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So after thinking about Google Duo, I've decided that it is a great idea that likely won't bear fruit.

How it compares to FaceTime
The fact that Duo works on both iOS and Android means it has an advantage over FaceTime. However, that advantage disappears since FaceTime has a desktop app (on OS X only) while there is no desktop or web app for Duo. It makes sense that FaceTime is available on both OS X and iOS since Apple controls both platforms, but that's also a downside of FaceTime -- it only works with Apple.

#fail -- not really
Already, people complain that Duo lacks a conference/group calling feature. Newsflash: neither does FaceTime. Duo is bringing video calling to both iOS and Android whereas FaceTime only works on Apple devices. Hangouts is Google's solution when more than one person needs to be connected to the conversation. That's not to say that Duo can't fail obviously, but if people continue to misunderstand the purpose of Duo, then it will. Additionally, you don't need to sign in to your Google account to make Duo work. Simply install the app, and you're taken to a set-up page that verifies your phone number. In contrast to Hangouts and FaceTime, it uses your phone number to connect you, as if you were calling someone with your regular phone app but wanted video as well.

This represents a paradigm shift. Google is trying to bring video-based phone calls to the masses. While there is no audio-only option yet, it has been stated that the feature is in the works. Imagine if you could video-call someone just by knowing their phone number rather than first inquiring what their Skype ID is. Rather than a separate Skype number that costs more money, it only requires that you verify your existing mobile phone number, and the app itself doesn't cost money to install or make calls, nor is it supported by ads. Good job, Google!

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Low chances of adoption are the only problem I see with Duo. The fact that it isn't tied into the OS the way FaceTime is, means that it effectively requires you to hang up an existing phone call and call someone back using Duo. The fact that it's not advertised very much is also a barrier, meaning early adopters might see flaws and drop it entirely. After all, apps like Skype are much more widely used and support more features. On the other hand, why do people use FaceTime at all then? Because sometimes signing into an app and starting a video call is just too annoying when you want to make a quick call to family. FaceTime is already well integrated, so that is used instead. Duo's lack of account requirement means that it can be used instead of FaceTime, meaning "family" can be contacted on both iOS and Android rather than iOS and OS X only. With the user bases for FaceTime, Skype, and Hangouts already established, is there any room left for yet another video-call app?
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I was on my way home a bit ago when I ran across three people arguing. At first, I thought it was just a boyfriend/girlfriend sort of fight with a female friend there to mediate things, but as I approached, I overheard the male dude, "You have three places you can go, and you don't want to go to any of them! You think you're a bad b#%^$ who can stay out late at night all by herself?"

My initial reaction was conflicted. I wanted to help. The "girlfriend" seemed to be in a bit of a spot, perhaps needing a night away from everybody to sort through everything happening on her own. On the other hand, inviting a person I don't know who potentially had thieving tendencies into my home isn't the best idea. The fact that she had a backpack filled with what I assume were overnight essentials, coupled with the other two people trying to get her to stay somewhere safe meant that any input from me would likely be unwelcome. After all, I was a complete stranger walking down the street two hours before midnight. How would they know she would be safe? For that matter, how would she know that she could trust me?

In the end, I said nothing and kept walking. Despite how much I wanted to help, the fact is that it wasn't a battle for me to fight, and the potential harm to their relationships would likely outweigh any benefit. I used to want to help anybody as much as I could, but I think now I'm starting to realize...that some people can't be helped.

Incidentally, if she just wanted to get away from everybody and spend the night on her own, I can understand that perspective. I've done it a couple of times, though not by choice. It was partially liberating and partially terrifying. Leaving means you might not be able to go back ever again, and that means you're responsible for your own food, water, shelter, etc. If you're starting with absolutely nothing and have no friends or family to rely upon, it's a kind of shock. But at the same time, it was nice to explore the world a little from a different perspective. I was forced from my home, but that meant I could literally go anywhere. I was free, and while it had its downsides, it also felt amazing to be able to do anything. It was an adventure story, and I was the main character.

I don't know what happened to that girl, but I hope she remains safe since she was so opposed to going to any of her family and friends' places.

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Below are some excerpts from the article, illustrating that the NHS in England isn't perfect, but it's a heck of a lot better than what we have in the USA now, especially when you must pay for private insurance through the Healthcare Marketplace or through your employer to avoid a penalty on your tax returns rather than just paying the tax directly. If you're going to tax people, then tax them. Don't encourage them to sign up for something they need but can't pay for anyway and then tell them that they'll be paying for it regardless. Again, we already have Medicare that is taken out as a tax, so why not change things to allow for more people to be covered? There are enough tax dollars spent elsewhere, so why not where it counts: toward the healthcare of all Americans?

AppointmentsIn America, you call your doctor and request an appointment when it's convenient for you. In the UK, I was given an appointment whether I liked it or not. Then they said: Come in at 9am on Thursday. There was no choice over appointment times — the assumption is that if you're ill, you're going to come to the doctor when they say. Ultimately, I saw the logic of it: If you only want to show up when it's convenient for your schedule, then how sick are you, really?

Wait timesIn the US, having sat in many an ER waiting room for hours at a stretch, the idea of a hospital seeing nearly 9 out of 10 patients in four hours would be regarded as a miracle. I've always had a long wait to see my doctor. I've sat there for an hour playing with my phone while the doc sees patients in the order they were booked. In the UK, I showed up at 9am and was seen instantly[.] My butt barely touched the seat in the waiting room before my name was called.

Going to the ER for every little thingInterestingly, NHS offices and hospitals have posters up all over the place warning you not to show up at the emergency room if you have a cold or the flu. It's sensible — everyone knows that a vast amount of hospital time and money is wasted treating people who are not an emergency. The entire US pharmaceutical industry is also dedicated to running ads encouraging people to "go see your doctor" for even the most trivial of conditions.

SpecialistsIn the US, I've always been able to see a specialist within a few days. Score one for America. In the UK, they said "we'll see you in January." It was late November, six weeks or more away. This was a shock. I was going deaf now — not in six weeks!

Timeliness of care once you're actually being seenAgain, the NHS care was great. I saw two different doctors within an hour, one for testing and one for diagnosing. A third admin staffer was coordinating the lists so there was no doctor downtime. It was like being in a highly efficient factory. It looked like hard work. I could tell that one of my doctors was not interested in chatting. She treated me, and wanted me out the door. There was a bunch of patients behind me, after all.
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Couldn't sleep and ran across this in my Google Now list. Not good...
A job in IT is not what it used be, even if you can find one at all..
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Thank you, Windows 10 UI designers, for being smart enough to inform me that when I choose "03:00" as a restart time with "Today" still selected for the date, it is a date/time combination in the past. I appreciate that you are communicative enough to tell me when I did something you don't like.

On the other hand, couldn't you have just changed "Today" to "Tomorrow" and informed me of that change instead? That seems like a much more intelligent choice to me, unlike how you currently cancel my action and tell me that you think I'm stupid for selecting a time without selecting the date first when the date is the second thing on the screen. I frequently leave personal work on my home PC open in the morning and return to it in the afternoon, continuing to work on it until I go to sleep, meaning my "Active Hours" are in the range 16-20.

At the very least, move the date picker to the left of the time picker to make it more prominent that the date should be verified before selecting a time.
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The funny thing is that it's mostly harmless.

Oh well. Just goes to show that you should always be careful.

Amusing screen though! ☺
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Of the five presented, I'll always have a soft spot for FFVI (first released as FFIII in the USA) and Chrono Trigger, especially the latter.

The "blurb" about Chrono Trigger's musical score was dead-on. It's truly a masterpiece in its own right. Add the story of the game, and you have nothing short of gold. Its story, its music, and its great character development all made it an amazing game that I still enjoy to this day.

While its sequel Chrono Cross received much lower marks, the soundtrack was again amazing, and if you look at how the two games are related after feeling that amazing sense of accomplishment at completing the game, it very possibly could blow your mind. For an awesome resource on how the games connect in terms of the story, look up the Chrono Compendium.
FACT looks back at the Super Nintendo's greatest soundtracks, from Final Fantasy VI and Chrono Trigger to Megaman X and Super Metroid.
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If only every nation's healthcare system worked like this, especially that of the USA...

As one commenter put it, waiting to see a patient with multi-system trauma until it's verified that they can pay is backward (just an example). I'm not aware of any variant of the Hippocratic Oath involving payment before aiding any of the sick or the injured. To place money before the Oath is to break it — akin to malpractice in my judgment.

If you signed up to save lives, why are you letting things progress, possibly to an irreversible point, because you don't know if an individual has the ability to pay?

If the USA had a taxation system that included medical for all citizens (we already have Medicare, so why can't that be extended to everybody?), I feel like we'd all be a lot better off.
Two years ago I wrote about my experience in a London emergency department with my son, Victor. That post has since been viewed > 450,000 times. There are over 800 comments with no trolls (a fea…
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Easily the best advice I've ever read:

... whenever you’re tempted to eat something, take a step back and ask yourself, “Is this something you really, really want and will not regret having it 15 minutes from now?” If that piece of cake doesn’t make your heart (or stomach) scream “F*ck Yes!,” then you should pass.

Bonus: this applies especially to things like cookies and soda ― my two primary forms of "food weakness". I'm currently limiting myself to one 20oz soda a day, occasionally allowing for two if I'm not having the best of days or if I'm eating out.

As for cookies, I could ordinarily finish 6 medium-sized sugar cookies or 8 small chocolate chip cookies in one sitting and be perfectly fine; that's like a snack to me. About 30 minutes later, I'd want more.

Applying the above quote to my cookie situation, I'd regret it later on when I realize I've finished half a "Family Size" package of Chewy Chips Ahoy! cookies in 3 hours. I currently don't have anything unhealthy around since I opted to buy some fresh fruit and actively refused to even allow myself to walk down the aisle with cookies. So far, so good! That said, I'll likely end up purchasing some and following the other piece of advice in the article: out of sight, out of mind. Instead, I'll have some fruit available as I do now. 😀
 
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Awesome! I don't care much for Pokemon, but Pikachu being the first one Ash got is pretty nostalgic. Combining that nostalgia with such a controversial act is what makes it really cool! #DoubleStandardDontCare
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#MyPasswordStory

When I first started with passwords, I used very simple passwords, e.g. "dragonball" because I liked Dragon Ball Z as a kid.

Eventually, I started mixing case and digits into my passwords (e.g. "DragonBall777"), so it wasn't as obvious what my password was, even while you were looking over my shoulder. I mean, it's not like it was my fault that my friend made his password for his Yahoo! Groups group so simple that I could go in and ruin it by making everybody "Admin" or "Moderator" except him... ;)

In time, I learned better practices such as avoiding password reuse and even learned about technologies such as PGP.

Then smartphones came along and two-factor authentication was rolled out a bit later, so if someone tried to log into your Google account, for example, they'd be presented with a prompt to type in a code that was either sent in an SMS (which alerted you to the fact that someone tried to access your account and knew your password) or generated by an application such as Google Authenticator.

Finally, I ended up going with a password manager with password generation capabilities, simplifying things drastically while also enhancing my security. There was only one problem: what if their databases got hacked? Even if they couldn't get my encrypted passwords for various websites initially, all they needed to decrypt them was my "master" password. I searched for a two-factor authentication option and enabled it. SECURE! ...right?

Except then I wondered whether it was secure enough. Even though I know my "master" password is reasonably secure, and the second authentication method is required to gain access to my passwords and decrypt them, something similar to encrypting a file containing my passwords with my PGP key, there's always a chance that someone will somehow find a way to bypass that second authentication method.

It's said that you should use randomly generated passwords rather than choosing them yourself when possible, so last week, I had an ingenious idea: what if I added a third factor and randomly generated my master password?

Without going into too much detail, I considered using an open source password manager app on my phone solely for keeping a newly randomly generated master password of my real password manager secure. Then with the two-factor authentication of my real password manager still enabled, I finally feel like I'm secure enough.

Of course, if I lose my phone, or it gets stolen, I'm kinda screwed since I suddenly don't have access to my master password, right? Well...basically, yes. Unlike other multifactor authentication methods, this is vulnerable to physical forces, and it cannot be reversed (compared with, say, contacting Google support and being able to unlock your account after a considerable amount of time spent just to verify your identity).

For that reason, I chose the middle ground: a master password that I'd easily remember, with some randomly generated "noise".

And for those sites I don't trust or who I know will send me my plaintext password via email, I use another, more simple, randomly generated "noise" password that is completely unrelated to anything in my master password; using something even remotely similar to my actual password would just be asking to get hacked...

In the end, this means I am not secure; just "secure enough". After all, security is a myth.
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Finally got around to watching Burlesque...6 years after it was released. Oh well.

It was refreshing to hear Cher and Christina Aguilera's strong vocals. It was also really great to see Christina Aguilera playing a "good girl" type of female character, which is how I've always preferred to envision her ever since Disney's Mulan came out (plus, you know, What A Girl Wants and Genie In A Bottle also kinda influenced me lol...I was a growing boy back then! ;)

At first, I was thinking that I wouldn't enjoy it, but I changed my mind after some more story progression. I mean, I'm a sucker for stories like this (underdog climbing to the "level" of a star/hero) as long as they're written well enough, and this one definitely qualified as good enough. The film had an unusually satisfying ending as well...

As for the songs, I fell in love with Christina's voice years ago, so anything with her voice sounds amazing to me. Kinda like Taylor Swift really, though she's still far from Christina's level in my opinion. Maybe that's just bias due to nostalgia since I actually really like Taylor Swift's songs, more than Christina's in fact. I don't know... If they both sat in front of me and asked me which was better, I wouldn't be able to choose definitively. Seduction could even be in force, and I'd still be unsure. I like Avril Lavigne too, but her voice sometimes sounds hollow during most live performances, a huge contrast to the depth that Christina's voice has. They're all fantastic though, and I find Avril particularly hot.......... >_>

Anyway, um, yeah, Burlesque was good. Maybe I'll go and see a real burlesque show sometime? Who knows what the future holds?! :D
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