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Happy Armistice Day slash Veterans Day, folks. Especially you veterans. And armistixes. The web seems boring today, so I will be, too.

Are any of you using Google+? Can you ‘splain it to me?

I’ve heard it called FaceBook without FaceBook. I get the impression Google is pushing it pretty hard right now, which is pissing people off. I understand they’ve tied Google+ to the comment system on YouTube, likewise pissing people off. And that’s pretty much all I know.

Uncle B and I have both seen a big uptick lately in requests for Google+ linkages and Hangouts. He’s a bit like this about social media. I’m willing to try things, but I live in terror that my tablet is going to rat me out to my desktop PC some day. You know — real name, medical history, jeans size, the latitude and longitude of the spot I’m sitting now typing this useless bullshit somehow find themselves on a banner ad on Drudge. With a link to my blog.

So. How about that Google+.


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: November 11, 2013, 11:24 pm

I don’t think you can have an account on youtube.com without being on google-piss now. They really want to get that juicy personal shit y’all post on assbook.

I ain’t got not facebook, I ain’t gonna post anything to google plus, & I always lie about my real name & location on web forms.

Comment from Chiken Farmer
Time: November 11, 2013, 11:30 pm

Avoid all the blandishments from Google. They are inherently evil, despite their much-proclaimed motto.
Join NO so-called ‘social media’ sites whatsoever. It will keep your junk e-mail down to a minimum!

Comment from Chicken Farmer
Time: November 11, 2013, 11:32 pm

Forgot the ‘c’ in ‘chicken’.

Comment from AliceH
Time: November 11, 2013, 11:39 pm

I don’t do facebook, and I won’t do google+. Somewhere along the lines, I unknowingly clicked a thing that made them think I wanted to be on google+ – took me 4 tries digging and sifting through the “preferences” or “options” or whatnot to turn off and decline and opt out of every flavor of annoying “offers” and “invites”.

I wish I could walk you through the steps, but honestly it was so splattered and buried and distributed about various pages, I couldn’t possibly retrace my steps. And, yes. OF COURSE they did it that way on purpose.

(I don’t have a Youtube account. And I accepted my having my Google Reader fade into history.)

Comment from AM Local
Time: November 12, 2013, 12:04 am

No Goorgle, no Android app dev… which happens to fund our absurdly expensive taste in day-to-day these days.

Larry and Sergei are like two nosy non-Eskimo neighbors. (which they are…) This is to be expected. What they take away from you to hoard is what you feeds them. Every last minuscule crumb from the bottom of your pinky toenail.
So be somewhat carefuls what you feeds them and all will be fein, fein.

Goorgle Hangout (formerly dba G-Talk) is super handy, and has video call option that is by far superior to Skyrples. And again repeat after me chilruns, once we input content into portable device, Mr. Portable Device is no longer our friend. He be a CI. So let us be aware of what CI gleans, and vary its diet according to our whimses, seasons, availability of credible detritus to keep its turds regular and bland-scented.

So AM Local (think HAL 9000 1/2) is reasonably securized against garden variety bad actors.

Mort Zuckerborger, on the other hand, is pure poison. But also pathetically clownish. Our Verdict: DNGT (do not go there). Ouch. You already done did. Mmmkay.

S. Weasel barrel maker blog is immensely gratifying to us. What with content, designses, adventures, diaries, ethnographer on-the-scene reporting, what nots. If we are correct, it is the world’s unique source for imageries of weasels wearing brassieres. This prima facie evidence once helped us settle a risky bet accepted in the haste of the moment and under influence of liquid courage as to how many brassiere sets are required per colonial weasel beast. So we is grateful.
Good S. Weasel!!!

Comment from dissent555
Time: November 12, 2013, 12:07 am

Wait a minute.

So what does DOS stand for again?

Comment from Mojo
Time: November 12, 2013, 12:17 am

Run. No, really. Run far away from it.

Google is not your buddy.

Comment from Oceania
Time: November 12, 2013, 1:11 am

Arm day? Americans?
Over your rotting corpses.

@ Mojo

We’ve had the NZ Police track down people bloggers, posters, anon forum edicts whom object to police coverups, corruption, rapes, murders in NZ, by using Google data, and then the Police Commissioner gave them all ‘private one on one’ phone calls at their homes and on their cells …. if you get my drift.

I was once threatened by the SIS for whistleblowing. Do not – REPEAT – do not touch google.

People die using google.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: November 12, 2013, 1:13 am

CP/M or nothin.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: November 12, 2013, 1:21 am

I’m with you, Mojo. I genuinely consider Google to be as great a potential threat to our personal freedom and liberty as is the NSA/GCHQ or any other crazed and oppressive government organ.

People who don’t believe that don’t understand how much evil can be done with personal data innocently supplied by the gullible.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: November 12, 2013, 1:50 am

At least one person I highly respect called it a much better Facebook. (He’s an uberhacker and fanatic libertarian, so it’s not like he’s going to be easily borged.)

However my old browser won’t do it.

As to Facebook – I don’t do it or touch it. It paralyzes my old browser (I have it blocked in .hosts so it can’t be invoked by other sites).

Much of what I hear about it is creepy. Then I hear that it is great for active-duty military staying in touch with their families.

How much is in the glass? And is it meat or poison? YMMV.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: November 12, 2013, 2:42 am

I have been actively trying to avoid Google for about a year now, but it’s almost impossible. I have ended up with a GMail address as a secondary and, call me paranoid, but I just have this feeling that the NSA isn’t the only one haunting my address book.

Having a bad experience or two (people whom I had hoped had forgotten me or maybe even died in an unpleasant way hunted me down through Linked In ) prevented me from ever approaching Facebook, and I sure as Hell do not want to have a Googlized monster version of Facebook. Amazon is bad enough in the way they keep suggessting uh, things that I may have looked at as a joke, mom! Honest!.

Now I use every ad-blocker, and cookie cutter I can find.

P.S. Please burn this after reading in case they’re watching you.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: November 12, 2013, 3:36 am

It seems functional but it only works if lots of people are on it doing interesting stuff.

Comment from Nobody
Time: November 12, 2013, 3:57 am

“Join NO so-called ‘social media’ sites whatsoever. It will keep your junk e-mail down to a minimum!”

No, no it won’t. Simply having a presence online is all it takes to receive spam. Even email accounts that have never been shared or used will eventually get spam, especially if they provided by a major provider.

The way to keep junk email to a minimum is to have a spam filter and make aggressive use of customized filters.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: November 12, 2013, 5:48 am

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: November 12, 2013, 1:21 am

I’m with you, Mojo. I genuinely consider Google to be as great a potential threat to our personal freedom and liberty as is the NSA/GCHQ or any other crazed and oppressive government organ.

There is no functional difference between Google and NSA/GCHQ. Google, Facebook, etc. give everything they have to NSA. Voluntarily. Google also helps the Chinese secret police track, locate, and silence Chinese dissidents online. The appropriate comments about them cannot be put here because it would scare and shock the chickens … and possibly the mustelids.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Oceania
Time: November 12, 2013, 10:57 am

Many mustelids died … to bring you this message.

Comment from Oceania
Time: November 12, 2013, 12:26 pm



Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: November 12, 2013, 12:37 pm

As far as I’m aware, it’s Google’s way of trying to prevent anonymous cunts like me from giving people shit on the interwebs.

Those fuckers.

‘O hai, do you want to use your real naem, lulz?’

‘Who the fuck are you and why are you asking me questions whilst I’m trying to watch car crash videos? Get fucked.’

Comment from OldFert
Time: November 12, 2013, 12:58 pm

Soon after I discovered it, I thought Google was probably a front for an intelligence service. Guess I was more right than I thought.
Oh — and btw — I view NSA as good guys. Remember — in God we trust, all others we monitor.

Comment from thefritz
Time: November 12, 2013, 1:57 pm

Google+ is like Obamacare…it only works if everyone signs up for it. Like so many who use the Interweb on a daily basis I’m a Google crack addict….I’ve tried to be a Bing user but Sergey and company have produced a superior product and I’m hopelessly addicted. And we all know what happens to addicts in the end….

Comment from .
Time: November 12, 2013, 3:30 pm

Don’t be ridiculous, tinfoil OldFert. It is just an export-import company with very well staffed research and transportation departments, sea air and land. And above land, out to a few hundred miles. They only use their resources for purposes of good, and to protect you from terrierists and global warmonizers. And you like that, do you not.
Big fans of Pantone 286 as well.

Come in, the water’s just fine!

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: November 12, 2013, 4:11 pm

I avoid Gurgle as much as I can. I use Ixquick to search, am not on Pussbook or MyFace or any other (anti)social media, and have not even glanced at BO’s Clusterfark, aka the health * care * (dot) * org site.

Not anti-social, me. Just careful.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: November 12, 2013, 4:14 pm

If you’re on the internet you’ve already ceded any protection against invasion and information being traded and given away. Log off if you want to be left alone or unknown, and that means off our cable TV, cell phone and credit cards as well.

Comment from Arthur Uther Pendragon, district councilperson
Time: November 12, 2013, 6:37 pm

It would be prudent too to limit one’s social interactions to bartering. Reliance on flint, seashell currency and red stag sinews served us exceedingly well in the everlasting quest against Gaul’s creeping colonialism. And seafaring Daniards with their nasty hatchets and “modernity”, pfffffft!

Don the flowing robes and prance around kromlechs!
I declare the fertility rites forever open!

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: November 12, 2013, 7:07 pm

Comment from OldFert
Time: November 12, 2013, 12:58 pm

Oh — and btw — I view NSA as good guys.

If they, and other coercive organs of the State, were only being used for their stated purposes; one could make that argument. However, by their own admissions over the last 6 months, they are now acting in the service of a particular political agenda and machine and being deliberately used to attack any opposing political views. They swore to “preserve, protect, and defend”. Such actions are in violation of that oath; so the requisite civic trust to consider them “good guys” is not present.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Sigivald
Time: November 12, 2013, 7:46 pm

Chicken said: Join NO so-called ‘social media’ sites whatsoever. It will keep your junk e-mail down to a minimum!

Yeah, because those spammers can get your email address from Facebook or Google without you posting it there.

No, wait. They can’t.

Both FB and Google don’t sell email lists to spammers – the real money’s in selling ads to you. Which is fine – it’s the cost of the service, rather than an up-front fee.

Hell, Facebook occasionally actually shows me an ad for something I’m interested in.

(Spam is so … quaint these days. I almost never see any, because Bayesian filtering is very good at catching it.)

Comment from AltBBrown
Time: November 12, 2013, 10:30 pm

Why in the name of Big Foot would you trust a service that throws ads in your face based on the content of your e-mail, then denies reading your e-mail – “It’s only a bot…”?????
I’m wit Stark on the webforms and use a VPN while doing it.

Comment from Oceania
Time: November 12, 2013, 11:14 pm

Ask Michael Hastings … oh no – you can’t!

What happens when a foreign government is given access to Google data, and that foreign government/company then exterminates some people it doesn’t like.

Doesn’t that make Google complicit in murder?

To understand why people hate Americans – you need to understand what your country has been doing to others.

Comment from Frit
Time: November 12, 2013, 11:33 pm

I’ll admit, I use both G+ & FB -and so far, have not had any bad experiences relating to them. I have installed a browser plug-in to hide all the ads that FB likes to put up, so I never see them.

I had originally avoided all social media, until friends talked me into at least trying some – so I signed up for the ones they were on, and that is how we keep in touch now.

Mind, I grew up writing letters to keep in touch, and took great pleasure selecting stationary, pens, (I like fountain pens,) and ‘official seal’ stickers for the envelopes. Sadly, even with the ease of e-mail these days, it’s too much trouble for most people to write each other, especially when they can do a single post on a social media site to inform all their friends of what’s going on in their lives. Thus, I use social media.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 12, 2013, 11:36 pm

Oceania, we don’t *care* why anyone hates Americans. We don’t have to.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 12, 2013, 11:38 pm

I know you aren’t in the UK, Frit, but I’m also a fountain pen user and I highly recommend the selection at Cult Pens.

Comment from mojo
Time: November 13, 2013, 12:19 am

UnkaB: “…personal data innocently supplied by the gullible.”

Social Engineering, so called, is BAD BAD in hacker types, but apparently VERY GOOD in governments that can consolidate data from numerous sources, given a common item. Like, oh, I dunno, a “Health Information Number”?…

Ever do any data diving?

Comment from Pablo
Time: November 13, 2013, 1:32 am

I recently had someone in Kansas City extolling the joys of their recently installed Google Fiber. I suggested they just go ahead and get the Google Chip implanted in their head.

Comment from Volunteer
Time: November 13, 2013, 2:35 am

>>Comment from S. Weasel Time: November 12, 2013, 11:36 pm

S. Weasel is no longer USofAmerican. I did not always used to be, but now I is, and either in previous incarnation nor in my current one I could give a tinker’s damn what a dangling dingleberry of monarchic sheep turd flotsam like “oceania” thinks of my once mighty land.

Comment from Oceania
Time: November 13, 2013, 4:38 am

@ Volunteer and Sweasle

You should care what people think, and say. There is a reason people say things that they do.
If you are aware of your fate – you might be able to prevent it, or recognise an alternative.

Assuming that you are not a 5th level ignorant?

Comment from Oceania
Time: November 13, 2013, 4:53 am

When I write my memoirs, I shall include a little bit on how we were able to get inside US Navy intel channels, and successfully diverted US Pacific submarines in search of a phantom subs.

Google is a big part of that.

Comment from AltBBrown
Time: November 13, 2013, 11:50 pm

Will your book have a narrator, O.?
Anterrabae would be starter.
Can we get first dibs on naming?

Comment from Frit
Time: November 14, 2013, 1:57 am

Thank you for the link to cult pens, Stoaty! 🙂

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