not filing an antitrust case against Google for its search engine business, it uncovered evidence that Google promoted its own search results and demoted those of its rivals. Google "adopted a strategy of demoting or refusing to display, links to certain vertical websites in highly commercial categories." (Read Original - p28)

3)FTC staff concluded that Google's conduct harmed consumers and competitors. "Staff concludes that Google's conduct has resulted – and will result – in real harm to consumers and to innovation…" (Read Original -p116)

4) In a footnote to its report, the FTC staff detailed precisely how Google promoted its own search results over rivals. "Although Google originally sought to demote all comparison shopping websites, after Google raters provided negative feedback to such a widespread demotion, Google implemented the current iteration of its so-called 'diversity' algorithm." (Read Original - p132)

In this footnote, the FTC staff quotes Google's top economist, Hal Varian, saying that its market share was being underestimated. He added that the artificially low market share estimate could help Google steer clear of antitrust regulators. "From an antitrust perspective, I'm happy to see them underestimate our share." (Read Original - p144)
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On Monday, the human rights group Privacy International launched a campaign that will make it possible for people anywhere in the world to challenge covert spying operations involving Government Communications Headquarters(GCHQ), or the USA's National Security Agency.

In the few days since the launch, thousands of people have already signed up to join the unprecedented legal campaign against government mass surveillance programmes.

A historic court ruling earlier this month that deemed intelligence sharing between GCHQ and the NSA to have been unlawful because of the extreme secrecy shrouding it has made such a challenge to the two governments possible.

Members of the public now may now take part in a lawsuit against the spying in the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, the court that handles complaints in the UK about surveillance operations conducted by police and security agencies.

Anyone wanting to join the legal challenge to submit their name, email address and phone number through a this page on the Privacy International website. The group intends to lodge a case against GCHQ with the court that will seek to discover whether each participant's emails or phone calls have been illegally obtained by surveillance organisations in violation of the privacy and freedom of expression provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights and The Geneva Convention.

If it is established that any of the communications have been unlawfully collected, the court could force GCHQ to delete them from its vast repositories of intercepted data.

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Google Driverless Car Project

Google have bought some real cars but there are still a few snags to be ironed out

Ok, we've been pretty scathing about the Google driverless car project, basing our view on the prototype Wankermobile revealed amid much hype and even more ROTFLOAO among people who drive proper cars. The future of personal transport was going to look like the kind of toy car that might be found in a Kinder egg if the publicity could be believed.

Since then Google backed off the idea that they were going to build their own 'mobility-scooter-with-a-roof' type vehicles and bought some proper cars from real car manufacturers to convert into computer driven models.

And now they are claiming to be on the verge of putting the first commercially viable self-driving car on the road again. And again the Search Engine company are not being entirely truthful, there are many problems to be resolved before Google computer driven car can take to the roads, and some of them could prove insurmountable.


Google's latest driverless car abandones the Wankermobile prototype (see end of article) in favour of putting electronic natigation and control systems in read cars.

We'll leave aside the practicalities like the technology not working in bad weather or the fact that computers have no way of interpreting meaning therefore the cameras, microphones and sensors that react to stimuli cannot tell if a sound is a police or ambulance siren or a domestic burglar alarm going off, not can they tell whether a police officer is waving them to slow down or a grandma is waving to her family as they walk away from her door.

Even the most advanced prototypes, and those developed by Mercedes and Toyota are way ahead of Google, are having a hard time interpreting emergency sirens. If they are ever to be allowed onto real streets, autonomous cars will need to be able to respond appropriately to police instructions or the needs of emergency service.

Those things can easily be dealt however with providing the world is prepared to adapt in order to accommodate Google. From our point of view the real driverless car killer will be insurance. Because the driverless cars are not truly driverless but rather are driven by machines, who will be responsible in the event of an accident. because despite Google's claims that their technology is infallible and will eliminate accidents, there will still be accidents.

There will always be accidents, that is why car insurance is mandatory.

Quite how insurance would work when cars have no human in control remains unclear. The question of who pays out in the event of a crash involving a driverless car is still being debated and is seen as a major barrier to letting them loose on highways. Would the car maker, the component manufacturer or the owner of the data centre that was providing mapping information be liable. Or would the person sitting in the car be held legally responsible for it even though they were not in control. I can't manufacturers or computer operators taking responsibility and holding humans responsible for cars they are not driving is not going to be a selling point.

Several problems that will arise if these vehicles ever become popular spring to mind. Radar is increasingly being used on cars, eventually cross interference will render them navigation systems unreliable. Likewise a street full of Lidar units all spinning laser beams across each other will interfere. Several friends still involved in the industry have worked with Lidar type units and can tell you they don't work when its raining or foggy.

Then there is the problem of perception. While science fanboys (and girls) will continue to wax lyrical about a future in which we are all slaves to machines (or in their language free to do kewel things like spending fortunes playing computer games with in-app billing on our iPhones)the majority have a more down to earth view of technology's potential and limitations.

If recent surveys are to be believed, driverless car developers have failed at the first hurdle as it seems much of the public would be reluctant to ride in one of the cars. Half of Britons responded that they would be unwilling passengers in driverless cars over safety concerns, with 16 per cent professing to feel 'horrified' by the notion of unmanned vehicles driving on British roads. Four in ten would not trust an autonomous car to drive safely, believing it would jeopardise the welfare of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, a survey from price comparison site uSwitch.com found.

Just like the reality of Google Glass (recently withdrawn from the marketplace) - and almost all Google's other great ideas that launch to enormous fanfare and then slip away into oblivion, people love to believe in the 'Google Geeks' beavering away at solving the world's problems in amazingly innovative ways (One geek cited Google Maps as an example but maps have been around for several thousand years and Google were not the first to put them online,)the reality is that Google is a one-trick-pony and not a very good trick at that.

It is a commercially successful search engine even if the results it produces are manipulation to deliver the most profitable links rather than the best quality information.

The real genius of Google is how it managed to monetise it's one trick - how much money it's managed to shake out of a world of consumers by telling them that the service is 'free' when it actually holds businesses to ransom by threatening deindex them if they don't cooperate. And of course, the costs of cooperating with Google are as always passed on to the consumer in the end.

These days Google sits on multi-billion dollar cash reserves generated by selling its shares to dupes rather than from trading profits. but with public outrage about the company's tax avoidance growing the directors worry about how to spend the money.

It is run by middle class white men who are obsessed with delivering solutions for which problems must be invented and that nobody other than geeks could give a flying fuck about.

This automated car is just another step in the direction of the one speed society - where everyone is dragged down to the level of the lowest common denominator, everyone holds the opinion of the stupidest and most sheep like and we all do as we are told.

Oh dear. What have I done, badmouthing Google, one of the Geek tribe's sacred cows? If The Daily Stirrer allowed comments, brainwashed trolls would be fighting each other to leave angry, rude, nonsensical abuse for anyone who refuses we will all be much happier when we surrender our individuality and let Google do our thinking for us.

O

r as Google chairman Eric Schmidt put it: "I actually think most people don't want Google to answer their questions. They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next."

The Daily Stirrer is happy to tell Eric what he should do next: "Eric mate, fuck the fucking fuck off."

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Google Goggles - Too Nerdy Even For Nerds?

We told you so. When Google announced its most insane product to date, Google Glass (Google Goggles) two years ago we said even the nerdiest nerds would soon get iritated with having Google in their faces all day every day, offering helpful advice and suggestions for the benefit of the terminally indecisive.

Imagine it, you turn towards a classy sandwich shop thinking you'll get a freshly made snack and a cup of coffee, up pops a Google alert on the postage stamp scren an inch from your eye, and in the manner of Harry Enfield's comedy character The Irritating Father In Law (see below), says, " I do not believe you wanna do that. What you really wanna do is go and get a three day old Turkey, Bacon, lettuce and mayo baguette from Pret a puker, which gives Google advertising revenue."

It seems even nerds are finding being told what to do by Google servers irritating:

After two years of popping up at high-profile events sporting Google Glass, the gadget that transforms eyeglasses into spy-movie worthy technology, Google co-founder Sergey Brin sauntered bare-faced into a Silicon Valley red-carpet event on Sunday.

He'd left his pair in the car, Brin told a reporter. The Googler, who heads up the top-secret lab which developed Glass, has hardly given up on the product — he recently wore his pair to the beach.

But Brin's timing is not propitious, coming as many developers and early Glass users are losing interest in the much-hyped, $1,500 test version of the product: a camera, processor and stamp-sized computer screen mounted to the edge of eyeglass frames. Google Inc itself has pushed back the Glass roll out to the mass market.







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Google's Wankermobile Self Driving Car Can't Drive Itself

People are starting to trust Boggart Blog and our friend Little Nicky Machiavelli. That's because we are always right. And we always try to sound a weeny bit humble when we say I told you so.

Recently the usual types got a bit huffy when we mercilessly mocked the much hyped Google self driving car, or Wankermobile because it looked like the kind of car you would get out of a Kinder Surprise egg (only the Google jobbie wouldn;t go as fast). Oh you are anti - science, you are anti progress, you are anti-road-safety, they said. We're not any of those. Fatsally has a very high tech BMW, it's fast and runs clean and has lots of gadgets, even a Sat Nav which Sally does not use because she isn't brain dead and can read a map (that's through growing up with three brothers) I'm not against safety but the only two accidents I've had in a forty odd yeard driving career occurred whem my car was standing still and the ones that hit me we going well under the speed limit. So statistically the faster I'm going the safer I am.

And as for the science bit, well let's have the latest on the Google Wankermobile. Things are not going well we hear. As usual then, those semi autistic clowns at Google obsessed over the technology and didn't think the practical considerations through properly.



from Auto World News (my emphasis)


Apparently the famous Google self-driving car isn't that close to giving us hands-free transportation after all.

While Google's fleet has safely driven more than 700,000 miles, the autonomous model relies so heavily on maps and detailed data that it can't yet drive itself in 99 percent of the country, according to an MIT Technology Review report.


"The public seems to think that all of the technology issues are solved" with Google's self-driving vehicle, said Steven Shladover, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Transportation Studies. "But that is simply not the case."

Chris Urmson, director of the Google car team, has volunteered details on the car's limits. He hopes the car will be ready by the time his 11-year-old is 16, or old enough to drive in the state of California.

"It's my personal deadline," said Urmson, as quoted by the MIT Review.

The Google car depends on detailed preparations where the car's exact route is mapped out before the trip, a process far more intensive than the effort needed for Google Maps. Weather is also an issue: Google's much-touted self-driving car has never maneuvered snow, and it's not yet safe to drive in heavy rain either.

Google Driverless Wankermobile Will Be Controlled by Darth Vader

FBI warns driverless cars could be used as 'lethal weapons'

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Google Wankermobile - built for The Dark Side

from The Guardian
Google's driverless car may remain a prototype, but the FBI believes the "game changing” vehicle could revolutionise high-speed car chases within a matter of years. The report also warned that autonomous cars may be used as "lethal weapons”.

In an unclassified but restricted report obtained by the Guardian under a public records request, the FBI predicts that autonomous cars "will have a high impact on transforming what both law enforcement and its adversaries can operationally do with a car.”

In a section called Multitasking, the report notes that "bad actors will be able to conduct tasks that require use of both hands or taking one's eyes off the road which would be impossible today.”

The restricted (but not secret) report obtained by the Guardian under a FoI request states that the FBI predicts driverless cars "will have a high impact on transforming what both law enforcement and its adversaries can operationally do with a car.”


Continue reading:

The report states:

One nightmare scenario could be suspects shooting at pursuers from getaway cars that are driving themselves.

The report, written by agents in the Strategic Issues Group within the FBI's Directorate of Intelligence, says, "Autonomy … will make mobility more efficient, but will also open up greater possibilities for dual-use applications and ways for a car to be more of a potential lethal weapon that it is today.”

Well that certainly proves Guardian writers will be potential customers for Wankermobiles. These monstrosities, (designed for Google by the people who make Kinder Surprise toys) will do a maximum of 20mph flat out. I cannot see how the FBI's fears that Darth Vader or other intergalatic criminals will want them.

Who the fuck in their right mind other than a middle class, left wing, safety craving wuss would use one as a getaway car?

EU taking on Google - Well One German Publisher Is

Those New World Order fanatics at The Guardian, bless them, seldom miss a trick when it comes to promoting the single European Superstate and the globalist agenda. Their latest misrepresentation is to try and make us feel the European Union is somehow protecting our freedoms even as the bureau rats of Brussels are taking them away.

The fight to stop Google grabbing control of all the information in the world is not being led by Junkhead, Van Rompuy-pumpy, Baroness Ashton and the rest (they are pushing the neo-feudal Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership which would enable corporations like Google to override sovereign laws made by national governments) but by a German publishey big German publisherr - a very big and influential German publisher.

Mathias Döpfner is CEO of Axel Springer SE, Europe's biggest newspaper publisher, which owns its bestselling tabloid, Bild. His stated mission declares that Springer should become "the world's leading digital publisher " This conflicts just a tad with Google's stated mission that their aim is to become the world's ONLY digital publisher.

Axel Springer prepared to defend their position by introducing a partial paywall for Bild's online offering, bought TV news channel N24, and repositioned the print publishing operation behind flagship broadsheet, Die Welt, so that the web editors now commission content and a team of 12 editors compile the print edition from the online bounty.

Then Döpfner, a former journalist himsel felt it was time to pick a battle with the biggest player in new media: Google.

In April 2014, he lobbed a grenade in the form of an open letter to Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, in which he accused the Search Engine Giant of operating a business model that "in less reputable circles would be called a protection racket", and of discriminating against competitors in its search rankings (Google deny this but it is very obviously true). Google's motto was "if you don't want us to finish you off, you'd better pay", he wrote .

Last Wednesday, he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We need a simple rule of fair and transparent search criteria, and I think the product that has the highest traffic should be on the top rank and the product that has the lowest traffic should be on the lowest rank. But unfortunately, Google is not respecting that."
In a speech on Monday, Döpfner went even further, saying that Google was "abusing its dominant position", This looks like hypocrisy coming from the head of a media empire which for decades abused its dominant market-position in the German media to impose a reactionary agenda on policymakers, but on the other hand it is no more hypocritical than google whose corporate motto ought to read "Don't be evil, that's our job".



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Google's fully automatic wankermobile.




UK government plan to raise motorway speeding fines to £10,000 causes ructions.

The maximum fine for speeding on the motorway is to be quadrupled to £10,000 as part of sweeping reforms to the penalties which can be imposed by magistrates, the Government has announced.

Other fines for breaking the limit on dual carriageways and other roads will also increase four-fold from £1,000 to £4,000, along with the maximum fine for using a mobile telephone at the wheel.

Motoring groups condemned the massive increases as "draconian” and warned they could deter innocent motorists from challenging speeding tickets in the court through fear that they could be hit with crippling penalties.

Some people are rejoicing at this move saying it will improve road safety although while the poor bloody car driver always gets the blame, statistics show that more than half of the deaths on the road are down to jaywalking or drunk pedestrians.

There is a possibility of course that the government has an ulterior motive. Is it possible that the Google nerds have bribed Cammers and Gideon to harass car driver and tax us off the road as a way of promoting Google's Self Driving Wankermobile, the mobility scooter with a roof that will be driven via the internet by a computer program so the kind of anally retentive nerds who might think such a vehicle is "kewl" will be able to have a wank while being transported to their destination at 5 mph.

When you start joining the dots it all becomes clear.

Oh, and if you think I'm joking;
Profits from parking fines rise to £350 million

Google 'Stupid' And your Top Search Result Will Probably be Google

Ahead of the game as usual, yesterday we blogged a scathing critique of the new and much hyped fully automate, internet enabled, driverless car built by Google. This was the car that search engine specialist (but never engineers or car builders) Google promised us would change the future of motoring.

And it's a mobility scooter with a roof. The roof is only there to hold up the wi - fi transceiver through which Google will drive your mobility scooter for you.

You think it's just us because we have a downer on Google? Well no, it's just about everybody who thinks the semi autistic twats (sorry, that was politically incorrect) sub human cupid stunts at Google have really lost the plot this time.

The nerds obviously have no effing idea what real people want from a car. On the other hand if we consider this in the context of Google's plans to implant a chip in everybody's skull so we will all have our brains hooked up to Google server centres, perhaps they are planning to make us all want their dream car, the Supernerdmobile.

While Mercedes are adapting one of their A Class models as a driverless prototype, and Honda are doing the same with a Civic, one technology writer says Google's nerd army have such a total lack of connection with the rest of humanity they have managed to create a car less desirable than the notorious Trabant, built in East Germany under the old communist regime.

If you think I'm sarcastic wait until you see what Williard Foxton writes on the Nerdmobile

Today, Google revealed the big secret it's been working on, a driverless concept car. As is so often the case with Google products, the futuristic concept is fascinating – but the actual product is a total lemon.

With a top speed of 25 miles per hour, and the looks you'd expect from a free plastic toy given away with a Happy Meal, it's surely the most undesirable car since the Trabant. It's safe to say there won't be iPhone style queues around the block to buy this. It's the new Sinclair C5; the ideal car for Ed Miliband.

I can't disagree with Matt Warman's take on the concept, that the technology will change everything (eventually). What I think will happen is that driverless cars will be a big hit one day, but the Google car will be a flop. Why? Just as you needed the beautiful, stylish Jony Ive design of the iPad to make tablets happen, you need someone like Tesla to take on self-driving cars before they enter the mainstream.

This faux pas could put the Google boys in line for a special nobel prize for incompetence and sheer fuckwittery.

Can't wait to see what Jeremy Clarkson and his mates on Top Gear have to say about it.

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A Trabant, actually quite stylish compared to Google's nerdmobile (below)

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Google Car Driverless Because No Sane Person Would Be Seen Dead In One

So Google have finally unveiled their much heralded driverless car (pictured below). Well nobody was expecting a long awaited contender for the E Type Jaguar's title of coolest car ever, but Google have surpassed even their usual levels of bellendishness with a nerdmobile that, as Boggart Blog predicted, looks like a mobility scooter with a roof.

At first sight however, the product is far worse than even we expected. The cars, which are being promoted as the prototype for a serious mode of transport, look somewhat less stylish and about as practical as one of the kid's rides that are sited outside supermarkets.


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Google driverless car - not exactly a babe magnet then? (source)

Though there is nothing new about the technology Gooogle Go Karts deploy, because it has all been around for years, the question is how will it perform in real driving conditions. So far it has only been tested in California where people are queueing to have a processor implanted in their brain that will link them via wi-fi to a Google server centre and they will never be at risk of not conforming again. Such conditions are ideal for machines that require an environment where everything is totally predictable. Get a few of these on roads in British cities, the streets of Paris, Rome, Madrid or worse, Baghdad or Calcutta and they will cause mayhem.

So far the only technical detail Google have announced is that the car will be capable of 25mph. We expect it will have a range of about 15 miles and cost in the region of £25million for a basic model. It may appeal to the kind of celebs who like to parade their environment conscious credentials by arriving at film premieres, award ceremonies and celebrity weddings in one, having flown all the way except the last few miles in private jets or been driven in gas guzzling stretch limos.

Google executives and technerds say driverless cars will improve road safety. Some experts have said they will make it worse. Thousands of people every year will be mown down by conventional car=s careering out of control onto pedestrian walkways after their drivers have dies laughing on seeing one of these jokes go past.

We suggest there is a better and less expensive way to let people know you are a twat. Just have the letters T W A T tattooed across your forehead.


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We said when it was first announced nearly a year ago that the Google driverless car was a non starter. It was not just the fact that Mercedes are miles ahead, nor Google's lack off attachment to reality. It was not the obvious (to those who have worked in the industry) tchnical problems, but the fact that people don't like giving control to machines that will scupper it.

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