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Another case of technopanic for +Jeff Jarvis to consider? "Operating system creator releases major upgrade for free, adopts distribution approach used by game publishers, gets slapped with massive negative reactions..."
 
Not stealing... Sharing is caring, people

I think the stealing your bandwidth thing is way overwrought. But judging from the reactions people have to Windows 10's built-in torrent-like approach to distributing updates, I guess I'm in the minority in thinking that it was a good idea to turn it on by default. In my house, I have only a few machines that run Windows (and part time at that), but I can totally see how this would be useful for places that have more than one Windows machine or small businesses.

Sure, it's a litle weird that the default is set to share with just not your local machines, but to the public--but let's not forget, this upgrade to Windows 10 is free for most people. And the mechanism has been used by game publishers like Blizzard for years now. From the article itself: """it uses a "limited portion" of idle upload bandwidth""".

Really, with the exception of people who pay through the nose for upstream bandwidth (and I imagine few of those are in the G+ universe), this just makes sense.
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I'm a huge proponent of bit-torrent, (it's too bad MS isn't using their technology) But, I need controls over it. I have great internet, but I will still, occasionally want to limit up stream for various reasons, like while playing a particular game or some such. Bit Torrent has the ability to turn it on or off, and to throttle it. This does not seem to have that option.  
I would not want to sync a huge file with Drop box while playing an online game, likewise, I would not want my neighbor getting his Windows update when I'm in the middle of my game, either.
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Hidden away on CBC

Pretty damned funny webisode show that I find hard to believe that I had not heard of before. Come on CBC, you've got to do a better job of promoting this stuff! (Also, obligatory whine about not supporting Chromecast natively).

Thanks to +Lynn Kabaroff for recommending it!
Alar, a dimension travelling wizard, gets trapped in our world and meets Kim, a struggling journalist - or is she a magical sorceress?
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While you were in diapers, and wetting the sheets, I was at the keyboard, SEOing to the beat [1]

So my 2002 paper on creating a master index was cited in a patent application (by IBM) that was filed in 2005 and granted in 2014. (The PTO was not moving too fast on that one, yeesh!)

Given that my paper with "search engine optimization" in the title was just published last week [2], it feels like I've been doing this white hat SEO thing for a very long time...

1. With apologies to The Rappin' Duke.
2. https://journal.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.php/perj/article/view/3328
A system and method for exposing internal search indices to Internet search engines. The internal search indices are exposed to external search engines in such a way that the ...
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Battery on my Nexus 5 is getting worse and worse. It's mostly just been in my pocket, connected to WiFi, all day.

It has been a good year and a half with the N5, but I'm starting to think about new phones now. Here's hoping the next generation of Nexus phones go back to removable batteries. (Hah, yeah, faint hope of that I know.)
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For phones with replaceable (but tired) batteries (Samsung SIII), does anyone have recommendations on reputable vendors? Reviews on Amazon and elsewhere seem to indicate that replacement batteries are a bit of a gamble in general.
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White hat SEO: Structured web data for libraries

Hey! I wrote an article and submitted it to a a peer-reviewed journal--and they liked it!

The article takes the reader, step by step, through the progressive enrichment of a library web site to improve the ability of search engines and other machine processes to understand and reuse its content (locations, contact info, and events feature prominently).

My focus is on adding schema.org via RDFa, but I begin with a discussion about robots.txt and sitemaps--two basic elements that, sadly, many library web sites do not seem to understand.

Also fun, during the publishing cycle (after layout was complete) schema:branchOf was superceded by schema:parentOrganization. Oh well...

Huge thanks to the team of editors at The Partnership Journal that helped me improve this article significantly from its first draft!
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+Raphael Savina My article (a "conference spotlight") was single-blind reviewed, per https://journal.lib.uoguelph.ca/index.php/perj/about/editorialPolicies#peerReviewProcess
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Suddenly my +T-Mobile SIM just got a lot more interesting

It remains to be seen what the coverage is like in my area in the Canadian wilds of Northern Ontario (Sudbury isn't listed in the list of LTE-covered Canadian cities), but the TMobile SIM card that I swap into my phone every time I cross the border into the States might just become that much more useful.

Hmmmmmmmm... Fascinating move, TMobile!
T-Mobile has expanded its coverage to include Mexico and Canada in addition to the U.S. Get Unlimited calling and texting in 3 countries for the price of one! Learn more here!
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Not stealing... Sharing is caring, people

I think the stealing your bandwidth thing is way overwrought. But judging from the reactions people have to Windows 10's built-in torrent-like approach to distributing updates, I guess I'm in the minority in thinking that it was a good idea to turn it on by default. In my house, I have only a few machines that run Windows (and part time at that), but I can totally see how this would be useful for places that have more than one Windows machine or small businesses.

Sure, it's a litle weird that the default is set to share with just not your local machines, but to the public--but let's not forget, this upgrade to Windows 10 is free for most people. And the mechanism has been used by game publishers like Blizzard for years now. From the article itself: """it uses a "limited portion" of idle upload bandwidth""".

Really, with the exception of people who pay through the nose for upstream bandwidth (and I imagine few of those are in the G+ universe), this just makes sense.
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+G. Hussain Chinoy Agreed.
And with an explicit opt in (using sharing as the default), they still probably would have picked up 75% or more of users.
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I'm proud of OLITA Council for their/our response to the situation at the Timmins Public Library where a library patron was initially prevented from participating in a summer robotics program due only to her gender.
The following statement by OLITA Council was also sent directly to Carole-Ann Churcher, CEO of the Timmins Public Library. The Ontario Library Information and Technology Association (OLITA) recogni...
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So here's where I admit defeat and opt to roll back to Raspbian Wheezy on the Raspberry Pi 2.

I had a working full-screen browser (midori) running a web-based slideshow on Wheezy for a signage display system, but it was sluggish, so I upgraded to Jessie... and found that epiphany, midori, and iceweasel were all crashing out on the second image in the slideshow.

#crushedhopes    #hourslost  
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I might have played a small part in this one: with a 15 minute layover at YYZ, I was able to hand over a few portal keys for potential northern anchor points to an agent who drove through the drop-off/pickup zone, before I jumped into the security line and was whisked away to the west coast. Fun stuff :)
 
To all my eyes in the sky, I have to start this out with…… I love the Resistance, no matter what team I end up working with in all of North America I love their dedication, their hard work and their determination.  Taking words from +Maggie Coyne ‘This op went so smoothly it was almost creepy.’ This is not the official Site Rep, I’ll leave that to +Eric Cleveland, after all this was his brain child. I just got to run intel. 
223 784 389 MU. Of Fields! 
A big kudos goes out to All my Intel support, the network of agents who sit behind the computer and do the planning and coordination, this unofficial SitRep is for you. Without these fine team captains plans like this would never come together. There is no AP, badge or battle tales for those of us who sit tirelessly behind a computer watching and directing but in my mind you are all the rock stars of the Ingress world. And to all of you I owe a ton of thanks!
Also, with so many agents please forgive me if I missed anyone, some were left off by request. Full siteRep to follow with actual details.

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+Victor Linares 

Oh......and thanks +Eric Cleveland  for dragging me on this roller coaster ;)
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I love that this article includes lessons learned like the following:

When we talked to students in the course of the week, we learned that our main assumption, ie that students would be excited to engage in a selfie campaign based in Twitter, was incorrect. Students told us 1) that they generally did not like to have selfies published on a public forum not of their choosing, and b) that Instagram was really their preferred platform for taking and posting photos.

See also http://adlib.info/more-on-ask-girl/ for more on the Ask Girl marketing campaign.

/via +Andrew Colgoni and +Susanna Galbraith 
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Thing of awesomeness.

/via +Kevin Clarke
 
You are gonna need a bigger plate for this: Here comes the sweet & fruity shark attack! #SharkWeek
Mike Warren took a seemingly normal watermelon and transformed it into a cute, and ferocious, shark you can fill with your favorite fruits.
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  • Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
    Information Studies, 1996 - 1998
  • Laurentian University
    English & Philosophy, 1992 - 1996
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I'm a systems librarian who cares about software freedom and open source. Since 2007 my core contributions have been to the Evergreen library system project.  I'm also the founder and lead for the Google Developer Group Sudbury.
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I can (and do) hit some awesome mountain biking trails right out of my backyard. Sudbury rocks!
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Systems Librarian
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Structured data (schema.org, RDFa, microdata); Perl; PHP; Python; PostgreSQL; HTML5 (yes, JavaScript and CSS too); obscure library standards and protocols like MARC21 and Z39.50; can code Java when necessary, which Android gets me to do.
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  • Laurentian University
    Systems Librarian, 2006 - present
    I make it possible for people to connect with information they need in the form of articles, books, and data, while overcoming the hurdles that publishers and "solution providers" put in the way.
  • IBM Canada
    1998 - 2006
    Product planner for DB2 on Linux; Information Architect for DB2 / IBM Software Group (System House); Technical Writer focused on DB2 application development
  • Xerox Canada
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Toronto, Ontario - Barrie, Ontario
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Great brekkie: the poached eggs with smoked salmon includes a very generous portion of salmon, and the avocado is always welcome!
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Beware the "parlour room"! I reserved a room with two double beds. On my way to the airport, the hotel called, told me they had a note in my reservation that I wanted one bed (I couldn't check, because I was driving), and said that because the hotel was booked solid they would be able to give me a "parlour room". That is, a couch that pulls out into a bed. I was dubious, but still driving (hands free of course!), and when they said "it still has our pillow top mattress, it's just a bit thinner", I thought "okay, that doesn't sound so bad." Now I'm in the room. It's the thin pull-out mattress that you would expect from a cheap pull-out couch. As a bonus, the room is right beside the elevators. I am not looking forward to my stay here, because I value sleep.
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Great vegetarian Indian cuisine. I'm a repeat visitor over the past ten years; it's always been good. Service is variable, but that's too be expected from any restaurant. Prices are in line with the norms for the quality and quantity of food served up per dish.
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Casual atmosphere (a dress shirt is way over the top for this place), excellent Thai food. I had a bowl of tom yum soup; the portion size was small but it was packed with flavour. By far the best tom yum I've had (and I've tried a lot). Also had the green curry, which more than met expectations in flavour, presentation, and serving size. Highly recommended.
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A go-to place for sushi when I'm downtown.
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I've been multiple times over the past twenty years; first as a student for my first Ethiopian experience, most recently as a parent with two overtired children in tow. I've never failed to have great, attentive service (especially impressive patience with said children!) and wonderful food. One of my favourite places to visit in Toronto.
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Perhaps the best Indian cuisine I've had, including the ten years I lived in Toronto. The dishes, rice, and naan are freshly prepared when you order, and the portions are generous; two main dishes are more than enough for three people. They don't hold back on the spice; if you order "hot" you will get very hot, and I love that :)
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