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"I know about feeling defensive, and about prizing my hard-won insensitivities. I was not always the fabulous, universally adored paunchy 40-year-old nerd rapper you see before you. Flash back to maybe 1986, a middle school hallway. People tell me that I suck pretty often. Everyone who tells me that I suck, they’re real assholes about it. They want to make sure I know it, and internalize it, so that it defeats me. I have determined that everyone who tells me that I suck is the enemy. I am going to clench my fists and purse my lips and find a way to not let them win. I am going to never admit that I suck, even when my enemies hold me in a headlock and tell me which words I have to recite (little monologues about how shitty and powerless I am) in order to be freed. I don’t care how much it hurts for the rest of the day, for the rest of the week. I don’t care that they make me say it anyway – in my heart I don’t say it. In my heart I scheme, while the words come out, to grow up into someone who is immune from headlocks. To somehow never have to take this kind of shit again.

You know the really pathetic thing about being a nerd? Some shred of THAT EXACT defensiveness is your automatic response to any perceived attack, for years and years after school is over. It’s probably taken me most of my adult life to let go of those feelings. They still flare up when what I perceive as a personal attack seems entirely without justice. <snip> I wonder if he’s still holding onto that regret for so simple a reason: because the original joke was fantastic and I know what’s in my heart as regards compassion + not assaulting people + HUMAN DECENCY, and fuck you for telling me how much I suck. And I’m going to keep saying fuck you no matter what, because nobody can put me in a headlock any more, and to back down – ever – might suggest to my enemies that I was wrong about the joke in the first place." -- +MC Frontalot 

Forget about PAX, this sentiment quoted above is super important, and the root of a lot of what's wrong with any scene populated with 'nerds'.  We create an amazing amount of emotional machinery to protect ourselves from the world at a young age and it sticks with us for a long, long time.  Fuck you no matter what is great for staying strong in the face of adversity but oh my God is it the biggest obstacle to overcome when the time comes to create real relationships with real people.

+Ron van Middendorp hoverfree latest version (v1.0.10) should fix the G+ issues for you :)

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The Capital in Austin, Texas today...
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Been living this the last year or so and the dividends are innumerable.
"Everything you want is on the other side of fear."
                                                          by: George Addair
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Zilker Park is awesome even when it's over 90...
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+Nuit Tombee I saw your review on HoverZoom and I created a plugin for HoverFree for chzbgr.com links: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hover-free/hcmnnggnaofmhflgomfjfbndngdoogkj

If you'd like to know why you should use Hover Free instead of Hover Zoom feel free to check out http://www.reddit.com/r/chrome/comments/19oxxc/hoverzoom_has_gone_evil_say_hello_to_hoverfree/

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+Brandon Marc-Aurele Hi Brandon, this is in reply to a review you left for HoverZoom chrome extension.  The problem you had on GitHub related to HoverZoom is what led me to discover spyware installed in the HoverZoom extension.  The author claims it's "just" to enable a 3rd party to do better domain squatting, but I don't trust him, so I released Hover Free, available here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hover-free/hcmnnggnaofmhflgomfjfbndngdoogkj/ and source here: https://github.com/ralph-tice/hoverfree

+Eric Lammertsma Hey Eric, this is a reply to your HoverFree review. I forked HoverZoom and published HoverFree.  I feel a bit odd about the situation also, but HoverZoom is released under MIT license and is about as open source as software can get that is what enables my activity to take place.  The alternative makes me cringe; if HoverZoom was closed source, it's likely the situation could have gone completely undiscovered until a dedicated security researcher uncovered the situation, meanwhile over 761,000 people would have their browsing usage tracked, if not recorded, as the author claims, but I doubt he even controls the destination server of his admedia "partner"...  Just goes to show, open source software protects programmers from our future selves.  Anyway, thanks for promoting user privacy by switching extensions.  

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I had to fork Hover Zoom because of privacy concerns.  Enjoy Hover Free if you also do not want developers rolling out stealth autoupdates that include browser history tracking or affiliate link injection.  Github project is here: https://github.com/ralph-tice/hoverfree/
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