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J-Mac:
That's rich!

Actually, while it is funny as hell, the Onion's usual tinge of truth makes it just a little painful to laugh much at it. And so my abject hate of all things Goldman Sachs grows ever stronger!

Thanks.

Jim

Renegade:
From slashdot:

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from: http://tech.slashdot.org/story/15/03/20/1639215/ftc-google-altered-search-results-for-profit
-mouser (March 20, 2015, 10:31 PM)
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I'm glad someone posted it.

Google is a leader, part of an oligopoly - if it isn't a monopoly - and can probably do whatever the heck it wants, with impunity.
Unfortunately, when one tries to address the apparent causal problem (i.e., Capitalism), one runs smack into the brick wall that other economic ideologies seem to have done - e.g., the Communist/Socialist "command economy" system.
-IainB (March 21, 2015, 12:28 AM)
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One thing that drives me up the wall is "capitalism". Google is in bed with the state everywhere, and what they do can hardly be called "capitalism" if one believes that "capitalism" means free markets. It's a twisted form of fascism, which is at least better than communism/socialism in some ways, but still degenerate.

Just stumbled upon this as a good example of this sort of thing:
“Wall Street Firm Develops New High-Speed Algorithm Capable Of Performing Over 10,000 Ethical Violations Per Second”
-IainB (March 21, 2015, 01:47 AM)
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Sadly, it's not far from the truth. :(

That's rich!

Actually, while it is funny as hell, the Onion's usual tinge of truth makes it just a little painful to laugh much at it. And so my abject hate of all things Goldman Sachs grows ever stronger!
-J-Mac (March 21, 2015, 06:14 AM)
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The Onion is less fake news than prediction. You can literally go back and look at older articles, then go ahead a few years and see it in reality. It's sad. :(

Spain taxed the sun. The sun. Taxed it. Really. Not a joke. Not fake. Spain really in reality taxes the sun.

Can you imagine this in a title from The Onion?

In a Response to Spain Taxing the Sun, Italy Taxes Shadows
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Yes - it would seem like insanity. But it's true. Italy is now taxing shadows. In reality. For realz. No joke.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-20/italy-theyre-now-taxing-shadows

As Italian newspaper Leggo reports, store owners in Conegliano are now faced with the unfortunate (albeit comically absurd) proposition of paying taxes on shadows.

The rationale appears to go something like this: an awning casts a shadow on public property and therefore you must pay to use that property.
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The really screwed up thing here is that the sun actually wears down materials (in this case sidewalks), and shading them preserves them. So, if anything, the "tax" should be in reverse.

So, for Google and the FCC, this isn't much of a surprise. There's nothing that's beyond belief.

Google has some great services, but... FFS... They need to clean up a bit.

mouser:
Staying on topic, another take on the google article:

Google reportedly blackmailed websites into giving it content for free

According to the report, for one example, Google took content from companies like Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Amazon. In the latter case, Google lifted product rankings and placed them in their own search results for those products. When the companies complained to Google about the process, Google threatened to remove them entirely from results. The Journal quotes this section of the report: "It is clear that Google’s threat was intended to produce, and did produce, the desired effect, which was to coerce Yelp and TripAdvisor into backing down." The Commission ultimately had Google agree to let websites opt out of the process.
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http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/19/8260073/google-ftc-leaked-anti-trust-report

IainB:
^ Classic monopolistic behaviour.

rxantos:
With Apologies to Murphy.

If something can be abused, it will.

Google new motto should be in the lines of
"Do not GET CAUGHT while doing evil."

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