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Alvin Brinson
Attended Stehen F. Austin State University
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Any laser printer experts have an idea if/how to resolve the printing issue below? This is happening on all pages. This was a blank page so you can see the pattern. 
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+Alvin Brinson Sorry, for a laser printer, that's cheap. Not that it's a cheap printer. I generally recommend people a Canon inkjet that's $20. ;) Because then, when it breaks, you just buy a new one.
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CNN's frontpage AI has it figured out. When you see it....


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Anyone that thinks Windows hasn't gotten better hasn't kept up with the times, or is busy installing viruses from their email.

I just realized I have been using the same "install" of Windows for 2 years. It was installed when 8 was nearly new, upgraded to 8.1 and then upgraded to Windows 10, all without any reinstalls or clean installs since nearly 2 years ago. Zero issues. No performance degradation. No randomness. And, I use my computer DAILY and for quite a lot of different things. 

Bit rot is dead.
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Yes, the upgrade from 8 to 10 was painless.
Even more of a surprise when I joined the office 10 box to azure AD, it got my mail sorted out too!
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Order something from Amazon, USPS delivers it in 2 days, period, no questions asked. Order something from anyone else, USPS delays 2 or 3 day shipments to 5 6 or 7 days. Every. Single. Time. It is well known (or should be) that Amazon pays the USPS for special treatment. This is only possible due to the sheer volume of Amazon deliveries. Yet, it is clear everyone else is getting subpar service. Does Amazon have too much power?

Increasingly, I find myself ordering products on Amazon rather than anywhere else, because I know it will arrive on time. This is not due, as Amazon would have you believe, to their awesome warehouse tracking technologies. Many smaller sellers ship their products within hours of when Amazon would ship the product. They pay for 2 day priority mail - just like Amazon offers. Yet, because smaller sellers don't also have a "special contract" with the USPS, their products sit on a dock for days on end, while workers are assigned to deliver Amazon packages instead.

How is that not anti-competitive? The argument is that, as yet, the consumer hasn't been hurt. Sure, we have low prices and fast delivery. But the consumer is hurt when the choice of perfectly viable vendors not participating in Amazon is removed due to an artificially negotiated advantage.

I would boycott Amazon - but I don't like waiting a week for my stuff. That's the problem when someone begins to approach monopoly power - the choice is removed or made difficult for the consumer to use the competition.

The answer, of course, would be to eliminate the unfair advantage granted to Amazon through back-door deals, and make them play on the same playing field as everyone else. Stop delaying shipments for non-Amazon vendors, and stop prioritizing a single company's deliveries. 
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Something's different....
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+Dmitrij Rebrov Sport is 101hp, Abarth is 160hp. Abarth is faster :)
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For those who continue to refuse to stop using the same username/password on all their websites. In the last month, TWICE I have been targeted.

1) Someone used a leaked username/password to access my Starbucks account. I thought I had changed all passwords that had access to personal/financial information but I missed this one. They sent out 6 $5 gift cards on my expense. Got it refunded and had to spend hours going through all my passwords in the password manager again to make sure I wasn't using that old insecure password that dates back to the 1990s. 

2) Today someone has been trying to access one of my credit card accounts. Probably with the same leaked username password, but my credit cards all have highly secure -- and UNIQUE -- passwords. Of course now I'm LOCKED OUT of my account... which pisses me off a bit - but at least they didn't get into the account. 

I have several people I know personally who still do not take this seriously - and probably won't until they themselves get hit and their bank accounts emptied or credit cards maxed. 

Do not EVER use the same password on more than one website. All it takes is ONE of them getting hacked, and your username/password is out there publicly. Once that happens, someone can just go around to different websites seeing if you have an account with the same username and password. All it takes is one hole - such as my Starbucks account I'd neglected to change - and they're in.

If you don't think you can remember that many passwords, ask yourself if that hassle is worth having your money stolen from you. Find a friendly geek, have them show you how to use an app like Lastpass to secure your passwords in a vault. Or hell, at least write down your passwords somewhere. They used to say writing them was a bad idea. Thing is, it's a better idea than using the same one everywhere - because when you do that you're effectively writing your password all over the entire internet for everyone to see. 
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It's a family genetic defect. From his Dad's side of his family. 
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Rebuild my PC with a new video card. Old video card was a Radeon 6850 (actually still not that bad) that had the fan burn out years ago and had a 80mm replacement fan held on with bread ties (not even zip ties). Finally replaced it with a Gigabyte Gaming Series R9-380 4GB. Decided to update my case as well, as I was running a GIANT behemoth from the stone ages (2007?), an XPS 730 case with an ancient Dell 1000watt psu and tons of fans. Case still fine but was a monster.

New setup (with some recycled parts):
Intel Core i5 4670 (Haswell) (1 year-ish old)
Gigabyte Z87M-D3H Motherboard (1 year-ish old)
16GB DDR3 G.Skill (forget the model) (2 months old)
Radeon R9 380 4gb video (brand new)
240gb Crucial M300 SSD System (115 day Power-On Time)
2TB 5900RPM Seagate (989 day Power-On Time)
2TB 5400RPM Western Digital Green (1,278 day Power-On Time!)
Thermaltake Core V21 Case

Yeah... those hard drives will crash eventually and I'll suddenly have to re-download a lot of anime and music as well as a few other random items. But watchagonnado, right?

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Power supply and hard drives are underneath the motherboard. You can actually switch all the panels and rotate the case any direction you want, so you could have the PSU on top if you want. I configured it with the psu on bottom. 
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Windows 10 and automatic restarts are getting fucking annoying. I have configured both of my windows 10 machines to prompt me rather than do automatic restarts, but Microsoft is ignoring that. Now it has started restarting in the middle of my fucking work. No prompt, no option to delay.

I went into policy editor and disabled everything I could and it is still forcing restarts for updates.

Damn it, this is enough to make me want a Mac if nothing else has been able to. When I say don't automatically restart I mean don't fucking automatically restart!

I restart my computer almost daily you can fucking do your updates then! Not while I have WORK TO DO!
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+Mark S I hadn't had trouble for months, then the last couple of weeks this happened on both of my computers that run 10.
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Swapped out my Nexus 5 for a 64GB OnePlus One. Nice phone - very well packaged. Came with a screen protector already installed - not sure why this isn't the case for all phones! Also included a free flip case and backup screen protector. 

Year old phone, and it's probably still the best buy out there. And, it no longer takes an invite (though the OnePlus 2 does).

https://oneplus.net/
OnePlus creates beautifully designed products with premium build quality & brings the best technology to users around the world. No tradeoffs, we #NeverSettle.
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So.... about that sheltered ivory tower you always wanted....
76% of instructional staff appointments in U.S. higher education are now not even full-time jobs.
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When I realized public school teachers earn more than most college "professors" I called a halt to further grad work and found a niche.
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As expected, police took things and escalated them to get the result they wanted.
 
According to eyewitnesses in the Mondawmin neighborhood, the police were stopping busses and forcing riders, including many students who were trying to get home, to disembark. Cops shut down the local subway stop.
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Introduction
I'm a middle-aged guy in Texas. I'm college-educated, free-thinker. I'm fascinated by so many things that I've become a tinkerer of all trades.

I am primarily of Native American / Scottish / Random English descent (Osage tribe). I am not a member of the tribe due to details about the Dawes act that would bore most of you, and the tribe apparently doesn't have any interest in helping people with that issue. Toss in a little bit of Irish & English as well, and there ya go.

I post on whatever I feel like. Follow me if you like. Don't if you don't.

Caveat Lector: I know nobody will read this but here goes: I am not here to play word games and debate trivialities. If you have something constructive to add to my more political posts, then great. If you can only make personal attacks or repeat nonsense, I can and will delete comments and/or ban. I have that editorial control over my personal space.
Education
  • Stehen F. Austin State University
    BA in History & English, 2003 - 2004
  • University of Houston
    2000 - 2002
  • San Jacinto College
    1994 - 1999
  • North Shore H.S.
    1991 - 1992
  • Tarkington H.S.
    1989 - 1991
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