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Samsung's April Fool's joke (which was not a joke, it was dumb) probably looks like a slightly less good idea in hindsight now.

http://www.sammobile.com/2015/04/17/galaxy-s6-vs-iphone-6-debate-ends-up-in-stabbing/
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+Robert Le Blah developer edition: designed for hacking. I have a feeling this will be popular with the tech support crowd.
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Only on Gawker would you read a story by a Gawker writer about Gawker employees attempting to unionize.

Before they even have a meeting with their bosses about it.
Some of us on the Gawker Media editorial staff have decided to try to unionize. Here's a brief explanation.
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At least it's not Vox. Who knows what the hell they are doing...
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An interesting article on the psychosomatic symptoms of a self-diagnosed internet disease called Morgellons. It really is fascinating to watch the vicious cycle of psychosomatic illness and homeopathic medicine evolve with the internet, but it's also quite sad.

These are a variety mental or neurological problems being mass self-diagnosed as a physiological disorder, and it really does say a lot about the stigma of mental illness in America. This is in spite of the fact that the US is easily the most institutionally accepting country for psychiatric care and research on earth. The number of comments on this Jezebel post referencing similar symptoms in loved ones with histories of substance abuse and mental disorders should be eye-opening, but many people simply lack the resources or willing friends / family to treat the underlying issues appropriately.

As someone whose family has a history of serious to not-serious mental disease, it's troubling to know that many individuals either refuse to acknowledge the possibility of mental illness or are so far gone into their brain's delusion that they cannot hope to escape without intervention from a third party. That intervention all too often never comes, and people end up homeless, in prison, or drugged into a stupor at some kind of state-funded care facility.

I have a relative who, during his worst suffering, was essentially homeless and unable to distinguish reality from his own hallucinations and paranoia, and underwent serious and controversial treatment for his problems, problems that would continue to this day if my family had not persisted in finding him treatment and a stable living situation.

Mental illness is a very real and serious thing. Undiagnosable, untreatable, and chronic "diseases" like Morgellons should be red flags for serious underlying mental or neurological disorders. While some people may eventually find their way out of these nightmares on their own, or see them evolve into simple neuroses through lifestyle changes, many do not.
In 1969, Joni Mitchell burst into tears. “They walked on the moon,” she said in In Her Own Words, “and I cried.” Mitchell recalls crying at a bulldozer tearing down trees in its path, crying at the site of their sad stumps. But even though Mitchell admitted that she “was a basket case,” she refused medical intervention and medication. Instead, she sought relief in a inward kind of self-examination. In some respect the experience was typical of Mi...
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Really cool Stuff You Should Know podcast about this too. Let me go find it for you--

http://www.stuffyoushouldknow.com/podcasts/how-morgellons-disease-works/
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+Dolby Laboratories gets all of my shout-outs today for very generously providing an invitation for my SO and I to the premiere of Avengers Age Of Ultron in Hollywood last night. We had a great time at the premiere.

I took zero good photos, but here's one parallel to the red carpet.

Also, Nathan Fillion was in our assigned seating section. So that was kind of cool.
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Does it live up to the hype?
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Remember when HTC could design a cool phone?
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I loved my One X, but the upgrade to the One M8 was like night and day. 
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This really might be the ugliest smartphone of all time. I can almost not believe this is real. It is just... so bad. The plastic back versions at least don't look any worse than the G3, so I'm guessing this will be a limited edition or an accessory you can buy.

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"Thinkness".  Classy.
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It has happened.
The ever-heated battle over Android vs Apple left two wounded fanboys today: In Tulsa, Oklahoma, two roommates were hospitalized after a drunken fight about the relative benefits of Android and Apple phones.
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+Graham - Duck season
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Guys, it hasn't been released to the public yet, but I found an early take of Cyanogen Inc's official theme music.
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A little while back, I sat down and watched some old Benny Hill Show EPs ... Wow.

No mystery why we never see uncut reruns on TV these days.
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Sprint logic

Sprint CEO: "T-Mobile is beating us on features, value, and pricing. How should we respond?"

Marketing: "How about we hire 5000 people being paid minimum wage to drive to old people's houses and transfer their contacts to their new phones (which they will inevitably never, ever get right)?"

Sprint CEO: "Brilliant. I have no idea how it addresses any of our problems, but 5000 Sprint-branded yellow hatchbacks sounds like a much better investment than some lame-ass towers."
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+David Ruddock​ right. But if the plan was originally to open 2000 stores at a cost of $500k each, and they can instead open 1000 stores at $500k each plus get a bunch of cars and employees to come to your house, they still come out with lower expenses. (Obviously I'm pulling numbers out of thin air here, but the point stands they're reducing expenditures this way.)
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Some pretty interesting details here. It sounds like Google is going to launch with a flat-rate service for voice and text (unlimited, except MMS, which may cost money maybe?), then a cost per-gigabyte unit of data.

If you don't go over your allotment in a month, you'll receive a prorated refund of the portion you didn't use (so if it's $10/GB, and you use 768MB, you'll get a $2.50 refund). If you go over, you won't be throttled, you'll just be billed the standard rate per gigabyte of data you go over. It's not clear if overages will be prorated, but I'm guessing not (Google is probably trying to ameliorate cost by encouraging people to stay under their caps).

Also, looks like you'll be able to sign up online, buy a Nexus 6 (even finance it monthly), get the phone, and then activate service right out of the box. I assume current N6 owners will be able to use the app similarly to terminate their current provider and start Project Fi service, based on info about number porting and such in the app.
Large companies have a hard time keeping secrets, especially when multiple partners and countless employees become involved. Bits and pieces are bound to l... by Cody Toombs in APK Teardown, Google, News, Nexus 6, Rumors
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"No one goes to Coachella for introspection or propriety. This kid is exactly where he belongs.

Coachella, on the other hand, belongs in a tire fire."

the most poignant Gawker comment of all time.
For years, white kids have been able to attend rap concerts and scream the word "nigga" in peace. But now, at least at festivals, livestreams are ubiquitous, which means we inadvertently see something like this: a white kid catching the spirit of a Southern frat party during Drake's "Crew Love."
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Just watched the 5 second clip. That's it? The multitude of time waste levels reach to the moon 
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A friendly reminder never, ever, ever to trust International Business Times.

https://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/32ctho/google_nexus_5_2015_release_date_features/

International Business Times is a content mill run by a cult-ish private Christian university (Olivet) in the SF Bay Area, and is known for keeping its "scholarship" students on barely-living wages through part time "campus" jobs translating press releases / articles and churning out SEO spam content. 

They are not a legitimate journalistic entity, they are not owned by nice people, and the world frankly would be better off if IBT burned to the ground. They also now own Newsweek, which you should also not read, because it supports this very not-nice company.

Sadly, Newsweek will probably eventually legitimize IBT and become their international face, with the sordid history of IBT itself eventually riding off into the sunset of the internet's 1-month attention span. 
Last year, when it was announced that International Business Times had bought the shrinking Newsweek brand, some media organizations started asking questions about IBT's connection to a shady Korean-born Christian minister. Now we have some new, weird info on that connection.
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+Robert Le Blah True that. I didn't really mean true net neutrality but you get what I was trying to say. Excluding/ including specific media sources could become a trouble point for them.
At the same time Google News is an excellent service with fully vetted sources. You would expect Google to promote both community news sites as well as high profile media journalism rather than scraped news sourced from those same sites in Now alerts. 
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Food is extraordinarily overseasoned. Some of it is pretty good, but generally it's all just way too in-your-face with the sauces and such, even for Thai food. Decent bar when it's not crowded, but when the techno and fog machine start, count me out.
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OK bar on the weekends, bartenders pour light and are hard to alert. Food is unique to the Sacramento area, and you can get some authentic Eastern European cuisine, but it'll cost you, and the service is unbelievably slow. Live band in laderhausen, enough said.
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Food was decent, service was even slower than Little Prague. Pricing is beyond the quality of food you're getting. Will not return.
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Best bar in Davis, hands down. Live music half of the year 3-4 nights a week, friendly bar staff, and reasonable prices. Whenever I visit NorCal I will always make a trip to Sophia's. Good Thai food, too, not gourmet but it's definitely tasty.
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