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Brian Griffith
Entirely too nerdy about entirely too many things.
Entirely too nerdy about entirely too many things.

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I wasn't going to go to this at first, because I'd seen the Mack Truck plant in Hagerstown back when I worked in HR there.

Then I found out there was a special guest. Megatron! Or rather, the truck they used in the movie for him. They had two versions of it present, the actual grittied-up movie one and a more standard model like they'd sell to the military.
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Volvo Powertrain Open House

Dear Google,
I'm flattered that you invited me to the Google Music beta. I have found its interface nicely intuitive, the sound quality good, and generally feel it's in a fairly polished state from what experience I've had with it. Upon connecting it up to my music player, it was extremely easy to add music to the cloud. Heck, you were even so kind as to provide me with about six hours of free songs to putter around with, before I'd had the chance to upload my own stuff. All of this is great, and very much appreciated.

However, I am somewhat puzzled that your new product seems to exist in some sort of hoary netherworld, which isn't linked to from anywhere I can see on your page or your little magic black toolbar. To make matters worse, in your spree to add the nicely universal black toolbar to every Google service, you seem to have neglected to do this on Google Music. The bizarre result is that Google+ can't really see that Google Music exists, and vice versa.

Now, I realize that this may be a bit early in the game to expect any kind of tight integration between these two services that are, admittedly, both still in beta. Sure, it might be spiffy to be able to share my music with my Google+ friends, but I can certainly wait for that. All I'm asking here is whether it's unreasonable to expect these two services to acknowledge that each other exist?

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The reason Kevin Mitnick is still relevant is because in many fields security has not progressed beyond the fairly basic methods hackers and social engineers of his generation used in the bad old days. Case in point, the News of the World voicemail "hacking" scandal. This is not to say that these acts are in any way justified, but here Mitnick very clearly shows that many of our supposed bleeding edge technologies have downright stone age security mentalities. How can we be prepared against modern electronic security threats if we're still whistling past the graveyard on exploits that are ten, twenty years old?

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End of an era. I'm a little bittersweet about this.

This is the live feed, so it won't go active until the actual launch.

The initial articles I'd read about Google+ said there was a feature called "Huddle" which was basically Google Wave with the stupid kicked out of it. Did they disable that? I can't find any option to start a Huddle, nor is it in the help documentation.

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Having tooled around Google+ a bit since last night, I find myself agreeing with this article. As the concept of feeds has propagated across various social networking sites, we've become increasingly conscious of whether or not we are "spamming" our friends' feeds. On Twitter or Facebook, the solution to that was obvious enough, in that you generally just keep two accounts for business and personal. Sure, it's a royal pain to switch back and forth, but as a workaround it... well, works. Somehow though, I think that kind of goes against the DNA of a service like Google+. The designers have made Circles so central to how the site works primarily so you won't have to keep two sets of books, so to speak. And yes, like the author of this article I understand that "public" means just that, public. I don't have a qualm with that, and in this instance these would still be things that I don't mind making public. I just don't necessarily want to spam a particular Circle's feed with it.

So personally, I look forward to the Circles concept growing organically. I want to see all the little mutations Google can subject it to and still keep it as intuitive as it is right now. Things like Venn Diagrams (as others have already suggested) seem like a natural fit. Shankland's notion of subtractive sharing, IE "Everybody BUT" seems to be a winner as well.
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