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Shannon Jacobs
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Patience captures the young prairie dogs barking.

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I have thought of an interesting metric of the relative corruption of the two political parties in America (where the Constitution basically forces winner-take-all contests that reduce to only two parties (or one, which is a long-term GOP dream)). Consider California versus Texas. In California, where the Democrats are in power and could fully control the redistricting. If they gerrymandered aggressively they could use those 3 million extra votes (from the last election) to eliminate EVERY Republican representative--but they haven't done that. In contrast, in Texas, where the Republicans control the redistricting, they gerrymander so aggressively that Austin is the largest city in the country that has NO representation in Congress.

Anyone else having severe memory problems that are preventing their Android device from updating?

On the smartphone with problems, using the Storage option to check from the settings, the Miscellaneous files says it has 9.55 GB, but the total of the listed files is WAY below that, less than 140 MB. Where is the other 9 GB going?

On my other phone, the total for Miscellaneous files seems to match the total files on the list. The obvious hypothesis is that there are a bunch of hidden files on the other phone.

Anyone else having severe memory problems that are preventing their Android device from updating?

On the smartphone with problems, using the Storage option to check from the settings, the Miscellaneous files says it has 9.55 GB, but the total of the listed files is WAY below that, less than 140 MB. Where is the other 9 GB going?

On my other phone, the total for Miscellaneous files seems to match the total files on the list. The obvious hypothesis is that there are a bunch of hidden files on the other phone.

Anyone else having severe memory problems that are preventing their Android device from updating?

On the smartphone with problems, using the Storage option to check from the settings, the Miscellaneous files says it has 9.55 GB, but the total of the listed files is WAY below that, less than 140 MB. Where is the other 9 GB going?

On my other phone, the total for Miscellaneous files seems to match the total files on the list. The obvious hypothesis is that there are a bunch of hidden files on the other phone.

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My current speculations on the latest war crime in Syria and the $90-million response from #PresidentTweety.

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Optimizing the usage of Starbucks locations? Would Starbucks be able to make the customers happy while gathering the critical data on where new locations should be opened?

Funny story and word of warning: If you choose to share to Google+, you better be quite cautious about the default sharing options. My first attempt to share this thought went quite awry. I'm trying to figure out how to make a joke out of it, but mostly I'll just say that I think the google's pomposity is reaching critical mass. It's sort of a good idea to throw a lot of ideas at the wall to find out which ones stick, but some of the ideas are not good and may produces side effects that feel like the feces has been slung at you...

(P.S. Not yet sure whether I should classify that as another aspect of the increasing EVIL of the google. However, I was definitely quite annoyed (AKA pissed off) at the google yesterday.)

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The ONLY good part of my experience on the Starbucks website was that the second submission attempt did not try to route me to the FAQ again, but just accepted the message. Probably a bug, and the claim that the message was accepted was probably false.

Visiting a corporate website should NOT make you dislike the company.

Is it possible to have a civilized discussion using Google+? What are the rules for most effectively dealing with trolls and other rude people?

Just asking because it appears that the google has changed the rules again. I'm only sure that I don't fully understand the rules. However, I am also sure that I don't want to waste the time playing with trolls or even cleaning up after them.

My own preference would be to avoid seeing their mindless trollage in the first place. I still think that the best tool or feature for that purpose would be an age-based maturity filter. Should be an option, but I would set mine for about 2 months since I believe few sock-puppet identities last that long. A 2-month maturity requirement would render them invisible to me.

A bit of a diversion now, but if this topic has already been discussed (and I bet it has), then I was unable to find those discussions here. There is a search function, but it was not helpful. What if the google took the words and sentiments of my draft comment and used them to pop up relevant discussions for me to consider? Then I could see if my question had been answered, or even better, I could explain what was different about my problem and what parts of the answer didn't fully apply. (Going beyond that, the prior participants could be notified the topic had become active again.) Now back to our irregularly unscheduled discussion of how to have a "deep, thoughtful, and polite" discussion in Google+ (or anywhere on today's exceedingly messy Web of fake opinion).

In the unclear area is the question of long-lived trolls. I don't even know if Google+ has a block function or some kind of kill list.

I actually think the deeper solution would involve reputation-based filtering based on a symmetric relationship to each identity's contributions. If someone rates a comment favorably, then that favor should also accrue to the person who wrote the comment. I actually think it should have an option for higher dimension ranking, and most of the dimensions should allow for both positive and negative rankings.

Lots of details available upon request, but let me confess that I'm NOT anticipating a deep and thoughtful discussion here. Hoping for such, but all my hopes seem increasingly feeble these days.

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Old and degraded! Starting too soon in a country near you!

It's the never-ending horror comedy mystery western movie "Forward into the Past" starring #PresidentTweety as Jason the 13th pushing America down the rabbit hole to meet Puppetmaker Pinocchio Putin on the quiet eastern front! You'll laugh yourself sick, as you watch the Fabulous Four Oranges of Wrath dancing in the monsoon while they sing their worst hit "The Winter, Fall, Summer, and Autumn of our Discontent." Winner of the Oscar, Emmy, and Tony bloody red badges of avarice for supremely hackneyed cultural references in 8 dimensions!

Don't you wish you could wait for it to never begin?

My allergic Trumpitis is highly acute and inflamed this morning!
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