February 19th, 2010

Replicants (BGC)

Buzz: The good, the bad, and the rather unsettling

The good: Google has decided they need to be a bit more sincere in their apologies, at least according to this BBC article. Unfortunately they don't seem to have the full interview available, but the quotes about how we were "rightfully upset" and Google is "very, very sorry" certainly sound good.

The bad: Google Employee "Bin" would like to Welcome us to Buzz. Since that original post Bin has been answering all kinds of questions on the "Buzz for Mobile" support forums. Including a question about why we need to make our full names public to post to Buzz. The bad news is that what has been troubling a lot of us was actually done by design. They want and require us to show our "full names." As someone pointed out though there's nothing currently stopping you from replacing your "full name" with a pseudonym of your choosing, at least not for now.

Likewise the Buzz Mobile app, which is integrated with the Google Maps app, is intended to only let you make public Buzz posts.

And the somewhat unsettling part? If you want to post on the Google support forums you need to have a Google account. When you post that post will be linked to your Google profile. So if someone wanted to ask a question or complain about Google Buzz after trying it out then their profile, including their full name, would be out there for everyone to see.

But at least that means that we can go take a look at Bin's profile as well. Turnabout is fair play and all, right? Funny, their profile says their first name is "Robin," but it doesn't give us a last name (and since their posts are showing up in the forums as "Bin" rather than "Robin" presumably they must not have the "show full name" option turned on either.) Likewise Christopher, another Google Employee who's been covering the Buzz for Mobile forums also has a profile with no last name. So do the people who are urging us to try Buzz and are trying to explain and justify Google's decisions about it not actually use Buzz themselves? Or do Google employees get exempted from the rules the rest of us have to follow? Or is this just an implied agreement that as long as the rules about profiles are so restrictive that it's perfectly okay to have multiple Google accounts so you can control what information others see about you?

I can think of a lot of different and very good reasons why Bin and Christopher might not want to be putting their full names up for everyone to see, but I think those same reasons apply to myself and everyone else just as much as they do to them.

Friday Fun Polls

Next month, barring anything _else_ really unexpected, i should have my credit cards all paid off. Of course i still have the car loan, but that's a pretty small and long term thing relatively speaking. (And to think, if a year ago i could have predicted the damn car accident i could have gotten the exact same loan for a new car but not had the extra $3-5k of credit card bills from the repairs on the old one =P)

So anyways, now is the time to start thinking about what i want to save for/spend money on next. (shelleycat has this theory that i'm not really happy unless i'm doing research for _something_, and frequently that something is the next toy that i want to get. She may be right =) (And actually i already know what the next thing is. The next thing will be putting more money into my IRA, but _after_ that...)

There are two things i kinda "need" right now. An HD tv would not only look nice, it would also make a lot of those damn PS3 fonts a hell of a lot more readable. (I really do not understand this constant and repeated failure in QA departments.) And although i'm not planning on moving again for awhile, i definitely want to have upgraded to something lighter before the next time i have to worry about carrying it to a new location. The other thing is a new PC. My current computer is adequate for most daily tasks. However the fan (i presume?) has started making whining noises. So either i need to disable the computer and whack some sense into it, buy a new fan, or buy a new computer. And if i buy a new computer i'll actually be able to play some of the games i've bought off of Steam (and some of the games that i'd like to buy from Steam and elsewhere) that my current computer barely meets the "minimum" requirements for.

So which should i get first?

Poll #1527602 Stuff to buy

Which should i get first?


If i get a LCD TV what resolution screen should i get?

720P - 720P is enough for anybody!
1080P - As long as i'm upgrading, i ought to go all the way

And what kind of backlighting?

Regular LCD TV (About $400-$500)
Edge lit LED LCD TV (About $800-$900?)
Dynamically backlit LED LCD TV (About $800-$900?)

And what size should the screen be?

I really don't think anything much larger than 32" will fit in out setup.
But anything larger would be more expensive!
You really think i should get something larger than 32"? Why?

And if i get a PC, what OS should i get? (Yes, those are the only two options.)

Windows XP Pro x64
Windows 7

Of course if i get the TV first and wait on the PC i'll eventually end up getting a better PC. If i get the PC first and want on the TV i'll eventually end up getting a cheaper TV. I can't think of any _other_ new features they could add in to drive up the price. The ones the market currently seems to be focusing on as the next step, embedded internet access and 3D, aren't really things that interest me.


Xian invited you to "KRASH ROLLERDISCO!!! (All Ages Indie Electro EBM Rollerskating || Fri.2.19)" on Friday, February 19 at 10:30pm.

Xian says, "It'll be like WUMPSKATE, except:

- It's for One Night Only this Friday
- Bar Open for 21+
- Indie, Electro, Alternative, Synthpop, EBM
- SuicideGirls, SuicideGirls, SuicideGirls! ;)
- Only $4 Before 11PM ($8 After)

...and we're still all ages! =)".

Start Time: Friday, February 19 at 10:30pm
End Time: Saturday, February 20 at 2:00am
Where: The World On Wheels

I love Wumpskate, but i'm not sure about "Indie Electro Alterative Synthpop EBM." I'm also not sure about going out clubbing friday night instead of staying home with shelleycat.