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Vincent Paquet
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Changing Communications one product at a time
Changing Communications one product at a time

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OK, this is FUNNY!!!! I love this guy! 
Today is a good day. I just had a call from a telemarketer. Did I yell and scream at them, you ask? Certainly not. Like a good IT administrator I put my skills to use for their benefit. Here's how the conversation went:

Computer: "Press 9 to not be contacted in the future. Press 4 to speak to someone about your mortgage issues"
<presses 4>
TM: "Hello, are you having problems paying your mortgage?"
Me: "Hi, this is the IT department. We intercepted your call as we detected a problem with you phone and need to fix it."
TM: "Oh... ok, well what do we need to do?"
Me: "We're going to need to fix the settings by pressing 4-6-8 and * at the same time"
TM: "Ok, nothing happened."
<alright, so he's not using a Polycom>
Me: "Are you using the new Polycom phones that we deployed?"
TM: "No, it's a Yealink"
Me: "Ok, I see. You haven't had the new Polycom phone deployed to your desk yet. Let me check our technical documentations for the Yealink."
<did a quick Google search, "yealink phone factory reset">
Me: "Alright, do you see an "OK" button on your phone?"
TM: "Yes I do"
Me: "Alright, you're going to press and hold that button for 10 seconds."
TM: "OK, pressing it now"
Me: "Perfect, let me know if you get a password request"
TM: "OK, nothing has popped up ye----"
<click>

That's right. I made a telemarketer unwittingly factory reset his phone which means he will be unable to make anymore calls until someone is able to reconfigure his phone and that will take at least an hour or longer if they can't do it right away!
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Not your typical basement! Nuclear shelter: every house in Switzerland has to have one of those. Way to keep things in perspective...
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Nothing like a 6AM jogging in the middle of nowhere (2h North of Paris in this case. Had to wait to get back to civilization to share) to get you pumped up about a new day. So peacefully quiet: didn't come across anyone for a whole hour; just me and mother nature. Makes you thankful about life...
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So disappointed to discover that the i8 is an hybrid car. After all the i3 is an EV. Building such a revolutionary-looking car and putting an evolutionary technology in it seems to make little sense. This is a drive-train that should have gone in the 6-series. BMW didn't build a brand new car when they produced their first diesel car, even through they would end up producing some of the most powerful diesel engines out there. Hybrid drive trains are a step on the route towards a fully electric car. They're not very efficient: you end up with two engines, all the moving parts of each technology PLUS the ones needed to make them work together. They can be justified a/ as an intermediary step until EV range/charging gets better and b/for a primary vehicle whose costs needs to be (somewhat) contained. Unfortunately, a/we're not 5 years ago any more and Tesla has since shown you can produce an EV with a sufficient range for daily driving, b/ this is not a primary car, but a $135k coupe that will most likely be driven on weekends a few thousands miles per year by people who can pay for a home charger. I was really expecting BMW to come up with an electric car that would have blown away everyone in terms of performance, not be slower than a 5-passenger-2-trunks family car like a Tesla S, or barely faster than a M235i
An exclusive evening for an exclusive vehicle.
To celebrate the launch of the BMW i8 the first delivery became a ceremony.
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First global delivery of the BMW i8
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A simple to understand explanation of an important issue. 
OK. If there is one video you watch this month, this should be it: it is 13 minutes of your life which will be well-spent. Because at the end of it, you will actually know what is going on with net neutrality, (or as he calls it, "preventing cable company fuckery") and exactly what the sleazy deals are behind it, but you will also be laughing your ass off, because John Oliver is hilarious.

Net neutrality is kind of amazing, because destroying it manages to screw over almost everyone.

Small companies get screwed over because they can't afford to pay off the cable companies to get access to their customers. Oh, you had an idea for a business using the Internet? Well, I hope your business plan includes a few million bucks to pay for your customers to be allowed to reach your site.

Big companies get screwed over because they're shaken down for (literally) billions of dollars by cable companies -- "That's a nice business you have there. Pity if someone were to make sure your customers could never reach you again" -- and that's assuming that the cable companies don't see them as competitors (if, say, they were doing something like streaming video...), at which point those companies could just shut them off outright.

People who use the Internet get screwed because the sites they want to connect to can't pay these extra fees, or are just being shut down outright by the cable companies. What, you wanted to watch a movie tonight? Sorry. Maybe you should have rented it from Comcast, instead, sucker!

In fact, nearly everyone in the entire country gets screwed over by this. So why, you ask, would the government be considering such a thing? 

Well. There is one group who doesn't get screwed over by it at all. Your friends and mine at Comcast, Time-Warner, Verizon, and AT&T. But don't worry; they have your best interests at heart. And the service guy will be there between 2 and 6. 

Really.

Honest.
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impressive....
This has to be the most inspiring article I've read this month. It's not about the World Cup. It's about a scientist and his team. They are about to change the world and you have to read this story. I promise it's worth your time :-)

#magicalscience   #gobrazil    
The Dream Kickoff
The Dream Kickoff
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Really worth watching: simple explanation to complex concepts...
Misconceptions About the Universe. Worth watching! (Especially if you have children and are trying to explain these basic concepts)
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Very cool product. Simplicity at its extreme...
This is what smart kitchen gadgets should look like:

http://wrd.cm/1jzYjUS
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