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Derek Ross
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My wife's book is now available on Amazon:

In 1992, nine-year-old Katie Beers was kidnapped by a family friend and locked in an underground box for 17 days. Katie has now come forward to tell the story that created a national media storm as reporters uncovered the truth about her pre-kidnapping life of neglect and sexual abuse and the details of her rescue. She shares how this experience and the recent death of her kidnapper, John Esposito, has affected her life. Despite the horrible reality of Katie's days of being chained in darkness, the kidnapping was, in fact, the climactic end of a tragic childhood and the beginning of a new life.

Katie has been traveling around the country the past two years keynote speaking at various child advocacy and victim events, motivational and inspirational speaking venues, and of course various media outlets.

My wife's book, Buried Memories, is a NYT Bestseller. This is the new and updated version that includes new chapters such as life after Buried Memories.

For those that do not know, part of the reason for the new book is sadly because the original book publisher completely screwed her and I over, stealing thousands of dollars from us (essentially victimizing a victim, awesome huh?). The book has been released with a reputable publisher and we couldn't be happier with the change.

Thank you so much for the share and the kind words +Virginia Poltrack. Katie and I appreciate it :)
So I really struggled with how to word this post. Let me start by linking to this book-

I met +Katie Beers​​ before I knew about this book, about her story. I liked her immediately, and in fact, just thought she was a GREAT person. The kind of friend that when you meet them for the first time, you walk away thinking to yourself, "I really adore that person, I'm so happy to have met them!"

Then I learned a bit about this story, and ordered the book. And I was floored. To say she is an amazing person and survivor is an understatement. Basically, I was completely blown away and have a new found respect for someone I already held in really high regard. Katie, thank you for sharing this. You're amazing, and deserve every happiness. I'm really proud to call you a friend 💗

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Penn State Old Main.

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It looks like Google has learned all that can with @projecttango. Welcome ARCore. No major specific hardware needed.

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Hahahaha. Justice is swift and sweet.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi you say? Oh hello new lockscreen and homescreen wallpapers!

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Two years time is like 20 years or more in Internet time. Rolling back to 2015 is not just a simple change. A lot has happened in just a short amount of time. Here's a great post explaining, via +Philip Setnik​.
Can we quit it with the FCC's "rollback to 2015" line?

The idea that today's vote puts us back to the regulatory regime in place in 2015 may be technically correct, but it's deeply misleading, and I've seen enough folks on the pro-net-neutrality side accept this unquestioned that I think the practical effect is getting missed.

The 2015 scheme superseded earlier 2010 regulations that sunset as a result of the 2015 rules. The vote today undid the 2015 rules, but did not bring back the 2010 rules. So it would be much more honest to say that today's vote rolled the US internet regulatory regime back to 2010, not to 2015.

One can make a reasonable argument that the 2015 internet did not look much different from today's, and so regulating the internet in 2017 like it was in 2015 shouldn't make much difference. But it's much harder to say the same about the 2017 internet compared to 2010's.

We see progress incrementally, so it can be hard to remember what the internet looked like in 2010. Let me give you a little refresher.

High-bandwidth services were much less common. Market saturation was much lower. There was still a competitive market for last-mile connections, because telcos had to allow other ISP's to offer service to their customers. Phone-based DSL at speeds topping out around 2 Mbps was competitive with cable and other "broadband" technologies, even in most large cities in the US.

The fraction of users who primarily accessed the internet via mobile device was miniscule, and the proportion of mobile-phone customers with high-speed mobile data packages was around 15%. And on those mobile devices, the day when a large proportion of traffic would be handled by apps not blessed by the telcos, handset manufacturers, and OS providers was still a ways off; several of the phone app stores allowed carriers to whitelist apps they'd allow on their networks; any apps they didn't specifically allow were invisible.

And let's recall that under 2010 rules, AT&T blocked FaceTime. Phone-based hotspots were blocked by almost all the telcos, because they didn't want competition with the dedicated hotspot devices they sold or leased that allowed them to charge for a second phone line.

Phones were still routinely carrier-locked, and could not be unlocked without the carrier's permission, which was frequently withheld. For much of the period 2010–2015, you could not legally unlock a phone you'd purchased as part of a carrier contract.

Running a server, of any type, regardless of your rights to its content, its purpose or its protocol, was with many ISP's a TOS violation that could result in your permanent disconnection. ISP's frequently issued takedown notices directly to customers who used BitTorrent, even when their use was purely for legal file-sharing.

YouTube clips were limited to 15 minutes, and for most users, 360p was the maximum quality they could upload. Most video online was delivered via Shockwave Flash. CDN's (content delivery networks) didn't yet support live video streaming; many didn't support video at all, or did so as part of a parallel but separate network.

Amazon Web Services was still, for the most part, a suite of systems that large, established players went to for "surge" compute cycles and for bulk storage of published documents via S3.

A majority of Twitter users' primary interface for tweeting was still SMS (mobile phone text) messaging.

Internet Explorer was the most popular browser by far—though to be fair, it remained the most-used browser until 2016. But it was followed by Firefox,
then Safari and Opera, and then Chrome. (If you include mobile browsers, Chrome was even further down the list.)

Myspace was still ahead of Facebook in impressions and total user base.

Subversion and Bazaar both were more popular than Git among code-hosting platforms.

Most HTML pages served were not natively Unicode (UTF-8), but were still served in different localized encodings depending on the site's language.

With a very few exceptions, networking gear capable of throttling or prioritizing based on QoS (quality-of-service) demands were impractical for wide deployment because the overhead to implement QoS was so great, it was generally more cost-effective to just run a network without QoS.

Long story short: The internet was a very different place in 2010. There's little reason to believe that the rules that worked then would have similar outcomes applied today.

p.s. Oh, and in 2010, we still capitalized "Internet."

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Net Neutrality has been repealed.

The repeal removes the Title II designation, preventing the FCC from putting tough net neutrality rules in place even if it wanted to. And, it turns out, the Republicans now in charge of the FCC really don’t want to. The new rules largely don’t prevent internet providers from doing anything. They can block, throttle, and prioritize content if they wish to. The only real rule is that they have to publicly state that they’re going to do it.

I wonder which ISP (probably Comcast) will screw over customers first? It's okay though. As long as they publicly state they're doing it. It's now perfectly fine.

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Chromecasts will return to Amazon!

It sounds like Amazon has finally gotten their shit together and will once again allow the sale of Chromecasts. I wonder if they'll also allow Google Home devices? Either way, this is good news. Hopefully we also see YouTube return to Amazon devices and we also see Chromecast support pop up in Amazon Prime Video.

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This is the most cringeworthy video I've ever seen.

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