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Dear +Google,

Your new logo's throwback to the 1980s when iconography had no shadows, texture—or frankly style—compels me to suggest that you missed a spot.

To that end, here is my humble suggestion for your new corporate logo.
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You've got me there.
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I've been dreading this moment since earlier this year, and I have mixed feelings about his passing, much as I did about my father, who also died from cancer: I'm relieved that he isn't suffering, but feel abject loss that he is gone. It isn't often that I am tearful over the death of a person I've never even met.

Oliver Sacks' writing was an immense comfort to me at many low points in my life and he introduced me to astonishing points of view about the mind, about medicine, and about humanity. He was a good human being and I will really miss him.
Author who also wrote The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat revealed in February that he was in the late stages of terminal cancer
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I had the pleasure of meeting the man back in the 90's during an Apple Masters event in Cupertino. He did a presentation on how vision actually works, and it blew my mind (pun not intended). It's all about layering data processed by the mind -- lose one or more layers, and you get all the really weird things that happen to people's vision after a head injury. Like people who can't see things moving, only static images (which is REALLY hard to describe).

Nice guy, really downright EAGER to answer questions, and every minute I spent listening to him felt like a master class in the mind. I totally dig Noah's point about mixed feelings. :-(
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It's a spherical cow of uniform density.  Everyone always seems to forget that part.
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Bos isotropus
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The problem with this idea is that we demand that journalism be substantiated, and vague handwaving like "some asshole" (or even something with less profanity but equally vague) is as bad as saying "some senator or other sponsored some crappy bill today."  It's neither informative, nor useful, or responsible.

If you can't provide details, it's best not to mention it at all.

And wouldn't that be really convenient for all those cops who kill black people?
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This idea is one of the advocacies of +David Brin, famous futurist. He traces to to the Greeks, I think.
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If anyone you know in Alameda is missing a green-cheeked conure, please get in touch with me.  She (he?) was found last night around 9pm near the corners of Santa Clara and Everett St.

Update 23:30 the owner has been found. Thanks.
 
We had an unexpected and colorful guest last night.

Somewhat late last night as my girlfriend was walking home from the bus stop, she found this bird, evidently very stressed, trying to cling to the windowsill of a nearby office building.  She approached it and extended her hand...

It leaped onto her shoulder and wouldn't leave.  She couldn't just leave it there anyway; it obviously didn't belong outdoors and could have been killed by any number of native predators in the area, so she brought it home.

It's incredibly friendly.  It spent hours grooming us and wandering around.  And biting, admittedly, but not very hard.

We don't have any setup for birds.  The best we could do was put it in the cat carrier in the bathroom with some towels, water, and a couple of crackers.   In the morning I was hoping to discover that it had just escaped from the pet store on the next block or maybe from the animal clinic across the street from us.

No such luck.  I've left my contact information with a number of places in the neighborhood but in the meantime the bird is staying with a friend of mine in Alameda.

I'm pretty sure it's a green-cheeked conure.  I have no idea if it's male or female.  I don't think it's that old but I don't think it's a juvenile either.  It's clearly very used to people, in fact it doesn't like to be left alone.

cluck
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I still loathe the "flat" Material Design look in Android, and now that Google is adopting it for their own corporate logo I think the only way they might improve on it is to use Comic Sans.
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I actually don't mind the new logo that much, but your comment is priceless...
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To quote +Yonatan Zunger​, "I have lost all ability to tell reality from satire."

If it seems unlikely he might win the general election, all I can offer in response is: GWB. Twice.
 
#RealOrOnion  

This is +Chris Jones's fault.
If The Donald had one person who understood the shoes he was standing in Tuesday, it was clearly The Fordman.
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Hmmm, I didn't notice before, but seeing this juxtaposition makes it look like Donald has inflated to almost Fordian proportions...
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So far, Fedora 22 is a bust for me on my thinkpad.  I can't get the X server to recognize any input.  No keyboard, no touchpad, no trackpoint, and not even usb mice.

Everything works fine at the console.  Even with the X server running I can see input events with /usr/bin/libinput-debug-events.  But the X server simply refuses to acknowledge any input.

I have selinux disabled.  I have tried using the noveau video driver, the nvidia proprietary one, and even the fbdev driver.  Video doesn't seem to make any difference.

I do not have an xorg.conf, so I'm not relying on any manual configuration.

Here's the relevant part of Xorg.0.log, which shows that the libinput driver is loading the matching input devices.

Anyone else experiencing anything like this?  I'm going to have to revert back to Fedora 20.

[  5753.732] (II) LoadModule: "libinput"
[  5753.732] (II) Loading /usr/lib64/xorg/modules/input/libinput_drv.so
[  5753.733] (II) Module libinput: vendor="X.Org Foundation"
[  5753.733]     compiled for 1.17.2, module version = 0.13.0
[  5753.733]     Module class: X.Org XInput Driver
[  5753.733]     ABI class: X.Org XInput driver, version 21.1
[  5753.734] (II) systemd-logind: got fd for /dev/input/event2 13:66 fd 13 paused 1
[  5753.734] (II) systemd-logind: releasing fd for 13:66
[  5753.746] (II) config/udev: Adding input device Video Bus (/dev/input/event6)
[  5753.746] (**) Video Bus: Applying InputClass "libinput keyboard catchall"
[  5753.747] (II) systemd-logind: got fd for /dev/input/event6 13:70 fd 13 paused 1
[  5753.747] (II) systemd-logind: releasing fd for 13:70
[  5753.770] (II) config/udev: Adding input device Lid Switch (/dev/input/event0)
[  5753.770] (II) No input driver specified, ignoring this device.
[  5753.770] (II) This device may have been added with another device file.
[  5753.771] (II) config/udev: Adding input device Sleep Button (/dev/input/event1)
[  5753.771] (**) Sleep Button: Applying InputClass "libinput keyboard catchall"
[  5753.771] (II) systemd-logind: got fd for /dev/input/event1 13:65 fd 13 paused 1
[  5753.771] (II) systemd-logind: releasing fd for 13:65
[  5753.788] (II) config/udev: Adding input device HDA Intel MID Front Headphone (/dev/input/event9)
[  5753.788] (II) No input driver specified, ignoring this device.
[  5753.788] (II) This device may have been added with another device file.
[  5753.788] (II) config/udev: Adding input device HDA Intel MID Mic (/dev/input/event8)
[  5753.788] (II) No input driver specified, ignoring this device.
[  5753.788] (II) This device may have been added with another device file.
[  5753.789] (II) config/udev: Adding input device Logitech Trackball (/dev/input/event11)
[  5753.789] (**) Logitech Trackball: Applying InputClass "libinput pointer catchall"
[  5753.841] (II) systemd-logind: got fd for /dev/input/event11 13:75 fd 13 paused 1
[  5753.841] (II) systemd-logind: releasing fd for 13:75
[  5753.863] (II) config/udev: Adding input device Logitech Trackball (/dev/input/mouse2)
[  5753.863] (II) No input driver specified, ignoring this device.
[  5753.863] (II) This device may have been added with another device file.
[  5753.863] (II) config/udev: Adding input device AT Translated Set 2 keyboard (/dev/input/event3)
[  5753.863] (**) AT Translated Set 2 keyboard: Applying InputClass "libinput keyboard catchall"
[  5753.864] (II) systemd-logind: got fd for /dev/input/event3 13:67 fd 13 paused 1
[  5753.864] (II) systemd-logind: releasing fd for 13:67
[  5753.877] (II) config/udev: Adding input device SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad (/dev/input/event4)
[  5753.877] (**) SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad: Applying InputClass "libinput touchpad catchall"
[  5753.878] (II) systemd-logind: got fd for /dev/input/event4 13:68 fd 13 paused 1
[  5753.878] (II) systemd-logind: releasing fd for 13:68
[  5753.907] (II) config/udev: Adding input device SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad (/dev/input/mouse0)
[  5753.907] (II) No input driver specified, ignoring this device.
[  5753.907] (II) This device may have been added with another device file.
[  5753.908] (II) config/udev: Adding input device TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint (/dev/input/event5)
[  5753.908] (**) TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint: Applying InputClass "libinput pointer catchall"
[  5753.909] (II) systemd-logind: got fd for /dev/input/event5 13:69 fd 13 paused 1
[  5753.909] (II) systemd-logind: releasing fd for 13:69
[  5753.937] (II) config/udev: Adding input device TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint (/dev/input/mouse1)
[  5753.937] (II) No input driver specified, ignoring this device.
[  5753.937] (II) This device may have been added with another device file.
[  5753.938] (II) config/udev: Adding input device PC Speaker (/dev/input/event10)
[  5753.938] (II) No input driver specified, ignoring this device.
[  5753.938] (II) This device may have been added with another device file.
[  5753.939] (II) config/udev: Adding input device ThinkPad Extra Buttons (/dev/input/event7)
[  5753.939] (**) ThinkPad Extra Buttons: Applying InputClass "libinput keyboard catchall"
[  5753.940] (II) systemd-logind: got fd for /dev/input/event7 13:71 fd 13 paused 1
[  5753.940] (II) systemd-logind: releasing fd for 13:71
[  5753.962] (EE) FBDEV(0): FBIOBLANK: Invalid argument
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More updates: I tracked the problem down to changes between xorg-x11-server-Xorg-1.17.1 (F22 base release) and xorg-x11-server-Xorg-1.17.2 (current update).  Someone removed the support for not using systemd-logind.  Previously you could choose not to use it and still start X on a new vt.

Thanks heaps, whoever you are out there.  Sigh.
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+Rogue Black _rimshot sound_
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As +Kay Solo points, out, this dog is inbread.
 
"Doughge."

to which +Jonathon Owen replied: 

wow
such cake
very meme

(And you wonder why I love Twitter so.)

via +Stan Carey (@StanCarey) on Twitter
“Doughge. http://t.co/mpNO0AEv7n”
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Looks like a pound dog to me.
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Europe's "Right to be Forgotten" may have been well-intended, but the practical consequences are already rearing their ugly head.  This is the quick and easy path to legitimizing historical revisionism on the order of holocaust denial. 

+Yonatan Zunger put it better than I can:

[This] is an EU demand that not only things be forgotten, but the fact that they were forgotten be forgotten and never mentioned again. It's a legal demand that our memory not merely be erased, but that everyone must be very careful in the future not to mention that it was erased.

I've seen that kind of demand, before.

In China, there's a whole generation that barely is aware of what happened at Tiananmen Square in 1989. There are multiple generations now who don't remember the Cultural Revolution - because it was something that was too dangerous to know about.

There is a basic human right to the integrity of our individual and collective memory. Europe's stance is that individuals - individuals with wealth and connections, mostly - have a right to modify that which supercedes everyone else's right.

Not to put to fine a point on it, that's a load of horseshit. And the demands that "enforced forgetting" go into the future as well, and even encompass the fact of forgetting, are just a way to claim a right of individuals and governments to erase whatever they find inconvenient.
Google faces fines from the UK's ICO if it does not comply with ridiculous recursion.
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It will be a lot nastier when this is done to archive.org
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We had an unexpected and colorful guest last night.

Somewhat late last night as my girlfriend was walking home from the bus stop, she found this bird, evidently very stressed, trying to cling to the windowsill of a nearby office building.  She approached it and extended her hand...

It leaped onto her shoulder and wouldn't leave.  She couldn't just leave it there anyway; it obviously didn't belong outdoors and could have been killed by any number of native predators in the area, so she brought it home.

It's incredibly friendly.  It spent hours grooming us and wandering around.  And biting, admittedly, but not very hard.

We don't have any setup for birds.  The best we could do was put it in the cat carrier in the bathroom with some towels, water, and a couple of crackers.   In the morning I was hoping to discover that it had just escaped from the pet store on the next block or maybe from the animal clinic across the street from us.

No such luck.  I've left my contact information with a number of places in the neighborhood but in the meantime the bird is staying with a friend of mine in Alameda.

I'm pretty sure it's a green-cheeked conure.  I have no idea if it's male or female.  I don't think it's that old but I don't think it's a juvenile either.  It's clearly very used to people, in fact it doesn't like to be left alone.

cluck

Update @23:30 the bird's human has been located. She's an 8yr girl who lives across the street and they've been united this evening. They both seemed pretty happy.

The bird's name is Birch. I was close.
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A very fortunate bird and its' human to reunite quickly. My ferocious meyers (similar size to a conure) was lost in the Santa Cruz Mountains where we lived for a week before I found him. That was 3+ years ago and he changed dramatically from the experience. Kudos for your good stewardship, Noah. I'll share the story with the Mickaboo volunteer list. We LOVE happy endings to these stories!
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