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I'm having some trouble with MMS on my Samsung i777 running 10.2.20140316 nightly build.  I can't send or receive MMS.  Sending seems to just hang with a sending status, while receiving seems to indicate that an MMS is coming through, but it never gets downloaded.  I've tried checking the APN settings (not sure what I'm looking for, except that they're not blank), renaming telephony.db (presumably to trigger a regen/re-download), and installing the 8sms app; so far, nothing has helped.  Thoughts?
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I don't think it's enabled.  If I look in  /data/user/0/org.whispersystems.whisperpush/ I only see a cache folder and a 0 Byte file called lib.  Without the info in that file, I can't very well finish the instructions.  Did this get enabled without actually opting in?  Surely this URL from a month ago doesn't still describe the state of the art?  http://forum.cyanogenmod.com/topic/87482-critical-flaw-in-whisperpush/
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Sounds awesome. Wonder if they need an rf ee with it and manufacturing experience.
 
Want To Succeed? Don't Check Your Email - and Work Out at Lunch. Forbes Magazine talks with CEO David Morken on what makes Republic and Bandwidth tick.

Full interview: http://onforb.es/1jBQBLm
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More awesome content by way of Tim
 
This piece is utterly brilliant, an important manifesto on how the DIY movement is enabling a new era of citizen exploration (far beyond the vision of "citizen science.")  

One sample:

"People have been talking about the Internet of Things for years. But the aesthetic of the industrial internet always conjured up visions of connected devices that spoke quietly to each other: thermostats that never needed tending, plants that watered themselves and toasters that knew the day’s weather. It was always a promise of convenience (and automation and sleekness). What wasn’t obvious, to me anyway, was that an Internet of Things could usher in a golden age for curiosity. Where everyone, even a luddite like me, was constantly at the edge of what was possible. Where a new adventure — a new set of questions about our world and our place in it — was only a group friends and an internet connection away."

Or as Stewart Brand said, in the memorable quote that opens the piece:

“[In] the last century, discovery was basically finding things. And in this century, discovery is basically making things.”
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Hey, check this out. Let's try it
 
Um. Awesome. 

How to use a laser pointer to turn your #smartphone  into a microscope strong enough to see cells:  http://youtu.be/KpMTkr_aiYU
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Some folks I know work for Google, though none in Google play that I know of. I have had some of these same frustrations with Google play.
 
+Google Play would benefit greatly from a feedback button, but seems to be one of the few Google products without one.

Notably in this instance, it appears that sharing an app on the Google play web interface to Google+ does not actually share a link to to said app.

To be clear, with any other Google product I would have searched for a contact under layers of help, or shared privately on g+ or posted to the help forums. I am generally a huge fan and sometimes staunch advocate of all things Google, and, though I have had my frustrations, have for the most part aired them quietly and patiently, and been rewarded by what is overwhelmingly the best set of products of its kind. Play, by contrast, seems to be the antithisis of all other things Google at every point, from failing at the start to provide basic access to a full list of programs downloaded (despite the existance of the Chrome store before android market) to a continued inability to delete those programs downloaded once, for free, four years ago, tried twice, then permanantly deleted from my device, from the nearly public online record, or those programs recorded as "downloaded" because a phone with so much bloatware it had to be traded back happened to have that program. Notably, in other media such as books and movies, where people might have whole libraries worth of user data to share with Google, there is no instrument to record any media not purchased through Google.

For a company built on beautiful data organization under a simple and intuitive interface, the base of Play is all flare with disturbingly crippled function. It has, over the years (and I mean years, if you look at the comment boards) become usable (partly by absorbing the books and music teams), but still riddled with embarrassing oversights that would be fine in a beta, but should have long since been ironed out in a division of Google with such a direct profit model.

It would be silly of me to pretend that I won't use play until they fix these issues, and I would even say that, as irritating as they may be, play HAS come a long way, but it has been a frustrating journey, and one that seems to have been much smoother for other parts of Google.

#rant #googleplay
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How does Intel build the fin for the gate on their new processors? 
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Alright you Smart Alecks!
Well, my unnamed source could tell you, but then he'd have to kill you...
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We desperately need better disclosure from the government.
 
We just updated our Transparency Report, showing how many requests Google gets for information about its users. But we're not allowed to give the full story because the U.S. government says that requests under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) must be kept secret. We can tell you this: Requests have more than doubled around the world since 2009, and more than tripled in the U.S.: http://g.co/u5sp

Share this if you believe you have a right to know what our governments are up to. 
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Great writeup on some of the real problems with government and it.
 
"We live in an age when machines can learn. Can government?" 

Great Business Week piece by +Ezra Klein about what needs to be done to fix government IT in the wake of the healthcare.gov debacle. Lessons from the CFPB and the UK's Government Digital Service.
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    1995 - 1998
  • Oregon Institute of Technology
    Electronic Engineering Technology, 2003 - 2007
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