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Dan Sibbernsen
I'm a nerdtacularly fun guy :D
I'm a nerdtacularly fun guy :D

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My friends +Shannon Quinn and +Devin Sullivan are fundraising for SCIENCE! Please consider a donation.

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Hah, a mildly entertaining game.
Thanks, Google!
I won candy on the #googlebirthday doodle! Score: 152

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I just found out about this, it could be an interesting Hangout! Today at 1pm EST.
+Patrick McConlogue first became known to the +Mashable audience after news spread about his efforts to teach Leo, a homeless man, to code. Leo's progress has been followed online through +Google+, and Leo will speak for the first time publicly during a live Google Hangout about what he's accomplished.

Join Mashable reporter +Fran Berkman, Patrick and Leo for a live Hangout on Air Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 1pm ET to hear the latest update and whether this project has been a success.

Past coverage of Patrick and Leo:

#hangoutsonair   #journeymanhacker  

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+David Bubenik, I could see this happening to you =)

Credit for the find goes to +Max Wellenstein

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Good info, let's press Verizon.
Verizon caught red-handed in violation of FCC openness regulation

Verizon has now on multiple occasions refused to connect my Google Nexus 7 LTE tablet, though the device was publicized widely as working on Verizon and though I know from other users that it will work on its network. On Twitter, its support spokesman said in response to my repeated inquiries over four days:

@jeffjarvis I'm excited you got your Nexus 7 but not all LTE tablets are created equal. It's not part of our line up & can't be activated^JH
— VZW Support (@VZWSupport) September 17, 2013

Verizon is thus clearly violating FCC regulations governing its acquisition of the spectrum that enables its LTE service, which require it to open to all devices. To quote from the regulations (my emphasis):

(b) Use of devices and applications. Licensees offering service on spectrum subject to this section shall not deny, limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice on the licensee’s C Block network, except:
(1) Insofar as such use would not be compliant with published technical standards reasonably necessary for the management or protection of the licensee’s network, or
(2) As required to comply with statute or applicable government regulation.

Verizon also violates its promise not to violate that requirement. On May 7, 2008, Ars Technica quotes Verizon VP Jim Gerace saying on the company’s public policy blog:

“Verizon Wireless—and all the other participants in the recent 700 MHz spectrum auction—understood the FCC’s rules for using that spectrum in advance of the auction. Of course we’ll abide by those rules.”

I attempted to read the rest of Gerace’s blog post but Verizon has erased years of its posts there and the Wayback Machine does not have a cache from that date.

This promise came in response to a tough letter from Google at the time demanding that Verizon abide by the rule. Said Google: “The Commission must ensure that Verizon understands that this license obligation means what it says: Any Apps, Any Devices.”

And no wonder, for Google anticipated precisely this situation when it entered the spectrum auction Verizon won and insisted then on open access as an FCC condition of the sale: Google ended up marketing an unlocked device made to run on Verizon’s LTE network and now Verizon refuses to honor its promise to abide by the rules of its auction to do so.

On Twitter and Google+, many have asked why I bother, why I don’t just install the T-Mobile SIM and month’s free access that came with the Nexus 7 LTE. A few reasons: First, I am stuck with a shared-data plan on Verizon thanks to my locked (how could you, Google?!) Chromebook Pixel with LTE and my family’s Verizon iPads. Second, adding the Nexus 7 to my shared-data plan will cost me only $10 more a month, less than I’ll play if I support it solo on another carrier’s network. Third, this is a matter of principle. I will bring my Dell Hell experience to bear and fight for what is right.

Some also caution that on the Verizon network, my Nexus 7 will connect only if LTE is available; it will not be able to fail down to slower speeds as it could on other networks. True; that is how my Chromebook Pixel works and I am willing to live with the limitation for the price.

It has also been pointed out to me across social media that one can take a Verizon SIM from another LTE device, put it in the Nexus 7, and it will work. Only problems are, I don’t have such a SIM and if I did I’d need to use it in that other device. But this does prove — as others have done it — that the Nexus 7 does work on Verizon’s network.

So this is not a matter of anything Verizon cannot do. This is a matter of what Verizon will not do. And that is what makes this a violation of FCC regulations and Verizon’s assurances.

I have frequently asked Verizon for its help on Twitter and Google+ and in its store and via phone to Verizon Wireless via a representative in that store; you see the net of that above: a smart-assed refusal to take my money. I tried many avenues before writing this post.

I have twice asked Verizon Wireless’ director of PR for devices, Albert Aydin (@VZWalbert) for a company statement on why it refuses to connect the Nexus 7 and I have heard nothing. I do so as a journalist and also as a member of the public (I take the title “public relations” literally). I will email this post to him once more asking for the company’s statement.

I will also ask Google PR for its stand regarding Verizon’s violation of its assurances to the FCC and Google. Back in 2008, Verizon said: “As we work to put the spectrum we won to good use, if Google or anybody else has evidence that we aren’t playing by the rules, there are legitimate and expedited ways to address that.” Yes, like blogs, Twitter, Google+, Facebook, This Week in Google, and angry customers everywhere.

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Good info that anyone doing anything should know about =)
Do You Know How to Google?

This lovely little guide... Gives you some basics on "how to google"... the average person doesn't know 90% of the below tricks... I learned a few things too.. so figured i'd share it out.

It does boggle my mind that 90% of you do not know that CTRL- F (find) will FIND something for you on a page you are searching for :)

 Have a look(click to open and see bigger) and improve your Google-fu :)

#google #search #geek

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So, I was out running with Josh Garrett and we met Ed Wolfgram. He has done so much with his life. He gave us a pep talk, explaining that it's good to keep the body guessing, never do an exercise repeatedly that will eventually break our bodies down (essentially, stressing cross training instead of JUST running all the time). He also exclaimed that the power to learn and the power to work out are intricately tied together. If you maintain your body, your mind will continue to learn at the same rate. Vice versa, learning how to work out properly will help maintain your body.

I think next year I'm going to attempt an Iron Man.

Hi, I have a question about 


Does this allow me to change the libraries listed on a particular build configuration?  For instance, I have Debug, Release and ReleaseLowOpt and I want to be able to link against libraries (named exactly the same) in Debug, Release, and ReleaseLowOpt directories.

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This is one of the many reasons I love erging: anyone can do it.
We took our Ergs on Wheels show to the Special Olympics Michigan Summer Games this past week.  Fun and inspiring times!  Here's a quick look (with links to lots of photos for those who want more). 

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Here here, +Brian Barcus
There is no semblance of a free market for health care in the US. If one existed we would not be overpaying by 100-200% for simple services.
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