* Posts by Mike Flugennock

1996 posts • joined 19 Nov 2007

YouTube Kids 'showed nippers how to make nooses, play with fire'

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Why am I not surprised...

...when meanwhile, YouTube For Adults is still a shithole full of schlocky music videos, plane crash porn, car crash porn, MLM and timeshare real-estate spam, cats falling off of sofas, frat boys launching bottle rockets from their ass cracks, and people throwing dry ice into swimming pools and dumping buckets of ice water on their heads?

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You've come a long way, Inkscape: Open-source Illustrator sneaks up

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Re: I still miss Freehand.

When I first started working in vector-based design and illustration, I used FreeHand, way back when it was still made by Aldus (remember them?). My first few attempts to learn Illustrator were more than a bit painful, whereas I was up and creating decent work in FreeHand in a day.

Around the early '90s, Illustrator's finally got to where I could learn it without feeling as if I were beating myself upside the head with a baseball bat. I switched from FreeHand just before they were sucked into Macromedia (and, in turn, sucked into Adobe and snuffed).

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Replace Illustrator? In your dreams

I've sworn by Illustrator since the late '80s although I -- like many others -- am more than a little bugged by Adobe's subscription-based profit grab. When upgrading my equipment a year or so ago, I spent a little extra time and was able to rustle up a real, physical copy of CS6, which I plan to stick with until I retire -- which, to my relief, isn't that far off.

Just for the hell of it, I tried out the OSX version of Inkscape on my MacBook Pro, and god damn, what a friggin' mess. It wouldn't import my Illustrator files cleanly, and the interface looks like a mid '90s version of Corel Draw for Windows 3.1.

Feature-weak, makes a big mess out of my Illustrator files, and a butt-ugly interface on top of it.

M'eh.

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It’s Adobe’s Creative Cloud TITSUP birthday. Ease the pain with its RGB-wrangling rivals

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Re: Just my useless opinion

I don't know, man... doesn't sound like that "useless" an opinion to me. You pretty much read my mind, and the minds of a shitload of other photographers and designers out here.

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Re: Adobe - The robber barons

I've been a profesional illustrator and designer since the late '70s, and I've been using Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign (nee PageMaker) in various combinations on every Mac I've owned going back to about 1985. Hell, I used InDesign -- then PageMaker -- before Adobe scarfed up Aldus.

I've sworn by Adobe's products since God was in short pants, scraping up for upgrades when I could afford it, but this latest profit-grab by Adobe makes me glad I'm so close to retirement I can smell it. When I upgraded my hardware about a year ago, I made a point of judiciously hunting around for a boxed edition of CS6. For the time I have left in my career, it made a helluva lot more sense than "renting" from Adobe and having my shit go south on me when I'm right in the middle of a crunch deadline, or doing last-minute revisions at a client's site. Seriously, screw that noise.

Right now, after checking out these reviews, I've already downloaded some trial versions of Pixelmator and Affinity Designer. My wife finally upgraded to a MacBook Pro also, has no need for full-blown CS6, but really could use a decent cheap image editor or layout tool, and I plan on kicking back a bit and testing these out for her.

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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Now, there's tech blog I'd actually read

"...If I ran a tech blog, it would be full of me cocking things up and products misbehaving..."

Y'know, Dabbs, that's a tech blog I'd actually read fairly regularly.

No, really, I'm serious. That's be awesome, especially given your dry wit and "bad attitude".

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Take cover! Out-of-control Russian spaceship to smash into Earth within hours

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"So... did it hit Australia?"

Yeah, hell, it's always Australia. How the hell is that possible?

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Amazon boss Bezos' Blue Origins declares test flight 'flawless' ... if you overlook one snafu

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Re: We don't need no steenkin' hydraulics

Ford vs. Chevy? Nahhh.

More like Lamborghini (SpaceX) vs. Yugo (Blue Origins).

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Giant vibrators -- IN SPAAAAAAAAAAACE

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Chat app WhatsApp gift-wraps free yaps for Apple iPhone saps

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"Facebook-owned WhatsApp..."

Oh, yeah. What could possibly go wrong?

I am so not there.

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Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

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Re: A modest haul

Wow... The Kinks, Adam & The Ants, early Springsteen?

Nothing worthy of ridicule there, man.

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Re: You know back in the olden days...

Actually, I think what we have in these reviews is a case of something being easier to do than to explain... but, then, I have a fair amount of experience ripping tape, having spent the better part of a year ripping all of my old Grateful Dead concert bootlegs, a bunch of my old radio tapes, and obscure cassette-only releases by local/regional alt/punk bands.

You get a "Y" adapter for the mini-plug stereo audio input on the computer, plug the leads at the other end into the cassette deck output, do a test rip or two to set the levels, click "start" on the sampling software and press "play" on the cassette deck. I'm betting that ripping LPs is probably also simpler than the description makes it out to be.

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Legality of torrent downloading vs ripping old vinyl?

I'll go with an obvious example, at least for my generation: Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon.

I went through three vinyl copies of Dark Side -- the copy I bought in high school and wore out, the copy I bought when I went off to college and wore out, and the Mobile Fidelity Labs "half-speed mastered" reissue which I bought in the early '80s and dubbed onto a cassette to listen to in the car -- and wore out.

A few years ago, on one of the collectors' blogs I hang out on, I found a copy of the Dark Side 40th Anniversary re-issue, which was released both on CD and virgin vinyl. The copy posted there was a 320kb FLAC rip of the vinyl version which, of course, I downloaded immediately. I burned a copy to CD to listen to in the car, ripped a copy to mp3 to listen to in iTunes on my home stereo, and saved the FLAC files to a DVD ROM for archival backup.

I had no personal issue with this, having spent a total of about $30 on the three vinyl copies of Dark Side I bought between 1973 and '82. Gilmour, Waters and co. already have my thirty bucks, and I have a copy of Dark Side Of The Moon, so I don't feel as if I've robbed anybody.

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Keep snapping selfies, says Snapchat: Cops NEVER ask us for 'em

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So, in other words...

Stop using Snapchat IMMEDIATELY.

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This one weird trick deletes any YouTube flick in just a few clicks

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Y'mean, this guy found a way to delete every Justin Bieber video...

...and he didn't use it?

Bah.

But, yeah, as someone mentioned above... at least he could've shitcanned the comment sections.

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Dino-boffins discover ancient, TOOTHY-CLAWED, four-eyed MONSTER LOBSTER

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Re: Weird thought

I'll bet it'd taste great with drawn butter...

...but then, a socket wrench would probably taste great with drawn butter.

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On 50th anniversary of first spacewalk, Aurorae light up two planets

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first US EVA...

Here's the straight poop, from Mark Wade's stalwart Encyclopaedia Astronautica:

"... Over the Indian Ocean, White was ready for EVA at last - hoses hooked up, umbilical ready, gun in hand, and chestpack in place - and they again rested and chatted. Nearing Carnarvon, Australia, they began to depressurize the cabin. Then a mechanical problem arose - the door would not unlatch because a spring had failed to compress. After much yanking and poking around the hatch ratchet, the door suddenly cracked open. White found the hatch as hard to push up in zero g as it had been on the ground.

Once he had it opened, White rose slowly through the hatch and installed a camera to record his movements as he swam in space, with the zip gun, tethered to his right arm. floating freely by his side. White triggered a burst from the gun, rose above the hatch, and, without imparting any motion to the spacecraft, propelled himself away. Experimenting with the double-barreled device, he traveled about 5 meters but found himself higher above the spacecraft than he intended. He wanted to go over to McDivitt's window. Short bursts of the gun worked well; in fact, it responded throughout much as it had in ground training on an air-bearing table, at least in pitch and yaw. White was less sure about roll, which he thought would be harder to control without using too much fuel. Floating freely, he felt a tendency to pitch, roll, and yaw, all at once. He knew the gun could correct this, but he was concerned about the fuel it would take. Instead, he tugged on the tether and pulled himself aft and high atop the spacecraft adapter. White saw the thrusters firing, expelling plumes of flaming as, as McDivitt steadied the spacecraft. White propelled himself away rom the danger - across the top of the spacecraft and out beyond its nose. He use the gun for two pitchovers and two body turns, each time stopping easily. Then the compressed oxygen fuel bottle was empty..."

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NO ONE is making money from YouTube, even Google – report

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Re: Kitty litter

"Am I the only person who habitually adds '-youtube' to their Google searches?"

Join the club.

Whenever I've been rummaging around Google looking for tutorials/solutions to a particular problem or issue, I always exclude YouTube as I much prefer step-by-step tutorials with proper screen shots instead of watching a screen recording of somebody else doing the procedure, which I've always found confusing.

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Re: The adverts are getting more intrusive

DownloadHelper and Wondershare Downloader are your friends.

http://www.downloadhelper.net

http://www.wondershare.com/pro/mac-free-youtube-downloader.html

http://www.wondershare.com/pro/free-youtube-downloader.html

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Spacewalking NASA 'nauts hook up power and data cables to ISS Harmony module

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Excellent astro-selfies, as usual...

...and stop me if I'm wrong, but didn't astronauts kind of start the whole "selfie" thing about fifteen years or so ago -- albeit inadvertantly -- by holding their cameras at arm's length and photographing the reflection of the Earth in their visors while on EVAs?

Of course, my all-time favorite space selfie has to be this one, taken nearly half a century ago by Jim Lovell aboard Gemini 12:

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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Re: Would you actually, really get in one?

Not a goddamn' chance in hell, man.

What all the driverless-car fanbois and gushers seem to forget is that the driverless cars are designed and programmed by humans, f'crissake -- y'know, error-prone, fallible HUMANS.

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Re: Welcome back to el reg, Claire Perry!

"Maybe something else sucks around here...!"

--George Carlin

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"Driverless cars are the future..."?

"Transport minister Claire Perry added: 'Driverless cars are the future, [and] I want Britain to be at the forefront of this exciting new development, to embrace a technology that could transform our roads and open up a brand new route for global investment.'"

I don't know about the rest of you, but I get scared shitless when I hear some high-level government type gushing like this.

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Silent but violent: Foul Google Play flaw lets hackers emit smelly apps

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Say what you want about Apple's walled garden...

...and you'd be right -- but it's crap like this that makes me glad I own an iPhone.

I've certainly got issues with the IOS App Store, but at least I don't have to worry too much about this kind of skankiness.

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NASA: Give us JUST 0.5% of the federal budget and we'll take you to MARS and EUROPA

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'Roid snatch?

Insert joke (HERE).

Thanks, you've been wonderful. I'm here all week. Don't forget to tip your waitress. I'm outta here.

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LOOK OUT - it's a GOOBER! Google's über-Uber robo apptaxi ploy

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All together, now...

What could possibly go wrong?

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Not-spot-busting for the home: Eero thinks tiny mesh router's a winner

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You had me at the words "A San Francisco start-up..."

...at which point I immediately thought oh, Christ, more doucheware...

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Re: No thanks

Those Terms Of Service remind me of an old Peanuts strip in which Lucy goes around to all the other kids with some kind of document and requests that they "sign this, please, it absolves me of all blame."

Not to mention that many of the people who worked on this little stinker were also responsible for Google Nest.

Settings in the Cloud? Integrating all the Internet Of Shit devices in your house? Built by the designers of Google Nest? D'ahh, what could possibly go wrong?

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Bluetooth-enabled miracle washing orbs? Are you kidding?

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Oh, great, more "crowdfunding" fuckery...

...for another solution in search of a problem -- kinda' like presentation software.

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

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"Anyone that ever worked at Adobe is unemployable"

I'm down with you in principle, but I think you're being a little bit rough.

After all, there are the people who worked on Illustrator and Photoshop, a couple of genuinely well-done and indespensible applications in my line of work -- and, btw, two of the only three (?) applications developed by Adobe in-house, not assets acquired from other companies, like InDesign (formerly PageMaker, developed by long-gone Aldus) and Flash (ex-Macromedia).

But, anybody who worked on Flash? Yeah, sure, chase 'em out of the building with tire irons and baseball bats.

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Y'know, I'd switch to HTML5, but...

...everything I've read about DRM has made me cautious and skeptical.

I have FlashBlock installed on both browsers I use -- Firefox and SeaMonkey -- with a blocklist as long as my arm, along with AdBlockPlus and NoScript.

All I really use Flash for these days is watching YouTube footage, that's pretty much it. For all other Flash content, my browsers have standing orders to "shoot on sight".

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Leave Britney ALOOONNNE!

"I don't understand what people have against flash. Sure it has a few secuity holes, but..

...Sure it used to be a resource hog, but since I got my current laptop...

...As long as you have a decent computer and security I don't see it as a problem..."

Shill much?

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The new Falcon Heavy: MOST POWERFUL ROCKET since the Apollo moonshots

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Re: Kerbal Sim

That's a knee-slapper for sure, but in many ways not too far from reality.

Here's one of Von Braun's WWII-era orbital launch vehicle concepts.. Dude was really into clustered engines...

...and, of course, the Soviets' ill-fated N1 program, where clustered engines became a clusterfuck -- and which makes one ask, "how far can you stretch a concept before it snaps?"

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Re: SPACE, THE FINAL FRONTIER...

"...Brought to you by the lowest bidding subcontractor...hmm."

D'ahh, c'mon, man. That joke's been around almost since the beginning of the Space Age.

As I recall, it comes from a comment John Glenn made in an interview in the early '60s, commenting on the early Mercury/Atlas booster test launches; during the test phase, Atlas boosters seemed to be malfunctioning and exploding during launch every other day.

See also "our rockets always blow up" in Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff.

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Re: Saturn V balancing act

Also, as I recall, the combined contents of the tanks in a Saturn V had an explosive force equal to a small nuclear device.

Saturn V: The Don't Fuck With Me Rocket.

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A question about your units

You mention the Falcon Heavy's thrust in terms of the number of 747s.

How many Saturn V's is that?

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Re: What is it with these people

Oh, I dunno... I thought the music was damned cool.

Falcon Heavy: The Rocket That ROCKS.

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Distraction, annoyance, graphics bloat: Web 3.0

"my 'favourite' is when you have sound down really low just so you can hear alerts/alarms etc., but then an advert decides you really want to hear it because it is sooo important..."

Perhaps I'm just getting old, but... back when I was first moving over from print to Web design about 20 years ago, one of the first things I learned was that auto-playing media of any kind was a big, fat no-no.

These days, Web designers just don't seem to give a rat's ass about annoying readers. If it isn't the big-ass fotos or slideshows which take up the entire top half of the scroll and add no information or value, it's the goddamn' auto-playing video.

For instance: http://www.mediumrarerestaurant.com/

Big fat full-window foto slideshows, text crawl -- there's hardly anything on this page that isn't useless and distracting. In fact, the only thing missing here is an auto-playing video.

I guess this would be "Web 3.0", then?

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Twitter ATTENTION SEEKERS can now blab to each other IN PRIVATE

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Gonna be wearing out my "report spam" finger, I see...

Luckily, I'm using a separate Twitter cilent (TweetDeck) that lets me choose whether or not to show attached fotos or video in the tweet stream. The Twitter client on my phone is also fast and tight, with a "hide visual dross" option. "Sponsored content" is shot on sight.

Haven't used the actual Web site in ages. Went there once recently to do something, and gaaaahhhhdddd what a shit-ass mess.

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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Re: Content content content....

You're reading my mind. Do I really need a 4k or 8k the size of Colorado to watch crap like Shark Tank and American Family?

Pig, meet lipstick.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Git along, little dogies

The exact wording the MS use for the "FREE" part is:

"A free upgrade for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, who upgrade in the first year"

"Just throw and rope and brand 'em,

Don't try to understand 'em!

Head 'em up, move 'em out,

Move 'em out, head 'em up,

Head 'em up, move 'em out,

Rawhide!"

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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This is NOT good news AT ALL...

...when you consider what happened last time:

http://youtu.be/9jqq02i1i9Y?t=14m

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TECH BUBBLE? No, no way, nope, says Silicon Valley investor

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"No, no way, nope, says Silicon Valley Investor"

Woo hoo. Suh-weet. I'll go heat up the Jiffy-Pop.

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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Oooohhhhhhh! Aaaahhhhhhhh!

Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly. That's friggin' classic, man.

Screw "Selma"; this is my choice for Best Picture.

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Dot-word domains 'a shakedown, designed to get money out of people'

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Re: So you're saying...

"I know, to change that perception, let's just hold our conference in that Mafia run den of vice, Las Vegas."

Y'know, these days I'm thinking that the Mafia is a paragon of honesty and virtue compared to these tech industry clowns. At least the Mafia is straight up about what they're about and what they do.

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

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Re: the killer app that could've been

"You know what would've made me interested in Google Glass? A pedestrian-friendly minimap. How cool would it have been if you could give it a destination and then have arrows "projected" in front of you..."

I got yer killer app right here, man. It's called a map... on a sheet of paper. You hit Google Maps before you leave the house, print out the map, fold it up and stick it into your pocket.

(The st00pid, it buuurrrrrnnnnnsssssss.)

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Get coding or you'll bounce email from new dot-thing domains

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Re: DNS and hyphens

If I can just nitpick, here...

Are you talking about a "true" dash – that is, an "em dash", like the ones on either end of this phrase – or are you talking about a "hyphen", like this - ...like you see in typeset copy with hyphenated words, or many British surnames, such as Gervaise Brooke-Hamster? The terms aren't interchangeable, though many people do use them interchangeably.

(graphic design geek mode off.)

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"...or you'll bounce email from new GTLDs"

Granted, I'm a mere Illustrator ninja and not a network guy, but I honestly can't see any downside to this.

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Would you buy a domain from Google? Industry weighs in on web giant's move

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So, judging from the glowing comments from industry big-shots...

...this will likely turn out to be the dick move of the decade.

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AMBER alerts of snatched kids to appear on Facebook (and Bing)

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Fotos of missing children on Facebook?

Naaah, I can't see anything possibly going wrong with this.

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