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Jay Blanc
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Dear Google people who read this...

Why have I never been able to convince Google Maps that "Oxford University" does not have a meaningful physical locations. There are some addresses for business offices for the organisation of colleges called "Oxford University", but there is no single location for Oxford University. And it very clearly is not in Wadham College's lawn, which is where the pin for Oxford University on maps.google.com is at the moment. Previously it's thought Oxford University existed in the back rooms of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Once Oxford University was a blank stone wall on Parks Street. Sometimes Oxford University gets pinned to one of the various offices or office complexes that do have physical addresses. But they've all been wrong of course, because OXFORD UNIVERSITY IS NOT A PHYSICAL PLACE. You can not drive to Oxford University, you can not visit the Oxford University Campus, it is meaningless to ask for places to eat near Oxford University. Oxford University is an administrative collection of Colleges in and around Oxford, not a single place of learning. Offer meaningful locations for specific colleges, and specific office buildings of Oxford University, but Oxford University it's self has no physical location.

And yes, I know that pin on maps.google has lots of reviews from people who 'checked in'. But read those reviews, and you find they're from tourists gushing about one day wanting to learn at "Oxford University". Perhaps they were led down to one of the indistinct office buildings, or that blank wall, or perhaps they now think Wadham College is now "Oxford University". And they shouldn't because, and I stress this again, Oxford University has not physical location.
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So, the season three premier for Legend of Korra is actually really really good, and right up there with the best of Avatar: The Last Airbender. It makes no apologies for instantly moving us onwards into new territory, while at the same time managing to smooth over some of the issues from season two. And gawd damn are the character designs for the new antagonists wonderful.
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Prediction: Few at Google will understand why the "Android Wear" Google watch failed.

The Google Watch is that classic thing of an answer to a question no one asked. It is a product they are only releasing, because they want to release a Google Watch before Apple release an Apple Watch. They don't know what the Apple Watch will actually be or do, but they can throw some stuff together and hope.

Do you want your watch buzzing and saying "It is time for you to BUY PIZZA from these RECOMMENDED RETAILERS!", because I'm pretty sure I don't. Do I want my watch to become a billboard for shops and diners I'm walking past, trying to entice me in because "Your friend came here once!", I'm pretty sure I don't.

Also, because it's 'always on' to do these things, and of course to also be a watch, the Google Watch has an "estimated battery life" of 36 hours. Which in real terms means if you forget to put your watch on the charger when you go to bed, it's battery will run out somewhere before lunch while you're at work.

Now, maybe Apple's Watch will have all the same issues. But was it wise to rush to be first to market when you don't know if you're actually running in the same direction as Apple are?
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+Jay Blanc While I can totally understand your point of view, and you are not the only one who has voiced these reasons. I don't think Google developed Android Wear because of Apple - and here is why:

When Android started becoming popular on phones, some companies decided to try and shove it on tablets - which was a terrible terrible experience. Google stepped in because more manufacturers were showing they wanted to make Android run on Tablets and Google cludged together Android Honeycomb which did the job, but wasn't the experience they were intending, but they needed to do something before the manufacturers completely turned the public off the idea of an Android tablet. Next up we have AndroidTV which is Googles second attempt at the TV market (ignoring the Chromecast which is doing incredibly well in it's own market) GoogleTV was too ambitious and badly supported, AndroidTV is a much better attempt - though I am not all that convinced yet - I think pricing will play a big part in whether it succeeds or not. Android Auto is an interesting one - it's been in development for several years and I suppose is a logical step because Google Maps at the very least was finding itself ending up in cars more and more anyway. Android Wear is again the same story as Android Tablets, manufacturers started showing signs that they were interested in the wearable market and Samsung decided to try shoehorning Android onto a watch, they weren't the only ones - but then made the stupid mistake of only allowing their own phones to talk to it, clearly this was going to influence the public opinion of Android again, so again Google have stepped in. But they have done so in a way that developing apps for Android Wear AND Android Auto use largely the same code. Google Glass which is of course the first venture into wearables that Google made, has provided Google with a lot of user feedback and influenced the direction that Google took when designing Android Wear, and in the not too distant future, apps made for Android Wear will also run on Google Glass.

Now getting back to Apple, I can't see how Apple can do much more with a smartwatch, the big constraint here is the battery technology, the only way to ensure longer than a few days battery life is to go with e-ink for the screen, which immediately takes away the fashion statement aspect that Apple would undoubtedly be looking for.  I am surprised that Google went with 'always-on' for Android Wear - but while not many people are reporting on it, that is in fact configurable either from the watch itself or the companion app.

I am looking forward to getting the LG G Watch, I think it will serve me well, I am especially looking forward to being able to pause Netflix on the Chromecast without having to fumble around with my phone, but that's obviously not the main reason I want one.

It's an interesting territory that we are in here - I've read a lot of comments from people over the last few days over what they think a smartwatch needs to consist of and be capable of - and they are quite frankly ludicrous - people are saying they want an 'always-on' screen, built in GPS, continuous heart rate monitoring, full cellular connectivity (so the phone is not needed), the ability to make and receive phone calls on it, they want it to be smaller than the current watches AND they want it to last a week between charges...... so I'm expecting sometime around 2050 with current battery technology progress.

That's my thoughts anyway :)
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Is 'Talking like a character in a Tom Stoppard Play' an acceptable hobby?
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I wonder if it's even occurred to the people making this decision, that OK GO, one of the principle traffic drivers to You Tube from their innovative videos such as this one OK Go - The Writing's On the Wall - Official Video , are an Indie music label. So you're going to be cutting off your own nose to spite your face. How long till OK GO's videos start disapearing from YouTube? Who knows? Google are hanging this threat over the indie labels till they either sign up to Google's terms or Google decide to shove them under the bus.
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Here's a reason why we need #yesallwomen

There's a video going around produced by MRA group "Menkind" purporting to show that a Women can attack a Man in the street and get away with it. It is of course entirely staged to the level a "reality TV competition" producer would be ashamed of. To back it up they then reveal a Statistic from a crime survey that 40% of victims of domestic crime are Men.

What they do not reveal of course is the specific crime survey they are citing, they don't provide a specific cite merely the government body it comes from. Because if you were to actually look up that survey and go into the actual spread sheets, you would find they have cherry picked a result. The 40% is from all victims of violent domestic crime, and that includes the children of the main target of the abuse. While if you look at the perpetrators of domestic crime, 75% of them are men. That doesn't help Menkind's argument of course, so they present a different out of context statistic.
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As expected, all the 'seen for a second' signs and newspapers in "The Grand Budapest" have actual meaningful text and tell stories of their own.
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I need to come up with names for Allicorn Rescue Squad Commandoes.
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5.2% of voters in the Oklahoma 3rd district primary voted for Timothy Ray Murray who accused the incumbent representative Frank D. Lucas of being a replicant who had executed the original and taken their place in Congress.
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If I was in a debate with him and he accused me of being a Replicant I would have screamed: "They're onto me!" and run off stage.
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Disappointed to hear that MCMExpo are deleting all forum reports of harassment, disability access problems and hazards. But not surprised.
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Why is different from different than different to? Why is different to different from different than? Why is different than different to different from?
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You're being intolerant to all the differences.
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I did a little digital editing and colouring on a short comic my friend Tod created during a 24 hour comic drawing event. http://thestorydragon.com/
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