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Let's face it geeks and geek-ettes, G+ isn't making Google any money, and aside from you, the few, the proud and highly principled geeks, pretty much nobody's using it much.
http://www.engadget.com/2015/03/02/google-plus-breakup/
It's been the punchline to plenty of gags, and now it looks as if Google is finally ready to do something with its homegrown social network. The search e
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One other place it's being used is in some Google Play games, to provide the "friend list" kind of functionality that other games get from Facebook, Game Center, or vendor-specific "friending" infrastructure.
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A techie question for my geeky friends: For as long as I can remember "xterm -font 12x24" popped up an xterm window with the cartoonishly large fonts I need to be able to get any work done.  Now with high res laptop screens, that's too small but I don't see any large fixed size fonts. Suggestions? I've flailed around with xfontsel but that's produced pretty much unusable results. #xterm   #fonts   #x11  
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+Chris Patti yep, KDE and Gnome are basically identical for this purpose. They both use the same underlying font scaling capabilities in modern X. Using fixed scale fonts in this day and age is basically a massive step backwards, especially for people with vision problems, since you can't customize the aliasing to your particular vision and display hardware. From what I hear from others with vision problems, that's really key because the antialiasing that works for me will basically make the text unreadable to certain kinds of vision impairments.
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Boy howdy, if I can't figure out how to remove the birthdays, event invitations, and other miscellaneous Google+ crapola from infecting my calendar, I may have to bug out of here. Frustrating.
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Yeah, I just got the update and the Android app definitely has an option to turn them off. That said, the new version of Calendar sucks giant trash bags! Adding a new event is a rich multimedia migraine!
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"Alchemical Interactive Fiction"
Yay!
http://hadeanlands.com/
is out! I backed the Kickstarter and am really excited about playing.  Andrew Plotkin is one crazy bright dude.  It's out for IOS, Windows, Mac and Linux, and I think he doesn't officially support it but Android too.  Can't wait to have time to play :) 
Marooned in an alien, airless wasteland — your starship fractured — your crewmates missing. Can an apprentice alchemist learn how to survive? Hadean Lands is interactive fiction — a classic text adventure. No graphics! No menus! No point-and-click! You type your commands, and read what happens ...
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(I hope that my mentioning this doesn't embarrass him.  Mostly I wanted to make sure he saw someone random commenting on how awesome the game is.)
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I know most Google+ people have drunk the Kool Aid and REALLY like it, but for anyone willing to venture into a new social network I've followed the herd over to Ello.  Hopefully it will grow legs, I rather like it :)
https://ello.co/feoh
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Sounds like FUD - there are 4 founders, only one of whom is dead, and you can see contributions at https://github.com/diaspora/diaspora/pulls?q=is%3Apr+is%3Aclosed - there is plenty of activity. (and I found this all in about 2 minutes of web searching....not prior knowledge to me)
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This is pretty exciting.  Festival was getting pretty long in the tooth:
http://espeak.sourceforge.net/ #speech   #synthesis   #linux  
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Anybody in my feed going to Chefconf 2015?
https://www.chef.io/chefconf/ (I'm psyched :)
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Turning off hardware acceleration in Chrome under Ubuntu Linux just fixed a whole bunch of hela broken.  Kinda disappointing there GOOG.  If it's busted, make the button say "CRAZY EXPERIMENTAL HARDWARE ACCELERATION SHIZ - ENABLE AT YOUR OWN RISK!" and oh, maybe hey, don't TURN IT ON BY DEFAULT! ?
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Thanks for the Ubuntu repo instructions Aaron! I'll give that a shot :)
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A rogue-lite river journey through the backwaters of a forgotten post-societal America. Forage, craft, evade predators. For PC & Mac.
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Trying REALLY hard not to hate VMWare.  Having to boot into Windows JUST to run the VSphere client really rains on my parade though.
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There's hope.  We may be migratiing to a more modern vSphere with the GUI and even chef knife plugin support.  Woo :)
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Can anyone explain to me any sane reason why the custom comparison function options for sort were removed in #Python 3.X? Makes zero sense to me.  +Aaron Sherman ? +Paul Jimenez ?
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I hadn't run across that issue before since I mostly code py <3.  Thanks for teaching me something :)
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So my new job is at a Linux shop and I'm switching environments from Mac where I've been cozily ensconced for the last 10 years or so to Ubuntu.  Which is fine, but they're also a Python shop.  Are there any serious Pythonistas out there who use Vim, or is now a good time to cut the cord and switch back to emacs after my decade+ long hiatus? :) #vim   #emacs   #python   #mac   #ubuntu 
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It is much more feature-rich than Vundle. I enjoyed using it while I was on Vim.
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    Communications, 1987 - 1991
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The internet is a series of tubes. Right?
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I'm a long time Boston area geek. I'm married and enjoy the outdoors, computers, reading, games, and spending time with my lovely wife, not in that order :)
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Release Engineer
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  • Gazelle
    Devops Engineer, 2013 - present
  • Blue State Digital
    Release Engineer, 2010 - 2013
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Jack is, to put it very simply, nothing short of a miracle worker. My wife and I have used him for jobs large and small through the years, and every single time he has produced nothing but utterly exemplary work. I came to him once with a pair of pants that, embarrassingly, were ripped clear through the crotch. It just so happens that these pants came from the Brooks Brothers suit I wore at my wedding. Several people thought they were a goner, but Jack fixed them up like new. For those who have taken exception to Jack's prices being a dollar or two more than they are elsewhere, I will say only that you get what you pay for, and Jack's work is worth every cent and more.
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