Google apps and radiated cats



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Posted by: stak
Posted on: 2008-03-24 23:53:40

The Globe and Mail has an article up about how concerns about the US government's snooping is becoming a roadblock to adoption of Google Apps. Thanks to the US government for making part of my predictions true. I still think Google's eventually going to allow entities to store their data locally and use Google's software (either hosted by Google or locally as well) to manipulate it. It was interesting to see them release their AJAX Language API a few days ago (I tried using it to provide a translation option for this website, but it still has a few bugs that need to be worked out first). Like with their other APIs, the code is hosted at Google and you just include it into your web page and invoke it on your data. I imagine a similar setup for Google Apps.

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And while we're on the topic of the US government, there's this amusing article about how some government agency is scanning for dirty nukes and picked up a cat with cancer instead. The part that made me slap my forehead (figuratively speaking) was this quote:

Giuliano says the point really is to catch terrorists. He says it's true that the odds of catching one here may be "a billion to one. But despite that, we have caught two."


Way. To. Go. After spending billions and billions of dollars, wrongfully arresting tens, if not hundreds, of people, getting embroiled in a pointless war, and inciting large amounts of useless panic and fear, you managed to catch two real terrorists. I would like to take this opportunity to point out that while almost 3,000 people died as a result of the September 11 attacks, over 200,000 have died since then in traffic fatalities alone.

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