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Pet peeve: when people can't tell the difference between cheap and inexpensive.

Cheap: when you get less than what you paid for.
Inexpensive: when you get more than what you paid for.

This is a no-brainer: the powers-that-be finally figured out everything that was wrong with the Osprey, but can't cut costs. What they can do is take the Blackhawk replacement platform and make it work like an Osprey.

Of course it is a lot less expensive. And if they play this right, they'll get commonality of parts that will save them a shitload of money over the life of the project, plus type training will also be less expensive since it is obvious that they'll try to reuse as much of the cabin package as the Blackhawk family. 
For less than a third the price of each $70 million Osprey, the Army will get nearly the same performance from the V-280 Valor.
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OK. So May is the Prime Minister, and Hammond is the Chancellor. What's Clarkson's job? Queen? Court Jester?

#topgear #thegrandtour #amazon
New prime minister appoints Philip Hammond as chancellor, with Boris Johnson surprise choice as foreign secretary
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#amazon #prime day

The good news: The 10" Kindle Fire HD is $80 off.

The bad news: The whole goddamn Internet is trying to click on "add to cart" at the same time, and Amazon is choking.

If only there was a way for Amazon to build and host their website(s) using scalable technologies that would allow them to react to traffic demands in a flexible/elastic and cost-effective manner. I don't know, maybe put virtual machines in a cloud environment and requisition them on the fly. Call the whole thing something sexy, like Amazon Cloud Services, or Amazon Internet Services. 
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If they were smart they would use this as an excuse to buy themselves a few extra X-37 "baby" shuttles under the black budget.

Or for a drop-in drone conversion for the B-2. 
Secrecy is the linchpin of a stealth aircraft's ability to carry out strikes deep within enemy territory, but when it comes to the tax dollars that are going to be spent on the U.S. Air Force's new B-21 bomber, some members of Congress say it is time pull the curtain back.
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Gorgeous!

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#sigh

Why the fuck would #microsoft include something in asp.net as goddamn useful as a generic handler (*.ashx), and something as powerful as URL routes, then decide that for shits and giggles an .ashx is not exposed to the URL route context?

WHY GOD WHY?

Did anyone spend more than 10 minutes trying to think what people would do with a generic handler? Is everyone at the .net features team so worthless that they couldn't do a customer clinic with 10 programmers and ask them what they would do with a generic handler?

What about this?

/var1/var2/method/

Mapped to ~/some/folter/method.aspx works great.

But what about...

/var1/var2/method/

Mapped to ~/some/folter/method.ashx

Guess what? IT WON'T WORK. Because either some asshole decided that the feature wasn't needed, or was too expensive to implement, or there was already a long and winded and convoluted route to duct tape it into submission, so why add a direct implementation?

This is the kind of shit that programmers using Apache and mod_rewrite don't have to put up with.

I am not going to blow an hour wrapping this with duct tape, so I am going to have to use ~/method.ashx and just add var1 and var2 to the JSON payload it is already expecting.

#programming #development #software #aspnet

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You can't to do that. At least not since the lawsuit.
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#nsfw
Is it really necessary to mention CNN twice and to inject an anchor's name into a headline that is displayed on top of the news channel's web site? I am not even a journalism major, and I could have written that headline as:

"Seven Baton Rouge officers shot, three reported dead. Watch CNN for more details."

Because who gives a flying fuck about who the sources talked to? It is not going to be reported unless the producer that pulls the strings green lights it, it is not like Don Lemon is Walter Cronkite. 
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If any of you is, or knows somebody that is interested in a WordPress jockey job disguised as a "lead web developer that knows everything in the world" job, please let me know so I can show you the posting. It's for a nonprofit in Arlington, VA, has metro access across the street, full time, benefits, paid parking, etc. This is not for my employer, I am just passing the word.
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Two creepy things happened this week on the race towards the technological singularity:

1. [agency redacted] is talking about 3D-printing drones.
2. A police department in this country has for the first time overtly used a robot to kill. Notice I said overtly, I am positive our armed forces have done this already overseas but that's of course classified. This is the first public acknowledgment of using a robot to kill a human being as part of a law enforcement operation.

You should be scared about #1 because the very first thing that the entity that crosses over into the technological singularity is going to need is a friggin 3D printer to upgrade itself further. Yes, it's going to design better 3D printers too, is your mind blown already or what?

You should be scared about #2 because it sets precedent that can be manipulated and exploited at a later date.

#tinfoilbrigade #tinfoilhat #paranoia #ai #artificialintelligence #omfghashtags

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Don't even get me started on Boston Dynamics.

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Check this out this dramatization of what just happened to me:

Amazon: hey Pedro, we got this movie for you. It's called Shark Exorcist.
Pedro: Stop.
Amazon: Pedro, it's about a demonic nun that summons Satan to a small fishing village
Pedro: Stop.
Amazon: and Satan possesses a shark AND a girl.
Pedro: Please stop.
Amazon: then there's a priest that comes to the village to fight both teeth and temptation on land and sea in order to send these man-killers back to Hell before the tide comes in for good!
Pedro: Dammit Amazon, stop. I queued the damn movie as soon as you said "Shark Exorcist."

Seriously, for a company that prides itself in their data mining expertise, why would they waste broadband explaining to me the plot summary for a movie called "Shark Exorcist" when one of my hobbies is to watch shitty horror movies. 
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‪#‎mfw‬ I just got my power back after a 5-hour power outage due to maintenance, right as I got the memo that they are doing this again next week. For 8 hours.

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YUCK. I bet it's NSA.

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  • Excelsior College
    Science, 1995
  • University of Puerto Rico
    Mechanical Engineering, 1992
  • United States Army Signal Center
    SATCOM/SATCON, 1994
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Introduction
Pedro is a workaholic lead web applications developer stuck somewhere around the DC beltway. 

In his paid time he writes code, irritates his customers and coworkers and drinks too much coffee. 

In his free time he watches too much TV, plays video games, reads, writes, takes pictures, irritates his family, cats and friends and drinks too much coffee.
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Lead Web Developer
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software development, web applications development, programming, scripting, relational databases, telecommunications, process management, technical management, photography
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  • NetLink Resource Group
    Lead Web Applications Developer, 2006 - present
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Reston, VA, USA
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Landstuhl, Rheinland-Pfalz, Deutschland - Augusta, Georgia, USA - Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, USA
I am a repeat customer, this is my second vehicle purchase at this dealership plus they serviced my previous car for over four years. I am absolutely pleased with every single experience I have had with this dealership. As always, it was a no-pressure deal, both Rickie Piland (my salesman) and Danny Islam (my finance manager) made it absolutely clear that they were there to make us happy.
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Five stars if you go in the middle of the week. No traffic, very short lines. If you go closer to the end of the season, or worse, on the last weekend of the season, prepare for major gridlock and lines. We have been coming to this park for a few years and it's always a load of fun. That is, except for when we procrastinated and waited until the last weekend a year or two ago. Lesson learned.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: GoodService: Excellent
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Great food, very affordable, fast service and a staff that is incredibly accommodating to families with small children and children with special needs. I have been bringing my (now 12) son that has autism and everyone makes him feel like he OWNS the restaurant. I don't know how it is during weekdays, but weekends there are no issues whatsoever with parking or waiting for a table. Make sure you bring your appetite because the portions are big, especially if you ask for any kind of pasta that comes served on top of a pizza crust. The most popular children's dish seems to be the "make your own" pizza, they'll bring the materials to the table and even a chef's hat.
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