How do you solve a problem like Google?

Discussion in 'Computer Science & Culture' started by Confused2, Aug 16, 2017.

  1. Confused2 Registered Senior Member

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    Downloading latest version of Lazarus I got a message from Google...
    Cannot contact reCAPTCHA. Check your connection and try again
    Methinks Google wants to make some money here. I clicked OK and the download proceeded ... but will it in 6 months time? Could anyone do anything about it if it didn't?
     
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  3. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    What does being unable to provide a CAPTCHA have to do with wanting to charge you?
     
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  5. Confused2 Registered Senior Member

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    I think we all accept that Google record the majority (all?) of our interaction with the Internet. So far this has reasonably transparent - Firefox shows brief connections to adsense, ichef and so on before making a final connection. It may be that Google regard data collection (and marketing) as sufficient reward for the service they provide or it may be that they see the potential for charging for the service (the connection) itself - one step towards making a service chargeable would be to prevent (or demonstrate the possibility of preventing) the service (connection) from being available without payment (of some kind). Another step towards assessing the value of preventing a service being available without charge would be to see whether people actually want that service - that is to say would they be willing to pay for that service? How would you find out how much people want a service? Say, block the connection with a CAPTCHA trap - if they abandon the attempt to connect at that point then they probably won't pay (say) $10/month to unblock the connection. I'm guessing your point is that Google could be prevented from charging for use of the Internet - who do you think would stop them? The Trump administration?
     
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  7. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    That seems a lot to deduce from such a mundane and common incident as a briefly unavailable connection.
     

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