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Solar panel made with ion cannon is cheap enough to challenge fossil fuels | ExtremeTech - http://www.extremetech.com/extreme...
Solar panel made with ion cannon is cheap enough to challenge fossil fuels | ExtremeTech
Solar panel made with ion cannon is cheap enough to challenge fossil fuels | ExtremeTech
"Twin Creeks, a solar power startup that emerged from hiding today, has developed a way of creating photovoltaic cells that are half the price of today’s cheapest cells, and thus within reach of challenging the fossil fuel hegemony. The best bit: Twin Creeks’ photovoltaic cells are created using a hydrogen ion particle accelerator." - imabonehead from Bookmarklet
Big Pictures
The International Space Station Expands Again - http://apod.nasa.gov/apod...
The International Space Station Expands Again
The developing
Robert Scoble
imabonehead
Samsung: Galaxy Tab has leg up on Apple iPad - CNN.com - http://edition.cnn.com/2010...
Samsung: Galaxy Tab has leg up on Apple iPad - CNN.com
""Honestly, I don't see anything [about the Galaxy Tab] that is weaker than the iPad," W.P. Wong, head of Samsung Mobile's product planning team, said at a press conference here at the IFA electronics show. And in several ways, he said, the Galaxy Tab is stronger. It permits both picture-taking and video chat with front- and back-mounted cameras. Its weight of 380 grams (0.8 pounds) is considerably less than the iPad, which weighs 680 grams (1.5 pounds) without 3G and 730g (1.6 pounds) with it." - imabonehead from Bookmarklet
"Along with the Galaxy Tab and the Android-powered Galaxy S smartphones, Samsung has its own Bada operating system to cultivate for smartphones. And the Samsung Apps effort for what Samsung calls smart TVs is another effort at building a strong developer ecosystem: Samsung announced Thursday it will pay 500,000 euros ($641,000) to developers in Europe in a follow-up to contests it has run in Asia and the United States." - imabonehead
Bring me a Wifi only Model for under $300 and I'm in. - A Gunny named Slickback
They're not packing the super AMOLED screens though. Once you've gone AMO there's no going back. :-* - Adrian from Android
I KNOW. I can't LOOK at my iPod touch anymore. - A Gunny named Slickback
Same here... it looks all grey and fuzzy. #firstworldproblems - Adrian from Android
I wonder how good the new iPod looks in comparison. #firstworldproblemforsure - A Gunny named Slickback
Mmm-huh. Just put Angry Birds side-by-side with Galaxy and iPod and oh what a difference. Shooting two birds at once is pretty cool btw. - Micah from Android
It will be sharper but smaller and the colors will not look as insane. - Adrian from Android
Amoled must be super expensive. Do you have any tablets on your short list? I want one but don't want to pay ipad prices. - A Gunny named Slickback
Just this one. Its gotta play nice with all video codecs as a bottom line, which hopefully a lot of them will do. Its really early. - Adrian from Android
I have my eye on the cruz from velocity micro and also whatever MSI ends up doing - A Gunny named Slickback
I dont trust samsung - Nif (•̪●)
Well... all I know is my epic blows the doors off any htc device I've ever used. Even the software integration is pretty solid on this. Wayyyy more stable than the EVO. And yeah I've done plenty of laughing at the Instinct. - Adrian from Android
Are you using Touchwiz? - A Gunny named Slickback
Launcher pro, so there is very little visible TW left. I am totally ok with it. - Adrian from Android
I like the enhancements to the notification bar with wifi and bluetooth controls easy to get to - A Gunny named Slickback
You'rre lucky btw Adrian, nobody else can turn Touchwiz off. It's the only launcher loaded on all the other SGS phones. Thankfully other launchers are easy to load. - A Gunny named Slickback
I didn't turn it off, I just installed LP and got rid of all the ugleh stock icons. Now it looks better, iz all. Like I said, I like what Sam did with TW as far as functionality and simplification goes. HTC went WAYYY over the top with Sense. Oooh... and a built in task manager. How nice is that? Longpress home and there it is. Touch it, hit end all. Done! Same number of steps to use... more... - Adrian
I do'n have that task manager. They're working on bringing it to the cappy - A Gunny named Slickback
This is looking more tempting. Maybe what the 7" UMPC should have been. I hope it's not locked to a plan. - Rodfather
It's looking more and more like the Tab is going to be heavily subsidized. I HATE this trend. - A Gunny named Slickback
Hopefully it will be like the streak and it sells without a plan. I'm guessing around $600-700 - Rodfather
Yep wifi only please... root, tether, done. I would spend up to $300 for a 7" device with a *good* LCD screen and $400 with a Super AMOLED screen. Now for 10" device... add a hundred to those price points and I'm sold. - Adrian
Cruz Tablet 7 inch $300. There is no 3G radio and a Capacitive screen. The *gulp* Archos 10.1 looks enticing too. - A Gunny named Slickback
News flash. Samsung make a lot of Apple's components. Such as, ohh, I don't know, the A4 chip? - Mo Kargas
If you wish to be pedantic, the A4 is ARM IP. So yeah, not designed by Apple either. - Mo Kargas
Didn't apple buy an ARM chip fab? PA Semi? thought the A4 was theirs. - A Gunny named Slickback
Selling this exclusively though mobile carriers sounds like a mistake. It does look cool. - Rafael Robayna
Eric P
Accepted Notion of Mars as Lifeless Is Challenged http://www.nytimes.com/2010...
April Buchheit
Almost ready for the Playa )'(
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Not shown: upper arms, back, and legs - April Buchheit
As a strident ridiculer and heckler of Burning Man, I say this to you, April: be safe and have fun. - Akiva
I will be safe and will have fun, Akiva. Thanks! - April Buchheit
Have a great time! It's one of those things I've always wanted to do... - Georgia from iPhone
Don't forget a sweater, just in case it gets cold at night! - Gabe
Yeah! And you might want to bring some goggles just in case it gets sandy! And you might want to bring some water just in case you get thirsty! - Akiva
It will definitely be cold at night. Paul and I will be donning our fur hooded coats. - April Buchheit
Definitely, Akiva. This will be my 4th burn (6th for Paul, I think), so we're no strangers to the elements. - April Buchheit
I've heard it will be dusty this year. - Brian Johns
You might want to bring some food in case you get hungry! You might want to... oh, you probably left already. - Stephen Mack
Silly Stephen. - Anne Bouey
nice! - Niche City
You look great! Hope you have (had) fun. - Martha
Have a great time! - Mary B: #TeamMonique from iPhone
Thanks, everyone! - April Buchheit
I got so many compliments on my henna tattoo at Burning Man. Mad props go out to Rachna Bhatt of www.hennaandbeyond.com - April Buchheit
Welcome back! - Kevin Fox
Thanks, Kevin. It's good to be back. But I'm already yearning for the next burn. - April Buchheit
nice tats! - Niche City
Jérôme
This is cool.
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I fail to understand. - Richard A.
Looks like on the fly OCR, properly parsed into contact data. That is win. - EricaJoy
Richard, it's one possible use of the new Google Goggles product http://www.techcrunch.com/2009.... It recognize the text on visit cards and makes it useful. That's a pretty convincing application of Google's mission IMO. - Jérôme
I was just thinking how much I would like smartphone OCR. - Andrew C (✔)
If you have this installed on your Android phone, for fun go to Amazon and start taking pictures of book covers. Its nuts! - EricaJoy
Another reason to get an androphone soon, very soon ;-) - stanjourdan
Erica, the existing Amazon Android app does book covers. And so does the standalone app SnapTell. =) - Andrew C (✔)
;) - EricaJoy from IM
Just DL'ed from Android Market. Doesn't work all the time but very cool! - Mike Reynolds
Took a picture of a bag of potato chips and got some demon wicca sex blogs. But then took a picture of a coffee table art book that's just a figurative painting on cover and it correctly identified it as a Julian Schnabel book. Definitely entertaining but definitely labs level results. - Hayes Haugen
Can't see it in the [Canadian] Market. Does it work with Android 1.5? - Andrew C (✔)
Nope, 1.6 and newer. Turning into a trend. - Hayes Haugen
Then Rogers *really* needs to get off their asses and release the 1.6 update. - Andrew C (✔)
Ahhhh.so it's for people with crappy input devices ;-). One day will people have forgotten how to type. It's a good idea. We'll see when they make it available to all platforms. - Richard A.
If a device hasn't been updated to 1.6 already I don't think it's likely it ever will be. Everyone has their hands full with 2.0.1. - Hayes Haugen
Ergh, maybe I'll just root the phone then. =P - Andrew C (✔)
There is an app called CardReader for the iPhone (3GS or better) that can scan a business card, send it to a server to OCR it, then import that info into a new contact. It works pretty good on standard looking cards, but fails when the cards have a busy background or such. - Ken Gidley
Adam Lasnik
YouTube - The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
YouTube	- The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody
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Silly and so much fun! Make sure to click the HD button to see it in 1080p glory :-) - Adam Lasnik
For those unfamiliar with the original song by Queen, you can watch it here (probably a good idea to watch it first, actually :-) http://www.youtube.com/watch... - Adam Lasnik
Omg Adam, I love this so much - can always count on instant Muppet goodness from you :) - Mona Nomura
Heh, awesome! (though in this case, I have to credit one of my colleagues, who posted it on an internal humor list :-) - Adam Lasnik
impressive.. love the ANIMAL solo !!! hahaha - simone righini
Paul Buchheit
awesome - Ayman Shurafa
wow. insane! - Caio
Looks like Tornado won! - Private Sanjeev
love the metaphor :) - andy brudtkuhl
brilliant. Alternative comment: this metaphor is a train wreck - Ivan Kirigin
haha love it - Rasmus Lauridsen
Smashing! Simply smashing... - Chris Heath
Ivan +1! - Kevin L
so sad story :( trains are so unprotected.. - я был в лесу
physics is a beaatch for sure - Robert Higgins
That video never gets old. Never underestimate the power of nature. - Jim Goldstein
wow!! :) - Oguz Serdar
:) - Micah
AMAZING footage. Dayum! - Josh Haley
That was worth watching even ignoring the obviously cute pun. - Greg Grothaus
Paul is probably just joking - but if he is serious about this pun i would assume it's for good reason. - Chris Heath
and i bet paul just couldn't wait for them to open up tornado when he first saw this video - Chris Heath
amazing - boro
should hitler be saying something about it now :) - vinod
MOther Nature indeed - Mark Mason
WOW! That reminds me...I still have some video from this summer's train trip to post. Nothing this exciting happened, I'm afraid. - Eph Zero
Just as I expected, it's all twisted. - Dustin Sallings
Mitchell McKenna
Ten Apps All New Android Users Should Check Out - http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2009...
Ten Apps All New Android Users Should Check Out
Twidroid (twitter), Qik (live video streaming), Flyscreen (lockscreen), Nesoid (NES emulator), Meridian (Media Player), Flixster (Movie times/trailers), Barcode Reader, TED, 3Banana Notes), Power Manager - Mitchell McKenna from Bookmarklet
Thanks. - Oguz Serdar
I'd throw in Thinking Space, Dolphin Browser, and Swift (instead of Twidroid.. it's not as pretty but it works better) - Tim Hoeck
@Tim @Haggis Thanks for those great additions! Hadn't heard of Dolphin Browser or Babbler - Mitchell McKenna
Tim Hoeck
Mitchell Tsai
Click http://google.org/flutrends for the real-time app. We've found that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster than traditional systems. - Mitchell Tsai
See "Google search engine flags flu activity in U.S." [Reuters - 11/11/08] http://reuters.com/article... http://friendfeed.com/e... - Mitchell Tsai
Studies indicate that between 35 and 40 percent of all visits to the Internet are begun by people looking for health information. When people are sick, they tend to look up their symptoms. - Mitchell Tsai
Google Flu Trends uses search terms that people put into the Web-based search engine to figure out where influenza is heating up, and notify the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in real time. Google is keeping the search terms it uses private, but influenza-like illnesses include symptoms such as fever, muscle aches and cough. Sneezing usually occurs with other viruses such as rhinoviruses. - Mitchell Tsai
"One thing we found last year when we validated this model is it tended to predict surveillance data," Finelli said. - Mitchell Tsai
"The data are really, really timely. They were able to tell us on a day-to-day basis the relative direction of flu activity for a given area. They were about a week ahead of us. They could be used ... as early warning signal for flu activity." - Mitchell Tsai
Influenza kills an estimated 36,000 people a year in the United States and 250,000-500,000 globally. - Mitchell Tsai
Experts are keen to track flu activity in case of a pandemic -- a global epidemic of a new and deadly strain of flu that could kill millions within a few months. - Mitchell Tsai
i hear the Google Flu is not as bad as it sounds, though... ;) - edythe
but seriously, mitchell, this is awesome. - edythe
Polly: I love this idea of using Google (and/or social networks)'s knowledge of what people are interested in to benefit society (and not just whether we're going to be terrorists). I'd love to see similar efforts in monitoring (1) what cancer patients are looking at for cures/treatments (2) what kids & adults are interested in (3) popular exciting travel spots - Mitchell Tsai
How can we move "news" to the next generation past (a) Digg/Reedit (b) Google News (c) Disqus/Google Reader/FriendFeed (d) Flickr/picture-sharing (e) Wikipedia. The "Google Flu monitoring" seems to be the 1st jump in bringing data-mining of social networks to new usefulness. What if we had a service which took "50 pages in Wikipedia most active" combined with some "educational benefit" metric to inform us about newly active topics? - Mitchell Tsai
Twitter/Summize combo kicks-butt for monitoring real-time events (1) earthquakes (2) elections... but it's still a huge swamp of info. Could services like "Google Flu Trends" pull out 100 interesting topics from all the Twitter traffic? (kind of big-brother for a good purpose) - Mitchell Tsai
Thanks Brian. Nice flu articles. Many nations' leaders spend money REAL fast when faced with possible pandemics. They're not stupid... - Mitchell Tsai
Gregory, the profit margin on vaccines is actually quite low, which is why the pharmaceutical companies aren't inclined to produce tons of it. The influenza virus changes its genetic make-up every year, forcing the vaccine makers to anticipate what strain will be predominant, and sometimes the vaccine makers guess wrong. - Victor Ganata
http://reason.com/news... "In the past three decades, the number of vaccine manufacturers in America has plummeted, as the industry has been flooded with lawsuits." He added. "Today, there is only one manufacturer in the United States that can produce influenza vaccine." Since 1967 the number of American vaccine manufacturers has dropped from 26 to just 4 today. The problem... more... - Mitchell Tsai
...another example of how medical & legal reform are so closely intertwined... - Mitchell Tsai
Tough world of profits http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2... (Good) Net product sales for the year ended December 31, 2005, increased 12 percent, or $155 million, compared to the year ended December 31, 2004, primarily due to $96 million in sales of FLUVIRIN vaccine in 2005, compared to $2 million in sales of FLUVIRIN vaccine in 2004, which related to late sales from the 2003-2004 influenza season. - Mitchell Tsai
(Bad) As previously reported, in the year ended December 31, 2004, the entire FLUVIRIN vaccine product inventory was written off, resulting in a $91 million charge to cost of sales. No sales of BEGRIVAC influenza virus vaccine in 2005 due to a product sterility issue - Mitchell Tsai
http://jhsph.edu/publich... It’s important to point out that the current vaccine crisis is an extreme example of what’s wrong with the vaccine supply system in the United States. Many people are quick to criticize industry, but making flu vaccine is really difficult. - Mitchell Tsai
Companies do not receive the virus strains for the vaccine until March. They are expected, on a very tight timeline, to get an egg supply, grow the vaccine and have it ready to ship by September or October. They charge anywhere from $8 to $22 a dose, which is not a large profit margin. - Mitchell Tsai
http://weeklystandard.com/Content... http://qando.net/details... Why is it that 100 percent of our flu vaccines are now made by two companies in Europe? Chiron was scheduled to supply 46 million of the 100 million doses to be administered in the United States this year. The other 54 million will come from Aventis Pasteur, a French company with headquarters in Strasbourg. ---- Trial lawyers drove the American manufacturers out of the business. - Mitchell Tsai
Today there are only four that make any type of vaccine and none making flu vaccine. Wyeth was the last to fall, dropping flu shots after 2002. For recently emerging illnesses such as Lyme disease, there is no commercial vaccine, even though one has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. - Mitchell Tsai
All this is the result of a legal concept called "liability without fault" that emerged from the hothouse atmosphere of the law schools in the 1960s and became the law of the land. Under the old "negligence" regime, you had to prove a product manufacturer had done something wrong in order to hold it liable for damages. - Mitchell Tsai
Under liability without fault, on the other hand, the manufacturer can be held responsible for harm from its products, whether blameworthy or not. Add to that the jackpot awards that come from pain-and-suffering and punitive damages, and you have a legal climate that no manufacturer wants to risk. - Mitchell Tsai
In theory, prices might have been jacked up enough to make vaccine production profitable even with the lawsuit risk, but federal intervention made vaccines a low-margin business. Before 1993, manufacturers sold vaccines to doctors, doctors prescribed them to patients, and there was some markup. Then Congress adopted the Vaccine for Children Act, which made the government a monopsony... more... - Mitchell Tsai
As recently as 1980, 18 American companies made eight different vaccines for various childhood diseases. Today, four companies--GlaxoSmithKline, Aventis, Merck, and Wyeth--make 12 vaccines. Of the 12, seven are made by only one company and only one is made by more than two. "There are constant shortages," says Dr. Paul Offit, head of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital... more... - Mitchell Tsai
The intersection between mass vaccinations and the tort system was bound to be messy. When you vaccinate enough people, someone, somewhere, is going to have a bad reaction. You could give a glass of milk to 100 million people and a few would inevitably get violently sick from it. - Mitchell Tsai
The first instance of this came in 1955 with polio vaccinations. Cutter Laboratories, the California company that now distributes Cutter's Insect Repellent, made an early batch of vaccines, some of which had live viruses in them. Almost all the children in Idaho were administered the vaccine and several dozen contracted polio. - Mitchell Tsai
The jury found Cutter's actions were not negligent--the orders had been rushed, standards had not been clear, and safety precautions were still rudimentary at the time. But, using the new doctrine of liability without fault, the jury held Cutter accountable anyway and awarded $147,300. "That decision made Ralph Nader possible," Belli later claimed. - Mitchell Tsai
"It was a turning point," says Dr. Offit, whose book The Cutter Incident will be published next year. "Because of the Cutter decision, vaccines became one of the first medical products to be eliminated by lawsuits." - Mitchell Tsai
Yale Law Journal published an article arguing that insurance against adverse reactions was the solution. Unfortunately, this thesis failed to anticipate how high damage awards would go. - Mitchell Tsai
WHEN AN UNUSUAL EPIDEMIC occurred in 1976, the federal government decided to vaccinate the whole country against the new "swine flu." To the astonishment of Congress, the insurance companies refused to participate. The Congressional Budget Office predicted that with 45 million Americans inoculated, there would be 4,500 injury claims and 90 damage awards, totaling $2 million. Congress decided to provide the insurance. - Mitchell Tsai
As Peter Huber recounts in his book Liability, the CBO's first estimate proved uncannily accurate. A total of 4,169 damage claims were filed. However, not 90 but more than 700 suits were successful and the total bill to Congress came to over $100 million, 50 times what the CBO had predicted. The insurance companies knew their business well. - Mitchell Tsai
Adding to the problem are the predictable panics about vaccines that spread among parents and are abetted by trial lawyers. In 1974, a British researcher published a paper claiming that the vaccine for pertussis (whooping cough) had caused seizures in 36 children, leading to 22 cases of epilepsy or mental retardation. - Mitchell Tsai
Subsequent studies proved the claim to be false, but in the meantime Japan canceled inoculations, resulting in 113 preventable whooping cough deaths. In the United States, 800 pertussis vaccine lawsuits asking $21 million in damages were filed over the next decade. The cost of a vaccination went from 21 cents to $11. - Mitchell Tsai
Every American drug company dropped pertussis vaccine except Lederle Laboratories. In 1980, Lederle lost a liability suit for the paralysis of a three-month-old infant--even though there was almost no evidence implicating the vaccine. Lederle's damages were $1.1 million, more than half its gross revenues from sale of the vaccine for that entire year. - Mitchell Tsai
In 1998, the FDA approved a vaccine for Lyme disease, which strikes 15,000 people a year. GlaxoSmithKline manufactured it for three years but quit when rumors began circulating that the vaccine caused arthritis. - Mitchell Tsai
Each year in February, the Centers for Disease Control meets with the vaccine-makers--all two of them--and decides which strain of the virus to anticipate for next year. Then they both make the same vaccine. Last year the committee bet on the Panama strain, but a rogue "Fujian" strain suddenly emerged as a surprise invader. A mini-epidemic resulted and 93 children died, only two of them properly vaccinated. - Mitchell Tsai
Whether doctors are quitting the profession because of an out-of-control tort system, whether malpractice premiums are the cause of health care increases--such hardy perennials of the litigation debate are still a subject of lively controversy. But with vaccines there is no argument. Trial lawyers have all but ruined the market. Yet they are still unwilling to take responsibility. - Mitchell Tsai
What is frustrating about all this is that vaccination is such an easy intervention, and so many lives have been saved with near-universal vaccination against childhood diseases. When you do the cold-hard calculus comparing the number of adverse events versus the number of deaths prevented, it definitely seems worth it. Unfortunately, the mathematics of the legal and economic end of things don't agree. - Victor Ganata
Thanks Mitchell.. mind if I write this up for GoogleTutor? - Phil Glockner
Victor: (A) It seems "right" that people might be compensated for dying due to a vaccine. (B) However, when a drug company's entire profit margin can be wiped out by 2 lawsuits, how can you do business? (C) We might look to the Japanese legal system which sets maximum damages. Or just ask people to "suck up". If you die due to vaccine (and it's not the manufacturers fault), that's the risk you take for the possible protection. - Mitchell Tsai
Phil: Feel free to write this for Google Tutor (what's that?). Journalistic disclaimer: I haven't triple-checked my sources... :-) - Mitchell Tsai
Similar question: If we go to a surgeon for a 95% effective surgery, do we sue the doctor for the 5% deaths? ---- Another industry with a different answer (Employee injuries): In worker's comp, people decided that employers will pay for everything, to save the legal fees from deciding everything in court. Thus, a homeowner would be liable for a mailman slipping on their icy driveway. - Mitchell Tsai
Mitchell: http://www.googletutor.com - A site related to all things Google. - Phil Glockner
In terms of malpractice, pain and suffering caps seem to be preventing physicians from fleeing the state of California. Is it a different kind of tort law that pharmaceutical companies are subject to, or would such a thing apply? - Victor Ganata
Currently, the answer is that, yes, the surgeon can get sued for those deaths, even if he/she did everything right. The answer clearly lies in limiting the damages awarded. - Victor Ganata
The case for the tort system causing physician discontent is pretty minimal, at least if you're practicing in a state that has pain and suffering caps. There are a lot of other reasons why docs are throwing in the towel. - Victor Ganata
Enjoying the ice swimming.:) - Igor Poltavskiy
Paul Buchheit
Should Facebook Remove Subject Lines from Messages? - http://mashable.com/2009...
Should Facebook Remove Subject Lines from Messages?
I tried to remove the subject in Gmail, but people revolted. I really like that FriendFeed (and Twitter) don't have a subject -- it's just a message. - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
How do you know on FriendFeed? - Paul Buchheit
I think email would be better if they removed the body instead of the subject. - Jim Norris
well, I can guess what's spam on gmail by the subject line. Since I never got spam on facebook's inbox... that could take things right to the point. - Caio
Friendfeed removes the body from most messages, so you have to do the 'write a comment on your own message' trick to put it in - Kevin Marks
That's a good point Kevin, a lot of people treat the first comment by the author as the subject line. - Eric Florenzano
Which makes the feed API annoying for longform stuff - Kevin Marks
People are using "pseudo tagging" on FF with the [something] syntax just to provide the "context" for their message. So, yeah, title is here to stay (where used). - Claudio Cicali
summarize, FTW! - Claudio Cicali
+1 for Otto's comment. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Twitter has just the subject line, no body. ;) - Amit Patel
It's the other way around Amit, which is why Twitter is better than Atom/RSS (RSS has titles, Twitter is just short messages). See http://friendfeed.com/paul... for an example. - Paul Buchheit
"Twitter is better than Atom/RSS"?!? - splutters! - Tim Tyler
it is very useless btw you also have to change the share box to old way.. It is very difficukt when you want to share a message to another user not to your profile - Atif UNALDI
Instead of no subject, i often send email with no body, or the same in both. only use body when I need long form. - David Stratton
Twitter and ff exclude the long-form use case. For email, subject lines should at least be an option. I don't use fb enough to comment on their messaging. - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
No subject does totally work. Sometimes I really stuck trying to fill Subj form. Just have no idea how to summarize words like ”How d'ya do”. What's the subject here? No fkcng subj needed, for real. - Кто это тут у нас
Bruce, the solution is to simply make the "subject" a part of the body, so that there is a smooth transition. - Paul Buchheit
If there's one general problem I have with Gmail, it's the institutional attitude that they know what's best for the user. e.g. "You don't need to be able to sort by columns." I'm thankful they didn't let you dump the subject, Paul. - Ken Sheppardson
How do you get users to do that? People don't naturally start long-form messages with concise summaries. Not that a subject line nails this problem, but at least you can prompt the user if it's blank. - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
People don't write concise summaries anyway Bruce :). Ken, sorting by something other than date in nonsensical in a conversational context. - Paul Buchheit
Facebook having a proprietary system that mostly competes with email, but is mostly incompatible with it is kind-of feeble. - Tim Tyler
Paul: Perhaps, but people aren't always operating in a "conversational context" when they're dealing with email. For something as flexible as email, or messaging systems of any sort, I find it annoying when the system tries to dictate what my workflow and thought processes should look like. - Ken Sheppardson
Maybe it's a dying use case, but subjects are really great for automated messages that are guaranteed to have a useful subject line. I can scroll through server notices, security advisories, and so on quickly and download the full message if I need to know more. The fact that you can download just the subject line (or rather, the email header) before downloading the entire email is still pretty useful to me. - Mark Trapp
Ken, I'm referring to the UI. For example, sorting by sender doesn't make sense when there are multiple senders, as is the case in a conversational ui. The ui was designed to solve use-cases, not fill feature checkboxes. - Paul Buchheit
Also, Gmail wasn't meant to cover all possible use cases. I think it's better to have a product that's very good for many people than mediocre for all people. It has open interfaces (such as IMAP) so that it's easy to use other clients. - Paul Buchheit
I agree 100% with Ken. I almost always sort my e-mails by date, then subject (in Evolution, I can actually group them by thread, which is really nice). If I just kept all of my e-mails sorted strictly by date and none of them had subjects, I would have no idea which ones were related to each other. It's completely counter-intuitive to remove the subject line from an e-mail. Further,... more... - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
It's not meant to cover all use cases, but it's meant to be interoperable, right? If email originating from Gmail is not supplying subject lines (because they're hidden/downplayed/discouraged), but everything else relies on subject lines (like IMAP clients) to weed through the email list, the spirit of interoperability seems to be violated. - Mark Trapp
I get that, Paul (re use cases vs features) and was just about to mention that I'm thankful for IMAP support, so I can use Thunderbird, Outlook, etc for those instances where my workflow calls for sorting by size; sorting a set of messages with well-formed subjects by subject; using sorting as a quick, visual proxy for search, etc. - Ken Sheppardson
Mark, I didn't say that it wouldn't supply a subject line :) - Paul Buchheit
What would it be? The first n bytes of the message? I guess that could work. - Mark Trapp
i rarely use the subject line in my email - andy brudtkuhl
it doesnt mean it is the best way if you use something in a way for a long time. i think no subject for emails is a good approach if you really think on it. it is the change scares us. - Eren Emre Kanal from iPhone
The business world relies on subject messages for threading and sorting, and I anticipate will do so for some time. I would keep it. - Louis Gray
Doesn't anybody ever take any business communications classes/training any more? Email without subjects lines is like a meeting without an agenda. Oh, and get off my lawn. Humbug. - Ken Sheppardson
a direct message? no subject line. an email-like message? subject line for sure. - Jim: with more caffeine!
This is why ultimately we may need to abandon email. It's broken in many ways, but difficult to change. - Paul Buchheit
If by "broken" you mean "people don't take the time to learn how to use it effectively", I agree. ;-) - Ken Sheppardson
For something meant to be so essential to communication, it shouldn't take time to use effectively: it should be a natural extension of what we do. If we're relying on everyone to use it correctly, that's not very efficient. - Mark Trapp
ya i dont no why anybody wood half to lern how to do stuff it shuld all be natural - Ken Sheppardson
Is it the norm to expect everyone to be bilingual? Why not expect electronic communication media to be an extension of the one form of communication that we all spend years to master? Why is it necessary to have to spend another large tract of time to learn another form of communication? - Mark Trapp
Paul, do you think Google Wave will solve this problem? It doesn't have a subject line and it's much more different than email. - Eren Emre Kanal
Eren, I don't know what will happen with Wave. It's a very interesting concept, but I suspect that it still needs a lot of refinement. - Paul Buchheit
Now I'm curious what the subject-free gmail would have looked like, especially messages to/from other email systems. - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
It's less different than you would imagine Bruce. The biggest change is in the composer. Gmail already kind of merges subject with body in the inbox. Unfortunately I didn't figure out the right ui until sometime after wanting to remove the subject. If I had thought of it sooner, we might have been able to do it. - Paul Buchheit
At least I (mostly) got rid of it on reply though :) - Paul Buchheit
Writing concisely, knowing what a paragraph is/should be, understanding what a "topic sentence" is, and being able to summarize a document in a single sentence aren't skills that are unique to email. Blog posts, reports, books, magazine articles all have subjects... except we call them "titles". Seems like the people I work with all use email in a ways that's fundamentally different than some of you. I don't really get where the idea that subjects are superfluous is coming from. - Ken Sheppardson
Ken, when I call up a friend or family member, I don't start the call with "This phone call will be about the weather. Hey Dad, how's it going?" Conversations are not written prose, and the premise being put out is that emails are extensions of conversations. - Mark Trapp
That's a great example Mark. Subjects are very formal. - Paul Buchheit
As is most business communication. - Ken Sheppardson
Email is formal, chat isn't... - Johnny
^^^ also, email is often searched by subject, and the body text may be quite long. - 9000 from IM
Mark: I notice that most if not all the entries on http://marktrapp.com/blog have subjects/titles. Why? - Ken Sheppardson
Ken, because they're prose, not conversations. - Mark Trapp
Paul - the fact that you say you "mostly got rid of it on reply" is exactly why subjects are so necessary. How else do we keep those conversations inline when dealing with other e-mail clients? Not all e-mail clients are able to thread conversations the way Gmail and Evolution do. With most of them, we have to rely on being able to sort/group by subject in order to keep related conversations together. As long as that functionality is broken, the concept of a subject has to stay in place. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Curtiss, I'm not talking about removing the RFC822 header, I'm talking about changing the ui so that people don't have to waste time thinking about subjects. - Paul Buchheit
Paul, I have to disagree with eliminating email. It's VERY useful for me in the way that I use it and for the people with whom I correspond. Of course, I don't have Wave yet so I may be eating my words soon. - Jim: with more caffeine!
OK, I'm out. Y'all can continue to imagine this sort of topicless/subjectless world where email's just about "conversations"... good luck with that. - Ken Sheppardson
But, somewhere that subject still needs to originate. Especially when we are talking about formal business communication, all of our messages (assuming you are using a snippet from the beginning of the message as the subject) would have a subject of "Greetings, _____" or "Dear ________" which would be completely counter-intuitive. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Imagine a typewriter. - Paul Buchheit
In the old days, when letters didn't have subjects, there was no easy way to automatically file them together or find one you were looking for. I would hate to go back to that. - Gabe
Imagine, if you will a typewriter NOOOOOOO!!!! I'm so glad computers came along! I had a temp job working on a selectric, on a 3-carbon forms. It was a nightmare. - anna sauce
What would be a great innovation is if an email program let you assign a subject to email conversations that the original sender wasn't polite enough to write for you. - Gabe
+1 for Gabe. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
repeating how the ui might play out: snippet of body becomes the subject for a long form email, or short form email message is completely scannable in the message list. - karl dotter
I agree with Kevin. I know I'm late to this thread but to answer Paul's "How do you know on FriendFeed?", the original post in FriendFeed/Facebook is in a lot of ways like a subject. It generates an overall topic that makes replies the body. When dealing with large conversation flows such as FF/FB, this tells the reader whether it is worth reading beyond. In many ways Twitter is the... more... - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
To add on, FriendFeed/FB Walls are in a lot of ways equivalent to being the flat file view of a message board's group of discussions/topics. Without subjects, it's just a bunch of unstructured data. - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
Subject in a email often serves as a micro-summary. A chat message usually does not need it, for it is way shorter and woven into the conversation context more tightly . - 9000 from IM
There's the expectation of the subject field to be there - it's a hard habit to break now - and it does give a bit of context and scanability to mail clients. But the process of labeling up mail could be migrated into place - 'mail tags', so to speak. Which could work for both sender and receiver and could make mail archives more like a folksonomy - and thus offer more integration with other web services. - zeroinfluencer
I second that David, i was thinking along the lines. I would rather see the subject line being replaced with tags. Just keywords, no summary. Less thinking needed to summarize the message into one sentence, thus more productive and even useful for e. g. semantic purposes. - Tibor Holoda
Hey - getting back on topic (we all got derailed there for quite a while) - I see no reason that Facebook really needs subjects on their messages. Since the messages are basically only used inside of the proprietary Facebook platform, which already threads the messages anyway, there's no real need for the subject. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
For what it's worth, Wave takes the first couple lines and makes it a pseudo subject, from what I can tell... It made it bold in the body of the wave (is it called a body?) and then added a dash in the inbox. Check out this example: http://img.skitch.com/2009100... all i did was type "Hi Louis!" as the first line of my wave and it did the rest - Frankie Warren
Nope, don't need subject line. Instead, use labels (tags) to filter content (folders / views) - Susan Beebe
For Facebook messages, the subject line isn't important; context doesn't need to be set. For "business" messages (Gmail/Outlook), it's more important, because the subject line is (usually) used as the first method of filtering/prioritising. - Andrew Terry
+1 Andrew. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
yup, subjects with small updates is clumsy and noting but extra line that is not needed at all - testbeta
Yes. - Meryn Stol
Yeah! Why do we always need to be formal?? Huh!? Is It social networking thingy or office networking thing? Lol! Good question, they should remove this. :) - Mohammad Abdurraafay from iPhone
The whole argument is pointless because in FB the subject is optional. - Jason Williams from iPhone
Wow, so much complaining. For subject haters, is it really that much of a problem to leave the box blank? - Rebecca Sun
Furthermore, if you're writing just to say "hi" or whatever, put it on the wall! (Unless you're trying to keep your relationship a secret) - Rebecca Sun
AJ Batac
Google Wave Team Gives Up on Internet Explorer - http://smarterware.org/3380...
Google Wave Team Gives Up on Internet Explorer
"Google Wave depends on strong JS and DOM rendering performance to provide a desktop-like experience in the browser. HTML5’s offline storage and web workers will enable us to add great features without having to compromise on performance. Unfortunately, Internet Explorer, still used by the majority of the Web’s users, has not kept up with such fairly recent developments in Web technology." - AJ Batac from Bookmarklet
"If you want to continue at your own peril, go ahead." - LOL - AJ Batac
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Jenna Bilotta
Derrick
Eating meat or cheese between layers of bread is practically an innate human behavior. These 12 delicious recipes show you why so many cuisines around the globe have some version of the sandwich. - Derrick
yummy yummy ::O - Nucro
I'll take one of each. - John (bird whisperer)
I like the dainty ones with the crusts cut off. Or a crabcake on saltines, with mustard. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
I want to try them all!! - mlazopoulou
Paul Buchheit
How American Health Care Killed My Father - http://www.theatlantic.com/doc...
How American Health Care Killed My Father
How American Health Care Killed My Father
"Would our health-care system be so outrageously expensive if each American family directly spent even half of that $1.77 million that it will contribute to health insurance and Medicare over a lifetime, instead of entrusting care to massive government and private intermediaries? Like its predecessors, the Obama administration treats additional government funding as a solution to unaffordable health care, rather than its cause. The current reform will likely expand our government’s already massive role in health-care decision-making—all just to continue the illusion that someone else is paying for our care. But let’s forget about money for a moment. Aren’t we also likely to get worse care in any system where providers are more accountable to insurance companies and government agencies than to us? Before we further remove ourselves as direct consumers of health care—with all of our beneficial influence on quality, service, and price—let me ask you to consider one more question. Imagine... more... - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
This is a very good article. - Paul Buchheit
My paternal grandfather died pretty much the same way (hospital-borne infection), so this article hits home. But is the proposed solution workable in the current political environment? - Dennis Jernberg
Yeah, unfortunately it may be impossible to actually fix the system due to all of the vested interests, though the author points out that perhaps after the current round of changes fails, perhaps greater change will be possible. Regardless, we should spend some time thinking about what the "right" system would look like instead of limiting ourselves to that which is perceived to be politically feasible. - Paul Buchheit
Great read indeed, thank you Paul for sharing this article which is highly thought provoking and sad all at the same time. Why do we as a country only wake up after Epic Failures?! - Susan Beebe from BuddyFeed
Personally, I want more options for small businesses that want to innovate in healthcare. If we just get rid of the major powers and allow for competition again, I think we'll see serious change. - Jesse Stay
I say this, having worked for UnitedHealth Group, one of the largest health care companies in the world. I learned there that these Health Care companies themselves are too big, and at the same time the government isn't any better. - Jesse Stay
I've consulted to both Gov't and BCBS Heathcare Plan clientele across the U.S. My Govt customers had better operational maturity than BlueCross and way less red-tape and politics. healthcare is deep in the hole. - Susan Beebe from BuddyFeed
Susan, and Gov't Healthcare still has problems! That shows you how bad it actually is. Dealing with Healthcare EDI technologies at UHG the government entities we worked with were always the ones still sending data over dial up, breaking HIPAA rules, and were the hardest to deal with from a technology standpoint. There are huge problems and huge holes in both the big health care and government if you ask me. - Jesse Stay
Maybe on really good health care plans nearly all expenses are covered, but on more basic plans only a minimum might be. - Mike Chelen
You can't order health care a la carte. That's simply not the way medicine is practiced in this country. You also have to get the people who actually provide the health care to play along. Atul Gawande http://www.newyorker.com/reporti... covers a lot of the same ground that David Goldhill covers, but Gawande seems skeptical that a consumer-driven system would actually succeed in keeping costs down. - Victor Ganata
Yeah, I think Goldhill's proposed solutions aren't workable. ( http://friendfeed.com/silas21... ) - Andrew C (✔)
The problem with the LASIK vs MRI scenario, is that a consumer knows enough to seek elective LASIK surgery on their own, but what consumer can determine whether they need an MRI, CT, contrast MRI, Ultrasound, etc? Self-referral has its own share of misallocation of resource issues. It's a traditional libertarian model that is simple and appealing, but I'm not sure it solves the problems... more... - Ray Cromwell
sorry people, but I think you are missing the real point: HEALTHCARE IS NOT A BUSINESS! and I would run away from any system that would see me primarily as a customer. Putting a price on something is NOT a way to make it work better for my health and that of my family is priceless to me. Now tell me which economic system will take that into account? The only reasonnable approach is to... more... - Yann Abraham
Ultimately, things do have a price, since we live in a world of scarcity and there will be limits, therefore, some people will encounter economic rationing or time delay, and hence die waiting. The arguments are over the best way to allocate these things, simply ignoring that things do effectively have prices won't solve the problem. - Ray Cromwell
@Ray I am not ignoring the fact that someone has to pay for doctors, hospitals and drugs; I am questionning the fact that we accept some people will die because those things are expensive. The point is: are we, as a society, wealthy enough to afford it for everyone? Since I think the answer is yes, I think politicians hiding behind cost arguments are just dishonest - Yann Abraham
Yann: the problem is that everybody will eventually die of something. Researchers can keep inventing more and more expensive ways of keeping us alive, but at some point you have to accept that it's not worth it and must cut people off. Right now the cut-off point is determined by what people can afford. How would you determine a cut-off point? - Gabe
@Gabe is this a joke? Are you suggesting it is perfectly fine to let poor people die from a disease because they cannot afford a cure? And if you are asking me for a cut-off point, may I offer that one: http://tinyurl.com/nseyjq ? - Yann Abraham
@Gabe Indeed, choices must be made. But having the cutoff point determined by what people can afford is heartless. Cost/benefit analyses can be made, even in emotionally fraught circumstances. (Witness the 9/11 Victims Fund) What I would argue is that the analysis should be made as a society, as a group, as a family, together-NOT to enrich Aetna's CEO. - Michael
@Otto I live in a country that has a health care plan (Germany), which means that a percentage of my monthly salary goes to pay for my health insurance and that of my family: so much for the hypocrisy. And, your point goes back to what Michael and myself are saying: I want doctors to decide what to do and when to stop. Not you, me or anyone: doctors, and certainly not 'money'. To quote... more... - Yann Abraham
The point where you withdraw care is going to be different for everyone, but I do agree with the sentiment that when that decision is made, it should be made with the patient's best interests in mind, and not in the best interests of the CEO or the shareholders of an insurance company. - Victor Ganata
And health insurance coverage for only catastrophes strikes me as foolish, because, unlike fires, floods, earthquakes, or tornados, a lot of medical catastrophes are actually preventable--or at least they can be mitigated--if you come in for timely care instead of waiting for the paramedics to wheel you in. - Victor Ganata
In response to this quote from the article "Imagine my father’s hospital had to present the bill for his “care” not to a government bureaucracy, but to my grieving mother. Do you really believe that the hospital—forced to face the victim of its poor-quality service, forced to collect the bill from the real customer—wouldn’t have figured out how to make its doctors wash their hands?" My... more... - FFing Enigma
FFing Enigma: that is where the article seems incomplete, it lists a number of legitimate issues, then asserts somehow these would be addressed if patients were billed directly - Mike Chelen
Hypothetical scenario: civilization becomes so rich, that food, water, shelter, transportation, power, and other basics are practically non-scarce. Everything else produced is surplus. In this scenario, why would it be bad if 80% of GDP was spent on HealthCare and Education? You've got to spend the money on something (foreign aid?). What I'm saying is, IMHO, improving health and life... more... - Ray Cromwell
Mike, it somehow implies that billing a crying family would make it all more 'real' and 'important' to the doctors giving the care than if they're billing an insurance company. Which is a load of crap: doctors already deal with the crying family, it's the hospital's business office that handles the billing and they don't see the crying family until they can't pay the bill and come in to try and make arrangements after the fact. - FFing Enigma
@Otto setting aside your argument with Andrea, could you please tell me what makes you so certain that your judgement is better than the one of doctors, and by the way, how good would you trust your judgement after a stroke that left you with no speech and hemiplegic? And, just to emphasize it once again, I want (and currently enjoy having) doctors deciding what's best for me: it's... more... - Yann Abraham
I'd also like to point out that anyone who has had treatment for a serious disease has probably paid less money for their health insurance than the cost of the care they have received. That is really the whole point of insurance - to spread risk. Why is it that the same people who don't want the government option also don't want to get rid of Medicare? - Robert Felty
@Otto: No. Health care decisions involve at least two parties. The patient and the physician. You have no right to compel your doctor to do something against their judgment, either. - Victor Ganata
Which people are you referring to Rob? There are obviously many points of view on this topic (all of them wrong ;). This article does a good job of explaining many of the fundamental problems with all of the present systems. Unfortunately it's very hard to fix because there are so many vested interests and because it's such an emotional topic (as demonstrated by this thread). - Paul Buchheit
Otto: shouldn't that be a joint decision between the patient and doctor? installing piping in my house is at my discretion, but i'm certainly going to involve a plumber in the discussion - Mike Chelen from IM
Otto, the idea with normal insurance (such as car insurance) is that most people pay in more than they get out so that nobody risks bankruptcy by being unlucky. Health "insurance" is broken in part because it covers all costs, just as car insurance would be broken if it also covered gas. - Paul Buchheit
@Otto: yes, you can choose your physician, and yes, you can refuse treatment, but you can't compel anyone to treat you in a certain manner just because you feel like it and are willing to pay. That's all I'm saying. Of course it's your call. Except when you no longer have decision making capability. - Victor Ganata
@Robert, there are public option opponents who oppose Medicare as well. They're usually either fringe nutjobs or keep the latter opinion under wraps because they know it won't fly. - Andrew C (✔)
@Paul, I think making people pay for checkups has as big a downside as upside. ... see Victor's comment from yesterday. - Andrew C (✔)
How inefficient is it? - Andrew C (✔)
@Otto: Trust me, there are lots of things people ask for that no doctor who had an interest in keeping their license and not going to jail would ever perform. Obviously, there are those who are willing to cross that line, like Conrad Murray. - Victor Ganata
Medicare has been far more successful than private insurance at keeping costs down. - Victor Ganata
@Otto: Sorry, but I don't know anything about you. But all I'm saying is that, in the bigger picture, the idea that only the patient and no one else has any say in the treatment they receive is simply flawed. - Victor Ganata
"You have the internet, people. Use it." ... Thing is, "I don't have my supporting evidence at hand, please google it for me" is never convincing. - Andrew C (✔)
The reimbursements from private insurance and from Medicare are usually pretty close, since most private insurance companies peg their payments to Medicare RVUs. But most physicians will say that Medicare pays them less than private insurance does. - Victor Ganata
So Medicare sucks because it pays double what private insurance pays AND because it pays less than private insurance. This is better than having tea and no tea at the same time. - Andrew C (✔)
According to CMS, since 1970, the cost per Medicare beneficiary has gone up by 8.8% every year. In contrast private insurance premiums have gone up by 9.9% every year. http://www.cms.hhs.gov/Nationa... - Victor Ganata
@Otto You still have not answered this very basic question: how do YOU know what is good for you when anybody else is taking the opinion of someone who was trained for at least 5 to 6 years before even coming close to a patient with a simple cold?!? I mean you sound a little extreme when you claim that you know better, and again, what if you suffer from a stroke or other disabling disease that takes your judgement away? - Yann Abraham
@Otto and last but not least, I disagree with you as much as you disagree with me, but in the end, my position does not deny you the right to die your way, while your position is denying me the right to be cured regardless of what I can pay for. Sorry to say but I would favor the position that gives most people the most options - Yann Abraham
Paul, I can't cite anyone in particular who opposes a public option and supports medicare, but I haven't heard many people arguing that we should get rid of Medicare (mostly because people on Medicare would have a fit, and old people like to vote). Unless I am mistaken, I think that health insurance functions under the same principal as auto or home insurance. People who are healthy pay... more... - Robert Felty
If I had to decide how to cure my cancer, I think I would try bloodletting. I have heard that works pretty well. - Robert Felty
On a more serious note - thanks to Victor for pointing out that Medicare actually does keep costs down more than private insurance. On a related note, Canada spends about half as much per capita on health insurance than the U.S., and has lower infant mortality rates and longer life expectancies. http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues... - Robert Felty
@Otto: I don't dispute the fact that patients are entitled to autonomy in their decision-making (unless, of course, they don't have the capacity to make decisions.) All I'm saying is that a patient can't just demand whatever the hell they want and expect to get it. That would be just as abusive to the doctor-patient relationship as the doctor trying to force the patient into undergoing some procedure or treatment. - Victor Ganata
@Otto well if I go to doctor and he tells me I am going to die in a month, however much I disagree with him does not make a single difference and going to a different doctor will not change the diagnosis. What kind of decision am I supposed to make when I do not have a single clue about what is going on? And please, don't try to tell me that you would ask a doctor to cut your life support simply because it's getting too expensive... - Yann Abraham
Otto: patients have a right to refuse treatment which supersedes the doctor's suggestion, still the medical opinion is crucial to the process - Mike Chelen
Paul: probability is a relative measurement, on a reasonable timeline all events can be determined to occur at a statistical rate - Mike Chelen
Health insurance no longer works in the presence of side information like family history, genetic predisposition, and pre-existing conditions. Even if the insurer isn't allowed to use some (or all) of these in determining rates, there is nothing keeping the consumer from using it. As a result, there will be an inevitable trend for those likely to need more medical converge to choose the... more... - Eric Borisch
@Otto: *shrug* All I'm saying is that just because you pay good money for your health care doesn't mean you can order health care providers around like you own them. It's a partnership, and if you don't accept that fact, all your encounters with health care professionals are going to be adversarial, and you're probably not going to get very good care. - Victor Ganata
@Otto: so basically you're talking a lot of trash about something you have no experience with even as a consumer. Excellent. - Victor Ganata
@Otto: At this stage I think it's pretty disingenuous to be disavowing your stance on the health care debate. Of course, maybe I'm wrong, and you don't really think doctors (and other health care professionals) should always do as you say. - Victor Ganata
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Steve Gillmor
why's the video private steve? - Chris Heath
Private videos hurt us all. :) - Louis Gray
Facebook's garden is so completely walled, that any video you take there is automatically private. It must drive Robert Scoble crazy when he shoots there. - Bruce Lewis
Thanks for unprivatizing it Steve! (edit: wow 51 minutes!) - Chris Heath
Thx 4 that - Johni Fisher
This makes me feel that no more efforts will be made to improve FriendFeed once their current load is done. This is the first time I've felt like that - I'd love some confirmation one way or the other, especially from a development standpoint. Do we continue writing software for FriendFeed, or should we focus all our efforts towards Facebook now? - Jesse Stay
Jesse, to me it sounds like paul was saying FF will take a back seat to FB in priority. I'm only 13 minutes into the video, but so far that seems to be what he's saying. - Chris Heath
Even if the guts of FF make it into FB, there's no way that the interfaces will stay the same. The FB API and the FF API are like apples and oranges. So, developing anything on top of the FF interfaces at this point doesn't seems kind of pointless. - Carter ♥ JS
Bob, I really enjoy developing for Facebook. And they've shown it's getting much better. - Jesse Stay
Bob, we don't go anywhere... stay here. - Chris Heath
Bob, I think you'll see a lot of what FriendFeed is doing further integrated into Facebook. I'd love more confirmation on what these guys will be doing within Facebook though so I can be more assured. That said, I know the guys at Facebook and I trust the direction they're going. It's just a bigger network to do that with, so unfortunately it will happen slower and more carefully. - Jesse Stay
FriendFeed is awesome just as it is... if there were no more features added I would be just as happy... as long as FF stays online. - Chris Heath
Bob, Facebook isn't that much of a walled garden - yes, you can make it a walled garden, but they are opening up, little by little. Pages, for instance, are completely public. - Jesse Stay
Bob, you're getting ahead of yourself here and making assumptions. Let the dust settle and see what happens. - Chris Heath
Bob, yes - that's the concern. However, when I say slow, I mean they just have more features to release and improve because they have much, much more features than Twitter or FriendFeed. They're still launching new things weekly, often several times a week. - Jesse Stay
Bob, they don't have plans to kill FF any time soon. My hope is just that they either continue updating FF or push the efforts they were going to put towards FF and put that towards Facebook. I'm guessing the latter will happen. - Jesse Stay
have you guys watched the video? - Chris Heath
Steve: Thanks for this!! - Jim Connolly
Lots of smiles from Paul. Better quality than that brunch interview. :D - Rob Schieber
Should be no surprise, Facebook is priority, FriendFeed features on back burner if they're more intensive, involved. - Rob Schieber
This is an outstanding talk about the ping services relating to real time web. Love it. - Rob Schieber
Probably a key area of development here is comment nesting. Will Google Wave come out of the box with this? - Rob Schieber
Is comment nestiing really a necessary feature? - Cliff Gerrish
comment nesting doesn't work with real-time updating comments - think about it... - Chris Heath
Real-time happens at every point in the discussion, a la Wave, but it diffuses attention. A single point of update helps the eye find the most current comment. - Cliff Gerrish
Nesting works 1 level deep - that's how we do it with Echo. Any deeper and it does gets confusing - Chris Saad
vijay
FUCK AUTO PLAYING FLASH VIDEO ADS
ESPN does not hear you - chrisofspades
I do like your site(blog) MVB. Very minimal and to the point. - vijay
what's the other site? - vijay
*facepalm* I had to ask didn't I. - vijay
and what happens next? - vijay
no - vijay
exciting - vijay
chrome user --->- - vijay
Agree, hate them. :-( QT too, even if you set them to not auto play they auto play! :-( - Kol Tregaskes
Thomas Hawk
Stock Photo For Sale - You Took the Silver, You Took the Gold by Thomas Hawk - ClusterShot - http://www.clustershot.com/thomash...
Stock Photo For Sale - You Took the Silver, You Took the Gold by Thomas Hawk - ClusterShot
Nice. Just sold my first photo (above) on Clustershot. I sold a license for $300 and get to keep $264. Gotta love the payout percentage to the photographer in selling work on Clustershot! - Thomas Hawk from Bookmarklet
Clusterstock was started by silverorange. Daniel Burka from digg is one of the investors. The idea is to let photographers set the price for their work and then give them most of the proceeds of the sale. Clusterstock pays out 88% directly to photographers vs. Getty/Flickr's 20% payouts. I really hope that they succeed in gaining attention with their catalog. You can link your flickr photos directly to clusterstock to import them and sell them. - Thomas Hawk
I still think the name is a disaster that's gonna hold them back... but congrats, Thomas! - Stephen Mack
Thomas - I thought you might be interested to know that this sale was generated by a Google search refer for the term ""stock photography Noe Valley". Oh, and it's ClusterShot not ClusterStock :) - Dan James
ahhh, sorry dan, clustershot, clustershot. Why can't I remember that. Good to see that you guys are indexing well on Google Dan. - Thomas Hawk
No worries. You should get pro-account with all of that money! http://www.clustershot.com/help... - Dan James
Fascinating, I'm signing up today. Thanks for sharing Thomas. ^^ - David C. Cooper
will definitely check out the Pro account Dan. Seems like a good deal for $20. - Thomas Hawk
Clustershot is great. Go get it. - Håkan Dahlström
What kind of license does the buyer have to the photos they purchase? - Tom Harrison
Nevermind, I looked around and got my answer. - Tom Harrison
I like the way you've included the DMU tags too. Unsurprisingly, there are more of these http://www.clustershot.com/tag... than these http://www.clustershot.com/tag... - James Myatt
Wow, nice. Never heard of them until this... - Anthony Citrano
nice - ncg
Martin Bryant
iPhone usage on Flickr falls dramatically – What’s happening? - http://thenextweb.com/2009...
iPhone usage on Flickr falls dramatically – What’s happening?
"Only three weeks ago the iPhone was on course to become the most popular camera on Flickr. It had been just below the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi for several weeks but now iPhone usage on Flickr, as measured by Flickr’s own data, has started to fall off dramatically." - Martin Bryant from Bookmarklet
Anyway I don't see any smartphone competitor around. It's just dslr cameras. Maybe people are just posting more pics about their summer holidays where they brought their "heavy" cameras. - ialla from iPhone
ialla - No, I've just updated the post with another graph. Other cameraphones remain steady. - Martin Bryant
So it couldn't just be a spike? Looking at the almost vertical increase on the left hand side of the red line. - Johnny
As I put in the post, it could be the 3GS novelty factor wearing off. - Martin Bryant
I wonder if this coincides with the release of the improved Facebook app for iPhone - since it's release I have begun to post more photos to facebook than flickr - Shauns from iPhone
agree w/Shauns - i am seeing more iphone/mobile uploads on fb - moreover fb lite does not support posts from flickr/imported sites, so if you want to share the pics there you have to upload them to fb - Barbara R. S.
Shauns has a valid point. i think this is probably the main reason - Ouriel Ohayon
published some extra thoughts here. I believe the reasons are mainly facebook, twitter and...youtube http://blog.appsfire.com/the-iph... - Ouriel Ohayon
I see a lot more mobile photos on twitpic, mobypic, etc. Also, they lump ALL iphones together while they don't do that for any other manufacturer so I don't really trust that graph. - dthree
Bluesun 2600
One of the Guttiest Men to ever Live - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
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On August 16, 1960, Joseph Kittinger made the final jump from the Excelsior III at 102,800 feet (31,300 m). Towing a small drogue chute for initial stabilization, he fell for four minutes and 36 seconds, reaching a maximum speed of 614 mph (988 km/h or 274 m/s) before opening his parachute at 18,000 feet (5,500 m). Pressurization for his right glove malfunctioned during the ascent, and his right hand swelled up to twice its normal size. He set historical numbers for highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, longest drogue-fall (four minutes), and fastest speed by a human being through the atmosphere. These are still current USAF records, but were not submitted for aerospace world records to the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). These jumps were made in a "rocking-chair" position, descending on his back, rather than in the usual face-down position familiar to skydivers. This was because he was wearing a 60 lb (27 kg) "kit" on his behind, and his pressure suit... more... - Bluesun 2600
O-O amazing just amazing - comix aka martha
ouch! (his hand) :P - Franc, a rememberer
Wow! - Kol Tregaskes
This is amazing! - DS
Jason Wehmhoener
Sick and Wrong : Rolling Stone - http://www.rollingstone.com/politic...
Sick and Wrong : Rolling Stone
"Just as we have a medical system that is not really designed to care for the sick, we have a government that is not equipped to fix actual crises. What our government is good at is something else entirely: effecting the appearance of action, while leaving the actual reform behind in a diabolical labyrinth of ingenious legislative maneuvers. Over the course of this summer, those two failed systems have collided in a spectacular crossroads moment in American history. We have an urgent national emergency on the one hand, and on the other, a comfortable majority of ostensibly simpatico Democrats who were elected by an angry population, in large part, specifically to reform health care. When they all sat down in Washington to tackle the problem, it amounted to a referendum on whether or not we actually have a functioning government. It's a situation that one would have thought would be sobering enough to snap Congress into real action for once. Instead, they did the exact opposite,... more... - Jason Wehmhoener from Bookmarklet
Excellent article points out all the myriad ways our government conspired to kill single payer. - Jason Wehmhoener
Thomas Hawk
So the Los Angeles Times Thinks It’s OK to Rip Copyrighted Photos From Flickr? - http://thomashawk.com/2009...
So the Los Angeles Times Thinks It's OK to Rip Copyrighted Photos From Flickr?
that's sad, but unfortunately it's common - Rafael
I don't think anyone that follows the stealing of photography is at all surprised by this. It sucks but so common. - Adam Jackson
I hope that the LA Times is not one of the papers that is attacking Google for grabbing news from them and making money off of it. - travispuk
Thomas: Did you see your post on Flickr is currently image number 3? http://ff.im/7qTF6 - Holger Eilhard
@Holger, brilliant capture. I love the pic title also. That is almost like looking into a mirror, looking into a mirror. The circular copyright infringement going on here is spectacularly good. - travispuk
BOOOOOOO! - sofarsoShawn
But photos are "meant to be free like the wind when placed online" or they used to be by your account not too long ago. Interested in blog traffic or the issue? Has your stance on photo rights evolved? - Jim Goldstein from iPhone
@Jim: If I remember correctly (?) TH's point is that they are meant to be free, until someone - in this case the LAT - is making money with them... - Holger Eilhard
Jim, you're confusing how I feel about a mainstream media company flagrantly taking photos for publication in a for profit venue vs. people getting wound up over every little instance of copyright infringement including people printing out their photos for personal use. Something people have very little control over and involves no commercial application of the work. One can easily live... more... - Thomas Hawk
Unfortunately your take on "commercial application" is not that of everyone else. The issue of selling or licensing photography is anything but black or white some people license photos, some sell prints, some just want them to be seen on blogs, some want bloggers to pay for use and some want all or some combination there of. Copyright terms are there to express the preferred limitation... more... - Jim Goldstein
Jim, weren't you hosting a copyrighted mp3 file on your own website a while back. Does copyright only apply to photos or does it apply to music as well? Aren't you being a bit hypocritical here extolling the virtues of copyright in your pure black and white world but thinking that the same rules don't apply to you? - Thomas Hawk
Copyrights matter for any creative medium and that's why creative work that finds its way to my web site or any web site I manage is used in line with the licensing terms set by the artist or special permission is sought by the artist. To your question no I was not hosting a copyrighted mp3 file, but ~20 seconds of a song was embedded in a .mov file for a limited period of time. If... more... - Jim Goldstein
"that's why creative work that finds its way to my web site or any web site I manage is used in line with the licensing terms set by the artist or special permission is sought by the artist." So did you get Brian Eno's permission when you hosted his music on your own website? I'm confused. http://web.archive.org/web... - Thomas Hawk
Anthony says over in his thread (http://friendfeed.com/photo-u...) that it's (finally) fixed now. - Stephen Mack
good to see. :) I'm still interested in if Jim Goldstein had permission from Brian Eno when he decided to host Brian Eno's music prominently on his website as a background music track to his photographs. Given that Jim states that "creative work that finds its way to my web site is used in line with licensing terms set by the artist or special permission." and seems to feel so... more... - Thomas Hawk
I'm not sure what you're after other than avoiding the question at hand in relation to your post and your thoughts Thomas. I wasn't born with the innate knowledge of our legal system, but I make the effort to learn it, make adjustments and disseminate accurate information. As stated if improperly used material was placed on my site I've made effort to remove it as fast as possible.... more... - Jim Goldstein
Jim, you say that you weren't "born" with the innate knowledge of our legal system. I'm not suggesting that you posted the copyrighted file to your website the year you were born. I'm suggesting you posted it late last year. Were you unaware of copyright law last year? Is this something new that you've only picked up recently? What I'm after is simple. Did you violate Brian Eno's... more... - Thomas Hawk
So Jim, was your use of Brian Eno's music late last year as background music to your images on your own personal website a copyright violation or was it not? Still waiting to hear if you had personal permission from Eno to use the music as you said earlier: "creative work that finds its way to my web site or any web site I manage is used in line with the licensing terms set by the... more... - Thomas Hawk
@jimgoldstein. Regarding your tweet. http://twitter.com/jimgold... First of all it's not slander when it's written it's libel. Secondly. Hypocrisy = someone saying one thing and doing something else. When someone says that copyright is black and white. And then they say that any content on their sites is properly licensed or is used with artist approval. And then I... more... - Thomas Hawk
Fun stuff. - Dane Deasy
Zee.
Seriously impressive work. - Zee. from Bookmarklet
It'll revolutionize computing. I can even see my non-tech-savvy mom using this... I don't think she'll be playing WOW, though. I can imagine there will be two-player games where you can pass objects back and forth between tablets... - Gus
That is very cool, very impressive. Be interesting to see how much of this Apple will do if/when they introduce a tablet. - Keith Bennett
The videos are well done, but I think it´s highly unlikely that it will be powered by what basically looks like Mac OS X (albeit with a new theme). All UI elements and most features are based on being handled by a mouse pointer. I think some kind of middle ground between Mac OS X and iPhone OS (ie. more powerful iPhone OS) is more likely; especially considering perfectionist Jobs... more... - ɯɥøq sɐɯoɥʇ
Adam Helweh
Microscopes zoom in on molecules at last - tech - 28 August 2009 - New Scientist - http://www.newscientist.com/article...
Microscopes zoom in on molecules at last - tech - 28 August 2009 - New Scientist
I'm curious about the formation in the bottom image. - Adam Helweh
++++ Slippy! :-D - Absentee
awesome - Adam Helweh from BuddyFeed
Benjamin Golub
I'm going to start recording all Facebook bugs as I see them so I can start fixing them once I get setup at work.
Benjamin, are you able to publicly say what your duties are? - John E. Bredehoft
I'm telling mom!... - Thom Kennon
and what if the bug is in the leadership?!! - abdellah
Then I would like to kindly offer up a report of my 'everyone' privacy setting not making status updates available on my public, world viewable profile (even though FB warns me every time that it will). - FFing Enigma
cool you`re in San Mateo now at Facebook!!!!! - sofarsoShawn
how do you make a profile public? - mikepk
Mike, in your privacy settings there are options to make profile, status updates, etc. viewable to 'everyone'. The privacy FAQ on FB says setting it to 'everyone' will make those items viewable to the entire internet, even people without a FB account. That is not, however, what is actually happening. - FFing Enigma
Benjamin, there is this bug - I can't get "facebook.com/torque" - can you help me? - τorƍue
Can we report them to you? ;-) - Jesse Stay
Go Benjamin! - Mitchell Tsai
You can start with the email notifications! ;) They aint like the FF ones. - Kreg Steppe
Here's one: when someone sends you a friend request, there's a box you check to say if you want that person to be in your feed. Regardless of whether that box is checked or not, the person will show up in your feed. That is annoying - Becca
If you seek Zuckerbum....give him a swift kick in the nuts for me...no no, just kidding, tell him hey, from Shawn. - sofarsoShawn
Benjamin, considering your expertise, I'll take a look at Facebook's mobile interface and see if improvements are warranted. - John E. Bredehoft from fftogo
ok, their real time search engine suck. and what they are using bing for web search?!! - abdellah
Kick some ass. :) - Louis Gray
Tina, ah, that was why I asked. I was playing with those settings and tried it from logged out browsers and was like WTH? Does "everyone" mean "everyone on facebook"? Guess so. - mikepk
+10 for your enthusiasm! - Winston Teo
Hilarious. sorry. No that I doubt your enthusiasm ONE BIT. - anna sauce
Ummm... if you get started on this, you may have to set up a cot at work... you won't be going home for a while... - Paula W
Yes, Paula W. Truth. Get a comfy one for the body. The brain will compensate for sleep deprivation. Eventually. - Michele Lorito-Chase
Could you start by reverting to the previous version of their UI? No, seriously! So many people I know (myself included) no longer use FB because it's too easy to miss things. The previous timeline view was much easier - Anthony
superBen is on a mission - Dobromir Hadzhiev
Awesome. This is one of the most tedious bugs on FB: http://www.facebook.com/help... - David Schmidt
You, my friend, are pure awesomeness. - Vezquex
careful what you wish for, you just might get it. Actually, i wish you were still creating clean code on top of FF clean code - Robert Higgins
There seems to be some sort of bug with exporting data outside of Facebook. Thanks for looking into it! - Matt Cutts from iPhone
Matt Cutts has the best bug report. - Amit Patel
hahaha awesome matt - Ru Viljoen
YAY!! you rock Ben!! - Susan Beebe from BuddyFeed
I'm going to start calling you Bug instead of Dude. Nahhh, you'll always be my dude, Dude. - Marci Golub
Can you fix the annoying "Write a Comment" tooltip? It stays up WHILE you are commenting (sometimes covering your comment text). - Chris Myles
++ John, Why can't I delete messages from the FB mobile interface? - Sarah Brinkerhoff from iPhone
Not a bug... more a wishlist... I wish oh how I wish for a native Symbian FB app... - Pandu ● IT Optimizer
Same here Pandu. I'd like a Symbian FriendFeed application more, though - Tyson Key
Tyson, have you been reading my mind?? xD Although since Ben's talking about FB, I limit my post to FB. And besides, for the time being, http://www.fftogo.com/ is sufficient for my needs :-) - Pandu ● IT Optimizer
AJ Batac
Anne Hathaway is rocking this dress :D
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Does she know that one of the seams ripped? - Yolanda
Is she breast feeding? Good lord. - Derrick
It is a nice color on her - RAPatton
i like that dress. - Big Joe Silence
I am not a fan of the sideboob. - Rochelle
Horrible. I seriously think the one JLo wore years ago where it was just a sheer cover over her boobs is much better than this. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
*looks at the women's comments* *looks at the men's comments* - Derrick
It does sort of make you think "why bother with clothes?" - Jason Wehmhoener
It is a pretty color. And I bet it would be even more flattering if her breast weren't so... available. - Yolanda
i feel like i'm seeing something i'm not supposed to see - Nathan Rein
looks like the dress is working like it's suppose to - Mac Sharp
Like, this one is so much sexier: http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i... - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
giggity - iTad
A little sideboob! - Jim Graham
*Goes to find a pic with some balls hanging out cause what's good for the goose is good for the gander* - Derrick
that will be easy to find! - Big Joe Silence
then it should be a chest shot Derrick - Mac Sharp
"hanging down there sort of floppy like" ?!?!? That's HYSTERICAL! Such haters.... - Carter ♥ JS
Why such a beautiful woman feels the need to show that amount of "side boob" for shits & giggles just boggles my mind. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
I think she's missing a piece to her ensemble...I got it!! She's not wearing a bracelet! Damn her!!! - Just Mrs. V
hmm I wonder who doctored up this photo? - Mac Sharp
Side-boob, full-boob, no-boob...it's Anne FRIGGIN' Hathaway!! It's all good!! :D - JA Castillo
Most male chest shots don't hang, Mac. I need to show something that hangs so its either balls or that other thing. - Derrick
SIDEBOOB!!! - Cardeen Risen
Dress FAIL - refund please? dudes, that is too much skin, not classy at all - Susan Beebe
Glen -- hahah yep, Brrrrrrr *nipple* freezzzzzzzzzeeeee! - Susan Beebe
Fail? That is a matter of opinion. - Kevin J Hatton
What Kevin said - AJ Batac
look at all those boobs...=/ - Marissa
Not very classy...I'm shocked cause Anne Hathaway usually is. I think it was probably a wardrobe malfunction - Shevonne
haha - Kevin Nunez
she's got great breasts - Rafael Robayna
Not.Mad.At.All. Let the girl live. - Bryan R. Adams
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