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Robert Poole
Attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Software engineer by trade, aspiring writer by avocation.
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Contributed to the PNG specification. Former keyholder of MITSFS.
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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Physics, 1988 - 1992
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Computer Science, 1992 - 1994
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I've been playing around with this watch face for a little while now, but one thing I can't get working is weather. If I try to set location, I have two unworkable choices: Automatic, which has a disabled radio button (with a helpful label telling me this needs permissions, but no link to enable this), or Manual (with a text entry area that I can't select or fill in).

Any idea how to fix this?

My phone is a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and the watch is a Huawei watch. I am not running the Android Wear 2.0 preview. 
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+Robert Poole Ok great, and yes think that this is a bug.. (the disabled text box)
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Newegg is running a sale on the Beyerdynamic T90 headphones for $299. I've been following these since they were released (about 5 years now?), and I have never seen them this cheap before. These cans are almost 50% off, and they're considered superior to the Sennheiser HD700 'phones for less money.

Purchasing this also gets you a $40 gift card, which is really just icing on the cake.
Buy BeyerDynamic T90 Chrome Exclusive Limited Edition Audiophile Headphones 250 OHM with fast shipping and top-rated customer service.Once you know, you Newegg!
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You don't need more headphones. You only have 2 ears.
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The cost of cleaning this up the right way isn't that great in the grand scheme of things (less than $100 million), yet the responsible parties want to go cheap and continue to put people and wildlife at risk.
The San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site are a series of toxic, dioxin-filled pits in and along the San Jacinto River (about 18 miles east of Houston, TX). The Pits were abandoned by their creator in 1968 and have plagued the river, surrounding communities, Galveston Bay's seafood, and local...
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The Q Marshal looks nice (thinner case than the Q Founder), but I've read that the screen resolution isn't very good. ("Not competitive" was one common description.) Anyone seen these newer watches from +Fossil​?
We spilled the beans five months ago, and now it's time for you to get your hands on the newest generation of Fossil Q Smartwatches: Q Wander and Q Marshal. Q Wander and Q Marshal join Q Founder as our newest display smartwatches that perfectly marry function and style, along with a digital ...
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If you’re going to try to smack down Neil deGrasse Tyson, you’d best have your facts in order.
Neil deGrasse Tyson reveals his political and religious views in an amusing fight with a conservative radio host.
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Well, he was 100% right in this case. I've only caught a handful of instances where he said something off the cuff and it wasn't very well thought out. Statistically, it's a bad bet to try to jump his shit without doing careful research.
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So, I ordered an ASUS branded GTX 1070 Founder's Edition video card from Amazon and this is what arrived instead.

So, either someone at the warehouse is so stupid/ignorant that they saw ASUS on the box and figured "close enough," or they deliberately put the wrong item in the box and kept the video card for themself.

I was able to get Amazon to give me an advance refund (because I balked at paying for a new video card while waiting for a refund on the old order — can't afford to float them, and it's their mistake). Ordered another card from them, identical except that it's MSI branded, and the rep was kind enough to expedite shipping.

I knew the box felt too light before I even opened it. And the packing tape looked wonky, as if the box had been opened and re-sealed, hence my suspicion of theft at the warehouse.

These cards might be in short supply, but come on!
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W00t!
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So, today I received an e-mail from Independent Journal Review thanking me for signing up for their newsletter... except that I never explicitly did, nor was I aware of this being a consequence of visiting any related sites or signing up for anything else. (I recently joined kinja to leave comments on certain sites, and I recently refused to support a petition on Change.org for "preserving Second Amendment rights" because it was promoted by a conservative group I don't particularly agree with.)

At any rate, I didn't notice any sneaky opt in/out messages on any of the recent sites I've interacted with.

So I clicked the unsubscribe link in the e-mail and found out that the only thing I unsubscribed from was their welcome message mailing list. Google only gives me a bunch of broken unsubscribe links, and the site itself has broken navigation links. I'm sure I generated a bunch of page views in the process, which might have been their true intention... 
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Ugh, what a pain. I hate it when shady organizations do this and you end up getting tons of spam.

And I hear you about 2nd amendment... It's really hard to be for the right to carry arms, and mostly liberal (well in my case) at the same time. I get shit from both sides!
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This is starting to look pretty good! 
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Having lived in Arizona for decades, this account does not surprise me at all. And I completely believe the man who was stopped, not the cop. A friend of mine had her husband roughed up by some Phoenix cops because his pickup truck vaguely resembled a vehicle mentioned in an APB. Cops weren't even apologetic when they realized they had the wrong guy.

And I've had a Phoenix cop point a gun at my head, too, which was another case of overreaction.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is standing by the trooper's actions: "This case is a prime example of how things should be done."
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I finally watched the trailer, and it felt really familiar, so I did a little research. It turns out that this is based on Ted Chiang's short story, "Story of Your Life." If this is even remotely faithful to the original, it's going to be mind blowing.
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This is only the most recent security incident, and surely won’t be the last.

And people wonder why I have no LinkedIn presence, and why I don’t trust them...

Well, Ok, there was also all that spam they sent me in the early days trying to get me to join...
The stolen data has since been distributed to others, according to a company lawsuit, adding that at least one path to data that the perpetrators had been using is now secure.
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An evening visitor. Some species of dragonfly, shot with my phone's mediocre camera.
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