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"You aren't doing something right unless you do have haters.  The moment you have haters you finally know you are on to something." - +Travis Owens 
 
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Thanks to +Travis Owens for helping me embrace this. :-)
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+Naval Gilles No, but if you hate it, it probably is. 
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The Fire Stick really just doesn't hold up well as a media device, and nor did the Chromecast I replaced with it. The stick PCs just aren't up to basic standards, and the software offerings are too limited just to watch some TV.

I'm strongly considering buying one of these for my TV. Most of the channels I watch have pretty solid Windows 8 apps that connect to the XFINITY account.
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Time to look for the AMD option...
(just pissing off +Arthur Brownlee IV  :))
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This is a truly beautiful thing. (One I can't afford.)

2 TB on an SSD that fits in a laptop.
Solid state drives are the bee's knees as far as I am concerned -- the best upgrade any PC user can make. Even as prices come down, however, there is still a big issue -- limited capacities. Understandably, a user might be hesitant to replace a 1 or 2TB hard drive with a much smaller SSD.
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+Travis Owens​ I didn't think so either, but Samsung has a white paper out on it and it sounds legit except for the significant amount he is setting aside.
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Jason Calacanis explains how Google scams and deceives users into making them money.

“Paid Inclusion” is basically the ads that consumers think are content, but are really ads.

On top of that, < 1% of the screen real estate is dedicated to telling this insane fact to consumers! See the tiny ‘AD’ and ‘SPONSORED’ logos? Yeah, barely noticeable … by design.

In the old days Google used to highlight the ads with a background color … over time they have included smaller and smaller notes; this is, of course, a huge debate in the industry. In fact, people have done studies to prove that a large percentage of users don’t know they are clicking on ads.
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"In the old days Google used to highlight the ads with a background color … over time they have included smaller and smaller notes; this is, of course, a huge debate in the industry. In fact, people have done studies to prove that a large percentage of users don’t know they are clicking on ads.?"

No link to any said studies? Typical.
Here's 2013 one with the old layout of pale yellow background and indicates 40% of people don't understand the AdWords links are Ads (https://econsultancy.com/blog/62249-40-of-consumers-are-unaware-that-google-adwords-are-adverts).

But then there's a follow up in 2014 with the current layout of bold yellow 'Ad' badge next to the URL and no background. It shows 36% don't still understand (https://econsultancy.com/blog/64808-36-of-people-still-don-t-realise-that-google-adwords-are-ads/).

An improvement or margin of error? Both are possible. But you would think malicious intent to drive up clicks via obscuring information would have a more pronounced effect.

My experience is that the bold 'Ad' badge to the left of every link is much more noticeable than a pale shading that may or may not be noticeable depending on your monitor and settings. 

If you want a look at barely noticeable Ads look at Bing ads. They use a grey background so similar to the page background I can barely see it on my work monitor. Not to mention the phrase 'Ads' is to the top right of all the ads, away from where the eye is drawn to. Look at the heatmaps from the study of Google, almost no one would be looking there!
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Thanks +Terry Poulin

Pulled out of context from the comments at the OP: 'My girlfriend asked why I carry a gun around the house. I looked her dead in the eye and said, "The mother fucking browser plugins". She laughed, I laughed, the website laughed, I shot the computer, it was a good time.'
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I disabled it in the plugins menu.
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+DUST 514 is still going strong! Warlords 1.2 coming this week!
 
Warlords 1.2 is coming to TQ in less than 2 days! Overview & Patch Notes Dev Blog is now live: http://dust514.com/news/2015/07/warlords-1.2-overview-patch-notes/
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+Anisse A. Paid gear really only ends up saving you money in-game. In fact, the best gear can only be gotten via playing.

It has been, however, fairly slanted against new players, in terms of matchmaking and balance, and I think they've made a lot of changes to address that. 
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Lauren Weinstein has collected a lot of stories about how modern user interfaces, promoted by "designers" and companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple, ruin lives.

This is literally someone who has blocked me in defense of Google, who is stepping out to clearly denote, specifically, how Google has done wrong.
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After reading the blog, I don't necessarily disagree with him about having an optional 'basic' UI.
When I first used Windows 8, I could relate to Senior Citizens, suddenly.
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This is the coolest thing I've seen today. It is exactly what it says.
Stuff in Space requires WebGL and Web Worker support. Groups. Clear; GPS; Iridium; GLONASS; Galileo; Iridium 33 Collision Debris; Ariane Sylda. (none). WAFFLESAT-5 R/B. Int'l Designator. 1998-067A. Type. PAYLOAD. Apogee. 100 km. Perigee. 100 km. Inclination ...
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One of the biggest problems with Bing isn't that they copy ideas from Google ('great artists steal' - Steve Jobs), but that Bing keeps copying Google's bad ideas. They're cloning Google rather than succeeding Google, like they could be.

Google products are in a death spiral but for some reason Bing just insists on copying them anyways. :/
While Google Maps remains the gold standard for online mapping, Microsoft is getting ready to push out a huge update to its Bing Maps service that looks like it'll compete well with Google's...
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The images part of Bing Maps was sold to Uber, along with the 100-ish staff that were a part of that department.

Overall, I like the changes.  It looks more clean and has more information.  I agree that they need to be doing more in their own direction, but I can't fault them for "borrowing" these kind of features, especially when they're an improvement over what they had previously.
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I'm sure there's more than a few people here that would be okay with this going through, but there's definitely a painful precedent being considered here, and I urge you to think the rest of this post through. That even openly offered, public domain or permissively-licensed content might be impossible to distribute because of government regulations.

The reality is that this tech exists, it's already distributed widely, and it's not going anywhere anytime soon. This, like DRM, is the government's way of sticking it's head in the sand on the issue and pretending it doesn't exist or can be regulated away. The original design is already available widely on torrents and other file sharing sites, and it's not like the physical design of a gun is something people in other countries can't fabricate themselves.

This is the same type of legislation that has crippled our encryption industry, forcing old ciphers to be maintained on web browsers, and forbidding US developers from allowing good encryption ciphers to be "exported" by being posted online for anyone to use.

Side note: Yes, it's a Fox News link. Get over it.
Those handy schematics to enable anyone to 3D print gun parts or even a weapon from scratch will not be able to for much longer thanks to a new proposal from the State Department.
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I seem to remember a similar fuss when the Glock first debuted. It was a 'plastic gun' and 'terrorists were going to have a field day'.
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Surprising nobody, Google has found an industry they didn't already control, and will aim to control it in the future. Only in Israel for now though. (Google's getting weirder with their choices of pilot locations.)
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+Michael Lavi Ah, that makes sense then.
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My ferret is the champion of appearing dead while resting. Not kidding.
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+Lars Fosdal I'll try. He tends to wake up shortly after I enter the room.
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    System Administrator, 2011 - present
  • Naperville Public Library
    Shelver I, 2007 - 2011
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Fair warning, if I choose to circle you, I will probably regularly comment on you too. It's what I do.

I am an IT geek, a gamer, and a scifi nerd. I have --Asperger's Syndrome-- autism (seriously, no strikethrough here?), my cute little mental disorder that is responsible for my peculiar obsession with minor details and ability to remember excessively complex numerical systems.


I'm an avid Android user, possessing multiple Androids, in addition to the variety of Windows computers I run on a daily basis. I have an odd obsession with 2.5" SATA hard drives, don't ask why.

A list of my computers can be found at http://www.ocdtrekkie.com/machines.php

And if this is Navi, I still love you.

Statements expressed on this profile do not reflect the opinions and standpoints of my employer.
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    Criminal Justice, 2006 - 2013
  • DeVry University
    Game and Simulation Programming, 2008 - 2011
A great addition to any Paris vacation. We had a lot of fun exploring their video games exhibition and their submarine! A particular bonus was number of displays that were available in English as well as French.
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reviewed a year ago
Reasonably priced buffet. Food is decent/good, selection is small though. Drinks are free. Dining area is reminiscent of a cafeteria.
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reviewed a year ago
A decent-priced hotel in an extremely convenient location in downtown San Francisco. I was impressed by the service and style of this hotel located in this over one-hundred year-old building. RFID-based room keys and such were a nice novelty. On the downside, my heater did not work, and was not repaired during my four-night stay. They did provide me extra blankets. And the walls are very thin. One morning I awoke to the couple in the adjoining room (which is only a single door for separation) having some fun in bed.
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Quality: GoodFacilities: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Let me preface by saying that I don't like Mexican food. But that being said... Despite that it was too spicy for my tastes, the salmon I had was incredible. Service was great, and honestly, the prices were quite fair as well.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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Food was excellent, prices were great, atmosphere was good.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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I was looking for somewhere relatively cheap in an area where food is a lot more expensive than home. For less than the cost of fast food, Jasmin's Cafe provided a great meal, that was freshly-prepared. A worthwhile place to grab a meal while near Union Square.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
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reviewed 2 years ago
Easily the nicest hotel I've stayed in. Hotel Avante has a great atmosphere, and great service. The cleaning staff always leaves a friendly note with a couple pieces of candy behind. The hotel is geared towards "creative people", with Idea notepads around the room, as well as various puzzles. Wi-Fi is as good as at home or better. A truly enjoyable stay.
Quality: ExcellentFacilities: ExcellentService: Excellent
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