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@Umfuld @RayCromwell I see that Pando's new found agitprop clickbait is attracting only debaters of the highest intellectual calibre. Apparently, when the NSA installs a chip in someone's head, it causes severe impairment of cognitive capacity.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Google apparently scrubs military contractor partner listing, after Pando report
@EdisonCarter Google Sheets has been down much more than that over the year, just in the last few months it's been down several hours. Use http://www.google.com/appsstatus#hl=en&v=status and scroll back.
Not to mention that what appears to be down here is not the Google Sheets app, but the Google Sheets RSS/Atom Feed. After Google killed Reader the state of their GData APIs has been somewhat unloved.
Again, if Yasha went to Twitter and got the "Fail Whale" for tweets for a specific user, what would be more likely:
"They've scrubbed the tweets because <insert conspiracy here>!"
The service has a problem. Deleted Tweets look different than Service Failures.
Why would Google spend extra effort to fake a 500 Service Error when someone could just edit the Spreadsheet with those customers it supposedly doesn't want the public to know about, and delete them? It would take only a few minutes to delete spreadsheet rows vs trying to get engineers to make a fake service and deploy it. It would be trivial to remove, and the page would still render with other customers instead of being blank. Do you think Google Sales wants their sales landing page to be empty? That looks pretty bad to potential cloud customers that their service is unreliable.
I mean, Yasha's article is potentially useful because maybe now they'll notice the site is down and fix it. But unless the site comes back with those customers redacted, it's really a case of jumping the gun and making assertions without waiting for the facts. Is this the kind of story exclusive that needed to be published before actually doing some research to find out why the page is down? These are not Snowden exclusives.
I just think this is pretty amateurish for Pando to rush out articles like this. And how likely is it that they'll be a retraction/apology?
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Google apparently scrubs military contractor partner listing, after Pando report
Time to get your lithium prescription refilled.
3 weeks ago on Google apparently scrubs military contractor partner listing, after Pando report