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Dylan McCall
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Web developer, gamer and free software fan.
Web developer, gamer and free software fan.

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Made some scary-looking, perhaps a little too sweet but quite delicious matcha & white chocolate cookies, using this recipe: http://hilarymakes.com/2013/03/23/green-tea-white-chocolate-chunk-cookies-experiments-with-matcha-powder/.

Next time I need to use a little less white chocolate, and some smaller globs of cookie dough :)
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Ooh, I like this! I was just suffering through libxml with Vala a few weeks ago, so I'm looking forward to when this is stable :)

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I hope life imitates XKCD on this one, because I've been nagging about it for a while, myself. Desktop operating systems seem to care a lot about system security and very little about actual personal security.

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Looking past the initial inconvenience, losing Google Reader is honestly a good thing. There were way too many applications relying on infrastructure they couldn't trust. Now's a chance to fix that.
This is why relying on a centralized service where you have no ability to participate is so dangerous. While many people are lamenting the loss of Google Reader (there are alternatives; this is 'merely' an inconvenience) or that Google is pulling away from CalDav and instead promoting it's proprietary calendaring API, here is what jumped out at me:

"We’re deprecating our Search API for Shopping, which has enabled developers to create shopping apps based on Google’s Product Search data. While we believe in the value this offering provided, we’re shifting our focus to concentrate on creating a better shopping experience for users through Google Shopping."

Let me translate this for you: they don't want you making shopping related things, so they are dropping the API to do that entirely. If you had been using this API, they are replacing your business with theirs and there is nothing you can do about it, because you have no say in the matter. How horrible to wake up one morning to find out that all your work was for nothing, your business marooned, and you had no say in the matter. It wasn't that you didn't do your job well, you simply trusted someone else to do good on your behalf who had no obligation or commitment to do so.

This is a perfectly legitimate move on the part of Google, though certainly something I would qualify as violating the "do no evil" mantra. The burden of responsibility lies on the shoulders of those who believe they can trust in the good will of others in perpetuity without an equitable agreement in place.

Which is what the GPL and similar copyleft licenses are: equitable agreements that ensure continued good will in perpetuity.

I hope people learn from this; which is why I am making a point of it here .. please pass these ideas on to those you encounter who don't get it yet.

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You know what sucks? Fitness tracking apps. Why can't one of them just hurry up and beat all the others (and maybe get a sensible business model in the process?). I just want to be able to have a home screen widget and my various friends' superior athleticism staring me in the face from a single place.

Aargh, the Google+ app just uploaded a bunch of photos on mobile data, even though I told it never to do that. What an asshole!

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Oh, I've done it again... #LoL  
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