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Lorin Olsen
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"What do you do if you're a giant corporation devoted to selling people huge, $100/month bundles of TV channels they don't want anymore, but you also have a monopoly on selling high-speed Internet access, which they want very badly?"

My heart breaks for the difficult choices that telcos are forced to make. NOT. Monopolies should not be given the means (and protection) to extend their monopolies.
What do you do if you’re a giant corporation devoted to selling people huge, $100/month bundles of TV channels they don’t want anymore, but you also have a monopoly on selling high-spee…
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honestly, I have been without TV since the regular stuff went digital in 2009 and I told my hubby then, "We will eventually see a cap on internet usage as a punishment for no phone or cable."

I have not seen one yet...but I did say YET!
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Sometimes, I think I'm employed in a tech company simply so I can afford my insatiable tech habit.

Last year, I implemented a PC-based DVR so that my daughter could watch some of her favorite shows if Hulu or Netflix didn't have it. I built it on her desktop using sabnzbd and Sickbeard. And it has worked well for a couple of years.

But now that I'm going to plant new roots with my son, I needed to rebuild some of the infrastructure so that I could still see some of the shows that I wanted to watch. And given my Raspberry Pi addiction, I had to put it onto an RPi.

And that has been easier said than done. Actually, setting up a Rasbian/Debian Wheezy implementation was simple. And downloading the right packages from the right repositories was fairly simple. But after I installed the software, I ran into some challenges setting everything up.

The challenges were many. I had permission problems. I had formatting and transcoding issues. And I even ran into a few hardware issues. But after about ten hours (spread over a few days), I've finally gotten the new downloader/PVR built.

Is an RPi capable of doing the job? Well, as you would expect, it is a little slow. But for managing downloads and doing some asynchronous transcoding, it is the best bang-for-the-buck that you can find. And it is a lot of fun to solve puzzles like this.

So if you want a puzzle, this is one that is worth solving. Otherwise, you can buy as machine from an integrator and spend 3x - 5x the money. But as for me and my family, we will save the money.
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True in 1974 - true today as well.

#NeverTrump
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"Those who subscribe to the idea
(of #NeverTrump) are saying that Trump is a dangerous, unpredictable man whose aspirations don't align with conservatism."
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With Donald Trump's victory in the Indiana primary, his securing of the GOP nomination is all but guaranteed. And as such, the death of the modern Republican Party is upon us.

Some pundits will try to argue that the GOP can survive a Trump nomination and his enormous eventual defeat in November. They make arguments of the long history of the Republicans in persevering and eventually recovering from momentous political disasters.

I believe this time is somewhat different.
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Believe me I'm not voting for him either. As a life long liberal Democrat I don't want to vote for Hillary either. Can you say third party? The only one of the last 5 candidates I would have even consider voting for was Kasich, so now what?
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I'm building an always-on download box, and it is both cool and cryptic.

My son and I may very well become roommates - if the winds blow right. So I'm doing some final tweaks on the network here before I pull up the nets to move downstream.

One of the key pieces of cleanup is to build a TV downloader. There are lots of tutorials on how to build these tools. And if you have a PC, the process is quite simple. But I wanted to build it on a Raspberry Pi. So I've spent a bunch of hours this weekend building a Raspbian Jessie image and getting all the tools I need from a variety of repos. I got most of it done last night.

But as is always the case, I always learn something new whenever I do these kinds of projects. And today was no exception. WIth a new system, I decided to build the TV/downloader using Sickrage and SABnzbd. I won't go into great deal concerning the build choices and all of the software versions. But as of this afternoon, I was stumped on a couple of items.

After loading all the apps, I fired up the device and began configuring it. And everything went well. But when I fired up a sample download, I ran into what appeared to be Linux permission problems. And if you've ever worked with Unix or Linux, you know how these kinds of challenges get solved: lots of patience, lots of time-consuming research, and a fair bit of luck.

Basically, the system would download all the pieces. But when SABnzbd went to assemble the pieces, I got what appeared to be a permissions error. So I looked online and found that lots of people had similar problems. I tried a bunch of proposed fixes to no avail. So I brought out the hammer: I switched to running the apps under root.

Unfortunately, that didn't work either. I could access the remote NAS device. But it still couldn't save the file. Since I could do all that I needed w/o root, I switched back to running under a user account.

As I wanted to rule out LAN issues, I tried to store the files on the sdcard of the Pi. Voila. Success. So the problem had something to do with the filesystem - or so I thought.

And then it dawned on me. I wonder if the problem was not the sending system or the receiving system but how the app encoded the filenames. I switched to using my NAS devices while pointing to some different names (without blanks and special characters). This was successful. So someplace between the app designer, the coder, the tester, and the user, we had a problem that needed to be solved.

I haven't logged the bug yet (though I will). But by changing the folder path (and omitting blanks), I got the test file downloaded. And I'm viewing it now. BTW, the sample file was chosen for a reason: I had a cryptic problem with little or no background. There are lots of symbols and not a lot of backstory. So my quest today is very much like the quest of Blindspot: to piece together clues and to solve a mystery.

And, as usual, I had a boatload of fun along the way!

On to Game of Thrones! 
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What happened to the Grand Old Party?

First, McCain.  Then Romney. And now Trump.  What happened to the Grand Old Party?    And you could easily argue that the party hasn't been the same since Ronald Reagan left office.  

So what to do?

We could always build a new cadre of candidates who could rebuild the party from the ground up.  And that might be worth the effort.  But we would basically be building a new Republican Party.  

But why not?  

So let's tease this out a bit...

Do these look like good steps to follow when forming a new political party?  And is there anyone else in the #NeverTrump  movement (or the original Tea Party movement) that wants to pursue this path?  Or should we just wait and hope for the next election.    
How to Create a Political Party. What is described here are the basics of creating a new political party. Usually it is a very long and complicated process that needs a charismatic personality to start it. This explanation will give you a...
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Judge rules that ACA (a.k.a., Obamacare) was ...unconstitutionally spending money to subsidize health insurers.

Bottom line: Money is being spent w/o Congressional authorization. I'm fairly certain that this will be appealed.


House Republicans won Round 2 in a potentially historic lawsuit Thursday when a federal judge declared the Obama administration was unconstitutionally spending money to subsidize health insurers without obtaining an appropriation from Congress .
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“In November, I will not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but I will support principled conservatives at the state and federal levels, just as I have done my entire life.” - Jeb Bush

Trump is 0 - 3 in Bush endorsements. I can't wait to see Barbara's views.
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(of #NeverTrump) are saying that Trump is a dangerous, unpredictable man whose aspirations don't align with conservatism."
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Love the Quote by Hamilton
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
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I've moved from denial to anger.

I've lost my faith in the GOP. I've lost my faith in my fellow Americans. Is it time to embrace President Camacho? And will President Camacho be a self-absorbed reality show star or a self-absorbed and embittered cuckquean?

I have no idea how long I will reside in this stage of grief.

#NeverTrump
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Hilliary is 1000 times worse. I am voting against Hilliary which means that a vote for the Republican candidate, no matter who it is, is imperative
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Tech savant and bon vivant
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  • DST Systems Inc.
    Senior Manager, 2013 - present
  • Tech Savant & Bon Vivant
    1961 - present
  • Sears Holdings Corporation
    Senior Manager, 2012 - 2013
  • General Dynamics Information Technology Inc
    Enterprise Architect, 2010 - 2012
  • H&R Block
    Senior Infrastructure Engiinee, 2007 - 2010
  • Microsoft
    Account Technology Specialist, 2006 - 2007
  • Sprint Nextel
    Senior Manager, 1987 - 2006
  • MCI Communications
    Systems Programmer, 1985 - 1987
  • Boeing Computer Services
    Programmer Analyst, 1983 - 1985
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I am a fifty-something 'electric roo' from the US heartland. I love God, my wife and kids, politics, bicycling, and every bit of tech I can get my hands on.
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