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A former Star Trek: The Next Generation actor, who is plastered all over the internet, has blasted Google for trying to force people into signing up to its social network. Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley Crusher, son of chief medical officer Dr Beverly Crusher in the popular TV series, attacked Google after he discovered that …

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>yet another fucking social network they don’t want or need.

Yep - that's the problem with nerds, no social life == no need for social network

I have a G+ account but don't really bother with it, I've been busy finding a 'hack'* for the UK National Lottery that lets me log in because it thinks I am not in the UK, though when pressed they also said it was because they couldn't see my web page history.

I had a Facebook account, but deleted all the content that was on there after getting inundated with request to become a zombie, pirate, zombie-pirate, mafiosa and all sorts of similar crud.

ttfn

*turns out that opening a second tab does the trick in Chrome or FF

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@Paul_Murphy

So you think you are intelligent for not using facebook, G+ etc...

But then you lose all credibility by admitting you partake in the idiot tax of the national lottery?

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Trekkie Spaghetti

I’m sure that Mr Wheaton is making a valid argument, but let’s face it, if it was Marina Sirtis that was doing the jumping up and down, we’d all be paying a lot more attention.

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Re: Trekkie Spaghetti

Though not necessarily to what she was saying. All that jumping up and down would cause mightily distracting bouncing of her twin moons...

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I find jokes are always better when they are thoroughly explained. Thanks anon.

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I follow Wil on FB and this is exactly why. In this case at least, he's absolutely right.

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Wil Wheaton, Douch...

Not a raging fan of StarTrek and i think Wil Wheaton is a Douch on TBBT.

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Re: Wil Wheaton, Douch...

You do realise that TBBT is a TV sitcom, not a documentary - right?

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Re: Wil Wheaton, Douch...

> i think Wil Wheaton is a Douch

I exchanged a few emails with him a couple of years ago. He's a decent bloke IRL.

Shame about his Wesley Crusher character...

Vic.

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your presence dishonors g+, child actor!

i think i'll wait until some former klingon offers his opinion. or some cardassian badass. this guy has no cred xD

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Big Brother

So what's going on with the Like/Dislike buttons on YouTube?

They disappeared for me about 2 months ago to be replaced with the G+ button, but then about a month ago they came back. Are they appearing/disappearing for people at different times or am I missing the point about what's going on?

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Ermmm hang on....

(adopts Stewie Griffin incredulous voice)....you 'hang out' at these places?

I always thought the use of the word 'social' with such services was tenuous but 'hanging out'?!

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Pot Kettle Black

Everytime I see him on repeats of Star Trek.... I want to press a dislike button. But there is no DISLIKE button. Urghhhh!

I blame the parents.

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"You don't get people to enthusiastically use your services by forcing them to. In fact, that's probably a great way to ensure that a huge number of people who may have been interested in trying out your service never even look at it."

That is exactly my case, and I will add that I do not want Google to have my f*****g mobile number.

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To be honest I'm happy for Google to have my phone number as I use it for their two factor authentication.

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The like button on YouTube is a minor inconvenience

.. compared to the way Google+ has utterly fucked picasa

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He's also a programmer

It's a shame that the overly embellished description of Wheaton, with all the tabloidesque shoe-horning of his previous acting rolls and exactly who he was in Star Trek, fails to mention he is also a computer programmer, and has made more of a living out of that than acting in recent years.

Of all the things to leave out about him on a computer-centric IT news site...

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Re: He's also a programmer

Cheer up, grumpy. It's nearly Friday.

C.

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Hang on....

...did you really have to focus on the oh-so-long-ago role of Wesley Crusher? Why not more mention of his more recent roles in Eureka, or games like Fallout: New Vegas and DC Universe Online?

Christ, he's known as an all round good guy as well as a very experienced and skilled actor, FFS.

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Because, despite being an all around decent guy, he is, and always will be, Wesley crusher!

It's one of those roles the will define someone for their whole life due to how bad it was* and being in a popular series.

*the character, not the portrayal.

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I spent most of my childhood hoping he'd die in a transport accident. Now I've got to start liking him again :(

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* Blink* hang on...

... "again"? You mean you DIDN'T want him to wind up incorrectly reassembled in the first place, then?

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OH MY GOD !!!

Will Weaton makes a positive contribution to mankind....

WWill wonders never cease!

:)

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Wil Wheaton saves the day!!

And curse you, Reg! I had almost forgotten about "Weasel"-y Crusher. Now I am stuck with a vision of the future's fresh-faced greatest argument against single motherhood!! Couldn't he have been blown out an airlock, or gone missing during an away team mission to the pedophile colony of Gamma-Snuff IV?

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To quote Jean-Luc Picard

"Shut up Wesley".

Partly meant as a joke but still: Google is doing everything it can to force Google+ on everyone? Guess they missed me then. You get what you pay for and if you don't like it (this includes me btw) then don't use their services and move on to something else. THEN you're making a statement.

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Re: To quote Jean-Luc Picard

I'm amazed it took until the second page before someone said that!

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FAIL

Yet another chocolate factory fail...

at providing an enterprise service.

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Evolution of Google to the EVIL side

I used to think the trend towards evil wasn't the Google's fault, but then I read that Google has become a major customer of Washington lobbyist firms.

Background: In America, most businesspeople are nice folks who just play the game of business by the rules. Meanwhile, the LEAST ethical businessmen hire lobbyists. The lobbyists bribe the CHEAPEST politicians, mostly through campaign donations (AKA SuperPACs since Citizens United). The corrupt politicians then write laws to protect the quasi-legal business models of the least ethical businessmen. The final result is American companies must become more and more cancerous and EVIL just to survive.

It can be restated as a philosophical version. Do you think that a business is in business soley to make money? I disagree. I think a business should be in business to stay in business, but if a business loses too much money, then it will go out of business. However, the rules of the game as encoded into American laws now require American businesses to grow like cancers (just to avoid being crushed or swallowed).

The greedy out-of-wedlock children who are driving this process now think their "wealth" is insured by being too big to fail. In the sad reality, a cancer always kills its host--and then the cancer also dies, so have a nice day. Google has simply joined the cancer club--and is now paying lots of money to lobbyists. Google is now increasingly at fault for the problems.

My philosophy: Government should act as an impartial referee encouraging fair competition that increases FREEDOM in the form of meaningful and unconstrained choice, while the same competition also drives innovation and improvement. The referees should get a cut of the gate (in the form of taxes) in a system that also encourages the referees to make the pie (and the total gate) bigger. However, what America has now is like a baseball game where the umpire is paid by a few of the richest teams.

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Google = evil empire?

I'm very careful about revealing any info on a Google service it gets stored away indefinately get in to dashboard and delete it away and why do they want my mobile number? they won't get it .!

Respect to Wil having been a child star it takes a lot of fortitude to become a respected adult actor. There is a huge list of child stars that never achieved their potential with that particular Albatross hanging round their necks, plus he seems to enjoy playing the darker characters great in both TBBT and Eureka

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ohh dear

Look hes a Knob who care what he does. He Irritated me on ST TNG.

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