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Be very afraid.
The ducks that normally congregate on Boulder Creek might have company from some man-made friends flocking toward freedom.
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They put up a big building near one of my favorite dog-walking places. But I find it hard to get too upset, somehow.
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+Paul Wayper : nope.  You have to go upstairs...all those windows on the left side are the restaurant and tasting room...
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It will be interesting to see how this goes.
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It will be disappointing. Do not mistake the quality of the person for the quality of the position.
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...that terrible moment when you realize you just gave your bank account information to a mob of bozos...
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+Neil Brown I wish I could do that. I mostly do not change passwords at all. But my important stuff has two factor authentication enabled, so I don't worry that much.
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As I sit here, it occurs to me to wonder: just how much of my life have I spent watching progress bars creep across the screen?  Guess I probably don't really want to know.
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The worse progress bar I deal with is my GPS Garmin watch, waiting for the satellites to sync. Worse thing about that bar is that it sometimes goes backwards. 
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So I've been observing some obnoxious behavior on my Fedora laptop for a while.  If it thinks it can't get through to the network, it concludes you're behind some sort of captive portal and throws up a full-screen browser window to facilitate your negotiations with the local network overlord.  I find this annoying; I never do anything full-screen and certainly don't appreciate full-screen windows appearing out of nowhere while I'm trying to get something else done.  It's not quite the distraction-free experience I was hoping for.

A recent discussion (http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.linux.redhat.fedora.devel/206324) on the fedora-devel list made it clear that I wasn't the only one who feels this way; extra hilarity ensued when Fedora's infrastructure had trouble and everybody started getting these delightful screens, regardless of the actual state of their network connection.

It turns out that this is a NetworkManager feature at the lowest level.  Dan Williams explains it in "NetworkManager for Administrators part 1" (https://blogs.gnome.org/dcbw/category/networkmanager/).  Therein he says that, if one doesn't want this behavior, all that's needed is to remove the NetworkManager-config-connectivity-fedora package.  Good enough, I can handle that.

...except that the Fedora folks, in their wisdom, set up that package as a hard dependency for gnome-shell, making it essentially unremovable.  So one must resort to editing a config file in /etc/NetworkManager/conf.d (or supplementing it with a higher-numbered version - the recommended approach) instead.  That is now done here; I'm looking forward to swearing at my computer just a bit less in the future.

(FWIW, I've been messing with Arch Linux on another machine - article coming soon.  It has its annoyances as well, of course, but they seem to do pretty well at avoiding this kind of pain).
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+Steven Rostedt would you be so kind as to not introduce reason into these discussions
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This is truly ingenious: make life for the poor suck even more while redirecting a big chunk of their benefits to the banks.  Makes me proud to be an American.
In its crackdown on the supposed misuse of benefits, the state may cost itself federal funding.
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Kansas : the state that have us Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell.
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Cory Doctorow's fiction often tends to rub me the wrong way, but I have to admit I had fun with this story...
Makers and hackers develop a robot that creates building materials from sand, and set out to send their 3D-printing marvel to the moon. In the way of their dreams? Code, crowdfunding and cancer.
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Sometimes repeatedly, in punnish form ("I, Robot" and "I, Row-Boat").

The only other person who seems to have this much fun with titles is Gene Wolfe (he of "The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories", "The Death of Doctor Island", "The Doctor of Death Island" and "Death of the Island Doctor").

... and perhaps Greg Egan in Permutation City, but that was more of a one-book thematic title kick.
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I've been rethinking some investments recently, and prosper.com caught my eye as a possibility.  Why should big financial companies to be the only ones to profit from people mired in consumer debt, after all?

But, then, just in time, two spams from Prosper showed up in my inbox.  I thank you, Prosper, for making it clear that you are not the sort of company I choose to do business with and simplifying my investment decision process.  Oh, and no, I do not need a loan from you either.
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The trick that I think has made LC work well for me is to be pretty choosy in whom I lend money to.  I defined a filter for Automated Investing so it only lends to people who have had no public records or delinquencies for the past 5 years, own a house (possibly via mortgage), and have been at their current job for at least 4 years.  The intent is to select borrowers who have demonstrated a desire for stability and an ability to carry through on financial commitments.  I still get some defaults, but the net rate of return is north of 11%, averaged over the past 6 years or so.
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Ah spring....
 
Boulder could be in for a wet weekend, with showers and up to 5 inches of snow expected, according to the National Weather Service.
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Here I am trying to hold off on switching on the A/C :)
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Let's take a moment to ponder the sad fate of all those poor gang members whose market has been so thoughtlessly taken away from them. 

Fortunately, we have Nebraska and Oklahoma suing Colorado to restore this revenue stream to its rightful owners...
The cartels are still smuggling harder drugs but advocates point out the success of legalization in cutting illegal trade
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It's not unusual for communications from politicians to have a high WTF factor, but the Republicans seem to want to take it to a whole new level...
Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. The Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice shall have jurisdiction over the following subject matters: constitutional amendments, constitutional rights, Federal civil rights, claims against the United States, non-immigration private ...
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+Nick Alcock Yep, note the 'trying' in my comment :)
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