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Chris Esser
A ham radio hobbyist, Unix systems architect and all around nerd. KC2RGW. Surly Ogre owner.
A ham radio hobbyist, Unix systems architect and all around nerd. KC2RGW. Surly Ogre owner.

For weeks now, #Google     #Hangouts   has not been working properly at all when calling landlines.  The calls will just not connect.

I use #Hangouts from #Google  on a daily basis and have had to switch my calling to #Skype  instead.

Anyone else observing this?   #Hangouts  has been stone reliable up until recently.

Linux user here, Ubuntu 14.04 specifically, using Hangouts by stable channel Chrome as well.
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So all the headlines about WhatsApp being picked up by Facebook had me wondering a few things.

I'd installed WhatsApp a while back but didn't really see the point due to already having SMS, Gtalk/Hangouts, Facebook messages, Skype and other alternatives.  I really didn't get why I would want yet another messenger app.

So now the big stir is over Facebook buying WhatsApp and the "security" issues implied.  So in the mix there are alternatives like Telegram being discussed so I went to check that app out.  When I went to install it, reviewing all the permissions it needed on my Android phone, the list was as invasive as the Facebook app.

I don't understand how, when an app needs access to all my contacts, my telephone activity, my GPS location, all my media account info and on and on, people can somehow consider it "more secure".

Google, Facebook, Waze, Linked-In, Telegram and on and on, have TOS agreements that pretty much give complete access to all of your activities, personal info, even information on your friends.  Pretty much none of these offer any slight bit of privacy.  The price we pay for using "smart" devices and the apps that make them useful.

I just don't like that some people seem to have a false sense of "security" in using some of these apps vs others when clearly there is very little difference.  To be fair to Telegram, it appears that maybe the content of my messages may be encrypted, but all the records of who I'm contacting, where exactly within a meter I was when I sent or received a message and the complete list of people in my contacts or whom I contact on the phone are all fair game for them to use and distribute as they please.  Frankly all of that is more invasive to me than the mundane content of my messages to people.

Read permissions carefully, read the TOSes you sign and click through, realize what you are exposing and don't be fooled to think on any of these mobile platforms you use or you send data to on the other side of your communications, that you have any privacy.  It's long gone.
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Brought in some sweetener for the office.
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Hrmmm do I hate this yet?  I'm still not sure.  I really liked the old layout and the new single column option is rather horrible.  The double column is making it where I have to re-train myself to read....not loving that.  The design elements are pretty nice, but not sure I like the function of it.  #newlayout  
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So here's something that drives me crazy.

I've got a phone, use it for mp3's and say I have 20G free to fill with music...figuring out exactly how many of the albums I have will fit in a mass-move selection ridiculously hard to do.

At least so far, in linux , among many GUI file managers, I've not found one that will allow you to multi-select "folders" and show you the total tally in size of what you are selecting.  

i.e. I want a running total as I ctrl-click folders to show me what the total selection capacity is so I can click up a pile and figure out as close to 20G as possible which ones I can keep or drop.

I wrote a bash script to copy a randomized list of files, up to an inputted capacity, but when I want to just plain load full albums, a GUI to just start making a shopping list would be so much easier.

Does anyone know of a file manager that will keep a running tally of multiple selected dirs?  One or two seem to do it if the structure is flat, e.g. a dir relative to the path with files, but do not track  dir/dir/dir/files in the count.  My stuff is all artist/album/tracks

Someone tell me this was solved by something by now?
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For any of you who are interested in pipes and pipe tobacco, this is a nice group.
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Is Chromium a weird mess rendering G+ for anyone else lately?  I haven't tried Firefox yet, but Chromium has been really odd with blocks of the page rendering weirdly and jumping around lately.  Just running what ships with Ubuntu 12.04.
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Curious how many people in my circles enjoy #pipesmoking  and #tobacco #pipes .  Broke out my collection after some idle time recently, been enjoying the #kirsten, #savinelli  and #peterson pipes in the collection lately.

Working through a few tins of MacBaren Mixture, Symphony and Plumcake that I've had open and stowed for a few years.  All the tins needed some moisture added and all restored nicely.  MacBaren and McClelland are sort of anchors for me and I like a lot of their blends.  

I've got some McClelland VA flakes up there that have been stowed for quite a long time, I'm sure they will be amazing when I crack the tins open.
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Happy Festivus! Looking forward to a nice night with friends.
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