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Tim O'Pry
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 “People want good police officers. Police officers need good citizens.”

That quote is going to cost him...
While I think I understand his point, if there were only 'good citizens', there would not be much need for cops.

Philly has had an alarming number of shootings. This one statement to me is key: "Officers are not routinely given less lethal tools like stun guns and receive inadequate training on how to defuse situations without violence. "

Training - too many departments scrimp on this and it is the #1 reason for citizen and officer injuries and deaths, not only in Philly but throughout the nation (including Ferguson).

Some statistics not in this article that would be relevant (along with many others)  - how many of the armed suspects fired their weapons, how many officers in these incidents were injured, how many suspects were shot fleeing and how many in the commission of another crime. Regardless...just damn. That's a LOT of shootings.
A Justice Department report about the Philadelphia Police Department does not allege racial discrimination, but indicates that the city stands out when it comes to shootings by officers.
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Can anyone compete with Amazon?

With the infrastructure that Bezos & Co has built, it is doubtful any company, especially a start-up could compete head to head, however Jet.com is going after a potential sweet spot, lower prices and price transparency.

Offering customers multiple ways to decrease their cost is clever - however nothing prevents Amazon from matching prices until Jet quickly runs out of cash.

Jet has been getting a lot of buzz in tech circles and their sign up site has a clever way to spread the word. Share your sign up link with others and get everything from 6 months free membership to 100k stock options, depending on how many people you refer.

Hopefully, Jet can filter out the bot masters that may flood them with bogus email addresses. Since I'm 180k+ in the queue, I don't have any hopes of getting anything free, but I will give them a look/try when they launch. 
Jet.com will give you the lowest price on the Web. And then make it even lower.
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Misawa AB, Japan

A blast from the past...

Recently found a website dedicated to USAF personnel that served at Misawa. My wife and I were there from 76 to 79, and other than being cold and snowy, it was a great tour. In the photo, the large rings of antennae were called the AN-FLR/9, nicknamed 'the Elephant cage' ( diameter 260m ). This is what we used to intercept radio signals, which were the primary source of the signal intelligence (SIGINT) that we gathered at that site. Prior to Misawa, I was at the NSA - at the time, no one outside the intel community knew or cared about the NSA, now...

There were no US fighters based at Misawa during our tour, but there were JASDAF (Japanese) F4's and a rotating US P3 squadron (sub-hunters). When we first arrived in country, we lived off-base in a Japanese community at the end of the runway and when the F4s would take off with after-burners engaged, they would knock everything off the walls. Unnerving at first, but like most things, we even got used to that.

The base was decommissioned in July 2014 and the Elephant cage has been removed. This is a short Wikipedia article about the USAFSS command in which we served with some details on the mission: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Air_Force_Security_Service
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Prepare 3 envelopes

Having worked in small/technology companies since 1990, and with computers going back to mainframes and punching cards (yes, I'm older than the 20 somethings most typically think of in the tech field - but hey, I'm the same age as Bill Gates! ) - the changes in and focus on information security over the past few years have been accelerating at an ever increasing pace.

This is attributable to a number of factors, not the least of which is publicity, which is due to governmental regulations that require disclosure of certain 'events'. This has resulted in companies of all sizes, regulated or not, having to invest time, money and resources into a field that is still very much the 'wild wild west'.  

The linked article presents a fair representation of this problem and the point that we are and will continue to be reactive and behind the curve on many security issues, and we are still a very long way from solving this problem. If you know of any young people interested in technology - this field is the one to be in.

As for me, I'm long past being able to use envelopes 1 and 2 - so I guess I should prepare my 3 and polish up on my plan B jobs...
'Would you like fries with that?' or 
'Welcome to Walmart!'
.... decisions, decisions..

[ the advice on 3 envelopes is at the end of the article ]
To combat the growing threat of online breaches, companies and governments are hiring chief information security officers — whose main responsibility is to make sure data systems are secure.
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Definitely a tough position to have.
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A different type of startup

Normally, I tend to focus on technology companies, but ran across this article/company when we needed to replace a mattress and decided to give this a try. 

The website is well designed and the e-commerce process as simple as it can get. They also remove the primary friction point most would have - how do I return this sucker, if it well....sucks? (Answer: they have someone pick it up).

But, it did not suck. We have had it for a month and will be keeping it. Buy one, refer you friends and get a $75 referral fee!

8/28: Now its a $50 discount for purchaser and $50 for referrer:
http://email.caspersleep.com/public/?q=ulink&fn=Link&ssid=34083&id=0i2cgux7op2uob28m13t5bfvnv1gk&id2=ehftfa1xn31gi2as03xcj6zcvz00x&subscriber_id=bpvdrpjdaxjxnargnepyaycsgvmtbfm&delivery_id=ayenmhwietnnvarfpeubkujxdicubnc&tid=3.hSM.CriHxA.Czlr.AUkijA..Acc1QQ.b..s.Ac6C.a.U_9D8A.U_9D8A.kAdQNw
Earlier this year, I wrote about Casper, a Lerer Ventures-backed startup that says it's trying to reinvent how mattresses are built and sold. Since then, the..
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Yes! It is an excellent product... Highly recommended
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Why you hate work

I thought this was an excellent article. While none of the concepts are new, I am disappointed that so many companies and managers appear to not be aware of this information (based upon comments in the article) and for those that are, fewer still make an effort to practice this - either for themselves or members of their team/company.

Admittedly, I've not always been the best at following some of these principles, but I will not feign ignorance nor indifference. Simply that I have fallen into the same trap/hole of a pending deadline and tunnel vision takes over. To me, the key is integrating these into your corporate culture so that they are not dependent upon one person to make them happen.

The author is the CEO of: http://theenergyproject.com/, a consulting firm that helps companies address these issues, so there is likely a bias to what little data there is in the article, but it does not diminish it's message (for me).
Excessive demands are leading to burnout everywhere.
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Stop the pokes...in the butt!

If you are male and 40+ or know someone who is, you/they need to educate yourselves on prostate cancer and the different treatments as a significant percentage will be diagnosed and many of those over-treated.

My best friend and former police partner succumbed to this disease in 2013 after a 7+ year fight and ironically, one month before his passing, I was diagnosed. As a result, I've been personally invested in educating myself on this disease for many years.

The opinions of the medical community vary greatly in the treatment of this disease. There are many options available, and a significant number of men that are told they have this cancer, would be better off not having either of the traditional treatments (surgery or radiation [in any of its various forms] ). However, those with the more serious and aggressive forms, definitely need treatment. The problem is that some doctors treat all forms of this disease the same.

Educate yourselves and take responsibility for your own health, as you are the one that will have to live with the results.

The linked article references a popular support site (Inspire.com)  that contains a wide variety of information on all types of cancer,  and their prostate cancer specific forum (Us Too).

See this PDF/online magazine for more info, including an article by Dr. Sperling, who is one of the leading practitioners of FLA.
http://paactusa.org/uploads/298c359Winter_2014.pdf
An online community of prostate cancer patients is taking on the health insurers with their own dollars to get approval for focal laser ablation treatment.
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Auto-coding?

"...he and his co-developers "envision a system where the programmer writes a few of lines of code, hits a button and the rest of the code appears." Also, the parts PLINY conjures up "should work seamlessly with the code that's already been written."

Seriously...?
While it is possible to do some common core tasks based on standards, (authentication, send/receive files, etc), and do cookie cutter UI components, to say that a programmer 'writes a few lines of code, hits a button and the rest of the code appears..' sounds like a bit of a stretch aimed at garnering some of our tax dollars. Who at DARPA approved this? Certainly not someone that has designed and created software for any period of time.

There have been numerous attempts over the decades by Microsoft and many others to simplify programming with drag-n-drop user interfaces, wiring components and logic together like Legos - and showing the ubiquitous client entry form as their example

I do see value in providing a tool to search the ever growing open-source content to provide examples of methods/components with specific functionality.

Too bad the majority of software the world wants does not fit into those small round holes...
DARPA is funding a new project by Rice University called PLINY, and it's neither a killer robot nor a high-tech weapon. PLINY, named after Pliny the
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From Captcha to Duolingo - a new way to learn a language

Interesting background on Captcha, the thing we all love to hate and how it evolved into RECaptcha and now Duolingo.  He is also an interesting and entertaining speaker.
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You learn something new everyday!
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One thing NOT on my bucket list...

Surfing in the arctic.
These guys are INSANE!

Only upside...too cold for great white sharks.  Orcas however, may think you are just a big seal.
If you were considering that Lytro contest to go to Iceland with Chris Burkard, this video from SmugMug films might give you a glimpse into what that would be like. "Photographer Chris Burkard has made it his personal goal to experience nature’s brutality in search of the perfect shot. His latest adventure takes him to Norway to capture swells set against a snowy backdrop."
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This is insane and amazing!
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Do people really still fall for THIS?

Scanning through my spam folder today, I noticed a different twist on one of the old Nigerian email scams (below). 15+ years go, when email was still relatively new to most outside of tech/large businesses, I can understand a bit more naievete', but in 2014?

Yes, I know there is no cost to spam this to millions and they only need 1 gullible/greedy individual to fall for it, but just damn... As I slowly enter retirement (hopefully), I'm considering creating a honeypot email address to tweak some of these scammers. If nothing else, I will waste a bit of their time.

Greed, foolishness and stupidity truly know no bounds.

Scam email follows:
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Hello,
I am Oliver Edwards, head officer Storage unit at Hartsfield-Jackson international Airport Atlanta Georgia. I have contacted you concerning an abandoned consignment box which I discovered in our storage house and the x-ray scan report box revealed some US dollar bill in it which could be approximately two million dollars. The baggage was abandoned by a diplomat from London who was on transit to your city due to his inability to pay the diplomatic baggage non-inspection fee of two thousand and nine hundred dollars and the official paper of the baggage indicates your name, your address and your email address.
 
For me to confirm you as the recipient, you are to email me your full names,your full address, your telephone number and the nearest airport close to you to cross-check if it corresponds with the details on the official document. All communication must be held extremely confidential because I have taken it upon myself to contact you personally about this abandoned baggage so that we can transact it as a deal since it has not yet been returned to the United States Treasury Department as unclaimed delivery.Once I confirm you as the recipient,I will pay the non-inspection fee of two thousand and nine hundred dollars and arrange for the baggage to be delivered to your door-step or I can bring it myself to ensure a successful delivery but you have to assure me of 20% of the total money in the baggage.
  
I can get everything concluded within 48hrs upon your acceptance and proceed to your address for delivery. Do send the required details to my private email address ( [redacted]@aol.com) I will give you a call when I get your response.
Regards,
Oliver
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Aereo - alas another one bites the dust

I don't know why the broadcasters shut them down, vs worked with them to increase viewers. More viewers = higher add revenues. Most that would use Aereo would not be typical cable consumers (a small % perhaps). Seems like working with them to make it work would be better than killing it off.

Too bad - interesting concept.
Summary: The future of Internet TV was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. And it didn't go in cordcutters' favor.
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CTO at The Henssler Financial Group
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  • The Henssler Financial Group
    CTO, 2001 - present
  • Simtrex
    COO/co-founder, 1999 - 2001
  • ZebraSoft
    COO/co-founder, 1997 - 1999
  • MicroHelp
    CEO/President, 1990 - 1996
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    Sergeant, 1979 - 1990
  • USAF
    Sergeant/E4, 1974 - 1979
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Marietta, GA - Decatur, GA - Charlotte, NC - Ft. Meade, MD - Misawa, Japan - San Angelo, TX
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Introduction
I've been living in the tech world or its periphery since the late 60s when I learned Fortran using punch cards on an IBM mainframe in high school. ( which means I was a geek when it wasn't cool and the term used was 'nerd' ) Needless to say, I don't miss green lined paper or punch cards, but my first experience with an Altair was Star Trekkian.

In the 70s, while in the USAF, I was stationed at the NSA and had the opportunity to learn APL from one of Dr. Iverson's students at the FANX. Throughout my tour in the USAF, I worked with several computerized systems used for the processing of signals intelligence - cool at the time, archaic by todays standards.

Fast forward to the 80s and the PC revolution, learning innumerable programming languages over the years while working as a police officer with the DeKalb County, GA PD, and moonlighting as a geek for hire.

I retired from the PD in late 90 and took a job with a small software firm in metro Atlanta named MicroHelp. One of 4 employees working from the founder's basement, MicroHelp sold programming tools for BASIC programmers that were written in 8086 assembly. We went on to market and develop a retail software program called UnInstaller, which drastically altered the complexion of the company (both good and bad). MicroHelp was sold in 1996 to a firm in LA (which will remain nameless) and quickly spiraled into the trash bin of obscurity. 

Following MicroHelp I joined two former MH'ers on the serial entrepreneur treadmill through 2 separate companies, until the tech bubble cracked in mid 2001. Looking for a short respite of 6 months or so, I agreed to assist a small local financial services firm fix a few IT issues. That was in July 2001 and there I remain.

While I have not commuted to their office on a regular basis in several years, it continues to be a full-time job, but the view of my N. Georgia mountains is far superior to a dilbertian cube. Almost all of my work over these past 20+ years has been Windows centric, with some recent forays into Linux as I work with WordPress.

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Married for 38+ years to wife 1.0, with two exceptional children
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  • Brenau University
    BS/Criminal Justice, 1983 - 1986
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    They actually expected me to study! - I decided to join the military...
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