Google Hiccups and Normalizing the Vector
The issue's description says that while some users received the 502 error when logging in, others had latency in accessing their emails…. 502 errors usually happen due to poor IP communication between servers. There have been a number of previous occasions when Google users have encountered a similar error, but this seems to be the first time when its has affected a multitude of Google services.
Sounds to me like a problem of scaling. Sometimes bigger is not better, it’s just simply bigger. On other fronts, Google Glasses have been in the new a lot lately, but the latest news is not in Google’s favor. This HuffPost article reveals
…software developer Jay Freeman said he found a way for hackers to install malicious software on Google Glass to conduct surveillance on its users. Freeman was one of the early Glass adopters selected by Google to test the device before its release to the general public next year… “They have control over a camera and a microphone that are attached to your head,” he said. “A bugged Glass doesn’t just watch your every move: it watches everything you are looking at … and hears everything you do. The only thing it doesn’t know are your thoughts.”
So, not only is Google taking knocks over complaints from potential users about privacy issues for people who are on the “non-user” side of it (read: people don’t want to be surreptitiously recorded); now the Glasses users themselves are potential victims of clandestine recording. I’m sure it’s easy to solve, but it shows how technology can sneak up on you when you’re not looking and bite you in the ass.
Normalizing the Vector
Huh? So what does that mean? What vector and we normalizing, and why are we normalizing it? Actually, I found it in a list of academic euphemisms for… masturbation. Because May is… National Masturbation Month! Yay! Of course, for most males every month could be considered a masturbation month, but May pays a special tribute to the ritual of “normalizing the vector”. Why, I have no idea. Where and why do the folks involved in these celebratory proclamations get the ideas for dates and times? Who knows. The Manolith blog came up with what they consider the 5 top euphemisms for masturbation. They are
Although I think they are pretty good, I have what I think are slightly better suggestions:
- Tickling your Elmo
- Adjusting the Antennae
- Debugging the Hard Drive
- Taking a Load Off
- and of course – Spank the Monkey
- Google Has Been Working on Watch and Glass in Tandem, Patents Show(allthingsd.com)
- Here’s the Lock Screen Google Glass Needs(mashable.com)
- Google Glass developer writes an app to snap photos with just a wink(arstechnica.com)