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Happy #fluffehfriday Plussers!
 
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This borders on the absurd! ;-)
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Gah! Best to check in on your secondary accounts lads and ladies!
 
Well that's worrying. 
Users are reporting that Google has started slashing and burning old accounts in recent days, seemingly with no warning. The first sign something is wrong... by Ryan Whitwam in Google, News
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Eww he's done this sort of thing before too.
Hate that he's a Minnesotan to boot.
#rip #cecil 
The American dentist who killed a well-known lion in Zimbabwe also has a U.S. felony record over the killing of black bear in in Wisconsin.
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Thank you for sharing. You know the worst thing is that with 1 arrow he probably kills 12 (Cecil and his 11 cubs) beceause Jericho the other lion of the group will kill them to be sur now that every other cubs coming will be from him.
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Help a fellow Plusser out and get an awesome book out of it too! ;D
 
Buy a book, help my family.

We've had a rash of health issues and injuries hit our family at a bad time and we need some help. I'm asking that people by my books so you can help out and still get something out of it.

If you like original premises in Science Fiction, I think you'll enjoy the story. These are the first two books in a three book series and the third is currently being written.

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If you can't buy one and still want to help, share this post, write a review on the site if you've read it, or tell a friend about it. Anything you do will be much appreciated.

Signed copies are also available for local pick up and shipping from here in the hills of Arkansas.

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Yikes! And you don't even need to open it in hangouts to get it if it's sent to your phone.
Open Hangouts, settings, SMS, disable Auto Retrieve MMS h/t +Neil Capper​
Attackers need only send a video through a text messaging app to compromise your phone.
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I was really hoping they would explain how an mms video gets executed by the phone. It would seem to me that there should be no way to execute anything from a multimedia file. Without seeing the information it sounds like the old " downloading mp3s will give you a virus" thing
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I read Craig's biography, never even realized it was /that/ Peter lol
 
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Definitely need to get Craig Ferguson on the show now. ;-)

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Damn, that's pretty good. If you're a Bowie fan, this is a must listen.
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Cats are so energetic and graceful. Most of the time. Derp.
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A lot of those faces still look pretty cartoonish. 
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#Science   #engineering  
A very insightful post from +Yonatan Zunger and very worth the read
 
A fundamental principle of good engineering is that you design the whole system to function well, not just the part you're concentrating on. Most systems include humans as components -- as operators, maintainers, passengers, or even obstacles. And when you fail to take that seriously into account in your design, you make a fundamental design error which can have lethal consequences.

It appears that the cause of the SpaceShipTwo crash was precisely of this sort: the designers never considered the possibility that a particular switch might be flipped at an incorrect time. In this case, it was flipped only a few seconds too soon, at a speed of Mach 0.8 instead of Mach 1.4. (This under rocket power, where acceleration is fast) That caused the tail system to unlock too soon, be ripped free by acceleration, and destroy the spacecraft, killing the co-pilot and severely injuring the pilot.

Scaled Composites' design philosophy of "relying on human skill instead of computers" here reeks of test pilots' overconfidence: the pilots are so good that they would never make a mistake. But at these speeds, under these g-forces, under these stresses, and tested repeatedly, it's never hard for an error to happen.

There are a few design principles which apply here.

(1) It should not be easy to do something catastrophic. There are only a few circumstances under which it is safe for the feathers to unlock, for example, and those are easy to detect based on the flight profile; at any other time, the system should refuse to unlock them unless the operator gives a confirmatory "yes, I really mean that" signal.

(2) Mechanical tasks that can lead to disaster are a bad idea. Humans have limited bandwidth to process things: while our brain's vision center is enormously powerful, our conscious mind's ability to think through things works at language speed, a few ideas per second. Here, time was wasted with a human having to perform a basically mechanical task of unlocking a switch at a particular, precise time. This requires the human to pay attention, time something accurately, and flip a switch, at a time that they should be simply watching out for emergencies. Since the time of unlock is already known long before takeoff, a better design would be for the unlock to happen automatically at the right time -- unless the risks from having an automatic unlocker (perhaps due to a reliability issue, or having a complex part prone to failure) exceed the benefits of removing it.

What's important to learn from this accident is that this error isn't specific to that one mechanism: this is an approach which needs to be taken across the entire design of the system. Every single potential or scheduled human action needs to be reviewed in this way.

An excellent perspective on this comes from James Mahaffey's book Atomic Accidents, a catalogue of things that have gone horribly wrong. In the analysis, you see repeatedly that once designs progressed beyond the initial experimental "you're doing WHAT?!" stage, almost all accidents come from humans pushing the wrong button at the wrong time. 

Generally, good practice looks like:

(A) Have clear status indicators so that a human can tell, at a glance, the current status of the system, and if anything is in an anomalous state.

(B) Have "deep status" indicators that let a human understand the full state of some part of the system, so that if something is registering an anomaly, they can figure out what it is.

(C) Have a system of manual controls for the components. Then look at the flows of operation, and when there is a sequence which can be automated, build an automation system on top of those manual controls. (So that if automation fails or is incorrect for any reason, you can switch back to manual behavior) 

(D) The system's general behavior should be "run yourself on an autonomous schedule. When it looks like the situation may be going beyond the system's abilities to deal with on its own -- e.g., an anomaly whose mitigation isn't something that's been automated -- alert a human."

The job of humans is then to sit there and pay attention, both for any time when the system calls for help, and for any sign that the system may need to call for help and not realize it.

This wasn't about a lack of a backup system: this was about a fundamentally improper view of humans as a component of a crtiical system.
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A description so people searching know it's me? Well heck... I'm the only Nicolette Whealy in the world that I know of.... So if you're here, you found me!

I'm generally pretty shy when I first get to know someone, so please don't think I'm ignoring you :) Comment and engage with me so I can circle you back!

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Problems from the get go with card not being on file even after calling to get a room reserved. When we got to the room, we had a pool over look and the door and insulation was no where enough to stop the noise from the machines in there. There wasn't a privacy barrier between decks, even wood slats would have been preferred as if anyone went out they can see into 2 rooms away. The comforter was filthy with stains all over it (just takes dawn soap and cold water for makeup... So gross). And the icing on the cake, when told at reservation the park would be open, it turned out that after we had already turned down for the night and called we were told it was closed until 4pm the following day! We live in the area, and would have come another day/week had we known! Loud ac unit as well. Wish we did our staycation elsewhere. Manager was nice, and did what he could, but breakfast didnt wow us, especially when its under construction....
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Good food at an affordable price! Got it hot and fresh :3 yum!
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Food was good, with a large variety. But your experience is very dependent on your own ability to remember that you need to flip your sign to alert a server as they will otherwise ignore you. Still took about 10 minutes to get our tab at the end after we asked for it, glad we were only trying to get on rides and not catch a movie. As that's unacceptable.
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No sales associates other than at checkouts. Guess its designed and used more as a showcase? Would have liked to have had someone approach and ask what we had an interest in or if we needed help.
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Was never asked what I was interested in. Was followed around the store by a man dusting boxes as did what I could only assume to be the shift lead or manager. Horrible experience at this location. No suggestions or ideas given, walked out both upset and empty handed on a vacation night i had hoped to have a board game for. Not only missed opportunity but I wouldn't go back to this location ever after being treated like a criminal. Heres a hint. Buy some mirrors, make it discreet. And treat customers like CUSTOMERS. You chased this customer away and I recommend seeking elsewhere.
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Totally forgot about the subway coupons! Ah well, it was a surprise from the hubby. Had a blast, and rode most of the rides :3 fun for all ages for sure! Love that the newest of thrill rides you can control your thrill by levers that you control yourself making personalized experiences to fit your needs!
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Friendly staff, and got a free sample!
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