Sunday, August 13, 2006

Google Sucks !

Google sucks! They are terrible. They are bad bad bad. They are the worst people ever. That corporation is worser than Microsoft. They are so bad it is unbelievable. Bad bad bad. Google is crappy. They are crapy. Google is the worst. Google sucks. Google is atrocious. Atrocious is Google. Worst. Company. Ever. Worst. Search. Ever. They suck. Google is shit. Google is ass. Google is piss. Google is downright terrible. Google is disgusting. Google sux. Any other search company is better than Google. The worst search company is Google. Why does Google suck so bad? Google is horrendous. Google are click fraud fraudsters. Google only knows click fraud. Click fraud is Google's best friend. Google loves click fraud. Google only makes money from click fraud.

There. Just wanted to see if dissing Google will affect the ads they serve on my blog. Will they stop serving ads altogether? Will they cancel my Blogger account? Doubt it - I don't have enough pull. But it would be interesting to note what happens when an influential person decides to savage Google - someone whose various blog properties are serving Google ads.

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Bad day?

At least you didn't get run over by one of your own tanks:

Two soldiers from the Golani Brigade were killed in an accident that occured when an IDF tank accidentally ran them over in the village of Shakif-al-Amal in the East. Two other soldiers were wounded in the accident, one seriously and the other lightly.

24 Israeli terrorists killed yesterday. Were there any Americans among them?

It's difficult to figure out the culpability of soldiers in the terrorism. Of course they're terrorists, but how much did they know? As Israelis, they have to serve. Even American soldiers don't have to serve. That said, these two soldiers who got rolled by one of their own tanks probably never dreamt - nor did their families - that they'd be meeting the same fate as American Rachel Corrie.

Monday, August 07, 2006

StumbleUpon - Just Awesome...

This is the best damn site/tool I've come across in the last three years. Holy crap this thing is good.

I'm not kidding. I'm seriously impressed with this tool. I don't know anything about the 'social networking' aspects of the tool, but I know about its ability to help me find new websites that I think are interesting - completely awesome.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

PayPal Subscriptions - Theft By Another Name

I signed up for pbwiki a while back, canceled my account - or so I thought - and then got dinged for another $5.00 from PayPal. It's the principle of it. These fuckers ganked me. It's not all or even mostly on pbwiki - maybe - but it's certainly on PayPal, who makes it damn near impossible to cancel a 'subscription'.

So, the FTC gets a complaint about PayPal/eBay:

PayPal 'subscriptions' are almost impossible to find, making it impossible to cancel a subscription and stop paying money to vendors. This resulted in at leasta $5.00 loss for me, probably more. But I'm a tech expert, and I couldn't cancel my subscription without much difficultly. This means that thousands of Americans are probably being ripped by PayPal.

I want their procedure fixed. If they make it easy for me to subscribe, they should make it equally easy to unsubscribe. As it is, their unsubscription model is like AOL's - PayPal specializes is stealing money from people who are not tech savvy.

FTC is just a bunch of terrorists, too, but at least now it's documented.

Bastards. If I'm a tech weenie and I can't figure this shit out, how are we expecting grandma and grandpa to figure this shit out?

Fuckers. PayPal is now owned by eBay.

...even dead people can't get out from AOHELL. Color me, not surprised.

...I should say I don't think the FTC are terrorists. I think the U.S. government consists of terrorists at the top - always has. The FTC - I know nothing about them - other than the fact that they're good at spending my money and ignoring my complaints - but they're certainly not terrorists. Just wanted to clear that up in case we get some wackos down the road trying to dilute my arguments by bringing up statements that were obviously-at-least-to-me-hyperbole. As for PBWiki, I got no issues with them. Was still an overall good experience for me, and I'd still recommend them to others.

People Aggregator to Its Users - 'Fuck You!'

I just attended the 'SF New Tech Meetup' at C|Net HQ. Marc Canter, C-something-O of People Aggregator - a social networking universal ID-type web service - gave what was shaping up to be a great presentation until he told us in the audience and all his company's future users to go fuck ourselves.

I asked something to the effect, "What will you do, what is your policy when the government comes calling for my data?" This, I thought, a very pertinent question given that People Aggregator is aiming to be you - and your umpteen 'personas' on the internets. Marc ducked the question - which was supposed to be the last of the evening.

A fellow behind me, though, felt that Marc's ducking of this very important question was not good enough - so he followed up. He said something similar, but spelled it out in no uncertain terms so Marc couldn't duck it again. He said something to the effect, "What will you do when the government issues you a subpoena for our data?" To this, Marc issued his big 'Fuck You' to all of us, saying (not an exact quote, but pretty damn close - and someone was shooting video, but I don't know who the dude was):

That's not a battle I'm going to fight. No way.

There you have it folks - a major 'Fuck Off', 'Fuck You', and whatever else you can imagine from the thought leader behind People Aggregator. Give your data to us, so we can give it directly to Uncle Sam.

Marc made a joke out of the question, saying he was going to 'fight the revolution in other ways' - maybe by spending it in the lavish quarters afforded him by his new best friend, Uncle Sam.

Fuck me? Fuck me? No, People Aggregator, fuck you!