What the hell are they playing at?
I remember when Google first hit the world with their tentative search engine.
It was good; better even than Hotdog which was my search of choice at the time.
Their next good thing was the Google Reader which was great for keeping an eye on my favourite sites. They also produced Google Earth which was one of the best bits of software on the Interweb.
Then they started to loose the run of themselves.
They scrapped Google Reader for no apparent reason whatsoever. They started fucking around with the information they had harvested from the search engine. They produced Chrome which I tried a few times and it's crap, and somehow persuaded loads of software providers to try to install Chrome [by default] along with their software. That one really pissses me off. They fucked up Google Earth so that it doesn't show photographs on the linux version. Then they started playing around with hardware. They produced that Glass thing which, if people start using it is going to completely transform the Facebook Generation into a herd of mindless zombies [if they aren’t there already], and will demolish all sense of privacy as you'd never know when someone is filming, recording or photographing you. That one sends shudders down my spine.
I find that idea more than scary. One little technical hitch in the software or hardware and cars start careering all over the shop? Some smartarse hacks the cars software and God knows what would happen? Cars having to be plugged into the Interweb every couple of hours for "security updates"?
The roads are full of idiots. They do idiotic things at idiotic times but even their idiocy is reasonably predictable. Replace the idiot with a chip that runs code and that removes any predictability whatsoever. And it only takes a small percentage of driverless cars on a motorway amongst the normal idiots and the place could become a bloodbath.
Why the fuck couldn't they just have stuck with the search thing?
And maybe fix Google Earth?