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What do the secularists, liberals, gays, fascists and militant religious all have in common? I don't know either, but this guy does! Ha!
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+Norm Englund that pastor is a sword, already dividing people from one another. he's pretty good at shoving every group he doesn't like into the same one though.

I also wonder if he's aware of the term "double edged sword". try not to cut yourself with your own fundamentalism, you may scare off you flock.

I kept looking for the Onion or some other satire website in the article, being this is in humor and all. can Raw Story do funny? 
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The supposed "War on Religion" is really "Religion's War on Humanity".

Aside: I find it odd that folks would have a funeral in a church anyway. But that is beside the point.
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+Norm Englund My pleasure for the video.  That's one of my country's unofficial national anthems.  The other one is about a sheep steeling thief who commits suicide.  

That's what you get when you found a nation on a group of convicts.
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Congrats, folks, on a great release.
 
We're proud to announce that we've just released the long-awaited Fedora 21. Get it while it's hot!
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GNOME3 customization is ..frustrating. But, oh how I love GNOME3!

I have not used the latest and greatest GNOME for some time. My primary laptop has been RHEL6 for a very long time. Super reliable, works with every attached peripheral I throw at it, a presentation blessing and just ... works.

So, I got a new laptop at work and installed Fedora 21 beta on it. I have used it now as my primary work machine for a couple weeks and ... I love it! But GNOME3... GNOME3, I love you, but customizing you is so very ...odd.

I am a computer savvy guy, but I like defaults. I LOVE defaults. I use most things in their mostly default configuration. But I do customize a few things. And as savvy add I am... GNOME3 has been a challenge.

GNOME3 is designed as a "use the defaults" desktop. Really, 90% of the options are add they should be. But on the edges... some customization is needed. It is difficult to customize... namely because the ui to do so is non-obvious, but installed by default, and docs are sparse. And in some cases I run into the "we know better than you" folks that ... are simply wrong. :) Well, they are right and they are wrong.

They are right in that sensible defaults need to be selected and alternatives should be discouraged. But GNOME3 takes this discouragement a bit far.

So... GNOME3 is still too difficult for normal folks to customize. It just shouldn't be this difficult. Here are a few thoughts.

1. See attached link. It is a great overview on how to customize things.
http://www.linuxveda.com/2014/10/16/customize-gnome-shell

2. Global settings can be adjusted in a global "/usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css" file. CSS! How cool and clean is that!?! Alas, one should never (or rarely) adjust something at the root level. But... 99% of the articles you run across immediately advice folks to edit that file. Boo! Alas, the CSS doesn't seem overrideable at the local user level. It seems the overriding settings are stored in dconf (this is confusing and poorly documented from what I can tell). So, to edit using this next tool if you need to...

3. Install gnome-tweak-tools: Go to the overview search and type in "Tweak Tools" and install the app. BAM! That is what I needed, though it is doesn't allow you to get too dirty if you need to (that's good and bad). And it should be called... "Advanced Settings" hello!?!?

4. Simple things are maddeningly hard to configure. I don't want the laptop to suspend when closed. So, you have to install +Bastien Nocera​​'s awesome "Office Runner" app to run from office to office... but I just don't want it to suspend... PERIOD. I want to be explicit about when I want it to suspend. Why? Cuz. 99.999% of the time, I just want the laptop to lock when shut. And there are loads of us that like this workflow. On this Lenovo laptop, there is no way to get around this... even with that tweak tool. UI fail, IMHO. Design bug. Fix it!

5. The "Applications Menu" extension should be enabled by default. Maybe. I am torn on this. If it were trivially easy to discover that you could config this with the "Advanced Settings" "GNOME Tweak Tool" then... sure have it off. But you have to know that this option exists. And where top find it. Dunno. Torn. If the "Show applications" widget had some categorization, maybe this need would go away. For now that overview application navigator (Show applications) is nice looking but not really functional.

6. The Hibernate extension should just be on. Duh.

7. Still getting used to having no desktop. A desktop is a useful place to temporarily toss stuff that you are working on for the day and then clean it up later... or for drag-and-drop stuff... but... the Desktop is kinda like the suburban garage of computing. You always intend to put cars in there, but in the end, it just fills with junk.

8. Custom apps. I figured out how to create a launcher for something and now I can't even figure out how I did that. I should be able to create a launcher fairly trivially. This is where Chromebooks and Apple fall down as well, by the way. But the old GNOME? The old GNOME made this simple. This is an area that needs significant improvement, IMHO. I have a custom script I want to be able to poke, or a link that is more than just a bookmark, etc. Whatever. It needs to be improved.

9. I needed to install "Pulse Audio Volume Control" to be able to force the headphones to work. I am sure this is a Lenovo interaction issue, but ... it's just something I have experienced. I have to leave the darn app open, plug in my headphones, and then explicitly say "No, use those headphones that you think are not there even though you turned off the speakers" ~~ yes, there is already a bug filed on this. FIXED with latest PulseAudio update.

All that bitching aside (PM hat off now)... I really like where GNOME3 is going. It's pretty. It's modern. It's productive... and ... I just really really like it. It's what Chrome OS should have been, though I like that as well.

Good stuff folks...

[whew, this was meant to be a one paragraph posting... you get a bonus today... heh]

http://www.gnome.org/
http://www.linuxveda.com/2014/10/16/customize-gnome-shell
http://www.hadess.net/search/label/office-runner


#GNOME #GNOME3 #Fedora #Fedora21 #F21  
There are numerous extensions out there that add more application indicators, weather panel, screenlets and many many more features to your GNOME.
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MiniDisplayPort issue was a cord issue. Brand new cord from Wal-Mart... didn't work. Had to test with old RHEL6 image (known working).
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Great rant by Phil Plait about astrology given deferential respect in an article in Time magazine, if you can believe it. He's right... it is a sort of intellectual vandalism to take something as beautiful and fascinating as the lunar eclipse astrologize the event. Disappointing.
I can’t believe that right now, more than 10% of the way into the 21st century, I have to write these words, but here we are: Astrology doesn’t work. It really is that simple. I need not go into detail here; I’ve already said what I have to say showing...
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Great post on how #SELinux can box-in the ill-effects of an exploited system.

Combine that with  tooling like #RedHat   #Satellite  and this problem goes away with a click of a button. #SysAdmins don't need to be breaking a sweat or losing sleep. With a little bit of refinement of procedure and sensible security guidelines,  and a means to act quickly... Things like this #Bash   #Exploit  become minor plotpoints in the game of systems management.

Stay safe out there, folks!
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#ShellShock #BashExploit  
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Locked-in Syndrome has to be one of the most terrifying potentialities that one can imagine. Here's an interesting, if disturbing, story of a man who lived through such an ordeal... and fortunately came out the other side and now leads a full and rewarding life.
Pistorius suffered from a rare condition called "locked-in syndrome"
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Great tolerance. God bless the boy.
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Another nice article about the trainer and training of Jennifer Lawrence for "The Hunger Games" series of movies and the impact on youth archery.

Nitpick: The Olympic style of shooting seems an odd choice for this movie series, but... at least it is well done. Again, a nitpick. Glad it is getting more folks interested in archery. Especially girls!
When Khatuna Lorig helped “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence nock her first arrow, the five-time Olympian archer couldn’t guess she was about to help set the world of archery ablaze.…
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This may make me a total nerd, but what really inspired me to start shooting was my infatuation with Robin Hood, and I've always had an infatuation with bows. That just put the icing on the cake for me to start shooting traditional! 
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Right Click on a file in Google Drive and select "Manage Versions".
Thank you Google Drive folks for adding this to the new version of Google Drive. It was the one missing feature that kept me using the old version of the service.
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Just bought a new house and homestead (to be). As we were doing some moving today, we noticed... it comes complete with Osage Orange trees! All the bowyers out there are probably drooling right now. Not sure how many trees are on the property, but there are at least several... and I will likely try to propagate it.
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Score!!!!
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Small doe. About 10 to 12 yards. Clean pass thru. 15 yard run and drop.

Simple ground blind. My back woods. North Carolina.

3 rivers tomahawk longbow and their trailwalker arrows. Zwicky 2 blade no mercy broadhead.

Makin' meat!

(Note, second picture of arrow is actual arrow used... found it the next day)
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Thanks, y'all!
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WARNING: You are throwing your money away if you use these guys. 10 years of twice yearly inspections did not catch the duct-work problems which led to moisture problems, which has led to a repair bill of upwards of $40,000. When their inspectors crawl under your house apparently, they do next to nothing. And, after asking around... that is the consensus from other home owners and the home contractors we know and trust. Apparently, it is also a prevalent problem with other similar companies. What a scam. Folks: Use referrals and get a 2nd opinion periodically. The folks crawling under your house are not necessarily "A" students, if you know what I mean... even in their chosen field. And "service" seems to be an unfamiliar term. So angry it hurts.
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Great breakfast. A great southern food place - you can even get brains and eggs! :) [UPDATE] The owner got ahold of me when this review in a prior edit slammed them for pretty horrible coffee. He said he would look into the coffee situation. Well, I have gone back and coffee is much improved. Good job Big Ed's! So, go visit Big Ed's. Good food. Decent coffee. Great atmosphere. And heck, they have eggs and brains! How can you go wrong? :) Note: only reviewed breakfast, since that is the only meal I have experienced there.
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They came out to check the furnace. And did some work. The charged us extra charges that we didn't purchase. They credited our account. . . . . They came back out... and charged us AGAIN. And we went around and around with them. . . . . Long story short. We have had a number of other experiences with them that we have found sub-par and there has always been some sort of inability to charge us appropriately. The "mistakes" have alway been in their favor -- coincidence? Maybe. . . . . So we canceled our relationship with them. We were fed up. . . . . Now they call us over and over and over, nearly every week trying to get us to come back on board and schedule a service check. On every occasion we have told them that "not interested, please stop calling. Really. We mean it this time." . . . . Something about their processes is utterly broken, and their service is mixed... at best. . . . . And then... the stories started to trickle in from some of our friends and colleagues. Many of them have had the same experience, but even worse. Extra charges that were not ordered. Advice that upon second opinion were obvious means to upsell unneeded services and more. . . . . So, incompetence and potentially a shady operation. We do not recommend.
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Two years in a row now, we have chosen Vintage Inn for a weekend getaway right around our anniversary. The Inn is meticulously maintained and very comfortable to just "hang out" and read, or converse or whatever. There is plenty of space to stretch out however many people are there. The breakfasts are spectacular. Lemme repeat. Spectacular. Sandy and Chip (the proprietors) are great people who love what they do and take pride in ensuring you are well taken care of and have a great / relaxing time. Additionally, they know the area extremely well, and can help you explore the region. Recommend.
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Gene is either a shady character or simply more than a bit dim. In either case, we do not recommend his services. The summary: We fell in love with a house. He was the selling agent (and part owner). Even though he was gruff with us from the beginning of our conversations with him, we felt good about the home, though we were wondering at his demeanor. We made an offer. Someone else made an offer and he accepted it (without telling our agent that an offer was even made -- illegal? potentially). The reason he gave? The other buyer didn't need an appraisal for financing. The irony was: neither did we (we could have paid well over asking in cash if we wanted to -- and we were prepared to). But he wouldn't know... because he sold the house to this other person, essentially for a song (pre-arranged sale?). So, either he was doing something underhanded, or was merely incompetitent... in either case, this case does not put him in a favorable light if you are ever looking to use him to buy or sell a home. *We do not recommend.*
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So far, we have had a negative experience with this branch. We have used it once, but it seems our experience was not unusual... In both cases (pickup and dropoff), though the published opening times of the branch are at 8am, the staff has failed to show up on time -- like within 30 minutes or more. Upon return of the car... they didn't show up within even the first hour (never mind our scheduled pickup and dropoff were at 8am and 8:30am respectively). And judging from the reactions of the attached to auto-repair shop, this is an extremely common occurrence. So, our recommendation: Take your business elsewhere. This branch is utterly unprofessional and unreliable and will cost you time, which like in our case, may also cost you money as well. If only I could bill them for the cost to us. *sigh* UPDATE: Enterprise (a manager) called us, apologized and acknowledged that they have a systemic issue to deal with. So... Thank you, Enterprise. Maybe this issue will be resolved.
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