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Michael Gaines
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Regarding spoilers: I just found out that the BBC spoiled their own show. Live.

Stop complaining.

https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/528659899350515713
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I feel sorry for people who forget that if they don't want to know spoilers then they need to avoid places on line where it might happen.
Stuff happens on accident and if your online and you see a spoiler you have no one to blame but yourself.
I once posted a spoiler in a comment about Amy not being able to have more kids. Oops

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Since this is a pro-Google place, the anti-Apple rants are high and people really like to blame Apple for everything that goes wrong, but in the case of RiteAid and CVS dropping NFC payments in favor of MCX, Apple has nothing to do with it. Apple Pay and Google Wallet would have been shut down eventually, anyway.

The problem is that RiteAid and CVS, along with Best Buy and a number of A-list businesses are part of MCX using CurrentC, a system with seemingly no hardware secure element like the ones in your iPhones and Android phones, and used QR codes. It's also about credit card fees that businesses don't like to pay.

So go ahead and shit on Apple, but it just shows your bias.

All Apple did was show that there's a better, more secure, competing system out there.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/10/25/currentc/
Long before Apple Pay, big brick-and-mortar retail chains were conspiring to sidestep the typical 2% to 3% fees they’re charged by credit card companies..
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Be WEARY of the GLASS!
Want to follow me down the GlassHole? Watch this video on why I think Google Glass is the WORST product ever! You all know, we NEVER do negative reviews, but this HAD to be said! 

#Glasshole   #GoogleGlass   #googleglassexplorers   #glass  
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GOOGLE GLASS SUCKS ITS A WASTE OF MONEY.ITS A GOOD IDEA BUT THEY MADE IT SO BAD THAT ITS NOT WORTH IT.GOOD DAY
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Google hates it when you say this, but Google Glass has a major image problem. People using the headset are routinely thrown out of public places including movie theaters and cafes, and the most co...
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this is such obvious, easy, low-hanging fruit. i'm disappointed the daily show would even take this position.
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Enjoy the Ride
An answer to: Why did Apple buy Beats?

Even if you are a total hater, you need to watch this video. Not only is it a major part of the answer  – and I wonder who dreamed up this World Cup product placement and whether it was, in fact, the catalyst for the whole deal – it is a signal of more domination to come.

You see, while we try to figure out the next big thing (+MG Siegler has an interesting take that it’s VR and The Blockchain in his latest post); while people repeat that Android now dominates market share and new purchases/ sign-ups, in the belief or at least hope that this translates to revenue, profit; while others furiously criticize Apple for it’s very genius and classically capitalist success (much like opponents whined about Obama using online tools and tactics)...
 
While all of that happens, the world’s biggest brand and (proportionally as well as taking failures into account) most wildly successful company on earth, will take another leap forward in the only two categories that really matter: what people want and making money. And they haven’t even released the world-of-hurt-to-competitors that is likely to be the iPhone 6, or the probably-waste-of-money-but-still-cool (for the cost of an upmarket bracelet, with more value) iWatch.

It’s true, they are not literally reaching for the sky: not with satellites or drones, not even with balloons. But they know who they are and they know how to deliver. This is how they retain a loyal customer base paying inflated prices: because it’s for the best of the best, the benchmark. 

If you summarize most Apple-hating pieces, they boil down to: Apple may fail. Here’s why I think they deserve to. And Apple keeps right on winning, staying late at the office, while tapping into emotion and actual human experience (living, versus theory of life) in a way this ad so beautifully illustrates. 

I read something recently that said Jobs hated the words ‘marketing’ and ‘branding’. I was surprised but it spoke volumes. He was a true believer and he wasn’t trying to force-feed the public with junk food, junk cars or junk-anything else. He was trying to marry usefulness with beauty. He succeeded in a way the world’s major tech and other companies are still trying to emulate, perhaps always will. 

So when the choir starts up, whining about the ludicrous deal with Beats, Apple’s latest earnings and growth (and oh what rejoicing when it slows a little) or how it isn’t really happening at all – or, horrors, might not continue – Apple will pocket that profit. It’ll do so in the knowledge that it needs to keep working hard to retain and delight all those who, high and low, need their laptops or phones to have near-perfect reliability; to, in and of themselves, be an experience: aesthetic, sensory, socially aspirational. 

Now they have their finger on the pulse once more: back to the streets the way those little white earbuds signaled cool on the bus: I have an iPod. Gritty as the street is, those kids will just about sell their souls for expensive sneakers (and that’s sad and a subject for another day). We love to look forward but Apple is really, really good at what matters now. And they do it while (by?) building anticipation for what’s coming soon. 

Come next Thursday, we’ll all be doing what this ad allows us to do: feeling bigger because of the humble-beginnings soccer stars on the screen. I love the message of this video: it's the game before the game that gives you the best chance of winning and certainly of enjoying the ride.
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My policy on spoilers:

Stay off the community until you've watched the episode. It's that simple, folks.
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Thanks for the reminder! I wanted to check this out after hearing the interview.
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Known for podcasts such as World Of Warcast, This Week in Trek, Sith Heads, and The Infinite Loop Show. Also a blogger for several years on Geekistry and A Geek's Life, guest blogger for ZDnet and Cnet.

Long-time netizen with a serious passion for geek stuff and technology such as Star Trek, Star Wars, LotR, Mac, a little Windows (shh, don't tell anyone), NIN, Rush, Iron Maiden, and has a pretty good music and movie collection which includes film and vinyl.

By trade, I'm a software engineer, programming in C/C++, Obj. C, with a little PHP, Javascript, Ruby, and whatever else makes the internet run.
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Interviewed by Kat Hunter and Geoff Keighley during Blizzcon 2008. Podcasting for seven years.
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