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Daniel Marcus
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Any company that ignores its customers is doomed to fail. I think Google will be around for a while.
 
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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#Ethics in #development is always a topic worthy of discussion. I've posted an article with some thoughts in light of Uber's recent publicity.
Uber's "God Mode" view in their mobile app is forcing a discussion on ethics in mobile app development. Here's our mobile team's take on the issue.
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September 15, +Marques Brownlee posted a great review of the Moto 360 smartwatch. For those who are curious about some of his statements, here's the technical take.

In the review, he notes that not everything is optimized for circles, and questions whether Google might consider splitting into Square/Circle branches of Wear. You almost certainly won't see a split in Android Wear because Google has specifically created that split for applications. An Android Wear app contains two possible sets of layouts, one for circular displays, and one for round displays. If you only include a generic layout, the app can't determine the difference, and my apps are currently made that way. If you supply an alternative, however, Android will automatically select the appropriate layout based on your watch face shape.

He also discusses processor throttling, and is right on the mark. The OMAP3 is a very tested chip, and idles extremely well. (The OG Droid had a nearly identical chip down to the processor speed.) The part of Android that determines how the chip spins up and slows down is the governor. By default, Android uses a governor called "OnDemand". It's the same governor used by most desktop Linux distributions. It's basically a split between "userspace/interactive" which is optimized for apps, and "powersave" which waits a lot longer to spin up and keeps the processor clocked below its max. Chances are, Motorola tweaked the spin-up threshold on the ondemand governor to be weighted closer to powersave.
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There's a story hidden behind the dial in the Speedtest app.
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Testing the Moto X camera on some excellent "Hoppy Grounds" coffee pale ale from Gizmo Brew Works.
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With a little patience, SolidWorks, and a MakerBot, my pen has a home.
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I'm still waiting on one of these with a wireless charger slot built in.....
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Thank you, Google
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Mobile Applications Developer
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  • Atlantic BT
    present
  • Omni Impact
    2006 - 2014
  • Smart Online
    2012 - 2014
  • Jerry's Artarama
  • Educational Partners International
  • Daily Elixir
  • Foreign Language Assocation of North Carolina
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I am an independent website developer based out of Raleigh, NC. Personally, I am a geeky, nerdy, short, Jewish, vegetarian guy.
Education
  • Wake Technical Community College
    2012 - present
  • North Carolina State University
    2011
  • Wakefield High School
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The Outdoor Bird Company is one of a few locations of this local business. They have been around for quite a few years, and you can see why by the variety of products that they carry, most of which are of high quality. Unfortunately we had the misfortune to buy one of the bird feeders that did not work very well. We have two bird feeders, and the one that we bought from them presented a problem for the larger birds, leaving it full when the other larger feeder was emptied. The feeder was outside for only a few days and in nice weather, and we cleaned it thoroughly before bringing it back to return. We were, however, told that their policy was not to take back anything that had been outside. I find this difficult when almost their entire inventory is outdoor products. We finally called the owner, who instructed the store manager to accept the return, but the whole ordeal was disappointing, frustrating, and more trouble than it should have been to return a bird feeder. In the course of the conversation we were told "it is not our policy", "you didn't leave it out long enough", "it has to work", "you didn't fill it right", and finally "you'll have to talk to the owner". While we want to support local business, this is not what we have come to expect of good customer service, and we hope that they will consider revising their return policy in the future.
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Quality: Very GoodAppeal: Very GoodService: Good
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Great deals at the stores that are left, and as of may 2012, no plans to close. It's a little strange but definitely still open, with wifi, 4 stores in the food court, and some clothing stores.
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