I still need to chat and Facebook isn't going to cut it.
Maybe not for you, but for most people I think it will. Most of the Internet users on the planet have Facebook accounts and it's increasingly the best way to chat or contact anyone. Google is pretty much just driving people back to Facebook with this. As long as it's all proprietary, you might as well go with the one with the biggest available group.
... Ignoring the fact that Google+ has 390Million Active accounts...
I'll buy that if by "active" you mean "someone said I should try it so I signed up and checked it out for an afternoon" or "I was forced to join Google+ to read the messages of a Groups thread someone pointed me to" or "I have a Google+ account? When did that happen? Oh, I guess I accidentally signed me up yesterday!" then sure.
The poster to which you're replying was talking about a firewall between the Bloomberg financial/market group and the Bloomberg News group.
It's also how Photoshop got popular. Letraset ColorStudio was insanely powerful for the day but priced themselves too high and Photoshop came in as the low-end competitor with the friendly interface that could do most of the common stuff acceptably well. Now you've got Photoshop at the high-end and, at least on the Mac, competitors coming in like Pixelmator. We'll see where it leads...
An obvious explanation is why Americans say "Fall" or "Autumn" but English say only "Autumn". "Fall" was slang for "Autumn" in the late 1500's in England, came to the US, and we stuck with it while it was deprecated in England. If we were to colonize Mars tomorrow, they'd probably fix "Lolz" as a permanent word in their lexicon.
AmEx cards don't have a pre-set limit.
...that they'll tell you about. They know how much they think you're capable of repaying and will start to deny charges when you reach the limit. They just won't tell you what the limit is.
They're also really bad about reporting stuff accurately to credit bureaus. I almost didn't get my first house because AmEx said I owed more than my salary to them when my balance was actually $0. Needless to say I cancelled my card immediately and haven't had a personal one with them since.
Stenographers make more than journalists, on average. You get what you pay for. Now go read some more free internet news with adblocker enabled...
Parent must be a public union employee.
Private Unions can be good or bad. If they get too bad they no longer have a job. (Ask the Bakers at Hostess)
Public Unions ARE BAD! In private unions there is management vs union. Balance can be struck.
In Public Employee Unions there can be no balance as the management (Politicians) are put into office with the union funds.
Why people can not see this as a horrible situation that can never work out well I will never understand.
The Hostess situation had nothing to do with the unions. The company was sold to private investors who stole all the retirement accounts and decided to gut the business and sell the brand... but they had contracts to get out of. So they gave themselves huge bonuses and cut worker pay until the workers finally stopped working, figured they'd milked it for what it was worth, and sold the assets. You'll be able to buy Twinkies again soon, because the brand was auctioned off to the highest bidder to repay the investors (who also got paid earlier as owners in the form of retirement money funneled into payouts).
The only way the unions failed in this situation is that they weren't powerful enough.
It's a little silly to arbitrarily say something is "enterprise class" isn't it? InvisAlign has been using resin-laser printers to print molds for their aligners since 1999 and prints tens of thousands of unique pieces of plastic a day. It's really about what it lets you do. I think a better distinction is probably "prototyping class" versus "manufacturing class". A $2200 Replicator 2 is a fantastic prototyping, modeling, replacement part, artwork machine, but it's probably not going to be part of an assembly line anytime soon. Those will certainly be under $2K within the next couple years. On the other hand the mass-production ones are still tens of thousands of dollars and will probably take another decade to get down in price.