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Ken Starks
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Been a while back that I paid 25 bucks to completely fill the tank on this old war horse. The Sunday morning TV shows predicted central Texas to see $1.25 gas by this summer. Lots of people out of work do we can drive on the cheap. I guess everyone pays at times for others to benefit. Seems to me anyway
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It's an election year, gas will be cheaper than usual. That's especially true with a socialist or two running for office.  
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My thanks and congratulations to +Randy Noseworthy for building the latest spin of the Reglue Cinnamint 64 bit release. I've been testing it for two days and besides being rock solid, it's got a ton of good software for kids ages 8 to 16 at least. I know some of the educational games were giving Randy fits but he fought through them and on my machine at least, everything works the way it is supposed to. Thanks a bunch Randy. This release will be going on 48 kid's computers during the spring break. Kids in the Taylor Housing Authority.
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Yea, it ought to work well on that machine. Do you have an SSD? 
 
But I can't take the credit. I only spent about a weekend on it. All the heavy lifting was done before hand.  It's Just Linux Mint, with just a few extras.  

I AM going to have to move my home machines to 64 Bit versions of Linux since Chrome is doing what they're doing.   I'm kind of hoping to wait until the next LTS is out.  Xenial Xerus? Should be around the corner, and then the Mint Version of that ought to be around the next bend, and over a bump or two. 
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Remember when cheating on her just got you thrown out with your stuff all over the lawn? Something tells me you will soon miss those days terribly.
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This is probably just seems surprising because it's public transportation (can't even get a concealed-carry permit for sledge hammers). I'm pretty sure we just never see how many folks carry sledge hammers in the privacy of their personal vehicles.
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Man it's nice to have the right tool for the job. I wear a pocket/belt clip holster for my Android LTE Allstar in Soft Armor casing. The phone slides in and out from an up and down movement instead of being held in by a side clip. those can be triggered easily by getting in and out of the car or getting into tight spaces behind server banks. I guess the combination of gravity and phones hasn't been explained to the morons making the side clip model. Mine wore out after two weeks and fortunately, I found the cradle type on Amazon.

I have priors for phone abuse. The holster system has probably saved me 500 bucks over time in un-dropped, un-broken phones/toilet-dunked phones, swimming pool dwelling phones etc.
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Yep same design as mine basically. Love the fast and smooth way I can access it and pot it away. That side clip was a nightmare waiting to drop and bust a phone. 
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I'm going to push this forward in hope that it solves some of your frustrations in connecting a bluetooth headset to your Linux computer. I have a set of Tracks Air bluetooth headphones and they are amazing...especially since I got them at 1/3 the cost on woot dotcom. The most frustrating part of the present system is during  the pairing procedure when it asks for a pin and you cannot find a pin # anywhere in the 4 screens that have opened. And even if you did find it, the dialog box closes way too soon. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

Some questions about installing the advised application Blueman. It is a gnome gtk app but it works flawlessly in KDE without a ton of pulled-in dependencies. Many thanks to +mustafa ciftci for this much simpler process. I am now wire-free at my desktop. However my Superlux HD 668B's do get used when listening to Vinyl. Days of Future Past is amazing under good headphones.
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+Semirrahge Egharrimes​ if you want to get up and walk around, use your phone. Simple as that.
It just makes no sense IMO to use BT audio on your PC for listening to music. 
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Who says ads are all bad? As long as they stay out of my way, we can co-exist just fine. I even buy stuff from them, like this. 30.00 with free shipping. I will review it when I get it tested. And yes, you most certainly forget where you parked your car when you get older.

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 LOL Will. I fully agree except for the point that they've had technology superior to that for years. It's called cell phones. But hey...an extra tool in the toolbox is never a bad thing.
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Oh, this is going to slide by on the wayside. Ya think? No big to-do here by the MPAA. Nothing to see here.

Grab your kevlar folkses, this is gonna get bloody.
An anonymous reader writes: On Tuesday, a new simple solution for streaming torrents directly in your browser showed up on the Web. By Friday, infamous torrent site The Pirate Bay had already adopted it. The Pirate Bay now features "Stream It!" links next to all its video torrents. As a result, you ...
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Popcorn time was doing it for a time... 
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To +Maxx D and the rest of my hard core hardware aficionados. I have a tested to work i7 processor and I want to build my next desktop around it, but one of my weaknesses is in the motherboards and matching them. Is there anyone who has any suggestions as to what I can plug this chip into? I'm due for an upgrade from this older quad.

I have a bazillion things going on right now so if I don't respond right away, I am seeing your posts.
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+Chris Guiver Very nice! Another working P2B-F. :)

ASUS really built those things like tanks. I also had a P4C800-E Deluxe that was in service for over a decade, from 2002 to ~2014. Over its life it ran FreeBSD, then Debian, then Ubuntu, then Fedora, then Debian again.

The only reason I replaced it with a P6X58D was to get 24GiB and hardware virt for KVM, it was still running strong (though I had to replace the power supply three times during that run)
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Thanks to Linux Buddy +Katherine Noyes, come the month of March, I am all over this. Thanks Katherine. I will do a review.
 
If you want to build a powerful $40 Linux or Android PC with 4K video support, consider Hardkernel's Odroid-C2 computer.
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Thanks for the updated test. I'm learning with you, guys.
New question: since fairly new machines have 2+ GB RAM, I guess the other issue is how well those two use CPU and GPU (if).
My point: In a core i"N" generation PC, with 3 or more GB of RAM, it does not matter which one you use. For older computers (early Core2Duo and single cored ones) with 1 GB or less RAM, the song is another: you need other browsers.
It is also sad Ggl is nit making 32 bits Chr any more; and it is enerving that sites require top plugins to work well, and make your tiny browser life miserable.
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Up until 1998, I didn't give a flying flip about politics. Having a military career that spanned two decades, my job description was, in most part; this:

I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

And I don't care what you may feel about that in particular. That isn't the point here, but it's part of the whole, real environment that surrounded me for a profound period of my life.

So, in reality...my political bent was impotent.

It didn't matter at all what I thought or believed, from a political standpoint anyway. My current president told me what my political standpoint was at any given time. Much of that given time, I was expected to carry out the orders of my president by the most violent of means. A lot of people died while obeying said orders, so what I believed was irrelevant. The only thing that mattered was the accuracy of a soldier's rifle.

Unfortunately, holding and obeying orders for such a long period of time is a hard thing to shake. But let me tell you what did shake it. and it shook it down to its core, shattering into tiny shards and allowing my ideas and beliefs to take the fore.

In October of 1998, The Digital Millennium Copyright Act was passed by the Senate and began its journey to then President Bill Clinton's desk. From there it was signed and passed into law. What I found unsettling was the fact that I had heard little of the congressional back and forth of this issue. Why? Because the law was passed, comfortably snuggled inside a farm  subsidy bill, during the wee hours of the morning. Congress knew better than to let this bill see the light of day and the scrutiny of the general public. If the public reaction to the recent SOPA legislation can be a benchmark, then the DMCA would have been a huge public concern in 1998.

But all of that only served to make me dig deeper into how our legal system works, and specifically in the House and the Senate, where the majority of laws are either born or die on the vine. I'm not particularly comfortable with this video's lack of citation, but if it can be taken at face value, this short presentation can explain in full, just what is wrong with out political system here in the US. It's a good starting point for young minds...it gives them a place of reference as they mature into young, and voting, adults. Scroll down to "Corruption is Legal in America.

It is well worth the few minutes you invest in watching.
I have always been a fan of Jimmy Carter, and once more he hits it out of the park. As reported today by the Guardian...
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Link to the Audio portion. 

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2016/feb/03/jimmy-carter-us-politics-corrupted-by-money-audio "It gives Legal Bribery a chance to prevail".... And how. 
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G+ buddy  +Semirrahge Egharrimes  recommended that some bluetooth pairing and listening hassles can be sidestepped by a BT streamer, and reading the descriptions and usage scenerios, I believe he's right.

But then again...I have no idea, outside of the posted reviews, of which ones to seriously look at for purchase. Has anyone in my G+ circles used one or presently have one? What are your suggestions if I need to stay under $50.00                            
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+Ken Starks I hear ya, man. I use a lot of Sony gear but I can't say I'm a fan. So I checked out a couple BT streamers that are comparible to the SBH52.

http://www.amazon.com/Bluetooth-receiver-amplifier-class1-Import/dp/B00JUGSUQG/
Japanese no-name with NFC pairing and class 1 (!!) transceiver. I like the big volume wheel, and of course the class 1 radio implies solid range. Comments say the battery life is upwards of 16 hours. This is definitely my recommended pick.

http://www.amazon.com/Technica-AT-PHA05BT-Bluetooth-Headphone-Amplifier/dp/B0065V9TXC/ I'm a big fan of the AT gear we have (2 headphones and a turntable), and the reviews indicate that this has great sound. Seems like the pairing button is microscopic, though, so maybe this is less than ideal.

Those are about $50 each, so these following ones are a bit cheaper, around $30-35:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N7AWL2U/
Hideous, but seems to have decent specs.

http://www.amazon.com/Jabra-Wireless-Bluetooth-Stereo-Headset/dp/B00BYUJL2S/
Again, ugly (this seems to be common with cheaper gear these days), and seems to have poor range and mediocre battery life.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HHGT0Y2/
Cheapest yet, and least ugly. Has a loud beep every time you press a button. Definitely not something I would buy.

There are a couple others, including an Anker dual-function one that piqued my interest, but my first and second choice would be the little no-name Japanese one I linked first. After that, I'd probably choose the AT, or go a step up to the AT headphone amp with bluetooth, but that's $120.
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I think I frowed up a little in my mouf just watching it.
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Executive Director of Reglue.org. We rebuild broken computers then give them to kids that cannot afford them.
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The last time I played with Python, it tried to eat the neighbor's dog and we had to move away. Oh, you mean the scripting language? Yeah, I do that too. I also write both technical and sociologically-important things about the Linuxsphere and the FOSS community
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  • Reglue
    Executive Director, 2005 - present
    I oversee the intake, inventory, refurbishing and placement of computers donated to Reglue. I coordinate the placement of those computers into the homes of financially-disadvantaged kids in Central Texas. I maintain the inventory of parts and other items needed for the operation of the organization. I also act as outreach contact for Reglue.
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I write smash scripts...no not bash scripts, smash scripts.  About the third time I get a General Parsing Error, I smash my monitor.
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I have the best job in the world. I give computers to financially disadvantaged kids. I've also dated Stevie Nicks. Well, not actually "dated"...we spent time together back stage after a concert, well not exactly time "together". Her body guard threw me 10 yards into the parking lot when I was trying to tell her....oh never mind. It gets ugly from there. Does anyone have her current address?
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I rescued a tired old Beagle from the Taylor facility a couple of months ago. it was obvious he was advanced in age and he was the only dog that did not happily meet people as they walked up and down the line of cages. He had been horribly abused by his previous owners, who tied him to a dog house in the middle of a dirt back yard and just moved away. No food, no water. He was just left to die. The next door neighbor saw him and called the animal control folks who took him to the pound. He was the one I adopted. He has several severe medical issues to include congestive heart failure. He has a horrible, hacking cough and he sneezes so violently that he slams his muzzle into the floor or ground and makes his nose bleed. I had taken him to the other vet in Taylor and while I believe him to be competent, I simply got the impression he was more interested in selling me high priced, specialty dog food than he was treating my little guy. The medications he gave him had not caused any improvement in a two month time so I decided to take my boy to Dr. Graef. No appointments, odd hours and first come first served... that's how it works there. A 15 minute wait and Dr. Graef showed up and introduced himself then examined my little guy. Bad news but we knew that. His heart is terribly weak and the cough and sneezing is not only a sign of that condition but it can hasten the end if allowed to go on too long. My other vet had not informed me of that. An examination, a gentle shot of allergy medication, two prescriptions and some good baseball conversation later, we were on our way. Grand total? 60.00. Less than half of what the other vet had charged and his medications did no good what so ever. My little boy has not sneezed or coughed once since the visit and I can finally get some sleep, as when he used to cough, I had to get up to rub his throat to make it stop. This is a great Vet folks. If you can work around his hours and unconventional routine, he's the guy to see if you live in this area.
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