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Joel Halpern
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Is it just my connectivity, or is there a problem with the risks list web access:
http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Risks
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Thanks.
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Seems to work for me, now at least.
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Just got very confused by Google+.
I looked at a posting.  Followed the link to the article, and closed by Google+ tab.  Liked the article.  So went back to google+ to give the posting a +1. But the post is not showing up on my main page now.  
This sort of disappearance has happened twice.
I would have assumed that google+ would have kept a post I have clicked on in my display??
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IoT may be a harmful term

After a series of recent conversations about the "Internet of Things", I realized something that I have not seen, although I strongly suspect others have come to the same realization.

The term "IoT" or "Internet of Things" encourages the listener to envision a separate "Internet" connecting "Things".  This is exactly backwards.  The challenges we are trying to address are precisely to make the "Things" participate in and work with the "Internet".   A separate unconnected net (or collection) of nets is exactly what we don't want.  I am wondering if "Things on the Internet" or "ToI" would be better.
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of course, but the IoT mostly seems to forget/ignore that, so it's a particularly "target-rich environment" :-)
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Is there any way to get rid of the new right hand side G+ strip, with its annoying pop-out people?  They keep obscuring what I want to read.
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Thanks.  that worked.  I had no idea what that icon was trying to tell me.
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Finish Midst Toil and Tribulation (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/midst-toil-and-tribulation-david-weber/1108946161?ean=9781429944687) by David Weber a few days ago.  I've been trying to decide how to describe it.  I have enjoyed the whole Safehold series, and did enjoy this book.  But I found this book harder to get through than the earlier ones.   The series (and the book) is an interesting take on a far future version of the European Reformation and the wars that went with it.  The technology has been frozen, and due to some important changes at the opening of the series is now being pushed forward. One of the two problems in this book is that in trying to explain the technology change, the author seems to regularly get distracted by the details of what can be done at the particular point the story is at.  Getting told a little bit about he new tech is important for the story.  The level of detail he goes to just seems to get in the way of telling the story.
The other difficulty is that in trying to tell a very big story, the book sees to lost continuity and storytelling.  It ends up feeling very fragmented.  (This is a problem I also found in the latest Honorverse novel, Shadow of Freedom.) 
Having said that, the care with the plotting and the implications of the societal structure is very enjoyable, and normally not obtrusive.  I find the underlying story very engaging.  I do hope that his ambitions for the series are not so large as to prevent him from ever meeting them.  (I have read some descriptions indicating a truly impressive intended scope.)
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Finished Cold Days (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cold-days-jim-butcher/1112694713?ean=9781101617007) by Jim Butcher last night.  Actualy, stayed u a little later than I had intended to finish it.  I have enjoyed the series as awhol.  This book is interesting in many ways.  It continues the pattern of Harry growing up and learning to actually cope and think.  It deals with Harry returning to his friends after he was, for all practical purposes, dead.  And handles it reasonably.  (Arguably, that is the weakest aspect of the book.)  In one sense this book answers a number of questions.  Even as the unexpected plot twists keep coming.  I rather liked the line where one major supporting character turns to Harry after he finally does what is necessary and basically say "took you long enough."  
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Thanks, will take a look at Gilman. 
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Read "Crown Thief" (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/crown-thief-david-tallerman/1108117845?ean=9780857662507) by David Tallerman based on a recommendation.  I did read "Giant Thief" first.  The main character seems to have among the best and among the worst luck of any character I have read in Fantasy (or SF) in a long time.  e also is a master of not noticing the obvious until it hits him in the head.  (In the previous book, this was amusing as a least some of what he missed was not that obvious except for genre conventions.)  Interestingly, although I would class this as fantasy, I don't think there was any magic (except if one cites that to explain the giants I suppose) in evidence.  I enjoyed the first book more than the second.  Probably because the combination of obliviousness and luck got a bit painful.
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"The main character seems to have among the best and among the worst luck of any character I have read in Fantasy"  -> HA!
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England and France paid tribute to the 129 people killed in Friday's attacks in Paris at an international friendly at Wembley on Tuesday.
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Based on Bruce Schneier's recent blog comment, does anyone know of a PasswordSafe-compatible password program for the Mac?  If I am going to buy one, I have to deal with the fact that all of my passwords are stored in a safe.  And Bruce indicated that Password Safe has not been ported to the Mac.
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Thanks.  That is much better than I feared.
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Windows under MacOS?
I am considering replacing my WIndows 7 laptop with a MacBook Pro.  (Exact model seems to depend upon some other factors.  Possibly the top end 15" Retina.)
I am reasonably confident I can run sufficiently equivalent word processing, presentation, and spread sheet tools in the Mac environment.  But there are a number of games I like to play (off-line, Civ V and Heroes V are examples.)  I would like to be able to play the versins I have already paid for.  Also, I would like to avoid worrying about whether new games of that genre will come out for the Mac.  (I have enough problems getting games I like for the PC.)   If I get a copy of Winodws 7,and install it under a virtual environment (Oracle VirtualBox or VMWare's personal edition) will the games run within that reasonably?  If so, does it matter which virtualization tool I use?
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Yes +Dean Willis  I am assuming that the Mac is much less repairable than the PC.  But I think I can live with that.  I am hard enough on the machines in other ways that getting more than 3 or 4 years out of them doesn't work.
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Finish Gamble (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dick-franciss-gamble-felix-francis/1100076154?ean=9781101529256) by Felix Francis.  While it stylistically follows Dick Francis (all of whose mysteries I have read and enjoyed), I think it may e time for them to stop listing Dick on the top.  Other sources confirm that this one really is by Felix.  And it is worth reading.  he handles the many characters in interesting ways, and does a good job of making several of them solid. He also does a nice job of dragging red herrings around.  Definitely worth reading, and I expect to continue buying his books.
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Finished Princeps (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/princeps-l-e-modesitt-jr/1107086595?ean=9781429992893) over the weekend.  This is the second book in the backstory trilogy for Modesitt's Imager series.  I enjoy much of his work, and this book was no exception.   This whole series is interesting in tat it gives more attention to a religion built around an intangible, unprovable, god than almost any other fantasy.  I also appreciate that this backstory trilogy handles its romance very differently from the original trilogy (while still being positive).  At this point in the series I am wondering if the differences in the magic are going to be explained  (the hero does various things that we were told in te later setting are impossible.).  In this particular book, while the magic is very important, it is also made very clear that magic can ot solve all the problems, and that our hero is actually ill-equipped for some kinds of situations.  Definitely looking forward to the next book.
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Then I guess I can't. Sorry.
I did not realize it was per-book, and that somehow their system decides
which ones I can lend.

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Joel
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