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    Founder, 2012 - present
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    2005 - 2012
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    Intern, 1991 - 1992
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    1992 - 1994
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    1995 - 1997
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    1997 - 2000
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    Computer Science, 1990 - 1998
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I'm not one to want to make G+ more complex, but it would really benefit from one more kind of blocking. I'd call it "shut up on this thread".

It would be useful when you have an otherwise reasonable-ish person who just won't shut up about that one thing. You ask them to please "give it a rest this once", but they won't. You don't want to block them entirely and make a mess of the threads (and they haven't really merited such an extreme response). Rather, it's "stop being a pain in the ass; come back when you've calmed down a bit".

At least vaguely related to http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/sea-lioning, though not precisely...
Sea-Lioning is an Internet slang term referring to intrusive attempts at engaging an unwilling debate opponent by feigning civility and incessantly requesti
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Perhaps you can just tell them that
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Would anyone else out there, who's basically conversant with the Chrome dev tools (or Firefox, or whatever) mind running a quick test for me?

I just noticed that about 1.5 of the cores on my poor MacBook was being eaten alive by Chrome. After first yelling <kirk>Chroooooooooome!</kirk>, I decided to stop bitching and figure out what was going on. It appeared to be Flash, plus one site -- the Washington Post. So I killed Flash.

Turns out that wasn't actually (much of) it. The WaPo was doing a fandango on my cores. So I ran a js profile -- turns out most of the hotspots were attributable to this foul little script: http://pixel.adsafeprotected.com/jload?[...]. Any search for this script turns up lots of malware references, and while though they don't seem to fully apply in this case, it only increases my suspicion that something fishy is going on. I might have some kind of proxy extension/malware going on, but can't find any evidence of such a thing.

So if anyone else would mind loading this page (http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/05/20/this-chart-explains-why-faith-and-science-dont-have-to-be-in-conflict/) and searching for any references to that "/jload" script, I'd appreciate it.
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Flash does not seem to be compatible with chrome. I have to disable it or the browser becomes unusable with frightening regularity.
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On one hand, I have a hard time not seeing Ulbricht as kind of an idiot for getting involved in this. On the other, I can't accept the idea of a life sentence for anything apart from extremely disturbed criminals who pose an immediate and irredeemable threat to the safety of others.

There's a good reason that a number of countries have banned the concept of the life sentence altogether. And this is yet another good reason to abolish the war on drugs.

http://www.wired.com/2015/05/silk-road-creator-ross-ulbricht-sentenced-life-prison/
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+Patrick Kollitsch: It depends.  In common law legal systems, one potentially relevant factor is the affirmative defence of entrapment — basically, the accused can accept that, as a matter of fact, he ordered a murder, but try to convince the jury that, as a matter of law, he should not be considered guilty of it because he only did so as a result of police convincing him that this would be a good idea.  We can't know whether a jury would agree until a jury has actually heard both sides in the murder trial.
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I completely agree. It's so easy to overlook the subtle cultural biases we all bring to seemingly innocuous internet rituals.
 
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122 million views, and counting ...
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Android question:

After giving up on the Moto 360, because it was destroying my battery (or Google Fit was, or stove other thing indistinguishable from the watch), I'm trying to figure out what constitutes "reasonable" battery usage for this Moto X (2nd generation).

After approximately 12 hours of light use, with location services enabled, and a few hours of playing music, I'm at about 40% battery remaining. The big hogs are:

Google Play Services: 9%
Screen: 7%
Android OS: 5%
Cell standby: 5%

Note that with several hours of active playing, Google Music is still only at 3%. I do have high accuracy Location Services enabled, but the few apps requesting location are listed as "low battery". So the Google Play Services using more battery than the screen seems out of whack.

Can anyone tell me whether this is reasonable? Note: I'm on the stock Motorola-provided lollipop ROM, so it's not some wacky custom ROM issue.
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+John McDole​ It's horrible. You'll hate it.

Email me your address and it's yours :)
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Why the hell does Apple require me to update CC info to "buy" a $0 app? Is this such an edge case that they couldn't make an exception?
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Google Play requires a Wallet payment method to get free music also.
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Anyone using the Google Photos Backup desktop app with a large preexisting library on local disk (e.g., in Lightroom)? I'm trying to discern whether or not it's possible to upload not just a giant pile of photos, but rather to preserve my existing folder structure (as collections, presumably). I've done a few test runs, and everything seems to appear as a massive undifferentiated pile.
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+Erie T Best idea I've heard yet, thanks. I'll give that a shot.
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Anyone using the new Google Photos with a large preexisting library on local disk (e.g., in Lightroom)? I'm trying to discern whether or not it's possible to upload not just a giant pile of photos, but rather to preserve my existing folder structure (as collections, presumably). I've done a few test runs, and everything seems to appear as a massive undifferentiated pile.
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+Chris Schrier I gathered as much. But I didn't know if that applied to Photos uploaded to Google Drive, and then magically surfaces in the Google photos app.
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My response:

"Really terribly, terribly incorrect. This is the worst sort of misinformation being promulgated by Ken Ham, who is a well-known purveyor of scientific fraud.

I realize how the knowledge graph and search quality algorithms would produce these results statistically, but if ever there was a good case for a content-specific tweak, this is it! Bonus points for taking into consideration the enormous amount of ink spilled refuting this idiot :)"

Please go do the same if you have a quick moment to spare. Here, I'll even make it a touch easier for you: http://lmgtfy.com/?q=what+happened+to+the+dinosaurs
Cliff Bramlett originally shared to Settled Science:
 
Evolution is science based on a massive amount of factual evidence.
Creationism is false. Ken Ham is a charlatan. Please go to this search, click Feedback, and tell Google why this search result needs to change.
https://www.google.com/search?q=what+happened+to+the+dinosaurs
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+Tau-Mu Yi that would be an interesting study.
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In preparation for Tau Day. Just ordered mine, and it's supposed to arrive by June 23 (I guess they're busy harvesting the cotton by hand). That leaves just a few days before you'll need it!

http://teespring.com/tauday
This is the Official Tau Shirt from the founder of Tau Day and author of The Tau Manifesto! Thanks to the good people at Breadpig and the generosity of Alexis Ohanian (of reddit and Without Their Permission fame), I am pleased to offer the Original Tau Shirt again for a limited time. This is your last chance to get the official Tau Shirt in time for this year's Tau Day (June 28). Order now and wear it proudly on Tau Day 2015 and beyond!
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+Andy Dillon Which half of the shirt do you cut off to make it half-tau?
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Every little integration helps you get the FullStory from your analytics :)
 
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I sent it to get our webby fellow +Jared Padgett I think he'll dig it.
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What the actual hell? This shit should have been settled decades ago in Borland v Lotus and similar cases. But these idiots keep dredging up new legal theories to allow copyright abuse to break interoperability and stifle competition.

Thanks, Obama. Or Holder. Or whoever made this boneheaded decision.
Many are uneasy about a court ruling that said Oracle can sue Google over copyrighted API's. Now, the White House has just sided with Oracle.
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I'm not saying I like this idea or it's what I want, I'm just saying that it fits the law.  I get that the tech community does not like it.  I don't like it.  That is not relevant.  Remember that while Google won round one, they lost on appeal and that is where we are at.  Oracle's arguments to the USPO don't really matter in this venue.  I personally think it is best that APIs do not fall under copyright, but that would require legislation unless the court intercedes.  But if the court interprets current law then the best we can hope for is fair use, which might be good enough.
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Great selection, helpful and knowledgeable staff, and storytime is a godsend for those of us with little ones. They're also great about bringing authors in for book signings and to meet the kids.
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We've been going to carpe diem since it opened, and have always loved it. I don't know where reviewers who didn't like the food went, but it must not have been the same restaurant. We've never had a problem with the service, either.
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