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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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A victory for the Free Range parenting movement. A loss for overzealous cops.
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There's a nice park <1 mile from my house. I wouldn't have a problem with my kid riding her bike with her friend to the park, they're 9 and 10. My wife, otoh, would probably only allow it if the friend's older sister (13) went along too. Mostly because "what if they crash and need help?" or whatever... well you suck it up, dust off the blood and dirt, and ride home, damnit. That's what we did. 
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My VO2 max is estimated in the upper 40's. Chris Froome's tested an insane 88.2 at his Tour de France weight. Good article.

My Garmin 520 (bicycle computer - http://goo.gl/zAwKJN) uses analytics developed by Firstbeat to guess at my VO2 max. Golden Cheetah software (http://goo.gl/S9fdYO) uses other methods, but they are both wild estimates.
Since the Lance Armstrong scandal, double Tour de France winner Chris Froome has been dogged by doping allegations. Esquire accompanies the British rider into the laboratory to observe the tests he hopes will silence the doubters forever
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For example, when Google unleashes the new Google+ design and you feel the rage from within.
You’ve finally had it. You’re angry and you’re not gonna take it anymore. Before you tell someone off, quit your job, or finally toss that aggravating project, come up with a plan to “spend” your anger effectively.
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::flips tables::
::ragequit::
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It's now game over for known antibiotics.
There was one last class of antibiotics to which bacteria had not developed genetic resistance that could spread between them – until now
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The process was inevitable.  But we did not have to hasten it.
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This dad registered his daughter's birth on the Blockchain. Genius.
Santiago Siri celebrated the arrival of his baby daughter Roma this week in a rather different way – by registering her birth on the blockchain.
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Another brewery is being sold off. But this time not to some industrial lager brewing conglomerate. Whew!
Bend, Oregon’s second-oldest brewery, Bend Brewing Company, is in the process of being sold! Longtime owner Wendi Day, daughter of co-founder Jerry Fox, confirmed that she is currently in the process of selling the brewpub business to another family here in Bend, and has provided the official press release about the sale and the new owners: Bend Brewing Co. (BBC), established in 1995, and the second oldest brew pub in Bend, Oregon, is excited to ...
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The economics of large scale solar power is complicated.
California's push for renewables may provide a preview of our changing grid.
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Who deserves credit for the unmistakable hook in Gerry Rafferty’s 1978 hit? It's complicated.
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The solution for you is simple. Uninstall Facebook's WhatsApp and install Telegram (https://telegram.org/) or Signal (https://whispersystems.org/). The tough part is getting your BFs to do the same.
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How Floods Shaped Civilization
Humans adapted to climate in the past, and we have to do so again.
When it comes to confronting global climate change, we don’t have much experience to draw on. As world leaders prepare to meet in Paris starting on Nov. 30
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New Update: Followed Collections - Missed Potential

I'm still playing around with the preview version of the new look, so I'll wait until I have the full thing before talking about why I think it is what it is. What I will say is that with Collections, we just lost a major opportunity. I am a huge believer in Collections. I follow a lot of them. This update does nothing for me.

When you're like me, and you add lots of Collections to try to shape your experience here on Google+, what happens with the new design is that you simply add a whole bunch of pretty tiles to your "Followed Collections." If you want to see the goodies inside any of those collections, you need to dive into each-and-every-single-one-of-them. Like little cul de sacs - little dead ends that you have to pop out of for each one. That is a horrible design. Let me repeat that: horrible. Oh yea, and once you jump into one of those little cul de sacs and look around, it might start showing up in your Home stream, along with the friends you interact with, the featured and suggested posts, and some community posts. If you're lucky.

What we could have had would have been much, much more useful. When you click on your "Followed Collections," it could have taken you to a stream comprised entirely of just the collections that you've followed. Click on Communities, same thing: a consolidated stream of all the posts from all the communities you follow. Click on Circles (which is still possible w/ some tweaks in Settings) and a consolidated stream of your circles. Click on Home and it's a consolidated stream of everything (plus more secret sauce from Google).

So why, Gideon, do you care so much about this? Because I really love this place and I want it to succeed. But what's going to happen now is that people will be adding Collections and then forgetting about them. The posts from the people and Collections that they really wanted to see will be buried in the little cul de sacs of this cumbersome aspect of the design. Yes, Collections are awesome, but right now, their success is entirely contingent upon their showing up in the stream, which is fairly unlikely unless you visit a Collection, and that means getting people into the habit of visiting each of their Collections regularly. Not. Going. To. Happen.

We need a consolidated stream for Collections. We need a consolidated Stream for Communities (it has the same cul de sac problem). Fix that, and this service really does become a powerful place for sharing passions.
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Yup. I haven't followed any collections, but the same thing has happened with Communities. I joined a few, but I never dive into them anymore. I only get the odd post that comes into my home stream.

I like Google+ because it is interest-based, but my interests aren't so damn narrow.
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Cool video showing how Mars lost its oceans.
The incredible video above shows how solar winds from the sun have stripped away Mars’ atmosphere, and along with it, the planet’s ability to sustain the v
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This vid is b/s because if this happened then mars would have a ring of ice around it
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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.
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Occupation
Software Engineer: Linux, Windows, Android
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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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