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Randall Mitchell
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Are Nerf Guns a disruptive technology?

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One hour in to my #switch2tmobile  experience.  So far +T-Mobile Business Solutions is failing miserably.

The website can't find my order by number.  Customer service has switched me back to the switch2tmobile team 3 times and hung up on me once.  The switch2tmobile team has switched me back to customer service 3 times.  Right now, I'm waiting for the switch2tmobile team to switchme2tmobile customer service.

FYI, the switch team has no number.  If you get the number (through magic or a tmo customer service rep), you can only get to a human by checking order status, then finding the option to speak to a rep.  The rep told me I wasn't supposed to call him directly and switched me to customer service.

I love companies where no one you speak to has any ability to do anything and the only people that may be able to help you through the problem says you need to talk to someone else.

So far I would absolutely not recommend #switch2tmobile .

Ps.  I'm being switched back from from the switch2tmobile team to the customer service team.  The switch2tmobile jerk wouldn't even begin to help me.... just repeatedly told me he was switching me to customer service despite my repeated objections.
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The following is an opinion that contains some of my personal views on society. Please read only with that in mind.

http://theweek.com/article/index/273108/mark-wahlberg-should-not-be-pardoned

This post on +The Week by +Marc Ambinder sort of got me going.  In as much, the author may have done his job.

I think either the post is reply-bait or the author has shallow vision.  I am most annoyed at the idea that just because +Mark Wahlberg is famous, he is is seeking to "use [his] renown to erase the indelible consequences of [his] decisions".  I believe this idea put forth by Ambinder is logical fallacy as well as discrimination (yes, discrimination against the renown).

Wahlberg is not asking for a pardon because he is renown; he is asking for a pardon because has reformed and has given back to society in meaningful ways.  This post even says that's Wahlberg's argument.  He's also not the only convicted criminal to request a pardon with these reasons in mind.  I believe many un-renowned convicted felons have also reformed and become beacons in society (citation needed, but not really).

Casting Mark as privileged to say he shouldn't receive the pardon is among the types of discrimination which should not be brought into the legal system.  I only hope those reviewing the pardon request are wise enough to see through this.

Ultimately, yes, you should allow people that do stupid things to return to being a part of normal society if they have already done so themselves.  Without the pardon, it is impossible to do so.  For fairness, I would like the victims to have a seat at the table when this goes up for consideration.

Continuing to label a person as a criminal when they are no longer a criminal does nothing for society except to make it harder for those that have committed crimes from behaving as normal citizens.  It can cripple a persons ability to have a normal job, rent a home or apartment, etc. Once the debt has been repaid and the person has reformed, move on.  Let pardon requests play their part in society.

In cases where the crime is so heinous that a person can never be forgiven, make the debt of that crime coincide with that concept.  I think the felony system fails society in that it considers all crimes unforgivable, even though large swaths of that system cover crimes that have a limited impact on society or the victims of those crimes.
What kind of message would it send?
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Anybody have an invite for Google Inbox they could send me?  That would be clutch.  Thanks!
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Can I coin a phrase.  I spent a good part of the day today attempting to catch a Weeping Angel bug in the act.  No luck yet.
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Those are frustrating. +1 for the Dr. Who ref :)
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So I took the flame bate and suggested this +Will Hill guy quit hijacking +Mike Elgan's post.  Of course that led to another several paragraphs of lecture sprinkled with logical fallacy on Mike's post.  Sorry about that Mike.  I should have known better.

+Will Hill Notice how I shared Mike's post and then commented on my opinions about the conversation?  It would have been appropriate for you to do the same when discussing an unrelated topic.  Then again, I doubt you care about being appropriate.  I'm also guessing you would prefer to steal Mike's audience for your ramblings.  Also, nothing personal here.  I was just trying to read the conversation around Using a real screen in a fake Surface and became annoyed that I had to filter through all your MS bashing.  Should have known you would just spew forth more stupidity.  It's ashamed, you are probably a fairly intelligent person.

While we are passing around wiki links, you should learn about boundaries and eventually move towards not crossing them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personal_boundaries

Go ahead, write your next diatribe style comment against this post.  I can delete the entire thing later.
 
Microsoft made a cardboard Surface Pro 3!

Microsoft is marketing the Surface Pro 3 tablet in Australia by sending schools life-size cardboard models of the tablet. What’s interesting is that a small section of the screen is actually a real screen that displays MP4 videos to simulate what an actual Surface Pro 3 screen might look like. The tablet was released in the United States and Canada but will be launched in Australia and 24 other countries tomorrow. 

WATCH NOW: http://youtu.be/HQe_qu4oBA8?t=25m21s

SUBSCRIBE: http://twit.tv/tnt

Co-anchor: +Parmy Olson 
Co-host and technical director: +Jason Howell 

#MicrosoftSurfacePro3 #SurfacePro3 #TechNewsToday #TNT #TWiT
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Just venting. Nothing to see here. Move along.

PSN down today. Add LizardSquad to the list of pointless attackers of the PSN network.

I can't help but feel like this is a bunch of self centered juveniles with antisocial featured fighting for first world problems like "Sony won't let me play the games I want on a device that doesn't support them by choice."

I doubt they have any clue that the world has so many more important problems they could help solve. I get the feeling that you each support Sony with your wallets on a regular basis. These attacks present as little more than self serving acts of the privileged.

Ps. I know there is a level of irony here that I am also bitching about my own first world problems... since I learned about this attack when trying to use my Play Station.
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PSN appears to be working now.
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Can't wait for Google IO[S Alpha] 2015.
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Very first Raspberry Pi Electronics project, HelloLed.
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It would be awesome if Google Maps would stop doing this to me in Chrome on OSX.  The roads tend to be important when looking for how to get places nowadays.

It's been happening for probably a year.  Recently, it is happening so much that it has caused maps to be nearly useless to me through that portal.

Repro: drag and drop map several times.

+Google Maps +Google Chrome 
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Haven't tried the cache yet. I'm on the latest Chrome. Also, this was happening on multiple versions of OSX.
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Won't be reading this sites blogs (after this first finding). It is sad that specs still reign supreme in so many device comparison articles today. Its little more than lazy reporting. If I wanted a spec sheet comparison, I would have compared the spec sheets. +Gamer Headlines

http://www.gamerheadlines.com/2014/08/motorola-moto-x-vs-samsung-galaxy-s5-sport-specs-review/
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I've been build computers, doing IT/IS support, and learning how to program since the late nineties.
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  • Bottle Rocket Apps
    Android Developer, 2012 - present
    I started at Bottle Rocket as a developer on the Starwood Preferred Guest App. After that app delivered, I assisted with the Food Network In The Kitchen app and quickly moved to AWE. AWE is a solution for delivery of television everywhere applications to market. While on AWE, I was primary developer for a series of five applications for Scripps Network Interactive. These apps include Watch Travel Channel, Watch Food Network, HGTV Watch, DIY Watch, and Watch Cooking Channel. After delivery of the Scripps brands, I became the lead implementation engineer for AWE Android - a position I continue to hold. We have delivered apps for USA, Telemundo, and NBC under my watch. There are also several more applications that will be entering the market in the near future.
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  • University of Texas at Arlington
    Computer Science, 2011 - 2012
    I went to UTA to seek a degree in software development. While at UTA, I was a member of the mobile development group SAAMD. During me second year at college, I landed a part time position at Bottle Rocket - one of the nations premier mobile development houses. I left school early when I was offered a full time position with Bottle Rocket.
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My new favorite Thai restaurant.
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Really good food. Consistent, tasty, and clean. Hidden gem of a restaurant.
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This food is fantastic! Seriously good German.
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Excellent food. The flavors are very well put together. The brothers and waitress were very pleasant. The best Mediterranean in the area? Close fight with Medi Cafe. This one has better flavors while Medi is better home style.
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