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DrWex
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I see the world as it is and ask "Now isn't _that_ interesting"
I see the world as it is and ask "Now isn't _that_ interesting"

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File under "Things That Happen While You're Paying Attention to Other Things".

Which is to say my key-drop rate has been bad.

#ingress 
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I've moved to secure SMS with Signal: https://sgnl.link/1KpeYmF. Got a perfect score from the EFF.

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At our house sunbeams are Very Important
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If you're interested in what I do for a living, one of my coworkers is giving a webinar on some safety-related software I designed the UI for. Registration is free here: http://bit.ly/2ddO6CM

Fair warning - this is not glitzy consumer product; it's engineering software designed for users who want to do stuff like keep chemical plants and refineries running safely.

It's a cool project in that the underlying technology is old (can you say FORTRAN, kids?) and very well-respected, backed up by experimental data. But in all those years it's never had a UI. So my challenge was to create something that would showcase the power and accuracy of the tool for a sophisticated user base. #UX - it's not just for websites
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I don't think any of these ideas are exceptionally novel, but it's a great list of real actions that individuals and organizations can take to improve diverse recruiting and retention.

I particularly like that she calls out "culture fit", which I see as code for "more like me" and when "me" is yet another white guy that is anti-diversity. 

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Dear friends,

Were you aware that Google may be sharing your home addresses conveniently marked on its maps? I was not.

I recently brought up a Google map of Cambridge on my mobile and was startled to see markers with the names and locations of many friends. My guess is that you have set a home address in maps, as it keeps asking me to do.

The other possibility is that it's mining the contact info on my mobile. I'm not sure which option I find more creepy. In either case I had not noticed this behavior before and thought I'd mention it.

#google #privacy #pleasestopcreepingmeout

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I know I have some photo friends who might want to enter this (+Allison Feldhusen +Mark Donnelly +Matthew Ringel +Terry Holt +Johanna Bobrow  ).

Full disclosure: this is a pyramid promo - if anyone enters via that URL it gives me +1 chance of winning the giveaway. I've been a 5-Day-Deal subscriber for a few months now and their mails are infrequent and they have not sold my email address. YMMV, of course.

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OMG yes. PoGo is not my thing, but seriously. Stop pissing off the civilians

#ingress #pokemongo  #niantic  

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Continuing my heuristic that "Nothing in #ingress  takes less than two hours" I figured I'd drop my kid off, run an errand, pick up a couple portals on the way and be home.

Two hours later I'm home because I got hungry. On the other hand, I'm up to 329 UPV, 154 UPC for the week...

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Having (inadvertently) gotten into an argument with no less than the estimable +Ed Chi I thought I'd just leave this here for your perusal.

Some choice quotes:

"Fed up with the experience of cluttered, slow-loading pages, almost a quarter of a billion people are turning to ad blockers. [...] Ad blockers create a faster, cleaner, albeit unsanctioned user experience that also prevents a user's data from being sold to a multitude of companies they have never heard of.

"Confronted with the Sisyphean task of improving their own user experience, media companies are instead doing what the music and movie industry did when confronted with a superior unsanctioned user experience: They are responding with legal threats and attempts to make the unsanctioned user experience worse.

"[A]t a time when a user’s relationship with a brand is becoming paramount, media companies are effectively going to war with their own audience to make their user experience worse. This is not good."
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