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Nathan Jolly
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Disturbed's third album, Ten Thousand Fists, is 99¢ on Google Music for a limited time. Probably US only. Scooped that one guy always posting music, haha... I follow these guys on Facebook and they just posted it, though. Met my wife on their site. That was 14 years ago. Married her nearly 10 years ago. In fact, we just took our flower girl — 3 then, 13 now — to see them back in March. She's a fan too, not just because of us, but because she heard them in the Rockband games we and her dad used to play.

Of course I have the CD and I have it ripped and uploaded, but for 99¢, I'll take the upgrade to what is probably a better rip with better tags. I'll always buy their albums... and re-buy them if it's an advantage to me and it's a good price.

Also Green Day's greatest hits (though it's not recent so it's missing a bunch of stuff), an Avenged Sevenfold album, and some classic rock. Got myself a pretty good haul, all with credit from that Google Opinion Rewards. Even though I switched to iPhone two months ago, I still get surveys on the tablet. The advantages of being multi-platform... :)
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Hey SeriesGuide. I just switched to iPhone, and there is nothing like SeriesGuide over there. There are some Trakt clients, but none are anywhere near as good. I've got two installed right now. One wants to show me every show I've watched on Trakt and I can't even put what I'm currently watching at the top. The other one is a little better than that, but it can't rate episodes.

Seriously, if you guys could get an iOS version out with feature parity to the Android version, it would corner the market, which is pretty dead over there, as best I can tell. Though I haven't looked at the paid apps, since none of them even claim to do all I want. I'm willing to pay to get all the features I want, and bought the SG X Pass even though I don't really need it. Fair's fair and I'd buy it or a pro unlock for SG on iOS if it were ported. Looks like the mobile version of Trakt for a while in any case.

And if you can't make it over... well, thank you for, I'd have to say at least two or three years that I've been using SG. Easily one of the best apps on Android.
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I've actually found that Trakt.tv is fairly usable in a browser... but only with the ads blocked. Their ads cause the scrolling to drag across the ad (to keep you looking at it longer). iOS scrolls slower than Android to start with, so while you can rate the episode and move on, to actually list it as watched, well, that's below the ad. Fortunately, as of iOS 9, one can get ad blockers (though they're called something else). Most cost money, but Mozilla has one that is free. But I would still prefer to use SeriesGuide, and would pay for it again.

I also haven't sold my Android phone, so as long as it's on Wi-Fi, I can use SeriesGuide, but I'm going to sell it sooner than later.
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What ROM do you use, if any, and why? Stock is fine too, please don't feel excluded if you run stock.

I don't have my 6P yet, but I'm almost definitely getting one, just as soon as my Verizon contract is up in June. And for years, ROMs have always had some issue or other. (I know they're better on Nexus. My wife has a 2013 N7, and it's running an old version of Pure Nexus, and It Just Works.) There's always some compromise. And then some feature gets removed, or something goes wrong, or a project gets abandoned, and it's always the user's fault. That makes me just want to run stock and not deal with the drama llamas, both in development and on the user side.

I mainly just want to make the phone sleep on Back long-press, toggle torch on Recent long-press, and swipe down on the right side of the status bar to get to quick settings. So I don't need something with 50 million tweaks to sort through. Or stock rooted with Xposed is fine, too, I think, since GravityBox will do all I want. But if I do that, I'm not getting OTAs. I don't care about the N preview, but I do want the monthly security patches. So I'm wondering, is anyone running something that's just stock, plus root, and Xposed/GravityBox, maybe a couple little tweaks to speed things up, that gets updated with the monthly patches?

Thanks in advance.
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That's with systemless root, right? I haven't read the FAQ. I absolutely will before installing. Still got almost 3 months with Verizon.
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Just wanted to say thanks for this. I'm coming from Zooper and didn't want to give it up at first because it was basically meeting my needs, but Kustom does so much more and I wanted to get with the new thing. I hesitated because I heard the learning curve was steeper. And it is, but even with no programming background, with a couple of tutorial videos, I was able to jump right in. I even figured out how to add a font I wanted. I'll be buying the pro unlock very soon. Keep up the good work.
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If you want a great drama to sink your teeth into, check out Revenge. I've posted about it on Facebook a couple times, but I don't think I have here, so...

A family of 1%'ers (including their matriarch, featured right) blow up a plane and set up an underling to take the fall. He went to prison an innocent man, and his daughter grew to hate him. After a troubled childhood, she learned the truth about her father, and set out (pictured left) to avenge her father, Count of Monte Cristo style. By setting up and disgracing everyone who had a hand in setting up her father.

It's been a lot of fun to watch. I'm almost done with the third season. 25 episodes to go.
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Hey, any dbrand fans? I'm almost certainly getting the Nexus 6P in June, and I thought I wouldn't want a skin on it, but I played with the tool (not smart of me) and I'm getting one. Not sure if I posted this before or not. (I did on Facebook.)

So what I'm wondering is... I have a Flygrip, and I'm not gonna give it up. Sticking a Flygrip on a dbrand wrap is a bad idea, isn't it? I'm sure it is, and even if it's not, it's going to conflict with the Nexus logo.

What if I put a clear case on it, and put the Flygrip on that? Will putting a case on and taking it off mess with the dbrand wrap, or is it pretty sturdy?

I'm torn between wanting a phone that looks suave as hell (and I normally don't care so much about looks) and wanting one I'll never drop, and can hang (off cupboards, my TV, etc), and use as a kickstand. Any ideas?
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I really like the toast skins for the 6p
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New front runner for next phone. And if you want to learn about smartphones, subscribe to Marques Brownlee on YouTube. The man knows his phones, and his background in photography and video production (which shows in the quality of his videos, they're the most detailed YouTube videos I've ever seen) means you're getting the best recommendations for the camera feature, which he always goes in-depth with. So I'll let him tell you why this phone is so great.

I'm still considering the LG V10, but the big con with that one is that it, so far, cannot be rooted. So no ad blocking. No backup/restore of apps and their data. On the other hand, it also has the IR blaster, the memory card reader, and a better camera. But it's Verizon, and I'd be stuck still paying $82 a month for 2GB of data. That's pretty sorry. But there are new Verizon plans to consider as well, so I will definitely give Verizon a chance to keep my business. Another option is to go to T-Mobile, who offer the V10 unlocked, which means it can be rooted as well. T-Mobile has much better pricing than Verizon, but their network coverage is the worst of the big five carriers, though they're probably improving the most.

Meanwhile with Google's carrier, Project Fi, I get unlimited talk/text for $20, and data for 1¢/MB, or $10/GB. And then the 128GB 6P is $27 a month to make monthly payments (it's a $650 phone). Even still, with the data I typically use, that'll take my phone bill down to $52 a month. Fi uses T-Mobile and Sprint, who don't offer the coverage of Verizon, but for $360 a year saved, I think I can deal with a slightly smaller coverage area. And actually, the smaller Nexus just got a $50 price drop, so if this one gets one in the next 5 months, it'll be just 25 a month, bringing my bill to or possibly just under $50. Trying to save money.

Especially with so many of my Android friends preaching Nexus... I hear you, I've been hearing you, but I feel like I need at least 96GB (what I have in my HTC One M8 now) for all the music I use. Granted, I use Spotify now (Spotify is cool) and their songs are much smaller than MP3s. I think they're using something else, like m4a (MPEG-4 Audio) or maybe Vorbis. It's encrypted so I can't tell, but these songs are less than half the size, or smaller, and the quality is great. These are files I've pinned for offline use. So the 64GB may be more than enough, but without a memory card, I'm gonna go with the big one, simply because I can't add storage. So anything I listen to regularly, is gonna be saved offline over Wi-Fi and put in a playlist (easier access until Spotify lets you sort by offline only) and I think I'll end up with a lot of free space... but better free space than not enough.

Don't even care about custom ROMs. I just want root and GravityBox (via Xposed).
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Hey team, just wanted to pop in and say that I saw Remix OS, and I see people posting about it, and I thought of your project again. I'm going to use Remix OS as I'm able, but I'm rooting for you guys. Hang in there and don't give up. You guys have an awesome dream and vision for implementing it. Anyway, keep up the good work.
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+Nathan Jolly No problem lmao
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Voice Access doesn't work on HTC running Marshmallow/Sense 7. Is it only for stock Android?

It keeps telling me to enable it, when it's already enabled. Doesn't bring up the numbers at all. Sometimes it force closes.
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I ran into that problem a couple of times myself. In my case, I'm using a Nexus 5x on Marshmallow 6.0.1. Voice Access works quite well most of the time. I also use switch access via a single switch and Tecla Shield Dos. I have noticed that voice access and switch access compete with each other and I think that's what caused my issues a couple of times. I would either have to enable/reenable voice/switch again and/or restart the phone. I hope you can get yours working, Nathan!
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I'm having a problem getting KLWP to estimate my remaining battery. It raises as the day goes on and here it's saying I have 20 more hours at just 30%... around 80% it said I have just 11 hours.

Frank, I'm the same guy (dragontology) who asked about this on XDA. So it's had, I don't know, almost a week and a half to calibrate or normalize or whatever.

On a side note, Fallout elements are obvious, but something else is being referenced as well, I'm not sure it's nearly as well known...
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It's one of the templates...

$if(bi(charging) = 0, charge, full)$$if(bi(charging) = 0 | bi(level) < 100, " in " + tf(bi(fullempty) - dp()))$
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21 years ago today Star Trek Voyager premiered on TV.

Voyager was like Star Trek in reverse. Where the original series (Kirk, Spock, and McCoy) and The Next Generation (Picard, Data, Worf) were about getting out there and exploring, Voyager, in a freak accident, found themselves on the other side of the galaxy, 75 years from home at top speed. Knowing they would all be dead before they got home, they decided to make their ship a generational ship and take their time, exploring on the way home, hoping their children or grandchildren would bring all that telemetry and data to improve 24th century Earth's knowledge of space.

Awesome show, too bad the ship returns to mint every episode after getting blown to bits in the previous episode, and other anachronisms... all in all it was a good show. Battlestar Galactica is perhaps what Voyager could have been if they stayed as dark as the premise implied, but Voyager's lighter tone didn't completely kill it. A lot of fans hated Neelix, an alien they met shortly after crossing the galaxy. He was a loner, but he had a lot of knowledge of the area, so they brought him on as an adviser... also a chef and "morale officer." Later, he became the designated babysitter as he was found to be excellent with kids — sound like anyone you know?

Voyager was also the first Trek series since the original to have a Vulcan on board, like Spock in the original. But Tuvok got a full seven years, not just Spock's three, to build on Vulcan lore. And instead of an android on The Next Generation and a shape shifter on Deep Space Nine, Voyager got a hologram. The Doctor (he only took a name in the finale, and settled on "Joe") was first a holgram confined to Sickbay, which led to some interesting stories, but later he acquired a portable holographic emitter, which allowed him to go wherever he liked, including off the ship.

Voyager was the first Trek show to have a Borg crew member. The Borg were a race of cyborgs bent on assimilating aliens that would increase their diversity and abilities, and killing the rest. Voyager liberated one and she became part of their family. And Voyager benefited from a collaboration between Paramount/UPN and the WWE, having an episode about sports entertainment in the 24th century, featuring The Rock.

If you only watch one Voyager episode, watch the best one. "Blink of an Eye" is one of Trek's finest episodes overall. Voyager encounters a ship with two cores, and by entering orbit, they become trapped. Trying to break free, they are seen by the first people to evolve, and the ship is worshiped as a god. But it's also destroying the planet, and an hour on the ship is years on the planet below. By the end of the episode, a day or so on the ship, the planet has developed terrible weapons that could destroy the ship. I wish I had a link for it.
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I read on a US Cellular subscriber forum that Project Fi phones can roam on Verizon, AT&T, and US Cellular if it can't pick up T-Mobile or Sprint. I don't believe it, and I've asked for a source, but they aren't really a busy forum, and I don't expect an answer soon.

So does anyone here know, definitively if that's true or not? I've looked all over Project Fi's website and I don't recall anything like that.

The closest thing I know is that T-Mobile and US Cellular are reportedly working on a roaming deal. I am not sure if that would extend to Project Fi or not.

US Cellular, if you don't know, is a regional carrier which specializes in areas ignored by the Big Four. For years, they were all you could get in eastern North Carolina, east of Raleigh, north of Wilmington or Jacksonville, and south of the VA state line. I used to have them, but left for Verizon in 2014. My wife still has them. My wife could switch to Fi right now and would if I can assure her that she'll have signal at work and on the way to and from work. Me, I gotta wait until June...
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Okay +Di Sid I did not realize that. If it's free (well, data charges would apply of course) then I will definitely do that. Thanks to all of you for that tip.
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Born and raised in Northern California, I met my wife online, and drove to North Carolina to move in with her. We've been married since 2006. I build the computers I use for general web browsing, writing, and PC gaming (Steam), and I'm always thinking up new ways to customize my Android smartphone in new ways or find a new custom firmware to flash on it (I mostly run CyanogenMod or something based on it).

When I'm not tinkering with electronics, I'm either spending time with my wife, driving, working, or cooking. If I could sum up my cooking in one word, it would be 'spicy.' My wife is a baker and cake decorator, so we both turn out some amazing projects in our kitchen. I'm about as passionate about what comes out of our kitchen as what's in our main computer or on my phone.

I've been on the Internet in some capacity or another since 1992 as 'Dark Reality,' and I've had a couple movies, a band, and some songs named after me. (Google me, or rather, my screen name.) Pretty cool, or it would be if I ever got paid from it. I've gone from being an opinionated ass who isn't afraid to speak his mind (think House from House, M.D.) to being a more relaxed dude who generally tries to help with things I'm good with (computers, phones, some games). But I must not be that bad a guy, since I met my wife online, on a forum for some lousy band you probably don't care about anyway, and a lot of the people up there hated me. Not sure how I got a wife outta the deal, but hey, life's funny like that and I wouldn't trade my weird luck for anything. It's taken me to some pretty interesting places, and I can't wait to see where it takes me next.
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Greenville, NC
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Chocowinity, NC - Santa Rosa, CA - Cloverdale, CA
Nice place, bathrooms are a little small but the room is very comfortable. Conveniently located right off 95, too.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
Great burger place! It was a bit of a drive but I think it was worth it! Hip, modern dine-in with drive-up ordering. Burgers were good, served fresh and cooked well done. The buns weren't fully split, and this caught a lot of the juices. The fries are crinkle cut and crispy, not soggy at all. The shakes are small but delectable. Staff is very friendly, too. The booths are narrow, but they have chairs. Cartoons on one TV for the kids, baseball on the other. Great place.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Always a nice place to shop, but pricy. We look at their craft beer selection, and always pick up a couple cannoli for the road — best cannoli I've had.
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Good, basic grocery chain with a lot of Greek and Italian specialty food. Great selection of meat and seafood, too. Family owned, kind employees.
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Came here with my wife at around 14:30 on a Saturday. They had some customers but mostly empty. Got seated right away. Place is nice: long and narrow with a bar separated from the seating area by a wall with windows; there's also a forward seating section looking out onto the street, and an upstairs area above the bar. We ordered an appetizer, the 'Skins and Bites,' which is breaded jalapeno and onion slices, with a dipping sauce they call 'Come on Back Sauce.' The sauce is aptly named, it's delicious. The onions were just okay (like a blooming onion anywhere else) but the jalapeno slices were amazing, like inside out poppers. My wife got the 'Kickin Chicken' sandwich, and I got the 'Zydeco King' burger. My side was the 'Grub fries' (seasoned fries) and she got the hash brown casserole. We were both satisfied with what we got. I was offered gravy for the fries (the table had ketchup and mustard) but we had enough of the 'Come on Back Sauce' left that I passed and used that instead. The fries were a little salty for me (though not for the area—NC likes salt) and the burger could have been a little bigger, but it was delicious, and my wife was happy with her sandwich. We weren't pestered every 5 minutes like at some places, which is a good thing, but if something was wrong (it wasn't), we would have had to flag someone down. And it took a little while after we were both done to get the check. Would have loved to hang out, maybe get a beer (they have a HUGE selection of bottles, and a few on tap) but I had to get my wife to work... as is too often the case when we eat out. Prices were generally fair. My burger was $8.99, my wife's sandwich was $7.99, and the appetizer was supposed to be $6.99, but they tacked on 35¢ ($7.34) for a reason I couldn't determine. Tax possibly, but it was added before the tax and the tax was added on top of that. Overall we both loved it. My wife's been once before, but for my first time, I really enjoyed it.
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