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This week, we announced a change to Blogger's porn policy. We've had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express ...
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And from +A.V. Flox​: "Think of this as your 21st century reminder of a duck and cover drill. DEFCON has gone back up, but the Cold War on adult is far from over." (http://slantist.com/google-takes-back-adult-ban/)
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I am authorized to convey the following bullet points about the Blogger change to you. Please read and enjoy:

• Starting March 23, we won’t allow users to share images that show sexually explicit or graphic nudity on Blogger, extending a policy we’ve long applied elsewhere, like YouTube (note: we’ll still allow nudity that’s artistic, documentary, scientific or educational). This has generated some news.
• Users who want adult content have no shortage of ways to get it, not least doing a simple search (trust us, there's a lot there).
• But porn can come to define a brand. So we’ve decided that we don’t want to host it, including on Blogger.
• Please note that there are many types of content that are legal but which we don’t allow in hosted products like Blogger, YouTube or on our ads (e.g. tobacco).

Please note my employer speaks for itself, not for me.
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^ There, now you can +1 it.
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Do NOT buy a +Nest smoke alarm. They false alarm and are unhushable pieces of crap. Please spread the word.

Watch this horror video of me trying to quiet mine.

You can stop or mute this video if it's annoying, but you cannot stop an actual Nest protect.

This went off in my house all day, annoying my neighbors.

When I got the Android notification that my house was burning down I immediately assumed it was false, since my Nests had already cried wolf before.  I also checked video cameras and saw my house wasn't actually burning down, so I stayed at work. My poor neighbors, though.

Disclaimer: I am a Google employee. I paid for these myself. So I speak as myself.
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I dunno... I got thru the first 5 challenges on completely dain-bramaged code. Working on 6 now.
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Fresh pasta with olive oil, garlic, basil, parsley, red pepper flakes, plus mushrooms and parmesan.
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Thanks Tommy T, sounds delicious! Best in the New Year!
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Whoa. T-Mobile's bringing rollover back, with data.
T-Mobile now allows you to rollover your unused data each month to use at a later date. Other carriers take away your unused data that you paid for, while T-Mobile Data Stash lets you keep it!
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+Franke Hernandez Grandfathered? :)
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I am looking for a new job, in either NYC or Boston. Feel free to contact me at elizabeth@ugcs.caltech.edu if you think you have something relevant to my interests. I'm looking to start fairly soon any time between March and July, preferably sooner.
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2015 resumeLiz (Zhen Elizabeth) Fong-Jones Contact Email: elizabeth@ugcs.caltech.edu; Telephone: (650) 450-­4313; PGP key: 0xFBDDD2A4 Objective To build and lead a site reliability engineering organization in a high-impact technology/entertainment company. Skills Expert: distributed systems, performance engine
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So I just tried to get +T-Mobile's Free Data for Life plan set up. I am a giant fan of their plans, and wanted to get a friend's tablet set up with free data.

I talked to someone (#1) online, who reassured me that I would be able to go to a store and get the plan set up.

I went to one store and talked to someone (#2), who said she couldn't see the plan in their system. I figured I'd figure it out myself, and paid her $15 for the SIM, as is customary.

I happened by another store, and figured I would see if they knew how to set it up. The rep (#3) looked, couldn't find it in their system either, but talked for a bit and then said they figured out a way to make it work. They futzed with things for a while, and then told me they had it set up but I needed to pay $15 as an activation fee. I balked, as T-Mo has never charged me an activation fee, their website says they don't charge them, and it was clearly rung up on the register as "SIM STARTER KIT", and I'd already paid for that. He talked to his manager (#4) for a bit more and then said they could do it for free. (They were obviously grumpy that they weren't making any money for their efforts, but if they're gonna have a giant "T-Mobile" logo on their storefront and shirts, I expect them to handle T-Mobile customer service issues without charging me extra.)

On my way home, I looked at my plan. He'd set me up with the "on-demand" tablet plan, which includes no data, costs $10/mo, and claims to include a $10/mo "you also have a voice line" discount, but I couldn't find it anywhere.

So I called someone (#5) on the phone, and explained what I was trying to set up. He, too, couldn't find it in his system, and offered me the $10/mo Match Your Data plan, but I held out for the free one. He transferred me to someone (#6) in Loyalty who finally explained how to sign up for the 200 MB plan.

The punchline, in case you're trying to do it yourself: It's not a postpaid plan, it's a prepaid plan you sign up for through the ConnectMe captive portal ON YOUR TABLET.

So I tried to do this, but it didn't work, since the store had already added the tablet to a plan.

So I fired up their live chat, got a rep (#7), and promptly closed the window by accident (^W does not do the same thing in Chrome as in a terminal).

...opened it again, got another rep (#8), who said they could actually get me the Match Your Data plan for free, but that they couldn't make it effective until next month. I said fine, and took it, and indeed, the pending change popped up in my account.

I figured I might as well double-check, so I talked to another chat rep (#9) and asked if they could push the change through any faster. They said they could, but that Match Your Data did not actually qualify for the $10/mo "you also have a voice line" discount, so it'd be $10/mo. I finally gave up and decided that $10/mo for 4.5 GB of data was enough of a deal that I'd just pay it for my friend.

...NINE PEOPLE (ten if you count me) to get a data plan set up.
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... does SMS work?
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Stop assuming the reason for failures in your apps:

Just because you can't reach Fitbit.com doesn't mean it's down for maintenance (I actually wandered out of wi-fi range, and it didn't retry).

Just because you failed to upload my check deposit doesn't mean I was logged out for inactivity (the app actually crashed).
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Fresh pasta with spinach, mushrooms, caramelized onions, moderately burnt garlic, and parmesan cheese.
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You need to cook that on the other side of the river!

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I know it’s trendy to fight the system and cry that we are all becoming slaves of technology, but this attitude overlooks that computers and phones are tools for communicating. When someone thinks I’m...
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