you people that are comparing what google does to what the NSA is doing are completely fucking clueless. And those of you that are putting the depth of information collected by google on the same level as that of the NSA are not only clueless you're fucking retarded too.
And those of you complaining about Google not standing up to the like of abusive companies or organizations are also fucking clueless. You need to get out more. Google has a history of fighting every subpoena it receives for personal information that it can legally fight, You cant blame them for situations involving the FBI and NSL's or other situations where they have been ordered by a secret court to give information.
And in the post Snowden world, google has been going to great lengths to both advocate for and protect personal and private information.
People, please get a clue about what whats going on around you.
Did you reply to my comment just to make yourself feel better or something? Because the information you provided is complete and total bullshit! At least when it comes to the state of Arizona.
Your statement is so inaccurate that its almost not even worthy of being called bullshit, bullshit statements the world over are offended right now because dumbness of your magnitude is being associated with bullshit!
If you believe what you said is really true, you've been watching way too many movies, to the point that its unhealthy, its clouded your concept of reality, you should really get out more often, because the way the world operates is entirely different than what you see on TV.
Timothy, with all due respect, I think the tone of your article is way off base.
The part about prisoners rights, you are right on that, there is alot of issues about the way we treat prisoners.
The part about the scanners being useless in the prison setting couldn't be farther from reality.
the odds of someone trying to smuggle illicit items on to an aircraft by means of body cavity is so low I dont think its possible to even compute.
The odds of a prisoner trying to smuggle illicit items or something that could be made into a weapon into a prison by way of body cavity: Extremely high!
Every prison in America has an internal economy that is driven by the sales of drugs and other types of illegal contraband. This is no secret, drug abuse in prisons has been widely known for eons.
How exactly do you think those prisoners smuggle their wares into the prisons? I'll give you one guess...
You see, just about every US prison, with the exception of maximum security facilities, has minimum security, offsite work crews, depending on the state or they're in, these prisoners provide a cheap labor pool for a wide range of tasks throughout the states they reside in, for example, here in Arizona, California anf most western states prisoners are trained in wildland fire suppression and used frequently to help wild fires. When these inmate hand crews are requested to an incident, these prisoners are not movement controlled like they are while on the prison yard. These inmates, while out on an incident are bound only by rules, not by lock and key, though they have very strict rules to follow, theoretically there is nothing stopping from doing anything they choose except for the fear of punishment / loss of the limited freedom and sense of a normal life outside the prisons they are afforded while on an incident.
How hard do you think it would be for one of these inmate firefighters to arrange for a package to delivered on an incident? not very, it actually happens all the time. So much so that that fact isn't really even worthy of thought because its a given.
What is worthy of thought and discussion is the number of smuggling attempts vs number of attempts detected by prison staff. The number of packages intercepted at the point of entry into prisons are mind boggling low compared to the number of packages that are successfully smuggled in.
Though this technology is questionable at every level, the logical place for it, if there ever were one, would be prisons
It baffles me how some people have such a difficult time understanding the internet advertizing game.
Its quite simple, if you want see web ads use IE, if you dont, use firefox with adblock plus, there is a reason why its the number one most popular firefox addon, by orders of magnitude.
I discovered adblock plus many years ago and never looked back.
I remember several years ago, there was some nut job bible thumper with a keyboard named Danny Carlson making this big todo about adblock plus stealing his revenue, as he put it, take food off of his children's dinner plates (my first thought was holy shit, he reproduced!). He was so proud of himself, he thought he had solved the problems of the world when he wrote some retarded little script that was supposed to detect adblock plus and redirect you to a website that tried to brainwash you about why advertizing is good and blocking it is a mortal sin, and adblock plus was the root of all that is evil.
I went to his website to see what all the todo was about and nothing happened, I guess he wasn't smart enough to code around noscript as well, I was so disappointed...
"Google was one of the first companies to buy paid peering years ago"
This statement is grammatically invalid.
Paid peering is an oxymoron, like military intelligence. You can have either paid interconnections or peering, but not both, as one cancels out the other. Once payment becomes involved in the agreement, its no longer a peering agreement, its a fee for service network interconnection.
Peering agreements are a royalty free exchange of traffic between 2 networks. they are good will agreements intended to benefit both networks equally and ensure the flow of data across both networks and beyond...
You would rather overpay comcast for shitty service that uses underhanded tactics to milk not only you but content providers that you may choose to use, for as much as much money as possible or will otherwise degrade your experience with said content provider over google fiber because google is "THINKING" about pushing ad's thru a thermostat?
Thats some well reasoned logic...
I'd let google push ads to my toilet paper holder if it meant I could get access to their $70 per month 1GB fiber network that not only doesn't degrade content from 3rd parties but goes out of its way with many actions of good intent to actually improve the delivery of said 3rd party content.
With reasoning like that, why are we even bothering with network neutrality? Its people like you, people that dont give a shit, or make stupid decisions that enable companies like comcast, over retarded and pointless ideological beliefs, that make it such an uphill battle for people like us, who do care about the important things, like network neutrality and freedom of speech and privacy and everything else thats slowly eroding away what its means to be an American, all that we stand for...
Did you bother to actually read the post on googl'e blog? you know, the one that was linked in the second paragraph, the one that this whole article was about!
I doubt it, because if you had, you would instantly realize how stupid your comments are, and how retarded they make you look.
Here are some excerpts from that blog post:
"We give companies like Netflix and Akamai free access to space and power in our facilities and they provide their own content servers. We donít make money from peering or colocation"
"But we also donít charge because itís really a win-win-win situation"
Not only did you go out of your way to make yourself look retarded by posting completely inaccurate, speculative comments that could have easily been avoided by applying some reading comprehension skills, you double posted the comments to make SURE everybody reading these comments sees them, like it were a badge of honor, or something...
After reading your statement, I think its entirely possible that you may be retarded, have you seen a doctor lately? If you haven't, I do suggest, for your own well being as well as those around you, that you do so without delay. your statements indicate that you may be an immediate danger to yourself or others.
You do realize that google fiber is a fee for service operation, right? its not ad supported. Therefore you're to see any more ads on google fiber than you are on comcast. You'll actually probably see less, because comcast has spent many millions of dollars on equipment to inject their own ads in to the webpages you view, on top of those already placed on the page by the site owner / content provider.
Google doesn't do these sorts of things. Not only would that be a complete slime ball maneuver on googles part, it may well hold legal implications as well, considering the nature of their business and the role they play in bringing information to you to begin with. it would almost be like double dipping on ad revenue.
This may have been answered in previous comments (I didn't bother to read them all), but:
What about his friend, who is facing marijuana charges now because of all of this, do those charges get dropped once its determined that the warrants used to search the house were illegal?
I mean seriously, does this guy get to file a civil right complaint while his friend just gets fucked for being in the wrong place at the wrong time during an illegal police raid, or does he have standing in the civil rights complaint too? Because if it was an illegal search for the home, then certainly it was an illegal search of the friend too
Mike, thanks for pointing out the url to the 9th circuit web page for this case.
I looked at each of the Brief Of Amici Curiae that were filled in this case, its interesting to note not only the vast number people and organizations that signed their names to these briefs, but the fact that every single one is in favor of Google / You Tube.
Its amazing how a judge can make a decision that is so wrong and receive such a public backlash and still stand behind his decision, its as though he thinks that decision is supported by written law, which it clearly isnt.
its decisions like this why I think there needs to be a more comprehensive review of judges mental status and ability to perform their duties. Because in my view after seeing the ruling, its entirely possible that this judge blew a gasket or fouled a couple spark plugs and isnt running on all cylinders.
Its really a surprise to see a big company, especially one who defends it trademark rigorously, step up to the plate like this and try to make some good out of a bad situation. I absolutely respect Fluke for this.
I might even consider using their products, in the past, they've never been on my radar, most because of price, but now, I may reconsider that mindset.
Its not enough to just post an article about the bullshit attempts of law enforcement at violating the rights of a citizen.
No, Tech Dirt had to make sure and post the portions of her facebook post that included the phone numbers of both the police chief and the city attorney. Lets take this so called harassment and intimidation of public officials to a national (potentially international) level.
You gotta love it, keep up the good work!
And considering how many other news sites run stories based on TD's work, this story will be read by potentially millions in no time flat, I'll bet these small town backwoods cops haven't even began to feel the fallout of their douchbaggery...
This could prove to be very interesting in the long run. They could be in the process of seriously kneecapping themselves should they decide to seriously go after someone for infringement and request high statutory damages. The defense can then easily argue that Warner Bros. has already placed a dollar value on infringement of their works, $20 a pop, it will be hard for them to claim higher dollar amounts in front of a jury.