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Brent Nordquist
Worked at 11 Below, Inc.
Attended Bethel University
Lives in Minneapolis, MN, USA
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Interesting; NASA set up seismometers on the moon, and deliberately crashed the 3rd stages onto the moon's surface to measure the impacts. I love Swigert's comment: "Well, at least something worked on this flight."
Even though Apollo 13 never landed on the moon, the upper stage of it's Saturn V rocket did.
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Good one, Redbox. #Petbox
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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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Useful little tool!
Calculate aspect ratio, DPI/PPI, and minimum Retina viewing distance.
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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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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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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'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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Do you need a container-specific Linux distribution? | ITworld
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It's not enough to use containers, vendors argue that you need a specialized Linux distribution to back it

A tale of two qubits: how quantum computers work
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Just how do quantum computers work? It turns out that most of the magic of …

Google, Red Hat, and VMware announce CoreOS container support | ZDNet
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Summary:Docker faces challenge as CoreOS's open container format gains allies

Obama trade bill in trouble
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The House is currently dozens of votes short of being able to pass legislation that would allow President Barack Obama to send trade deals t

The Gadgets and Gear We Couldn’t Get Enough of This Month
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Founder David Byttow says anonymity is "a double-edged sword," so he's shutting his anonymous app down.

Google introduces Project Fi, a new way to keep you connected | Android ...
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Google has announced Project Fi, a new program that aims to keep you connected, no matter what network you're on. Beginning as an early acce

Norway Will Be the First Country to Turn Off FM Radio in 2017
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Norway’s Minister of Culture announced this week that a national FM-radio switch off will commence in 2017, allowing the country to complete

This machine catches stingrays: Pwnie Express demos cellular threat dete...
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An exclusive first look at Pwnie's new tool for catching cellular network attacks.

By 2017, Norway wants to be the first country to ditch FM radio entirely
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Unlike digital radio listeners elsewhere (US included), 50 percent-plus already use DAB.

Kwikset Kevo — an almost awesome smart lock | Android Central
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It's not what you'd call a complete thought, but Kwikset's Kevo smart lock introduces some unique ideas into the smart lock ecosystem. The f

Millions of WordPress sites at risk of hijack after zero-day released | ...
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Summary:WordPress issued a security update shortly after the news broke over the weekend.

Oregon changes tax rules to lure Google Fiber
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Google criticized Oregon's first attempt, but state met the company's demands.

Solar powered Blue Cell provides cellular backhaul without wires
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Expands cellular service with no power, network cabling required.

AMD abandons the microserver market, takes $75 million hit
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The SeaMicro dense server business is defunct, effectively immediately.

SpaceX releases deck camera footage of Falcon 9 almost-landing
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Precision touch-down is still a tremendous achievement—but it needs more touch.

Bell Labs shows off 10 Gigabit DSL
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Two sets of plain copper wires can do remarkable things.

45 years after Apollo 13: Ars looks at what went wrong and why
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You’ve probably seen the film—but the reality is a lot more complicated.

​Fedora 22 goes beta | ZDNet
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Summary:The next version, or should we say three versions, of Red Hat's community Linux, Fedora, are now in beta.

New York Times columnist falls prey to signal repeater car burglary
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The mystery device may amplify the distance at which a car can talk to its remote.

SpaceX releases film of Falcon’s crash landing
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Rocket makes it to barge, tips over, explodes.

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 - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 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 - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 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 - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 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 - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 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