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Farhad Manjoo
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Hey @Google and Google+ experts: I'd like to share all my photo albums with one other person (my wife). How do I do that in bulk?
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Why Google can't fix the cable box:

"For one thing, there's no evidence that Google would be very good at remaking the set-top box; its own effort, Google TV, launched this year with a thud. Bringing online services to television is a notoriously difficult user-interface challenge, and Google hasn't shown that it can surmount the problems that have felled everyone else. But there's an even bigger challenge here. Even if Google does manage to improve set-top boxes, why would cable and satellite companies buy these better, more user-friendly devices? Answer: They won't."
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+Solomon Utuedor I think internet TV offers more, because of the lack of the packaged "deals" offered by cable companies. You can get whatever you want on cable, but you might end up paying $150 a month.
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Here's my Slate piece on why restaurant websites are so, so bad.
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The ones that when you click it doesn't work. Just kidding looks like YOUR link is broken. "Sorry, the page you are looking for has moved. You may have clicked an expired link or mistyped the address. Some web addresses are case sensitive. Thanks for reading!"
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Interesting things that The Daily has done recently (on the off-chance you haven't been reading it):

They used the AR Quadricopter Drone (the one I reviewed in December) to take aerial footage of the Tuscaloosa tornado; they're now doing a feature called Daily Drone, and the FAA is investigating their use of drones.

http://www.dailytech.com/FAA+is+Examining+News+Corps+Use+of+Drones+Over+US+Airspace/article22360.htm

http://blog.thedaily.com/tagged/daily_drone

They commissioned a lab to test the water at Vegas hotel pools, and found lots of urine and bacteria in the water.

http://www.thedaily.com/page/2011/07/24/072411-news-vegas-pool/
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I don't think there is a pool in the world that doesn't have urine in it. Oh, I mean, except mine.
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By far the best commentary on the debt ceiling.
The Great Debt Ceiling Debate. Posted on July 28, 2011 by docho11ywood. to be continued…. Posted in Debt Ceiling | Tagged Bachman, Boehner, Cantor, China, Debt Celing, Huntsman, Mccain, Mcconnell, Oba...
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my take: a ceiling that is not a ceiling is not a ceiling
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Do you have to announce everything on Facebook -- even deaths? Emily Yoffe and I discuss in this week's Digital Manners podcast.
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+Nicolette Hardinger It is there choice but it does mean that potential problems raised by Farhad in this podcast may still occur.
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My baby is nearing a year old. One of the best things about having a baby is the chance to evaluate a lot of baby-related products. But looking back over the year, I realize there are still some deep shortcomings in the baby product lineup. There are lots of baby-related products I'd like somebody to invent. Here are some -- do you have any? (Warning: this could become an article of some kind.)

-- A better motorized rocking/swaying crib or bassinet. We've tried several over the year but none was great. They all either used batteries (which need to be replaced quickly) or didn't rock or sway fast enough. I want something that rocks the baby at the same rhythm as I do in my arms.

-- A better way to warm breast milk (or formula). The warmers don't do such a great job; they're slow and not precise. The best way I've found to warm milk is place it in a plastic bag and swish the bag under running water. This is fast, but it's a hassle. Why can't there be a gadget that does this better?

I'll add more as I think of them. What about you?
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totally right
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Here's my piece on Google-Motorola: "In other words—and I never thought I'd say this—Steve Ballmer was right. Android isn't free. In fact, it's not even cheap."

http://www.slate.com/id/2301771/
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I know this a old article, but it seems like nothing much has changed over the last few months. Standardization of the hardware is fine, because it creates a uniform user experience and is much more friendly for the app makers to create apps that will work across the device, but looking at my samsung galaxy S 2, and comparing it to an Iphone, it has more features that i use and is for the most part more intuitive than an Iphone(for the things i use the most ex. i have to slide the notification bar down once and touch to make it silent before i goto meetings, turnon wifi, bluetooth, gps- these requirew more than a few steps in Iphone), agreed that android needs more polish in some aspects, but i feel the opensource is bringing more changes than the closed Iphone can match by itself. Afterall the Genius of Jobs will begin to show in a couple of yesr, because his vision and focus on the small things will start to slip in the new apple. and once you get to Apple's size, there is only one direction to go....
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Nobody answered this important question on Twitter, so I'm asking here: Are people's fingers and nostrils proportional? IE, are there some people whose fingers are too big to pick their nose?
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it's odd that with g+ being such a failure in your eyes that you have decided to post your unanswered boring question here.
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Tom Vanderbilt explains how a new kind of intersection eliminates dangerous, time-wasting left turns:

What makes the DDI work is that it reduces the number of "conflict points" where traffic streams cross each other. There would usually be 26 such points in an intersection like this, but the DDI has only 14 (because, for example, drivers turning onto ramps no longer have to turn across oncoming traffic). But, as Chlewicki explained to me, not having those left-turn movements adds another advantage. In a standard "diamond" interchange, where traffic entering the highway has to turn across traffic, the two sets of traffic signals, because they have to account for the left-turn phase, are difficult to synchronize—which means cars wait in longer queues. But with the DDI, Chlewicki told me, "each signal in the interchange is only two phases, not three. And each of these two phases have some unique characteristics. The left turn from either ramp gets the same green phase as the arterial thru movement that does not conflict with that turn. It's as if the design doesn't need a separate ramp phase since it is built into the design."
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Hello? +Noel Bush? I'm from Massachusetts, in case it wasn't clear. We don't resist roundabouts. We embrace them. But they are also the cause of some horrific traffic issues at high volume intersections. Leverett circle in the middle of Boston is one; the Cape Cod rotary is another. There's a good reason why we're replacing them, and it's not because they're "easy and [they] work".
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I did a SlateV video reviewing my very awesome GeekDesk sit-stand desk. Watch!
Slate's Farhad Manjoo, with the help of his trusty hand-model sidekick, reviews a desk that allows you to sit or stand.
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I would like borrow the hand model.
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This infographic proves what I wrote in Fast Company last year -- Silicon Valley engineers aren't paid nearly enough to cover their cost of living.

Here's my FC piece:
http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/153/engineers-to-the-valley-pay-up.html
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Parts of this graphic are incomprehensible. What do the "Upper Crust" numbers refer to? 95th percentile? 99th? The top paid engineer in each company? Much less useful without this info.

The bottom figure compares a Silicon Valley salary to "cost of living" in other cities. Uhh... salary and expenses are two different things. Anyway, I'd say the absolute $ amount you can save is what really matters, not what % of salary goes towards expenses.
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I write about technology and other stuff I find interesting. I'm the author of "True Enough: Learning to Live in Post-Fact Society."
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