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Google Library Freudian slip?

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    Maurits

    Google Blog

    "The world's libraries are a tremendous source of knowledge, much of which has never been available online. One of our goals for Google Print is to change that..."

    Hmm... does "that" refer to the "never been available online" clause, or to "libraries are a tremendous source of knowledge?"

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    DoomBringer

    It is obvious that they want to burn down libraries!  Duh.  Eliminates competition, you see.

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    Devils​Rejection

    When I have a son, and he goes to class, I want him to be carrying one tablet pc, all his textbooks on it, and a smart phone in his pocket.

    let google digitize the worlds text!

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    Maurits

    DevilsRejection wrote:
    let google digitize the worlds text!


    I'm all in favor of ease of access to public domain books.  I'm even OK with Google being the medium.

    What bothers me is that Google is becoming an informational monopoly... in its most extreme form, it will become impossible to disagree with the people who shape Google's information systems.  It smacks of thought control.

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    Minh

    DoomBringer wrote:
    It is obvious that they want to burn down libraries!  Duh.  Eliminates competition, you see.

    Google is the Brains in Futurama. It makes so much sense now.

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    Michael Griffiths

    Maurits wrote:
    What bothers me is that Google is becoming an informational monopoly... in its most extreme form, it will become impossible to disagree with the people who shape Google's information systems.  It smacks of thought control.


    Yep.

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    SlackmasterK

    Maurits wrote:
    Google Blog

    "The world's libraries are a tremendous source of knowledge, much of which has never been available online. One of our goals for Google Print is to change that..."

    Hmm... does "that" refer to the "never been available online" clause, or to "libraries are a tremendous source of knowledge?"



    Let's see... How was it worded in the Hacker Ethic...
    (source:  Hackers by Steven Levy):

    "Access to computers, and anything that can teach us something about the way the world works, should be unlimited and total.  Always yield to the hands-on imperative!"

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    JChung2006

    When was the last time anybody who posted in this thread went to a library?  Just curious.

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    Maurits

    JChung2006 wrote:
    When was the last time anybody who posted in this thread went to a library?  Just curious.


    I go every two to three weeks.
    Last book I read: Moby Dick (long, but a good ending... Star Trek II finally makes sense now)
    Book I am currently reading: The Silmarillion
    They also have DVDs... currently watching: Modern Times

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    W3bbo

    JChung2006 wrote:
    When was the last time anybody who posted in this thread went to a library?  Just curious.


    To a library: last time I was in college, checking my email Wink

    To a library to check out a book: about 16 months ago, checking out some obscure book from the college library

    To be meaning to go to a public library: I was meaning to go with some friends about 3 years ago

    To actually go to a public library: Sometime in 2000

    To actually go to a public library to check out a book: Sometime in 1996-1997 Smiley

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    billh

    JChung2006 wrote:
    When was the last time anybody who posted in this thread went to a library?  Just curious.


    I go all the time.  I check out books probably once a week.  In fact, I've read about 50-60 books this year alone.

    Do I think Google is going to be an information monopoly? They'll sure try. Whether they succeed is another thing.  Then again, if there is a mass book burning and firefighters like in "Fahrenheit 451"...

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    sbc

    Perhaps there should be another episode of Google Park?

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    jamie

    there is... only i DIDNT DO IT!! Wink

    here

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    AndyC

    JChung2006 wrote:
    When was the last time anybody who posted in this thread went to a library?  Just curious.


    Probably over a year ago now, when the new one opened here. I love books and used to spend ages in the library when I was a student. These days it's just easier to buy them on Amazon, particularly tech books as libraries tend to be a long way behind.

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    jamie

    oops - URL was broken i meant here**what the...   c9 even takes swearing out of URLs???

    www.google b a s t a r d s .com

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    Harlequin

    Library? 1987 Smiley

    Don't think I went my last 2 years of high school....(grad '89)

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    Cybermagell​an

    What I think is funny is that Google is doing this...and they didn't even clear things up with the Authors Guild or anyone else...I smell Lawsuit comming on.

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    Maurits

    jamie wrote:
    oops - URL was broken i meant here**what the...   c9 even takes swearing out of URLs???

    www.google b a s t a r d s .com



    Clickable version: Google B*stards.com

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