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Ricky Pike
Works at NCR Corporation
Attended Stephen F Austin State University
Lives in Fort Worth, Texas
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Straight from the golden age of the video arcade.
Pac-Man turns 35 today. Here’s a look back at the era when Pac-Man fever ruled the world.
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While it's cool that Android M may support native fingerprint authentication, remember late last year, a judge ruled you can be compelled to give up your fingerprint, but not your passcode. I'm not sure where that ruling stands today.
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A new color! Raptor Egg Blue.
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my eggs are always that color
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Previous research estimated that dogs were first domesticated 11,000 to 16,000. This bone fragment pushes domestication back to between 27,000 and 40,000 years ago.
Genetic information from a 35,000-year-old wolf bone found below a frozen cliff in Siberia is shedding new light on humankind's long relationship with dogs
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The time I spend on the commuter train is generally the most relaxing minutes of the day.
Some people get wound up but others relish the "alone-time."
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Crazy.  I'd rather be at the gym or home than sucking down exhaust.  I got a much better sense of community walking to work and biking in Tacoma.  
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Usually I read about LiDAR being used to discover things such as ancient cities. In these cases, it's being used to record and preserve sites.
Archaeologists have increasingly turned to LiDAR to survey their areas of interest. Join us for a tour of some of the most stunning sites.
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My Environment Collection must have made it onto the Featured Collection page. It has swept up a lot of followers in the last 24 hours.
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Awesome images from the Tara Expeditions. Follow the link to see more and learn about this multi-year ocean voyage.
The four-year study took thousands of samples at hundreds of sites
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Great read on bicycle tire pressure optimization along with the methods used to arrive at the result.

On the rough surface (rumble strip), our rider had to put out 290 Watts more than on the smooth surface (right next to the rumble strip). That means that 290 Watts were lost through vibrations of the bike and rider’s body.

After all this testing, we now can say with great certainty that increasing your tire pressure (beyond a certain point) does not make your bike faster on road surfaces that range from very rough to very smooth. In fact, on very rough road surfaces, higher pressures are a lot slower than lower pressures, because the suspension losses are so great. On most surfaces, tire pressure (beyond a certain point) simply doesn't make a difference in speed.
Most cyclists are interested in improving their bike's performance, because rolling along at considerable speed while expending relatively little effort is one of the great appeals of cycling. Befo...
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Quit getting all bunched up about powdered alcohol, according to this article.

- It won't be snorted.
- It doesn't taste very good.
- It evaporates quickly so it isn't convenient to transport.
- Because of it's volume and resistance to dissolving, your drinks won't be spiked without your knowledge.
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I've never built the Platform style campfire before. I'll have to give it a try.
The most fundamental outdoor skill is also often one of the most misunderstood. Learn these five campfires and you’ll be able to cook food, scare off wild animals, stay warm or just have a bonfire on the beach. They’re simple, but everyone can probably learn something here.
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Nice! I always build log cabin fires. I'm eager to try platform now too!
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Australia is on the verge of criminalizing the teaching of encryption, refusing to learn from the mistakes of the U.S. in the 90's.
The government's Defence Trade Controls Act effectively makes teaching encryption a criminal act and considers even a simple calculator as a potential weapon.
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  • Stephen F Austin State University
    B.S. in Computer Science
  • Angelina College
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Richard
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Code Mechanic
Introduction
Father of two boys, software developer, craft beer enthusiast, history buff, family genealogist, amateur astronomer, hobby photographer, occasionally ride a road bicycle, and all around geek.

If you're interested in me professionally connect with me on LinkedIn and see my resume.
Work
Occupation
Software Engineer: Linux, Windows, Android
Skills
Writing Google+ posts. C++, C#, Python, Java, bash scripting, exposure to Python, Ruby, JavaScript and others.
Employment
  • NCR Corporation
    Software Engineer, 2011 - present
    Develop and maintain client, server, and web application software used for administering remote systems and terminals in a secure, PCI compliant manner. C#, C++.
  • Self Employed
    2007 - 2012
    Projects on GitHub include a weather station server, the Android app Latitude Shortcuts (now defunct) and a command line 2 factor HMAC code generator based on Google Authenticator.
  • Radiant Systems
    Software Engineer, 2010 - 2011
    See NCR Corporation
  • Fairmount Neighborhood Association
    Membership Director, 2009 - 2011
    Organized monthly meetings including contacting and scheduling speakers. Maintained membership list and processed membership payments. Organized neighborhood events such as holiday parties
  • RadioShack Corporation
    Software Engineer, 2000 - 2010
  • Tandy Corporation
    Software Engineer, 1993 - 2000
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Ft Worth, Texas - Lufkin, Texas - San Augustine, Texas - Georgia, Florida
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