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Interesting post about "what makes developers tick" ... or more to the point ... how/what they have for incentives:
http://na.vg/10mC
What makes a software company successful? A book in 1987 gave the definitive answer: People. Specifically it's software developers, but of course also the testers, analysts, project managers, and ...
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Okay, not sure that anyone has done this yet, but here is a step by step "talk" about what the new google privacy says and how it effects you ... least how I see it to effect me :) To be clear, I generally like Google stuff and some of their apps are just TOOOOOOOO cool ... Google Goggles being one of the ones that still causes my head to think on it :) BUT as a company, we should be clear, they are hear to make money for investors ... they are not in the business of being our friend, they are in the business of being our provider. I can't find the post again, but here was a really cool post from one of the more techincal blogs seeking alpha or something where they showed where companies revenue comes from ... and well, 96% of googles revenue is from ads ... so ... keep that in the back of your mind. I look at it this way ... if I know what they are going to use my data to do ... display ads ... then I know what kind of data they will need to make the decisions. Cause in essence they will need the data that will put the most relevant ad on my screen so that I am most likely to click or get a marker that they can say to eCommerce site "hey we brought you this guy in some way". My comments are in [] as we go through the document:

This is a cut and paste of the privacy that will be in effect March 1, 2012:

We collect information in two ways:Information you give us. For example, many of our services require you to sign up for a Google Account
[I believe that only the vanilla google.com search doesn't require a login. This means that everything else you do, they will combine the different pieces of information across all platforms and properties that they own. Think, pictures, phone, android, docs, analytics, etc everything they own or control]

When you do, we’ll ask for personal information, like your name, email address, telephone number or credit card. If you want to take full advantage of the sharing features we offer, we might also ask you to create a publicly visible Google Profile, which may include your name and photo
[Here thing G+ and other social network type stuff (eg gTalk, gmail, etc). There are a ton of social network alg's that come from simple things like who are you connected to and how much time are you connected. This type of information is used to create what math geeks call Graphs. These graphs can then be walked, sliced, diced and made to reveal all kinds of important information that you may not have even realized ... things like who do you really use to make an informed decision about a wood working tools with, and how bout that cell phone purchase your thinking of, etc. This is also used to be assumptions about your "life" status ... are you a mom, are you in a stable relationship, do you have a wife, if so whats her name, does she live with you, do you have more than one house, do you rent a vacation house, do you ski if so where? You get the general idea, but yes, that is the stuff that comes from this channel of information]

Information we get from your use of our services [ This is stuff about the machines and networks you use to go about your daily life]
We may
[ALWAYS READ THIS AS WE WILL]
collect information about the services that you use and how you use them, like when you visit a website that uses our advertising services or you view and interact with our ads and content

[key word in this line is content. It should be clear to all that anything that gets served by Google is considered content. Let me be CLEAR: anything that is served by Google is content. So, your gMail is content, the message sent to you from your mother is content, the image you upload from your android to G+ is content. What isn't clear to me, but that I am pretty sure someone who is a lawyer would need to explain is ... what about Android based devices? Is it content for Google or not ... my reason for asking is will most people don't want it all the way through this way but ... think along this line ... Android is a really an service running on an operating system ... in this case Linux. The JVM (Dalvik) runs on top of the Linux kernel. That said, everyone of the androids that a consumer purchases today {the government doesn't have this issue} requires that you have a Google account and therefore you are using Google services and so ... what is the hardware side of that. ]
This information includes:Device informationWe may collect device-specific information (such as your hardware model, operating system version, unique device identifiers, and mobile network information including phone number)
[not just the phone number but all the other things ... including the SIM card information ... so as you move phone to phone or company to company Google can track that]

Google may associate your device identifiers or phone number with your Google Account.

[This is all the custom stuff like CPU numbers (if turned on ... look up TNC and other things from Trusted Network Computing. It also means that in some cases they can figure out what type of networks your using (ip geolocating), the list goes on and on ... this is really one of the things that I worry about most. Lets say you have a laptop and you let your son use it ... now Google with pretty good accuracy can infer that you have a son why? Cause grown-ups do not usually go and hang out on Dora the Explore unless they have kids ... or their kid is using their computer ... how do they know that to be true ... cause the CPU number, IP address, Os, and time stamp from GMT, network route used to arrive at google, etc, etc all point to the same physical object being used ... thus two people person that likes X and person that likes Y. In the long run ... read years ... this is the most valuable of the information other than explicit statements by you the person being monitized]

Log information When you use our services or view content provided by Google, we may automatically collect and store certain information in server logs. This may include:details of how you used our service, such as your search queries.telephony log information like your phone number, calling-party number, forwarding numbers, time and date of calls, duration of calls, SMS routing information and types of calls
[This means they are allowed and are logging to their servers and there by their database ... everything about your interaction not only with them but with other people ... not just users of their system ... LET ME BE CLEAR AGAIN ... this isn't just about the users of Google, it is an indirect connection ... meaning ... you know your mom who says she doesn't want to be part of this technology thing ... we to bad, her Daughter has her in your android phone list and she uses Google to have "one" number and so all the calls to "mom" which Google knows cause you per her in as Mom, in the phone list ... well google now "knows" mom :)
To be clear, this is: all text messaging done through google, all calls done through google, all calls done on andriod, all video's sent through youtube all networks (you know that wifi network that you use when you vist mom ... well google knows about it too :p All emails {subject, body, to, from, cc, bcc} through gmail, all email address in your address book ... whether you use gmail or not ... meaning if you have an android and you have yourself connected to a pop3 or imap server {read this as simply you get email on your mobile device} then you are giving that information to Google to store and archive. Not sure on this one, but I think it even knows when you send the email that isn't through gmail ... I would have to do more research on that one though.]


Internet protocol address.device event information such as crashes, system activity, hardware settings, browser type, browser language, the date and time of your request and referral URL.cookies that may uniquely identify your browser or your Google Account.
[ Again as before but now this is specific to the web browser you are using ... again lets be clear ... you login to google talk at mom's, google gets to know that and store it. You then do a vacation search, google knows that too ... you then go to work and login and do a search after logging in to gmail ... it knows that ... you get the point ... anytime you use a browser and have logged into google it knows it.]

Location informationWhen you use a location-enabled Google service, we may collect and process information about your actual location, like GPS signals sent by a mobile device. We may also use various technologies to determine location, such as sensor data from your device that may, for example, provide information on nearby Wi-Fi access points and cell towers.
[ this as before is talking about be explicit that they are allowed to use everything that you use to communicate with google as a sensor in a massive sensor network. This means that they can use your phone to "war drive" the area's you go to ... this is to provide them with the ability to more accurately know where in "time/space" you are at that given moment. This is knows as geo located ads or ads that are about where and when you are. Don't be fooled as to how useful this is ... If you gave me an infinite number sensors to monitor an infinite number of actions I can pretty accurately predict the future ... I know people will say what are you talking about ... but thing about something like the weather ... its a pretty complex system and yet given the limited (as compared to the number of phones, computers, and other device on the network that use google) number of sensors we have ... we can pretty accurately predict two days into the future ... its the same basic math ... if I know where, when, how, and why you are doing something ... I can make a pretty good guess as what the next thing you do is ... as an example ... it/they can track when your phone screen goes "blank" for more than an hour and is charged up ... given that over a number of days I can figure out what your "sleep" pattern is ... then I can figure out that you mostly drive to work over this route ... cause I always see the same wifi networks for the thirty minutes that you drive to work on average ... oh, and I also, know when you "get to work" cause now the wifi networks don't change till about 1230 GMT cause thats when you go to lunch where again you pretty much hit the same six places ... by the way ... this has nothing to do with GPS ... this is data that is coming from the device itself.]

Unique application numbers
Certain services include a unique application number. This number and information about your installation (for example, the operating system type and application version number) may be sent to Google when you install or uninstall that service or when that service periodically contacts our servers, such as for automatic updates.
[ We give our native applications (eg sketchup) a unique number and it in-turn has access to a bunch of unique information about this and only this installed version of that software (OS, patchlevel, CPU type, CPU speed, memory on the machine, etc) and Google can collect and send it ... why you may ask do you or they care? Cause again, it lets them know if you are buying expensive gear ... if the system says you 32G of memory ... your not Grandma using it for email :)
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Local storage
[This is getting more and more tricky ... cause we are going back to the fiftys in a weird way ... that is a hybrid client/server/dumb terminal/mainframe world. What I mean is this ... the we browser we used is dead ... we know use AJAX ... that means that our browsers are really "terminals" from the "old days". However, our terminals have pertinent storage ... that is like the "strink wrapped" software of the 80's. However our browsers now require us to have pluggins to run stuff ... that means we are like the client/server days of the late 80's early 90's ... So, now we have the issues of all four main types of computing ... massive servers crunching numbers, local apps storing data that needs to be synchronized across multiple devices, individual programs that need to be kept up to date, and communications that can be aggregated and munged and hacked. In all of this google says it can use any part of the system for its own purposes.]

We may collect and store information (including personal information) locally on your device using mechanisms such as browser web storage (including HTML 5) and application data caches.

Cookies and anonymous identifiers
[We will merge anonymous identifiers with non-anonymous identifiers so that "we" (google) always know who and what you are :)
]

We use various technologies to collect and store information when you visit a Google service, and this may include sending one or more cookies or anonymous identifiers to your device. We also use cookies and anonymous identifiers when you interact with services we offer to our partners, such as advertising services or Google features that may appear on other sites.

How we use information we collect
[What do we do with the information to get money.]
We use the information we collect from all of our services to provide, maintain, protect and improve them, to develop new ones, and to protect Google and our users. We also use this information to offer you tailored content – like giving you more relevant search results and ads.
[ We want you to think this is for your benefit ... but this is a friendemy statement. We make money from our ad's ... we make more money from our ads when you click on them. We want to give you ads that you will click on. PERSONAL POINT HERE. I have always maintained that the difference between an ad and useful advice is one I want and one I don't want. So, in theory I personally am not opposed to having "good advice" sent to mean ... my issue is that it is very hard to "give" advise when you aren't asked for it :)
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We may use the name you provide for your Google Profile across all of the services we offer that require a Google Account. In addition, we may replace past names associated with your Google Account so that you are represented consistently across all our services.
[ If you make a profile with real information then we will use the real information in place of anything else that we might have ... why? Cause we are going to use you as a proxy for us, as in so in so just bought x ... you might want to as well.]

If other users already have your email, or other information that identifies you, we may show them your publicly visible Google Profile information, such as your name and photo.
[ So if you thought that you could have three accounts on google to keep them seperate ... well not so much anymore ... now they will try to make you the one and only you ...]

When you contact Google, we may keep a record of your communication to help solve any issues you might be facing. We may use your email address to inform you about our services, such as letting you know about upcoming changes or improvements.We use information collected from cookies and other technologies, like pixel tags, to improve your user experience and the overall quality of our services. For example, by saving your language preferences, we’ll be able to have our services appear in the language you prefer. When showing you tailored ads, we will not associate a cookie or anonymous identifier with sensitive categories, such as those based on race, religion, sexual orientation or health.
[ I would assume that this statement is really ... for now ... we won't show things like ... Also, we will infer what information we can from all the above collected information to make sure that we as up to date on your life as possible. So, if you are in a relationship and the person you are in a relationship says they are now married and they you say your know married we will infer your married to each other if it is reasonable to do so ... this is something that I am thinking they are doing ... not that I know they can :)

We may combine personal information from one service with information, including personal information, from other Google services – for example to make it easier to share things with people you know.
[ This is the big one that will be interesting to see what the EU does ... cause there this is a no no :) But basically they are saying that we can make a composite of all our services you use from us to make a "whole truth" about who, what, where, when, whom, and how you live
]

We will not combine DoubleClick cookie information with personally identifiable information unless we have your opt-in consent.
[ People forget that double click ... yeah remember them :) is owned by google ... they/that technology is what allows people to be track from one website to another ... basically to make your "bread crumbs" across the web usable by people that want to ... read google analytics stuff ... Anyhow, this is for them to stay clear of stuff in the US ... but watch out for their "opt-in" question ... it us usually "hidden" in the terms for another things and to use that thing you must "opt in".]

We will ask for your consent before using information for a purpose other than those that are set out in this Privacy Policy.
[ Did we miss anything ... if we did we will ask you politely to let us to the thing we missed ... sort of :)
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Google processes personal information on our servers in many countries around the world. We may process your personal information on a server located outside the country where you live.
[ Did you really think that your data was only going to stay in the country you where in? Well no, we are a global company and we will put your data where ever it is cheapest for us to do it ... including in places where no of the stuff above matters so all bets are off.
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So, finally, as you will not up there ... the android side of this is a HUGE new change for them ... in case anyone was wondering why they would invest in that technology ... think about what they can now do :) How ever, the really issue is just that the version of Android that they have put forth has the need to be associated with a google account ... as the military has shown (http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/03/tech/mobile/government-android-phones/index.html) there is a version that will remove that part of it ... so ... if we are lucky ... since I am in the US ... I am hoping that the military version having been paid for by our taxes will be released to the public and then a company will chose to make a version for them ... but in the end it is the carriers (Verizion, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint) that will make the decision since they get to say who/what gets put on their network ... UNLESS the government steps in and the FCC says they have to allow the alternative form ... however before that happens you can bet that the carriers and Google will fight it ... but ... at least you know :)
Some U.S. officials this year are expected to get smartphones capable of handling classified government documents over cellular networks, according to people involved in the project.
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This is one of the funniest Attack Ad's I have seen in a really long time :D
http://na.vg/10w8
Colbert Super PAC Ad - Attack In B Minor For Strings If corporations are people, then Mitt Romney is Mitt the Ripper. Courtesy of Colbert Nation: http://www....
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I really hope that people will understand the need to really get on the ball and have a "robust" public transportation system ... ie we should get one that is better than we have now.
http://na.vg/10i4
While I feel for the folks that want to "fix" the immediate problem that is hurting us ... that is, the cuts/fare increase, we need to do more. Further, while I agree that we need to fix the debt p......
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Okay. So, the recently ridiculous "scenarios" of the MBTA have caused me to make a new group that I hope can make a difference in the whole PTS issues that we are having here in Massachusetts. To that end, I would ask/invite those that are interested to like my blog:
http://cufarafpts.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/welcome/

And follow the "site" on twitter as well :)
http://twitter.com/cufarafpts

For those that don't know, the MBTA released the a pretty ridiculous two scenarios to "balance" their ... the problem is that in both in both cases they have created, in my opinion, a regressive tax on our most vulnerable. Case in point: if you ride the commuter rail you can expect a 20-40 percent increase if you use the Ride you can expect 500-3000 percent increase ... again for those that are confused the Ride is for people that can't get to public transportation safely. Anyhow, if you want, please follow/like for me :)

Also, if there are others that you think would be interested in this, please pass it on.

Thanks :)
Welcome. We hope that you will join us (twitter: cufarafpts) and help make sure that our legislators do what is needed to stop messing around with our Public Transportation System (PTS). It is the ......
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Here is a cool link to a document on the "right of assembly" ... which I find I need to read up on cause I think that what the MBTA is having to do is just crazy. For those that do not know, the MBTA cause of budget issues ... which in my opinion the legislature has forced on them are taking part in a regressive tax by cutting and raising the fair for people that ride there stuff. The issue is the debut burden that it has been saddled with ... anyhow, here is the link:
http://na.vg/10wf
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Here is why I like the new iPad3 ... it will force people (consumers) and companies (Verizon, ComCast, etc) to deal with the pricing for data. People are all complaining about the fact that they have to pay really high rates for their data plans here is an example:
http://na.vg/10qn

Which is (the data plans) a "public good" ... read the spectrum they get from the governments ... that they lease back to us. I personally love competition :) I think it makes stuff better ... as such, I have signed up for the clear wire data plan. Unlimited LTE (where there is coverage). They are selling direct now and their hotspot is really nice. I have a ton of friends who all have verizon and comcast and hate it ... but there are no real alternatives ... with LTE ... it will provide real alternatives ... not only to the wireless market ... but also to the wired market :)
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Mad that Patrick can't see that there is a long game here with the MBTA ... this could really be a great "legacy" thing if he would just get out in front of it :(

http://na.vg/10vW

Not saying we shouldn't pay more ... just saying fix it don't say that the MBTA gave a fix. Raise rates and FIX the debit problem.
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Here is a cool food :)
I love the way the wood fired one tastes .... but it has been many years since I had it. Also, you can "grind it more" in a cuisinart :)
http://na.vg/10kR
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New post on the MBTA issue:
http://na.vg/10i1
So, in doing more research online, I came across this document from an MBTA board member. The thing that I find interesting is the precision with which they/he were able to say how much their short......
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For those that are interested ... here is the bill section that gives the MBTA their "sales tax revenue".
http://na.vg/10uR

And here is the bill section that gives the gives them the "renovation fund" ... this is for stuff that needs to get done that was not listed in the five year capital spending plan in july of 2000:
http://na.vg/10vh
Section 35T. As used in this section, the following words shall, unless the context otherwise requires, have the following meanings:—. [Definition of “Base revenue amount” in the introductory paragrap...
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People always ask me why I want to home school ... well ... here is one reason :(
http://na.vg/10mI

It isn't that I don't trust people ... its just that I trust myself more to do what is in the best interest of my child ... and no I don't think this is a public school problem ... this is a there are to many twisted people in the world to trust your child's life and happiness to others ... that said ... I can't afford to home school ... so it looks like I will be in it with everyone else ... but I is driving me crazy :( :( :(
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