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+Trello has so many potential uses it's mind-boggling. This is a great collection of boards to look over for ideas if you aren't already using it ;)
 
Got blankboardphobia? Check out our Inspiring Boards org to get those creative juices flowing https://trello.com/inspiringboards
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It's pretty nice. Even got my company using it, at least as a fallback go-to tool whilst we are between more advanced/custom/in-house project management solutions.
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It's unfortunate that they have to do this on the Amazon app store, but if you want the Plex app for free and don't have a Plex pass subscription, today is your day 😉.
 
Check it out! The Plex app for @Android is FREE today on the +Amazon.com apps store. 
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Word. I got it from the Amazon Store awhile back when I had acquired a crazy amount of Amazon "coins" despite having never spent a dime in their app store.
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It only took 10 months, but Hangouts for Android is finally caught up with iPhone users!

We even get a little bit extra in that we get integrated texting as well.
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Ya, will be nice to not have to do all that! 
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Welcome Gabriel Ratchet!

Jack's been lonely since Frosty Paws went back to his mom so we decided to get a new cat to keep him company. We got Ratchet from Heartland Humane Society on Wednesday. His brother had just been taken the day before so he was in the same situation Jack was in.

After the first day of not really agreeing with him Jack has warmed up to him greatly, teaching him how to play and everything. Ratchet in turn has become obsessed with Jack, following him everywhere around ;)

I'll try to refrain from spamming pictures of him every day lol.

Edit: Neither of us really liked the name they gave him from the shelter, so we've settled on calling him Ratchet.
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Here is a quite logical analysis of what DRM is really for, and how it's actually working quite well.

h.t: +Yonatan Zunger (https://plus.google.com/u/0/103389452828130864950/posts/PbrQEKPHpZd)
 
Discussions about DRM often land on the fundamental problem with DRM: that it doesn't work, or worse, that it is in fact mathematically impossible to make it work. The argument goes as follows:

1. The purpose of DRM is to prevent people from copying content while allowing people to view that content,

2. You can't hide something from someone while showing it to them,

3. And in any case widespread copyright violations (e.g. movies on file sharing sites) often come from sources that aren't encrypted in the first place, e.g. leaks from studios.

It turns out that this argument is fundamentally flawed. Usually the arguments from pro-DRM people are that #2 and #3 are false. But no, those are true. The problem is #1 is false.

The purpose of DRM is not to prevent copyright violations.

The purpose of DRM is to give content providers leverage against creators of playback devices.

Content providers have leverage against content distributors, because distributors can't legally distribute copyrighted content without the permission of the content's creators. But if that was the only leverage content producers had, what would happen is that users would obtain their content from those content distributors, and then use third-party content playback systems to read it, letting them do so in whatever manner they wanted.

Here are some examples:

A. Paramount make a movie. A DVD store buys the rights to distribute this movie from Paramount, and sells DVDs. You buy the DVD, and want to play it. Paramount want you to sit through some ads, so they tell the DVD store to put some ads on the DVD labeled as "unskippable".

Without DRM, you take the DVD and stick it into a DVD player that ignores "unskippable" labels, and jump straight to the movie.

With DRM, there is no licensed player that can do this, because to create the player you need to get permission from Paramount -- or rather, a licensing agent created and supported by content companies, DVD-CCA -- otherwise, you are violating some set of patents, anti-circumvention laws, or both.

B. Columbia make a movie. Netflix buys the rights to distribute this movie from Columbia, and sells access to the bits of the movie to users online. You get a Netflix subscription. Columbia want you to pay more if you want to watch it simultaneously on your TV and your phone, so they require that Netflix prevent you from doing this.

Now. You are watching the movie upstairs with your family, and you hear your cat meowing at the door downstairs.

Without DRM, you don't have to use Netflix's software, so maybe just pass the feed to some multiplexing software, which means that you can just pick up your phone, tell it to stream the same movie, continue watching it while you walk downstairs to open the door for the cat, come back upstairs, and turn your phone off, and nobody else has been inconvenienced and you haven't missed anything.

With DRM, you have to use Netflix's software, so you have to play by their rules. There is no licensed software that will let you multiplex the stream. You could watch it on your phone, but then your family misses out. They could keep watching, but then you miss out. Nobody is allowed to write software that does anything Columbia don't want you to do. Columbia want the option to charge you more when you go to let your cat in, even if they don't actually make it possible yet.

C. Fox make a movie. Apple buys the rights to sell it on iTunes. You buy it from iTunes. You want to watch it on your phone. Fox want you to buy the movie again if you use anything not made by Apple.

Without DRM, you just transfer it to your phone and watch it, since the player on any phone, whether made by Apple or anyone else, can read the video file.

With DRM, only Apple can provide a licensed player for the file. If you're using any phone other than an iPhone, you cannot watch it, because nobody else has been allowed to write software that decrypts the media files sold by Apple.

In all three cases, nobody has been stopped from violating a copyright. All three movies are probably available on file sharing sites. The only people who are stopped from doing anything are the player providers -- they are forced to provide a user experience that, rather than being optimised for the users, puts potential future revenues first (forcing people to play ads, keeping the door open to charging more for more features later, building artificial obsolescence into content so that if you change ecosystem, you have to purchase the content again).

Arguing that DRM doesn't work is, it turns out, missing the point. DRM is working really well in the video and book space. Sure, the DRM systems have all been broken, but that doesn't matter to the DRM proponents. Licensed DVD players still enforce the restrictions. Mass market providers can't create unlicensed DVD players, so they remain a black or gray market curiosity. DRM failed in the music space not because DRM is doomed, but because the content providers sold their digital content without DRM, and thus enabled all kinds of players they didn't expect (such as "MP3" players). Had CDs been encrypted, iPods would not have been able to read their content, because the content providers would have been able to use their DRM contracts as leverage to prevent it.

DRM's purpose is to give content providers control over software and hardware providers, and it is satisfying that purpose well.

As a corollary to this, look at the companies who are pushing for DRM. Of the ones who would have to implement the DRM, they are all companies over which the content providers already, without DRM, have leverage: the companies that both license content from the content providers and create software or hardware players. Because they license content, the content providers already have leverage against them: they can essentially require them to be pro-DRM if they want the content. The people against the DRM are the users, and the player creators who don't license content. In other words, the people over whom the content producers have no leverage. 
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+Google+ releasing more Auto-Awesome processing of your images, this time with "Stories" and "Movies" all automatically created. It's great seeing what they are doing with automatic processing, the linking of the photos is especially interesting in the "Stories", showing things like location changes all seamlessly and beautifully within the Story.
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This is probably the most brilliant analysis of goblin kind I have ever read. Thanks for the share +Yonatan Zunger!
 
Have you ever asked yourself the basic question, Why are goblins so terrible at everything? Presumably the answer to this is "no" unless you've regularly played a fairly old-school edition of D&D or M:tG or some other game that uses goblins as your sort of generic, low-level antagonist which you're supposed to rob, pillage, enslave, or otherwise reenact colonial history upon. But if you have, you may have asked yourself: in a world so red in tooth and claw, how the heck does a species known for its inventions blowing up, for being eaten by every predator in sight, and for nonetheless being mindlessly aggressive in battle actually survive?

I am grateful that Max Gladstone has analyzed this through the lens of evolutionary biology, and revealed to us the terrifying truth:

Goblins are a fungus.

Via +Jordan Peacock.
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+AnandTech puts out an excellent article yet again in this review of the new Samsung 850 Pro drives.

The article provides an excellent review of how NAND technology works, as well as a look into how Samsung's new V-NAND technology works.

For those of you who want the summary: This drive blows everything else out of the ballpark in every aspect: Endurance, speed, consistency. If you are planning on buying a SSD and can wait till these become available I would highly recommend it.
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Chrome is finally moving to 64 -bit builds on Windows! Dev channel only to start with, see the link to find where to download it ;)
 
Try out the new 64-bit Windows Canary and Dev channels
#chrome   #chromium   #windows  

Today we’re announcing the addition of 64-bit support to Chrome, with two brand new 64-bit Dev and Canary channels for Windows 7 and 8 users, giving a faster and more secure browsing experience. To try it out, download the 64-bit installer from our Canary or Dev download pages.
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I, for one, welcome our 64-bit overlords.
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+Google+ 4.4... and we still don't get sent directly to community posts from the notification on Android...
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I do wish there was a way to stop the dual e-mail notification. They could also merge the two bars at the top. I don't need to see myself.
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I recorded this video to try and capture how the trees were humming from all the bees in them. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to have captured that too well, on the other hand this video has some of the highest perspective "depth" of a non-3D video that I have seen in a long time due to the small movements I unintentionally introduced into it.
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I hear them and enjoy the way your movements do show the aspects of 3D.
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  • Oregon State University
    MIME IT Support, 2011 - present
    At Oregon State University my responsibilities have ranged from IT support for the MIME faculty and grad students, to maintaining the open lab computers in our department. With the move to a Citrix PVS system for running the lab computers I have taken over some responsibilities in maintaining our lab image and deployment to the lab computers.
  • Pyxis Laboratories, LLC.
    Network Admin., 2008 - 2011
    With the buyout of Coffey Laboratories, part of the staff changes involved moving from the 5 person team down to just me managing the network. A new internal system to manage the lab was developed by a contractor. Although an improvement over the old system, maintaining and fixing this system became my primary responsibility as the network was largely stable.
  • Coffey Laboratories, Inc.
    Network Admin., 2006 - 2008
    At Coffey Laboratories I managed the servers and network infrastructure, and worked alongside a team of one local and 3 remote programmers in developing on the internal system used to track the data generated by the laboratory.
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