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Comment Re:Am I the only guy here that likes G+? (Score 2) 152 152

The real problem wasn't "tying Google+ to everything"

The real problem was "tying the *name* Google+ to everything"

like they somehow thought that if they called 20 unrelated (and individually great) services "Google+", people would be tricked into they should use Service X just because they use Service Y.

Identity management for all google services? It would be insane not to have that. We'll call it "Google+"

A messaging platform for talking to friends and professionals alike? We'll call it "Google+"

A video conferencing app? Well, that's arguably part of messaging, which we're calling Google+, so it's also called Google+.

Want to share a photo? Me too. Google+ is great for that. No, no, not *that* Google+, the other Google+

Over time, each of these services have gotten their own name and branding and app and experience. But everyone still thinks "I hate Google+! It keeps asking me to join it every time I want to share a photo! I am not interested in a new Social Network!" .. when really these tools have *always* been unrelated, but sharing a common name (though they probably all used the unified Google Login, which is called Google+, but you'd have to be a special kind of idiot to not want that)

Comment Puppet (Score 2) 136 136

I use puppet for this sort of thing. I have a set of manifests which describe the basics of a VM I use for development, and I make changes based on whatever project I'm working on. These manifests usually get added to a repository either for developers; or (when possible) production

Comment To take the opposite approach from most... (Score 2) 468 468

I agree that this is free speech, and that police should not only be okay with people reporting on their location, but should be *required* to report their location publicly, constantly.

But that's not what this post is about. Others are saying "maybe if police didn't abuse their power, people wouldn't want to circumvent police and speed traps"

To take the opposite approach: maybe if speed limits were not only sane, but actually *enforced*, people wouldn't care so much about speed traps.

Speeds traps being a thing is really a sign that something is fundamentally wrong. Speeding should not be a thing which everyone does, unless there's a speed trap. Speeding should be a thing which, when it happens, everyone on the road reports the speeder, because they are creating a dangerous situation (just as you might call the police to report a chemical truck on fire).

If we live in a world where a law exists that *only police care about*, that's a problem.

Comment "Ends justify the means" is usually meant to imply (Score 1) 125 125

"Ends justify the means" is usually meant to imply that the means are bad, but potentially excusable.

What exactly is wrong with the "means" here? I hate Disney's copyright practices, but other than that, I can't fault them. They have a dedication to quality which I wish were seen elsewhere.

Comment SEO (Score 1) 120 120

Search Engine Optimisation all boils down to, in the end, "make websites that humans want to find, and search engines will tend over time to detect sites like yours". The SEO best-practices change all the time, but the ones which stick around tend also to be general usability best-practices.

There doesn't seem to be a similar rule for elections, ie "make candidates that humans want to govern them, and people will tend over time to elect candidates like yours".

Perhaps this is because nobody has actually tried such a strategy, but I expect it has more to do with the ideas that:
  1. having lots of choices and few choosers (the choosers being chosen by the masses) tends to work-out better than having lots of choosers (the masses) and few choices
  2. letting people benefit from more than one "winner" tends to work-out better than picking the top choice and throwing out everything else.

Comment Re:Solution: Use standard charger (Score 1) 457 457

I came here to say exactly this. Apple is the one who ensured that the only manufacturers selling chargers for their products were those with no accountability.
If they did not use absurd proprietary designs, then most consumers would buy chargers from companies which have such qualifications as "an address" and "a name".

Comment Really surprised (Score 2) 135 135

As someone who's been trying to use Cloud Print since it launched, I had assumed that the project was abandoned long ago. It has always been extremely flakey, it never "just works", etc. When it works, it's great. When it doesn't, you are left staring at a screen identical to when it does, with no diagnostics, and no sign of potential progress.

There are also some rather insane missing features, like the inability to rename printers (eg: if two of your friends have an HP DeskJet 1050a, and they both left it with the default name, have fun trying to decide which one to print on. Or if they both renamed their printers, but gave them sensible names like "HP (Upstairs)")

CloudPrint was a nice idea which Google has given zero attention. I do not expect things to suddenly work now that Windows is in the mix.

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."