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Today I am starting a new hashtag. #CommittedToOpen . Feel free to add it anywhere Google is being very closed. Also, read this Google blog from 2009 about how open systems and open standards are better. And then realize Google no longer practices this.

"Closed systems are well-defined and profitable, but only for those who control them." <- True. And Google seems to be living this one.

"All of this is useless, however, if we fail when it comes to being open." <- Wonder if he was referring to Play Services when he said this.
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+Jake Weisz that's your opinion
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#needsgif When I text a friend and I get a response in Hangouts because Google...
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+Jake Weisz, when certain things need to be said, and a still pic meme just isn't gonna cut it.

Also +Naval Gilles, the type of fire that an individual hangout becomes, depends mainly on what is said 'burning topic' at start OF hangout. Which reminds me.....


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Okay, so for "might as well see the hubbub", I tried Microsoft's How-Old.Net. For obvious privacy considerations (+Jordan Schnaidt, +Danial Hallock) I used my public profile picture.

It guessed the age that I was a month ago, so not bad at all. My only surprise, actually, is that it doesn't ask you your real age, so it can use the photos to better improve the algorithm.
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It told me I was around ten years older. Totally off.

It also seems to have a problem assessing the age of the same person from photos taken at different angles.
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I see a huge potential use for non renewable energy too. Both to provide an extensive backup battery, as well as potentially to store power during off peak to use during peak energy hours, where energy is otherwise more expensive.
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Tesla Energy is here, +Elon Musk hopes to power the world!

The new battery system from Tesla is two part. The first is Powerwall, which is a 3 feet by 4 feet by 6 inches home battery system that costs $3,500 for 10 kWh and 7 kWh $3,000. The battery is connected to the Internet and can be used to create "smart microgrids" for storing power from renewable energy sources. The second is the bigger brother called Powerpack, which is aimed at utilities and large businesses coming in 100 kWh blocks, scaling up to 500 kWh to 10 mWh and higher.
Tesla has finally taken the wraps off Tesla Energy, its ambitious battery system that can work for homes, businesses, and even utilities. The system breaks down into two separate products: the...
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So, yeah. Microsoft: Better at making Android a full-featured platform than Google.
 
Just adding this in.
During this year's Microsoft I/O, excuse me, Microsoft Build Developer Conference, the Windows maker announced all sorts of new stuff across all kinds of p... by Bertel King, Jr. in Applications, News
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Hopefully!  Honestly, Microsoft could use some competition in the Office market to really stir things up, but since they're in a cycle where they're actually developing, I'm not too worried about it.  Here in a year or so I'm sure it'll start to stagnate again if there's still no real competition.
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And Microsoft was all like...
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In 2009, I became an Android user before it was cool.
In 2014, I became a Windows Phone user before it was cool.

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I'm with you on the first one, probably going to go for a Linux handheld once I can no longer bite back the urge to vomit when dealing with Android though. Being tied into a new ecosystem isn't for me, I spent a lot of money on BlackBerry apps, and a LOT more on Android apps, I even have a few from my brief stint with iOS, having more wasted money by tying into a new mobile OS is just that final step I'm not willing to take.
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"Oh, the technology we announced today. You might have already been using it since last December." Candy Crush Saga on Windows Phone 8 is an iOS app.
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+Justtyn Hutcheson with over 10,000 songs in my G.P.M library and how much effort it was to move over from Rhapsody by hand, Google has me by the balls as their app would have to really be a thorn in my side to fix that by scripting.
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+1 to upgrading to physical media
 
Decided it was time to upgrade from a Google Play version to a Blu-Ray version.
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I buy digital codes for $5-7 as part of a group. Only a few movies will I be inpatient and buy full digital price on(and those I would probably use Vudu credits I bought at 50%off face value). Almost 800 UV movies in our group so we share the cost of the codes and all benefit. No movie is worth $19 on bluray for me then I would have to rip so kids could watch on tablets anywhere/anytime) and maintain a server. $5 a movie is well worth my time and effort for cloud version.
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The Verge misses a key reason for doing this: Half of my customers don't know what Internet Explorer is. All they know is they're used to pressing "the blue e" to get online.
The image of a lowercase "e" encircled by a halo of light is one of the most recognizable items in any computer interface. Familiar though it may be, however, the Internet Explorer icon is more...
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I wouldn't give a fuck if they named it project 300, I still ain't using it. 
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So, Continuum for Windows Phone is the latest face of a great idea that first appeared back in the DROID BIONIC days.

Motorola Webtop was ahead of it's time. Android didn't have tablet support back in the day, so it ran a light Linux interface instead. It couldn't handle apps in full screen. Webtop evolved with Android 4.1, but it also died shortly thereafter. Google pushed heavily for Android to rely on their walled garden services rather than be versatile devices themselves.

Then, +Sundar Pichai killed Google's Android laptop project in favor of his baby, Chrome OS. So while Google now has a divided platform with weird hatchet-job cross-support, they're woefully underprepared to compete with this. Chrome OS should've died years ago in favor of beefed up Android.
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+Cristian Colocho Basically.
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  • College Of Dupage
    Criminal Justice, 2006 - 2013
  • DeVry University
    Game and Simulation Programming, 2008 - 2011
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"If Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and Elon Musk agree it's a bad idea, you shouldn't do it."
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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.

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    System Administrator, 2011 - present
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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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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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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
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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.
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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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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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