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Philipp Kern
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TL;DR: Changes are coming to revert the requirement to opt into Google+ to get access to certain features.

I'm curious how circles will evolve as a sharing tool with raw Google accounts. That was at least one reason where the tie-in might have made sense. I guess we will see. I know some who will be happy about this change. :)
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Da war ich 17. Hm.

#showmeyourfirstamazonorder
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Was aus Hedi, Ruckert und Gruber wohl wurde?
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Der Milliardär fordert die unumschränkte Freiheit, durch seine privaten Entschlüsse mit der Weltlage nach Gefallen zu schalten, ohne einen ethischen Maßsta
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Gay celebration at work. 
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Tja, liebe SPD. Ihr wollt ja nicht mehr gewählt werden. Und es scheint euch auch egal zu sein, ob Wähler damit zu Nichtwählern werden, denn schließlich geht es euch nur darum an der Macht zu bleiben.

Ihr braucht dann aber auch nicht mehr mit einem Hundeblick ankommen wollen. CDU, CSU und SPD sind unwählbar. Warum?

Mobilfunkprovider werden künftig also vermutlich Datenbanken mit den Aufenthaltsorten nahezu aller Bewohner Deutschlands für die jeweils letzten vier Wochen vorhalten.

Ich bin mir sicher, das wird die Bevölkerung ultimativ glücklich machen.
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Die SPD trägt die geplante Wiedereinführung der umstrittenen Vorratsdatenspeicherung mit. Beim Parteikonvent stimmte eine Mehrheit für die Umsetzung des entsprechenden Gesetzesvorhabens.
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Fragt diesen Mafiosi mal, was er dafür kassiert hat? Ich hoffe, dass alle Genossen mit Anstand diese Partei verlassen.
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If you don't learn from the past… Arch Linux has a single "linux" package. It also does not provide co-installability of multiple versions of a package. Of course that means that you end up with no fallback kernel if your shiny new bleeding edge kernel does not boot, because the old version is overridden. Now luckily this can be solved by accessing an old btrfs snapshot of the root filesystem from grub.

But it's not the only problem with that approach. You also cannot load any modules from the new kernel on the old. But the modules of the old kernel will disappear with the installation of the new. Then you end up with messages like "unknown filesystem 'ext3'". Or one cannot actually loop mount anything because the loop module wasn't loaded on boot.

Ubuntu solved most of these problems by simply bumping the package name with almost every release. Even if you have a bad release that did not do the version bump, you can rollback to an earlier ABI version. You then need to go and clean up obsolete versions and recompile modules quite often, but well, it works.

Debian stable has a similar problem as Arch in terms of modules and rollbacks: New modules are not compatible with old kernels even if the ABI version is supposed to be identical. So you can't load a new module either if the kernel package has been upgraded since the last boot. In theory you might be fall back to an older kernel, especially in testing and unstable, but on stable you have only one ABI version too and you don't generally get multiple entries in the boot menu. The only thing that works nicely with this approach is that old modules work on newer kernels and hence you do not need to recompile third-party modules as often.

And now I wonder what Fedora and RHEL do…
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Fedora and RHEL support multiple versions installed. And yum/rpm will alsways install the new kernel, never upgrade, even if you tell it to do so (this was different in the past and a common mistake by not experienced admins).
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The Talos Principle is still on sale on Steam today. If you like Portal, you'll also like this one. If your graphics card is made for it. ;-)
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I'm waiting for the PS4 version... Whenever it'll be released.
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What just happened to Google stock? I'm confused.
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I doubt it'll go down nearly as far down as where it was before. While some Googlers might capture profit by selling, external investors could have done so today already (only insiders are bound by the trading window), and I expect that most Googlers who don't want to hold some GOOG/GOOGL over the long term elect the automated sale program which Google provides for that purpose. Some Googlers might sell manually, but none of that would change the analysts' reason for being happy, so selling now will limit their upside if they want to hold GOOG/GOOGL in general.

Indeed, an expectation of dividends to stockholders will boost a stock, and even more so once it's officially announced. One might want to wait for that if you think it's likely to happen in the near term. I have no idea myself and haven't listened to the earnings call nor read its transcript.

(To be clear to any investigators reading this: I have absolutely no inside info on this matter. Please do not comment here on the likelihood of Google dividends if you have inside info about that.)
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I can fully subscribe to that. The amount of flak leaders can get if their decision is perceived as wrong by Googlers is mind-boggling. Nobody is afraid to speak out. That doesn't mean that Google does not do mistakes, as Brian says. And there are legitimate product decisions where you can argue one way or the other. Where you are bound to upset some users. But in general there is a large collective corrective within Google. There is also a motivation to keep your employees if they can as easily switch in tech as they can in the bay area. ;-)
 
If you're not paying for the product, you are the product.

I have to admit, this is a catchy line.  It appeals to the inner cynic in us all and makes a certain amount of sense in a core, "what can you do for me," type of thinking.

But it's hog-wash.

I work for Google so I follow the news about the company and I'm really tired of seeing that first line, or some variation of it, spouted by people who really don't care enough to want to think it through.  It does not work that way!

Yes, Google is a company.  And yes, Google is a reasonably large company (though not that large compared to the likes of IBM, GE, etc.).  But though a company is a single entity in the eyes of the law, it is not run like that.  Google is full of many thousands of individuals, many of whom are more rabid about user privacy than the privacy watchdogs that complain.  I've watched them take Larry and Sergey to task on stage about the smallest things.  I've done it twice myself.  If the leaders of the company purposely violated our users' trust, there would be open revolt and the founders would be lucky to not find themselves strung up by their toes.

Everything Google does is done for our users.  Your happiness is always the first priority, even above Ads.  (I've seen this in both policy and various practical implementations.)  You are not product; you are our customers!  That's simply the way we view it and it permeates the company from bottom to top.  Everything is done to make a better service for you.

Even Ads is viewed as a service to our users.  Random ads are garbage.  Useful ads are a benefit.  Yes, it's also a benefit to our publishers and yes, it's also a benefit to our shareholders.  Since when did win-win-win arrangements become a bad thing?

I won't claim that Google always gets it exactly right or that we haven't made mistakes.  We don't and we have.  And we admit it.  And it will happen again.  Sorry.  But everything is done with the right intent even if it doesn't always work out as hoped.  Hindsight is perfect.

Google is the most moral company in which I have ever worked.  But guarding our users' privacy doesn't just make moral sense, it makes business sense.  If we purposefully violated our users' privacy, we wouldn't have a business at all before very long.
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Aww. Didn't + for once and it comes back to bite me.
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Tja, +car2go und +moovel , die ihr so alle nicht auf Google+ seid. Das wars dann auch für mich in München, da ihr meine Wohnung soeben entfernt habt. Und tschüss.

(Alle Car-Sharing-Anbieter in München nerven. Es gibt zu viele, die sich gegenseitig Konkurrenz machen und alle nur die Innenstadt versorgen. Die Ausnahme macht Flinkster, aber das ist deutlich unbequemer.)
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Das Ende des Car-Sharings - jedenfalls für mich.

Ich weiss nicht, wer von den Berlinern es schon mitbekommen hat,
Car2Go streicht mal gerade das Geschäftsgebiet zusammen, um "die Auslastung zu maximieren". Leider gibt es keinen sauberen Diff, um die neue und alte Karte mal gegeneinander zu legen, aber für mich kritisch: Tegel ist nicht mehr im Geschäftsgebiet. Damit ist car2go mich als Kunden los. Die neue Grenze ist jetzt Wedding, wie auch bei DriveNow, und damit ziemlich sinnlos.
Ich kann die Entscheidung nicht nachvollziehen, es gab oft genug Tage wo ich keine Autos in Tegel bekommen habe, oder diese sehr weit weg von der U-Bahn standen, aber so ist das halt. 

Muss ich mir wohl doch wieder ein Auto kaufen, schade eigentlich. 
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Zeit für ein eigenes Auto?
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Google does fight these orders. And the front door process will fight to inform the user.
 
Jacob Appelbaum's legal disclosure from Google about Wikileaks Grand Jury investigation (with images, tweets) · bbhorne

Via https://twitter.com/marciahofmann
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"I feel like I should send flowers to Google's legal team. They must have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on this case alone." -- https://twitter.com/ioerror/status/611701349395374080
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Ob das Tarifeinheitsgesetz wohl gekommen wäre, wenn die Politiker im Bundestag einen Tarifvertrag und mehrere Gewerkschaften gehabt hätten?
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Vermutlich nicht, da niemand einen Streik im Bundestag bemerken würde.
Wenn sich aber niemand aufregt, herrscht auch kein Handlungsbedarf.
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  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
    Diplom-Informatiker, 2006 - 2013
  • Grimmelshausen-Gymnasium Offenburg
    Abitur, 1997 - 2006
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Disclaimer: Although I work for Google, my opinions and comments are my own and must not be interpreted as official statements.
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Site Reliability Engineer
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  • Google
    Site Reliability Engineer, 2013 - present
    Corporate Engineering
  • Steinbuch Centre for Computing
    Studentische Hilfskraft, 2009 - 2013
    Network administration, IPv6 evangelist
  • Proventa AG
    Junior Consultant, 2011 - 2012
    Linux system administration
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
    Studentische Hilfskraft, 2010 - 2011
    Mainframe administration (z/VM and Linux on a z10)
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