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This morning the U.S. Senate voted 60 to 37 to pass cloture on TPP Fast Track that limits debate on this secret international trade agreement to 30 hours. The Senate will hold their final vote on Fast Track tomorrow. 

Check how your senators voted. Call them if you didn't like their vote.

One of my senator emailed me that he would vote NO but he voted YES. Wonder why Congress' approval rating is 17%?
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US would be an awesome country if FCC would award some money to open-source network innovators like Dave Taht.
 
100 million dollars fine. With 100 million dollars I could probably build at least 1 million better home routers, possibly as many as 4 million. What does the FCC do with the money they get?

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/18/technology/fcc-to-fine-att-for-slowing-data-speeds-of-some-customers.html

They can throttle... but it would be nice also, if they fixed their #bufferbloat  - Maybe one day, there will be fines for that too.

see below for how bad that is:

http://www.dslreports.com/speedtest/results/bufferbloat
The commission said the wireless carrier misled consumers with unlimited data plans when it slowed their service after they had used a certain amount of data.
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Many hospitals have a non-profit part and a for-profit part. It's a pretty handy scheme for shuffling assets.
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Yay, I have a working printer that can build 6" pulleys. It's a bit noisy, printrbot is half as loud. Still it came up and calibrated fast.
 
Finished building my US Ultimaker original plus with dual extruders.
The kit was missing more than a dozen M3 bolts in various sizes and a long cable from extruder temp amplifier to electronics in the base.

So I have a working one extruder machine. First prints are good, could use a little tune up. I believe one of the X axis pulleys maybe drilled off axis which is causing a periodic increase in force needed to move X axis.
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Im building an Ultimaker Original Plus and added the dual extruder kit.

That's the problem. The studded bolts that come with the plus are 62mm not long enough for the extra layer in the dual extruder. Anyone have the real length in the studded bolts? (Not that any would be available here.)

Another dual extruder oddity: one amplifier and clear mount for on top of the gantry comes with the kit. The plus comes with the thermocouple on a

Anyone have a dual extruder on a plus?
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Thanks for your help Daid. I wrote FBRC8 and MakerShed. Makershed has pulled the dual extruder kit off the page with UO+ (yay no one else gets yanked around). FRBC8 closed ticket saying that  use M3x10 metal bolts.
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It's today. Grrr,, my rep is voting for fast track. Maybe you can persuade yours not to.
 
Tomorrow's House vote on the TPP Fast Track bill will be dangerously close. Call your representative now and tell them to vote no against secret, anti-user trade agreements.
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The white house is putting on giant pressure to pass TPP today/saturday while everyone thinks it's dead at last vote. The House of Reps already passed it yesterday afternoon.
I've called, written etc. This petition is a easy think to do.

TPP lets corporation overrule governments and law. It is secret, over 1000 pages, the only access for Congresspeople is in a secured room, no pens, paper, cameras etc. Congresspeople are not allow to discuss anything they saw in that room!

Does that sound like something the Congress should pass????
Ask the Senate Democrats to stand strong, and vote against Fast Track for job-killing, secret trade agreements such as the TPP.
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Very true and the allowances it grants the president are crazy 
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This is a insight filled article on why there are so many entities in the USA that like continuous foreign wars (profitable, avoid real governing, etc).
 
Too many parties now benefit from perpetual warmaking for the U.S. to ever conclude its military conflicts.
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Can you spare $25 to protect the net?

EFF does awesome work. They are the most effective organization I give money to. EFF is looking for more members (and donors). 

I can't believe it has been 25 years since the FBI questioned a some of us "remote" programmers about the "Hacker Mafia in California" stealing Apple Quicktime code. That was some of the law enforcement weirdness that started John Perry Barlow on a path to creating EFF with John Gilmore and Mitch Kapor.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation turns 25 on July 10! Help us add 2,500 new and renewing members before then to celebrate 25 years of important member-supported digital rights work.
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Finished building my US Ultimaker original plus with dual extruders.
The kit was missing more than a dozen M3 bolts in various sizes and a long cable from extruder temp amplifier to electronics in the base.

So I have a working one extruder machine. First prints are good, could use a little tune up. I believe one of the X axis pulleys maybe drilled off axis which is causing a periodic increase in force needed to move X axis.
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Building an ultimaker original+. Hoping to have a super reliable printer when I'm done.
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Continued anyway even though pushing filament would probably break things. I'll have to wait for Ultimaker support.
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Maker Faire was a blast. Time to go back to that more boring reality.
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Simplifying the needlessly complex.
Skills
Learning new stuff fast.
Employment
  • a9k.info
    Web Programming Consultant, 1980 - present
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Kalispell, Montana
Previously
Chicago, Illinois - Ithaca, NY
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Berzerk design and programming
Introduction
The creator of Berzerk. I have programmed in too many languages - including dead ones like PL/1. I even wrote some compilers. I still like ruby which means it is least frustrating.

My latest long term project: Learning bandoneon, an instrument probably invented by a cryptographer. It is more portable than a piano or organ and usually found in a tango band.
Bragging rights
The creator of Berzerk and Frenzy. Bandoneon player.
Education
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    Art-Design and Computer Science, 1975
    BA Art & Architecture - General Design. General Design degree was awarded because I had enough credits in Photography, Film & Video for 3 majors. Minor in Computer Science.
  • Cornell University
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