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#Conservative  politics in action. #GOP   #Kansas  

"But the economic boom the cuts were supposed to trigger never came. Instead, Kansas' economy lagged, its credit rating was downgraded, and job growth slowed. By 2014, projected revenues had fallen by nearly $4 billion over the next six years. In the first four months of 2015, Kansas lost jobs. Lawmakers in Topeka are currently working overtime, at a cost of $43,000 per day to taxpayers, to plug an $800 million budget gap. Unwilling to raise taxes, the Legislature has thus far been unable to find the money the state needs."

That reminds me on the old religious blood-letting "treatment" in medieval times, if the patient died because of this the measure just hadn't been hard enough and they told they would need to remove even more blood....

And they are ready to have a deep constitutional crisis only because of the ideology. Do we need an intelligence test for voters and governors? 

But on the other hands, it is the Kansas voters who voted like this. They seem to like the Koch industries so much as they vote for tax cuts from which no penny will see their pockets.
Gov. Sam Brownback's tax-slashing crusade threatens to become a full-blown constitutional crisis.
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Nexus 6 HDR+ low light.

Konstanz, Germany
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That has been a long time since I last visited the city I lived in for nearly 20 years....

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#Neuland  ( #Germany  ) seems to go haywire again - this time with its censorship "youth protection" laws.

E-Books are not considered as books but as "telemedia", which enables the youth protection scheme, and every e-book issuer must declare each e-book whether it is suited for 0 (unrestricted), 6, 12, 16 or 18 year old persons. Paper books and bookstores never had to do that and will not have to.

For e-Book sellers it is even worse, if an e-Book is approved only for 18 y.o. ("FSK 18") you can't even download it without an ID and age check.

Money quote in the article (it is a news distribution service for the book publishers and sellers):

" Was zunächst wie ein verspäteter Aprilscherz klingt , wird E-Book-Produzenten demnächst zusätzliche Scherereien machen: Christian Sprang informierte die Verlegerrunde darüber, dass E-Books (wie CD-ROMs oder DVDs) unter den Jugendmedienschutz-Staatsvertrag fallen. Im Gegensatz zu Büchern würden E-Books als Telemedien eingestuft, für die strengere Jugendschutzvorschriften gelten. Künftig müssten (noch zu benennende) Jugendschutzbeauftragte der Verlage Bücher – wie schon jetzt z.B. bei Filmen üblich – im Wege einer freiwilligen Selbstkontrolle einstufen und mit FSK 0, 6, 12, 16 und 18 kennzeichnen. Bei der Meldung ans VLB müsse diese Kennzeichnung in ein Pflichtfeld eingetragen werden, so Sprang. Bis spätestens 2017 müsse die neue Praxis umgesetzt werden. "
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So, to recap: ebooks are not books, they are telemedia, so youth protection is yes. But ebooks are books, not telemedia, so book price fixing is yes.
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Sometimes you have to commit sins.
Winterthur's only 24h/24 restaurant.

Main problem: They show boring soccer on the video wall and not Baseball....

#Food #Burger
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Yummy. Time for dinner
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Using CSV files as a storage filling service is not a good idea when there is no one being able to press the reset-button....
 
Rettung durch Reboot durch kosmische Strahlung

»But inside the spacecraft's Linux-based flight software, a problem was brewing. Every 15 seconds, LightSail transmits a telemetry beacon packet. The software controlling the main system board writes corresponding information to a file called beacon.csv. If you’re not familiar with CSV files, you can think of them as simplified spreadsheets—in fact, most can be opened with Microsoft Excel. 

As more beacons are transmitted, the file grows in size. When it reaches 32 megabytes—roughly the size of ten compressed music files—it can crash the flight system. The manufacturer of the avionics board corrected this glitch in later software revisions. But alas, LightSail’s software version doesn’t include the update.

Late Friday, the team received a heads-up warning them of the vulnerability. A fix was quickly devised to prevent the spacecraft from crashing, and it was scheduled to be uploaded during the next ground station pass. But before that happened, LightSail fell silent. The last data packet received from the spacecraft was May 22 at 21:31 UTC (5:31 p.m. EDT). 

The aftermath

LightSail is likley now frozen, not unlike the way a desktop computer suddenly stops responding. A reboot should clear the contents of the problematic beacon.csv file, giving the team a couple days to implement a fix. But to pull a phrase from recent mission reports, the outcome of the freeze is “non-deterministic.” That means sometimes the processor will still accept a reboot command; other times, it won’t. It’s similar to the way you deal with a frozen computer: You can try to struggle past sluggish menus and click reboot, but sometimes, your only recourse is pressing the power button.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there have been 37 Cal Poly and Georgia Tech ground station passes. During half of those, reboot commands were sent to the spacecraft. Nothing has happened yet. Therefore, we have to assume that LightSail is only going to respond to the power button method.

When I filmed an interview with our CEO, Bill Nye, and system engineer Barbara Plante, last year, Nye points out a piece of hardware strapped to BenchSat, LightSail’s acrylic-mounted testing clone:

“There’s nobody in outer space to push that reset button,” says Nye.
“No one that we’ve gotten to volunteer for that job,” Plante replies. “But it’s open."

Since we can’t send anyone into space to reboot LightSail, we may have to wait for the spacecraft to reboot on its own. Spacecraft are susceptible to charged particles zipping through deep space, many of which get trapped inside Earth’s magnetic field. If one of these particles strikes an electronics component in just the right way, it can cause a reboot. This is not an uncommon occurrence for CubeSats, or even larger spacecraft, for that matter. Cal Poly’s experience with CubeSats suggest most experience a reboot in the first three weeks; I spoke with another CubeSat team that rebooted after six. Coincidentally, this is close to the original 28-day sail deployment timeline. «”
The Planetary Society’s LightSail test mission has been paused while engineers wait out a suspected software glitch that has silenced the solar sailing spacecraft.
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I am really surprised by a lack of watchdog reset by ground contact.
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It’s now easier to add and edit great photos of your business with the Google My Business app. Just tap the red plus sign when you open the app to start sharing with your customers on Android (goo.gl/9mGq6L) and iOS (goo.gl/SBSGI9).
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A ferris wheel! A ferris wheel! A ferris wheel!
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Playing with the Nexus 6 camera. #N6

The 2nd picture is for reference only, the border between very short grass and slightly longer cut grass which is present on the rather macroscopic pictures.
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+James Lamb That is what I tried - different focus distance. ;-)
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Some street photos Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Comments, criticism, observations requested and welcomed! 
#streetphotography   #streetstyle   #streetpics   #manhattan   #brooklyn   #newyorkcity  
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Well done, Nebraska!
Nebraska has outlawed what has long been a central plank of conservative criminal justice policy: the death penalty.
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Cameroon/Ivory Coast/Senegal Africa enthusiast.

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I like public transit infrastructure and how these systems work.

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    2008 - 2012
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    IT Security Consultant, 2001 - 2012
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    Business IT Consultant, 1999 - 2008
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Schnelle Terminvergabe und sehr höflicher Empfang. Sehr kurze Wartezeiten bei Röntgen, modernes digitales Röntgengerät. Hatte einen sehr freundlichen Arzt zugeteilt bekommen.
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The new "VIP" service includes a decent travel bus with very good seating and a very responsible driver. A small snack and lemonade is included.
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Angenehme Schulungsatmosphäre Ruhig gelegen
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