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- CONCENTRIX CORPDeveloper, 2015 - 2016
- IBMSenior Application Architect, 2011
- Plusheadlines.comSocial Media Writer, 2011 - 2011
- NaviSysWeb Developer, 2004 - 2006
- GenelcoApplication Architect, 1997 - 2004
- Wave TechnologiesDeveloper of Internet Technologies, 1996 - 1997
If you're just looking to add me without ALL the details of my life and just wanna know what Circles to put me in... I'm Paul Spoerry and I'd fit into any of these (or whatever you may have that aligns with these):
- New To Google+ Team
- Geek/Tech Enthusiast
- Meditation/Meditator (I meditate daily)
- Martial Arts (TKD/KungFu//MMA)
- Electronic music lover (Techno/House/DnB/Progressive/etc)
- Social Networking
- Funny Status Updates/Humor
- I sorta go nuts on #Caturday, #StarWarsTuesday, #ZenSunday
My name is Paul Spoerry (http://www.PaulSpoerry.com) and I was fortunate enough to have a father who recognized that a computer would be a “good investment for his children’s future”. To his dismay the investment he spent a good deal of the family savings on wouldn't work when he brought it home. I begged him to let me play with it, but he always brushed me off (would you let a little kid play with a $5,000+ piece of hardware you’re struggling to make work?). After having several people out to diagnose the machine, each unable to fix it, he finally turned to me and said “well, you can’t break it any more than it already is” and walked out of the room frustrated. When he returned a few hours later the room was littered with components… I had his “investment” in pieces. I’m surprised I survived that day because I saw his face turn several shades of red in rapid succession. He walked out of the room… I’m not sure if it was because he was going to cry, or because he feared he might kill me after seeing what I’d just done. Several hours later he returned again, presumably to dole out my punishment. When he walked in the room this time it was no longer in disarray. The box was put back together, the OS was booted, and I sat there with the soft glow of the monitor highlighting a giant smile on my face. All he said as he walked out was “that’s yours now”.
That moment solidified my passion for technology. I've had very little “formal” training. I grew up hiding my inner geek, secretly tinkering with beige boxes that no one around me understood. I’d go to school, wrap up soccer or Tae Kwon Do practice, and then spend my nights dialing out (ok yes, sometimes wardialing) to BBS’s – seeking out other geeks and as much information as I could get my hands on. Sadly, my passion was discouraged at every turn by the education system… from Junior High all the way through college I was told my math skills weren't strong enough to work in computers. I eventually pursued a degree in Philosophy; but dropped out when I realized that would require a boatload more school (which I already didn't really care for) and all I’d be able to do with it was teach Philosophy.
As luck would have it I was really good at telemarketing (worst.job.ever…. you’re rejected for hours on end, it’s seriously a psychologically difficult job, but the money was good). This was fortunate because while on one of the thousands of calls made, I managed to social engineer my way into an interview at a technology training company. The rest is history because that call turned my passion into my career.
I now have a utility belt full of programming languages (like Batman but for coding). I'm into Local SEO, Lead Generation, Affiliate Sales, Email Marketing and promotions. I have a database of all my knowledge on databases; it has indexes on key elements and filegroups separated across different RAID arrays – performance baby. I'm a keywording SEO junkie fascinated by the new influence of Social Media / Social Networking / Engager. I practice code fu. Oh, I've also done actual Kung Fu - Citong Shaolin Kung Fu. I’ve done martial arts for a large majority of my life. I studied Tae Kwon Do for 15 years; earning a black belt and eventually worked hard enough to earn a gold medal in the Junior Olympics. I meditate daily and find mindfulness meditation has brought a quality of presence to my life that is amazing.
I’m the proud father of a fantastic little boy. He’s incredibly smart, both intellectually (he’s in the gifted program at his school) and emotionally. When he’s with me we wrestle, play Xbox, and go for adventures with NERF guns in the woods behind our house. I’m his father, but he’s perhaps the greatest teacher I've ever had. I have a fantastic woman in my life; she’s full of more energy than I could possibly explain (no seriously, the woman can talk like you wouldn't believe). She’s deep, compassionate, and full of life. The three of us do Parkour together (free running) every week. It's an amazing, challenging, and rewarding thing to put your body in motion and challenge yourself to tackle new things or refine existing things every week.
I’m an Android enthusiast… that means that I break my phone often tweaking and overclocking it (note to self: remember to NAND backup first!). My youth was spent spending time doing martial arts or sitting with my mom while my sister did dance lessons. While I never took lessons, I love to dance; it’s when I feel most free. The rapidly shifting landscape of social media is my latest fascination born from IT.
I'm active on EmpireAvenue and enjoy the community, engagement, and the fun of the social stock market.
I code. I run. I love. I meditate. I dance.
I've been known to remodel airports on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I manage my time efficiently, I write award-winning opera, and translate ethnic slurs for North Korean refugees.
Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. When I'm bored, I build large suspension bridges in my yard. Thanks to my ginger playmate I know the exact location of every food item in the grocery store (yes, including real butter). With this knowledge I plot my shopping list on my smartphone for maximum efficiency. I've performed several covert ops for the CIA, the details of which I cannot share or I'd be forced to kill you. While on vacation in Belize, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who had seized a small bakery.
I pay all my bills as they arrive and always on-time. I have a gold medal in full-contact origami. In college I discovered the meaning of life. Sadly, I forgot to write it down. I breed prizewinning shrimp and enjoy books... they are like the Internet but made of trees. I ponder who is smarter, Jesus or Buddha, in terms of not letting himself get crucified. No, this last part is not all original but has been modified to fit me and is hilarious.
I currently work for Concentrix developing web enabled insurance applications (formerly with IBM). I blog at PaulSpoerry.com, tweet @PaulSpoerry, and develop for The LittleBigFund.org. I do side gigs via http://Enhanc3.com.
I believe in and am passionate about DonorsChoose and helping our kid in the education system. Please visit my Giving page for awesome projects to donate toward! http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/viewChallenge.html?id=254186&max=25
- Washington University in St. Louis
- Fox High School
- Back to Bed
- Fold the World
- Alto's Adventure
- OPUS: The Day We Found Earth
- Dream Machine : The Game
- Assassin's Creed Pirates
- Space Jet
- Twin Robots
- Dig Pig
- RISK: Big Screen Edition
- Sea Battle 2
- Into the Void
- Shadow Fight 2
- Ghosts of Memories
- Dub Dash
- Cut the Rope: Magic
- Thomas Was Alone
- VEGA Conflict
- Frozen Synapse Prime
- twofold inc.
- Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
- Event Horizon
- The Room Three
- Star Traders 4X Empires
- Half-Life 2:Episode One
- Out There
- Infinity Loop
- Scramble With Friends
- Unblock Me FREE
- Asphalt 8:Airborne
- Color Switch
- Sky Force 2014
- Fast like a Fox
- Rapture - World Conquest
- Rollercoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile
- Angry Birds Under Pigstruction
- Sniper Fury
Let's just call it what it is... the beginning of the end.
HOLY CRAP go watch this now it's hilarious. Best of all this New Zealand dad has an entire YouTube series called How to Dad. They're all worth a watch and you can find them here: https://www.youtube.com/user/watsojg1
And it only requires the processing power of a Raspberry Pi
Retired USAF Colonel Gene Lee has trained thousands of Air Force pilots and has been taking on AI opponents since the early 80s, was unable to score a single kill against ALPHA on multiple tries. Even more impressive / frightening... he was shot down every time.
"I was surprised at how aware and reactive it was," Lee told UC Magazine. "It seemed to be aware of my intentions and reacting instantly to my changes in flight and my missile deployment. It knew how to defeat the shot I was taking. It moved instantly between defensive and offensive actions as needed."
Even when the researchers placed ALPHA at a severe disadvantage by limiting the speed, turning, and weapons and sensor capabilities of its simulated aircraft, the AI pilot was able to beat out other expert human pilots. According to UC Magazine, ALPHA's AI is fast and robust enough to actually coordinate a tactical plan in a combat situation "over 250 times faster than ALPHA's human opponents could blink." Going beyond current AI-Human combat teams, ALPHA will eventually be able to control a squad of Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles flying in support of a human pilot, constantly learning and adapting to opponents in the heat of battle.
Products from Symantec that are supposed to protect users have made them much more open to attack, according to Google. Researcher Tavis Ormandy has spotted numerous vulnerabilities in 25 Norton and Symantec products that are "as bad as it gets," he says. "Just emailing a file to a victim or sending them a link to an exploit is enough to trigger it -- the victim does not need to open the file or interact with it in any way." Symantec has already published fixes for the exploits, so users would do well to install them immediately.
Google's Project Zero team searches for "zero-day" code flaws and gives companies 90 days (plus a two week grace period) to fix them. In this case, Ormandy published the blog post shortly after Symantec pushed the fixes, saying the antivirus company did resolve the bugs "quickly."
However, he excoriated Symantec for the danger of the errors and its incompetence in allowing them. In one case, he found a buffer overflow flaw in the company's "unpacker," which searches for hidden trojans and worms. "Because no interaction is necessary to exploit it, this is a wormable vulnerability with potentially devastating consequences," he says. "An attacker could easily compromise an entire enterprise fleet." He added that the unpackers have kernel access, which is "maybe not the best idea."
If you need a giggle today... check this out. I <3 these two and they're clearly having fun; they are visibly giggling at the ridiculousness with one another a few times in the scene.
So you know... basically walk in and push buttons. He's even said himself outside of the studio it's not like he's actually DJing.
Ohhhhhh... cannot wait.
It might also freak you out that that company knows that much about you... it even shows what apps you've last used and when. The My Activity page links to other pages showing the data Google has collected. You can see which sites you visit, what devices you used, which apps you’ve used, and which Google products you’ve interacted with. Each activity entry is placed on a timeline so you can scroll back through your history to see everything that Google knows you’ve been up to. The best feature... you can browse through and delete items. You can also delete everything in a specific date range or by particular topics.
In Google fashion you can search or filter through your activity. Think of it like your search history, but for everything you do online. You can filter results based on time, which Google products you were using, or keywords you specify. You can delete specific activities, delete entire topics from your history, or selectively disable certain types of tracking like location history or device information.
Maybe it's staggering that have so much info (though everyone in IT already knew that). However, you've got to hand it to them that they give you a way to disable tracking wholesale, or simply remove certain activities that you’d rather Google not know about.
Planned Parenthood celebrates Supreme Court decision with perfect GIF of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Let's just say ludicrous attacks on women's health care were shot down so there's some RBG shooting rainbows and dancing FTW.
The Supreme Court just issued a 5-3 ruling in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt calling both provisions in the case an “undue burden” on women seeking to obtain legal abortions.
The American Medical Association and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists both argued that the regulations “serve no medical purpose, interfere in the doctor/patient relationship, and do nothing to promote women’s health.” 5-3 the Justices agreed... of course Thomas said in an angry dissent that abortion isn’t a right in the first place.
You can read it all here: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/15pdf/15-274_p8k0.pdf