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Derek McAllister
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So true...
 
AirPods are awful. That is all.
No matter how much you love Apple gear, you’re going to have trouble loving AirPods.
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Snowden did us a lot of good when he revealed what he did when he did it. But now he's keeping his name in the news with fear mongering. The truth of the matter is that any message sent via text is not only unencrypted, but completely available to your carrier and therefore the government. Has he ever said to stop using that? Not that I recall.

And not once has he mentioned the issues surrounding you internet browsing habits. No matter how you connect to the internet - wired, wirelessly, cellular - you provider can and does store that information. They have to post government regulations! And if you think using a VPN service will protect you, think again. It may make it more difficult but somewhere down the line there has to be a call to get information from the site you want to view. That request isn't encrypted.

My bottom line point is that if you don't have anything to hide, don't worry about the government or Google or Apple or Facebook. Worry about protecting yourself from criminals, they're the ones you need protection from...
Google Allo, the new “smart” chat app launched on Wednesday, is ‘dangerous’ and should be avoided, according to whistleblower Edward Snowden.
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Good stuff here! Glad they finally did something about the emergency information, too bad the only way most will get it is with the purchase of a new phone...
Android 7.0 Nougat is rolling out to Nexus devices right now and will eventually reach devices from other hardware makers in the coming months. Whether you’ve just downloaded it or are still awaiting the update, these are the new features you’ll want take advantage of. Here are 11 things...
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The saddest thing in the world about this is that all television delivered by a cable provider is digital. That means they are zero rating themselves since they aren't counting those downloads against your cap.

You would think that the lawyers at a large company like Netflix, who is really competition to the cable company in the television viewing arena, would be working that angle...

The only thing that will ”save” us from these monopolies is for them to be deemed a necessity, such as electricity, which would mean their pricing would be regulated. I used quotes because I'm not in favor of the government being involved any more than necessary. But since cities are signing contracts that are giving these companies monopolies, it's likely the only solution.
Broadband data caps have long been the enemy of net neutrality advocates who see the blatant cash-grab disguised as “network management” as a hinderance. Now, Netflix is joining the fray—for obvious reasons—as it stands the most to lose if Americans increasingly find themselves lashed to restrictive data caps.
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Looks like I've got some work to do...
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In a world where data is everything, Verizon continues to prove that they don't care about anything other than increasing their bottom line...
Verizon slams the door at the idea of offering unlimited data plans to customers. A top company executive says that customers do not need unlimited data on their mobile devices.
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You've got to be kidding me! This is as bad as when Microsoft filed for a trademark on the word windows. Hopefully, the patent office will deny this one or we'll all be paying for using the term 'bag'...
 
This is NOT an Onion story. I repeat, it is NOT an Onion story.
And people wonder why I hate the U.S. patent system.
With a design legacy that includes the Mac, iPhone and iPad, Apple has filed a patent for its paper bag. But as it explains, this is no ordinary shopping bag.
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And this is why I won't do business with Apple
#AssHats
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Seems to me that they're s couple of years late with this but at least they finally did it...
 
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I've wondered when it was going to die off, took longer than I expected though. I figured it was about to die when Oracle bought Sun, they didn't really want OpenOffice. Just the patents that Sun owned. I'm still shocked that they've kept Java up to date. But I guess the have to our they'd have trouble trying to sue Google.

In case anyone wants an opinion, LibreOffice is a very nice suite. I just wish someone would make something that was as easy to use as Access. Not for a long term need, to get something started. Please suggest something if you have something, my preference would be cross platform with at least Windows and Linux.
Yes, OpenOffice is dying. So what? Its successor, LibreOffice, is doing better than ever.
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It'll be interesting to see if these speeds hold true to the claims...
The news follows Verizon's announcement last week that it had launched carrier aggregation, increasing speeds 50 percent.
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I'm one of the grumpy muppets in the balcony!
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I can usually find a way to complain about anything but in a fun way.

Not sure if you really want to follow me, I ain't all that interesting!  Don't be surprised if I don't follow you back...
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Landed me an awesome wife!
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  • SUNY Oswego
    Computer Science, 1995
  • John C Birdlebough High School
    1984 - 1988
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It was an alright room for the price. Would have been better if the heater in the room wasn't so loud and if breakfast was earlier than 8am.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Used to be decent BBQ, no longer worth even considering! The wife's brisket was chewy and looked like it was reheated. My pulled pork was flavored with liquid smoke. Horribly small kid's menu with only one BBQ option! Don't waste your hard earned money...
Food: Poor - FairDecor: GoodService: Poor - Fair
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Much better then going fast food for about the same price. Small menu but everything I've had is really good.
Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
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