rlange - 7:16 pm on Dec 15, 2011 (gmt 0)
Did you know they deliver their spybars into user machines with every flash player update?... the option to download and install the spybar together with the browser flash player is selected by default...
Only they (and adobe) would know how many trillion times this happens every week...
Spybar installed = total machine/joe-public control !
Call me tin hat paranoid if you'de like, but sometimes i can help it getting the feeling we are dealing with a very cleaver 1000 heads slithery Snake...
I'm pretty sure that anyone that has installed anything that includes a bundled third-party application is aware of this. It's quite common. There's no sense in singling out Google as the only, or even most heinous, perpetrator of this sort of scheme.
Talk of improving your website is nonsense. You were making an income from it before Panda, so why not now.
There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute or common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back.
— Robert A Heinlein, Life-Line (1939)
Some people love to throw the phrase "adapt or die" at corporations, but for some strange reason they absolutely refuse to apply the sentiment to small businesses or individuals, especially themselves.