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* Posts by mrjohn

28 posts • joined 14 Nov 2012

Google: Hey kids, dump all your files over here with us!

mrjohn

How long before the kids sublet the space?

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Are we there yet, are we there yet? Ballmer 'like a small child' upon buying basketball club

mrjohn

Good for him and I can't believe you guys writing him off before he starts.

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

mrjohn

Re: Where's the rest?

beyond the strip of yellow and black on the floor that says "no visitors beyond this point"

and the little signs on the doors that tell you which coloured pass you need to enter this room

you can't take pictures inside the Temples of Syrinx

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeVTkUUCwfo

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

mrjohn

Re: Paper shortages

It was developed with collaboration by player testers, giving feedback periodically (my D&D group did this). It was fun to be part of the development.

The basic rules are pretty simple, the pace of play is much faster, combat is much faster, the dice are the same, it is suitable for groups but I think your group dynamics will dictate the numbers.

Characters have backgrounds which give extra skills & round things out, making it a more flexible system if you want to use your imagination. You can have a thief who used to be an artisan, a barbarian who used to be a mason.

All character classes are interesting up through the levels. In the previous versions magic users got more interesting as they leveled up but other classes kind of hit a plateau. Now with paths & skills each class gets some funky new abilities as they progress.

I played basic D&D in the 70s as a kid, then came back to it a few years ago at 4E, the first playtests were very much like winding back the clock to simpler days, but as it progressed it became more rounded but not more complicated. I think they have done a great job.

We'll be playing it tonight in Akihabara with the new rules, very happy to have helped develop them.

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MAC MEN: Apple hiring 1,000 people for internal ad operation

mrjohn

"AdAge cited industry sources when reporting that the Cupertino giant was in the process of building a 1,000-person internal advertising operation that would compete with outside advertising agencies to produce the company's ads."

Who do you fire when the campaign flunks?

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Surprise! Google chairman blasts EU's privacy ruling

mrjohn

Re: This is censorship, plain and simple

the freedom to be forgotten, the freedom to be unknown, the freedom to be anonymous?

nobody asked me if I wanted my minimal presence on the web searchable, my freedom to be unknown has been limited.

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Can you tell a man's intelligence simply by looking at him? Yes

mrjohn

Re: Parenthood

who will look after you in your dotage?

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Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site

mrjohn

"She says she was inspired to bring a "gift economy" to the world while on the Thai-Burma border in 2010, and won support from Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales."

The good thing about being ugly is when you smoke weed people ignore your inane drivel

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mrjohn

Re: In a nutshell

something he does quite well

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQCqNop3CIg

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

mrjohn

Re: Eh.. ?

yeah, well I don't have any mates either

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IBM job cuts: Big Blue starts 'slaughter' of Indian and European workforce

mrjohn

"We'll acquire key capabilities, we’ll divest businesses, and we'll rebalance our workforce, as we continue to return value to shareholders," IBM's chief financial officer said recently.

The rentier class strikes again.

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Snowden documents show British digital spies use viruses and 'honey traps'

mrjohn

Maybe Muammar Gaddafi wasn't so crazy when he insisted on using his own tent when he visited the UN.

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Google invades videoconferencing market with Chromebox for Meetings

mrjohn

We just installed a new teleconference system, priority one : confidentiality. Google does not understand the meaning of this word, except when it relates to them.

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Apple marks '1984' anniversary with iPhone-produced un-commercial

mrjohn

I quite like Microsoft's effort

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaOvHKG0Tio

and a little more depth

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JObFlEvc-Eg

END ALS

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mrjohn

or they were holding it wrong

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Good news: 'password' is no longer the #1 sesame opener, now it's '123456'

mrjohn

In Firefox, preferences>security>saved passwords>show passwords

It does ask if you really want to show your passwords

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Google grabs slice of interwebs for EVERYONE (who speaks Japanese)

mrjohn

"Given the homogeneity of Japanese society and the herd mentality, it could prove a popular suffix, although like all new gTLDs, there’s absolutely no guarantee that the domain won’t be a gigantic waste of time and money."

Given that the Japanese are quite diverse culturally, and the herd mentality is no more prevalent here than in the minds of people who subscribe to out dated concepts of racial superiority/inferiority, I'll opt for the latter of the two options.

Web trends do not stem from domain names.

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Two Brits face criminal trial for sending 'menacing' tweets

mrjohn

Re: So...

You could send them to their street address, publicized in the article.

Which is creepier, being followed and liked on SNS, or being told you are being followed & liked via surface mail?

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Accused Glasshole driver says specs weren't even turned on for traffic stop

mrjohn

Her defense will be "I didn't realise I was doing 80, I was too busy watching Youtube"

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Turkish TV presenter canned for flashing too much cleavage

mrjohn

Re: I really don't know...

It's a bit like Ireland, spend hundreds of years resisting foreign occupation, then suddenly deciding it's a great idea.

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Google's Project Glass headman answers most pressing question: 'Why?'

mrjohn

"If we ever get there," he said of Project Glass' quest for instant answers, "this will fundamentally change the meaning of knowing things."

He's confusing information with knowledge

Knowledge requires experience to give information meaning

This is why we increasingly live in a reactive, not a predictive society

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Irish deputy PM: You want more tax from Apple? Your problem, not ours

mrjohn

Re: What kind of screaming right wing loon are you?

good point, I seem to remember them needing "a few shillings from the English" a while back to help them with their cash flow issues

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PayPal security boss: OBLITERATE passwords from THE PLANET

mrjohn

You can change a password, you cannot change your fingerprint, so what happens if the data used to recognise your fingerprint leaks?

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Is this the first ever web page? If not, CERN would like to know

mrjohn

This bit it interesting, from the section on Ted Nelson

"and the Xanadu project will aim to attribute royalties to the author of a work whenever it is retrieved across the network."

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Yahoo! chats! up! Apple! for! lots! more! iPhone! lovin'!

mrjohn

Re: Yah who?

Yahoo is the most used search engine in Japan

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Half of us have old phones STUFFED in our drawers

mrjohn

I have two, the kids play with them.

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Apple granted patent for ebook page-turning

mrjohn

The page turn effect was cool once, in about 1983.

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