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Cole Brecheen
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Has anyone else noticed that hangout links no longer work when you create them by adding a video call to a Google Calendar event? It seems to have stopped working within the last couple of days. My company uses this kind of link to create persistent hangouts that work like virtual conference rooms, so now they're all broken. We've tested from multiple machines, multiple browsers, multiple operating systems, multiple network environments, with all browser caches cleared, using both old calendar links and newly created ones. You can click this one to see what happens:

https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/calendar/Y2JyZWNoZWVuQGdtYWlsLmNvbQ.427uguardk5c9uskk3cfngj5t4?authuser=0

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We're selling our house in Eastmoreland. These are the pictures the realtor took yesterday.
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One of the more interesting bicycles on display at the Portland Art Museum a few weeks ago. This one was supposed to be for riding on ice, and was not a commercial success.
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Does anyone have a solution to the problem of "ordering" the participants in a Hangout in a way that is visible to everyone? I need an easier way to do the equivalent of "let's go around the table and introduce ourselves." Maybe we could use the order of the small pictures along the bottom, but it's not even obvious to me, much less newcomers to whole Hangout experience, that all participants are seeing those images in the same order. It would also sometimes be useful to let participants label themselves, kind of like a name tag or a label to indicate role in the discussion. Anyone know of a way to do that?

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After years of relatively smooth use of G+ Hangouts for small group meetings once or twice a week, I'm starting to have real trouble with scheduling and initiating them. I found out last night that it's possible to embarrass yourself by sending a "Join video call" link as part of a Google calendar event invitation to 30-some-odd people, expecting that most will show up in person but a handful will participate remotely through the Hangout. I tested the link in advance and got a nice welcoming screen that said "You're about to join a video call. You're the first one here!" But then when the moment arrived and I had all these people wanting to join, I found out that clicking on that blue "Join" button brings up a screen that says "You're not allowed to join this video call." And THEN I find that it has become extremely difficult to post a Hangout invitation as a G+ Page. (The one I manage is at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/114416963841614551180/114416963841614551180/posts). What am I up against here? Bugs? Poor design? Or my own ignorance?
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I've been using Hangouts for small-group meetings, and have found that a couple of the Mac users have significant problems. One of them is convinced that his relatively new MacBook Pro consumes more power and runs noticeably hotter when there are more participants in the Hangout. He goes into low-bandwidth mode during our meetings and says this helps. Is it even conceivable that he is right about some correspondence between bandwidth usage on his own connection and the number of other participants in the Hangout? And could that really make his MacBook run hotter?

I'm interested in talking to people who have experience with the dialog model taught by http://www.publicconversations.org/, preferably people who can teach it to others. Know anyone?
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