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Clearly someone at Slack didn't watch Silicon Valley last weekend, or if they did they are getting really nervous right about now about the consequences of raising money you don't need just for an astronomical validation.

Better hope those user numbers and revenue figures keep growing or the down round beast will come to get you...
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Minecraft worth 2.5 Bil. Slack 2.8?
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I tried this out on my phone and I have to say I'm really impressed.  It performed almost flawlessly using builtin recognition, even when I was using a cursive style instead of lifting my finger for each letter.

Quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog  *Check*
0123456789.  *Check*
<>@#$%^&*()! *Check*
ABCDEFGHIJKLMONPQRSTUVWXYZ Check

It could be that I'm lucky Google knows my onscreen handwriting style, then again it is probably that their recognition code is awesome.

The only issue with recognition I found was a 1 may need a serif for proper recognition (vs I), and dont make it too big or it could be recognized as a 7.  Also if you want a hyphen draw from the left not right otherwise you get a backspace.

Another great thing is it makes doing accented characters easy-peasy too!

The only drawback of this for me is I'm left-handed and hold my phone with my right hand and if I one hand it then trying to write with my right thumb is unnatural.   However swyping the keyboard with my thumb always felt completely natural. Then again for right handed people I'm guessing the hold their phone with their left hand so they have the same problem for writing with their left thumb.

However it is easy to switch back and forward between keyboard and cursive so it shouldn't be a problem.  I'm looking forward to trying it with a tablet both with and without a stylus and also doing some extensive note taking on a larger screen.
 
Today we launched Google Handwriting Input (http://goo.gl/qWWhDU), which lets users handwrite text on their Android mobile device as an additional input method for any Android app, supporting 82 languages in 20 distinct scripts. It works with both printed and cursive writing input with or without a stylus. Beyond text input, it also provides a fun way to enter hundreds of emojis by drawing them (simply press and hold the ‘enter’ button to switch modes). It also works with or without an Internet connection. Learn more at http://goo.gl/j7lFbC
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Kearney: "Dolph. Take a memo to beat up Martin on your [Apple] Newton." 'eat...up...Martha." "GAAAA!"
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If the information here is correct it sounds like Google is going to do mobile billing right.  Monthly service fee per line, pay per GB that you actually use shared between lines with calling and texting free because lets face it they use basically no bandwidth anyway.  International roaming available at a low cost.  

I really hope the bit about not requiring a Nexus 6 is correct - if you can roam between devices without a SIM card switch then that seems about right.  Who actually has more than one Nexus 6?  So it makes sense that you roam between any device running their app - kind of like Google Voice.
 
interesting bits about a potential pricing structure for Google Nova

#googlenova   #googlewireless  
Google's wireless network has been rumored for several months now, with the most recent report claiming that it hopes to offer free international roaming. Android Police has now dug into a leaked a...
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yeah, it's definitely a Ting-like model, but adds rollover.  will be neat to see how it actually plays out... TMo+Sprint coverage combined might make it actually somewhat viable!
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Saying that pharmacists should be allowed to refuse treatment on religious grounds is like saying firemen should be allowed to refuse to show up when a church is burning down "on religious grounds".

How do you like that application of the golden rule?
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I took that survey too and I came up 94% Green Party, 74% Democrat and 56% libertarian. So you're 1% more libertarian than I am! You know, on that note I have to say that taking that survey was really eye opening to me. I think everyone should have to take something like that before voting. I'm dead serious. How many folks do you think fully understand how their position on the issues does or does not resonate with their declared party of choice? I personally know F-all about the Green Party but apparently I'm like spot-the-hell-on in line with their political agenda. And the Democrat thing really shivered me timbers. I have always registered Republican because I bought the whole "we're looking out for small business owners" and "we believe in a strong military" etc. But what I think people forget is that each party has a "spin machine" too. Pound for pound they pump out more hype than Apple. The truth is I never really paid enough attention to politics because it's BORING. But watching Bernie Sanders burn down the Republican budget proposal and piss on the ashes? Hell I wanted to give him a standing ovation. Now I'm like SHIT I'm a goddamn hippie liberal! I gravitated to the Libertarian party because I am a big proponent of individual freedoms. I don't like too much government involvement. If people want to fuck up their lungs smoking, LET THEM. Freedom means freedom to make stupid decisions. If they don't want to wear a motorcycle helmet, GO FOR IT. But that said, I don't want people who smoke to be able to light up next to a park where my kids are playing or outside of Starbuck's when I'm sitting on the veranda sharing a frappucino with my wife! I am in a real difficult position because I fucking HATE the idea of HIllary Clinton. I hate her scumbag baby boomer bullshit. That generation fucked up the economy and then tells the younger generation to get a job. Demanded peace and free love and handouts in the 60s and then when social security and pensions are threatened they're like "screw you, kid; I got mine". But when you consider that the next president could appoint FOUR supreme court justices? And that major issues such as marriage equality and money-is-free-speech and the goddamn disaster that is our hybridized "health care system" (aka insurance industry racket that we the people are now compelled under law to pay into)? Do I really want Ted Cruz or Mark Rubio or even Rand Paul? Or how about Jeb Bush as "Moe" the smart stooge; head of the Republican Special Education Team? HELL no! In my opinion income inequality is THE biggest issue in the country today. We are rapidly becoming a two tiered country with a wealthy nobility and a working poor and NO middle class. I may have to choose between Clinton and Bush as "hero of the middle class" and frankly I don't want EITHER. But in the end, as much as it pains me to admit it, I would vote for Clinton over Bush. I just fucking well WISH some compelling choice would present itself. Warren, Sanders, some fresh face... But it's still early in the game and Hillary looked oh so strong at the beginning of 2008 and she has a MASSIVE amount of historical baggage to mitigate. It's quite possible that someone else may appear on the horizon. In the mean time I'm just gonna buckle up and watch the circus. Anyway, the underlying point of my rant is this: BEFORE YOU DECLARE YOURSELF A MEMBER OF ANY POLITICAL PARTY YOU SHOULD TAKE A MEASURE OF HOW YOUR PERSONAL POSITIONS ON KEY ISSUES RESONATE WITH THE VARIOUS PARTY PLATFORMS!
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Chemtrails are the fairies at the bottom of the garden of conspiracy theories: only small children and the mentally unbalanced believe in them.

But if you do there is such a world of opportunity for your paranoia to latch on to, the truth is out there...

If you don't you can always progress to institutionalized delusions that "everyone" believes in. There's still a world of choice but they all look pretty much the same except occasionally the number of limbs and heads...
Chemtrails really do exist. Don't believe me? Check these out. By the end, you'll know the difference between chemtrails and contrails.
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+Simon Waddington​ spot on and kudos! Alrhough a paranoid by nature, I never believed this crap! How's the mad one now? Me or them? 😆
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Silicon Valley is back getting Season 2 off to a rousing start. It even seems to be trying to impart some valid tips on fund raising for startups. Gotta miss the late Evan Welch as character Peter Gregory but I think they did a good job with his replacement character Laurie Bream.

#datageddon  
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Liberals might not like hearing this, but it’s going to be Hillary Clinton or a Republican in 2016. It really breaks down to these two options: Either get on board with Hillary Clinton, even if she’s not everything you’ve dreamed of. - or – Whine and cry because Elizabeth Warren isn’t going to run, become apathetic, then let Republicans win the White House in 2016; likely replace four Supreme Court Justices over the following 8 years; start a war with Iran; ruin the planet; destroy our economy again; and undo all the good that’s been done these last 6 years. Yes, it’s really that simple.
Liberals have two options when it comes to Hillary Clinton in 2016. The option they choose will shape our future for decades to come.
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They said it would be Hillary last time too.
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Anyone else cheer when they saw Chewbacca and Han Solo?
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+Simon Waddington Well, what I really mean is that there's a continuity of character here; there's no indication that the character has evolved in any way in the decades we haven't seen him.  Maybe the film will be different, but I have to question how likely that is, if this is what they've chosen to showcase.
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Indeed, oh so good it almost made me cry - with laughter!
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"The Apple Watch is the first Apple product that looks nicer in press photos than it does in your hand, or in the Watch’s case, on your wrist. It’s smaller than I thought it would be. It looks and feels way less substantial than I expected from a $500+ watch. The leather straps feel worse than I thought they’d feel. The link bracelet felt flimsier and lighter than I expected. The interface and 3rd-party apps were more sluggish than I thought they’d be. The screen isn’t as sharp as I anticipated."

Ouch!
 
When Apple first showed off the Apple Watch, I was stunned. It looked glorious and larger than life. Shiny and precision…
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Agreed. +Simon Waddington Apple can sell a hammer and the media crap will call it the best hammer ever made and iSheep will line up around the corner to buy it. It's the fruit logo effect that noone else can do anything about it.
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This is a fun one - be sure to select the "Other stances" and "More Questions" options to add more nuance and depth to your responses.  If you have a spouse it might also be interesting to guess what they would respond and discuss.  

For my own part I hope my S.O. won't disown me for being 13% Republican, I hope the 82% Democratic and 87% Green is good enough for her.

However the 57% Libertarian score probably explains why I sympathize (if not empathize) with so many Libertarians even if I think their pipe dreams of Utopia are just that, pipe dreams.
This short test can tell exactly where you align.
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Is it too obvious to ask - why land it on a ship?  Is it just to make it as hard as possible, or does no one want a rocket landing in their back yard?
 
Just Read the Instructions now on location in the Atlantic in advance of tomorrow's launch, targeted for 4:33pm ET. Since our last landing attempt, the drone ship has been upgraded to tolerate more powerful ocean swells, however weather at the landing site is looking significantly better this time.
 
After Dragon and Falcon 9’s second stage are on their way to orbit, the first stage will execute a controlled reentry through Earth’s atmosphere, targeting touchdown on an autonomous spaceport drone ship approximately nine minutes after launch.
 
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The animations on their YouTube channel show them eventually coming back to land. I think they are even constructing these landing pads now.

But before directing a rocket back towards the East Coast of Florida it's probably best to try a boat :)
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