This is wonderful! That is if you want Google to make a record of every TV
program you watch, phone call you make, email you send, online purchase you
make, etc.They have frequently "forgotten" to delete files
obtained via their Google Camera Cars by snooping in unsecured wireless
networks. Then it was discovered that they did not delete files the courts
ordered them to delete.No price is low enough for me to put up with
any company as nosy as Google.
You hit the nail on the head, Rock, except most of what you brought up is
already happening! Google already tracks nearly everything we do and everywhere
we go. An example: you may think that the GPS on your phone is turned off unless
you explicitly turn it on. Think again! If you authorized Google Location
Services when you activated your phone, or if you use Google Maps, Google is
tracking everywhere you go. Ever wondered what they use as the source for their
Traffic Conditions display on Google Maps? It is based on how fast your cell
phone is moving down the freeway, along with thousands of other cell phone
users. Mine is not an Android device, but it still uses Google Location
Services. So, they know not just your freeway speed, but which stores you stop
at, how long you're inside, how long you stop at the diaper aisle, and (if
you're using their Google Wallet to check out) what you bought. They scan
every gMail you send or receive, every file you save to My Drive, every call you
make or receive using Google Voice, your ongoing net worth as tracked in Google
Wow - epic...I think. I look forward to a giant Google logo at LES.
Wow, you know who else knows your daily habits? Your neighbor, your bank,
grocery store, gas station, Amazon, your employer, phone company, airline, the
IRS, toll booths, city government, movie theaters, cable providers... your
neighbors..Your habits on the interwebs were tracked long before
google came along.Shunning google would be pretty ironic for someone who
shops at Costco and purchases plane tickets with a credit card.Do
you know how much more convenient and inexpensive your life is because of data
centers full of the habits of anonymous people? When the GPS app on my phone
calculates travel time, it doesn't guess. It takes into account the average
of tens of thousands of people of who traveled every street I will follow at the
same time and day of the week that I am about to travel.One reason
Walmart is so cheap is because they know what you are going to buy before you
walk into the store. How? Because bazillions of people before you from similar
zip codes, who shop at similar times of the day and days of the week and use a
similar credit card did the same thing.Pretty incredible.
I am honestly astounded at how gloom and doom people are when great news like
this appears. Brighten up, people!
Eric Schmidt was the CEO of Novell in Provo. Now he s the CEO of google. I
wonder if Eric pulled any strings to make this happen?
wow this is great news for iProvo. Basically google will start paying for
everybody's internet instead of the (non cash flowing iProvo?). Wow. That
is like a huge gift from google. Obviously google will start by losing money on
the deal.Now if we could just get them to do the same thing for
utopia instead of the participant cities having to subsidize it (it's non
cash flowing as well...)
Uh oh, I just learned that google gets the fiber optic "for free" but
Provo will continue to pay 3.3M/year for 12 years. So I guess it's only
"half" free. It's like provo is charging its residents taxes, then
giving them free "obligatory you have to pay for it" internet basically.
(Also @mountain man, Eric Schmidt left being google's CEO in 2011, though I
guess he still has some stock in the company).
A system built by taxpayers and turned over to a private enterprise. Who knew
Provo, and Rep. Chaffetz, were into socialism?