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@Francisco Dao If "the fascist government is evil!" is the only thing you've taken away from those who are angry with the NSA, then maybe you should challenge yourself by actually reading what people are writing. Trivializing the issue by comparing secret government surveillance to Facebook privacy settings just shows you have a complete lack of understanding of what's at stake here.

1 year, 2 months ago on The NSA didn’t end our right to privacy. We gave it away for free

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@AntoneJohnson You should go read the interview that Snowden did. He said that in his previous position, he had the power to tap into anyone's phone given nothing more than their phone number. How can you possibly justify someone having power like that over you?

Snowden may not have abused his powers, but what's to stop the other 20,000 employees at Booz Allen from doing so? There are plenty of incentives for people to spy on you, from personal vendettas, religious motivations, bigotry, financial gain, etc. And we have no way of knowing what goes on or do anything to stop it, because it's all a secret.

What the government is doing is spying. The data they collect is not just sitting in some database, they specifically collect the data so that they can mine the data for possible signs of terrorist activity. They don't need a million employees to sift through all the data because they have algorithms that identify patterns within the Big Data for them.

Maybe you buy a gun, maybe you visit a mosque, and now you've been identified as a possible terrorist, and that's all the justification the NSA needs to go through every single e-mail and Facebook message you've ever sent. You can't just hand over power like that with zero oversight.

Comparing that to entering your birthday into Facebook like the author of this article did is ludicrous.

1 year, 2 months ago on The NSA didn’t end our right to privacy. We gave it away for free

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@jholyhead You'd be surprised how hard "having a well designed, well implemented site" can be, especially when working with older sites running legacy content management systems. You run into all sorts of issues with duplicate content, missing pages & errors, poor redirects, issues with robots.txt, canonicals, query parameters, poor url structure, poor internal linking, slow site speed, etc. etc.

Or if you're running an ecommerce site with 10,000+ products, site architecture becomes a big issue. How do you organize 10,000+ products in a optimal way so that all the pages are being crawled and indexed? How do you get page rank flowing to your top pages? How do you deal with duplicate & thin content across 10,000 pages? Etc.

So yeah, if you have a simple site or blog then having a "well designed, well implemented site" might be easy, but SEO can go a lot deeper than that if you're working with a major site.

1 year, 2 months ago on The deep, dark secret of SEO

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Yes, we absolutely have a right to be angry. When the government gets unfettered access to your personal data without a warrant or any checks and balances, we have a right to be angry. When the government can just bypass the Constitution and give themselves secret powers with no oversight, we have the right to be angry.

There is a big difference between providing a private company with your personal info, and allowing the government to access that info. Giving your doctor or psychiatrist sensitive medical information does not mean giving the government permission to access it. Providing a dating site with your personal information and relationship preferences does not give the government permission to access that info. Even providing Facebook with your birthday does not mean that's info that should just be given away to the government.

I have read through Facebook's privacy policy, and I am fine with them using the personal information I provide them with to present me with more relevant ads. However, there is a big difference between that and allowing the government to access my PRIVATE information.

Telling people not to use Facebook and Gmail because of privacy concerns is ridiculous. Should we also give up our smartphones and computers while we're at it? Give up the miracle of the internet because our government's overstepped its bounds? Or does it make more sense to just tell the government to back the Fuck off?

1 year, 2 months ago on The NSA didn’t end our right to privacy. We gave it away for free

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This is an overly simplistic view of SEO.

Will great content help with your SEO? Sure it will. But great content alone will not magically get you search traffic, without also being accompanied by a solid marketing/SEO strategy.

Then there are all the on-page optimizations one can make to make their site more optimized for a keyword and help Google understand what your site is about through things like semantic markup. Site architecture is also key, especially for larger sites. Then there's Google authorship, rich snippets, etc.

You also place way too much faith in Google's algorithms if you think that they can't be tricked. Just open up a dictionary and search for a few keywords and you'll soon see that the top results are not always the ones with the best content. There are many ways to get an edge in Google that go beyond mere keyword stuffing (which hasn't worked in years).

1 year, 2 months ago on The deep, dark secret of SEO

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So now if you lose your phone, not only do the bad guys have your contacts and your home address, but they have a convenient key to unlock it as well. Probably not the smartest idea.

1 year, 2 months ago on The Internet of the Mundane: Smart locks, connected lightbulbs, and learning thermostats

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Eat, sleep, dance. That's my motto =)

1 year, 2 months ago on Smile, Laugh, Dance

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Big fan of Latin Jazz, thanks!

1 year, 2 months ago on Indy's Live Music Scene

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Hope to attend this event soon!

1 year, 2 months ago on éVENTS / Bachata Congress

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Definitely puts things into perspective.

1 year, 2 months ago on Hurdy Gurdy

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That's pretty amazing! Got to see her live in LA this past weekend!

1 year, 2 months ago on Health Inspiration: 80 Years Old, Fit, and Fabulous Ballroom and Salsa Dancer!

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Programmers can dance!

1 year, 2 months ago on Sorting algorithms explained through folk dance

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Very cool, and very contemporary!

1 year, 2 months ago on 360i Creates "The Longest Dance Move"

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Dog can't dance if it's not healthy ;)

1 year, 2 months ago on About

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Would love to attend this some day...

1 year, 2 months ago on Dispatches from Davos: The attraction of the unbadged

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Am I the only one who still finds it weird talking to a device?

1 year, 2 months ago on CES: Everybody Dance Now

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Can't wait for Uber to expand into other areas.

1 year, 2 months ago on Uber incorporates ride-sharing into its tap dance

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Congrats!

1 year, 2 months ago on Livefyre Certified As Backplane 2.0 Compliant

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Nice, you guys are really going mainstream!

1 year, 2 months ago on Sports Illustrated Launches online talk show

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Responsive design works well for blogs and newspapers, but not so much for web apps that require more interaction. If all you need to do is improve the legibility of blog posts, then a responsive approach can work, but most web apps will want to go with a separate experience that is optimized specifically for mobile.

1 year, 2 months ago on Publishers are charging forward with responsive design – now it’s time for advertisers to catch up

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I sure hope you're right! Yahoo has a terrible track record of killing all the products I love.

1 year, 3 months ago on Why Yahoo’s track record with acquisitions isn’t relevant to Tumblr

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Cool idea, would definitely interested in seeing the results!

1 year, 4 months ago on Now publishers are lining up to give away their content for free

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A little healthy skepticism is good for everyone. People are way too comfortable these days giving away their personal information to sites they know next to nothing about.

1 year, 4 months ago on Declining trust in the web of deceit

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It could work the other way too. If people really love the functionality of Facebook Home, they could jump ship to Android.

1 year, 4 months ago on How the iPhone can stop Facebook from dominating mobile

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They're killing Google Reader but releasing crap like this? Unbeievable.

1 year, 5 months ago on Wow, Google Keep looks an awful lot like ColorNote

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I don't normally wear a watch, but Apple has a powerful brand and ecosystem that just might convince me to sport some wrist candy. And as far as wearable computing goes, a watch is a lot less intrusive than Google Glass, which will surely be banned from most private establishments within a month of its release.

1 year, 5 months ago on Apple smartwatch said to be coming in 2013 with iOS and health-monitoring on board

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Very cool, I want! Seems like Apple is really lagging in the smart watch market with all these other cool products already on the market. They better have something amazing up their sleeves.

1 year, 6 months ago on How MYO convinced me that an Apple “iWatch” might actually be a good idea

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Wearing $1500 worth of electronics on your face is just asking to be mugged.

1 year, 6 months ago on No, Google Glass is not a Segway for your face

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The reason why Ecommerce 2.0 hasn't taken off is because Ecommerce 1.0 (i.e. Amazon.com) is so dominant. Who's going to compete with Amazon and their razor thin margins?

1 year, 6 months ago on Ecommerce 2.0: Hope or hype?

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Thanks for writing this. The way the prosecutors acted in this case were disgusting.  I hope that the renewed focus this case is bringing on the law will produce some good from this terrible tragedy.

1 year, 7 months ago on It’s a bad time to be a hacker in the United States

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Great advice.  I know this is a tech site, so the focus is on engineering/making stuff, but there also continues to be opportunity in service jobs like nursing, elderly care, hotel & restaurant management, etc. basically jobs which cannot be easily outsourced or eliminated by technology (at least not yet).

1 year, 7 months ago on Young people are screwed… Here’s how to survive

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Everything is obvious when you're looking backward.  Look at any success, and with 20/20 hindsight it seems so obvious, they were just so lucky to have been at the right place at the right time!  Zuckerberg was lucky to get into social networking when he did.  Bill Gates got into operating systems at the right time.  It was all just luck that everything worked out for them.

Except, when you're living in the present, nothing is obvious.  It wasn't obvious to those successes, or the other 5 billion other people living on the planet what the next big thing was going to be.  It took a lot of hard work for Steve Jobs to be in the right place at the right time, to take advantage of the trends of the time, and that's not luck, it's skill.

Really, you're attributing Apple's success to the Internet and bigger hard drives??  What about the beautiful candy colored iMacs that Apple designed when everyone else was stuck in beige?  Combined with a popular marketing campaign that created Apple's reputation for being "cool" and grew their marketshare, making them a more attractive platform for developers.  The strategic partnerships with companies like Microsoft and game companies that brought all the best software products to the Mac.  The switch to Intel and Boot Camp that allowed Macs to run Windows.

Please get yourself a history lesson.  It's people like you who will be writing articles 10 years from now, claiming that Tim Cook inherited Apple at just the right time, with Apple having the most popular smart phone and tablet in the market, in a world that is increasingly mobile.  That their next innovation was so obvious, and that they just happened to be at the right place at the right time...

1 year, 8 months ago on Let’s admit it… Steve Jobs was lucky

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"unfortunately it is a problem of HUMAN NATURE rather than technology"

 

FTFY

1 year, 9 months ago on The Counterpoint launches with a lofty goal: Bringing sanity back to political arguments

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 @JohanKlarin You're forgetting that Steve was involved in Apple's product roadmap for at least the next 3 years, including a rumored Apple TV.  So although Steve may no longer be here in person, his influence will continue to shape Apple's products for years to come.  And of course, aside from Steve's genius, Apple's top software and hardware designers (the people who actually make stuff) are still at the company, bringing Apple's visions to life.

1 year, 11 months ago on Yesterday Marked the Beginning of the End of Apple’s Dominance, Unless…

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I think you are underestimating Apple's dominance in content.  Google is starting to amass a good amount of content/apps, but most of their content is based in the US, whereas Apple has been negotiating licenses since the iTunes Store launched.  I would estimate that Apple is at least 2 years ahead of Google in terms of content.

 

Amazon poses some threat in the content space, but they are WAY behind in terms of devices sold compared to iOS.  Also, Amazon sells Kindle Fires at a loss and has razor thin margins, whereas Apple is the most profitable company in the world.  I don't see Amazon replacing Apple's iPods, iPhones, or iPads anytime in the near future.

 

I agree that Apple's latest phone was evolutionary more than it was revolutionary, but I honestly wonder, what more do people expect from a phone?  It's the world's most popular phone with double the speed, better camera, bigger screen, and better battery life.  What more can a phone possibly do?  Do your laundry?  Get you a date? (there's probably an app for that).

 

I'm excited to see what Apple has in store for TVs and other areas as it continues to drive consumer hardware innovation.

1 year, 11 months ago on Yesterday Marked the Beginning of the End of Apple’s Dominance, Unless…

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I don't envy the task that Apple has before them. You're right that all the phones on the market are starting to approach each other in terms of featureset. What more can Apple possibly put into a phone (that already does everything I need it to, and more) to make it amazing?

2 years, 1 month ago on What If the Next iPhone Is A Miss? A Deep Dive Into Apple’s High-Wire Act

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 @JsLampe  @redhat Goods points, maybe these companies don't need to be successful outside of tech companies to succeed.  However, some of these companies like Square seem focused on the consumer, so consumer recognition is at least somewhat important.  Paypal gets a bad rap, but they have built up a powerful brand and the Paypal logo carries with it a lot of trust and recognition that companies like "Braintree" (who came up with that name?) don't have.  It would be interesting to know what percentage of Paypal's revenues comes from individual consumers vs merchants.

2 years, 1 month ago on Exactly How Screwed Is PayPal? (Hint: Very)

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Outside of the tech world, no one has heard anything about these companies.

2 years, 1 month ago on Exactly How Screwed Is PayPal? (Hint: Very)

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 @VineetDevaiah Don't know what you are complaining about, that was a pretty good description of the current situation and the challenges the company faces.

2 years, 2 months ago on RIP, Nokia (1865 – 2014)

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Yeah, don't really see these guys sticking around for very long, with website development costs inching closer and closer to 0.  And the title of this article is incredibly misleading.

2 years, 4 months ago on WordPress Dominates Blogs, But Squarespace is Gunning For It With Version 6

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Is there any significance to the # of likes?

2 years, 4 months ago on Infographic: A Timeline of Instagrams

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"Facebook is the most robust blogging platform that has ever existed"

 

Ummm, hardly.  There are tons of features that are present in a full-fledged blog platform like Wordpress, that are completely missing from Facebook (and rightly so).

 

Besides, when was the last time you saw an article (as in a full-length note) posted on Facebook?  Most people use Facebook to post photos, links, and quick status updates.  It is a photo sharing service, microblog, and social network, certainly a different beast than say PandoDaily, for example.

2 years, 4 months ago on Blogging Is Dead, Long Live Sharing

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Very cool idea, and very different approach to higher education innovation than other companies are trying.  Will be interesting to see how they develop.

2 years, 4 months ago on Ben Nelson is Building a Virtual Harvard. It’s Ambitious — Just Don’t Call it Disruptive.

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If you're competing for top talent, you're don't want to skimp on the perks that company 'X' is offering.

2 years, 5 months ago on The Entitlement Culture

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It's pretty, but is there really that big of a market for people who want to make guides??

2 years, 5 months ago on SnapGuide: A Simple (and Incredibly Pretty) Way To Make And Share How-To Guides On Your Phone

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