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Thank you VERY much for this video guys ... great info, well presented.  I've ALWAYS known one of my main issues is lack of regular schedule, but you guys gave me a lot of other things to think about as well.
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SPOILER ALERT.  If you haven't seen the new Doctor Who stop reading now if you don't want spoilers.

As a first comment, I largely enjoyed the special, and loved that we not only finally got some details (and some awesome visuals) from the time war, but that Bad Wolf was finally explained as well.

But there's an aspect that I haven'r seen addressed yet that i want to discuss.  The show sets up a complete new reboot of the new series.  First off, the regeneration into the new Capaldi doctor started from John Hurt rather than from Matt Smith.  Further, at one point the Bad Wolf says of the Tennant and Smith doctors 'they don't know their future isn't written yet.'  Finally, the decision at the end basically means the Doctor never killed all the time lords and daleks, which is really the defining moment in the character of the most recent three doctors, from Eccleston on.

So, what does that REALLY mean?  Well, I think it means the last three doctors never existed, and the new Capaldi will be a rebooted 10th doctor instead of a true 13th.  The last three doctors are a 'time loop' that never actually happened, and Hurt never regenerates into Eccleston's doctor and instead goes straight to Capaldi.

Comments from other Whovians?  +Jay WhoJedi Newnum  #doctorwho50thanniversary   #doctorwho  
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For me, it looked like Eccleston was the immediate successor to Hurt's Doc...hence the comment about his ears being so prominent.   Anyone else get a little choked up from Baker's cameo? =)
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This is a fascinating discussion on new shield laws being proposed in the US, and how they might affect journalists and sources.  However, there is one section that is merely glossed over that makes NO sense.  First, they discuss how "journalist" will be defined in the new law ... "First, you can work for an organization that collects and distributes news or information to the public, and be in the act of doing that during the case in question. Second, if you freelance for a news or information organization, or have worked for one in the past, or are a journalism student. Or third, if a federal judge says, in the interest of justice, you should be covered."

But then, less than 2 paragraphs later they add "What the law does not cover are organizations, like WikiLeaks, that publish raw government secrets directly to the Web."  Now, by what twisted version of English can anyone argue that publishing  "raw government secrets directly to the Web" is not an example of "an organization that collects and distributes news or information to the public"?  Are government documents not "information?"  Are web users not "the public?"  Is publishing to the web not "dissemination?"
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The other problem I find with these definitions apart from the Wikileaks question is that it essentially disallows independent journalism.  In essence, I have to either have the approval of "an organization that collects and distributes news or information to the public" either currently or in the past, or the approval of a judge in order to be a "journalist."  The problem here is that the net allows for anyone to pick up a smartphone and start covering events, interviewing people, and generally collecting and distributing "news or information to the public" and those people, it appears, will be specifically exempt from any protection under the new shield laws, unless deemed "acceptable" by a judge at the time.  What that means in practice is that while I am in the act of news gathering I have no assurance that my activity is protected because only AFTER I am done and an "issue" arises with my reporting and I am forced by a court to reveal my source, that a judge may determine whether I am eligible for any sort of protection for my source.

That effectively silences ANY independent journalism or single-person operations, or at least forces them to operate under threat of legal action for things that a reporter for the NYT would be shielded from.
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Thus is very cool ... I used to draw maps for AD&D adventures, but this is orders of magnitude beyond anything I ever dreamed of lol ...
 
This is dedication!
Long before Sim City, Minecraft or the MMPORG, there was Jerry Gretzinger, man using cards and spending decades to spawn his own self-contained imaginary game ...
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Because, WIN!!!!!
 
This wins the Internet. And music. And probably physics.

(h/t to +Sandy Sutherland for the original share.)
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I'm working my way through Nick's Tournament Cash Machine program right now, and I'm finding it very helpful in making me think more about what I do in terms of the specific situation and player.  I can't say there's a "magic trick" in the training that you can employ and immediately go from a losing player to a winning player, but at least as far as my personal situation is concerned, it's done a LOT to change the way I think about the game while I'm playing.

I'd recommend Nick's training to any beginner-intermediate player who is looking to take their game to the next level.  There's not much in TCM for established pros or for players who are already happy with their game and results.  But if you are like me and found yourself barely limping into the money in MTT's, or busting out with a big hand to a "Weaker" hand, then TCM will absolutely help you run deeper, cash more, and generally build bigger stacks.

#nickwealthall   #TCM   #pokertraining  
 
#PokerTips: Do you know where the weaknesses are in your game? Do you know how to correct them? Nick Wealthall offers a few tips.
Nick Wealthall is back with another video with poker tips. This time he explains why players should examine the weaknesses in their game.
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This kid will go far in life ...
 
Joey Prusak was appalled when he saw a customer at the suburban Minneapolis Dairy Queen store where he works pick up someone else's $20 bill and slip it into her purse.

So when the woman got up to the counter to order, Prusak refused to serve her unless she returned the money. Read what happens next: http://cbc.sh/IuFYNO

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Handcuffs next to the cool whip and chocolate sauce.. Better than peanut butter and jelly I guess :)
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Ahh, back in the days before floppy disks, we used ... Floppy-ROMs?  Sometimes I forget how good we have it today ... from the article, discussing the process of reading the disk for use with anything other than an ALTAIR system, such as, say, an 8080 processor system ... 

"The best method of loading the programs into your 8080 computer system, according to Lou Van Eperin and Jim Rembis of the Chicago Computer Store, is to play back the FLOPPY-ROM on a medium grade stereo system and to re-record the data onto a cassette tape. The Tarbell interface is sensitive to both tone and volume settings, so expect to have to “diddle” the settings a little, either during recording or during playback of the cassette tape. Once you find the correct settings, you should have no further trouble. If there are any errors while trying to load the programs, they will usually show up as strange line numbers beyond the last valid line in each program. Should this occur adjust your volume and/or tone settings a little and try again. Use the information contained in Table 1 to assist you in verifying the accuracy of the program loads."

Whew ... ok, that sounded insanely complex.  Wonder what the error rate of "play back the FLOPPY-ROM on a medium grade stereo system and to re-record the data onto a cassette tape" was ... that can't be the most accurate way of transcribing data lol
(Happy Computing with a General Ledger Account Program) By popular request this month's Floppy ROM™ is a business program rather than a software development program. The reception to Bud Shamburger's General Payroll Package in the June issue was overwhelming with many additional requests for his General Ledger Package to be featured on a Floppy ROM™.
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I would buy this glass ...
 

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This is a pretty amazing video ... it's a bit shocking to me how smooth the video is, and it's a nice testament to the incredible stability of the eagle aerodynamically.  I would have LOVED to see footage of the eagle actually hunting and diving for prey, though I'm guessing that would potentially cause a MASSIVE case of vertigo ...
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This is much "bigger" than the US/Brazil situation.  While arguably the US/Brazil situation involves more evidence of more wrong-doing, at the end of the day Brazil has very little recourse beyond complaining and cancelling a few official meetings.  However, both Britain and Belgium signed a lot of agreements upon entering the EU, several of which relate to privacy of EU citizens, and how member states can interact legally with each other.  If true, these allegations are pretty clear evidence that the GCHQ in Britain has violated those rules on member relations and privacy.

The EU provides many legal remedies to resolve disputes like this one, including criminal courts.  I'm really quite interested to see how Belgium handles this, because while there's no way the US/Brazil dispute will ever see the light of day in any courtroom in the world (at least not with US cooperation), the structure of EU makes a court case between Belgium and the UK over this a very REAL possibility, and one which the UK would either have to answer, or leave the EU.

I'll be watching this very closely over the next few months to see what happens, but if it does go to an EU court, the whole global surveillance egg might well get cracked wide open in the process.
 
Belgacom, whose major customers include institutions like the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament, ordered an internal investigation following the recent revelations about spying by the United States' National Security Agency (NSA) and determined it had been the subject of an attack. The company then referred the incident to Belgian prosecutors. Last week, Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Rupo spoke of a "violation of the public firm's integrity."


http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/british-spy-agency-gchq-hacked-belgian-telecoms-firm-a-923406.html
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I am a geek, a writer, a comedian, and a poker player, not necessarily in that order.  I have simultaneous existence in Second Life and FleshWorld (tm).

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