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Re: Obama's Crisis of Competence - http://www.nationaljournal.com/columns...
"sadly while Obama is the current figurehead for a broken system the two party system has been failing America for a long time - he is just a consequence and another stepping stone on the road to Idiocracy (rent it on Netflix… and weep for your future). the very fact that comments here, or on CNN or HuffPo or wherever you go for informed opinion, simply degenerate into name calling and faux fact regurgitation show how broken it is - there can be no rational discourse when the party lines are regurgitated without thought yet those issuing those policies have been bought lock stock and barrel thanks to the Super PACs and Citizens United. when will America wake up to the fact that the center of power is no longer "of the people, for the people" but a cynical few following an agenda with no care for you or your children. Hold them accountable. Not just Obama but every Senator, Congressman or local councilor. Take note of the promises they make and break. Record how they vote and who it..." - offbeatmammal
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Re: Review: 'World War Z' is scary good fun - http://www.cnn.com/2013...
"I loved the book, and I love the movie. For very different reasons. The book is thought provoking and vaguely terrifying but told as disconnected snippets, whereas the movie follows a more coherent narrative with some real roller coaster moments. I laughed, I jumped, I wanted to hide behind my seat and I cheered ... and I'd happily go see it again!" - offbeatmammal
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"#28 - http://meganerid.deviantart.co... ... darn, I wanted one to get to work ;)" - offbeatmammal
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Re: Following Twitter and Evernote, LinkedIn beefs up security with optional two-step verification via SMS - http://thenextweb.com/insider...
"shame that LinkedIn, like Twitter decided to go with an SMS solution when deploying something that could be used with the Authenticator app (as Google, AWS, Microsoft and others do)." - offbeatmammal
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Re: Microsoft Windows 8 criticism response: not like New Coke | BGR - http://bgr.com/2013...
"oh, silly me. it's perfect. From the very first glimpses of Win8 people were having issues with basic things linke the lack of a start button in desktop mode, the jarring and forced use of Metro etc and the obvious focus on making it right for touch based devices even where it meant sacrificing experience for users. On my Samsung slate Win8 isn't bad (and tablet apps come to iOS first, Android second and maybe Win8 last), but 90% of the time I live in desktop mode. I appreciate the tuning and stability work but I don't have a touch device so it's a frustration and I am glad they are at least rumored to be looking how to fix some of those issues." - offbeatmammal
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Re: Senators formally file immigration bill - http://www.cnn.com/2013...
"I'm not sure where you get that figure for. Right now for Green Card EB-3 process Mexico is exactly the same as ROW (and EB-2 processing is current). If you're talking about Family Sponsored then yes it looks like Mexico is really getting a rough deal but I wonder what the history behind that decision is." - offbeatmammal
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Re: Microsoft Windows 8 criticism response: not like New Coke | BGR - http://bgr.com/2013...
"While I love the fact they're listening and hopefully making Win8.1 more usable/approachable on non fondle-slab devices it's sad that they chose to totally ignore the feedback they got during the gestation and beta of Win8 and went down this path alienating users and detracting from the very real positives that Win8 has brought (it's amazingly stable, and performance even on older hardware shows how much tuning they have done)" - offbeatmammal
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Re: A stunning concept of what Apple’s iOS 7 could (and perhaps should) be like [Video] - http://thenextweb.com/apple...
"some things like the slider don't seem like an improvement. the UI looks cleaner and fresh but still doesn't go far enough... JellyBean has added some great little touches (slide to dismiss notifications, active items in the notification area - though the widgets seems close) and Windows Phone with LiveTiles has really raised the game... sticking with the little numeric indicators just doesn't seem to meet the bar these days. I'm no iOS fanboy, so I have no problem with it changing... but it needs to improve, not just re-paint" - offbeatmammal
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Re: Senators formally file immigration bill - http://www.cnn.com/2013...
"so... I've been here 6 years wading through the EB-3 Green Card process (while on an H-1B) and my wife and daughter on H-4 (neither can work) and potentially got several more years ahead of us... but ... if we'd come here illegally then for a mere $500 each we could all three get work visas?! This isn't about reform, it's about appeasing voting blocks" - offbeatmammal
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Re: How is Fargo Working? - http://fargo.io/howIsFa...
"I realize this is about Outlining, and I hesitate to try and turn it into something that it's not (maybe there are better tools, or a niche offshoot) but I can see myself using this as a smarter To-Do list, so I'd like to be able to add attributes to items (done checkbox, progress percentage, due date) and be able to assign/share at item (or items) with someone else to work on or evolve collaboratively (but not share the whole hierarchy) While the UX in a "proper" PC browser is awesome I'm curious what the plans for mobile is - limited screen real estate, virtual keyboards etc as well as more flakey internet connections will probably add to challenges of online/offline and sync. I see the potential for this to very quickly replace Evernote for me. Lightweight, function-forward and a delight to use" - offbeatmammal
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Re: Get even more from your Nokia Lumia with Windows Phone 7.8 - http://conversations.nokia.com/2013...
"still waiting for the magical "time to upgrade" notification. Bored of the finger pointing between MS and Nokia on twitter and elsewhere about this ... the process is totally opaque and disappointing - Apple can deliver an update to every device worldwide in 72 hours, yet somehow between you rolling out an update to the thousands of Lumia owners seems to be a challenge. First it was "be patient, we're doing it in waves", now it's "be patient we're fixing a bug" and now it feels like "oh, just go and buy a new phone because we really don't care any more". I am sad because I think the 800 (apart from the annoying USB flap cover) is probably the best phone hardware I've had in the last few years (in fact, if this was running Android 4.2 I'd be a very happy camper) ... sadly the way Microsoft and Nokia are treating customers shows that rather than learn from Apple's lead (and even how Google handles the Nexus devices) they're taking the opposite and aping the worst of the Android..." - offbeatmammal
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Re: I do outliners for the thinking - http://threads2.scripting.com/2013...
"awesome news about sync :) ... native experiences for devices where the Web isn't the best UX (eg a Kindle Fire or Nexus7 where an Android app would be more managable)" - offbeatmammal
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Re: I do outliners for the thinking - http://threads2.scripting.com/2013...
"I love how the new outliner is so lightweight and "transparent", yet powerful. It's a great mind mapping tool sans the cognitive load of layout and "making it pretty". I would love to see native experiences and sync to cloud (Evernote and the like are IMO becoming too heavyweight and start to get in the way of quickly taking notes or thinking)" - offbeatmammal
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Re: Mobile design: 4 common user experience fails - http://venturebeat.com/2013...
"Mariya is spot on, and yet we see so many of these problems turning up - I had a bit of a rant about lazy developers requiring the user to do too much so it's been on my mind a lot recently (http://offbeatmammal.wordpress... but there are times when the effort to use an app just outweighs the utility" - offbeatmammal
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Re: Judge to deliver verdict Sunday in Ohio rape case - http://www.cnn.com/2013...
"so if you jaywalk then some driver should feel fine about running you over?" - offbeatmammal
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Re: Judge to deliver verdict Sunday in Ohio rape case - http://www.cnn.com/2013...
"'"No pictures should have been sent out, let alone been taken," he said.' ... so he has remorse for being caught, not the act." - offbeatmammal
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Re: Cardinals convene for 2nd day of conclave to pick next pope - http://www.cnn.com/2013...
"How is "natural family planning" any different in result from birth control? In both cases the participants are making a choice (with some degree of reliability) as to the outcome. The Church only wants new fodder for the mill no matter what the cost to the planet... let's see them take care of the people who are already here before getting all holier than though and birthing more kids into misery, starvation and abuse." - offbeatmammal
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Re: What comes after Facebook? - http://threads2.scripting.com/2013...
"certainly not dissing Diaspora (or acqui-hire unless that leaves folks in the lurch). I've been playing with Diaspora and App.Net but, unlike G+ which has the weight of Google behind it and will succeed the challenge is getting momentum that will enable the switch. I was a very early G+ adopter but only now am I seeing enough folks active there for it to become a regular stopping place... Diaspora and AdN simply don't feel like they have the trajectory (though I would *love* to be proven wrong)" - offbeatmammal
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Re: What comes after Facebook? - http://threads2.scripting.com/2013...
"Isn't that what diaspora promised and ... So far has been underwhelming. I like the idea but at the same time fear the fate of niche platforms that require time and creative investment and then pivot or aquhire (posterous I am looking at you!)" - offbeatmammal
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Re: GoBank: It’s a Real Bank, and It’s Made by Real Internet People - http://allthingsd.com/2013011...
"how is this different (or better) than Simple or my existing Credit Union? unless the interest rate and/or cashbacks or some other end of month/year bottom line are better for me ... where's the value? not trying to be snarky but we need real change not another bank with a nice app" - offbeatmammal
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Re: Microsoft confirms Messenger will be retired and users migrated to Skype on March 15 - http://thenextweb.com/microso...
"The biggest problem for me is that the user experience in this new combined world sucks (unless they're also releasing a significant upgrade to the current mess). In Messenger I could sort contacts by groups, by active/inactive etc and I had the ability to maintain separate visibility between Skype and Messenger. Now in the new world I have Skype, Messenger and (for some reason I can't figure out how to turn off) Facebook contacts all in one mess and no sense of control. Ironically I'm finding GTalk and Hangouts (and G+) to be a bit of an island of sanity from all this so hopefully they're thinking about the experience and not making this a "here ya go, it's free and we really don't care if it sucks" reason to jump ship" - offbeatmammal
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Re: Microsoft confirms Messenger will be retired and users migrated to Skype on March 15 - https://thenextweb.com/microso...
"The biggest problem for me is that the user experience in this new combined world sucks (unless they're also releasing a significant upgrade to the current mess). In Messenger I could sort contacts by groups, by active/inactive etc and I had the ability to maintain separate visibility between Skype and Messenger. Now in the new world I have Skype, Messenger and (for some reason I can't figure out how to turn off) Facebook contacts all in one mess and no sense of control. Ironically I'm finding GTalk and Hangouts (and G+) to be a bit of an island of sanity from all this so hopefully they're thinking about the experience and not making this a "here ya go, it's free and we really don't care if it sucks" reason to jump ship" - offbeatmammal
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Re: Remote Desktop with Raspberry Pi - .NET Blog - http://www.jeremymorgan.com/tutoria...
"works really well (RDP Client from a Mac) although weirdly while Midori works Chromium doesn't render on the remote machine (though when I came back to the rPi there was a bunch of Chromium windows open!)" - offbeatmammal
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Re: Speaker Boehner: 2013 Must Be About Cutting Spending and Reforming the Tax Code - http://www.speaker.gov/press-r...
"Both sides of the fence should be ashamed of their track record in the last few years. Political brinkmanship by the 1% has destroyed any faith in the Government of this country, and is making it a laughing stock overseas. in 2013 lets hope that the 113th Congress is capable of remembering why they are there - not to line their own pockets; not to pork barrel their supporters; not to bow to the will (and the dollars) of lobbyists; not to appease the radicals... they are there to serve the people of America. The voters, the tax payers, the sons and daughters of the nation who have trusted their elected officials with the task of guiding this ship. When men and women who are made for life after their tenure juggle with the future of the citizens they are supposed to serve and risk the health and wealth of the entire nation to appease fiscal and religious extremists then they have failed. I am hoping that in the months to come we will see the rhetoric reduced, the theatrics muted and..." - offbeatmammal
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Re: Twitter-owned Posterous finally lets users export their data – will it now close down in 2013? - http://thenextweb.com/in...
"I do hope they keep it going. it's actually a really nice platform with some cool features, though I have to wonder what the clash with Medium is going to be. If it does go away, even with an export capability it's going to be sucky... sure, I can probably re-host the content but it's yet another transition for my blog... I worry that the lack of permanence, with services shuttering that users will get headshy and stop creating/posting on communities and platforms and either assume everything is ephemeral or go back to really simple self hosted solutions" - offbeatmammal
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Re: Twitter-owned Posterous finally lets users export their data – will it now close down in 2013? - https://thenextweb.com/insider...
"I do hope they keep it going. it's actually a really nice platform with some cool features, though I have to wonder what the clash with Medium is going to be. If it does go away, even with an export capability it's going to be sucky... sure, I can probably re-host the content but it's yet another transition for my blog... I worry that the lack of permanence, with services shuttering that users will get headshy and stop creating/posting on communities and platforms and either assume everything is ephemeral or go back to really simple self hosted solutions" - offbeatmammal
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Re: MobileDay on Android Now Supports One-Touch into WebEx, GoToMeeting and Skype Mobile Meetings - http://mobileday.com/feature...
"oh, and I know there's only a dozen users but any plans for a Windows Phone edition?" - offbeatmammal
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Re: MobileDay on Android Now Supports One-Touch into WebEx, GoToMeeting and Skype Mobile Meetings - http://mobileday.com/feature...
"if I have a conf invite that simply says "Conf ID: 97012345" in the location (ie I need to dial 97012345# after dialling in) but doesn't include the conference number options can I specify some options to be prompted with (eg the 1800... or the +44800... numbers that my company use)" - offbeatmammal
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Re: Free Giveaway: Win A New Slingbox 350 – The True TV Everywhere Device - http://blog.streamingmedia.com/the_bus...
"I hope I win. My wife hopes I don't get yet another box to run cables to :)" - offbeatmammal
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Re: Free Giveaway: Win A New Slingbox 350 – The True TV Everywhere Device - http://blog.streamingmedia.com/2012...
"I hope I win. My wife hopes I don't get yet another box to run cables to :)" - offbeatmammal
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