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Social Networks Are Out of Your Control

tcr! · Oct 18, 2011 at 5:37 am

A sense of bewronging

Whatever happens on Quora, I have no faith that my searches on Google will be improved by anybody’s “+1,” any more than my searches have been improved by “social” whatever. Here’s why: usually I’m looking for something very specific. And often what I’m looking for is not for sale.

In most cases I use Google and Bing the way I use a dictionary: to look something up. I don’t need a “recommendation” when I just want to know how to spell “mocassin”. Stand back, everybody. I think the dictionary should have it. Thank you.

Play along or take your ball and go home.

#socialmedia

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Half of America Wants Legal Weed

tcr! · Oct 17, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Poll: 50% of Americans — a record high — favor legal marijuana

According to a poll released by Gallup on Monday, 50% of Americans surveyed say marijuana use should be legal — up from 46% last year. This year, 46% percent said it should be illegal.

Those numbers mean that, for the first time in the poll’s 42-year-history, Americans who say that marijuana should be legal outnumber those who say it should be illegal.

It makes no difference to me, never been a fan.

#medical

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moot aka Poole Says “Facebook and Google Do Identity Wrong”

tcr! · Oct 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm

4chan’s Chris Poole: Facebook & Google Are Doing It Wrong

“Google and Facebook would have you believe that you’re a mirror,” he said, “but in fact, we’re more like diamonds.” - multi-faceted. It was an appeal reminiscent of the one he gave at SXSW earlier this year, but it hit harder. Google Plus has since arrived, and Poole says it’s even worse than Facebook for the future of online identity.

It wasn’t until Facebook and Twitter came along that I ever used my real name. I’m trying to fix that now.

Elsewhere:

#paddling

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DeLorean - Electrified, Doc Brown Would Be Proud

tcr! · Oct 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Electric DeLorean: First Drive

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The DeLorean’s long been associated with technology and performance, despite being saddled with a French-Swedish powerplant that made those associations slightly laughable. This weekend I drove the Electric DeLorean. I’m not laughing anymore.

I don’t think it requires 1.21 gigawatts.

Action shots / photo gallery towards the bottom of that link.

#autonews

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The Walken Dead Video

tcr! · Oct 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm

The Walken Dead

For every zombie who’s ever wanted their brains served with a side of cowbell.

Can’t wait to watch the real deal tonight.


Elsewhere:

#funnies #videos #thewalkingdead

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World Wide Occupy Wall Street

tcr! · Oct 17, 2011 at 11:10 am

Wall Street Protests Span Four Continents, Arrests Climb

The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations began last month, with about 6,000 people gathering in Times Square for what organizers called a “global day of action against Wall Street greed” on Oct. 15. The protests then spread to Europe and Asia, with more than 100 people injured in Rome after as many as 200,000 people gathered on the same day, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

This is getting good.


Elsewhere:

#politics

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100 Years of Chevy Speedometers

tcr! · Oct 17, 2011 at 6:02 am

Nova Speedometer

Chevrolet Speedometer Design

2011 marks the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet. During these 100 years Chevrolet developed over a hundred different types of cars, vans and trucks. All of those cars, vans and trucks have something in common: they all contain speedometers.

Way cool. Personally I don’t think numeric digital gauges will ever be popular.

#autonews

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Boy’s Reaction ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Reveal

tcr! · Oct 14, 2011 at 10:54 am

Best #StarWars clip I’ve seen in a long time.

#videos #funnies

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Bloomberg Uses Apple’s iCloud for Link Bait

tcr! · Oct 14, 2011 at 7:22 am

Note the headline:

Apple Using ICloud to Lock in Users After Online Misfires

Note the part that mentions lock in:

If Apple makes it difficult for consumers to move files to rival online services, iCloud also could infringe users’ rights to their own information, said Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

I’m not saying that Apple won’t make it harder to leave their services once you’re hooked. What I am saying is that the headline implies one thing while the article never lives up to that implication. Pure link bait.

On a different note, syncing music is an iOS headache, amplified by the current state of iTunes – that part I can see. But I would never have iWork auto-magically sync my documents across devices and iCloud. Documents are things I’ve slaved over and can never be replaced if “lost” or “tampered” with. I can always download MP3s again, from another site if needed.

I’m also paranoid. I don’t/won’t store anything “important” in someone else’s cloud.

So it’s obvious Apple isn’t targeting me. They’re after the doctors making Numbers’ spreadsheets on iPads in the hospital. iCloud syncing all that business data would be a godsend for users and a bankroll for Apple.

#apple

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The Lone Ranger Movie Coming Summer 2013

tcr! · Oct 13, 2011 at 9:26 pm

The Lone Ranger and Thor 2 release dates pushed back

With The Lone Ranger budget trimmed Disney, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and director Gore Verbinski are now aiming to begin filming in February. The delay in production has rendered the December 2012 release date impossible, so Disney has pushed The Lone Ranger back to summer 2013, and to make room they’ve pushed the Thor sequel back to later in the year.

I hadn’t even heard of this movie. It’ll be interesting to see Johnny Depp as Tonto though, he hasn’t been in a good western since Dead Man.

#movies

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