And one of the weirder comments was "...so-called STEM credentials — science, technology, engineering, math". Not sure why science, technology, engineering, and/or math require a skeptical 'so-called' qualifier unless he's intentionally trying to manipulate the reader.
Looks like the Onion News Network finally has full episodes on Hulu! I was going to post the Al Qaeda piglet, but this is even better (you can skip the Garrison Keillor sex tapes part at the beginning):
The best example I've found yet of the self-righteousness that makes me so hate stackoverflow and the rest of the trollexchange family. SUCH a simple and -- dare I say it -- germane question, so deserving of a thoughtful answer (of which it did get several, each validating the question in and of itself), permanently shut down as always, despite being SEO'ed to the top result (with no external indication of its status).
Plus, they fragment their domains so inconsistently that they take several search box widths to exclude from a search. Sigh.
So does everybody who uses google+ on android always have GPS tracking on at all times? The TOS have been clarified to assert that if you opt out of gps tracking in plus then google maps (which I need far more than I need plus) will cripple itself, so I'm still loath to click "accept".
It seems lots of the people I know on + have mobile clients, so I'm assuming that I'm the only one who objects to mandatory GPS recording.
Besides, if I can be crowdsourced, then I've decided to go out in public, which is something of a situational approval to publicize my location. Being tracked while I sleep is far creepier than that, and that technology has immense capacity for evil. Once Google licenses this sort of data set to the wrong people, we're screwed.
So on G+, is there no such thing as a publicly accessible post that does not get actively pushed into all my contacts' streams? I want to have stuff like my last post visible on my profile should I or anyone else want to view it, but I don't like spamming people every time I have a random thought without specific context or intent. Am I just missing the point of [anti]social networking?
I guess that's more or less what I wish I could get out of these social networking sites: a place to organize my bloggish thoughts (in a non-spammy way) side-by-side with generalized ad-hoc messaging. Apparently I'm either ahead of my time or a total sociopath.
As I'm finding it more and more difficult to find specific combinations of words through the usual web search engines, it occurs to me that this may be part of the dawning of the "semantic web", where particular meanings and uses of words I type completely replace the words themselves. Apparent uselessness of the term "semantic" aside (I think I need a few courses in philosophy of language to truly understand which uses are valid and which are made up by hacks like me), what is the opposite of semantic as it would apply to the web?
In particular, does anyone know how I might go about finding a strictly "non-semantic" (for lack of a better term) web search engine, if any even exist any more?
EDIT: Sorry if this spammed everyone one or more times; I'm still not clear on whether G+ has toned down their interpretation of "public" yet.