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I see a number of new people adding me again; so I hope you all notice this:

Sorry, but I don't always know who you are. (Especially due to the stupid Google no-nyms policy, without which you might be appearing under a 'nym I know better than your actual name.) Even without that, though, I'm terrible with names and worse with faces.

If I'm following you, I've got some idea who you are. If I've been at a T.BOB with you, no need. If you're an SF&F author or editor, I probably know where you've seen me (and I'm flattered.) If you regularly post to the "Z" or "offtopic" lists, I'm sure I'll remember you. If you're one of +Douglas Muth's fur-fan friends or FOAFs, I can probably figure it out. Otherwise, you're not obligated, but I'd love a private post to let me know if I should know you from somewhere. Thanks!
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I'm sneaky.
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Tim Pierce just nailed it.
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It occurs to me that, if George Orwell were alive today and on G+, Google would require him to register his account as "Eric Blair".
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You sure? I thought I saw it said that if it was a name you were published under then it was ok. No?
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I do hope Google will fully live up to enforcing its policy on pseudonymity and anonymity by disclosing that they've outed and cancelled +Larry Page's and +Sergey Brin's alleged private accounts. A policy is a policy, and right is right, isn't it?

Or maybe the Google staff might notice that - what do you know? - there are legitimate reasons for wanting privacy in ones personal life. They might even notice that those reasons don't apply only to billionaires.
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That would work reasonably well, IMHO, except that the Google staff who make these kinds of decisions are interpreting it as if it says something quite different, namely that only your legal name as shown on government ID meets the TOS.
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A really nifty, thoughtful, reality-based and numbers-based series of articles on just where the United States' excessive per-capita health care goes - not just the parts that are more than other countries, but the parts that are even more than one would expect based on our higher per-capita GDP.
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Damn it, I thought there was a way to report spam profiles or comments. When you see someone making random unrelated comments tacking highly suspicious URLs onto posts, there damn well should be a way to report it or flag it.
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+Lisa, I think there's a difference between a "Hey don't forget to eat your fiber" nonsequitor response comment, and a "Men expand your size now! www.garbledukrainianurl.ru for coupon"
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Adding people to circles seems to be much easier in the mobile web version of G+. Google people, drag and drop is a pretty, showy, and polished piece of UI, but checkboxes are integrated into everyone's knowledge of how to use computers.
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Drag and Drop can be done a lot better than Google is doing it.
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And now for something completely different - a company proposing a fusion reactor design for a full-scale prototype with net energy gain within 4 years. Apparently the US Naval Weapons Research Labs had worked out this design 30+ years ago but couldn't get it to work with the control technology of the time. Bonus points: it's steam-punk! Sounds... moderately plausible actually. (Link from Karl Schroeder on Charlie Stross's blog.)
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You expect is to believe they can control nuclear fusion when they can't even get a simple image to work?

(I get a"broken gif" image)

((and yes of course I'm kidding. This is hawt))
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Was anybody else using the iPhone app having trouble finding a way that really worked to turn off notification popups on the iPhone Google+ app, as I was?

If you were, they've added a new option to https://plus.google.com/settings/plus:
It now has a radio button for "Push notifications" or "Don't notify me".

(On the downside, when they added that, they apparently turned back on a number of the SMS notifications I had specifically disabled before. Lame.)
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Apps can put their own preferences area in a different part of iPhone Settings too. It's confusing.
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"Winter is coming" - Stark motto
Take one step forward.

(URL h/t Reddit)
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Yeah, I was going forward and backward. snow on, snow off. snow on, snow off.
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Groggy as hell today, because I stayed up well past 1:00 am for the second night in a row, finishing A Dance With Dragons. I think that was worth it.
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Hmm. Daenerys was one of the ones who was starting to irritate me. I suppose my tolerance for grimness is not as high as it should be if I want to continue with the series! I think the only character I am truly finding interesting at this point is Arya. Well, I guess I'll see how I feel about it by the time A Dance With Dragons comes out in paperback.
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There is a Google Moderator vote (Google+ feature priorities) to support use of pseudonyms for Google+. I know that's of interest to a number of people in my circles or following me....
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This is the first tech bandwagon in years that I've jumped on while it was new and bleeding-edge, instead of two or three years after it was popular. I tend to be consciously Luddite - I avoided a smartphone until this year, for example - despite or because of making my living off technology, and I try to assess how technologies seem to be affecting people before trying them.

I do not yet understand why I reacted to Google+ differently on a gut level. I think that will be worth my thinking about.
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I've avoided Facebook rather firmly. The means of individual control are too ad-hoc and too deliberately managed to keep users at a disadvantage (either by exploiting their lack of knowledge or of diligence, or by forcing them to continually police their own status with deep understanding of ramifications). Not even a sockpuppet or placeholder account.

There's more evidence of thoughtfulness and thoroughness in the design here. So far. 
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