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Thunder God (Thor)
Gamer, Computer Geek, Programmer, Gadget Nut, Dog Lover
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I read what they said this is....but just from the picture, it looks like someone shining a bright light on some vertical blinds with an increasing smaller hole in them :P cannot unsee!
A massive Mars dust storm is turning day-to-night, causing the solar-powered Mars Opportunity rover to have likely entered a low-power mode where all subsystems are off, except a mission clock that can wake the computer to check power levels. Info:
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Screw you Thursday.

Had to drive to one of the other locations of my company for training today. On the way home, heading down 290...I accelerated hard, and suddenly, something in my exhaust let go....I was now MUCH louder. Turns out my exhaust didn't like going through my Muffler anymore...and took a shortcut. My truck is now in the shop getting that fixed.

After a couple hours arranging that, I drove home in a rental car. Upon entering my apartment, it felt a tad warmer than I'm used to at home. It was 83F in my living room....I normally keep it at 70-74F. Yup....90 degree temps coming this weekend and my AC just died.

Screw you Thursday.
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If the browser tab I have your site on crashes because of all the frickin ads you have playing and repeatedly loading over and over, perhaps you should rethink your ad strategy. This is NOT user friendly and I most likely will not return to your site when I see this.

And no I don't use adblock extensions or utilities. I respect site owners who rely on ads to keep their sites free. One such site, who has respect for their visitors is +Techaeris one of the best technology sites on the net.
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Uber self-driving car hits and kills a person.

This a repost from a post about that story....because I loved my response so much:

It was bound to happen sooner or later. I don't see self-driving cars becoming widespread for a while. It is realistic to expect incidents like this until they get it right...and even then, they will still happen because shit still happens....and no amount of programming or machine learning can prevent every incident. You balk at self-driving cars now, but when they figure them out and they are actually commonplace and widespread, the deaths due to cars will bottom out. Right now there's no focus on people who get hit by cars and all the incidents that happen because humans are behind the wheel....yet we focus on the emerging technology that has just hit and killed a human.

I would prefer a world where I can bike safely on the streets of Chicago....instead of the world now where I take my life into my hands because of the idiots on the road (not saying some bikers don't ride insanely, they do, I do not). I speak from experience: 2 major incidents where the person in the car was at fault and they got away with no charges (technicalities) or just ran off without worrying about the biker they just hit with their door (officially a hit and run with Chicago Police). Several other incidents that were minor where I got no injuries but I can't say the same for my bike.

Please bring on the self-driving cars....gets humans out of the seat behind the wheel.

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Cars are not the problem...the human element is in remove the human element and you will see car deaths almost eliminated. Humans are flawed and we make mistakes. We have egos. We get full of ourselves. We think we own the road.

A self-driving car isn't like that. It's first priority is the safety of those people in and around the car. Everything else takes a back seat. They still have to work on's not quite there yet...and thus the reason the car had a human in the driver seat in the incident that occurred. Don't know why they didn't intervene...but shit happens. This doesn't mean we should stop working on self-driving just means we should keep working on it. A driver-less world (or one where the number of drivers on the road are DRAMATICALLY reduced) will be much better than the world we have now.

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fix for losing muting tabs in Chrome (now defaults to muting sites not tabs). note: to mute a tab now you click the volume icon when a site is playing audio. you still have the mute site option in the right click menu if you want to use that too....this is how it should be by default:

+Google Chrome Please enable both mute sites and mute tabs in this way BY DEFAULT. I shouldn't have to rely on this experimental feature and opt into a feature I used to use heavily....finalize it and make it default.

Specifically....I use it HEAVILY on Twitch with multiple monitors. They are now turning off your viewer status if you mute the video....but it doesn't apply when you mute the tab. But most of the time I want to watch multiple streamers of and on with my main computer. Mute Site killed my ability to temporarily mute streamers when I'm paying attention to someone I have to use this option. Give us options don't take them away.
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It's a minor point to mention how the people commenting on the SpaceX stream didn't know that the people behind the scenes had duplicated the feed of one of the boosters as they landed on the screen (probably were having issues with one feed). It was obvious as soon as you saw the same booster on both screens starting it's descent burn as it approached Cape Canaveral. It was even more obvious when you could see the very different looking landing zone of the other booster whose camera feed wasn't being used appear in the shot of the one they were using on both feeds.

The money shot though was the external shot of them landing them both within seconds of each other.

They may have lost the center core (probably going to find out that shortly at the press conference), but they landed two boosters in spectacular fashion and got their payload to orbit (and soon beyond) to provide spectacular views of Earth.

edit: They have since uploaded a corrected version of the video which includes footage (somewhat blurry footage, which is probably why they opted not to show it live) of both boosters landing.
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Nice to know the 7:40pm Milwaukee West train that was CANCELLED due to mechanical failure....won't be counted in the metra on time reports for September. I was just waiting around Union Station because I like looking at granite....yeah...that's it.

Oh...and the 8:40 train I boarded? It was late to the station too....and left 16 minutes after the scheduled departure time.

Stellar job tonight Metra.
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So since I got my Moto Z2 Force, I've dove into the world of Moto Mods. I have 3 so far.

The first, most essential one I had to get was the Moto Style Shell with Wireless charging. It does exactly as it sounds, adds Qi Wireless charging to a phone that doesn't come with it stock. It has a nice on screen display when it detects it is on a charger that displays the current battery percentage temporarily. This was essential to me as I have gotten used to having wireless charging with my former phone, the Nexus 6. This fills the need perfectly. Very happy with it.

The second, was the Gamepad. I'm a gamer so I figured why not. Well in my experience the app support for it is rather limited to the titles Motorola has listed in it's app for it. I attempted to use it in more popular EA apps, but there was no support for it at all. Maybe it'll be added in the future....but for right now you're stuck with less popular apps that do have support, but are not the names you know. This gives me pause because I don't know them. I haven't established trust with them. And I have problems loading apps from companies I don't have trust in.

Aside from app compatibility, using the gamepad is a tad difficult for a person with normal sized hands. It'll probably be perfect for a kid....but I can't tell you that from personal experience. It has it's own battery, so you won't drain your phone battery at first. and you can charge both the gamepad battery and phone battery through the charging port on the gamepad.

The third, arrived today, the free Projector mod that I got with the purchase of the phone (which I had to submit my info twice to get, because the first time the third party fulfillment agency told me my product didn't qualify...Moto took care of it though). It surprised me a works well. It is somewhat bright...not insanely so, but enough to be able to read text from the phone screen. The projector auto-adjusts the keystone framing depending on the angle you hold the phone using it's gyro. It has it's own battery as well, and can also charge the phone through the charging point. It comes with a nice little carrying case as well. Overall, if you have the need for a projector you can carry with you anywhere, it's a good option.

So far I'm liking the moto mods system.
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First Impressions of the Gamepad Moto Mod for my Moto Z2 Force:
This will be perfect if you have children. Their little hands will hold the controls quite well. My hands, not so much.
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