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Google Immaterial Design
So Google are the only people on the planet who look at Microsoft forcing a mobile phone OS onto the desktop and think "what a great idea".  That was all about consistency across views.
No one in the world still uses a desktop or laptop differently to a mobile or tablet apart from me, or wishes to carry on doing so?

Wow, I think I just became a Luddite :)
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Happy Birthday +Matt Holmes   Hope you are having a good day. Miss your posts on G+ and hope you’ll be back again. 
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Unbelievably tacky...

Make mental health abuse into a tourist attraction:
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Can't really get on board with that Dave. I take your point about there being many more disturbing things, but I'm allowed to think this is tacky - and I do. :)
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A Statement to Prove We Need Different Politicians...

Reacting to the discussion of the illegal mass surveillance by both the NSA and GCHQ, David Cameron shows just how much he cares about the views of the proles.  (ie not in the least)
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But "think of the children" has worked so well in such situations in the past, +Oliver Fels ! :P

I'm all for protecting children, but curtailing everyone's freedom to do so is not protection: it's preparation for, as Oliver rightly points out, life in a "Big Brother" society.
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Paypal's Denial of the $50k Twitter Handle Theft...
I know which version I believe, and it's not Paypal's  Their "security" is utterly dysfunctional, and systematised.  To say "Paypal Takes Your Security Seriously" is a blatant PR driven LIE

How do I know?
I had to pay a significant sum via Paypal about 6 months ago which revealed just how broken their systems are.
To action the transaction it wanted to call me (for security), except the mobile on file was obsolete and the landline I was nowhere near.  No alternatives were available - so we log into Paypal...

※  No alternative ways of authorising the transaction available
※  I can add and remove phone numbers, so I remove the obsolete mobile number and add the current one.
※  Go back to the transaction and I can now use the newly added number to authorise it.
※  Next morning I get a call from Paypal on the newly added number to helpfully tell me that as part of the mission to prevent fraud could I confirm I'd like for the two transactions of yesterday to be authorised.  Sure.
※  No attempt to validate ME took place beyond the awareness of what the two outstanding transactions of the previous day were, and even then only in broad brush terms.

Now at this point I decided that pointing out to chap on phone just how broken this procedure was probably wasn't going to help me get my stuff in a timely manner, so I bit tongue and kept quiet (with difficulty).

There's no internal flag in the system to say a number is too recent to serve as automatic validation.  ie using a number added after a transaction to validate said transaction is suspect to say the least.

Even the common sense point of view was absent  that their fraud-prevention team should have seen the number was added to their systems less than eight hours previously - perhaps this is not the best route to confirm a transaction 8.5 hours previously.  *That's fundamentally broken*

Shouldn't these two paths differ?  There needs to be another factor - using a number (even if not newly added) for both automatic verification and human verification later is at severe risk of breaking if a phone is stolen.

So to defraud Paypal execute a transaction, add a new number and Paypal will then use that number for all verification of that transaction.  Twice.  Useless unless you happen to be a thief.
At PayPal the security of your personal and financial information is our top priority. From our customer service department to the teams creating new products, security is always top of mind.
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This is scary. 
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What's Wrong with this Picture?...
UK Policing

On the left we have an image from Reuters today showing police prepared for possible disturbances at a peaceful vigil organised by the family of Mark Duggan.  This is a publicity shot as it is taken before anything has happened.

On the right we have an image from the height of the Miner's strike when there were many, known disturbances.  This was taken during an actual picket line demonstration.  Source: Wikipedia

Is this progress?  Not in my world view.

Note the clear difference in attitude.

We should not be permitting the militarisation of the police.
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The "masks" are fire retardant balaclava's. the "Military uniform" is padded/waterproof/fireproof protection. 

I've had petrol bombs and missiles thrown at me, during "peaceful" intended demonstrations. It's not a nice experience.

A calm demonstration can turn nasty at the blink of an eye. hence the uniform they are wearing.....
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Well That Lasted a Long Time!...

Some of the major ISPs haven't even set it up yet!

Hacker news discussion here:  https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6940660
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Oh This is Brilliant...

Someone who actually knows crypto (Moxie) responds to Telegram's contest with a contest of his own.

hilarious and well worth a read
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Fracking's Perfectly Safe...

...or perhaps not
A partial list . . . more fracking nonsense coming your way down a railroad track, highway or river real soon.   Charge your video camera, get a YouTube account and put a tort lawyer on speed dial.  Or just ban it. That works too. The next time some ga
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No alcohol at all involved in this photo
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Matt What Bracelet is That? and where can I get one?
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The DEG Think They Should be a Special Case...

Their position seem to not even be slightly credible.
Lobbyists representing leading US technology companies urge thinktank advising G20 not to close international tax loopholes
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Results of the +World Text Charity Campaign...
+Great North Air Ambulance Service and +Epilepsy Action will receive 2014 monthly messages and a keyword on our shortcode throughout 2014.
 
We Have a Winner...
Well two actually!
We've selected two charities to receive our Christmas offer of 2014 monthly messages throughout 2014.  They are:
+Epilepsy Action and
+Great North Air Ambulance Service 

More details at the page along with an outline of both charities.  We'll be keeping the page updated throughout the year.

Many thanks to all who applied - please try again next year!
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Wow.  It's hilarious and a Car Crash at the Same Time...
Charlie Brooker to Jon Snow:  "You're like a dog at the controls of a helicopter"
I imagine this is a good analogy for most politician's understanding of tech and the internet.
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Serial Entrepreneur with several startups to his name, sadly none have yet been the next Google.

    "If you're going through hell, keep going"
    Winston S. Churchill

Software Architect, sometime web developer and SEO.

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I blog occasionally (rarely) about Google+, social media, and SEO at mattholmes.co.uk


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Photography, the Undiscovered Talent

I'm maintaining a small (50 limit) circle of excellent but little known photographers.  If you know someone who deserves to be in here, and they have 4,000 or fewer followers, please nominate them here:

Nominations for Photography, the Undiscovered Talent

As people gain numbers I'll create a "Graduated" circle, and mix up the people in the original.  I think a good level to move on will be around 8-10k followers as that's self-sustaining.

The first release of the circle can be found here:

Photographers, the Undiscovered Talent.

PM me if you have better ideas! :)

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