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Want a Google Drive client for Linux?  Don't wait for Google to provide one.

I don't normally recommend commercial software, at least that doesn't work on a freemium subscription method, but I have to say... Insync works.  And works really well.  (Even on the Raspberry Pi!)

If you're reading this, there's a pretty high chance that you use Google Drive, and a relatively decent chance you use Linux.  Unfortunately, Google in its infinite confusion hasn't yet seen fit to provide the world with a native Linux client for Google Drive (despite using Linux heavily in-house, and basing Chrome OS on Linux), leading to a number of posts with the #drive4linux and #driveforlinux hastags.  There are a number of third-party solutions out there (including some open-source options), most of which I've tried with varying degrees of satisfaction.  Insync, so far, is the best of them by a wide margin.

It's cross-platform, fast, and has some really nice options while remaining effortless to use.  The downside?  It's not free.  On the upside, the basic personal version is only a one-time $20 purchase, which is well worth it if, like me, you use both Google Drive and Linux. 

And it's almost freemium software.  Insync offers a 15-day free trial that can be extended by an additional 15 days if you refer others (and you get it for free if you refer 10 people).  So yeah, I'm being a bit selfish here, and trying to get you to click on the link and try the software, but only because the software is actually really good.  I'll have no problem paying for Insync once my free trial ends. 

But I'd still appreciate you trying it out so maybe I don't have to.
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I just finished watching What Dreams May Come for about the hundredth time, but the first since Robin Williams committed suicide. About three-quarters of the way through, the irony hit me right in the feels...
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Possible solution to Fermi's Paradox: the rest of the universe is freaking terrified of us and is just being very, very quiet.

I've never really considered that Humans Are Cthulhu might be a justified trope, but when you consider that all humans are effectively the monster from the movie It Follows, it starts to make a lot of sense.
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Copyright or licensing of music or a book is one thing.  Telling a farmer that he doesn't own his own tractor because of the software that runs it is insane.

I've been pointing out the problems with copyright law for years, and this sort of behavior by companies is only making more people aware of the threat posed by increasingly draconic copyright laws.  Of course the copyright industry won't realize it's been shooting itself in the foot until we do away with copyright entirely.
 
I have run into this in the maritime industry where we need to tweak a a PLC or something. I can't imagine that industry will accept this trend. Open platform alternatives will surely emerge. 
It’s official: John Deere and General Motors want to eviscerate the notion of ownership.
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Licenses based on contract law, for one thing. The biggest obstacle to this is that contract law hasn't been standardized internationally like the Berne Convention did for copyright law. But contract law has a lower burden of proof than copyright (which falls under criminal law), and any monetary penalty imposed for a violation would be compensation to the victim rather a fine to the government with the victim then having to sue in civil court for compensation (and hope the person has any money left after they've paid the fines). So licenses based on contract law would actually provide more and better protection for content creators than copyright.

Whether it would be better for the consumer, particularly on this particular issue, would to a degree depend on the details of the specific licenses. But since such a contract-based license would be based on the service of providing the software rather than an artificial claim of ownership (technically a legal monopoly) over the software, it's hard to see how it could possibly be worse. John Deere (or whoever) could still place restrictions on how you use or redistribute the software they provide (as stated in the license you agree to when you purchase the physical product), but they couldn't, for example, prevent you from installing different software on that product, since they would have no claim over that product after the point of sale. Unlike what they're trying to claim here with copyright.

This is just one possibility, but it's the one I think seems most reasonable. Not much would change in practice, except that instead of a content creator maintaining control over that content by effectively claiming ownership of it, that control would be maintained through terms placed on the service of providing that content. The content creator would have more legal protection, and there wouldn't be as many legal absurdities created as by copyright. And it's likely a few standardized licenses would become common (if only to save on legal expenses of writing up custom ones), so it wouldn't necessarily be more complex, either. We've already seen this with open-source software licenses, as while there are a number of them out there, about three of them cover the vast majority of open-source projects.
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So Rand Paul has officially put himself in the race for president. I could really get behind his stated ideals... if his positions on specific issues actually matched up at all with those ideals.

Hey Rand: "liberty" doesn't mean imposing your beliefs on others. That's pretty much the exact opposite of liberty, actually.
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"As governor of the state of Cuckooland, I propose we pass a law that says black people can't vote.  It's not discriminatory because it applies to everyone:  a black person who is black can't vote, and a white person who is black can't vote.  Completely fair."

That's basically this guy's argument.  But logic doesn't work that way.  It should be a requirement that someone can't be elected to public office unless they live in the same universe as everyone else.  And this guy is living in some bizarro universe where "not discriminatory" means "absolutely discriminatory".
 
This guy... This guy right here is hilarious!

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"There's nothing secret in the TPP"... Except all of it.
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This... actually makes a bit of sense.  Certainly more than making Johnny Storm black because... reasons?
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+Peter Parker Is The True Spider-Man Yes, you are. You are close-minded and you are a one-dimensional thinker. It's people like you that piss me off that want white FICTIONAL characters in a comic-book universe to always remain white. You and your obsolete thinking should go the way of the dinosaurs. I said it before but your small pea-brained mind can't be open to new possibilities. And using a "political correctness" is a lazy and sorry excuse to channel back your racism and bigotry. Whether it is Miles Morales or future minority established or original comic book main antagonists, they should and will come. So go to sleep, you bigot and racist. Your name will never remain true since you are a coward to show your real name. You are nothing more than a troll of the worst epitome. I am done with your utter stupidity. And you cursing at me shows me how vile and vulgar and petty you really are. I out-argued you at every turn and you gave absolutely no real reasonings. I'm done with you, you coward. Consider yourself muted and blocked. You are a pitiful bigot and racist - and deep down inside, you know you are.
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Derp

That's a good word, "derp". It packs a lot of meaning and emotion into four little letters.

At its most basic, it's an admission that you did something stupid. But it encompasses everything from "I mistyped my own name" to "I spent 15 minutes giving a stranger directions, only to realize after he'd gone that I'd been thinking about a completely different place".

Derp actually really shines in that latter category, when the act is one of pure stupidity rather than a simple mistake and "oops!" isn't nearly sufficient. It conveys in one syllable a sense of shame, embarrassment, and regret that no other words quite manage. And it even crosses language barriers. "Derp" is basically the sound that stupid makes.

The internet has produced a number of words that need to be burned with fire before they have a chance to become a permanent part of the English language, but "derp" is one of them.

... I mean it isn't one of them. Derp.

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This is really great news for anyone who's read even one issue of the comic.  Kamala Khan is definitely this generation's Peter Parker.  (And anyone who has a problem with the character being Islamic should shut up and read the comic before making any judgements.  She's awesome.)

But it definitely raises some questions...  How are they going to have a Ms. Marvel series before the Captain Marvel movie, since Ms. Marvel took her name from Carol Danvers' previous superhero identity?  Also, how are they going to deal with her origin?  They'd have to make some pretty radical changes, since the Inhumans movie (and presumably the detonation of the terrigen bomb that gave her and a whole new generation of Marvel characters their powers) is still several years away.  Her not understanding her powers or even why she has them has been a significant part of the comic so far.

With one blockbuster movie after another, Agents of SHIELD getting a spin-off, and Netflix' Daredevil series getting (well-deserved) critical acclaim, it seems that Marvel can do no wrong.  I'm really hoping this show follows that trend, because it would be really easy to mess this one up horribly.
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Yeah, maybe use the terrigen bomb as the start of the civil war instead of that explosive guy going off near a school. Heck, have it go off next to Kamala's school.

I can't wait until Marvel Universe catches up to the current issues of the comic. I'm four months behind right now.
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This is pretty much the worst Internet-related law we've seen yet, and if it's approved it will be nearly impossible to get rid of.  It has no expiration date or severability clause, and it places sever restrictions on Congress' ability to modify it.  And yet some congressmen have proposed that it be fast tracked for approval with no public discussion.

I say we nuke it from orbit.  It's the only way to be sure.  The Internet has risen up to defeat laws like this before.  We need to do it again.  Sign up and let Congress know this isn't cool.
 
The new Fast Track bill would legitimize White House secrecy and clear the way for anti-user trade deals to be rubber stamped for approval by Congress.
Following months of protest, Congress has finally put forth bicameral Fast Track legislation today to rush trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) through Congress. Sens. Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden, and Rep. Paul Ryan, respectively, introduced the bill titled the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015.
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Covalli's may be small restaurant, but they make up for it in quality. They have excellent food at a great price, and their serving staff is friendly and attentive. Very simply one of the best restaurants in town at any price!
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Great food at a great price, with excellent service! I recommend La Favorita (a cheesy grilled chicken dish with rice) and the Enchiladas Supreme.
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A bit hard to find, but worth it. Struts has the best burgers in town, and their beer-battered fries and homemade potato chips are awesome. They specialize in burgers and wings, but they have a little something for everyone. If there's a downside (other than the location), it's that the service can be a bit hit-or-miss depending on the time of day and who's working, but not really any more so than with any other casual dining restaurant.
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Mata's isn't very impressive at first glance, but once you taste the pizza you'll be coming back for more. Deep-dish with lots of toppings, covered in cheese and cooked to perfection, this is without a doubt the best pizza in town!
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Struts has the best burgers in town, and I love their homemade beer-battered fries! While they specialize in burgers and wings, Struts has a something for just about everyone. The service can be hit-or-miss depending on the time of day and who's working, but no more so than any other casual dining restaurant. By the way, I wouldn't pay much attention to the reviews complaining about it being in a gas station. While they share the building, they're otherwise completely separate, and you'd never know entering from the restaurant parking lot that there's a gas station on the other side. (Besides, the Cockpit is a Jacksonville landmark.)
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