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So much for "don't be evil".
I think would be clearer to refer to Google's policy as requiring the use of "government names", rather than "real names" or "common names". Google has made it abundantly clear that they do not care about anyone's real name (i.e., the name they actually use and are known by) -- what they care about is the government-sanctioned name. Remember April 2009, when Google refused to require YouTube users to register their government-sanctioned names at the demand of South Korea, because Google said (correctly) that it was an unacceptable a priori restriction on freedom of expression? I do. A pity that Google seems to have forgotten it. "We have a bias in favor of people's right to free expression in everything we do. We are driven by a belief that more information generally means more choice, more freedom and ultimately more power for the individual. We believe that it is important for free expression that people have the right to remain anonymous if they choose." -- Rachel Whetstone, Google Vice President of Global Communications & Public Affairs, April 2009 South Korea is abolishing that requirement, by the way. Apparently, they have decided that it is too great a threat to privacy.
This is Truth. I will share a recent example of just how one's negativity can cost one. Two weeks ago, I was offered a great job at a great company. At the last minute, the job offer was rescinded, and replaced with an offer for contract work. If I had taken that contract work, there was a good possibility that it might have resulted in the "real" job offer being re-offered a few months down the road. However, I was so disappointed at getting the job offer and then losing it that I had perhaps the biggest emo meltdown I have experienced in years. Long story short, I lost out on both the contract work and any chance of ever being hired by that company. Negativity can burn you. Reacting emotionally to disappointment, even crushing disappointment, can hurt you, and keep you from grasping that one lifeline that gets tossed your way. Stay positive. Cope with disappointment. Don't let it drag you into despair and bad decisions. Where there is life, there is hope. If worst comes to worst and you do lose out on something great, try not to dwell on it. Learn from it, and move on. For me, personally, I have two job leads right now, both of which pay 50% more than the job I threw away with my emo meltdown. Are they "better" jobs? No. The job I lost was really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But that ship has sailed, and this is what I have to work with. Moping won't do anyone any good, least of all me. Stay positive! Where there is life, there is hope.
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May 9, 2010