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Google Reader's Social Features Merging With Google+

TheGreatGraySkwid Re:Google App Account (100 comments)

According to a recent comment by Google execs, Apps support should be coming "in days."

more than 2 years ago

Man Becomes Artist When He Sleeps

TheGreatGraySkwid Re:Reminds Me... (130 comments)

Well, it's a well documented phenomenon in birds and aquatic mammals. They're actually able to let half their brain sleep at a time, while the other half remains alert to look for predators and handle other important functions.

about 3 years ago

Google Launches Google+ Social Network

TheGreatGraySkwid Re:In on day 1! Whee! (368 comments)

Yeah, that would make sense of some of what I'm seeing. I bet it looks nicer in Chrome than in Firefox, too.

Oooo...I need to try it in Safari on my iPhone...

OK, that is pretty slick. I'm gonna go home and post some screenshots...

more than 3 years ago

Google Launches Google+ Social Network

TheGreatGraySkwid In on day 1! Whee! (368 comments)

So far, photo sharing doesn't work right for me (I think it's an issue with window sizing interactions with the HTML5/CSS), but otherwise the interface is pretty slick. The GUI for adding contacts to "Circles" is very slick and intuitive. If this makes it as easy to do on-the-fly easy content sharing permission groups as it seems, I think this could really take off...but I'll reserve judgement until there are more people using it.

more than 3 years ago

"Do Not Eat iPod Shuffle": 30 Dumb Warning Labels

TheGreatGraySkwid Re:The 30 Labels - because clickthroughs be damned (143 comments)

Seen on materials for a Pentium processing chip: "If this product exhibits errors, the manufacturer will replace it for a $2-shipping and a $3-handling charge, for a total of $4.97."

There is exactly zero chance of that being an actual warning label.

OK, maybe .00003 chance.

more than 3 years ago

Opera Founder Jon S. von Tetzchner Resigns

TheGreatGraySkwid Should have seen it coming (222 comments)

I mean, what could one really expect from Opera if not Drama?

more than 3 years ago

Congressman Wants YouTube Video Covered Up

TheGreatGraySkwid Re:some day (884 comments)

Ah, yes, I always go around using words that mean whatever I want them to mean. Excellent point, my fine Brumak.

more than 3 years ago

Congressman Wants YouTube Video Covered Up

TheGreatGraySkwid Re:some day (884 comments)

Some day, people will learn what "First World Country" actually means.

Oh, wait, no, that's also asking too much, isn't it?

more than 3 years ago

Curious NASA Pre-Announcement

TheGreatGraySkwid Re:Mmmmm. Seafood. (286 comments)

If there is life swimming in a big ocean under the ice of Europa, the question becomes: how does it taste?

Like Tasty Wheat, of course. You remember Tasty Wheat?

more than 3 years ago

Poor Design Choices In the Star Wars Universe

TheGreatGraySkwid Re:Of John Scalzi (832 comments)

In addition to the points of the commenters before me, I'll point out that communication between CDF soldiers while in combat armor is specifically described as being performed via tight-beam laser links so as not to give away their position with BrainPal EM chatter.

Really, Scalzi thought about this kind of thing. He's pretty thorough.

more than 4 years ago

Avoiding Wasted Time With Prince of Persia

TheGreatGraySkwid Anton Ego in Ratatouille (507 comments)

"In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends."

more than 5 years ago



Science Fiction Writers write DMCA Takedowns

TheGreatGraySkwid TheGreatGraySkwid writes  |  about 7 years ago

TheGreatGraySkwid writes "With an ironic lack of forward thinking, the Science Fiction Writers of America (or, more specifically, their Vice President Andrew Burt) have issued scattershot DMCA takedown notices against numerous items on the document-sharing site Scribd, many of which were not infringing on SFWA copyrights in any way. It appears that a simple keyword search for prominent science fiction names (like "Asimov" and "Silverburg") was used to determine which documents were to be singled out. Included in the documents was Cory Doctorow's "Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom," which is freely available at any number of places. Doctorow is up in arms over at BoingBoing, with several other Science Fiction notables speaking up in the comments."
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