I would like for something like Diaspora to succeed but, to be honest, I haven't really cared enough to look into it much (I don't really facebook much either though).
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Facebook also didn't impose theirs retroactively on a huge amount of users who had been using pseudonyms for a long time.
Though, of course, the Youtube one was after they *forced* me to merge my gmail and youtube accounts.
The thing too is that I already had a login that worked with gmail, voice, youtube, chat and the play store. All of a sudden I need to register for a G+ profile to be able to leave comments on Youtube and Google Play because.....
You tell me.
about:blank is the most streamlined social networking site around.
Sounds like something a plugin could handle easily. You might want to see if someone has already cooked one up for you.
It's a good job this move totally eliminated them and in no way discouraged posters with something valid to say then.
It sucks. I see a comment like "I can't use my computer because X" and I know the answer is Y yet I can't help this poor soul out even though I have a Youtube account and a couple of Google accounts because Google has a boner for getting people on G+. Too bad Timmy, no computer for you.
How do I turn off the Beta shit?
True enough. But reading that article, it seems that it's mostly a branding issue. And they may be concerned about upsetting people who have come to identify Android with Google services.
I haven't really looked into it but I believe it runs standard Android apps. Of course, without the Google services, a lot of apps won't run but that's more Google attempting vendor lock-in in my opinion.
I haven't looked into the Amazon app store so I don't know how good or bad it is. I do know that as an Android dev, I fairly regularly get contacted by people claiming to represent other app stores who offer to include my apps (or do it without asking) but I have heard nothing from Amazon so far (though I'm thinking I might try putting my apps up there anyway).
The Amazon Fire Phone is Android based but does not use Google services.
I don't know. I think it's case dependent. In the example cited, the cleanup code is simple function calls and the operations are different for each case (for one, it's one cleanup, for another, it's two and for the success it's three).
Part of the problem is, the examples are really too small to call either way. I try to aim for my code to be clean and understandable and not to be dogmatic about things. I avoid certain Perl idioms for just this reason. Though I certainly agree that TMTOWTDI
Yeah. I don't see it being abused too much. I avoid using it but I wouldn't have a huge problem if I saw it and it wasn't being abused terribly.
True enough. And it may well be the solution to a real problem that isn't recognized or possibly even invented yet. I don't think using light fixtures as data communication channels is likely to be it though.