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Jochen Fromm
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Apparently they rewrote the +Google+ Android app. Maybe the old team left, and the new team wanted to rewrite it? In any case the new version is much worse than the old one. Titles are cropped, wobbly animations distract, the performance is worse and the overall user experience is bad. I thought +Google can do better than this. They invented Android and are not able to make decent Android apps? The quality of the new app is not acceptable +Leo Deegan
G+ Android app update

Hey folks, over the next several days, we'll be enabling a brand new version of the G+ Android app. Though it very closely resembles the current app, this new version is the culmination of a complete rewrite of many core features using Google's latest Android app infrastructure which will allow our Android team to build new features on a modern tech stack.

During the rewrite, we were able to build in some subtle updates. For instance, stream rendering and scrolling have been improved, the photo lightbox has been redesigned, comment options slide up from a bottom sheet, and grey-spammed comments are now viewable by post authors.

Since this is a rewrite, there are a few known issues that we're working through. For instance, leaving a comment on a post causes a full refresh of the post to include your comment. Take it for a spin if you get the chance, and we hope you don't mind the dust.
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China loves Trump. It is a country which imprisons book publishers (see last post). Any questions?
China Loves Trump
China Loves Trump
theatlantic.com
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A country that burns books or imprisons book publishers can only be evil. Among the book publishers that have been imprisoned in China are Gui Minhai (桂民海) and Lam Wing-kee (林榮基).
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In the modern world there is an increasing number of countries which have elections but no democracies. They pretend to be a democracy, but they are not. Fascism comes along today not with torches, flags and public violence, but rather quiet as a thief and disguised as a democracy, accompanied by propaganda which is so powerful that it creates a distorted reality.

Via +Michael Chui​​​​​
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There are images that come to mind when we imagine a democracy’s end. Democracies fall in coups and revolutions, burn in fires and riots, collapse amid war and plague. When they die, they die screaming.

Not anymore, argue Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt in their new book, _How Democracies Die._ In most modern cases, “democracies erode slowly, in barely visible steps.” They rot from the inside, poisoned by leaders who “subvert the very process that brought them to power.” They are hollowed out, the trappings of democracy present long after the soul of the system is snuffed out.
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I watched the new Altered Carbon series on Netflix yesterday (via Google Chromecast). The first two episodes look promising. It is a SF series in the far future, a unique mixture of Bladerunner, Elysium and the Island based on the novel of the same name. Have you seen it?
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Being a monster can be hard...
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Most EU countries think they benefit from the EU, except the UK and Greece.
Of the 28 EU countries, citizens of only three say they have not benefited from membership. Of the positive countries, Austria was least positive with 53% favorable. Of the three negative, Greece was the least negative, with 48% positive. The other two negative countries were Cyprus (45% positive) and Italy (only 39% positive).

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Obama: let's fight cancer
Trump: here is some air you can breathe, it might contain substances that cause cancer, but it will certainly make America great again. Somehow. Meanwhile I will go golfing.

Senator Ed Markey from Massachusetts writes about the Clean Air Act: "Trump’s EPA just ended a key policy under the Clean Air Act. Here are a few of the pollutants you will be breathing more of as a result: Asbestos, Arsenic, Benzene, Chloroform, Cyanide, Formaldehyde, Lead, Mercury. If you're panicking about this, try to not take a deep breath"
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Our scientific hero may not be the shining hero we admire. A nice article about the forgotten life of Einstein's first wife Mileva. She was a physicist, too - and there is evidence that she contributed significantly to his groundbreaking science. He treated her badly.
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