Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th May 2010 21:37 UTC
Google Looking at the past few week of Google news, you'll be forgiven for thinking Google doesn't do anything else beyond making Android. While there's sexier stuff going on within Google, the company is also still trying to improve its core user service: search. They've launched encrypted search today, and it will be rolled out across the world in the coming days.
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RE: Google needs intranet servers
by mrhasbean on Tue 25th May 2010 23:06 UTC in reply to "Google needs intranet servers"
mrhasbean
Member since:
2006-04-03

I know Google is 'not evil'


Corporations cannot by definition be evil, but people can, and there are any number of people within Google and even external to Google who have access to the data Google collects. This should be a major concern for everyone - it's not about doing anything illegal, it's about our privacy and our right to determine whether we want to be targeted by their advertising based on searches we do.

Just as web indexing should only be allowed on sites that specifically allow it rather than having to specify directives that disallow it (which they really don't have to honour anyway), collection of data from searches should only be allowed if specifically permitted by the user. Give the user the choice the first time they perform a search in that session and set a session cookie so that there's no server side tracking required. It would be a very simple thing to implement if Google really cared about privacy.

Alas it will never happen because like any corporation, Google is about making money, and openness of this type would impact their business model.

Edited 2010-05-25 23:10 UTC

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robojerk Member since:
2006-01-10

Alas it will never happen because like any corporation, Google is about making money, and openness of this type would impact their business model.


I could see it actually helping Google. The reason why Outlook is so popular is because so many people have to use it at work so they already know how to use it, and are comfortable with it. This will also get people used to the idea of working with documents on the web/network so Google Docs and even Office Live will have to compete to get better and better.

The only difference will be one is hosted by your company and the other is from Google or even Microsoft if you're using Office Live.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Corporations cannot by definition be evil

To the contrary, corporations are evil by their very nature, since they are deeply immoral.
Moral = If anyone can do it the same way without something very bad happening, it's fine (Kant's definition)
Corporation = Making money, no matter how as long as you don't get caught.

As you said...
Alas it will never happen because like any corporation, Google is about making money, and openness of this type would impact their business model.

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rexstuff Member since:
2007-04-06

First, I feel I have to get this out the way: you're an idiot. And that's just not spurious name-calling, you really don't know what you're talking about.

If you're referring to Kant's categorical imperative, it runs: "Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law." Which is a far cry from what you've paraphrased. In fact, Kant was about as far from a consequentialist as can be imagined; he was one of the champions of deontological ethics.

A corporation is a just a group of people united for a common purpose. Yes, that purpose is to make money, but the ethics of the corporation are the ethics of the group - a corporation won't try to make money "no matter how" if the ethics of the group run against it. Of course, people can be greedy and selfish and short-sighted, which is why some corporations will act that way as well.

It's a very popular, but largely unfounded notion that a corporation will do anything to make money. There are hundreds and thousands of corporations that participate in their communities and sponsorship and every benevolent activity you can think of.

But then of course, such facts get in the way of hating 'the establishment'.

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