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Stephan Beal
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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that not all puns are created equal...
 
Lincoln delivers the Getty's bird a dress. Truly, an historic event.
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Chalk up yet another epic fail for the #pine64 project (in a long line of project-level fails)... Not only did the case arrive 6 months late (because someone mis-measured the first time around and they didn't fit the boards), but they did not cut a slot for the microSD, so to swap out chips you have to disassemble the whole thing (four screws and some too-tight plastic clips which are a huge pain in the butt to manipulate). Even had they cut a slot, the case edge is too far from the board to get at the microSD from outside. YES, i swap out SDs all the time to rotate between 3 operating systems.

Facepalm, Pine Team. FACE. PALM.

This one's going right in the garbage bin - there are inexpensive 3rd-party cases on Amazon with functional designs.
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The pine64 board works great, but their project has had so many failures along the way that it's just unbelievable.
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I'm not sure what just happened... I feel like my toaster just morphed into a replicator and started serving up three-course meals. O_O;;;
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Me, neither, and bash is practically my home away from home.
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My technology industry predictions are not always spot-on (in fact, they've been known to be waaaaay off)... except when it comes to Microsoft. For the past 15 years or so, essentially everything MS does follows one simple, easily-provable pattern: wait three years (plus or minus a few months) before responding to advances made by other companies.

Mark my words. The next time Google comes out with a useful new tech or app, MS will do the same... almost exactly 3 years later.

(Google Keep was, according to Google, initially released on March 20, 2013.)
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There ought to be a word for when a search engine decides to answer your query with completely unrelated results...

as if to say, "I'm sorry, Dave. I can't do that."

#FirstWorldProblems

(+David McGuire i was looking for Vol 1 of OST - i'm still on the fence about Vol2, with only 5 days left in the KS.)
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I have yet to get it to the table, but reading the rules, and looking at the scenarios, it tougher than OGRE, for sure. But not any where near as heavy weight as Advanced Squad Leader. To me, it feels light and simple. Gives a nice feel for squad level WW2 combat. I'd suggest Vol 1 or 2 for entry into this era of combat.
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My first time swimming in 4 or 5 years. This rock quarry is about a 10 minute walk away from where i live. My dog refused to get in the water. He's never been much of a swimmer.
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Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!


st3v3 ~ # apt-get install fatrat
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package fatrat
st3v3 ~ # apt-cache search fatrat
<no output>

:`(

Farewell, my dear download manager. It was fun for the near-decade that it lasted.
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i've been looking for cost-effective "resource cubes" as generic gaming pieces for over a year. i just accidentally stumbled across something far more cost effective (and prettier): "mosaic stones":

https://www.amazon.de/Mosaiksteine-Flimmer-Goldfäden-unecht-Blaumix/dp/B00IXNKGF0

https://www.amazon.de/220-Mosaiksteine-Soft-Glas-Sonnenmix-180g/dp/B00N6OV5Z6

https://www.amazon.de/Minimosaik-schwarz-Regenbogenschimmer-1x1cm-ca-136g/dp/B00JYKJAOO

There's a whole store full of these:

https://mosaicartsupply.com/

but it's unfortunately in the US (which rules it out for me because of shipping costs).
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Beautiful. Some look literally delicious.
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Marketing Fail... (TouchDown is a mail client for Android.) It's absolutely hilarious that they advertise its likeness to MS Outlook as a feature. 
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For those of you who recently upgraded (or are about to upgrade) your Mint Linux system to v18, they left something important out of the release notes: ssh no longer sends/accepts DSA keys by default. To get it working again, add the following line to /etc/ssh/sshd_config and (if applicable) to ~/.ssh/config:

PubkeyAcceptedKeyTypes=+ssh-dss

(i don't want to hear any preaching about why i "must" generate new keys because "DSA is bad" or some such - that's nobody's business but my own.)

i just switched over from RSA to DSA about 12, maybe 15, years ago. Why can't this stuff stay stable for a while? ;)

edit: here's a great analysis (stressing the "anal" in "anal"ysis) of what happened:
http://security.stackexchange.com/questions/112802/why-openssh-deprecated-dsa-keys
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Just finished... 235 issues in total. Farewell, Savage Sword of Conan... Until the next time i read you.
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tip: during comicon, DH digital cuts all e-book prices by 50%.
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Senior Software Developer/Consultant
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C, C++, JavaScript, Java, PHP (ugh!), HTML/CSS, technical documentation, Unix administration, various related skills.
Employment
  • www.consol.de
    Senior Software Developer/Consultant, 2010 - present
  • Self employed
    Boss, 2004 - 2010
    Software development and Unix administration.
  • einsurance.de
    Software Developer, 2000 - 2003
    Software development and Unix administration.
  • Compaq
    Various, 1995 - 2000
    Software tester, internationalization engineer, release coordinator, internal tools developer
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http://wanderinghorse.net/home/stephan/
Introduction
Primary G+ posting topics, in no particular order:

1) Software development (my own, mostly) and the occasional forward in the genres IT, science, and tech. (Formerly, anyway - elbow nerve damage caused by too much programming(!!!) has reduced programming posts to near zero.)

2) Pen/paper gaming topics, most of them about board-gaming in the strategy/tactics genres.

3) The normal range of typically geeky/nerdy topics, e.g. Firefly, comic books, quotes from and thoughts regarding various authors of the sci-fi/fantasy genres, and so on.


Notes and caveats:

A) If you add me to your circles, that does NOT mean that i will automatically add you back. i will check your G+ profile; if you post things that interest me, i will add you back, otherwise i will most likely not. i'm not in this to gain followers, but to share information.

B) i try to keep politics and "life choices" of all types out of my posts (e.g. religion, sexual- and biological/dietary preferences, etc.), but on rare occasion something mildly divisive may slip through. (If _you_ post _primarily_ about politics or religious matters, i won't be adding you to my circles, as few topics are more divisive than those. i mercilessly remove people from my circles whose posts primarily fall into those two categories.)

C) Nonetheless, _all_ posts are kept "family-friendly" and i _never_ post about highly-charged political topics (though sometimes highly-charged _philosophical_ software development topics, like the utter braindeadedness of the definition of "REST").

D) Most posts are written in English (a bastard mix of U.S. and The Queen's), but on rare occasion a post or forward will be in German.

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Actively contribute to Free/Open Source Software projects in various capacities. Been using Linux since before the term "Open Source" existed. Was born before Episode IV and remember standing in line to see it.
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geltendorf, germany
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munich, germany - las vegas, nevada - houston, texas - berlin, germany - paris, arkansas - nashville, tennessee
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i just returned from Dr. Steffen. i have never in my life seen a doctor's office with (A) so many patients in it and (B) where the patients are processed so efficiently. There were no less than 12 patients in the waiting room when i arrived, but within an hour i was done (as were most of them). The woman at the front desk tells me that 10-12 is very low compared to what they get sometimes. They have a large staff of assistants who constantly rotate the patients in and out of the various tests and machines. i was incredibly impressed by their efficiency - i've never seen a doctor's office operate anywhere near so smoothly (even under much lower loads).
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Just today we picked up our "re-imported" car from Europamobile. Despite hours-long delays on site due to pure boneheadedness on the part of my bank, the attendant at Europemobile was exceedingly helpful and patient. We (well, my bank!) took up far, far more of his time than was reasonable and he never once displayed any signs of impatience (not even a sigh of frustration). They were flexible throughout the whole ordering/waiting process (for those who don't know, re-importing can take several months) and we can/will certainly recommend them to friends and colleagues looking to get a good deal via re-importing.
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Horrible service, slow (5+ minutes on average), and sometimes downright frech/rude (not just to me - i've seen them argue with other customers about what the customer claims to have ordered vs. what the cashier entered into the machine). Most employees barely speak german. Got food poisoning last time i ate there (late november 2011). Been there many times, but never again.
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