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Tonight - the premier will be on on regular CBS, but after that we'll need to pay extra for it. Since I really don't watch much of anything else on CBS, will have to weigh whether paying $5.99 a month is worth it just for this.

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President Trump began Sunday on Twitter calling on NFL fans to boycott the sport to pressure team owners to discipline players who protest during the national anthem in order to draw attention to America's racial and social issues.

But just hours later, as the "Star Spangled Banner" played at London's Wembley Stadium, nearly all the players on the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens — joined by Jags owner Shad Khan and former Ravens star Ray Lewis — either locked arms in a show of unity, or knelt like Colin Kaepernick as they joined a growing wave of sports stars to publicly defy the president.

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Exoplanet hunters can determine a remarkable amount of information about distant worlds by studying the planet’s orbital parameters, and also by looking at the planet’s host star. Now scientists from the Australian National University have turned those methods around to provide a closer look at Earth.

In doing so, the team says it has produced the best estimate of Earth’s elemental composition, which has always had a fair amount of uncertainty. The team said that its study also provides more insight into how the Earth formed 4.6 billion years ago.

“Determining the chemical composition of rocky exoplanets was definitely the inspiration for this work,” said Charley Lineweaver, an associate professor at the Australian National University's Planetary Science Institute, in an email to Seeker. “We know the four most abundant elements — iron, oxygen, silicon and magnesium — make up more than 90 per cent of the Earth’s mass, but working out exactly what the Earth is made of has been tricky.”

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The Brain Basis Of "Hatred of Sound": Misophonia

For most of us, the sounds of our lunch date chewing or a coworker clicking their pen are everyday components of an auditory landscape that go largely unnoticed. But for others, these seemingly mundane sounds are painfully unpleasant to the point of eliciting uncontrollable irritation or rage. There is ongoing disagreement as to whether this hatred of sound, termed misophonia, should be recognized as a legitimate psychiatric disorder, and many sufferers continue to shamefully hide their extreme emotional responses to common sounds.

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Free and open source desktops are great, but they aren’t exactly popular. Many people don’t know they exist, and among those that do, many still also use commercial operating systems. Even among my fellow Linux writers here at MakeUseOf, only a couple of us exclusively use Linux at home.
I do, and I have done so for years. Linux has become the standard I compare other operating systems against.
Right now, I see little reason to switch to something else. Aside from a three-year flirtation with Chromebooks, I’ve been running Linux exclusively for the better part of a decade. Here are a few reasons why.

1. Because I Can
I’m not saying this out of spite, or to be snarky. I just want to make it clear up front that if you want to do all of your computing from Linux, you can.
Linux is no longer just a place for programmers with deep technical knowledge of how machines work. I may know how to type a few commands into the terminal, but I rarely have to. The Linux operating system I currently use is about as hard to figure out as a Chromebook.
Free software works. Day in and day out, I get online, check email, write, import photos from my camera, listen to podcasts, and play music without much problem. Sure, I encounter the occasional bug, but that has always happened regardless of which operating system I used. Linux does what I need, and I see little reason to switch to something else.

2. Linux Is Free
In our times, using computers has become a prerequisite at school and work. My parents bought me my first computer when I was in middle school. It was an old laptop with a dead battery and a dial-up modem.
I didn’t have expensive programs such as Microsoft Office or Adobe Photoshop. My computer ran Windows, but if it weren’t for free software like OpenOffice, I wouldn’t have been able to do my school assignments at home. When my Windows installation died in college, I was able to get the computer back up and running for free by installing Linux.
While I was hooking up my old Dell to a phone jack, my wife, whom I wouldn’t meet for several years, had an Apple iBook. Her school provided them for free, and they connected wirelessly to broadband at home and at school. This was in addition to the other computers her family already had. Whether you have access to computers, software, and reliable internet is largely a fluke of where you were born and the resources available to you. With so much of school and work reliant on these technologies, that puts many of us at an inherent disadvantage.
Affordable Computing
The cost of computers has gone down over the past decade. With Google and Chromebooks, you don’t need much money at all to be able to get work done. But Google makes free and low-cost products because its real profits come from ads. The company tracks us and monetizes our information. I don’t feel comfortable with a situation where people with means can afford privacy, but more cash-strapped folks can’t.
Linux makes computing available in a way that is affordable. Software is free out of principle, giving people the tools they need to take part in modern society.
Unfortunately Linux isn’t widely known or accessible to the average person. That’s part of why I do what I do here at MakeUseOf, to help people utilize tools that, while not necessarily the best, are available to anyone. I don’t care if people view Linux as better than Windows or Mac. I just want them to know it’s a usable option.

3. I Feel Respected
Commercial software is treated as a product. Someone makes the good, and we buy it. If we don’t like how the product works, we’re welcome to buy something else. Simple.
Except it’s not.
Software isn’t like physical goods. An application may look like a product, but it’s really a bundle of code. It’s writing. It’s text that can say and do anything. Without the ability to see what text is written, we have no idea what an application is actually doing. That means we don’t know what we’re buying. We don’t know what’s getting installed on our computers. We don’t know what’s really being tracked.
Developers who create free and open source software give us the courtesy of showing exactly what goes into an application. We know what we’re getting. Not only that, we can do with the software whatever we want. That, to me, feels like true ownership.
Commercial software comes with all sorts of restrictions. You may not be allowed to share a copy with a friend or install a program on both your laptop and your desktop. You can’t look under the hood the way you can with a car, you have to trust that nothing fishy is going on.

4. It’s All About Trust
They’re tracking everything you do on those PCs. All of your information is being sold to other companies. Someone can hack those servers and steal all of your data.
As a teenager familiar with email, social networks, and PCs in general, I used to view people who said these things as old and paranoid. Then I found out that they were right.
Entertainment media and the press do a decent job of making us concerned about hackers, but they aren’t as diligent about documenting the ways companies collect and manipulate our data for profit. If someone were physically intercepting all of our paper mail, making photocopies, and selling binders on each of us to whomever was interested, the law would be quick to intervene. When done online, we’re still having debates over whether this activity is that big a deal.
Windows 10 has made many people aware of just how much information Microsoft is collecting. The company has demonstrated how you just don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes in a proprietary operating system. But as outraged as some of us may be, we have no ability to make them stop. In the eyes of the law, they’re perfectly within their right to collect what they want, especially when users “consent” via a license agreement that no one reads.
In a marketplace, you vote with your dollars. I can’t tell Apple or Microsoft not to collect data on me and expose that information to others, but I can decide not to use their products.
Going with a free and open source operating system lets me compute with more confidence that what I think isn’t being tracked actually isn’t being tracked, because there are many people out there checking the source code to make sure nothing suspicious is afoot.

5. You Can’t Miss What You Don’t Use
One of Linux’s most enduring criticisms is a lack of certain applications. Does it have software? Sure, Linux has plenty of great programs, and that number is steadily growing. But it doesn’t have much of the commercial programs that developers make exclusively available for Windows or Mac. Someone dependent on those apps will miss them when switching to another operating system.
For years, I have turned to LibreOffice whenever I need to type up a paper. It has consistently done whatever I need it to do. The last version of Microsoft Office I used was 2010, and it didn’t do anything that made free software alternatives less appealing. Has the situation changed since? I don’t know. You could say I’m missing out on something better by keeping myself willfully ignorant, but is something better if I cannot trust it?
Among technology writers, it’s common to want to try out all platforms so that we feel better able to speak with authority about which platforms are best at what. Ultimately, a lot of what we write still comes down to personal preference. I’m not here to make objective comparisons between platforms, I’m here to help you make use of Linux.
Being someone who makes a living entirely using free software helps me provide you with an idea of what Linux can do. I’m happy doing so, and I have little to gain trying out commercial software that I know isn’t available on the operating system that does what I need in a manner I can trust.

6. I Can Put Linux on All the Things!
To be clear, I don’t mean Linux can run on any computer. Trying to replace Windows on brand-new machines can be an exercise in frustration. Even if you succeed, many components won’t have drivers. The kind of bugs you encounter can drive you up the wall.
A bad experience is far less likely to happen on a slightly older machine, and it’s guaranteed not to happen on a computer that comes with Linux pre-installed. I know this, so those are the only kinds of computers I buy. If a computer is too old or slow to run the Linux desktop I want, I can switch to a different environment and still use a current version of Linux. I’m not left getting online with outdated, unsupported software like I would be using a computer running an ancient version of Windows or Mac.
Linux is flexible. Not only does it run on desktops and PCs, but it’s powering most of today’s smartphones. To be fair, Android hardly feels like Linux, but there are more open options you can install on certain phones.
That’s just scratching the surface. Linux can run on many exciting form factors. Just look at some of the cool things people are doing with Raspberry Pi’s and other tiny CPUs.
With Linux, there’s no End User License Agreement. I don’t promise some company that I will only use an installer to install one copy of Linux on one machine. There are no background services running to enforce this policy. There’s no legal threat of being considered a pirate. I can install Linux on as many devices as I want.

7. Linux Isn’t a Product
If I tell you to use Windows, I’m giving Microsoft free marketing. The same is true with Apple and Mac or Google and Chrome OS. I may be helping people do more on their computers, but I’m also helping these companies increase their stranglehold on the market. That leaves me feeling uncomfortable. I may write about tech, but I don’t do it to be a salesperson.
No one company owns Linux.
Sure, using a certain version may benefit Canonical, but only indirectly. I could nudge you toward Red Hat Enterprise Linux, but you can get the same experience for free by installing CentOS. If Canonical or Red Hat were to disappear overnight, Linux would go on.
Commercial operating system makers have built ecosystems around their core products.
Linux is an ecosystem. It makes computing available in a way that no one organization or entity can control.
Linux isn’t entirely immune from the corrupting influence of corporate pressures, but it is far more insulated from them. This reduces the likelihood of manipulative practices such as vendor lock-in. That makes me feel much more comfortable using Linux and recommending it to others.

8. Dual-Booting Irks Me
Dual-booting isn’t hard to do. Installing Linux alongside Windows has been easy for well over a decade, assuming you have compatible hardware. If you can click checkboxes in an installer, you can dual-boot.
To me, the hassle comes from having to maintain two separate operating systems. Typically I’m going to develop a preference and spend all my time in one. Then, which I switch back to the other, everything is horrible out of date. The OS needs updates. The apps need updates. Updates for days.
If you find that you want to change how much space goes to each OS, that can be risky to adjust after the fact. Removing one OS isn’t entirely straightforward either.
Is dual-booting the ideal solution for some people? Absolutely. Some of my MakeUseOf colleagues are happy to have Windows and Linux installed on the same machine (or keep a copy on a USB stick). I’m just not a fan.

Should You Only Use Linux?
I’m not out to convince anyone that Linux is the best operating system out there. I think that’s a fruitless argument and one that, frankly, doesn’t matter to me.
I use Linux because I’m free to do with the software what I want, use it however I need, share it with whomever I can, and compute reasonably confidently that the software I’m using isn’t doing something shady in the background (web browsers notwithstanding).
This is the way I feel computing should be. I can’t make all software transparent and openly accessible regardless of means, but I can personally embrace the software that is.
That said, Linux isn’t the only option. There are other free and open source operating systems that most of these reasons still apply to. Linux is simply the most supported, mainstream one.

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U.S. President Donald Trump suggested in a Sunday tweet that spectators should "refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!"

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Google to buy HTCs smartphone division foer $1.1 billion

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Why YouTubers should LOVE LOVE LOVE +Google+

Ok, maybe not love it, but think about whether they could or should use it.

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The Perfect Breakfast Combination, It Regulates Blood Sugar, Reduces Cholesterol and Helps You Lose Weight

Having trouble deciding what to have for breakfast? You certainly want something that will kick-start the organism, give you health benefits and keep you energized throughout the day.

#Breakfast #Bloodsugar #Cholesterol #Weightlose #Health #Healthyliving #Wellness #Herbal #Herbs #Natural #Treatment #Remedies #Homeremedies #HomeRemedy #Medicine #Healing #Cure #Acupuncture #Explore #Holistic

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This is exactly why I canceled my NFL package.
These guys make millions of dollars to play football.

Not a single one will quit their job, so they'll dishonor and disrespect the country that pays them. So I choose not to support them. I refuse to participate in any way to their paychecks. It's time they took a cut in their ridiculous pay.

My teams aren't doing well anyway, and the quality of the game is focused on concussions. I'm all for player safety. I just draw the line on these guys insulting our nation, counting their millions, and doing their own thing with it, instead of trying to make better decisions about what's important. I'm not sure how they give to charity or not.

All I'm saying is that if they respect Great Britain, they can go play rugby. I'm sure they'll be better off with no protective gear and zero pampering. Rugby is for real men; men who stand during their national anthems.

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On Friday night, during a campaign rally for Alabama senator Luther Strange, Trump referred to players who've followed Colin Kaepernick's lead in protesting the national anthem before NFL games because of police brutality and racial injustice "sons of bitches." How much nastier and unpresidential can Trump get before there is a serious movement to remove him?

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Manafort’s Russia connection: What you need to know about Oleg Deripaska

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Trump believes fans will stop attending games if NFL players continue to kneel during the national anthem.

https://nesn.com/2017/09/donald-trump-doubles-down-on-nfl-protests-calls-out-owners-in-latest-tweets/

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The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center Andrew Bogut, it was announced today by General Manager Rob Pelinka. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. Bogut played 26 games (21 starts) with Dallas and one game with Cleveland last season, tallying 2.9 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 21.6 minutes.

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Bears issue statement on President Trump’s comments; Steelers to remain in locker room during anthem

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THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BRAIN, HEART, AND WAISTLINE WHEN YOU EAT 3 BANANAS A DAY!

British and Italian researchers claim that eating one banana in the morning, afternoon, and evening, supplies your body with sufficient potassium amounts and thus,

#brain   #heart   #food   #healthyfood   #healthyeat   #healthydrinks   #health   #healthy   #explore   #healthyliving   #homeremedies   #healthcare   #healthycare  

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This galaxy is a whirl of color! Bursts of blue throughout the spiral arms are regions filled with young stars glowing brightly in ultraviolet light, while redder areas are filled with older stars emitting in the cooler near-infrared. But there is more in this galaxy than meets the eye. At 150 million light-years from Earth, astronomers highlighted NGC 6753 as one of only two known spiral galaxies that are both massive enough and close enough to make detailed observations of their coronas. Get the details: http://go.nasa.gov/2jTvhrM

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Milk shop
(Lahore: 17th December 2017)


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bench with a view

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Santa Monica, CA

A tiny little gras-patch surrounded by palmtrees. I could have a pick-nick there while laying on my back, staring into the sky, I would forget anything else for a moment.

ENJOY

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Waiting _ Central Station

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Zion Canyon

Looking down the length of Zion Canyon last week on a trip into the southwest. I spent five days exploring and photographing the park. It was clear most of the week with only clouds on my last day.

Sony A7S with Sony 55mm lens

#wildernessphotographer #utah #zion #landscape #nationalpark

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Cherry Blossom at Sunset

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Leave only footprints. Take only photos. Explore not smash.
#urbex #urbanexploration

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They're not like this anymore...

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Go keyboard is spying on millions of android users

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With Xbox One X nearing launch, Microsoft wants all of you who have not yet tasted the Xbox One console gameplay to join the Xbox family and start out with some savings. For the next 7 days, you can buy a 500GB console for only $249 (a $30 savings) or the…

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SEAGULLS! (Stop It Now), An Extended Lyric Video for Bad Lip Reading's Empire Strikes Back Parody

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Sailfish X (Sony Xperia X) Build Instructions Released - A few months ago, Jolla and Sony teamed up to bring Sailfish X, a port of Sailfish OS, to the Sony Xperia X as part of the Sony Open Devices Program. Coming officially on September 27th, it will cost €49.90, roughly $60, and have quite a few problems which we’ll get into in a bit. For those unfamiliar with Sailfish OS, it’s an operating system for mobile devices combining the Linux kernel, Mer core stack of middleware and a proprietar...

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In Today’s Sunday Brunch with a “Side Order of Science”:
What did politics and the Cold War have to do with the space race? Neil deGrasse Tyson answers fan-submitted questions chosen by co-host Chuck Nice. Full episode.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgzbqrP4swo
Remember, our full episodes are available to watch the same night as we post them as audio podcasts exclusively on #All-Access. Subscribe today: https://www.startalkradio.net/startalk-all-access/

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Google wants to be Apple again. Here's the problem - CNET

'... Over the years, Google has dabbled in the idea of having its own phones. The essential strategy was always clear: Apple succeeds because it controls not only the hardware, but the software.

Google thought it could do the same by buying Motorola, which it then sold to Lenovo.

Now, it seems to believe it can do the same by buying many employees (and some intellectual property) from HTC's mobile division.

It all seems sensible, if remarkably late. Google accepted for far too long that Samsung would make premium Android phones and Google's software would maintain the company's reach across the world.

Now, though, Google has to build a brand, one that isn't called Google. The company currently markets these phones as: "Pixel. Phones Made by Google."
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https://www.cnet.com/news/google-wants-to-be-apple-again-heres-the-problem/

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What's my patronus? What's my house?? Where am I? WHO ARE YOU?

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How dare you a mere talk show host express your opinion in this participative democracy!

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More Players Take A Knee During The National Anthem
Trumps tweets against taking a knee has apparently led to more players doing so. Catcher Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland A's took a knee during the national anthem before a game Saturday night in California. Posting on Twitter, Maxwell wrote, "This now has gone from just a BlackLives Matter topic to just complete inequality of any man or woman that wants to stand for their rights!".

Here's how it looked at the start of Sunday’s first NFL game, "Members of the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars sent a powerful message as the majority stood linking arms, while a number of others took a knee in response to President Trump’s tweet urging fans to boycott the sport until owners “fire or suspend” players who protest during the national anthem.

"Ravens Coach John Harbaugh joined his players, linking arms, and Ravens Hall of Famer Ray Lewis took a knee. Jaguars owner Shahid Khan locked arms with his players. Khan is believed to be the second owner to participate in events related to anthem protests. Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam stood on field and locked arms with players, military personnel and first responders, in Week 1 of the 2017 season."

Android O = Laggy mess and random reboots

iOS 11 = Glitches with frame drops

Both Google and Apple should beta test their software before public release — Oh, wait 🙄

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Between Arc, Adapta and Numix it kind of feels like Linux has the whole flat GTK theme thing covered. But proving their’s always room for one more is Ant. Ant is a flat GTK theme for Ubuntu and other GNOME-based Linux desktops. It’s available in three…
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