Giving Google Credit Where Due

As you may or may not be aware, Google may not be on my Christmas card list this year (and vice-versa). But, I have to admit, they still do a lot of cool stuff for a company of their size. For example, Google is going to actively make it tougher for the NSA and the other acronymic entities to track what’s going on inside their company. As Google employee Brandon Downey kept it short and sweet:

Fuck these guys.

I wholeheartedly agree with that sentiment. It’ll be interesting to watch the fallout. The courts have made it reasonably clear that attempting to protect your customers’ privacy is illegal (ask Silent Circle and LavaBit). Google is fractionally* larger these other companies which puts them in a better position to fight against the threats. I applaud the effort, though, and hope is succeeds.

Now, while I appreciate Google’s efforts to protect my (and by that I mean “their”) privacy against the government’s efforts to snoop, I would humbly like to submit yet another request that they respect my desire to use their services under a name that protects my privacy and at the same time doesn’t attempt to fool others into thinking that this is a “real” name. Just sayin’.

Oh, and while we’re talking about the cool stuff Google’s doing, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Mystery Barge. Sure, they may not house The Last Dinosaur…maybe they’re just holding another fundraiser for him!

I kid because I love.

 

* In the sense that 1,000,000,000/1 is a fraction.

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