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Only a slight exaggeration.
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Sounds like they're going to kill VCC just like they did Willow Lawn.

VCC does nothing to get people into the mall.  They've got a big stage in the middle of the food court that is always empty.  Plus if you do go to the mall for some reason then you have to deal with the nasty and rude mall cops who try to run you over on their segways and always outnumber customers 2 (or 3) to 1.  

Not to mention who wants to go to the mall and put up with sassy salespeople when you can have Amazon deliver it to your door the next day?

Finally the open air mall concept is just plain awful.  You can't shop during bad weather.  Even during nice weather you have to worry about a sudden gust of wind, a stray thundercloud, or worse stray wildlife (are those yellow jackets up under the grill hiding the tree roots, OUCH! yes yes they are).

What VCC needs to do is:
1) Bring in at least one anchor store that people visit once a week.  Maybe an ethnic grocery store (Tan-A really needs a branch out this way).  
2) Have some sort of community entertainment on that stage.  Maybe not every hour it is open but at least 2-3 times a week.  Some local band maybe.  
3) Have some kid friendly entertainment in one of the fountain areas close to the kiddy park.  Maybe a juggler or magician or similar.  
4) Retrain the mall cops to be polite, courteous, and helpful.  Also take away their segways.  
5)  The short side of the mall is almost completely empty.  Lower the rent dramatically and fill all the spaces.  On the long side of the mall they need to stop playing the game of letting existing crappy stores expand into vacant spaces.  And for heaven's sake, get rid of the 15-20 cell phone case stores.  If they don't get more diverse stores they won't generate enough foot traffic to ever support the mall.
Owners of the struggling mall, which opened in 1991, declined to discuss the plans proposed in marketing material from the company.
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Google continues its stupidity.
 
Dear Google TV developers,

With the launch Android 5.0, Lollipop, Android TV is now fully launched, and we’re working closely with OEMs to release Android TV devices going forward. By extending Android to the TV form factor, living room developers get the benefits, features and the same APIs available for Android phone and tablet development. Going forward, we will focus our living room efforts on growing the Android TV and Google Cast ecosystem.

What does this mean for Google TV? Existing Google TV devices and all of the features of these devices will continue to work, and so will the apps you’ve developed for the Google TV platform. A small subset of Google TV devices will be updated to Android TV, but most Google TV devices won’t support the new platform. We expect to see an exciting lineup of Android TV devices in the coming year, including TVs from Sony, Sharp, and Philips, as well as other set-top and over-the-top boxes.

Thank you for being passionate developers creating great content and apps for the living room. With this shift, we encourage you to transition your living room development efforts to Android TV apps and Cast-enabled apps. While the Google TV libraries will no longer be available, we’ve made it really easy to transition apps to Android TV using familiar Android development tools, as well as our new Leanback support libraries. Learn more at developer.android.com/tv.

We can’t wait to see what you imagine and create for the living room!
 
- The Google and Android TV teams
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This is why I bought a chromecast.  It's disposable. 

It is pretty stupid to work only with new TV manufacturers rather than building add-on systems that will work with any existing TV.  Personally, I don't see myself buying a new TV in the next 20 years. 

Google IS stupid. 
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I came across another replacement for iGoogle

iChrome - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ichrome-your-homepage-for/oghkljobbhapacbahlneolfclkniiami?hl=en

The problem of course is that it only works on Chrome.

OTOH, it doesn't seem to suffer from the problems I have with ighome.com.  Having to create a new widget for each RSS feed instead of having a generic RSS feed widget is annoying.  Plus random feeds they seem unable to process.

iChrome does have a generic RSS feed widget.  It seems to handle all of the ones I want to read.

Creating a new theme is fairly easy.  I've basically duplicated my old iGoogle page in 15min (with some updates with new feeds).  I don't like their Google Calendar Widget, but the HTML widget works fine with the embedded calendar code from Google.

It only took 2 years, but someone has proved Google right when they claimed iGoogle's functionality could be duplicated in Chrome. It is way way way more like iGoogle than the ANTP extension that was officially recommended when iGoogle shut down.  

Regardless of how well it works, I'm more than a bit leery of having to only use Chrome for it.  I've been toying with switching back to Firefox for the last couple of months.  This might buy Chrome another couple of months as my primary browser.
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Is there a way to tell gmail that it has messed up the threading and that certain messages should be in a different thread?
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What Idiot Did This?

Seriously... it isn't funny, and is beneath what I expect from Google's employees at any level.

We're trusting Google to provide us accurate and (relatively) unbiased information... trusting them with our personal data... trusting them to produce software that works... 

And trusting them to be grownups.
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It just occurred to me, on my new computer for the first time since 1999, I'm not installing KDE.

6 years of waiting, for KDE 4.x to be as usable as 3.5, is enough.

I was going to install TDE but the default Unity thing seems to work really well (unlike the last time I looked at it).

This is fairly historic for me. 
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