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Nathaniel Watkins
The bluest skies you've ever seen are in Seattle And the hills the greenest green, in Seattle
The bluest skies you've ever seen are in Seattle And the hills the greenest green, in Seattle


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If you care any bit about your digital security, you really should be using a password manager (I have some suggestions I can PM you if you'd like). But who are we kidding, that's not going to happen anytime soon; you're going to keep putting it off and thinking that you'll do it someday. So at the very least, go to Have I Been Pwned: and sign up to be notified if any of your email addresses are positively confirmed to be compromised (takes like 15 seconds). Then perhaps the day you switch to a password manager will be the day you get notified about another breach (it's not "if", but "when").

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Yup. There's cool science behind everything that happens, but you don't have to care or understand the science to appreciate it. A rock concert is full of science, a sunset is full or science, animals at the zoo are full of science... none of those things require you to be a scientist to think they are cool.

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I try not to normally share stuff that basically amounts to a(n) #ad. But this new service could really improve your quality of life and lower your entertainment budget (or increase it, but with a huge value-add). They're having server issues due to a bunch of people being interested in their new lower price, so the site may not load for you anytime soon. I also want to give a shout out to +TECHAERIS for alerting me to this.

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"It's not about the 174 seconds, but about how they change the years that come after." Only 10 days to go! #TSE2017

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So very true. AI truly gets it.

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I may not post all that often, but you can be assured I'm reading through all of my feed on a daily basis and sometimes interacting with other people's posts. That's been my habit ever since begging everyone I knew to try to track down a G+ invite. And indeed, Google+ is still the best place on the internet. Happy Birthday!
The best social network turns 6 years old today. Happy Birthday Google+!

What a community of people... what a network... Google+ and all of you have made me into the social media loving, Android device obsessed guru you see before you today. And this isn't even my final form!

<3 G+!

Thanks for the reminder +Cliff Wade!

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In case you didn't know, much of the USA is going to experience a once in a lifetime Total Solar Eclipse in August. At the risk of causing more people to flock to the same area of the Totality Zone that we're going to, here's a fantastic video on Total Solar Eclipses.

I'm not usually one about spoilers, but this does a great job talking about all the wonderful phenomena that happens around a Total Solar Eclipse and the Science behind it. If you weren't convinced to be in the Totality Zone before this, you should be after watching.

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Great article on how Elon Musk keeps finding ways to revolutionize industries:
“Once you explain this to a first-rate engineer, the light bulb goes on,” said Musk. “Lot of engineers don’t realize this is possible. They think there’s like a wall. They’re basically operating according to these invisible walls and we’re in the process of explaining those walls don’t exist. And I think it’s going to be pretty amazing.”

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This. This is exactly why I trust Google with my data (plus their strong record of security).
The Google Page That Google Haters Don’t Want You to Know About

There’s a page at Google that dedicated Google Haters don’t like to talk about. In fact, they’d prefer that you didn’t even know that it exists, because it seriously undermines the foundation of their hateful anti-Google fantasies.

A core principle of Google hatred is the set of false memes concerning Google and user data collection. This is frequently encapsulated in a fanciful “You are the product!” slogan, despite the fact that (unlike the dominant ISPs and many other large firms) Google never sells user data to third parties.

But the haters hate the idea that data is collected at all, despite the fact that such data is crucial for Google services to function at the quality levels that we have come to expect from Google.

I was thinking about this again today when I started hearing from users reacting to Google’s announcement of multiple user support for Google Home, who were expressing concerns about collection of more individualized voice data (without which — I would note — you couldn’t differentiate between different users).

We can stipulate that Google collects a lot of data to make all of this stuff work. But here’s the kicker that the haters don’t want you to think about — Google also gives you enormous control over that data, to a staggering degree that most Google users don’t fully realize.

The Golden Ticket gateway to this goodness is at:

There’s a lot to explore there — be sure to click on both the three vertical dots near the upper top and on the three horizontal bars near the upper left to see the full range of options available.

This page is a portal to an incredible resource. Not only does it give you the opportunity to see in detail the data that Google has associated with you across the universe of Google products, but also the ability to delete that data (selectively or in its totality), and to determine how much of your data will be collected going forward for the various Google services.

On top of that, there are links over to other data related systems that you can control, such as Takeout for downloading your data from Google, comprehensive ad preferences settings (which you can use to adjust or even fully disable ad personalization), and an array of other goodies, all supported by excellent help pages — a lot of thought and work went into this.

I’m a pragmatist by nature. I worry about organizations that don’t give us control over the data they collect about us — like the government, like those giant ISPs and lots of other firms. And typically, these kinds of entities collect this data even though they don’t actually need it to provide the kinds of services that we want. All too often, they just do it because they can.

On the other hand, I have no problems with Google collecting the kinds of data that provide their advanced services, so long as I can choose when that data is collected, and I can inspect and delete it on demand.

The portal provides those abilities and a lot more.

This does imply taking some responsibility for managing your own data. Google gives you the tools to do so — you have nobody but yourself to blame if you refuse to avail yourself of those excellent tools.

Or to put it another way, if you want to use and benefit from 21st century technological magic, you really do need to be willing to learn at least a little bit about how to use the shiny wand that the wizard handed over to you.


– Lauren –

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This is very helpful advice. But if you don't want to read it, at least get this takeaway:
Check the address bar; pay attention every time a page is asking for any of your info.
But you probably already do that, so make sure you check the encoding first. Make sure it starts with 'http' or preferably 'https', anything else should raise red flags. If that's good, then verify that the domain is the one you're expecting.

Also, enable 2 factor authentication.
Fascinating phishing attack, especially with what it does to the url bar, but I'd like to point out it's not new.

One of the linked posts is from 6 months ago. However, it may be spreading wider right now, which is why there's more attention on it. And the fact that it was at the top of HN yesterday.
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