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Ray Cromwell
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Had to euthanize my dog tonight. Hardest thing I've had to do in a while. He was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma 2.5 months ago, a truly vicious cancer that grows on the interior lining of blood vessels, and so spreads like wildfire. In no time at all it had metastasized and made swiss cheese of his insides, with tumors everywhere. These tumors burst frequently, leading to internal bleeding and anemia.

This leads to good days and bad days. On the bad days, he is very weak, no apetite, no interest in doing. Then the body reacts, blood clots, vasoconstriction takes hold, and for a few days, he is a normal dog again, runs, plays, goes on walks. Then the cycle begins again, each time, he never recovers to the previous high, and each time, he sinks to a new low. During the highs, it's incredibly hard to consider euthanasia while he runs around in the yard, wagging his tail, and giving affection.

Tonight he sank to a new low. He was unable to stand, at all. Would just fall over. Refused water and food. Lost bowel control. Vomited. I made the call that his suffering had to come to an end, even if we selfishly wanted to keep him around.

Took him to the vet around 11pm, the doctor pretty much confirmed what we thought. My children 8 and 10 were with me and they held his head and petted him as the doctor administered the anesthesia. The doctor said it would take 10-15 seconds, but he was so weak that he stopped breathing in 3 seconds, his pulse stopped not too long after. This photo is the last photo of him before he was put to sleep.

He was about 14.5 years old and his name was Indy.

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Very sad.  Takes a lot out of us we lose our very special animal soul-partners.  Hope you have good memories and great pictures, though.  I would give you a hug if I knew you, and I were in your area!  So,   . . . HUGS anyway!
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If you're not paying for the product, you are the product.

I have to admit, this is a catchy line.  It appeals to the inner cynic in us all and makes a certain amount of sense in a core, "what can you do for me," type of thinking.

But it's hog-wash.

I work for Google so I follow the news about the company and I'm really tired of seeing that first line, or some variation of it, spouted by people who really don't care enough to want to think it through.  It does not work that way!

Yes, Google is a company.  And yes, Google is a reasonably large company (though not that large compared to the likes of IBM, GE, etc.).  But though a company is a single entity in the eyes of the law, it is not run like that.  Google is full of many thousands of individuals, many of whom are more rabid about user privacy than the privacy watchdogs that complain.  I've watched them take Larry and Sergey to task on stage about the smallest things.  I've done it twice myself.  If the leaders of the company purposely violated our users' trust, there would be open revolt and the founders would be lucky to not find themselves strung up by their toes.

Everything Google does is done for our users.  Your happiness is always the first priority, even above Ads.  (I've seen this in both policy and various practical implementations.)  You are not product; you are our customers!  That's simply the way we view it and it permeates the company from bottom to top.  Everything is done to make a better service for you.

Even Ads is viewed as a service to our users.  Random ads are garbage.  Useful ads are a benefit.  Yes, it's also a benefit to our publishers and yes, it's also a benefit to our shareholders.  Since when did win-win-win arrangements become a bad thing?

I won't claim that Google always gets it exactly right or that we haven't made mistakes.  We don't and we have.  And we admit it.  And it will happen again.  Sorry.  But everything is done with the right intent even if it doesn't always work out as hoped.  Hindsight is perfect.

Google is the most moral company in which I have ever worked.  But guarding our users' privacy doesn't just make moral sense, it makes business sense.  If we purposefully violated our users' privacy, we wouldn't have a business at all before very long.
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This is all correct obviously but I wonder if there's a better way to frame this than "trust us, we work at Google and we're here to tell you that you are the customer".

I recommend reading Ben Thompson's take on this where he pointed out that the last thing Google would want to do from a business standpoint is sell customer data.

The fact that Google does not sell user data is the reason advertisers pay it to display ads. Giving up user data to third parties is fundamentally antithetical to the core incentives of the company even from a cynical/ amoral perspective.
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I have zero faith in their ability not to f*ck this up like they did after the first season of Heroes.
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Only because it's got the original Hiro.
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This was the right thing to do. I'm glad we did it.

Comments closed, as this is a sensitive matter concerning my employer. Feel free to reshare and comment there.
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Yeah, that's what happens when you cut budgets and outsource the FBI's job to private contractors who subcontract directly to Chinese consultants located in China.

In other words, government "doesn't work" by self fulfilling prophecy, and bean counters will continue to think outsourcing to beltway bandit contractors will a) result in lower costs and b) high quality
Attackers had valid user credentials and run of network, bypassing security.
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I am Inigo Montoya, you killed my fish father, prepare to die.
 
LOL - This will be a great  "Fish Story" #funny   #funnygifs   #fishstory  
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lol @ inigo montoya
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Another reason why Posner is my favorite federal judge.
It was no surprise that the Supreme Court held Friday that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. It is very difficult to distinguish the case from Loving v. Virginia, which in 1967 invalidated state laws forbidding miscegenation. There was, as an economist would say, a “demand” (though rather...
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Glad to announce Vaadin gwt-polymer-elements  1.0.2.0-alpha2 [1] .
After some experiments wrapping polymer elements 0.5, we have worked hard on supporting polymer 1.0.2.

The library is available in maven central, and includes anything needed to start working with Paper and Iron Elements.
Visit the gwt-polymer-elements showcase [2] to know all elements available, click on the links at the top corner to see the UiBinder and java code.

We need your help to test and improve the API, please don't hesitate to ask for new features or report issues in github.

[1] https://github.com/vaadin/gwt-polymer-elements
[2] http://vaadin.github.io/gwt-polymer-elements/demo/demo.html
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I would like to see this implemented into Google Apps Script, as the UiApp has been deprecated. Any chance of that happening?
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Why Sony "won" E3 in 4 videos. Two Words: Fan Service

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZYUq-jzLUg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfG-JFJD420
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGiTb0JVmHk

Yep, the latter two are not exclusives (time limited) (FF7 and ShenMue) but it doesn't really matter as far as press coverage.
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Unlike movie remakes, this has the potential to be not only good but, better than the original. 
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The E3 announcements are pretty awesome this year, and although I loved the HoloLens demo, I have to hand it to Sony, IMHO, they out did Microsoft again: Last Guardian, Uncharted 4, FF7 remake, Shenmue 3, etc The exclusives or limited exclusives on PS4 look more interesting.

However, Starwars Battlefront is calling my name.
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Idk the one became ten times more useful with the back comp plus the dash refresh probably won't suck... 
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Hell yes.
inXile entertainment is raising funds for The Bards Tale IV on Kickstarter! Join the RPG renaissance! From the creators of Wasteland 2 and Torment comes the long awaited sequel to the Bard's Tale trilogy.
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Watching the video and it struck me just how long it has been since I heard someone say "Skara Brae" out loud.
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