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Prentiss Riddle
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I wish the Google+ "Find People" feature would tell me who among the Gmail users in my addressbook is actually active in Google+ (instead of trying to trick me into adding people who don't use Google+ and would think me a weirdo for doing so).
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Some of the suggestions for people to add are often odd since they're people I've had one work-related email exchange with and only that.
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So, friends with corporate jobs: how do your employers feel about your using consumer-grade cloud apps for work? E.g., sharing files within a team using Dropbox, or forwarding your work email to GMail, or making calls with Skype?

(I've been doing all those things at UT for years, taking care not to do so with "category 1" data like SSNs or passwords.)
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They're very tolerant about it here, but we're not that big (< 50 people).
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Length of decade, century, and millennium summary articles in Wikipedia.
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Cautionary tale for non-linguists who dabble with the Google corpus. Garbage in, garbage out.

http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=4456

/for +Don Turnbull
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Hey, +Boing Boing, I love your #Gweek podcast but why is it such a sausagefest? Let us hear from some female geeks! I recommend you start with +Liz Henry, and she knows 1000 more.
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Wow, what an unfortunate train wreck: I signed up for the Coursera course "Fundamentals of Online Education" hoping to learn more about MOOCs, particularly models for non-machine-graded courses.

Well, it's started, and everyone is supposed to join a self-organized discussion group, only it seems that Coursera has no infrastructure for creating and joining groups. Instead the instructors are attempting to improvise using general-purpose tools. Two signup techniques (a Google spreadsheet and a discussion forum) have devolved into chaos already. 

How could Coursera not have anticipated this need? If the people studying MOOCs can't self-organize on a massive scale, how do they expect students in other subjects to do so?

I really feel for both the instructors and students. I was on the fence about whether to commit to this course to begin with; this snafu makes it less likely. Best of luck to the survivors!

https://www.coursera.org/course/foe
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You should read +Audrey Watters' blog for news about MOOCs, it's the best. http://hackeducation.com/
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Here we go again: anybody got a spare invite to Google Inbox?
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Remarkable how hard it is to find anything more recent than Jakob Nielsen's 1997 study to support the statement that people mostly skim, rather than "read," on the web.

I don't doubt that it's true, and I'm sure that the study has been replicated and expanded on many times since then, but it's pretty much the only thing you'll find through casual googling.
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True or false? Drupal (like WordPress) puts absolute paths in its database so there is no way to move an install without DB edits.

For WordPress I use this handy tool:

http://interconnectit.com/124/search-and-replace-for-wordpress-databases/

I'd like to skip that step for Drupal, but a phpMyAdmin search is turning up path dependencies, and I don't think they're all in user-edited content.
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Wow, I have to try this Chrome plugin: read the web with genders switched.

/via +Marjorie Foley 
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Which are less risky, the security issues in iOS 6.0.1 or the inevitable bugs in 6.1.0? My wise grampa always said to avoid anything-point-oh
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Hm. Amazon "special" ebook published without an ISBN, only an ASIN. Should my bib database treat it as an ISBN? 
The Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN) is a 10-character alphanumeric unique identifier assigned by Amazon.com and its partners for product identification within the Amazon.com organization....
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Here's one reason why not: although ASINs and 10-digit ISBNs are the same length, ASINs use a bigger character set and would break a picky ISBN validator. :-(
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Portuñol 2.0 Engineer
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  • University of Texas at Austin
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Stillwater, Oklahoma - Houston, Texas - Galveston, Texas - Munich, Germany - Fort Worth, Texas - Vadodara, Gujarat
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This is my personal Google account. If you're trying to contact me in my role at the IC² Institute, see my professional profile (ic2riddle@gmail.com).
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  • UT Austin
    MSIS, Information Studies, 2005 - 2007
  • UT Austin
    BA, Computer Science
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Decent choice if you get a good online discount. Spacious room and nice bed but with that cheap-motel chemical deodorant smell. Friendly service. Skip the terrible buffet breakfast.
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Pretty nice room but the common areas are run down. It's the kind of hotel that doesn't replace light bulbs in the elevator until the last one burns out, and leaves ice machines in place with "out of order" permanently scrawled on them. Worst of all is that it's grossly understaffed: a long check-in line being served by a single harried clerk, and the cleaning crew was so far behind that at 10:30 PM I had to wait half an hour while they made up my room.
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