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Google Preparing "Google Mine" For Organizing and Sharing Your Stuff On Google+ 129

MojoKid writes "George Carlin said it best, we all 'need a place to put our stuff.' It seems the folks at Google understand this age old wisdom as well and as such will be launching a new service. Google Mine will reportedly soon be integrated with Google+ so that users can share their belongings with friends in circles they so designate. The new service will also allow G+ users to rate and review items as well, so that anyone in your Google+ stream that you allow, can see the items and your opinion of them. Reportedly there is also an Android app on the way for Mine, which seems like a natural of course, for sharing your stuff on the go. What's perhaps most interesting about the prospects of Google+ Mine could be the secondary benefit that Google receives from data 'mining' your shares on the items you own, use or want."

Comment Re:What's the appeal? (Score 1) 243

NYC and other big cities are really big because there's a lot of people there. And there's a lot of people there because a lot of people want to live there, despite the high cost of living. Small places are small because they have few people; few people want to live there despite the low rents and open spaces.

And while "people" includes developers and engineers of course, it also includes startup founders. People will start new companies where they already live, or where they want to live. Which, for the majority of people, tend to be large cities. Especially if they have an education, already live in a large city (for attending university, for instance) or have any kind of special interests or lifestyle, or belong to some minority demographic that is better served in a large, diverse community than in a small, homogenous one.

So the "why" may have nothing to do with the relative cost of rent, network effect oar anything else. It may simply be because the founders want to live there, and enjoy mingling with like-minded people.


Sony, Microsoft Squabble Over Console Features, But the Real Opponent Is Apple 315

Nerval's Lobster writes "Now that Microsoft and Sony have unveiled their respective next-generation gaming consoles, the two companies have cheerfully resorted to firing broadsides at each other. Whether the current brouhaha has any effect on sales of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 (if hardcore gamers keep complaining, they may even convince Microsoft to knock $100 off the new Xbox and bring its pricing down to the PS4's level), it's also drowning out what many perceive as the real issue: gaming consoles face an existential threat from mobile devices, most notably those running iOS (with some threat from Android). First, there are signs that the hardcore gamer market is soft: console sales in the United States dropped 21 percent in 2012, and sales of new video-game cartridges haven't fared much better. Second, PC/console games such as X-Com have begun appearing on iOS; if that trend continues, the console companies will have more rivals to fight against. Third, Apple is developing a game controller for iOS which could make it an even more dedicated opponent — and convince other tech companies to follow in its footsteps. But don't tell any of that to Microsoft and Sony, which seem content to fire at each other."

Comment Wouldn't put it past them, but... (Score 1) 202

I wouldn't put it past Verizon to do that but one of my colo's peers primarily with Cogent and Cogent blows up internet connectivity from that colo all the time, an issue I just don't have in my other colo. Honestly I don't think Cogent has the moral authority to be able to assert anything.


Comment Re:Video articles (Score 1) 369

Video and podcasts are difficult to follow if you have bad hearing, if it's not in your first language, or if you're in an environment that makes it hard to hear clearly.

I've basically given up altogether on video presentations like this one for such reasons. If it's not important enough for you to provide a transcript, it's not worth my time to try to puzzle out what you are trying to say.

Comment Re:Programmers will be happy. (Score 2) 57

Here's a preliminary "best practice" guide:

Seems OpenMP and openMPI are both available, so typical hybrid systems should at least run out of the box, though you'll of course need a fair bit of tuning to make full use of the thing. It should be less work than adapting a system for running on a GPU though.

Comment Re:How does this protect you? (Score 1) 165

A massive automated dragnet reiles on most data being very easy to access (whether technically or through bulk warrants). Add only moderate security to your data, and suddenly it won't be accessible in that way by default anymore. It has to be individually targeted in some manner, and that takes time and manpower that is always in short supply. So that won't happen unless there's a specific reason to target that data.

Comment Re:RSS: a relic of the dialup era (Score 4, Insightful) 166

It's not bandwidth, it's volume.

I get feeds from a pile or research journals in my field. A typical day I can have 150 new items in the feed, perhaps 2-3 of which are actually of interest to me at the time. With a feed reader I can leaf through and pick out the few interesting ones in ten minutes. If I had to go to the site of each journal I'd spend half my morning doing the same.

Or say you're following tech sites such as Verge, Ars Technical and so on. Much faster to flip through all their new items and visit the ones that interest you than having to visit each site individually.

Finally, feeds are good for anything that updates irregularly. Since it's in your feed you can simply ignore it, and yet never risk missing an update. "XKCD What If", "WTF Evolution" and "Research In Progress" come to mind as perfect for this.

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