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Because if I pick up any random dog, throw it at someone and say "attack" the dog is going to go after the person I threw it at (rather than simply freaking out and biting at me to get me to drop it).

Also: if the person being pursued was able to pick the dog up on the run, that dog probably wasn't big enough to be a meaningful threat once thrown at the officer.

Is it part of basic LEO training to shoot all dogs within view?
A Houston cop shot a leashed dog while chasing another man, claiming the man picked the dog up and ordered it to attack the officer.
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Interesting take on things. Kinda goes back to the one spoof post of "Don't fuck this up for me, America" article that The Onion posted about Clinton a few months back.
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On the best of days, being awoken from a sound sleep by an 04:18 phone call would be annoying.

Having a mother in the hospital due to surgery the day previous escalates that annoyance to a whole new level.

Look: I appreciate that you're a nighttime worker and you're trying to get a hold of people after your shift ended. But, if you're going to try to ring someone at 04:18 - let alone ring them thrice - how about you limit your calling to people that are in your contact-list. ...And if you don't know someone well enough to put them in your contact-list, maybe you shouldn't be trying to get hold of them at 04:18, eh?
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yeah, hurray for feeling especially jetlagged, today, because go me, I actually got up with my 0830 alarm, but damn, I'm feeling flat. >:-/
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It's really great when you're employer implements a company-wide PKI system and that PKI system goes tits-up. Even better is when you can't submit a trouble-ticket because the ticketing-system is also PKI-dependent (and you can't log into it to submit a ticket)
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Customer: I want a Linux VM with a 300GB root-drive
ServerOps: Linux VM root drives are fixed at 20GB - we can add a 300GB drive and mount it (pretty much) wherever you'd like
Customer: I want the root drive to be 300GB

Joys of dealing with customers more used to the restrictions of drive-letters with respect to installing software...
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I'm guessing it's been a few days since the building cleaning staff have touched the one mens room. Right now, it smells kinda like a mixture of stale hobo-piss, years-old Cheerios found in the seat cushions of a mommy-mobile and used cat litter. Bigtime "WTF".

#euw  
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Here's the deal: if someone asks me a question where my ability to answer it relies on an internet search, I'm going to tell them, "Google it" (or even just ask "a Google-search wasn't productive?"). It simply cuts out the middle-man.

If I'm feeling particularly snarky, I'll send them an LMGTFY link (or reply back, "if only there were some kind of online oracle you could pose your question to").
When is it OK to tell someone to go Google something? Is it rude?
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Oh, then tell them IDK.
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And it's freaking overcast, tonight. Supposed to be the brightest planetary-conjunction in centuries, and we won't see it because of clouds (can really only guess what it will look like based on last night's near-conjunction).
Venus and Jupiter will will appear to glide closer together tonight with the bright planets' spectacular conjunction being visible in the night sky.
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Heh... Combine this with a swingers cruise. :p
Who wouldn't want to be stuck on a ship with a bunch of brain eating zombies.
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Since there are people around here who seem to go weeks without accomplishing anything meaningful and I've been here less than 90 minutes and already accomplished things, can I go home for the week and still warrant my paycheck?
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Yeah but how many meetings have you attended?
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Teammate sends out a meeting invite described in the message body as being for "tomorrow". However, he sent the "tomorrow" message at midnight plus five such that it shows up early in Outlook's "Today" section. Thus, the "tomorrow" email sent "today" refers to a "tomorrow" event that happens later today.

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+richard brooks: more easily done when they still provided IMAP access to OutLook.

I can see about exporting my reply and feeding a modified version back via OutLook's SMTP front-end, I guess.
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Love having to use one browser for some corporate resources and another browser for others and a third for the rest. Hooray for browser incompatibilities in old software!
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Introduction
So, it says, "put a little about yourself here so people know they've found the correct Thomas." Well, if you've found this page, and you know who I am, you know I'm not right - so I can't be the "correct Thomas" And, if you know me, even if you didn't know this was my page, the tone of this intro would probably tell you if I'm the "correct Thomas."

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As to circling-back: I'm not what you'd (ever) refer to as a "friend collector". I don't put a lot of people in my circles. In general, the people I have in my circles are either people I already knew from other contexts or people who commented frequently enough on my posts that it made me curious "who is this and what types of things do they post to their streams". So, if you're looking for me to circle you back, the best avenue to that is frequent-ish commentary and interesting public posts. 

Paraphrased from my FaceBook "About Me" section:
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I write a *lot*. Much of what I write, I also write elsewhere. If you're curious, I post heavily at Tumbler, Blogger, Twitter and a few others. I can be found on most services as either ferricoxide or thjones2. The former is primarily personal writings and the latter is primarily work-related (read: technical) writings. If you're looking to "follow", "friend" or whatever a given site calls it, if they do searches by email address, you won't find me. My registered email address will typically be SITENAME@xanthia.com.


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Alexandria, VA - Falls Church, VA - Fairfax, VA - Arlington, VA - State College, PA - Carlisle, PA - Munich, Germany
On Sundays, my wife occasionally gets the wild hare to try out the various local eating establishment's brunch offerings. Thus far, each experience has been less than adequate (I've yet to find a local brunch offering that matches what was considered "minimal acceptable offering" at the various hotels I've stayed at in Europe). Indigo Landing's offering proved no different. Its primary differentiator from the other Alexandria-based disappointments was its pricing. At $35/person, it is *extremely* overpriced for what you get. I am, by far, not someone who's generally put off by pricing. However, if you're going to charge premium prices I expect to be given a premium experience. It's not the money spent but the value I receive for that money spent that can cause me issues. * For $35/person, even for a buffet, I don't expect that my drink glass will be left to go empty and for the "server" to only show up at the end to give me my check. If you're not going to include juice, coffee or even water in your buffet tables, make damned sure that your wait staff is on-point for keeping drinks topped up * For $35/person, I don't expect to be sat at a table whose stability rivals that of a meth-addict who's well overdue for her next fix. * For $35/person, I expect there to be things like smoked salmon and a nice selection of fresh fruit available. * For $35/person, I expect that if you have seasonal berries available, that those berries actually have something resembling innate flavor. In mid-May, strawberries are very much in season and quite flavorful. If your strawberries struggle to attain the flavor and texture characteristics of styrofoam, you're doing something very, very wrong in your food-sourcing. * For $35/person, your buffet really needs to have more than nine core items to choose from. While I like french toast, it's really better when it's made from something other than Wonder Bread. And, if you've offered french toast and you have a belgian waffle setup, there's really no excuse not to have pancakes available, as well. * For $35/person, if you're going to make steamed shrimp available, you really need to ensure that the shrimp are steamed correctly: the shells should come off easily and not cause the meat to rip to pulp just in liberating the meat from the shell. * If you're going to host your brunch in an echo chamber, *PLEASE* don't have someone caterwauling over loud-speakers. I enjoy conversing at a civil level with my table-mates - not having to should just to be heard by the person next to me. I can only assume that this place is designed to draw in the folks that are on their way to national airport or are otherwise have a low-likelihood of being repeat customers. I know that, for something that manages to make Shoney's look like a high-calibre offering, I sure as heck won't be going back.
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Food: Poor - FairDecor: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
This store has a chronic inability to keep critical medications in stock, provide adequate notification of the status of orders and keep track of whether you have refills available for use. There was even an incident, several years ago, where the script I refilled had the wrong pills in it when I got home. To say that this place suffers from gross mismanagement - to the point of endangering the well-being of their customers, is to make an understatement. Google really needs a review category below "poor-fair". "Awful" might begin to touch the quality of this store.
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Quality: Poor - FairAppeal: Poor - FairService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
These guys are like good used car salesmen. Their schmoozing skills are good enough to make you think you've had a better experience than you have, except that, you eventually figure out that the experience you've had wasn't all that good. When I'd gotten my current car, it was as a replacement for one that had been stolen from in front of my house. Hurley's was the only place in the area that was listed as selling a GPS-enabled anti-theft and tracking system that I was interested in. Because they were the sole provider, I went to them for service. The alarm unit they installed was problematic - very temperature sensitive. I'd had the unit installed in early winter and didn't encounter the temperature problem until the late spring. Basically, any time the temperature hovered around 72 degrees, the alarm would start to go off for no reason. I brought it in several times for them to address the issue. Ultimately, they replaced the entire system to address the problem. Happy that they'd been solicitous about fixing the issues with the faulty alarm system and, frankly, being snowed by their schmoozing skills, I went back and had an aux-port module added to my stock stereo. A few months later, the unit faulted (seemed like it had loosened from the jarring driving conditions in the DC metro area). I brought it back and they re-seated the module. Things were fine for a few more months, but eventually it unseated again. I brought it back, one more time, and again they re-secured it. However, several months later, the unit had, again, unseated itself. I was tired of the problem and getting no resolution, so I stopped coming back (and resolved never to come back). Recently, I went to Sonic Sound in VA for audio work on both of my current vehicles. It was a much better experience (so far). Overall, three stars is probably an overly generous rating for my experience with Hurleys, but, sadly, as crap as my experience was with Hurley's, it was still a lot better than what several people I've talked to have gotten from other shops in the DC area. So, because it wasn't nightmarish - just very annoying - I'm giving them three stars. If I could give two and a half, I would.
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Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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It's your typical 7Eleven. We go here because it's one of two that are within walking distance of the house *and* this one carrys Mountain Dew throwback. Store is decently clean and staff is friendly - if a little slow. We usually stop in to pick up snacks on the way to other places (work, a night of clubbing, etc.).
Quality: Very GoodAppeal: Very GoodService: Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago