$1 Billion in Taxes

It’s been reported that Facebook founder owes the IRS a cool $1 billion. Which goes to show you that if Dr. Evil wanted the everyone to pay him $1 billion dollars he should have gotten a job with the government and simply tax the people.

So what can Dr. Evil, I mean the government, do with $1 billion nowadays? The Afghan war is costing the American tax payers $300 million a day, so Mark Zuckerberg can foot the fill for a little over three days himself.

To deploy a single soldier in Afghanistan, it is reported as costing somewhere between $850,000 to $1,200,000 a year. Mark Zuckerberg’s tax bill can support about 1,000 soldiers in the field for a whole year.

Corporate Leaders Make Bad Political Leaders

The failed gubernatorial attempt by Meg Whitman and the failed senate attempt by Carly Fiorina made me question if corporate leaders would make good political leaders. I think that a political needs to develop different skills than those required by a C-level executive. Can you imagine if the CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, was a state governor? As CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt has stated in the past that if web users want online privacy they should change their name. If he thinks that privacy is not a right, imagine what other rights he would want to googlefy. Google’s mission is to make all human knowledge accessible, searchable, and monetizable online as long as it’s not their executives personal information. Your personal information is fair game to be index by their web crawlers and large data centers but Google has a double standard when it comes to their information. For example, try googling for Google Customer Service. Back in 2005, a CNET was blacklisted when one of its reporters posted Google founders private information online. So, I would correct Eric Schmidt, if you want privacy online and you are an Google executive just censor news outlet, otherwise change your name.

Now imagine, for a second, if Mark Zuckerborg of Facebook was president. If Mark Zuckerberg was president, he would nationalize Facebook and make it the de facto National ID system. He would place Naked Body Scanners not only at airports but at malls and movie theaters. TSA agents and other government officials would be able to force check you into locations, to tag you in police lineups, to force you into associations and groups without your permission. As President, Mark Zuckerberg would balance the budget by sharing private customer data with corporations and other agencies.

The candidate I can see myself behind would be a Jobs Ive 2012 ticket. Steve Jobs would redesign the White House to look like a steel and glass iPod nano with a single body aspect to it. He would force all senators to sign NDAs before they vote on any bill. He would simply ban all journalist that write any bad press on his foreign policy as he has to those that written negatively about his products. Steve Jobs’ Press Secretary would be David Pogue.

After seeing Meg Whitman campaign go down in flames I realized that most corporate leaders can’t connect with the every day people they manage. Just think about it, they live on corporate expense accounts and you struggle to keep a budget, they fly on private corporate jets and you practically get strip searched by the TSA, they have a second home and you mostly likely would have a second job (if you can find one).

Social Media Top Links April 2010: Epic Zuckerpunched in Your Privacy

Here are the top links, articles, and news regarding social networking sites such as FaceBook. The big news this month was continual decay of users’ privacy on FaceBook. There has been an general outrage and growing distrust with the crew at FaceBook.

Buzz April 2010: Zuck of Borg

In the month of April, Failbook continued to fail user expectations of desired privacy settings. Mark Zuckerborg, the CEO of Facebook, wants to assimilate everybody’s privacy by default to whatever Zuck of Borg deems it. If you are using Google Buzz, be sure to follow me I’ll follow back. Here are some recent buzz posts from a variety of topics.

  • Desperate for Attention: I would love to get a letter from you but you should call me, or email me, or if it’s better for you just text me, maybe at reply me, or DM, comment on posts, or just stop by and say hello.
  • I feel like I stepped off a time machine, not really sure if it’s Monday or Tuesday, Can you image the jet lag coming off a time machine?
  • If kid doesn’t have his homework, it’s because the dog eat it. If a president sees economic down turns, it’s because of his predecessor. If a blue collar worker has a delay, it’s his coworkers fault. If a astro or quantum physicist makes a mistake or has delays firing up the LHC its because of either time traveling bandits or an invading intergalactic space fleet.
  • Time is a fractal and space is recursive.
  • Chicken doesn’t taste like chicken anymore, it taste more like hormone made plastic corn meal. If chicken does taste like chicken anymore what does everything that used to taste like chicken taste like now?
  • Facebook’s Zuckerborg remind me of Borg version of Pinky and the Brain. “what are we going to do tomorrow night, Zuckerborg?” “The same thing we do every night, try to take over the interwebs with the Like button, resistance is futile.”
  • What a day, I started chilling at University Ave., then shopping at an Chinese antique store, then BBQ in EPA, and now a nap. LOL. Plus nobody I know got killed in South Central L.A. Today was a good day. … Today I didn’t even have to use my A.K. I got to say it was a good day.
  • I want to fast forward to the weekend.
  • Today I drank water from the four corners of the world, Acqua Panna from Italy, Voss from Norway, Fiji from Fiji, and good ol’ tap water from the San Francisco bay area.
  • Is it still cool to party like it’s 1999?
  • I don’t like location base apps like Foursquare because I am afraid that a time traveling ninja will use that information to go back in time and ambush me.
  • TGIF doesn’t come close to expressing how I really feel…. :)
  • Steve Jobs should make available his playlist on iTunes.
  • iPad is the new iFad?
  • Summary of iPad reviews: iPad for president 2012, iPad resurrected from the dead, iPad cures boredom, iPad greatest thing since sliced iBread, iPad wins Nobel Peace Prize, iPad multi-touched by iGod, etc…
  • Wasn’t the Perl 6 Parrot VM an April Fool’s joke? Now, it is vapor ware.
  • My whole week felt like one bad Monday, repeating itself each day. Like if Ground Hog Day and Office Space had a crossover universe and made a prequel.

Favorite Tweets April 2010

There are some funny people on Twitter. Whenever I find a funny, witty, or thought provoking I usually retweet it and favorite it. Here is a small collection of recent tweets that stoop out to me.

  • @nickbilton: Off record chat w/ Facebook employee. Me: How does Zuck feel about privacy? Response: [laughter] He doesn’t believe in it.
  • @stephenkruiser: Pants are important. Sometimes.
  • @crazeegeekchick: So grateful for salary and for direct deposit. AT least one thing is consistent in my life :)
  • @puredanger: wife: "why are these blankets always on the floor!?" me: "gravity?"
  • @godolcevita: You have to be where you are at to get where you are going….
  • @cdixon: It’s getting to the point that when a big company calls something "open" == they are about to screw you. Need a new word for actually open.
  • @ericaogrady: What to know if he’s a Man or a Boy? Make eye contact with him and hold his gaze. If he looks away, he’s still a boy.
  • @Archimage: I would rather throw down than throw up.
  • @nandoism: it smells awesome in Brooklyn. like fresh rain mixed with urine. aaah.
  • @michaelg: Overheard: "Zuck sounds like Lex Luthor" #f8
  • @Archimage: This tweet is (c) 2010 Archimage. All rights reserved. Any retweeting is a violation of applicable laws.
  • @KaciBrownMonroe: Don’t look at me; look into me. To the deepest, most real, places in my heart and soul.
  • @stevenharman: Apple, if you’re going to limit how many computers I can play my content on, please allow me to de-authorize one I no longer have access to.
  • @wilshipley: Why do DJs wear earphones? Isn’t the music loud enough? I can hear it fine from down here.
  • @girlonetrack: I’ve spent the last four hours immersed in non-stop politics: eight times as long I as give foreplay. Which I guess shows my priorities…
  • @joeracer: FUCK YOU IRS. Seriously.
  • @tedneward: Oracle’s sponsoring IronMan 2?!? What next, Microsoft Star Trek 2? "Mr Spock, where do you want to go today?"
  • @thekarladam: 290.2 MB of space for Adobe Reader!? WTF is wrong over at Adobe!?
  • @bkorte: Dear Facebook: Stop using my default notification sound for your push alerts on my iPhone – be original and come up with your own sound.
  • @hotforwords: The Average Woman Dates 24 Men Before Settling Down.
  • @dotjenna: Is it possible to hate someone you love? #love #hate
  • @shanselman: I need an online alias for some programming projects. I wonder if Slim Shady or Sasha Fierce are taken…
  • @MsLizziA: I mean Kick Ass SUCKED ASS!
  • @techknow: Is there such a thing as tofu salmon?
  • @markramsey: how the hell can ticketmaster charge a $10 convenience charge on $25 tickets, I’m buying them online, making it convenient for them!
  • @ebarrera: It is no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase ‘As pretty as an Airport’ appear.
  • @thediva: Some times women’s clothing annoy me. I wear 3 different sizes depending on the brand. It’s so insane of retailers to play head games
  • @adactio: This is my browser; there are many like it but this one is mine.
  • @ehthayer: My body clock needs an hour change button too
  • @RobotDeathSquad: I think there is a direct relationship between the number of tattoos and bad waitressing.
  • @gkmaestro: Software involves sending more emails that writing code!!!
  • @meph: Why do computer programmers confuse Halloween with Christmas? Because Oct(31) = Dec(25). #geekfun
  • @godolcevita: I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
  • @timacummins: Worry is a brain drain.
  • @NicoleJordan: Instead of asking what is the return on investment, we should be asking what’s the return on objectives? #digiday
  • @swedal: Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?

Social Media Top Links March 2010: Zuckerberg Hacks Email Accounts

Here are the top links, articles, and news regarding social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz, etc. The big news this month was an article that stated that Mark Zuckerberg allegedly used journalists’ Facebook credentials to hack into their email accounts when he was a student at Harvard.

Facebook

Twitter

Who Does Mark Zuckerberg Follow on Google Buzz

It took me about a day an half to get on Google Buzz after it was announced. The first thing I noticed was that I was already following a half dozen accounts and worst off that some people where following who I had only emailed but a few times. Google Buzz’s first failure was that it auto-followed certain contacts in your address book based on some ‘algorithm.’ The second mistake in Google Buzz was that it pushes you to make your profile public, even an experienced social media maven can inadvertently make their profile page public. A third oversight in Google Buzz is that your profile name is your email address. The fourth mistake is you can see, by default, the people that other people are followings and their followers. There are many more mistakes and hiccups, like blocking not working correctly, and these have been covered many times over. The problems I have listed here have a perfect privacy shit storm. The Eric Schmidt, CEO of “do no evil” Google, has defended Buzz and their lack of privacy awareness as a end user confusion. So maybe this is the perfect Schmidt storm as I don’t think he is using Google Buzz.

It was reported that the Google boss said the following:

I would say that we did not understand how to communicate Google Buzz and its privacy. There was a lot of confusion when it came out… [last] Tuesday, and people thought that somehow we were publishing their email addresses and private information, which was not true.

Eric Schmidt is either a liar or a dummy, pick any two! With the issues outlined above, it is possible to find out peoples email address, and worst, find out people close to however you are virtually stalking, I mean friending. Let’s take a public example, let’s see if we can find Mark Zuckerberg’s close contacts and email address using Google Buzz.

First you will need to log into your GMail account and click into the Buzz inbox. If this is your first time, you will probably already have a few followers. Under the text area to enter your buzz, you will see a link that reads ‘Find people.’ There is a search box where you can find more people to follow. In this box, enter Mark Zuckerberg. Mark of Facebook fame should be one of the first few people that comes up. Originally I was going to do this experiment with Eric Schmidt but I had a tougher time finding his profile. You can follow Mark or view his public profile. Mark is probably busy playing Farm Ville or working on new Twitter features to copy so he probably has not configured the privacy settings of his Google Buzz account.

It might also be worth while to question if this is the real Mark Zuckerberg, we can not be sure, but if you see the people that are following this profile you will see that very connected Silicon Valley technologists are following this person.

Mark Zuckerberg's Google Buzz contacts

Mark Zuckerberg's Google Buzz contacts

In Mark’s public profile you will see that he is currently following 16 people. A quick glance of said followers shows Mark Zuckerberg is following Charles Cheever, Dustin Moskovitz, Adam D’Angelo, Paul Buchheit, amongst others. So now you can do this to each person that Mark follows on Google Buzz, etc. and easily develop a social graph of people Mark Zuckerberg contacts and connects with via email. Looking these folks up, on Google, you will find that they are early Facebook founders and fellow Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.

If you click on his public profile you will see that his Google Profile vanity URL is the following.

http://www.google.com/profiles/mark.zuckerberg#buzz

Notice his user name, mark.zuckerberg. If you append “@gmail.com” to his profile name, you will get Mark Zuckerberg’s GMail address. Feel free to send him a note telling him how much you enjoy getting updates about your friends finding alien cows on Facebook. Mark is a private guy, I mean you can’t just add Mark Zuckerberg as a friend through his Facebook profile page. As the founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark is tech savvy so I can’t imagine him intentionally making his GMail address publicly available.

It is evident, that Eric Schmidt is not aware how easily it is to find private email address of Google Buzz users or he is lying. I think that Google should change their motto from “do no evil” to “it’s okay to do dumb shit with your privacy.” What I can’t believe is that apparently Google Buzz was in use inside of Google and by some of their 20,000++ super genius bar qualified engineers for a year or so and no one caught this.

Mark Zuckerberg's Friends on Google Buzz

Mark Zuckerberg's Friends on Google Buzz