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Richard Brooksby
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Google quietly moved confidential docs (uploaded at the insistence of clients) to my "Google Drive" under its new terms, which state that it can do whatever the hell it likes with them. DELETE DELETE!
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Google+ seems quiet. Too quiet.
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I'm waiting for them to rescind the "real name" policy and then I will start posting again. Might be a long wait, though.
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A metagamer's take on being banned from Google+. Note that they blocked Pixeleen's Gmail access as well.

Also, if you look up the help on how to "downgrade" from Google+, it says you will lose access to "some services" but doesn't say which. So, who's going to press that button?
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Schneier reacts to Google's Schmidt http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2009/12/my_reaction_to.html

As I have said here. Don't give anything to Google that you don't mind to be absolutely public.
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“ Google staff apparently guess whether a name on a Google profile is the name you “go by in daily life”, suspend the profile (and your associated Google Plus account) if they don’t think it is and then require you to somehow prove that that is what people routinely call you. There apparently isn’t any standard of proof available, other than sending them links to LinkedIn profiles or scans of photo ID.”

I am routinely, daily called by several other names that aren't on Photo ID or LinkedIn. I'm known by these names. I publish software and make other products and conduct business under them. But Google will no doubt delete them anyway.

Evil empire, anyone?
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Still no Flickr integration for Google+, I see.
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Flickr hasn't changed much, but it seems fine to me. I can set things up to auto-post Flickr stuff to Facebook. Flickr is also integrated with other people's software.

When I looked in on G+ some time ago I was told "it's new, APIs are coming". Nothing has come. I think Google are dragging their feet and trying to create a Google-only ecosystem.
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Turn tea party rhetoric into wisdom with one simple substitution.
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Little people don't deserve pseudonymity because they'll misbehave. How like totalitarian dictators FB and G+ sound. These social worlds are polities, and the governments are corporations. Terms of service and community standards are laws and social contracts. Any Second Life user can tell you that, and just how unjust these corporations are to their user-citizens.

One problem here is that Google's law enforcement is much more effective than Facebook's. If you're going to enforce laws, they'd better be a lot more subtle than a page of vague “community standards”, and your police will need training and discretion. None of these things seems to have dawned on Google.
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If you think Google's asshattery over names is a reason to go back to Facebook, think again.
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Google's justification of its “real names” policy is so hollow. They're hiding something.
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This is worth (re-)reading, since a challenger has appeared.
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... and you wrote it before facebook decided to disable return in comments which (although it can be circumvented) has made a lot of longer responses horrid blocks of text.
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  • Otterly
    Head of Luxuriant Silver Hair, 2010 - present
  • Ravenbrook
    Consultant, 1997 - present
  • Geodesic Systems
    Vice President of Engineering and Development, 1998 - 2000
  • Harlequin
    Software Engineer, 1991 - 1997
  • National Health Service
    Intern
  • Perihelion Software
    Intern
  • European Commission
    Executive Trainee, 2004 - 2005
  • Zoonami
    Development Lead, 2006 - 2010
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My goal has been to become a skilled generalist -- to understand well how all parts of an organization work, and how those parts must connect together to achieve the organization's goals. I can talk to anyone and understand their problems, understand the general problems, then propose solutions which work across the organization. In my experience, most problems are to do with communication. Having said that I can also solve domain specific problems. And I write good code.

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  • University of Cambridge
  • Barton Peverill College
  • Thornden
  • Brambletye
  • Earlswood
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