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Ending my day here I share, pure beauty as music. Or maybe pure beautiful music.
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What kind of world do we live in? The captain abandons ship with 300 still trapped on his boat. Only 1 of 46 life boats deployed. Helpless kids texting last messages with loved ones as the ship goes down. 287 mostly kids still unaccounted for. So many people grieving.
Hundreds of Navy and Coast Guard divers are battling murky conditions in the waters off of South Korea today, searching for survivors of a shipwrecked ferry that sank Wednesday with hundreds of people trapped inside.
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+Jim Scholfield I agree with everything you say in your last comment.  I'm certainly not suggesting that what the captain actually did was fine, and it was probably criminal negligent besides.  

I simply don't agree that the captain has to go down with the ship if there is a single other soul remaining aboard, even if by giving his life nothing further was accomplished.  That is simply a waste of life.  
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What if? I just claimed a piece of "government owned" BLM managed land as mine? For me to use as I need. A real big piece. And after damaging the land I'd move to a new piece. And I could make money on this, not just have a place for me.

Would you feel like coming out armed with your gun and helping me keep the cops away? Even though the government wanted to keep letting me do all this if I'd just give them a ridiculously small fee that still rips off the taxpayer who's land this really is?

Out here in the west it's common to be in the mountains or other wild, undeveloped places and see livestock grazing. There are often rules I must follow with my dog about just letting him run loose with me in these areas. Yet someone has sheep or cows just running loose all over grazing on whatever they can find.

I used to wonder just how the big livestock interests were able to get away with this and was disgusted. Another example of business run amok.

Then as I became more aware of the reality of the treatment of animals produced for our consumption this seemed like maybe the only good conditions the animals raised for our consumption ever see.

I don't support this ranchers actions nor those of his terrorist supporters willing to make this an armed confrontation. I feel they are greedy and incredibly self-righteous.

Another reason to quit supporting agri-business as much as possible. Going along as if agri-business isn't what it is just isn't working for me anymore.
 
"Get off our land, period. Give us back our property," said Ammon Bundy, whose father claims his family has the right to allow more than 400 head of cattle to graze.

Read more: http://nbcnews.to/1qt6aoE
Hundreds of supporters — many of them armed — showed up to protest the federal government’s decision to round up cattle from land in Nevada a rancher says he...
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+Joseph Moosman just wondering, if your brother installed a derrick on his land, or a sign stating "fracking area", he would get support by some big lobbies, no? ;-)
Fighting corruption with corruption, sad, but sometimes work...
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Is Tilda not the best looking terminal? Clean, transparent, I like it.

I also wanted to give a hat tip to +ManjaroLinux. The 0.8.9 release installer has the best UEFI support that I've found. I still prefer Arch over everything but when you need to install something quick that will work out of the box on most any hardware, Manjaro is a very good choice.
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eterm aterm and xterm all do the same thing. You don't have to use this terminal, and if Jim likes it so be it.
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War in Afghanistan took another life. One of so awfully many. This person, +Anja Niedringhaus documented many scenes and faces of this war. The pictures are quite haunting, especially but not only because she ended up giving her life for them. And for us.
#war  
#afghanistan  
#photographer  
#journalism  
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This after not losing a single soul during last March. Bless her heart, Souls and Family.
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I love that the ideals of open source are spreading, and this was influenced by the FOSS ideals, but I hate that it's needed for making seeds available.

""This is the birth of a movement," says Kloppenburg. "Open source means sharing, and shared seed can be the foundation of a more sustainable and more just food system.""
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I instantly assumed this was about seeding torrents. Turns out it's actually pretty close.
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I heard +Alison Krauss in an interview saying some of the songs she did with +Robert Plant surprised her in that she previously would not have chosen them but she felt they really did work. This must be one of them. Very nice.
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My favorite song. :-)
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I believe there is some serious missing the point going on in this article. It doesn't matter what infrastructure component you look at, you'll see a lack of post implementation support. It isn't just the internet.

A plane has been lost for over a month for no good reason for a lack of update to the tracking technology. Bridges, highways and city streets are in bad shape nearly everywhere. Power grids and water supplies are outdated and very at risk and inefficient because of it. On and on.

It can well be said that capitalism is to blame and it may be largely but that isn't the whole story. This article talks about a solution that could be worse than the problem but there does have to be some better planning for the future in many, many areas.
It's no surprise that a small bug could cause such huge problems. What's amazing, however, is that the code that contained this bug was overseen by only one full-time paid employee.
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+Jim Scholfield  While I was studying earlier today, I had my handy Google real-time news feed open and saw an honest-to-goodness FUD title pop up - Heartbleed virus ... posted by a newspaper in the west. I responded to the posting and the editor corrected the title and subtitle. I used the actual RFC posting and the link below to backup my statement. It's good to know some journalists have integrity these days.  http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/skipping-a-heartbeat-the-analysis-of-the-heartbleed-openssl-vulnerability/.
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This is part of a project I'm working on. Nearly all new PC's come with UEFI instead of the BIOS of old. A lot of attention has been paid to the secure boot option in UEFI but that just takes seconds to turn off and it is no longer a problem unless you really want to deal with it.

Learning about UEFI variables, how they are used by OS's, Guid Partition Tables (GPT) replacing the master boot record (MBR) and boot managers vs. boot loaders will make a big difference in understanding what is new in these systems. 

A few days ago I installed a UEFI firmware update. Windows 8 came installed on my Toshiba Satellite C55-A. There is an app that is similar to windows update but is for firmware and software provided by Toshiba. I started at version 1.2 of InsydeH2O UEFI firmware and now am on 1.8 though there have been a couple versions that I either missed or weren't released.

I haven't always made this choice during this update but this time I chose to reset all variables when prompted for it. I wanted to be sure that if any variables were added they were at good defaults and a good clean slate to better learn about and set these variables. Like most that have UEFI I have experienced some inconsistency regarding these variables and the effect they have on my system.

I expected that during this update and the reset of these variables that I would no longer see an option for booting anything other than windows but that was not what happened. That's not to say the variables were unchanged. I had at one time installed a couple Ubuntu flavors and it seems that may have left something behind when I removed Ubuntu.

Reseting the variables to default caused Ubuntu to be rewritten as the Boot0000 and it is marked as active. I had already removed the Ubuntu Boot variable and the Ubuntu folder from the EFI System Partition when I finished my short term Ubuntu testing. I suspect the Ubuntu installation added itself in some other way, such as another UEFI variable, that I don't know about or understand. If so, hopefully I'll soon learn how this happens.

I do still get the Grub bootloader at start up and can choose from my currently installed Linux distros and windows. I test Linux distros freqently on this system on 2 partitions and have Arch Linux installed on another. The originally installed Windows 8 (now 8.1) still exists too. That's called multi-booting and I know many of you do that or at least have one Linux distro installed along with windows or other distros, a dual boot configuration.

Manjaro, actually Manjaro's Grub boot loader, is first in the boot order and then windows. I boot windows from the Grub menu when desired. If I put Windows first in the UEFI boot order it would boot right into windows with no choices for Linux. As such it seems to me Boot0004 should be labeled Windows Boot Loader. Maybe some Windows guru better than I could configure for a Windows Boot Manager but I've never seen it.

On this machine I have seen a UEFI boot manager that can give you choices for Windows and Linux distros. Choosing Windows boots Windows. Unless you don't install a boot loader such as Grub installed, choosing a Linux distro will bring up Grub choices for all installed OS's. You can avoid this redundency as the Linux kernel can boot without an external boot loader but that is a subject I'll not include here unless asked. For me the preferred solution is to not use the UEFI boot loader and keep using the Grub boot loader.

I removed Ubuntu from the menu and from the boot order using efibootmgr as shown here. This does not however have any functional effect for me. Since I don't use the UEFI boot manager, the first thing I see is the Manjaro grub bootloader and from there I choose what to load. I never see anything other than the first entry in the boot order.

[jim@cinnamon~]$ efibootmgr
BootCurrent: 0005
Timeout: 0 seconds
BootOrder: 0005,0004,0000,2003,2001,2002
Boot0000* Ubuntu
Boot0002* EFI Network 0 for IPv4 (00-8C-FA-67-46-C2) 
Boot0003* EFI Network 0 for IPv6 (00-8C-FA-67-46-C2) 
Boot0004* Windows Boot Manager
Boot0005* manjaro
Boot2001* EFI USB Device
Boot2002* EFI DVD/CDROM
Boot2003* EFI Network
[jim@cinnamon~]$ sudo efibootmgr -b 0 -B
[sudo] password for jim: 
BootCurrent: 0005
Timeout: 0 seconds
BootOrder: 0005,0004,2003,2001,2002
Boot0002* EFI Network 0 for IPv4 (00-8C-FA-67-46-C2) 
Boot0003* EFI Network 0 for IPv6 (00-8C-FA-67-46-C2) 
Boot0004* Windows Boot Manager
Boot0005* manjaro
Boot2001* EFI USB Device
Boot2002* EFI DVD/CDROM
Boot2003* EFI Network
[jim@cinnamon~]$ 

#uefi   #bootmanager   #bootloader   #linux   #manjaro   #archlinux  
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I am a Linux kind of guy but Windows 8 came on my laptop and I don't just throw stuff away that has some use. For many people Windows 8 does just fine even if they don't have a touch screen. I can make a good argument against it but that's not real productive much of the time.

The Windows 8.1 update, as opposed to just Windows 8.1, came to me today. It wasn't quick but it installed over lunch for me without issue. I was especially pleased that it didn't change the UEFI NVRAM variables and cause me to need to repair the boot process. I still see no boot manager and first see the Grub boot loader. I can then choose to boot my desired flavor of Linux or Windows 8.1.

This article pretty clearly shows the changes in this update. The focus seems to be to make it easier to use on non-touch screen systems (using a mouse and keyboard) and to put back some things common to previous versions of windows. Both things will make things easier for many casual users, especially those not using a tablet.

My recommendation is to install the update and since it does take a while and is a large download, plan for good internet access and an hour or better of time. I think Comcast is pissed at me right now and is stepping on my hose so maybe it will be quicker for you. This update does help resolve some windows 8 usability issues and doesn't seem to cause any new ones that I've seen.

Windows 8.x still is not my preference but you could say I'm not normal and not face much argument from anyone. I use it sometimes to ensure that I can support others and stay up to speed on what the masses use. For those that desire simplicity and familiarity, this may or may not make windows 8 work well enough for you. It's worth a try if it comes on a new system you get. If it doesn't meet you requirements, Linux and us Linux geeks are always available to help with that.

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Very cool, it is nice to hear you are using it instead of discarding it.  I think too many people were dismissive of 8 simply because it was different from what they were used too.  Neuvo-luddites.
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Can you think of a time when you've seen someone interact with another in a way that made you think for a moment. Maybe you witnessed an act of kindness or cruelty. Did it cause a reaction from you? Maybe you were touched to either react to those involved or to someone that later touched your life. If so, you've seen that how we interact can cause ripples in other lives. What I want here is to affect and be affected by these ripples.

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This is my favorite restaurant in Greeley, not just Mexican Restaurant. I love the food, especially the Molcajete. I've never had that dish anywhere else and it is great. Your choice of beef, chicken, both or seafood in a fantastic sauce that has avocado, cheese and more, served in a Molcajete (stoneware mortar) with their fresh tortilla's of your choice. They have a great patio and a very friendly staff and atmosphere. There are quite a few Mexican options in Greeley and this is my favorite hands down.
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