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Yeah, this is awesome! Where awesome means "We used to care deeply about our subscribers but apparently now we have too many!"
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Cool! Netflix is charging double! Oh, and it's also one disk at a time because who ever wants to watch more than one DVD?

http://blog.netflix.com/2011/07/netflix-introduces-new-plans-and.html
Jessie Becker, here to share two significant changes at Netflix with you. First, we are launching new DVD only plans. These plans offer our...
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This is my favorite part of the email I got from Netflix: "You can easily change or cancel your unlimited streaming plan, unlimited DVD plan, or both" It seems that the person that wrote this is going to cancel both. I will just keep the streaming and use redbox whenever I want to see a new release.
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I know that G+ has rules about kids using the system, but my daughter, who is 14, is getting the "Your account can't do this because you're not old enough" message about adding G+. I thought the cutoff was 13... and I can't find anywhere where this information is being stored so I can update it with her actual age. I'd like her to be able to see the conversation about her regarding her future and jobs and stuff without having to shoulder surf and pretend to be me.

+Chris Messina - can you check on this for me? Does anyone know how I can fix this?
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Don't shoot me. I'm only the messenger. And after looking into it a bit more, I'm not even sure that the cut-off is really 13.

This whole thing is based on two problems. The first is the all-mighty Terms of Service, which say in part: "2.3 You may not use the Services and may not accept the Terms if (a) you are not of legal age to form a binding contract with Google, or (b) you are a person barred from receiving the Services under the laws of the United States or other countries including the country in which you are resident or from which you use the Services."

That "binding contract" clause is the kicker. I don't know what the legal age is in the US for forming "binding contracts." I've always thought it was 18, but in that case there are a whole lot of kids using Gmail who shouldn't be, according to Google's policies. This is the second problem: that Google doesn't check age consistently, so kids who are going along in violation of the ToS don't find out until they trip on one of the services where Google does check ages.

None of which solves your problem, but maybe it sheds a little light.
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I wonder if G+ is going to customize the sparks page. Since it's the same every time I go there and it doesn't seem to care enough about me to guess what I might want to see (despite the fact that I've shared a few things) I rarely go there and when I do I remember it's boring and leave. I don't know what I want to see... entertain me! I'm spoiled by LinkedIn Today, I guess.
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Yeah, you know I like browsing but not searching. So I want it to tell me what I'm interested in and let me add that to my stream for the future. I don't want to try to imagine what topic I like that might possibly have something interesting happening right now and hunt and peck. Yuck. :-)
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Hanging out with friends, decompressing from the day. Why us the default for checkins not to allow me to add content or context?
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Figuring out how this whole public thing works
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So hmm, in the interest of actually sharing things, I'll muse aloud about the races I'm thinking would be fun to do this year. Really, G+, I can't add 3 links? For shame :-)

Also considering the Catalina triathlon: (November 5)
http://www.ecatalina.com/calendar-event-56021.html


Urban dare is September 10:
http://www.active.com/running/san-francisco-ca/urban-dare-san-francisco-2011

Mostly I just need a race or three to sign up for, to force me to start training.
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Catalina would be fun! My elbows might be willing to ride upright for 15 miles by then!
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I've decided to do a 30 day blog fitness challenge, along with some of my coworkers. Every day, blog something, for 30 days. Since I'm an overachiever, and more because I've been really slacking on the taxonomy of things I've posted, I'm going to challenge myself to tag these blog posts appropriately as well as send them to the specifically appropriate G+ Circle(s).

I've been happily categorizing people here and there in my circles, but I couldn't tell you if those are actually good categories for discussions, and I want to validate that in a real way. I'm likely to talk about training for a race, writing code, speaking in public, Google+ itself, APIs, food, and the semantic web. Along with whatever else comes to mind. By the end of this month I expect that my circles will be validated as practically perfect in every way or, more likely, not. And I can adjust them as I go so that they're good by the end of the exercise.

Everyone else is welcome to join in, if you like. I know, I know, blogging is dead. If you can't say it in 140 characters or less it's probably not worth saying. But I figure it's worth a test run.

This one, I'm sharing in public. Maybe I'll get a couple other people to try with me, or do something similar. Heck, you can spend several of those days talking about how your circles are or aren't working. So it's not even hard!
The 30 Day Blog Fitness Challenge. Inspired by my coworkers, I'm going to participate in the 30 Day Blog Fitness Challenge. In contemplating it, though, I want to add a little bit of extra interes...
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if you're looking for circle volunteers, sure :-)
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I've never been a huge fan of Flickr, but all my friends were there. Now I'm terribly tempted to move to Picasa. This link tells how to move your photos from flickr to Picasa, but being me, I'm thinking... Flickr has an API (a "REST" API which somehow misses the point of idempotency) and Picasa has an API. So I could make a tool!

On the other hand, this is a one-off migration so since there's an existing tool perhaps I should just stick with that.
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There are some apps out there but usually you end up middle naming back to local storage at some point :(. I would imagine anything that helps folks escape the cold iron fist of flickr would be well received. One issue though is that flickr down sizes most image so if you want your best cleanest image, direct upload is probable better (though I'm not sure how much picasa puts the squeeze on).
Maybe a nice layer for moving Gallery archives online to Pic' too :)? Creep creep creep, http://gallery.menalto.com/ : API REST http://codex.gallery2.org/Gallery3:API:REST
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Wouldn't it be cool on ReallyLongThreads if you could drag a sub-thread off to create a new thread, with a link from the old thread to the new thread? Like, you know... forking. Then you could take the digressions (I like digressions, don't get me wrong) and bubble them out into their own conversations, while tidying the original thread.

What could possibly go wrong?
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It would be potentially confusing for the grandmas who aren't using the product. :-(
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This is one of those posts where I say what a beautiful day it is in the process of secretly inviting new people to plus with me.
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I suspect you'll know you found the Kirsten you're looking for by the picture, if you've met me.

Otherwise, nice to meet you.  I'm an engineer, advocate, inventor and all around rabble rouser.

In my free time I play and run role playing games, computer games, board games.  I do martial arts, cook, do triathlons, watch and read sci-fi and fantasy, and am generally a tech geek. 

My super geeky passion is the semantic web and data visualization.  In my spare time I create mashups and other hacks.  I've developed in a bunch of different languages and created a Netflix browsing app (http://www.princesspolymath.com/intersect).

As a Developer Advocate I talk at meetups, conferences, and other gatherings of developers.  My blog is... eclectic.  You might find it interesting.

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Engineer
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  • Akamai Technologies
    API Evangelist, 2014 - present
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
    Technical Leader, 2012 - 2013
  • LinkedIn
    Developer Advocate, 2011 - 2012
  • Netflix
    Engineer, 2009 - 2010
  • 3scale
    API Evangelist, 2013 - 2014
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Northern Cal
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Southern Cal