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For everybody who's said, "I wish I could just pay for websites instead of having them funded by ads": https://www.google.com/contributor/welcome/
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Thor is officially fired: In Boston, the frost giants have won.
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Dear Lazyplus: I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with Verizon phones (mine is a 2012 Moto X) that say they're connected to 4G but don't actually have working data service.

If I'm having the problem, I can confirm that I'm not crazy by turning mobile data off and on again, at which point it just says that I'm not connected even though I'm standing next to my wife with the same phone on the same network and who's having no data problems.

I've gone through the usual list of troubleshooting steps, including
 - poking around in settings for mobile networks
 - Googling unsuccessfully for anyone with the same problem on the same network (interestingly, I did see people with a similar problem on Sprint in Boston)
 - Going through Verizon's own recommended troubleshooting steps, including doing a factory reset of the phone and going to a Verizon store for a new SIM card

So far, no change. I even had the problem appear while I was going through the setup wizard after my factory reset after getting a new SIM card.

I'm afraid that this just means that I have a bad phone, but I'm surprised that a hardware problem would lead to such subtle "it says it's connected but it's really not" behavior. As a software guy, that seems like the sort of thing you'd need software to screw up. ;-)

I'm also reluctant to accept this because I love my phone and don't particularly want any of the other phones that are on the market right now.

So, has anybody seen this before?
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I have the T-mobile version of that phone, and do not have that problem. Maybe their proxy that adds unique identifiers to all your HTTP traffic is overloaded.
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Seriously, do not forget the earplugs, or at least a big pair of noise-canceling headphones.
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Today I learned that you can do date and time arithmetic in Google spreadsheets, where "1" corresponds to "1 day".

So, if I want to subtract 1 hour from a time value in another cell, I can enter "=A1 - (1/ 24)" to subract 1/24th of a day.

As a programmer, I expected date arithmetic to be in seconds or milliseconds. However, I imagine that Real People(TM) who need to do date arithmetic are more likely to want to work in days (vacation scheduling, project planning, etc.) than in seconds. So, this probably makes more sense.

#todayilearned   #spreadsheetnewbie  
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Spreadsheets can be such a powerful tool, even while not being complete programming...
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So this is where I tell you about the woman at the ATM.

It was a warm spring day, so it must have been close to the end of the school year.  It was my first semester back at Amherst after flunking out more than a year before, my classwork was going really well, and I was looking forward to finishing the year with good marks and a quiet summer at home. It was payday, I was going to go down to the bank to deposit my paycheck and take out some cash, we were going to watch a movie and order pizza later, and there were hints that I might even just get laid that night. I was, in other words, in an excellent mood.

The BayBank in Amherst was located in the center of town, on a sprawling corner sidewalk plaza.  When I got down there in the early evening, there was a woman already at the ATM.  I knew better than to crowd someone's personal space at the ATM -- growing up in Brooklyn in the 1980s, you learn better than to crowd someone at the ATM -- so I gave her plenty of room and stayed several feet back, close to the curb.

The woman glanced behind her and saw me. "Hello," she said briefly.

"Hi!" I said. I noticed that she seemed to be a little nervous, but didn't really take much note of it.

Then she turned around again. "You don't have a gun or anything, do you?"

That's when I stopped cold.

What do you say to that?  How can you possibly respond?  I said "No!"  Then, trying to figure out what else to say, I said "I'm sorry!"  Which felt so ridiculous that I had to start digging deeper.  "I mean, I'm not sorry I don't have a gun.  I'm just sorry---"

She held up a hand.  "Yeah. I get it."  I shut up.

She finished her business, nodded at me briskly, and strode away.

You have to understand. At this point in my life -- nineteen and nerdy -- I still felt like the awkward, mousy, scrawny teenager I was throughout high school.  I hadn't noticed that I had become almost six feet tall.  I hadn't noticed that my deeper voice now marked me as an adult.  I hadn't noticed that strangers now called me "sir" instead of "young man."

I hadn't noticed that I had become the guy that people are afraid of.

I spent a lot of time thinking about that as I walked home. I have spent a lot of time thinking about it in the years since.  And the thing that struck me most powerfully about it, then as now, is that this is what the "men's rights" crowd calls "misandry."  That's what MRAs interpret as "hating men."

That's the moment in which "Not-All-Men" is born.

I don't understand that.  I don't understand how someone could witness what I saw and come away thinking that, somehow, it's about him.  How is it possible to be quite that self-involved, to assume that every interaction you have with someone else revolves around you?  I mean, I can be pretty clueless and self-involved myself, frankly, but this evening it was clear even to me that something else was going on.  It was so clear that she was responding more to something from her past than anything that I was doing, that I could feel only sorrow for her pain.

I wish I knew who that woman was.  I wish I had the chance to tell her, I am so, so sorry for whatever they did to you.  But most of all I wish I could thank her for what she said to me that night.

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The 30-day-running-total chart is the real killer. Sure, we've (once in history) gotten more snow than this before, but there's always been time for some of it to melt before the next snow came.
 
Hat tip to +Fish N for pointing to these incredible graphs of this year's snow accumulation vs previous years.

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+Chris Snook Screw that, we're well into White Walker territory at this point.

There's a proposal afoot to rename one of our floors' conference rooms with an icy theme, including "Caradharas", "Helcaraxe", "Jotunheim", "Fortress of Solitude", "McMurdo" (need not be fictional, just cold), and of course, "North of the Wall".
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My beloved soft drink, Coke Zero, has new cans suggesting that I share a Coke with "my wingman" or "my bros". Ew.

Well, I guess needed to cut back on caffeine anyway.
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FYI for Boston peeps: Independence Day is now tomorrow, because some storm named after a legendary British king is coming by sea. #welp  
The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular show has been moved to tomorrow, July 3, according to Cambridge Police.
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Big thumbs-down for macmall.com: They told me something was backordered indefinitely, I called them up and canceled the order (and ordered from someone else), and now they just sent me a shipping confirmation. :-(
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I'm a little disconcerted thinking this is how you make a living.  ;-)
 
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Yup.
Every friend I have with a job that involves picking up something heavier than a laptop more than twice a week eventually finds a way to slip something like this into conversation: "Bro,1 you don't work hard. I just worked a 4700-hour week digging a tunnel under Mordor with a screwdriver." ...
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I type "the correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life, showing things that never were nor could be."
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    Software Engineer, 2012 - present
  • Capital IQ
    Software Engineer, 2008 - 2012
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I'm not related to the Hollywood director nor to the Missouri political family, although my aunt lives near Branson and the director occasionally gives out my email address instead of his.
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  • University of Virginia
    Computer Science, 2002 - 2008
  • College of William and Mary
    Computer Science, 1996 - 2000
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Tried out Laurie's for the first time this weekend after getting recommendations from several family and friends, and we were not disappointed. Steak (an aged sirloin special), oysters, and the baked seafood dinner were all delicious. Live blues jam was a bit loud but very good - I'm glad we happened to be there for it. Best part was the service: Friendly and perfectly attentive.
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Tiny place with small tables, but the food is absolutely delicious and very affordable.
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Refreshingly unique (authentic?) taste sets Picante apart from the big Mexican and quasi-Mexican chains. You've got to order at the counter instead of getting table service, but at least you can wash down your chips and salsa with a Dos Equis.
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Had a good experience here with a minor repair (replacing a busted side view mirror). After they checked out my car on a Saturday and verified they would need to order an out-of-stock part, I was able to come in right away after the part came in. The only hiccup was that we had to play phone tag for a little while before I could reach the associate that I'd spoken with earlier. However, once we finally got in touch, they had me in and out in a hurry. I thought that the associate was very open and helpful, and I will definitely come here for service again.
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Delicious food and beer in a nice and central location. It bums me out to see people ordering Bud Light when there are so many good German beers to try, but that's not Jacob Wirth's fault.
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Pretty good breakfast place, although not necessarily worth the long wait for a table on weekends.
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