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BIH Bulletin Horaire around 1960
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Stopping into g+ I see the significant difference from fb.  The g+ layout works really well on a 24-inch diagonal, and fb seems to be striving for mobile screens.

The server logs show that somebody behind the Great Firewall is running a search engine that produces URLs with all lowercase letters.
Sure, Microsoft and Apple have eschewed case sensitive filesystems, but giving search users a good chance of getting 404 from other servers does not seem like a competitive strategy.

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google real name policy is spreading its tendrils in weird ways. The latest revision of picasa deleted the concept of "nicknames" from its people database. No doubt this is intended to integrate better with g+ online stuff. Alas, the majority of nicknames in my picasa are for dead people. Fat lot of good g+ will do for that, not that I'm uploading the pictures in any case. Fortunately, good data practices prevail. I always replicate the entirety of my images and the picasa databases to other machines, and I didn't upgrade one of them, so last night I manually transcribed the nicknames from the backup to the active database. :-P

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My great uncle the inventor.

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what's an identity service?
I'm at the Edinburgh Intl TV Festival and just got to ask a question to Google CEO Eric Schmidt regarding real names on G+. I asked him how Google justifies the policy given that real identities could put people at risk.

He replied by saying that G+ was build primarily as an identity service, so fundamentally, it depends on people using their real names if they're going to build future products that leverage that information.

Regarding people who are concerned about their safety, he said G+ is completely optional. No one is forcing you to use it. It's obvious for people at risk if they use their real names, they shouldn't use G+. Regarding countries like Iran and Syria, people there have no expectation of privacy anyway due to their government's own policies, which implies (to me, at least) that Schmidt thinks there's no point of even trying to have a service that allows pseudonyms. Unfortunately, the way the Q&A was conducted, I wasn't in a position to ask him a followup on this particular point.

He also said the internet would be better if we knew you were a real person rather than a dog or a fake person. Some people are just evil and we should be able to ID them and rank them downward.

These aren't exact quotes, but I did my best to paraphrase the gist of what he was saying.


To Google: stop fighting the nym wars.

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In which we confirm that, among other things, Fox News cannot distinguish Pink Floyd from NASA
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