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Alvin Brinson
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If you think "Jade Helm" is a real plan to invade Texas...

Then you're a fucking idiot.

Over and out.
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+Michael Clark When taunting the dragon, you don't wear bacon okay? You wear very good running shoes and maybe coat yourself in tabasco.

As for Jade Helm, who'd want to invade Texas? You'd get Houston.
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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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So.... What's their point here? I run a dashcam and it doesn't distract in the least. It is 100% autonomous, and the only interaction I have with it is if I take out the memory card at home to review footage.

Seems to me they're more worried about police misconduct being captured and just trying to distract us by claiming running a dashcam is equivalent to being a vigilante.


ABC News: Police warn against 'vigilante' dash cam use as motorists seek to shame bad drivers. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw-5fCtCE
The increasing number of motorists using dashboard cameras and social media to catch bad drivers leads to a warning from police against vigilante behaviour.
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Me too, unfortunately most dual cameras are either sub par or very expensive. Plus I am considering a timer so that it will stay running for a certain time after key off.
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When Teaching Becomes a Felony

Did the Atlanta teachers cheat? According to a court, they did. What is the appropriate punishment? Time in prison? According to a court, it is.

This is a travesty. The conditions that led to these teachers involvement in this "racketeering" as the court called it are something most people have NO clue about.

I was at a "failing" school my first year of teaching. The pressure from administration was INTENSE. There were constant meetings with peers, supervisors and outsiders where the importance of raising scores was hammered home. If you were not on board with "the program" which involved very nebulous yet somehow specific things you had to do (read that: impossible), then it would be reflected in your appraisal. It was made clear constantly that a "needs improvement" appraisal would result in contract non-renewal, which in the teacher world, is "being fired". 

There was no "tenure" like people believe. The Union said lots of things but could do nothing. Teachers were running scared. Three quarters of the English department were first-year teachers - because they were well known to push you out if you didn't meet their expectations. Those who managed to "meet expectations" were coincidentally those who taught either Pre-AP or AP classes, where they have a pre-selected set of students more likely to be successful regardless of teacher. Yet those teachers were rewarded. Teachers teaching "average" students had no hope of meeting the standards. 

I was never asked to cheat. Schools are smart enough (mostly) to keep English teachers a mile away from testing since English is a core subject that is being tested. I can certainly understand the climate in which someone asked to do something out of line with the law might do so.

One could say that "business" works the same way - that results are rewarded and those who don't perform are punished. That's not exactly true. I worked in retail for years. We had regular sales reports, true. In some cases, store managers were given the "opportunity" to resign in light of years of decreasing sales. Yet the employees were never put on the kind of pressure I experienced as a teacher in a failing school. The closest job I can think of that had the same kind of pressure to perform was being a car salesman. The pressure there is so great, that nobody trusts a car salesman not to cheat! Even then, the goals are attainable for those who are good at their job. 

In teaching, the goals set are often unattainable, no matter who you put in the classroom. If you have difficult goals, but they're realistic, then it is fair that it be on you if you fail to meet those goals. But given unattainable goals, what is a person to do? 

I resigned from that school and applied at a school that's not a failing school. So did most of the English department, more than the year before. 

That's of course a real disservice to the students of that school. Experienced teachers are essential in a school that's struggling with low student performance. Yet the climate created ensures that those very best teachers will leave and go somewhere that they're appreciated. It leaves the students most in need with the least experienced teachers - those who haven't learned their lesson about working in a failing school. 

Should the Atlanta teachers be punished? Yes. Should that punishment include years in prison? Hell no! The punishment does not fit the crime. I guarantee you that every one of these wanted the best for their students - but the system of intimidation and fear that's been created by our shortsighted focus on improving test scores at any cost put them up against the wall.
It's not surprising that educators would cheat in order to meet goals that are impossible to achieve.
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Hate the Most Visited thumbnails on Chrome's New Tab Page? Don't want a bothersome redirect for your homepage?

Here ya go. Just found this - wish I'd known it existed sooner. There are no screenshots, but it works fine for me as of today. 
Hide the "most visited" section from the new New Tab Page. Note that this does not work on the local fallback.
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My #Fiat500  purchase earned me a free case of #JonesSoda   . Yay. Thanks +FIAT USA and +Jones Soda .

My 500 Sport looks just like the one on the Cherry bottle. 
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How funny!
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Web Developers:

"Clear Your Cookies" is NOT an acceptable response to bugs with your website. Clearing cookies is neither easy for many users, nor is it acceptable to demand. Many websites store configuration, login, etc in cookies. All of this is erased if a user clears cookies globally. Asking them to only clear your website's cookies is technically challenging.

Better response: FIX your website so it doesn't set invalid cookies, and doesn't fail when it encounters them. 

KTHXBYE.
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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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Why I Don't Use My Chromebook

There's this phrase. It's called a "deal-killer". It means one little (or big) thing that completely kills the deal.

That's the problem with my Chromebook. There's a deal-killer.

It will not stay reliably connected to my WiFi at work. It works everywhere else just fine - but not on the Enterprise LEAP/PEAP login at work. Yes, it does connect and work - for a while. However multiple times per hour it will just drop connection and go back to "Connecting". 

It's not a configuration issue, and it's not a signal strength issue. It's not an issue that needs to be "fixed" by the IT department downtown (who wouldn't lift a finger anyway). ALL other devices I use work fine. Windows 8 laptop, 5 Windows 7 laptops, 3 Android tablets, 2 android phones, iPod Touch AND iPad Mini. Including hundreds of other users onsite who have no problem. The problem is the Chromebook itself and its buggy wifi implementation.

Tons of threads exist on the problem - and Google's response is always the same - must be a problem on your end.

So it's a deal-killer. The Chromebook collects dust. I can't trust that Google has any intention of ever fixing these problems so it will probably be a long time before I buy another one.
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Alvin got me one at the same time he got his. I don't have the connection problem mentioned, I only use it at home, but it does have a few other annoying issues. Its ok for my casual browsing, but I'd hate to try to use it for anything serious. 
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Some Days You're the Bug

So...... .... caught on my #dashcam  today.  Have to view it high res and/or zoom. Check "dead" center in the view. 

All of those black specks are some kind of bug I drove through a swarm of suddenly. Sounded like raindrops hitting the car. No idea what they were, but they were big. Several other frames caught "large bodies" but none with as clear a shape as this one. This is one of those moments when I wish I had the camera set to 60fps. 
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Just another reminder - the 4th Ammendment of the US Constitution does not apply to the 2/3rds of the US population who live within 100 miles of any "border zone", Canada, Mexico or any coastline. 

I have personally, several years ago, had my car stopped and illegally searched without any probable cause at one of these "border checkpoints" while I was well within the United States. At the time nobody seemed to believe that this is done even when you are not crossing a border. Just because of where you are inside the United States.
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All cleaned up and nowhere to go.
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It goes well. Second rock chip already and this one is a doozy.
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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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Terrible. Service is extremely slow. Employees are lethargic and rude. Food is delivered with no thought to appearance, just slopped on the plate. Stingy with ingredients. Second time I've been here and it was the same both times. Next time I'll make a run for the border.
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Dirty, staff is rude, and constantly out of things. They don't tell you they're out of something until you receive your order and notice it missing. Pickles? Sauce? They laugh if you complain when these are out. Several times they've even been out of fountain drinks and expect you'll be happy with tea. Telling a customer that they're out of something before taking the order doesn't cross their minds. I only kept trying this place because I love Arby's and there isn't another one nearby. Not anymore. This place should be shut down.
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Whoever is using this number as a spammer... is a spam caller... and is in violation of the Federal Do Not Call list.
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