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Brent Nordquist
Worked at 11 Below, Inc.
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Awesome.
Someone took a candid photo of a fight in Ukranian Parliament that is as well-composed as the best renaissance art
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Reminds me of Renoir's prodigal son!
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...at least, that's what this Kindle ad conveyed to me. #doge
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Listening to the news it occurred to me: Adjectives have precedence (in the math/CS sense). We say "the smart young woman" not "the young smart woman;" we say "the young Pakistani woman" not "the Pakistani young woman." So some adjectives "bind more tightly" to their nouns than others (have higher precedence). And yet you won't find precedence values or rules listed in the dictionary; it's apparently a language convention we learn by osmosis?
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Excellent; thanks for the link Ed! I knew someone had to be studying this. :-)
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Great article; skill isn't something you "have or don't have," it's something you should work to continuously improve.
A focus on incremental gains has led to big advances, from sports to manufacturing. Credit Illustration by Nishant Choksi
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I had this issue... took me two visits to the Apple Store, about a week each time without my MBP while it was at the service center, to get it resolved. (At least it was all covered by the service plan, but the time & trouble were irksome.)
Lawyers say laptops suffered from faulty soldering connecting AMD GPU to logic board.
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interestingly my 2011 iMac is now back at local Apple Store for the 3rd time in a month for issues that they cannot seem to fix!
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Interesting stuff. I feel better about "behavioral biometrics" than fingerprints and retinas.

But: If intruders can break in and capture usernames and passwords, they can capture the biometric data too. What prevents just replaying the captured data? (...the same problem for any biometric solution with insecure hardware at the client end.)
The number of high-profile data breaches last year was nothing short of historic – and shocking. Big-name retailers in particular were caught with their cyber security pants down. While it is their job to protect sensitive customer data, no IT team can prepare for all the attacks that come their way, either in terms of…
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Biometrics is a password you can't change - a terrible idea.
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Fantastic book; an amazing demonstration that a technically-accurate science-based novel can keep you on the edge of your seat in suspense. (Like Weir, I grew up on Heinlein Asimov Clarke et al, and am a space program enthusiast.) This book captures the brave and pioneering spirit of the manned space program, and the "Apollo 13"-style dedication of all hands pulling together to accomplish the seemingly impossible. The hero/protagonist Mark Watney is a very human (and relatable) combination of competence, ingenuity, and fallibility.
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. <br><br>Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.<br><br>After a dust storm ne...
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Useful little tool!
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"We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression" says Sony Pictures — actually no, that's not what you did, or who you stood by.
Carmike Cinemas, with 278 theaters across 41 states, was first to pull film on Tuesday.
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Wow; look at this plane's angle to the runway.
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That is pretty amazing. There are some good "crosswind landing" videos on youtube if you want to see it in action.
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"I never met Tom or Ray, and never even phoned their call-in show to be advised, harangued and entertained. It was enough just to listen each week -- so much so that, though I didn't know Tom personally, I feel like I did, and I feel a genuine loss at the news of his death from complications from Alzheimer's. And I'm guessing, if you're taking the time to read this, you feel exactly the same." Yep!
The death of Tom Magliozzi of the "Car Talk" radio show silences one of the warmest, loudest, most delightful laughs of all, David Bianculli says.
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  • 11 Below, Inc.
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I've spent most of my career doing and managing software development, though my last job was doing and managing systems administration. Specialties: Unix, Linux, SaaS, scalable web-based applications, Ruby on Rails, Perl, Java, MySQL, hardware/OS architecture and security
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My wonderful wife and I have been married for over 25 years; we love our four children who are now in the teen to adult ages.
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    B. S. Computer Science
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Will remove a boulder from an asteroid, test planetary defense tech.

Islamic State doxes US soldiers, airmen, calls on supporters to kill them
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Despite hacking claims, data likely pulled from public sources.

Apple doesn't want to talk about the real use for the Apple Watch
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Yesterday Tim Cook showed off all the things you can do with an Apple Watch. You can transmit your heartbeat and open your garage door; you

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For most of us, the sight of blue lights and yellow lines outside an airplane's window is the cue to turn our phones back on. For pilots, it

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The Windows 10 free upgrade for pirates: More confusing than it seems
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If you're a pirate, your license remains "non-genuine"—what does that even mean?

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Google Play apps and updates are now subject to a review process
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Company has also started handing out kid- and parent-friendly age ratings for apps.

HTTPS-crippling FREAK attacks become cheaper and easier to carry out
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Improved exploits using cheap PC come as 10 percent of servers remain vulnerable.

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I recently learned that a queen-sized bed doesn't fit in a mini-van. With less than an hour until closing time, I called this U-Haul and was able to reserve a cargo van. They had it all ready for me when I arrived; Bryn was very helpful in getting the paperwork done quickly and explaining everything. It was a fairly new van and very clean. I'd rent from them again.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
I had been going to this location for a long time, but now they have new staff; the really sharp assistant manager I used to see on Saturdays apparently is gone. I gave them 6 months with several vehicles, but I'm not going back. They've gotten really slow.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
We just stayed here again in April 2012 for the second time, and had another good experience. Can't agree with the other reviews about the staff; we found them to be friendly. Very clean room in great condition, and a quiet restful stay. The breakfast room has a lot of good choices and there's a helpful staff person there to help. We have enjoyed our stays here and can recommend it.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
We enjoyed our stay here very much. Heidi, the owner, was very friendly and welcoming. This house is beautiful and immaculately maintained; the decor all relates to the history of the town and the American West. Our room was clean and comfortable, with a nice blend of historical furnishings and modern conveniences. The private bathroom was spotless. We had a very restful, quiet evening. The breakfast in the morning was very good. They have WiFi if you need it.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Brandon (salesman) and Scott (manager) were great. They were easy to talk to and very clear communicators -- we didn't waste any time playing "sales games" which is the part of car buying I really dislike. I had looked at a lot of cars at a lot of dealers, enough to know that the 2003 Saturn L300 I was considering from Midwest was fairly priced for this market. I had it inspected by my mechanic, and then we were able to come to a very fair deal for this car.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
If you just need a place to sleep, it will do, but we would not stay here again. The lobby is cute but the whole place has a worn-out, run-down feel; it's not so much "historic" as "been there a long time". The room had no air conditioning, and with a mini-fridge in the room, I would never stay here in the summer; it was a bit stuffy even in April. The room was at least very clean, with a hardwood floor and freshly painted walls. They went smoke-free in 2009 and they are clearly trying, but the hallway still reeks of smoke. The shower had a thin "water-saver" spigot and was mounted low, both pet peeves of mine. The bed was comfortable and it was a quiet and restful night. The WiFi did not work. We tried three different devices, but the staff pretty much said nobody else had complained and it must be something with all our devices. There wasn't any attempt to apologize or even sympathize. The 32" TV was mounted across the long dimension of the room from the beds; it would have been far away and tiny if we'd had any time to watch.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I've been taking my cars to Mike Martin's shop for years now. He's very friendly and efficient. I trust him because he and his folks are thorough in inspecting and identifying issues, but they don't push a lot of useless services like some places do. There's nothing better than a manager who's comfortable saying "I'm not going to sell you something you don't need." Mike is great because he knows a lot about cars and car service and can really explain things well; he'll tell you what they found, what he recommends, what can be postponed or ignored, what the trade-offs are if something is done or not done, etc. but he never pressures me and lets me decide what to do, even if I decide "nothing today". Today was my first time at the Maplewood Excel shop, and the mechanic I had was great; did a test drive and inspected my brakes, took me back to show me what he found and answered my questions, and got the work done within the promised time. Their prices are very competitive and they run specials. I'd recommend this shop to anyone.
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago