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Odd question, for those who still use Firefox for whatever reason (in my case - it's semi-supported by IT at work, but Chrome is a major hassle to install/use on work machines for various reasons):

Have you noticed a change in URL bar autocomplete sometime in the last few months?

Now, on a regular and repeatable basis, as soon as I type http://www.a - Firefox autocompletes to "adafruit" and then puts an "m" after the "a".

So instead of getting http://www.amazon.com/ - it somehow winds up being http://www.adafruitm (strangely, after the m, it seems to stop accepting input...)

It's a royal PITA to get to Amazon from Firefox now...
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I've seen it recently too, but via IP instead (testing connectivity to the hosts). It would "correct" an .xy IP to a previously visited .xyz host. Confused the hell out of me until I spotted it :/
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So, over the past few months, I've been slowly acquiring a taste for coffee.  Typically I go for cold brew, but recently my place of employment replaced their coffee vending machines with Keurig brewers.  (Actually, it's still in process - there's a K-cup vending machine on one floor, but the actual Keurig brewer is downstairs at the other end of the building...)

People are allowed to bring their own K-cups - so what about reusable K-cups?

In addition to the whole Keurig DRM fiasco, it turns out Keurig has "commercial" machines.  These had physical changes designed to prevent the "My K-Cup" from working, and broke many other reusable cup designs, independent of Keurig 2.0 DRM (in fact, all commercial models appear to be older 1.0 designs that allow generic K-cup clones that do not have DRM hacks).

However, some reusable cups DO work.  I was in Target and checked the site for the eco-Fill Deluxe 2.0 - the compatibility chart at http://www.perfectpod.com/pages/compatibility-chart has many of the commercial models checked, with the K3000SE units at work being "TBD".

Well, it turns out - they work with caveats.  The K3000SE has an automatic K-cup ejector that dumps used cups into a disposal bin.  So I've figured out the workflow for using this pod in a K3000SE:

Lift machine handle to eject any cup that may be in the unit (it appears that lifting the handle is what ejects the cup)
Pull the thing that says "pull to empty bin" - front of unit will swing open, revealing the bin
Dump contents of bin into trash
Reinsert empty bin, close brewer
Insert prepared eco-Fill as described in the eco-Fill instructions (hinge to right or left)
Close handle
Choose your brew size
Watch coffee come out
Lift handle to eject your reusable cup into the bin
Follow directions above to retrieve cup from bin

That automatic cup ejector is a freaking PITA...  But I have emerged victorious!
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I used to use a keurig religiously, it was so convenient and easy to use -- and then I started taking college classes. I quickly got rid of the Keurig for 2 reasons:

- it doesn't make enough coffee
- I did some research on Keurig, and if they aren't properly maintained and cleaned on a regular basis, they actually build up a significant amount of "gunk" and bacteria in the internal lines that is pretty disgusting
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So, six months after Google's rebrand of Google Wallet to Android Pay, with my initial experiences with Pay being a complete failure (0% successrate with an Xperia Z3 running stock that had NO issues whatsoever with Wallet), I gave it a second try since Google seems to have made SafetyNet less broken so that it doesn't false-positive a trip on a bone stock Xperia Z5 Premium.  A few days ago I managed to add my card to Pay on the Z5.  Sweet!

Today, I finally went to a location that had a contactless terminal (I haven't been out much the past few days...) and pulled out Pay while I was in line.  Turns out it wants to verify my phone by sending a code via text message.  Not a big deal, plenty of legitimate reasons to want to do that once, so I have it send the text message.  Text message comes in with the code, and I put it in - with 2-3 people still ahead of me in line.

"This code has expired" followed by "You can no longer use a code to verify your card".

WHAT THE HELL?  YOU EXPIRED A CODE THAT WAS SENT LESS THAN A MINUTE AGO?

No, Google, I'm not wasting time with my card issuer on this - not when the last time I tried Pay it was a 100% failure rate, and this time, you determined that my verification code was outdated/expired LESS THAN A MINUTE AFTER YOU SENT IT.  Seriously, WTF?

Back to plain-jane old-reliable plastic.  It works, and if you have a loyalty card, at most merchants it's simply easier.  (Price Chopper is pretty much the only retailer I've been to where the workflow for a scanned-from-phone loyalty card does not interfere with contactless payment later in the flow.  Contrast to Wegmans, where scanning your barcode instead of mag-swiping a Shoppers Club card will result in the contactless payment reader being disabled.)
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Back to the Australia situation again - it seems most banks have implemented their own NFC payment - whereas Android Pay isn't even available in this country.

Interesting :)
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Yeah, so my friends and I did this tonight.

Yes, it's a cheese and in some ways it's game-breaking since the difficulty scaling stops at 4 - but having 8 people in a mission is SO much fun.

Although some missions remain challenging because there's just not enough cover for everyone...
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Gonna have to check this out, esp. considering how much resources I've been reserving for kdenlive lately.
 
Might finally have a reason to use Spotify. This.is.awesome. Low resource, works with my playlists/ALSA/Pulse friendly and has a search feature. All I needed to do was download the executable, run from tilda - profit.
sconsify - A spotify console application
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Pretty much just handbrake for quick rescales...  But I wanted to step up a bit now that I have a 4k camera that does S-Log3.
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Yet again - Sony leads the way in terms of developer-friendliness and having official firmwares that are Just Plain Awesome.
 
Today, we’re excited to announce that Sony will join the N Developer Preview family of supported devices with the Xperia™ Z3.

The Xperia™ Z3 joins Nexus 5X, 6, 6P, Nexus Player, the Pixel C tablet and General Mobile 4G (Android One) in giving you an early look at the next version of Android. Sony has been working closely with us to bring you the N Developer Preview on Xperia™ for early testing and development.

To get started, you can download the latest N Developer Preview from Sony (currently Developer Preview 2, available at the link below) and manually flash it to your device. You’ll then receive future Developer Preview updates over-the-air, direct from Sony.

We’re continuing to work toward giving you more options for early testing and development on N Developer Preview. Stay tuned!

https://goo.gl/eYlwtk

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This is a great news for the Z3 line. However..the Z5 line it's pretty abandoned and has broken adaptive brightness (gamma issues under high ambient light) since the release date. 2 bug reports submitted to Sony and still waiting for a fix. 
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Dear +Forever 21 :
  Please fix your broken ordering system that does not verify email addresses using a confirmation email.

  I am getting tired of spam from you due to someone else typoing their email address in orders, and your customer service people saying they can't do anything about it.  It's clear you did nothing to fix this issue last time I raised it with your people, since I'm STILL getting spam and STILL getting someone else's order status.

In fact, because you never bothered to verify the email when creating the account by sending a confirmation, I am able to:
Reset the password on someone else's account because MY email address is associated with the account
View someone else's order status because MY email address (and not theirs) is associated with the account
View someone else's partial credit card information
(most likely) Place orders on your website with someone else's credit card - I have not tried this, but their card is on file under an account that has password resets going to MY email address and not theirs

Also, an account management system that does not allow someone to change their newsletter preferences (such as "stop spamming me!") without changing their password (but allows them to change their password to the current password without complaining) is REALLY damn broken.

TL;DR - I have access to someone's +Forever 21 account because +Forever 21 does not bother to send confirmation emails to an email address when accounts are created in order to verify that the address is correct.
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What the heck is with people posting April Fool's crap 2 days in advance?

Dude, just like Black Friday getting its schedule pulled to the left into Thanksgiving - JUST SAY NO.
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It's April 1st morning here :-)
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"But it illustrates a key lesson for open source. So much of the project is not just code, it's governance and culture and how to make smart decisions under pressure in a way that respects the people involved. Node failed to do that, the guy pulled his code, they learned a harsh lesson. Let's see what the post-mortem letter is like to see if they really learned what they needed to."
But it illustrates a key lesson for open source. So much of the project is not just code, it's governance and culture and how to make smart decisions under pressure in a way that respects the people involved. Node failed to do that, the guy pulled his code, they learned a harsh lesson. Let's see wha...
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So after seeing this I had to go check our CI servers. Luckily all but one were pointed to an internal Sinopia caching server such that I am not running into the issue. My first gut reaction to the whole thing was, "damn corp turds!" I suppose that's how a lot of people will end up reacting. The company posted a response with the correspondence in it. https://medium.com/@mproberts/a-discussion-about-the-breaking-of-the-internet-3d4d2a83aa4d#.snt3qmwbc I understand the dev being frustsrated but in the end he just went about being an ass about the whole thing.
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Thanks to +Michael Bestas for this one.
 
100% accurate. The Real Reason to Not Use SIGKILL and Yes Only Unix Users Will Understand This :) Via http://turnoff.us/geek/dont-sigkill/
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Gracefully terminating threads after SIGTERM often isn't nearly as pretty as it depicted here though. Getting a thread to clean up cooperatively and then kill itself to meet the parent at pthread_join() can be very tricky.
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