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John Hostile
Programmer, technologist, thinker, internet freedom advocate
Programmer, technologist, thinker, internet freedom advocate
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The week leading up to a Pixel/Nexus announcement is usually pretty fun. Here's a rumor I hadn't heard before. Is it possible Google got a fingerprint scanner under the display before Apple? I'll believe it if I see it, and no sooner, frankly.
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Classic Verizon
Tumblr is now owned by a phone company, so it's stopped fighting for Network Neutrality http://boingboing.net/2017/06/22/corporations-arent-people.html
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We have a hummingbird feeder attached to our bedroom window. This is some 240 FPS video I got of a hummingbird taking off after a meal. Please ignore the portait video as I had to act really quickly.
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Pumped that this is out. DVRs from cable companies have all been trash in my experience (at least in terms of interface, if not in almost every way), so it's exciting to be able to get my TV from an actual tech and software company with lots of smarty pants people looking to make things better and better.
+YouTube TV is here...for select markets. DOH.

If you live in New York City, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, or Philadelphia, you can now use YouTube's live streaming TV service for $35 a month. Live somewhere else? You'll have to wait.

#typicalgoogs
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...And so it begins
Less than 48 hours after Congress sold out your personal data to companies like Comcast and AT&T, our prediction that mobile Internet providers would start installing spyware on their customers’ phones has come true.
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I have wondered for ages why contact location sharing wasn't in Google Maps directly (originally it was in a separate service called Latitude, and then that got killed and it was tied directly to Google+ (but only the app versions, and not web/desktop)).

It's finally in maps and enabled for my account, and It's as glorious as I always imagined.
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4 month update: Still using this as my primary workstation, and I continue to love it.

I carry it to and from work every day in a small Pelican case. At work it's connected to 3 monitors (considering moving to a single ultrawide (if you have any thoughts on that, please leave a comment about it)). When I get home, I connect it to my home theater where I use it to watch Amazon Video (The Grand Tour), and play video games with the lady (currently playing Owlboy, and Crypt of the Necrodancer).

I've also used it as a hotel room Chromecast replacement, since Chromecasts are so bad at dealing with hotel Wi-Fi. Paired with a travel bluetooth mouse and keyboard, it's a pretty amazing setup for watching Youtube/Netflix, or playing games on the go (if you bring along a 360 controller or two).
I've been experimenting with new ways of working lately. In light of my moral opposition to laptops (especially as primary work computers), I've made this my workstation. Roughly the size of a paperback book, it weighs less than 2 pounds, and outperforms all those laptops owned by the engineers that surround me that spend 99% of their time in one place (and then often lock their laptops up in the office when they leave, because jeez, nobody wants to carry those things...).

I consider it just a bonus that it can also run Diablo 3, and Overwatch at 60 FPS without a discrete GPU (which can be added via thunderbolt 3).
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