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The unlikely activists who took on Silicon Valley — and won • The New York Times
Nicholas Confessore:
<p>The way Alastair Mactaggart usually tells the story of his awakening — the way he told it even before he became the most improbable, and perhaps the most important, privacy activist in America — begins with wine and pizza in the hills above Oakland, Calif. It was a few years ago, on a night Mactaggart and his wife had invited some friends over for dinner. One was a software engineer at Google, whose search and video sites are visited by over a billion people a month. As evening settled in, Mactaggart asked his friend, half-seriously, if he should be worried about everything Google knew about him. “I expected one of those answers you get from airline pilots about plane crashes,” Mactaggart recalled recently. “You know — ‘Oh, there’s nothing to worry about.’ ” Instead, his friend told him there was plenty to worry about. If people really knew what we had on them, the Google engineer said, they would flip out…

…He learned that there was no real limit on the information companies could collect or buy about him — and that just about everything they could collect or buy, they did. They knew things like his shoe size, of course, and where he lived, but also roughly how much money he made, and whether he was in the market for a new car. With the spread of smartphones and health apps, they could also track his movements or whether he had gotten a good night’s sleep. Once facial-recognition technology was widely adopted, they would be able to track him even if he never turned on a smartphone.</p>

Thus begins a terrific long read on the man who got California legislators to <a href="">pass some worthwhile privacy legislation</a> back in June - because they were terrified that Mactaggart would win a poll to introduce more rigorous privacy legislation. (Thank Jim C for the link.)
google  facebook  privacy  california 
5 hours ago by charlesarthur
Google Cloud Platform Blog: Introducing Jib — build Java Docker images better
... we're excited to announce Jib, an open-source Java containerizer from Google that lets Java developers build containers using the Java tools they know. Jib is a fast and simple container image builder that handles all the steps of packaging your application into a container image. It does not require you to write a Dockerfile or have docker installed, and it is directly integrated into Maven and Gradle—just add the plugin to your build and you'll have your Java application containerized in no time.

This might be the first use case I've seen of using Docker's image layering to do something useful.

Jib takes advantage of image layering and registry caching to achieve fast, incremental builds. It reads your build config, organizes your application into distinct layers (dependencies, resources, classes) and only rebuilds and pushes the layers that have changed. When iterating quickly on a project, Jib can save valuable time on each build by only pushing your changed layers to the registry instead of your whole application.
google  java  build  containers  docker  maven  gradle 
10 hours ago by jefframnani
Google Employees Are Organizing To Protest The Company’s Secret, Censored Search Engine For China
The monopoly employees are beginning to organize. But not about pay and time off. Rather the ethics of their company’s work.

Google employees aren’t the only tech workers who’ve been grappling with their responsibility for the tools they’re building, and talking about consolidating power in the workplace as a result. Following Google employees’ success with Maven, employees at Microsoft, Amazon, and Salesforce petitioned executives to cancel contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection, government agencies some employees are opposed to working with because of the forced separation of immigrant families happening at the US–Mexico border.
google  monopoly  business  culture  activism 
12 hours ago by jefframnani
Google Cloud Console
Google cloud platform (GCP) management console
google  iaas  paas  Cloud 
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