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Trump campaigned on a promise to provide a massively improved health care system for the people.
On 60 Minutes, September 27. 2015 Trump said: "This is an un-Republican thing for me to say... Cover everybody... the government's gonna pay for it".

Unfortunately as usual, and as he keeps proving by inaction, Trump is more interested in saying something and grandstanding with empty rhetoric, than in doing it.

Unfortunately too, the Republican party evidently has no intention of producing anything remotely resembling an improvement.

Trump himself has done nothing to attempt to fulfil his promise. He has no plan.
His only tactic is to yell at everyone else, but unfortunately in the real world, he cannot create success by these methods, because he can't fire members of Congress or Senators, as he used to fire the hapless fawning contestants eager for his praise and cash, in his stupid TV show.

From the article linked below:

In my surgery practice in Boston, I see primarily cancer patients. When I started out, in 2003, at least one in ten of my patients was uninsured. Others, who had insurance, would discover in the course of their treatment that their policies had annual or lifetime caps that wouldn’t cover their costs, or that they would face unaffordable premiums going forward because they now had a preëxisting condition. When he was governor of Massachusetts, it was Mitt Romney, a conservative, who brought Republicans and Democrats together to make a viable state system of near-universal coverage. That system then served as a model for the A.C.A. The results have been clear: increases in coverage have markedly improved people’s access to care and their health. For the last four years, health-care costs in Massachusetts have risen more slowly than the national average—while the national numbers themselves have been at historic lows. I have not seen a single uninsured patient—zero—in a decade. And now comes an utterly reckless piece of legislation that would destroy these gains.

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/if-the-us-adopts-the-gops-health-care-bill-it-would-be-an-act-of-mass-suicide

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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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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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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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A newly-discovered reflex arc mediates a process which leads to a disruption in the hormones secreted by the adrenal glands which, in turn, results in an increased susceptibility to bacterial infections.
This research breaks new ground in the development of treatments to reduce the incidence of infections, and its results have been published in the current issue of Nature Neuroscience.
Injuries to the brain or spinal cord, such as those caused by stroke or trauma, result in a considerable weakening of the immune system. This often leads to severe infections, such as pneumonia or urinary tract infections, which hamper nervous tissue regeneration as well as rehabilitation in affected patients. Until now, our understanding of the exact manner in which nerve tissue damage leads to infections (and which physiological parameters are responsible) has remained rudimentary at best.
Under the leadership of PD Dr. Harald Prüß (Charité’s Department of Neurology and the DZNE Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Dr. Jan M. Schwab (Head of Charité’s Department of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries), a team of researchers has now succeeded in deciphering this process.

Our study was based on the premise that nerve pathways originating in the spinal cord exert a direct influence on organs involved in the immune system, such as lymph nodes and the spleen explains Dr. Prüß. He adds: To our surprise, we found that the disruption of immune organ function does not occur as a result of this direct connection; instead, it is the result of an immune system dysregulation which affects the entire body.
The researchers showed that the nervous system uses adrenal hormones as part of an indirect path of communication which results in the rapid breakdown of many immune cells.
In a healthy body, the adrenal glands are controlled by both the nervous system and the relevant hormone control centers.
Until recently, it had been assumed that a brain injury via hormonal signals results in the adrenal glands secreting cortisol, while a trauma-induced stress response results in the release of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Our data show that the disruption in the normal function of the adrenal glands is under the direct control of damaged nerve tissue explains the neurologist.
In contrast to received opinion, trauma-induced spinal cord injury initially resulted in a decrease in stress hormones and an increase in cortisol production.
This alteration in hormone levels led to a dramatic decrease in the numbers of many immune cells, particularly affecting the precursors of T-cells and B-cells.
In some cases, this resulted in a reduction of between 50 and 80 percent in the size of the spleen, thymus or lymph nodes.
While experimental deactivation of the adrenal glands led to a reversal of this dramatic loss of immune cells, the mice treated in this manner remained susceptible to infections. However, an autograft of adrenal tissue, transplanted into these mice, conferred protection against infections. While the transplanted adrenals produce the hormones needed by the body, they are no longer subject to the dysfunctional nervous system control mechanisms which develop following high level spinal injury.

The identification of this two-stage pathological reflex arc, consisting of nerve pathways between the spinal cord and the adrenal glands, as well as a hormone-mediated link with the immune system, helps to deepen our understanding of the interconnections which exist between the nervous and immune system. The discovery of this ‘immune system paralysis’ and its underlying mechanisms represents an important step on the path to improving the treatment of spinal cord injury patients. Rather than merely experiencing the more obvious symptom of motor-sensory paralysis, paraplegic patients also experience a paralysis of the immune system.
Comprehensive analyses of patients’ cortisol and (nor)adrenaline levels have shown that they exhibit a fundamentally similar behavior to that seen in experimental studies explains Prof. Schwab.
This suggests that treatment aimed at normalizing this neuro-endocrine reflex may prove effective in controlling the sometimes life-threatening infections associated with injuries to the central nervous system.

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

I had an original Psion Series 5 back in the day and I must say I loved the full QWERTY keyboard where I used it for note taking and spreadsheets. This "new version" looks really interesting and apart from the normal modern bells and whistles... it will also dual boot between Android and Linux!

You hold down two keys as the machine boots and choose whether you want Android or Debian GNU/Linux. Both look pretty raw, with work needed to bring them up to the capabilities of the display. But the incentive is certainly there - the 2160 x 1080 screen is terrific - and various projects such as Meego and Ubuntu have demonstrated that mobile Linux can be made to work very well indeed.

See http://bit.ly/2yyNb6e

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#nasa
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Hubble's Cool Galaxy with a Hot Corona

Galaxy NGC 6753, imaged here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is a whirl of color — the 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 Hubble eye. At 150 million light-years from Earth, astronomers highlighted NGC 6753 as one of only two known spiral galaxies that were both massive enough and close enough to permit detailed observations of their coronas. Galactic coronas are huge, invisible regions of hot gas that surround a galaxy’s visible bulk, forming a spheroidal shape. Coronas are so hot that they can be detected by their X-ray emission, far beyond the optical radius of the galaxy. Because they are so wispy, these coronas are extremely difficult to detect.

Galactic coronas are an example of telltale signs astronomers seek to help them determine how galaxies form. Despite the advances made in past decades, the process of galaxy formation remains an open question in astronomy. Various theories have been suggested, but since galaxies come in all shapes and sizes — including elliptical, spiral, and irregular — no single theory has so far been able to satisfactorily explain the origins of all the galaxies we see throughout the Universe.

For more information about Hubble, visit: www.nasa.gov/hubble

Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt
Text credit: European Space Agency

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The veteran offensive lineman made a statement of unity in the wake of Donald Trump's comments.

https://nesn.com/2017/09/nate-solder-shows-solidarity-with-patriots-teammates-over-nfl-protests/

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

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The mission in international airspace was said to show how seriously President Donald Trump takes North Korea's "reckless behaviour".

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Here are your week #3 NFL Football picks!

Happy NFL Sunday! 🏈🏈🏈

Last week we crushed the picks once again and Went 12-3!
For the Season we are a 22-7! That's a 76% Winning Percentage!

If you're looking for an edge for your Football Pools or Betting on any games this Sunday, we have you covered! Some feature games this week include New York Giants at Philadelphia, Atlanta at Detroit, and Dallas at Arizona! Enjoy the Games!

#NFLPicks #NFLPicksWeek3 #NFL #NFLFootball

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Good Morning 😊
Start your day with a smile😊
Watch these Top 10 funny memes on engineering 😂😂😂

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Google to buy HTCs smartphone division foer $1.1 billion

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An Internet of Minds

"Harri Valpola dreams of an internet of minds. “It will look like one huge brain from our perspective,” he says, “in much the same way that the internet looks like one big thing.” That impression will be an illusion, but we will think it all the same. It is only way our limited human brains will be able to comprehend an internet of connected artificial intelligences."

#technology #artificialintelligence #ai #consciousness #zt

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NFL teams respond to Trump's comments about player protests https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-nfl-teams-respond-to-comments-about-player-protests/

"NFL teams have issued statements in support of their players following President Trump's comments that athletes who won't stand for the national anthem should be fired.

"It's unfortunate that the President decided to use his immense platform to make divisive and offensive statements about our players and the NFL. We strongly believe that players are leaders in our communities and positive influences," Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement. "As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.

"A mounting number of teams issued statements late Saturday and into Sunday, and about two dozen NFL players -- including Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette -- took a knee during the playing of the national anthem before the start of the teams' game at Wembley Stadium on Sunday in London. 

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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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Changes in Earth’s crust caused oxygen to fill the atmosphere | #Geology #GeologyPage

Scientists have long wondered how Earth’s atmosphere filled with oxygen. UBC geologist Matthijs Smit and research partner Klaus Mezger may have found the answer in continental rocks that are billions of years old.

Read more : http://www.geologypage.com/2017/09/changes-earths-crust-caused-oxygen-fill-atmosphere.html

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Go keyboard is spying on millions of android users

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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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"Google Photos can be quite intrusive. You might have disabled its nag-like notifications some time ago. But believe it or not, this tool is really worth using."

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President Donald Trump sparked a backlash from some of the biggest names in professional sports on Saturday after he attacked football players who refuse to stand during the national anthem in protest and rescinded a White House invitation to the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry.

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Nintendo adds two-factor authentication to Nintendo Network accounts

Nintendo has added two-factor authentication to its Nintendo Network accounts. These accounts are used to log into your Nintendo Switch or 3DS systems.
#nintendo #nintendoswitch #twofactor #gaming #games #gamers

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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...

Although for the most part my experience with the Pixel XL has been great I did recently have one issue. It doesn't happen all the time but for whatever reason Bluetooth will randomly disconnect from my car or my Asus Zenwatch 2. Not sure why but I'm actually considering just seeing if Verizon can exchange mine for a new one. Hopefully they have stock left.

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The lack of solidarity and support for NFL players taking a stand and speaking their mind shows how important Allen Iverson really was, and how badly the NFL players need an Allen Iverson...

Say what you want about him about his player, but he did more for the culture than anyone in NBA history. The result is a league where protest is completely supported and the stars are taking stands against the president. Colin takes a knee and he gets blacklisted immediately. Never would happen in this league.

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i am one with the force, the force is with me

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Real patriotism, Mr. Trump, isn’t how you treat a flag. It’s how you treat Americans: When Colin Kaepernick takes a knee, when Steph Curry refuses to visit the White House, I greet these actions with gratitude. When their fellow athletes back them, risking similar condemnation, I feel relief that they too refuse to tolerate abuse of citizens by the state

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Weekends are the perfect time to catch up on reading #justsaying

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One day, Michael decided he wanted a llama. He asked me to take him to nearby Agora and we ended up at this lot packed with hay and horse trailers. From the car, we eyed four llamas out back. I parked between two trailers, unintentionally shielding my Mercedes from view. It was the only parking spot available. When we walked into the office—two kids dressed casual but smart in T-shirt and jeans—this guy, bent across a counter doing some paperwork, didn’t even look up when he said, “We’re not hiring.”

“We ain’t looking for no job,” said Michael, wearing his shades. “We’re here to buy a llama.”

The man looked up. Not a flicker of recognition on his face. It took me about two seconds to know that his musical taste ventured nowhere the Thriller album. “We don’t have any llamas,” he said. The look on his face said it all: you can’t afford it.

“You have four of them out back,” I said, trying to keep calm.

“You know how much they cost?”

Michael smiled. “We know how much they cost.”

Then came an incredible bombardment of questions, fired by the man’s prejudices and assumptions. “Can you afford a llama? What do you boys do to afford a llama? Where will you keep it? Have you thought about this?”

Ever patient, Michael explained that we had a house with grounds and were serious customers. “I know how to look after all kinds of animals,” he added.

The man begrudgingly asked to see some ID. Michael handed over a bank card. I handed over my driving license. And then night became day.

“You’re those Jackson boys?” said the man, his face lighting up. He began to back-pedal about how he had to be careful and he couldn’t sell to just anyone; you understand how it is. But we didn’t understand: we saw right through him.

“So you’re happy to accept me because you now know who I am?” Michael asked. The biggest misconception people had about my brother was that his legendary shyness made him timid, but he was a man of principle, especially where his roots as a proud black man were concerned and he wasn’t afraid to speak up on this when he was riled. Michael took back his ID and came right out with it: “You are an ass, and we don’t want to spend our money in here any more.” Then we walked out to the Mercedes the man had failed to spot when we arrived.

Jermaine Jackson , You Are Not Alone

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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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