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Comment: Just buy Facebook (Score 2, Insightful) 140

by xtal (#49163943) Attached to: Google+ Divided Into Photos and Streams, With New Boss

Accept it, too little, too late, y'all missed the party.

Google Chat is still vastly superior to Facebook Messenger, but I'm using GC less. The killer is GMail; without it, I'd be almost migrated out of the Google ecosystem.

Rock, hard place. I won't even start on Apple.

What to think different? Open up your APIs again, the cool ones, make it easy to use Google for the infrastructure on third party apps, don't screw over the small guys who join in. ..and stop forcing the damn tie in, all that does is make people ANGRY.

Comment: Have you read the article in question? (Score 1) 210

by xtal (#49081965) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Stephen Wolfram a Question

I don't think so.

Ad hominem attacks are lame.

If you have brilliant insight, please cite objections to the paper in question, which is quite interesting, and has enough experimental data to at least merit discourse.

If you HAD read the paper in question, you would understand the context I am asking the question. I doubt you have.

Clamouring to "mod parent down" smacks of professional jealosy or perhaps some other more basic inadquacy.

Comment: Short Intel Stock (Score 0) 254

by xtal (#49046713) Attached to: What Intel's $300 Million Diversity Pledge Really Means

This is insanity; you hire the best and brightest.

Promote tech and diversity, but the level of change they're talking about isn't possible without disruption; never mind any of the other related issues.

If I was a shareholder (I'm not); I would want the absolute best in the world advancing my technology. Regardless of race or gender. This is an arbitrary decree.

$hort. Profit.

Comment: Re:Bicycles (Score 3, Interesting) 481

by xtal (#48986625) Attached to: DOT Warns of Dystopian Future For Transportation

I moved out of the insanity completely 15 years ago.

I live in a small town. Canada is empty. I could walk five minutes to work, but I'm lazy, so I don't. There's no traffic here, I have 100mbps symmetric fiber internet, and my house (that I own) cost me 1/10th of similar housing in the GTA. I'm a 8 minute no traffic drive to an airport that can have me in YYZ in 3 hours gate to gate direct.

This magic internet thing is awesome!

North America is empty; the insanity that is large cities and million dollar tiny houres is just that.

People should wake up and realize _that_. ..best decision I ever made.

The universe does not have laws -- it has habits, and habits can be broken.

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