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Evil as charged
Posted by: id
Date: October 14, 2008 06:29PM

Up to bad things as usual.

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/10/google-profitin.html

-id

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Re: Evil as charged
Date: October 14, 2008 09:05PM

nonsense! Google would never do anything evil.

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Re: Evil as charged
Posted by: DoctorDan
Date: October 15, 2008 08:57AM

Maybe bad, but I'm sure any company in the world would do the same. Greed!

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Re: Evil as charged
Posted by: id
Date: October 15, 2008 09:08AM

No, not all companies lose their ethics over greed, well I guess that assumes google ever had ethics...never mind.

-id

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Re: Evil as charged
Posted by: Kyo
Date: October 24, 2008 10:14AM

At some point google was not evil. I'd say about 10 years ago

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Re: Evil as charged
Posted by: kuza55
Date: October 25, 2008 08:54PM

*snore*

We all realise you hate google, but this seems perfectly legit to me, I'm not a lawyer, and I'm sure the real lawyers will have a field day arguing about it, but somehow I really don't care if Google profits from typo-squatting.

[EDIT]: P.S. On a slightly related note; I have to do an ethics course next semester at uni; that'll be interesting to see...

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Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/25/2008 09:44PM by kuza55.

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Re: Evil as charged
Posted by: thrill
Date: October 25, 2008 09:19PM

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but somehow I really don't care if Google profits from typo-squatting.

If you were as bad a typist and speller as id is, you'd mind. ;)

--thrill

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Re: Evil as charged
Posted by: Kyo
Date: October 26, 2008 04:19PM

We should sue google for mocking the dyslexic

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Re: Evil as charged
Posted by: id
Date: October 27, 2008 07:08PM

It is perfectly legal, that doesn't make it ethical.

-id

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Re: Evil as charged
Posted by: kuza55
Date: October 27, 2008 07:57PM

id Wrote:
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> It is perfectly legal, that doesn't make it
> ethical.

Maybe someone can walk me through why this is unethical then? Since I'm clearly not seeing it.

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Re: Evil as charged
Posted by: id
Date: October 27, 2008 08:17PM

typo squatting is illegal, google aids in typo squatting by paying off people that are doing illegal things, and of course profiting themselves.

And from the article:

"If a misdirected surfer hits a sponsored link, the legitimate domain owner ends up paying the typo-squatter for that referral, and Google as well."

So by aiding the typo squatters the real domain owners end up paying, seems a bit unethical no?

-id



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Re: Evil as charged
Posted by: id
Date: October 27, 2008 08:20PM

Oh and some more google hate since I'm in the mood

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13739_3-10075488-46.html

-id

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Re: Evil as charged
Posted by: kuza55
Date: October 28, 2008 08:38PM

id Wrote:
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> typo squatting is illegal, google aids in typo
> squatting by paying off people that are doing
> illegal things, and of course profiting
> themselves.

Typo squatting is illegal? no shit. Shows how much I know. I would have just put typo squatting in the slightly unethical category.

> And from the article:
>
> "If a misdirected surfer hits a sponsored link,
> the legitimate domain owner ends up paying the
> typo-squatter for that referral, and Google as
> well."
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> So by aiding the typo squatters the real domain
> owners end up paying, seems a bit unethical no?

I'd seriously side with Google here, it's not their responsibility to figure out who is using their service and for what purposes.

And in any case; not really, domain owners aren't forced to pay up, they choose whether to pay for the service or not.

If you start going down the road of "why doesn't google remove the accounts of known typo squatters?", I'd say you could have a point that it's unethical to profiteer from a crime you know about; but typo squatting doesn't seem like much of a crime to me, so the care factor just isn't there.

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Re: Evil as charged
Posted by: thrill
Date: October 28, 2008 11:21PM

hmm.. makes me wonder how many people go to my site due to bad typing.. I mean secexp is pretty close to sexexp.. maybe I should put more sex based ads on my site.. I'd be raking in the dough!!! ;)

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Re: Evil as charged
Posted by: id
Date: October 28, 2008 11:28PM

1999 Anti-Cybersquatting Protection Act, it may not be illegal depending on where you live, in the US it is.

Google obviously knows who the criminals are and are willing participants, why do you think bankofdamerica.com would pull up bankofamerica.com google ads? The whole scheme can't work without google (and others) active participation.

-id

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Re: Evil as charged
Posted by: thrill
Date: October 29, 2008 12:34AM

Yup.. if something is illegal in the US, be sure id knows about it cuz he's probably gotten caught doing it.

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