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Paul Crowley
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Tux and Derek!
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Jess and Zee at Whitby. Didn't expect this to get made into an animated GIF!
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I was wondering how to do something in vim so I googled it, and found a StackOverflow page with an answer. As I'm reading the answer  I notice a comment underneath that says "Thanks, Laurence". My first thought was "someone else named Laurence answering vim questions on StackOverflow?" But no, I'm the one who wrote the answer.

Thanks, former self.
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The deadline has arrived; I'm mothballing G+ from hereon in. Hopefully one day Google will see sense on the nym issue and I'll be able to bring it back to life.
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Sad to see you go. Let us know if you find a better alternative in Diaspora, or whatever.
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Dear Google,

You're failing. It's Google+. It's more than that actually. Seen though its own prism G+ is a success. However the entire company is failing because of it. Normally I, and I'm sure most geeks, would advise family and friends to ditch, say, Windows Live and move to Google services. Having seen the way Google conducted itself with G+ I'm advising them to hold off becoming more dependent on Google. If 25 million geeks tell the world to be weary of Google, that will surely have a negative effect on the company. You need to win us back urgently.

I actually like what you're trying to do with G+. I like the norm of real names, and the idea of extending my public self from the physical to the digital space. I like the asymmetric relationship of circles, because in theory it lets me have private conversations with friends as well as follow strangers. I like the norms of permission to follow and permission to speak my mind that this implies. By letting everyone express the whole of themselves, professionally as well as politically, intellectually as well as intimately, seriously as well as lightly, you're bringing out whole people in public. This is unprecedented and has the potential to bring the world together in a way that will impact what the world is.

However, you approached that audacious goal with practical naivety and political arrogance. You called for real names but didn't think of how identity would be presented or enforced, and thus pissed off all four cases: Legitimate users got banned. Other legitimate users fear they'll get banned. Identity thieves did damage before getting banned. Identity thieves are still here, being annoying in the case of celebrities but also potentially harming people.

You've also imposed a huge externality upon the world. Suddenly every person, or at least every person where they have the internet, has to check Google+ to make sure they aren't the victim of identity theft. Really, Google?

You've ignored that many people are sensitive about their names. They see their names as a part of themselves, perhaps, and get really angry when their names are rejected or otherwise questioned. I'm not one, and would probably have made the same mistakes, but you should have been more aware.

Throughout this process you've behaved as if Google+ was your thing. It is, of course, strictly speaking. G+ is yours in the same way MobileMe is Apple's, and surely that's not a comparison you want to invite. No? Good! So even though you had certain ideas in mind about what G+ should be you've succeeded beyond anyone's expectations and with that comes less control. People want to use G+ in legitimate ways you didn't expect. You can tell them to get off, and put ice on us all, or you have to permit what you din't initially plan to.

Google is so important to people's lives that people will treat G+ as a public space and other Google services like public utilities. Whether you like it or not, the world will make demands about your services based on the concepts of liberal democracy. If you want to keep growing, you need to embrace them.

Google enjoys a level of goodwill that's unprecedented and unmatched by any corporation. Google can only be as successful and as embedded in people's lives because you have this goodwill. The world wouldn't let Apple or Microsoft do what you do, so "Don't be evil" is not optional.
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Supposing you were writing a webapp that would never see high load, but where being able to recover from bugs in the webapp was very important. I'd be a bit wary of using a traditional database - one error in programming could wipe out huge amounts of data at a time, and you're left with going to backups and losing all data before that. What safer option might there be? Something involving version control perhaps?
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Hmm, I've been pondering using RabbitMQ for reworking some code that needs to deal with a chronically unreliable connection to a large database.
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Bathrooms at Flesh and Bone!
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"clean and fruity, crisp fresh taste, semi-dry refreshing finish". At a San Francisco cider bar.
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What PH said!
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Google London engineering roller disco! Thanks to Zak Cohen for camera work :-) 
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Sweet. It's almost like seeing you live. <3
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The slide in Google building 1900
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:) :) :) :) Now I've got two friends there!
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Eek. It wouldn't be surprising if AGI researchers ended up seeing similar troubles - please be careful when opening strange packages!
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A Mexican terrorist group is targeting nanotechnology researchers around the world.

The group, which is influenced by the Unabomber, has sent package bombs to universities and research facilities in South America and Europe.A number of victims, including professors, were injured after they opened mail that exploded.
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Kari Oikarinen originally shared:
 
'Four steps from "Don't lie about cholesterol on your cereal box, please," to "Obama will kill everyone who disagrees with him." '
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