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And here's the sad part. If you're a T-Mobile subscriber because you hated the various antics of AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, what do you do now if you're disgusted with T-Mobile CEO John Legere's obnoxious behavior and refuse to deal with those other guys? Cancel T-Mobile and start unreeling REALLY long extension cables attached to your phone from your home to use when you're traveling and Wi-Fi isn't available? 

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I hold Australian citizenship and spent 17 years in Australia (from the ages of 8-25) and I had never heard of Peter Norman until I read this article. In a country that hero worships its sports stars how can this man - who not only was a gifted athlete but was also a great supporter of, and advocator for, the civil rights movement - be not only ignored but also mistreated in such gross fashion by his homeland? Please read this article, it is utterly fascinating and Peter Norman is worth knowing about.

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In Dublin and like board games? This is on tomorrow...
A few of ye might be interested in this Settlers of Catan charity day tomorrow.. 

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Google+ is Google No More

When Google+ launched over 4-years ago, the idea was to both promote a new social network, and create a unified account system and social spine for all things Google.

As this latest blog post from +Bradley Horowitz admits, they didn't get it all right.  Google+ the identity layer was forced on people who had no desire to use the network; integrations with the network became nearly ubiquitous across properties; the 'social spine' became a privacy nightmare for some people; and the effort became at times so obnoxiously in-your-face it soured people on both the social network and the larger ecosystem.

In short, Google+ was the branding equivalent of New Coke.  Much like the Coca Cola Corporation, Google is recognizing this, as recent deintegrations (removals of Google+ features from other Google properties) have shown.

Now the final, major step will be made: instead of Google+ accounts, Google will now simply use Google accounts, which by themselves aren't tied into social anything, private and unsearchable.

So is Google+ dead?  No, fortunately not.  While the Google brand reverts to Google Classic, Google+ will finally receive the type of focus many of us suggested it always needed: no longer a would-be "Facebook killer", the network can now presumably focus on what its most passionate users agree it is good for: discovering great content and accounts to follow (i.e. Twitter without the obnoxious limitations and fewer bots).

Google+ (the social layer) is Dead.  Long live Google+ (the network)!

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Fantasy Grounds Ultimate licenses and upgrades to Ultimate licenses are now on sale for Gen Con week. The sale is available on our store front and also on Steam. Save $30 on your Ultimate license. Help spread the word.
https://www.fantasygrounds.com/store/index.xcp?typ=5
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