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Jim Fawcette
Worked at Fawcette Technical Publications
Attended Michigan State University
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Uber Driver Database Breached
The breach may have revealed the names and identification numbers of up to 50,000 drivers, but so far there are no reports that stolen information has been misused.
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Capitalism actually works -- minus the Crony- prefix

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The next time your right-wing family member or former high school classmate posts a status update or tweet about how taxing the rich or increasing workers' wages kills jobs and makes businesses leave the state, I want you to send them this article....
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Discredited is under stated
 
The Libertarian Delusion:  summary "Based on the evidence, the case against the libertarian market and for democratic government is stronger than ever. But when government gets into bed with private industry and finance at the expense of regular people, the citizenry loses confidence in government."  By Robert Kuttner
The free-market fantasy stands discredited by events. The challenge now: redeeming effective and democratic government
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"..right wing 'libertarians' ..propertarians ..own property as the basis for freedom..": http://www.submedia.tv/stimulator/2015/02/21/anarchy-rojava-libertarian-revolution-middle-east/
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Germany Paying Negative Interest

For the first time in history, Germany can borrow for negative interest rates. Yet the government refuses to invest in fixing infrastructure -- even though it would, in effect, be paid to do so, not even including future return on investment. 

Keep repeating: Must keep wages down and punish Greece. Must keep wages down and punish Greece. Must keep wages down and punish Greece. Must keep wages down and punish Greece. 
For the first time ever, Germany sold 5-year bonds with negative interest rates. Yes, negative.
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One Advantage of iPhone over Android

With Apple, at least you know everyone with the same hardware will get the update for an extended period, regardless of carrier. With Android, you have no idea 1) whether your model phone will get an upgrade and 2) if your phone has one, will your carrier allow it. 

Example: Will Moto X 2nd gen get bug fixes for Google Now and bad memory leaks? AT&T is barely rolling out Android 5.0 now. 

Change list:
* Improved RAM management (This should fix the memory leak issues)
* Fixes for sudden app closures 
* Problems with Okay Google function solved
* Silent mode is back after being removed in 5.0
* General improvements in system stability
* Improved battery management
* Excessive consumption of network devices when used Wi-Fi fixed
* Issues with wireless connections fixed
* Notifications problems solved
* Some sound problems experience by certain devices fixed
* Changes in the Material Design color palette (Not yet confirmed if this will come in 5.1 or later versions, but Google is working on it)
 
Android 5.1 Lollipop What devices will get the update? Full list of all devices http://www.amongtech.com/android-5-1-lollipop-phone-update-list/
Android 5.1 Lollipop: What Phones will get the update? Nexus 6, Nexus 5, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Galaxy S6, HTC One M8, OnePlus One, Moto X, Galaxy S4
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May Leonard Nimoy's  katra find a good host. :( 
 
Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's Spock, has died at 83

Great actor and humanitarian. RIP.


#leonardnimoy   #startrek  
Susan Nimoy, his wife, confirmed his death on Friday.
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Like his tag says "Live long and Prosper" he's a good example for it.
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"Governor Chris Christie is settling his state's $8.9 billion lawsuit against ExxonMobil for just $250 million. The reduced settlement comes after ExxonMobil gave Christie's Republican Governors Association $1.9 million in contributions. Christie also appointed a former ExxonMobil lawyer to serve as his state's Attorney General from 2010-2012. The Attorney General's office oversaw the case."

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New Jersey settles 2004 $8.9 billion case against ExxonMobil for just $250 million; Christie's first AG was an ExxonMobil lawyer.
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The people of New Jersey should tar and feather his fat ass, run him out of town on a rail.
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Fed Res: Asian Families Wealth & Income Passing that of Whites

This should alter the discussion. Hard to blame every problem on "white privilege" when whites are the second wealthiest group. 

Fed study via Bloomberg: "`Asian families' median income already has surpassed that of whites, while Asians' median wealth soon will surpass the white median level,'' a new report out from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis finds. An Asian family had an inflation-adjusted median wealth of $91,440 in 2013, up almost 43 percent from 1989, it found using data from the Fed's Survey of Consumer Finances. That compares with a 3 percent increase to $134,008 for whites.

"Blacks and Hispanics saw bigger gains in wealth, though it's because they're starting from such a comparatively low base to begin with. Hispanic families had a median wealth of $13,900 in 2013, up 51 percent from 1989, while blacks' median wealth reached $11,184, up 45 percent."
New Fed study details demographics of wealth in U.S.
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How Silk Road Evolved or Inevitably Devolved

I barely started reading this, but it looks fascinating: "The Silk Road might have started as a libertarian experiment, but it was doomed to end as a fiefdom run by pirate kings." 

And: "Like the pirate republics of the 18th century, this virtual underworld mingles liberty and vice. Law enforcement and copyright-protection groups such as the Digital Citizens’ Alliance in Washington, DC, prefer to emphasise the most sordid aspects of Tor’s hidden services – the sellers of drugs, weapons and child pornography. And yet the effort to create a hidden internet was driven by ideology as much as avarice. The network is used by dissidents as well as dope-peddlers. If you live under an authoritarian regime, Tor provides you with a ready-made technology for evading government controls on the internet. Even some of the seedier services trade on a certain idealism. Many libertarians believe that people should be able to buy and sell drugs without government interference, and hoped to build marketplaces to do just that, without violence and gang warfare."
The Silk Road might have started as a libertarian experiment, but it was doomed to end as a fiefdom run by pirate kings
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Texas Tea Party: California is a Nightmare

What threatens to turn Texas into the "California nightmare"? Cities banning plastic bags. Yeah, that's my image of hell -- a place with no plastic bags littering our streets. Image below is one representation of how Tea Bags apparently view California <g>

Conservatives see local rule, like state rule, as inviolate only if they agree with the outcome. If not, then central government can impose anything it wants -- as long as they are in control. 

NYT.com: "But the power of Fort Stockton and other cities to govern themselves is under attack in the state capital, Austin. The new Republican governor, Greg Abbott, has warned that several cities are undermining the business-friendly “Texas model” with a patchwork of ill-conceived regulations. Conservative legislators, already angered by a ban on fracking that was enacted by popular vote in the town of Denton last fall, quickly followed up with a host of bills to curtail local power."

“The truth is, Texas is being California-ized, and you may not even be noticing it ,” Mr. Abbott said in a speech at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an influential conservative think tank, just before he took office last month. “Large cities that represent about 75 percent of the population in this state are doing this to us. Unchecked overregulation by cities will turn the Texas miracle into the California nightmare .”

Article: http://nyti.ms/1FOKFc9 


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Tesla-nomics

Either saves $1,750 every year on gas -- or you'll merely spend all that to replace the battery every five years. 

Update: Tesla has changed its warrantee to unlimited miles for all models, so Forbes calculations are incorrect now. See comments.

From Forbes list of cost of electricity for various devices: "It takes about 85 kWh of electricity to fill up a Model S Tesla with a 300-mile-range battery. This amounts to about $10 worth of electricity, for an average cost per mile of about 3 cents. If you're driving 15,000 miles a year in your Tesla your fuel bill will come to about $450. That's a hefty $1,750 savings over gasoline, but then again, the Tesla does cost around $75,000 {Note: Ave sale price over $100,000}, and most of that fuel savings will be wiped away when you have to shell out $12,000 to replace your battery after five years or so."
It takes about 85 kWh of electricity to fill up a Model S Tesla with a 300-mile-range battery. This amounts to about $10 worth of electricity, for an average cost per mile of about 3 cents. If you're driving 15,000 miles a year in your Tesla your fuel bill will come to about $450. That's a hefty $1,750 savings over gasoline, but then again, the Tesla does cost around $75,000, and most of that fuel savings will be wiped away when you have to shell...
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Incorrect. Battery lasts and is guaranteed for 8 years I believe. 10 year old batteries still working great. The misinformation is remarkable. Photovoltaic makes the cost 0. 
No oil, radiator, tune ups, no mufflers, no smog checks, brakes hardly used due to regeneration of E and so on. Engines should last 1 million miles. 
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Testing Google+, their third try at competing with Facebook. Looks like video chat and privacy are much better. Oh, yeah, this is the Jim Fawcette that founded FTP, VSLive, DevX.com. Now, I mainly blog about tennis and politics. 

 Favorite book: Gravity's Rainbow. Favorite movie: Chinatown. Favorite myth: Obama is a liberal.
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IBM built the first computer that beat a chess champ. But a scientist involved in the project suggests it was a bug in the software that got

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