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Stephan Beal
Works at www.consol.de
Lives in geltendorf, germany
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The battery display in Android 5.x is just one of its many usability regressions compared to 4.4... 
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I also used to look forward to the updates impatiently. The thing that might make me still want a nexus tablet is that they also get some of the best ROM support.

I think when I've finally had enough of my N7, I'll try Ubuntu Touch or something on it. I've heard that it's pretty disappointing,  but the goal is admirable and maybe someday they can get it working.
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Thoughts on the man-vs-machine economy...
Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs — or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them.
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A fascinating brief intro to how colors are recorded electronically...
 
Someone just posted this video to the GIMP community and I was curious if this incorrect behavior also applies to inkscape, and it appears that it does.
I would love to see this done correctly, if there is a setting that I can change to apply this effect, I would love to know what it is.  Otherwise is this something that can be corrected, or is the way colors are currently being blended dictated by the SVG spec so it can't be easily changed.
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Didn't know that. Enlightening.
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This is +Chad McCullough​'s fault. He knows what he did.
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LOL!!!
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Another friendly reminder regarding disabling of +1 sharing...
 
PSA

Unless you have changed the settings, everything you +1 gets shared with everyone single person who has you circled

Please turn off +1 sharing.

I do care about what you post. I wouldn't have you circled if I didn't. But, I don't need to see every little thing you like. Especially if you like things that probably shouldn't be on my monitor at work or seen by my very young kids at home.

If this is not an option please let me know so that I can remove you from my circles.

I hate to have to do this but G+ does not give me the option to filter this on my own feed so I have to ask people to do it on theirs. +1 sharing is the one thing that a google plus user can't control themselves. 

https://support.google.com/plus/answer/1047397?hl=en&rd=1

If you are tagged in this post, that means I saw something you +1'd this morning.

+Olde House Rules +Frank Mitchell +Joseph Craig +Keith Mantell +Mark E Tisdale +Chris Hussey +Dean Flemming +Brian Thomas +Mike Rigsby +Dean Flemming +Joseph Teller +Brendan Quinlivan +Ryan Harden +Jon Woodland +Tom McGrenery +Gustavo Iglesias +Adam Blinkinsop 
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“All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable."

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

"They're not the same at all!"

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

"Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what's the point—"

MY POINT EXACTLY.
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Well that just ruined my entire day
His passing was announced on Twitter this afternoon.
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ERMAHGERD[1]! THERERS ERN ERMAHGERD TRERNSLERTER!

[1] = http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/ermahgerd
Convert text to ermagerd. Talk like the Gersberms Berks Girl meme.
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We haven't been in a while either. Nowdays I get my cute animal comedy from reddit.com/r/AdviceAnimals/
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Cats always bury their [nuclear] waste...

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A Scientist Bought the Wrong Brand of Kitty Litter, Caused a Nuclear Accident. "Kitty litter is used as a stabilizing agent in nuclear storage—silicates in cat litter stabilize radioactive nitrate salts. If the salts aren’t stabilized before they dry out, they can eventually overheat and release dangerous gases." Lesson: don't buy organic litter for your nuclear waste storage. http://motherboard.vice.com/read/a-scientist-bought-the-wrong-brand-of-kitty-litter-caused-a-nuclear-accident
The Department of Energy says an organic brand of kitty litter caused an accident at a nuclear waste facility in New Mexico last year.
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The side-splittingly funny motivational speaker +Zach Anner is back...
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You should go watch one of the early episodes (i think #3) where he climbs up stairs. Laughed until i cried.
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Dear Google...

Play Store requires that one install an app before one may rate it. So please explain this...

(See the two red boxes)
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Seems the "Installs" number is updated asynchronously (e.g. nightly). It jumped to over 1000 the next day.
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In issue #33 of "Fairest" (the last-ever[-after] issue), Goldilocks sets us straight with regards to the topic of the objectification of women.. 
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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:

1) Software development (my own, mostly) and the occasional forward in the genres IT, science, and tech.

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 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 less divisive than those. i mercilessly remove people from my circles whose posts primarily fall into those two genres.)

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.

Bragging rights
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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