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Todd Vierling
Works at Oracle Corporation
Attended University of Florida
Lives in Atlanta, GA
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I'm normal. Everyone else is insane.
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Yes, I'm probably who you think I am. I cleaned house on my social profiles in early 2015 because I needed a personal reboot.
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Still plugging away at programming after several decades. Are we there yet!?
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  • University of Florida
    Electrical Engineering
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June 10, 1976
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Software development/maintenance of a public+commercial Linux OS distribution
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Been computing and programming since I was 7. I can't possibly fit everything in this box.
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  • Oracle Corporation
    Sr Software Engineer, 2012 - present
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Another pioneer is lost: William F. Acker, one of the personalities profiled in +Phil Lapsley's Exploding the Phone. He will be missed by many in the telephony and Linux accessibility communities. I wish I'd made the time to get back to our phone conversation we started late last year.

From a mail list post by Kirk Reiser, relayed by Jayson Smith:

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Writing to let people know that a long time friend and contributor Bill Acker wb2flw passed away last evening.

Bill was responsible for putting our first Redhat and fedora speakup enabled distributions together. In more recent years he maintained the server where we shared dns services and provided mail and mail backup for many members of the community.

He was an avid ham and phone freak and maintained a freeswitch which many people using voip still use.

I am going to miss him very much. I'm sure others here will as well. He died of complications to his prostate cancer which he's been fighting for the past couple years.

73s Bill. It's been a good journey.

Kirk
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This is why I love being one of U.S. Representative John Lewis's constituents: he expresses the importance of common sense in only one sentence.

"Races don’t fall in love, genders don’t fall in love–people fall in love."

http://news.blog.ajc.com/2015/06/26/georgia-congressman-john-lewis-reacts-to-gay-marriage-ruling/

#equality  
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He's old. He talks slow. He hasn't really been the most effective legislator. But the man is a god damned hero, and has in the 20 something years I have been here, cast one vote I disagreed with.
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Yesterday a steak lover told me that my vegetarian foods -- both processed foods and homemade -- have "too much MSG" in them. Honey, you know not what you eat. And you should read the article here which coincidentally was published this week, aimed at the average person rather than doctors or chemists.

For a comparison, there's more glutamate in a single NY strip steak than in several days' worth of what I eat -- including the powdered MSG I add on purpose. Thinking of having a mushroom cheeseburger instead? My dear, you're so in denial.

It would only be more poetic if the same steak lover were just as up-in-arms over aspartame. (Hint: there is more phenylalanine in a steak than in two 2-liter bottles of diet soda.)

Believe in woo and pseudoscience at your own peril!

#science #msg #reality
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+albin nibla Naturally occurring free glutamate is indistiguishable from "processed" MSG (which really is still just extracted from glutamate rich food sources).

I used to think the same way, until I went out of my way to add MSG to various home-cooked foods just to see for myself. And, lo and behold, no ill effect from adding it after the fact -- in moderation, of course, and far less of it is needed than table salt for a good amount of seasoning.

Or to put it another way: Your brain is playing tricks on you because your body has no way to know the difference.
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I'm in tears. We won. Full opinion at http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/14pdf/14-556_3204.pdf.

Below from +SCOTUSblog.

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So happy for you and for all of us! 
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