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Mike Hicks
Works at Cray Inc.
Attended University of Minnesota
Lives in St. Paul, MN
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I have an XPS 13 9350 and upgraded it to Ubuntu 16.04. Has anyone tried anything to improve the sound quality of the speakers? They sound fairly tinny to me, a bit worse than my old Inspiron N4010, which wasn't all that great. Videos I've watched of people using Windows have suggested the sound is pretty good, so I wonder if Dell has applied some sort of equalizer treatment for that side of the fence. Are there any good ways of tweaking things under Ubuntu to have a fuller sound?
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As I write this, the 2016 Minnesota legislative session is coming to a close, and last-minute discussions are taking place to try and sort out transportation funding. One of the major options is the possibility of a 0.5% metr...
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Here's a map I put together using the Federal Railroad Administration's Highway-Rail Crossing Inventory database, focusing on the number of main tracks at public grade crossings across the country. The main thing to see is th...
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I.. I don't get it.

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5th Street in downtown Saint Paul, noon on a Thursday. If you grew up in Minnesota, you may have heard the story of Saint Paul's narrow streets—In downtown, the streets were so tight that the city eventually decided to shave ...
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Looks like we need Food Trucks! Then we can fill the streets
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I verge on being a train nut, and if I'm honest, I wish passenger service could be reactivated on most of the remaining rail lines in the U.S.  The rail network faces extreme competition from a dense mesh of seemingly free ro...
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Projected vs. actual solar PV installed capacity in the UK
 
Government Projections
A fascinating graph appeared at a recent ofgem (The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) presentation. These projections are specifically for the UK.
It shows the official government projections regarding the installation of solar PV, (the red line) and the actual installation, the green line.
Could it be, and this is a genuine question, that due to the intense lobbying from the fossil fuel industry, using arguments like 'security of supply' and 'managed transition' why the official projections were so hyper slow.
Anyone with first hand knowledge of the solar industry knows how installation of large scale solar plants is rapid, the panels are cheaper, the income from such a plant is regular and impressive, with or without subsidy.
Globally, increases in solar PV are astronomic, we're still way behind, but when big fossil have the very sympathetic ear of your government, your projections can look a bit dopey.
We could be 100% powered by renewables, it's not me saying this, it's 1,000's of energy specialists, engineers and grid managers.
If you listened to our current government you'd believe, as you are endlessly told, that we need to burn gas and nuclear fuels for at least the next 100 years.
We don't.
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Another world dictator posing for photos in a flight suit.
 
I don't have the hi-res in-the-air pictures yet, but here's me looking cool.

Although apparently +Jim Zemlin was laughing so hard when I did the thumbs-up sign that the camera shake makes that picture a bit blurry. Thanks, Jim.
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Transit projects make for easy political targets because of high construction costs. They have prices in the many millions of dollars, and occasionally tip into the billions, which brings critics out of the woodwork. It's dif...
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0:37 "There are already a lot of freight trains...". Three per day is not a lot of freight trains.

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Wow, London to Edinburgh is about the same distance as Chicago to Minneapolis. Tesla installed chargers on a 3400-mile somewhat winding route across the US in recent months. As Robert Llewellyn was going to Edinburgh, a father-daughter pair were on their way on a 6-day trip across the country (NY -> CA). Then Tesla made the reverse trip in 76 hours, with a team of folks trading off driving. Chicago - Minneapolis is probably doable in about 8 hours today.  If only I could afford a Tesla!
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St. Paul, MN
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Byron, MN - Minneapolis, MN
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Software Engineer
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  • Cray Inc.
    Software Engineer, 2012 - present
  • McAfee, Inc.
    Software Test Engineer, 2008 - 2011
  • Secure Computing Corporation
    Associate Test Engineer, 2005 - 2008
  • Adaptec
    2003 - 2003
  • Frigid Dog Entertainment
    2004 - 2004
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  • University of Minnesota
    2002
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