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I really don't want to move to your "spanky new friends page" option.

Frankly, if you want to spend developer time on making the LJ experience better, I'd far prefer you work on these two simple tasks first:

- Proper support for MarkDown syntax in comment editing, as opposed to the limited set of HTML you offer now. Would it be uncomfortable for existing users? Perhaps. But it would be better and they'd learn to love it

- In place dynamic preview of said MarkDown comment editing.

You know what the StackExchange sites do for their input controls? That works. Do that.
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"Anything that impinges on Ireland's competitiveness is going to be a big thing for Google, including corporation tax." John Herlihy (head Google Ireland)

Perhaps the Don't Be Evil Dublin local office is just trying to figure out how it's going to pay for that 10% pay-rise they handed their 2,000 employees. Oh, and DBE (Dublin) is apparently not the only ones trying to run the local government. Intel (4,000 employees) is also getting antsy.

The Germans are, apparently, fully behind Ireland's "courageous [proposed] reform policies". Wow. Good for you, Deutschland. But, it might be a great idea if you made your press release sound a teeny bit less like "I've called you all here to tell you that I'm giving a vote of full confidence in our head coaching staff" or "We're waiting for the Dail to approve a rate increase so that more companies decide that working in the rest of Europe, including beautiful Germany, is an awesome idea".

PS -- Ms Merkel's press relations: anyone who's watched "Yes, Minister" or "Yes, Prime Minister" knows damn well what the adjective "courageous" really means in neuvo-politico...
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"Anything that impinges on Ireland's competitiveness is going to be a big thing for Google, including corporation tax." John Herlihy (head Google Ireland)

Perhaps the Don't Be Evil Dublin local office is just trying to figure out how it's going to pay for that 10% pay-rise they handed their 2,000 employees. Oh, and DBE (Dublin) is apparently not the only ones trying to run the local government. Intel (4,000 employees) is also getting antsy.

The Germans are, apparently, fully behind Ireland's "courageous [proposed] reform policies". Wow. Good for you, Deutschland. But, it might be a great idea if you made your press release sound a teeny bit less like "I've called you all here to tell you that I'm giving a vote of full confidence in our head coaching staff" or "We're waiting for the Dail to approve a rate increase so that more companies decide that working in the rest of Europe, including beautiful Germany, is an awesome idea".

PS -- Ms Merkel's press relations: anyone who's watched "Yes, Minister" or "Yes, Prime Minister" knows damn well what the adjective "courageous" really means in neuvo-politico...
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While I may be willing to believe that the incidence of cancer in humans could dramatically increase with changes to diet and environment that result from increases in population density, industrialization, pollution, and other factors that are, essentially, caused by human habitation, to me this is a far cry from trumpeting that "cancer is man-made".

Smoking, getting no exercise, and eating lots of saturated fats increases risk factors for coronary heart disease: does this mean that it also is man-made?

What the heck is not man made in this case? Presumably death caused by animal predation? (But then why are you walking around in the predator's catchment area?) Lightning strike? (Why are you walking around in a thunder storm?)

Hrm.
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While I may be willing to believe that the incidence of cancer in humans could dramatically increase with changes to diet and environment that result from increases in population density, industrialization, pollution, and other factors that are, essentially, caused by human habitation, to me this is a far cry from trumpeting that "cancer is man-made".

Smoking, getting no exercise, and eating lots of saturated fats increases risk factors for coronary heart disease: does this mean that it also is man-made?

What the heck is not man made in this case? Presumably death caused by animal predation? (But then why are you walking around in the predator's catchment area?) Lightning strike? (Why are you walking around in a thunder storm?)

Hrm.
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Seen at work in lunch-room:
• Handsome Young Intern fellow fetches plastic fork out of drawer full of plastic cutlery next to sink, for lunch.
• HYI takes two steps back to lunch table with fork, bumps fork against his leg, and drops it on floor.
• HYI picks up fork, takes two steps right past sink, gets another fork out of drawer, and then pitches first fork into garbage.

I am boggled with the idiocy of this event on so many levels.
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Seen at work in lunch-room:
• Handsome Young Intern fellow fetches plastic fork out of drawer full of plastic cutlery next to sink, for lunch.
• HYI takes two steps back to lunch table with fork, bumps fork against his leg, and drops it on floor.
• HYI picks up fork, takes two steps right past sink, gets another fork out of drawer, and then pitches first fork into garbage.

I am boggled with the idiocy of this event on so many levels.
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In one fell swoop, the interestingly awesome weekend I saw spreading out ahead of me shrank and disappeared rather like the ever-smaller-zooming dot on a CRT that's just had its power line cut. Turns out that the corporate travel that I had managed to align in a "the stars are right" fashion suddenly turned out to be foolishly impractical, got binned, and now the stars are all a-kilter.

Crap.

On the upside, I get to spend my Thanksgiving weekend (or the portions I wouldn't have) with my family.

On the downside, I lose out on meeting all the cool new people I would have met.
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In one fell swoop, the interestingly awesome weekend I saw spreading out ahead of me shrank and disappeared rather like the ever-smaller-zooming dot on a CRT that's just had its power line cut. Turns out that the corporate travel that I had managed to align in a "the stars are right" fashion suddenly turned out to be foolishly impractical, got binned, and now the stars are all a-kilter.

Crap.

On the upside, I get to spend my Thanksgiving weekend (or the portions I wouldn't have) with my family.

On the downside, I lose out on meeting all the cool new people I would have met.
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Stan-Van says (according to Tim Povtak) of Vincey:
"Everybody here just wants him to play the game the way he's played it through his career -- attacking the basket."

Excuse me, Mr VG, were you at all paying attention to Vincey's career here in the "tee dot"? Where, season after season, we heard constant commenting from broadcasters and pundits, "You know, the Raps would be in this game, if only Vince would live up to his promise and aggressively go to the rim..."

Vince's unwillingness to bring his game on a consistent and regular basis is the key to his disappointing career, to the Raps, to the Nets, and no doubt now, to the Magic. The Magic may in fact do well next year, but I rather doubt it will be at all thanks to Vince.

From Vince himself, we get:
"Just bring it. It's time to be me (again). I accept that. I understand that. It's been on my mind all summer. And I don't have a problem with it."

Wow. How refreshing. We've never heard anything like that from Mr Carter. If I only had a nickel, etc, etc, etc.
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Stan-Van says (according to Tim Povtak) of Vincey:
"Everybody here just wants him to play the game the way he's played it through his career -- attacking the basket."

Excuse me, Mr VG, were you at all paying attention to Vincey's career here in the "tee dot"? Where, season after season, we heard constant commenting from broadcasters and pundits, "You know, the Raps would be in this game, if only Vince would live up to his promise and aggressively go to the rim..."

Vince's unwillingness to bring his game on a consistent and regular basis is the key to his disappointing career, to the Raps, to the Nets, and no doubt now, to the Magic. The Magic may in fact do well next year, but I rather doubt it will be at all thanks to Vince.

From Vince himself, we get:
"Just bring it. It's time to be me (again). I accept that. I understand that. It's been on my mind all summer. And I don't have a problem with it."

Wow. How refreshing. We've never heard anything like that from Mr Carter. If I only had a nickel, etc, etc, etc.
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Fox News (sic) reports that the glorious Ines Sainz has written this gem in a newspaper in Mexico City:
"A group of news people and communicators, eager to make an even bigger scandal out of this situation, have moved women's rights backwards at least 50 years ... I am surprised by how easily some colleagues skip the basic rules of journalism: one should investigate, inquire, and look at the facts before giving an opinion."

Please remember that Ms Sainz is the TV Azteca glam-journalist who has, in the past, performed such critical investigative service as measuring the biceps of football players during the annual presser-orgy-media-week leading up to the superbowl.

Just about everyone seems to have behaved completely shabbily over this entire circumstance. And I'm sure that Sainz' behaviour and comments have absolutely nothing to do with a desire to place herself firmly in the middle of the story. Was she asking to be harassed? Absolutely not. Was she angling to have attention paid her way? That seems hard to deny given her "historical pattern of behaviour" as league head-office is wont to say.

In the words of the immortal Coz, "::phweeeet:: Everybody out of the pool!"
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Fox News (sic) reports that the glorious Ines Sainz has written this gem in a newspaper in Mexico City:
"A group of news people and communicators, eager to make an even bigger scandal out of this situation, have moved women's rights backwards at least 50 years ... I am surprised by how easily some colleagues skip the basic rules of journalism: one should investigate, inquire, and look at the facts before giving an opinion."

Please remember that Ms Sainz is the TV Azteca glam-journalist who has, in the past, performed such critical investigative service as measuring the biceps of football players during the annual presser-orgy-media-week leading up to the superbowl.

Just about everyone seems to have behaved completely shabbily over this entire circumstance. And I'm sure that Sainz' behaviour and comments have absolutely nothing to do with a desire to place herself firmly in the middle of the story. Was she asking to be harassed? Absolutely not. Was she angling to have attention paid her way? That seems hard to deny given her "historical pattern of behaviour" as league head-office is wont to say.

In the words of the immortal Coz, "::phweeeet:: Everybody out of the pool!"
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Six.... Four. Three? How about six-effing-teen, and shut the hell up, you entitled punk.
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Six.... Four. Three? How about six-effing-teen, and shut the hell up, you entitled punk.
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I find you calling yourself King James pretty offensive, actually. You can officially consider that a shot; now you can add me to your list.
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I find you calling yourself King James pretty offensive, actually. You can officially consider that a shot; now you can add me to your list.
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We are all witnesses. To the fact that you seem to have so little idea about what it really takes to be great. But perhaps we should not expect anything more from you: high-school student turned stroked and spoiled celebrity sports demi-god.

Where's the struggle? Where's the challenge? Where's the contribution to the legend? Where's the message you're sending to the kids? It's not about loyalty, or work, or craftsmanship, or building anything. It's about that most hollow and dross-filled relic of the Cult of Celebrity: brand.

Have fun playing pick-up in South Beach. I'll check back with the league again when you're no longer in it.
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We are all witnesses. To the fact that you seem to have so little idea about what it really takes to be great. But perhaps we should not expect anything more from you: high-school student turned stroked and spoiled celebrity sports demi-god.

Where's the struggle? Where's the challenge? Where's the contribution to the legend? Where's the message you're sending to the kids? It's not about loyalty, or work, or craftsmanship, or building anything. It's about that most hollow and dross-filled relic of the Cult of Celebrity: brand.

Have fun playing pick-up in South Beach. I'll check back with the league again when you're no longer in it.
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It sucks that you let people use Flash to provide clips with excessive volume levels without providing users with a volume control (effing advertisements 90% of the time). It also sucks that you cant seem to store a user's preferred initial volume level locally, and think that "oh, I don't know, as loud as we can!" is the best place to start.

I may not agree with Steve, but you're not winning any friends either, with this consistently appearing annoyance.

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