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Bob Aman
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Attended Rochester Institute Of Technology
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Heh. Google working on a glucose monitoring contact lens? Sure, that totally has nothing at all to do with figuring out how to get Google Glass down to the size of a contact lens.

Still, consider me impressed.
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Google Maps API TOS question: If we use the Google Maps static API, can we cache the images locally to keep our usage down?
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LOL, helpful.

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This is very much akin to the kind of auth I've been hoping to see emerge. My ideal world would be one in which this was a secure service managed by the phone's OS, with something similar in the browser. And honestly, I'd like to see this be the primary factor in lieu of passwords.
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I haven't heard much on Activity Streams in quite some time. Has the spec reached some kind of general consensus at this point?
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Planning on some good discussions at this event http://www.w3.org/2013/socialweb/Overview.html. Trying to convince them to use GitHub the way it was intended :)

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Wow, now there's a blast from the past. I loved this game when I was growing up.
Spaceward Ho! is a strategic game of awesome scope. You control the entire ...
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Love you guys, but...
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The problem is not so much notifications on posts. I barely ever post anymore (I've gone back to FB for the most part, and Twitter for tech-stuff). But I always have notifications. The most common one is the "added you to circles notification"; that one is ever-present, but notifications every time someone +1's any of the who-knows-how-much-content-I've-written-over-the-years fills out the rest quite nicely, since that's a separate notification for each one. And unlike FB, which basically never presents old content to anyone, Google's got damn near everything indexed, so people are constantly +1ing really old stuff. That doesn't bother me as much as being notified ever time a Random adds me to circles. But I also can't help but notice it's always Google employees +1ing my old stuff. Rarely anyone else. :-P

If Google would just figure out whether I know the person who added me and only notify me if there's a high probability that I do, I'd be a whole lot happier.

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I haven't been able to use Google+ in awhile. I think I'm starting to realize why. Google+ is using what I suspect may be a serious design anti-pattern. Google+ has always seemed a bit noisy to me compared to its peers, but in the current design incarnation, that noise has been ratcheted up to 11. It's the zig-zag 3-column layout of stories. I can't visually scan 3 columns at once when each story in a given column starts at an offset from the stories in the columns next to it. There are no headlines to grab me and pull me into a story I've scanned over as there would be in a multi-column newspaper layout. So instead, I scroll down, try to find something that grabs my eye and... I just keep scrolling. I feel my eyes flitter back and forth over the columns but I can't focus on anything. The layout guarantees that the only cognitive engagement that can happen on the platform are memes because nothing else can grab you and pull you in long enough.

It's a beautiful design that doesn't function. Unless of course you measure yourself only on content engagement. In which case, by all means, meme away.
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#comcast  is down for the third day in a row. Comcast customer service says, "Sorry, our hands are tied."
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I'm sorry for the trouble with your service, +Bob Aman. Anything I may help you with? 

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You know how it often seems like CAPTCHAs are trolling you? Sometimes they are.
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Lol, I wish I had a place to put that up (without scaring off users)

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Dear LazyWeb,

Let's say you were going to build an app on App Engine that you expected to exist in a wildly hostile security environment, with your primary concern being DDoS attacks. Your normal operating conditions will involve substantial concurrency, with lots of lightweight requests. You're anticipating being under constant 24/7/365 attack with varying degrees of assault involved. You're considering choosing between Java or Go environments on GAE – with all other considerations being equal, would you have a preference?

Assume you're planning to survive an absolute minimum of 1Gb/s incoming, but possibly much more. App Engine DoS blacklists are likely to be insufficient on their own in this scenario:
https://code.google.com/p/googleappengine/issues/detail?id=6000
https://code.google.com/p/googleappengine/issues/detail?id=6733

Assume that some other (hand-waving) DDoS protection system will sit in the middle, but is not expected to be completely effective and some non-trivial fraction of the attack will bleed through.

Does this scenario affect your language choice at all? Does it affect your platform choice? (i.e., would you skip GAE altogether in favor of some other platform?)
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No doubt but I'm curious what the economics are of such an attack on a system where you pay for each cycle vs one where you pay or each CPU. 
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This is the best food delivery in Nairobi: the prices are great, the food is healthy (for pizza, at least) and the people running it are awesome. The actual location is pretty sparse at the moment, but it's really more about delivery anyways and the delivery service is perfect.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
The coffee and juice was good and the location is lovely and quiet. However the food is sub-par at best. Curry was completely flavorless, spaghetti bolognaise was terrible, and the ice cream was pretty bad too – bland with stale bits of brownie covered in cheap chocolate sauce.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
I bought my compound from Pacifica Archery and recently had it repaired there as well. They do excellent work, the staff is both friendly and helpful, and their prices are quite reasonable. I'm going to miss dropping by this place when I move. Saturdays are crowded; if you need a lot of work done on a bow, go on a weekday. The indoor range here is nice, especially in colder weather, and the staff will usually offer really helpful tips on form if you're having trouble. Also check out the San Francisco Archery Range in Pacifica. Great outdoor range and not too far away from the shop.
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Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
I think the pizza at Burrata might actually be the very best I've ever had anywhere. They've got a great location tucked away inside the Old Biscuit Mill. Great atmosphere and the staff are very friendly.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
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Restaurant was nearly empty when we came in. The bench seating is super nice; pillows are a great atmosphere touch. Food took less than 15 minutes to arrive, unlike some other reviews which indicated long waits. Prices for everything on the menu are reasonable. I ordered the Gyro. It was OK, but not amazing. My girlfriend got the Vegetable Tagine, which I tasted a bit of. Seemed like a healthy option, but nearly flavorless. The mint tea was lovely, if a bit sweet. If you order the meatballs, there will be an egg on top. The bread was OK. Honestly, I can totally understand the unpopularity of the restaurant; good if your only concern is trying something different for a change, but there are certainly better options.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
This is my favorite outdoor archery range in the San Francisco Bay Area. Great setup, friendly people, a day pass is $5, and it's not too far from Pacifica Archery, which is my favorite archery shop in the area. Very handy when you've had to take a bow in for repairs or adjustments and you want to go shooting right after. Highly recommended.
Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago
This is a semi-regular hang-out for myself and many of my friends. The food is quite good (assuming you like Ethiopian food), and the price is amazing. You'll never have to worry about breaking the bank here.
Food: Very goodDecor: GoodService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago