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Pedro Vera
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Lives in Reston, VA, USA
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This is how you know that Nardella is really cleaning house. No ETA measured in Microsoft Minutes. It even tells you that you are looking forward to a bunch of reboots and it'll not be over anytime soon.

This install is not on my main machine, I decided to see how it would behave on an older machine, how it'll do with VS.net, Cisco AnyConnect, etc. 
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Took a nap, woke up and it's already done with the basic install. Not bad at all for a 5-year old machine, it's only two redeeming qualities are SSD and 16GB of RAM. 
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I was under the erroneous impression that chicken fried chicken was a big ol breaded and fried chicken breast on top of a mountain of loaded potatoes. Instead I got an oversized chicken strip on top of a half cup of mashed potatoes and cole onion slaw.
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It's sad because the Rock Bottom in Bethesda was serving a regulation chicken fried chicken as of six months ago. With the goddamn coleslaw with more onions than cabbage, now that I think of it. 
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User Story: I want housekeeping to leave on my pillow a candy shaped like a unicorn that farts rainbows.

Customer request: Write us an app for that. 
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That will add an entirely new dimension to my next few iterations :-)
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I just wish they would had considered the simpler parts of this equation. For example, I am 6' tall and I have long arms and legs. When I sit in my car in the correct by-the-book driving position, that is:

1. Seat/steering wheel telescopic mount are setup so that I can reach the steering wheel without my arms being fully stretched. And my legs reach the pedals properly. 

2. Steering wheel is tilted so it doesn't obstruct the instrument cluster.

I can't reach the top right corner of the touch screen in the center console without leaning towards the console, it's impossible to reach even from my ideal seating and with long arms. 

My first reaction was to rant about why the screen is not tilted slightly towards the driver in order to avoid this, but I quickly realized why this is not possible with this car. This is a Ford designed under their "world car" initiative, so that center console is being used in right-hand-drive cars. Making two different consoles would increase their costs, so instead they simply make it slightly less safer to use.

And like in the article, Ford's official reply is "well, have you tried using the voice commands?"

And Ford is right, the voice commands work, the problem is that the voice commands are annoying when there's passengers in the car that don't take the hint to STFU whenever you are trying to issue a voice command. 

My system is already obsolete, Ford ditched the Microsoft SYNC system for a system based on QNX, and so far the press likes it a lot. Too bad they won't retrofit us. It's not a bad system, I like it a lot, but it has all sorts of little annoyances that could had been fixed simply by handing the UI to somebody that is an expert on user interactions. 
You know what technology you need in a car? A radio and directions. Everything else is overkill. Read Ezra Dyer's full column at Car and Driver.
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alls they did is give you more of what you have.  except a/c, you cant carry that around.
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Somebody else did this, so here are my results: 

Your Gaming Style : Action-Oriented, Analytical, Driven, Independent, Deeply Immersed, and Inquisitive

I call bullshit on the social, I should have scored a zero. I don't enjoy any kind of online gaming and I feel no urge to compete against others.

The immersion score is basically telling me what I already know: I like sandboxes.

The action score is telling me something else I already know: I like sandboxes that let me blow shit up. 

The achievement is mostly due to poor impulse control. Any time a game gives me some kind of character skill/rating that can be measured, my lizard brain forces me to switch into grind mode until my character is maxed out. 

The survey can be found at https://apps.quanticfoundry.com/lab/10
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Am I expected to believe that the parties involved in programming the hulu client for Roku (or the API if this is not the client team's fault) are so goddamn stupid that they cannot exclude the trailer for the movie you just watched from the list of titles to play next automatically?

If I am watching a movie called Earthling, why the hell would you want me to watch the trailer AFTER I FINISHED WATCHING THE FULL MOVIE? Yup, this just happened for the 100th time. 

I mean, is this really hard? Give movie trailers a parent ID and point it to the full movie. When you select movies to show next, exclude anything that has its parent set to the title that just ended playing: 

SELECT MOVIES FROM SUGGESTED_MOVIES WHERE PARENT_ID <> JUST_PLAYED.ID

Unfreakinbealievable. 

#softwaredevelopment   #programming   #blameobama  
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but programming is hard.
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Raise your hand if you know why that number will particularly burn everyone at the BBC. 
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I can imagine that meeting:

Bezos: how much?
Clarkson: whatever the BBC made off us last year.
Bezos: That's $250 million for three years.
Clarkson: Yup.
Bezos: And you two are OK with this?
May: I like turtles.
Hammond: He's Captain Slow, that's why he likes turtles. Get it?
Clarkson: (shrugs)
Bezos: You know, with inflation and all, $250 million is not that much money here.
Clarkson: Nah, we just want that number to match, for comedic purposes.
Bezos: Fine, deal. But you gotta be on the conference call when I tell Reed Hastings to suck it, suck it hard. 
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Since bad things come in threes, I am going to go ahead and assume that before DEFCON starts Wired is going to publish a third article explaining a successful attack against Ford vehicles. 
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Ironically there's more action and intrigue in this one article about the Sea Shepherd ships than in a whole season of Whale Wars. 

Their own frickin TV show. 
For 110 days and across two seas and three oceans, crews stalked a fugitive fishing ship considered the world’s most notorious poacher.
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I am going to dedicate this to my least-favorite third party overseas outsource team and their project task that refuses to wrap up/die/etc.

155 billable hours and counting on something that should have not taken 16. And that's just the programmer's time, you gotta add QA and PM hours to it. 

Team: Listen to Shia LaBeouf. You CAN close this task, DO IT. FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS. WE SHIPPED THIS ALREADY, LET'S CLOSE IT. 
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We have fired customers, first job I have ever had where the company owner got so fed up that he actually fired a problem customer. The problem with this customer is a minor player within a much bigger organization for which we have a blanket contract. The only way we could turn them away is by quoting things high enough that they want to pick up their business and take it elsewhere. 
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This obsession with the arms race between Facebook and Google+ makes no damn sense. The reason I like Google+ is that it isn't Facebook. 
Google's been slowly dismantling its struggling...
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This is why I like it too. 
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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
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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.
Education
  • Excelsior College
    Science, 1995
  • University of Puerto Rico
    Mechanical Engineering, 1992
  • United States Army Signal Center
    SATCOM/SATCON, 1994
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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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reviewed 3 weeks ago
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
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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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