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Government can give you nothing but what it takes from somebody else. A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you've got, including your freedom.-Ezra Taft Benson
You must accept 1 of 2 basic premises: Either we are alone in the universe or we are not alone. Either way, the implications are staggering!-Wernher von Braun
If one sat and thought about Hobbit pictures, would he have a Frodographic memory?
"the debugger doesn't tell me anything because this code compiles just fine" - random QA comment
"Facebook is where you tell lies to your friends. Twitter is where you tell the truth to strangers." - chriselst
"I don't drink any more... then again, I don't drink any less." - Mike Mullikins uncle
So... I had to change out a failed HD of a 2009 MacBook Pro. The iFixIt site suggested disconnecting the battery leads as a precaution. The entire swap (to a shiny new SSD) took about 15 minutes - first screw out to last screw in. Woo Hoo!
Then it's time to install OS X. Insert my (untested) bootable OS X USB drive.
Boot from it. Check!
Run Disk Utility and erase (format) new SSD. Check!
Run "Install OS X" and choose new partition. Check!
Error! Something like "This OS X installation file cannot be verified. It may have been tampered with or corrupted." Damn!
I repeat a couple times with identical results.
I spend 45 minutes copying the original install file from my NAS to my iMac and recreate the USB drive. Fail - with the same message.
I spend 60 minutes re-downloading the install file from Apple and recreate the USB drive. Fail - with the same message.
30 seconds with Google (which I obviously should have done first) reveals that this error is common when the date on the Mac is way off - which happens when you disconnect the battery!
Thankfully after setting the date via terminal the rest of the install and recovery from TimeMachine went smoothly.
That's what I do. I drink, and I know things. ~ Tyrion Lannister
Redesign of the Porcelain Throne: Competition Model
Avoid limitations of run-length (40cm) wherein the specimen spans the distance from the bottom back of the bowl until it lifts the user slightly from the seat. This could cause warping and otherwise distort the result and quite likely an unpleasant smearage.
Carbon-fiber seats for quick-flipping without fear of chipping. (Available option for the Professional and Sport Models, as well).
Cycloid drop design imbuing a minimum amount of lateral force to the specimen as it emerges unfettered and prior to its hurtling earthward. This is particularly important during the final release stages and resultant free-fall.
This will naturally require advanced engineering principals to accommodate the flushing of what were heretofore unattainable yet glorious accomplishments. In practical terms, this is likely to be accomplished by either a highly trained fluid dynamics engineer, or alternatively, someone with an interesting in repurposing a commercial wood chipper.
The increased size will, of course, require some accommodation. The most obvious, of course, is the redesign, in most cases, of bathrooms. In actual competition, this may not be an issue as a wide open area may be commandeered to facilitate the viewing stadium around the arena. There are, however, safety considerations.
These newly designed bowls have a maw capable of holding an entire intact person, and in a euphemistic sense, is capable of digesting them as well. Falling in, then, is a non-trivial concern with life-threatening implications.
Home models, of course, may simply implement a seat-belt like contrivance, much like in automobiles, that automatically engages as one sits (circumventing the potential consequences of fools and drunks taking unnecessary chances). For competition, however, the equipment must be robust as a contestant’s attentions may be focused on more urgent matters than keeping their balance.
To this end, included with the competition models, is a wearable harness which, with its heavy gage steel ring (front and center) allows connection via a hook to a sturdy hoist. This not only provides for safety, but allows the contestants to be lifted and lowered into position without the necessity of the stairs normally required for the robust stature of the voluminous receptacle upon which they will perch.
Aside: considering the quality of local water and living conditions, this will be a last-minute entry into the upcoming Rio Olympics – pragmatic opportunism at its very best.
So, it must be abusive. To whom? Certainly not the most 'unsavory' item ever posted in the lounge (notice how no goats or sheep where abused).
So - with the bravery of a typical drive-by complaint - WHAT comes to mind is that perhaps, should you be able to locate working model, that dive in and pull the handle and then let go. I'm sure they'll appreciate your complaints when you reach your destination. Putz.
"Pokemon Go kicks into that. It's everywhere. It's what some people call surveillance capitalism. It's the newest stage," he said. "You'll see a new form of, frankly, a robot society, where they will know how you want to behave and they will make the mockup that matches how you behave and feed you. It's what they call totalitarianism."
Isn't "make the mockup that matches how you behave and feed you" from Agile ?
«There is a spectrum, from "clearly desirable behaviour," to "possibly dodgy behavior that still makes some sense," to "clearly undesirable behavior." We try to make the latter into warnings or, better, errors. But stuff that is in the middle category you don’t want to restrict unless there is a clear way to work around it.» Eric Lippert, May 14, 2008
Mrs. Wife had had an offer (life, mind you) from a famous store I won't mention (Macys) to get cash back (up to 6%) on purchases from them and other sources. It was free to join so she said "OK", and they gave her a bar-coded card.
It turns out, fortunately, that this didn't complete the "sign-up". Several email in as many days later, she and I were home together and in a mood to finish the signup as she like me to review these things.
We're both rather suspicious folk, but I'm better at implementing it.
The form already had all of her personal information filled in (via the existing Macys card, no doubt) and needed a password, PIN, and acceptance of terms of service and privacy policies. That's where I come in.
Terms of service - basically gives them all the real rights, but, as it cost us nothing and gave us money, nothing to lose, here.
Then comes the privacy part. It includes the statement that they will share your private information with others and once they do, their privacy terms (outlined below as usual) will not apply, but that of the new possessor of her personal info. They simply wash their hands of the whole thing and you don't even know to whom they (sold) your info. So - aside from the insanity of chasing down each one's policies, one would have to first chase down who it is that they need to chase down. A new degree of sleezy! You could not click through to complete the sign-up without checking both Terms and Privacy boxes.
This was, instead, followed by a call to them saying to destroy the account and we give have not and will not give them permission to use the personal data for any purpose.
Most people, I suspect, never read the terms. So, why should they worry about where they go to catch virtual infant-designed monsters? What little do they have left, anyway, that isn't know for them?
Except he should know, because behavior control and implanting ideas is our consumerism heads is what Hollywood is all about. And that statement would not be complete without a reference to the Illuminati[^] (amazon book link)
I was in San Antonio when the game came out. As my companion was checking her phone for nearby eateries, an Irish lad approached and asked if we were playing the game. Neither of us had a clue, but he was kind enough to walk us to a fine Irish pub/restaurant down on the Riverwalk where I had the Dublin chicken w/bangers and mashers! Add a few stout ones to take the edge off of the 14 hour drive and it turned out to be a fine evening!
I've gotten sidetracked...Anyway, the hotel balcony overlooked a fairly busy section of the aforementioned Riverwalk. At night, it became a stream of glowing screens...amazing how many people walk around 'zombiefied' and avoid serious injury! That being said, if the game is good enough (and free) people will play it and submit to whatever silly legal disclaimers are shown without reading any of them. (just as trained IT guys [! all] fail to read the awesome documentation you supply with your software...so easy a trained monkey could do it...instead insisting on a remote so that they don't have to do anything!...yeah, I heard those IMs coming and going while I did your job for you...at the end, yeah, it really was that easy mate, too bad you weren't paying attention. I'm sure we'll talk again the next time you replace a workstation... ) Sorry, it has been one of those weeks!
Are they capitalizing on the geolocations of virtual prizes/clues? How much would you pay to increase foot traffic in front of your pub? It could be a goldmine!