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Tim Dean Johnson
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I'm not the biggest fan of xkcd, but I think this strip is incredibly applicable to Facebook Parse.

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I've been thinking of getting a Chromebook to do Android development on, because I like the idea of an ARM-based laptop and the consequent cheapness, thinness, and lightness.

The problem obviously would be the limited storage space and long compile times. It'd be nice if there was a concept of "cloud compilation", where you could do run the IDE and do development on a client and compile on a powerful computer elsewhere.

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Finally! They added keyboard shortcuts for all commands in Google Docs. Now I can stop using Microsoft Office.
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It looks like publishers are planning on cracking down on Let's Plays. I don't really have a problem with that.

I think there shouldn't be anything wrong with posting a video of a game with your commentary. I think there's an issue when you're monetizing these videos. If you're making money, it should be off of entirely or mostly your own work. From the Let's Plays that I've seen, the commentary is definitely not the main draw. The legal concept of fair use has a higher standard for commercial work.

And if it's such valuable marketing, it shouldn't be hard at all to get (forward thinking) game publishers to fund your videos. I suspect it's not actually measurably good marketing, and can do more harm than good. I've heard several people skip out on buying story-oriented games because they could just watch a let's play on YouTube.

The linked article has a list of game publishers and their stances on let's plays. For the most part, they are in favor of them but against monetization. I think that's important to keep in mind when considering this issue. Let's plays aren't being banned. It's just being suggested that people shouldn't be making money off of them.

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Just finished Phoenix Wright 5. It was pretty great.

They kind of amped up the wacky anime stuff, so I wouldn't recommend it if you're allergic to that, but it's probably my second favorite of the series.

Don't read the comments on this video. There are spoilers right at the top.

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These are always really funny. nsfw at the end.

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Woohoo, the entire G+ interface doesn't jump around every time you scroll up anymore. I hope this is a permanent change.
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