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Joe Philipps
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Ever since G+ had the ability to pin a post to the top of the list of posts displayed when somebody views my profile, I've been meaning to consolidate some ideas from various places about how I use G+, to explain some things.  I have finally decided to take a stab at it.

First, I'd like to say that I will try to use the most appropriate medium for posting.  I really like the style of +Eric Raymond , where for longer form stuff, he posts some introductory thoughts on G+ and then links to his blog post.  So for some fuzzy idea of what constitutes a post "too long for G+" I will instead post over to iheartlibertarianism.blogspot.com and "cross link them" (a post here links to Blogspot, and the end of the Blogspot post links back to the G+ post).  Since Google doesn't have an easy way to do this (that I know of), there will usually be some time when one isn't linked to the other, most likely because I'm in the process of editing one or the other (can't get a link to the G+ post until a G+ post is made, so then I have to go back to the blog post and edit the embedded URI).

This post in particular is an exception to the general rule that I use.  It's longer than I'd like for a G+ post, but here is where it belongs.

Please keep in mind, a plus-one can mean a lot of things.  The Google folks even made a post about that when G+ was just getting started, and they listed (I think) 50 things.  As an example of something where I think that can be easily misunderstood, I have Fox News in my Circles, and I plus-one a lot of their posts.  It doesn't necessarily mean I agree with the subject matter of the post, in many cases for them specifically, it means, "Thank you for reporting on that."  As a hypothetical example, if they report, "ISIL beheads more Christians," I don't want ISIL to kill Christians just for being Christians, but I'm am glad Fox News reported that.

I extremely rarely delete posts/comments.  For example, there was one case that the person about whom I posted did not like that I brought up an issue which had been vexing them for over a year.  I mistakenly irritatied them by posting some suggested solutions, not seeing the year part of the posting date, and they expressed some annoyance at me.  I asked them if they'd prefer I deleted the whole thread, they said "yes," so I did out of respect for them and because I intended no harm or irritation whatsoever.

Similarly, it is very rare indeed, but there have been comments made on some of my posts which have no relevance to the post's topic.  Believe me, in one example, I like the commenting person just fine, it's just that I didn't want anything not really related to that post in the comments, so I deleted the off-topic comment.  So if you commented on something I put up there only to find later your comment deleted, I probably couldn't find any direct or possibly even indirect relevance, and I'm sorry if this annoys you or something, but if it doesn't seem to serve any direct purpose, I will likely delete it.  Really, even though I am not any government entity, I believe in the principles stated in US Constitution Amendment I, and very rarely see the need for what amounts to censorship, and if what I argue can't stand up to a little debated scrutiny, maybe I'd better rethink my position.

Almost everything I post is to "Public," and I do not think I have any settings which inhibit anything (reshares, comments, etc.).  But every once in a GREAT while, I see no futher productive discussion happening, and I will disable comments for some posts, and perhaps even delete some.  Again, I admit that's kind of a weak thing to  do, instead of seeking ways to strengthen my argument, but every once in a long while, I see nothing particularly productive going on and shut it down.  If anyone sees a need to comment further, I don't think I've ever disabled a reshare (which is kind of just a convenience thing anyway, it's not particularly tough to post while copying the text of another post or a link to it), so they can put in their $0.02 that way on whatever topic.  I do that all the time with one particular person in my Circles who apparently restricts commenting on their posts (I'll just say they're one of the higher profile early Internet people).  Hey, that's their prerogative, and why the setting's there, even though I wish they wouldn't do that.

Disabling comments happens to apply to this specific post.  Its sole intent is a broadcast for anyone to read, it is not meant as a conversation starter.

I know Google probably want to focus only on the positive, hence there is only a plus-one button on G+, but I sure wish sometimes there were a -1, like there is on YouTube.  As an example, of particular utility for that  is when Fox News posts about some feature of some product (usualy vehicles) and mentions exactly what product it is.  It looks more like they're passing off an ad as a news article, and I always wonder if they get paid to do that by the company getting "reported on."  Ditto with curt posts with a link only to video.foxnews.com.  I don't want to wade through minutes of my time watching a video to get at the heart of the story, I just want to get a quick idea of what the story is about, and be able to skim a Web page.

I'm also terribly sorry if you Circle me and my response is to block you.  Every now and again, I see folks, usually Pages (specific G+ meaning, not generic meaning), which Circle me.  A number of times in the past, not too, too long after I saw the message about so-and-so has Circled you, I would receive a message which is in essence spam.  I would guess that a lot of these folks Circle me with the expectation of me Circling them back.  I get enough posts in my Stream without Circling every random person back, it's already a bit overwhelming.  And Google do not do me any favors by showing me "so and so plus-one'd this here post."  I haven't yet been irritated enough by the latter to write some Stylish or Scriptish so I never have to see those (although I have for the stupid "you may know" or "trending" or other similar useless-to-me blocks in my Stream).  So I guess that's a long way of saying, if you deduce that I've blocked someone, I just really didn't see the point in the act of Circling, and as a preemptive/proactive move of not receiving spam posts, I applied a block.  For example,  I just don't see any point of "Boomer Benefits" or "Indian Arts" following what I have to say, and I really would rather not receive posts from them.

Don't get me wrong, I would regret if I block somebody for such arbitrary reasons, and they really had something to say that I would find interesting, but alas, dems da breaks.  I also do have some folks blocked who seem to have no valid point whatsoever and are objectionable to me for one reaons or another (they write in all caps all the time, their English is just incomprehensible to me, or all they can seem to do is troll).  Life is just a whole lot simpler when I am pretty much blissfully unaware that these folks have written/said anything.  And as one DSLReports user says in his .sig block (paraphrasing), keep things simple, they'll get complicated all on their own.

Oh, well...I think that's about enough for now, I'll edit/add on to this if I think of any more relevant stuff.
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Mr. Limbaugh was saying yesterday (paraphrased here) during a live read for Shari's Berries that they took a sponsorship break.  Gee, I wonder why that is.  Maybe that has something to do with the fact that in another live read you insisted that sending anything other than flowers is wholly unacceptable.  He even started the live read something like, "for those of you who still think something other than flowers is OK..." !!  Geesh.
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On Google Search today you will see:

It's  #SaferInternetDay . Stay safe online with a 2-minute Security Checkup

...and "Security Checkup" is a link.  Follow it.  You could get a 2 GB bump in your Drive/Gmail/etc. quota.  (not sure how long it takes to show up; I did the security checkup once before and was raised from 15 to 17, and going to http://drive.google.com still shows 17...hmmm....)

UPDATE: give it a couple hours.  I am now at 19 GB.  Yay! Thank  you, Alphabet.

UPDATE2: Here's the link I saw, minus a couple of parameters which look like it might be specific to my account:

https://www.google.com/url?q=https://security.google.com/settings/security/secureaccount%3Futm_source%3Dgoogle%26utm_medium%3Dhpp-desktop-auth%26utm_campaign%3Dsafer-internet-day&source=hpp&ct=3

I'd say though, the most reliable way to get a 2 GB bonus is to log into Google (with your Drive account), visit the Google Search page, https://www.google.com/ , and click the link there.
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Holy vendor lock-in, Batman!  This reminds me of John Deere and their farm tractor servicing, and a few automotive manufacturers who make their ECUs closely guarded secrets (making third party repairs virtually impossible).  If your concern is that TouchID becomes invalidated, consider that although it seems like a good idea (how the heck would you duplicate a finger/thumb print?  Just ask Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Grant Imahara, and Kari Byron : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Hji3kp_i9k), it's extremely difficult to change one's fingerprint if it somehow gets disclosed but very easy to change a passphrase.

...but at least let me use my iPhone on the old IOS system... I can't retrieve old photos or important documents I once had.

Sorry, dude(tte), that's on you.  If you haven't been doing regular backups, it wouldn't matter that the OS locks you out.  What if instead your device, for whatever reasons, is lost or stolen?  By failing to back up, you have put yourself in that spot.
 
iPhones 'disabled' if Apple detects third-party repairs - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35502030
The latest software update for iPhone 6 handsets is allegedly rendering the devices useless if it detects repairs not carried out by Apple.
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Why do people use backslashes in other than programming contexts?  IIRC, the only non-computing use for backslashes is set difference.  Yet some clueless authors will use "\" in English sentences, I suppose just because they can.  Maybe they just want to be different.

Now...as to the cleverness of this...good idea.  No fuss, no muss.  The remark about 100Mbps Ethernet is a red herring, at least as long as the complaint threshold speed is considerably below 100 (such as 50 would be fine).  It is true that other traffic being attempted at the time must be accounted for, otherwise the testing is really invalid.
News: A Comcast customer with a 150 Mbps connection has designed a program that will apparently try and spam Comcast to death on Twitter -- any time his connection is slow. Reddit user AlekseyP
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grrrrr....  +RoboForm Password Manager has been promising a Firefox update (new add-on signature requirements and such)for over a month, AFAIK.  However, the latest available at  http://www.roboform.com/for-firefox-linux is 3.7.0, and http://www.roboform.com/news-lite-firefox says it was last updated Mar 31, 2015.
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Why do consumers have to rent anything at all?  We are able to buy cable modems for Internet access; why is DOCSIS so dissimilar?
News: The FCC is moving forward with a plan it hopes will put an end to overpriced cable set top box rental fees. A new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)
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The more competition, the better the service, and the lower the prices.  Note that TWC and Alphabet have two different ideas of what "basic Internet" means.  The former is on the order of 3M/512K, the latter 100/100M.
News: DSLReports reader [user=CamaroZ28] both write in to note that Google Fiber has posted the expected pricing for the company's Atlanta launch, and it adds a few new wrinkles to the mix. Like in oth
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Look, you folks either want to integrate with us, or separate; please make up your mind and get back to us, OK?  It's kind of confusing to us.  Personally, I'd rather have you integrated, because I don't really care about skin color, I care about much more important things, like your adherance to societal norms (e.g., don't commit crimes), following through on what you say you're going to do (integrity), and not lying or stretching the truth.

Oh, and BTW...if you want to integrate, that means no more things like BET.  Think about it: this whole network says, "we're not the same as you, so we need our own network."
 
Faced with alarmingly low graduation rates for black males, the University of Connecticut is trying something it calls bold -- and critics call segregation.
http://ow.ly/XRXc3
Faced with alarmingly low graduation rates for black males, the University of Connecticut is trying something it calls bold -- and critics call segregation.
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Increase competition by opening up rights-of-way.  Declare laws limiting government systems invalid, null, and void.  Maybe like the 1996 Act, enforce resource sharing/wholesale leasing of outside plant.  Anything which causes companies to HAVE TO compete for customers and dollars will go a LONG way to increase service levels (e.g., speeds) and decrease prices.
News: The Telecommunications Act requires the FCC to report annually on whether broadband &quote;is being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion.&quote; And with the FCC redefining broadband and anything 25 Mbps or greater, the answer continues t
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CFLs certainly do have longevity.  It has to have been 7 years (the time since I moved in, and replaced close to every incandescent with either a CFL or LED) that my dining table's lamp has been in service.  It finally blew about 15 minutes ago.  At first, I thought the switch had failed, because it's pretty old.  But no, it's the 27W helical tube that was replaced by a 26W tube.
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I sure am glad +DSL Reports is posting to G+.  It means I don't have to check two sites for my broadband/cellular news.
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Education
  • Erie Community College
    A.S. in Computer Science, 1985 - 1988
  • Maryvale Schools (Elementary through High)
    general studies, 1970 - 1983
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Joseph Philipps, Joseph E. Philipps, JoePhi
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Just another curmudgeon wandering the Internet
Introduction
technologist, Perl and ECMAScript hacker, amateur musician, and so much more.  Here's a link to my handwritten Web page.  Yeah, it's admittedly not impressive by any means.

Bragging rights
Discoverer of CVE-2004-1320. Figured out a bug in an early version of the Minix hard disk driver (a logical OR was where a bitwise OR should have been) so that my friend's computer could store more than 17 sectors on his 20Meg MFM disk.
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Linux and MS Windows Systems Engineer, Network Admin, Avaya Admin, Programmer, IVR Admin
Employment
  • Computer Plus Staffing/FinancialPeople
    telecommunications contractor, 2011 - 2012
  • Sitel
    IVR systems adminstrator/FrontRange ITSM administrator, 2005 - 2010
  • Base 2
    programmer/administrator, 2001 - 2005
  • UCA&L/SOFTBANK Sevices Group/ClientLogic
    systems engineer, 1996 - 2001
  • United Refining Company of PA (Kwik Fill)
    station attendant
  • Al Boxall Concessions (I Got It)
  • Domino's Pizza
    delivery driver
  • RadioShack
    sales associate, 1988 - 1989
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Cheektowaga, NY, US
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Buffalo, NY, US