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Mike Trieu (MegasChara)
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"China is a top‐down culture. To create change, bureaucrats at the top are wanting to push change from the top‐down to encourage creativity, innovation, community, and entrepreneurship from the bottom‐up. By providing a few resources from the top‐down, people who want hackerspaces can create hackerspaces, from the bottom‐up, that will be fantastic, unique, communities. This works so well, for so many, for so little money!"

This, in a nutshell, is Mitch Altman's take on the Chinese maker culture and I couldn't disagree more. These kinds of creative spaces controlled by the bureaucrats will always have strings attached, either creatively or politically. There will never be room (pun fully intended) for subversive works that challenge the status quo. Perhaps that's why he prefers to side with state-blessed hackerspaces like Chaihuo and why such entities tend to exclude anyone who doesn't toe their ideological line.

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What the shit, +YouTube​​?! When I said I didn't want to see ads when I signed up for YouTube Red, that meant from your own terrible promotions, too! I can't "Not Interested" this enough. At this point, we're at the "fool me twice" stage after you started pushing all those YouTube original series that I didn't ask for. Next time I'll just cancel my sub and stream vids through a third-party client, ToS be damned!
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Heh, apparently the "real" Equifax hackers want to cash in on the data dump. They even registered "EQUIHAX AT PROTONMAIL.COM" to coordinate purchases. I don't anticipate +ProtonMail​ allowing that account to remain up for much longer.

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If +Ingress​ were to integrate this SDK into the Scanner, imagine how many higher accuracy, quality portals we could get, not to mention an additional badge to incentivize correcting grossly inaccurate portals (DOP data is available to +Niantic​). It also sidesteps waiting for Google to get off their collective arses to provide a proper external location sensor framework. They could have done this with the advent of Tango, but they missed that boat. Now we can have centimeter-level outdoor positioning in addition to centimeter-level indoor positioning (with Tango) all on a mobile platform. Imagine the AR possibilities!

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Let's hope Nest adopts these local machine learning techniques for their security camera products so they don't have to send the actual video stream to Google's servers for analysis first. That's the one thing that bugged me about Nest's approach to object classification all these years. If Netatmo can do this offline, why can't Nest?

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It's great to see Essential potentially getting into the smartglasses market. It's somewhat of a toss-up for me whether I like this over the Laforge Optical Beta Bold, but it does claim built-in eye tracking, which is a definite plus in my book. Hopefully, the rumored Apple smartglasses product plan hasn't been completely derailed, despite what the recent leaks seem to indicate.

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Um, okay, how the hell do I do that in Chrome on Android?
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What the photons, +YouTube​?! You had better make this right soon or I'll cancel my YouTube Red subscription here and now. I do not want my money paying for this assinine behavior and depriving awesome creators of viewership. Ads be damned, I'll do it 😡

It's silly that in 2017 on Android's latest Nougat version I still can't get a well-known Pluggable brand USB-C Ethernet adapter to work reliably on a vast array of Google services simply because Android assumes that a lack of Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity must mean that any connectivity doesn't exist. Oddly enough, the Google+ app seems to have no issues, yet the Play Store just refuses to even try. And don't even get me started on eth0 not supporting autoconfig addresses. I can't even set the address manually without root. This is bullshit, +Google​​ 😣
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