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2015-07-27 16:34:11 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

After reading this article, does anyone wonder why this nation may fall under judgement?

[Note: I removed the picture as I do not want anyone to have such an image stuck in their mind.]

The government should not involve itself in this matter.  It is not their role.  And they have no such powers.  

However, I do believe that the people do have the power to bring shame and economic punishment upon the owners of the property where this abomination is housed.  We have the power of free speech - as do those who erected this monstrosity.  Nevertheless, Christians in the Detroit area should bring the knowledge of Christ to surround this abomination.  Do not trespass.  Do not give offense  But we ought to ask every business and every residence surrounding this affront to erect placards proclaiming the victory that Christ has already won over the enemy.  
Finall... more »

Most reshares: 1

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2015-07-27 18:33:04 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Are you worried of a little Stagefright?  It is a tale of the good, the bad and the ugly.

The fact that a video file sent via an SMS message can potentially p0wn your phone should be troublesome.  That's the ugly part.  The bad part is that its effects go all the way back to Android 2.2.  But there is a good part: this may finally force wireless carriers to come up with a standard means of doing rapid/essential patching.  

Phil Nickinson has said, "This is an exploit that needs to be fixed, sooner rather than later — if it hasn't been already. But it's not one that's going to keep us up at night. There are a lot of unknowns, and unfortunately they're being ignored for the sake of scary-sounding storytelling."

So the catchphrase we should care about is, "Don't Panic."  And then we need to keep our eyes open.  Is thatvideo me... more »

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2015-07-11 23:14:00 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I'm not certain what to think about Mr. Robot.  But I think that is exactly what the writers want me to think.

I've just started to watch USA Networks new show about hacking entitled Mr. Robot.  There is mystery and intrigue.  And there is a lot of tech-speak.  But what I love the most about the show thus far is the inner voice monologue of Eliot.  This show is about personal conflict, personal insecurity and how the outside world can manipulate us to conform.  After three episodes, I'll be watching a whole lot more.  

Bonus: So far, the geekery is spot on.  The writers and producers have done their homework on the show.  Let's hope that they don't overplay their hand. 

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2015-07-30 01:35:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

#PlannedParenthood

#PlannedParenthood___

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2015-07-29 19:46:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The FCC controls the electromagnetic spectrum in the United States.  Amazon wants the FAA to do the same thing with airspace corridors.

The FCC allocate some spectrum for unregulated use.  They allocate other chunks of spectrum for emergency use.  And then they sell the rest to the highest bidder.   

Amazon wants the government to use a similar model and carve up certain altitudes for commercial flight ventures.  If this plays out the way that wireless spectrum went, there could be opportunities for newcomers.  But it also could mean concentration of power into fewer and fewer hands.  

The FCC controls the electromagnetic spectrum in the United States.  Amazon wants the FAA to do the same thing with airspace corridors.

The FCC allocate some spectrum for unregulated use.  They allocate other chunks of spectrum for emergency use.  And then they sell the rest to the highest bidder.   

Amazon wants the government to use a similar model and carve up certain altitudes for commercial flight ventures.  If this plays out the way that wireless spectrum went, there could be opportunities for newcomers.  But it also could mean concentration of power into fewer and fewer hands.  ___

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2015-07-27 18:41:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

How do I prevent teh Stagefright calamity???

If you use Hangouts, go to your Settings and un-check the automatic retrieval of MMS.  This will prevent the virtual Armageddon which you fear.  You just have to check who is sending you stuff before you open it with your MMS client.   

Are you worried of a little Stagefright?  It is a tale of the good, the bad and the ugly.

The fact that a video file sent via an SMS message can potentially p0wn your phone should be troublesome.  That's the ugly part.  The bad part is that its effects go all the way back to Android 2.2.  But there is a good part: this may finally force wireless carriers to come up with a standard means of doing rapid/essential patching.  

Phil Nickinson has said, "This is an exploit that needs to be fixed, sooner rather than later — if it hasn't been already. But it's not one that's going to keep us up at night. There are a lot of unknowns, and unfortunately they're being ignored for the sake of scary-sounding storytelling."

So the catchphrase we should care about is, "Don't Panic."  And then we need to keep our eyes open.  Is that video message really worth the downside potential?  That depends on whether it is lolcats or Gangnam Style.___How do I prevent teh Stagefright calamity???

If you use Hangouts, go to your Settings and un-check the automatic retrieval of MMS.  This will prevent the virtual Armageddon which you fear.  You just have to check who is sending you stuff before you open it with your MMS client.   

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2015-07-27 18:33:04 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Are you worried of a little Stagefright?  It is a tale of the good, the bad and the ugly.

The fact that a video file sent via an SMS message can potentially p0wn your phone should be troublesome.  That's the ugly part.  The bad part is that its effects go all the way back to Android 2.2.  But there is a good part: this may finally force wireless carriers to come up with a standard means of doing rapid/essential patching.  

Phil Nickinson has said, "This is an exploit that needs to be fixed, sooner rather than later — if it hasn't been already. But it's not one that's going to keep us up at night. There are a lot of unknowns, and unfortunately they're being ignored for the sake of scary-sounding storytelling."

So the catchphrase we should care about is, "Don't Panic."  And then we need to keep our eyes open.  Is thatvideo me... more »

Are you worried of a little Stagefright?  It is a tale of the good, the bad and the ugly.

The fact that a video file sent via an SMS message can potentially p0wn your phone should be troublesome.  That's the ugly part.  The bad part is that its effects go all the way back to Android 2.2.  But there is a good part: this may finally force wireless carriers to come up with a standard means of doing rapid/essential patching.  

Phil Nickinson has said, "This is an exploit that needs to be fixed, sooner rather than later — if it hasn't been already. But it's not one that's going to keep us up at night. There are a lot of unknowns, and unfortunately they're being ignored for the sake of scary-sounding storytelling."

So the catchphrase we should care about is, "Don't Panic."  And then we need to keep our eyes open.  Is that video message really worth the downside potential?  That depends on whether it is lolcats or Gangnam Style.___

2015-07-27 16:34:11 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

After reading this article, does anyone wonder why this nation may fall under judgement?

[Note: I removed the picture as I do not want anyone to have such an image stuck in their mind.]

The government should not involve itself in this matter.  It is not their role.  And they have no such powers.  

However, I do believe that the people do have the power to bring shame and economic punishment upon the owners of the property where this abomination is housed.  We have the power of free speech - as do those who erected this monstrosity.  Nevertheless, Christians in the Detroit area should bring the knowledge of Christ to surround this abomination.  Do not trespass.  Do not give offense  But we ought to ask every business and every residence surrounding this affront to erect placards proclaiming the victory that Christ has already won over the enemy.  
Finall... more »

After reading this article, does anyone wonder why this nation may fall under judgement?

[Note: I removed the picture as I do not want anyone to have such an image stuck in their mind.]

The government should not involve itself in this matter.  It is not their role.  And they have no such powers.  

However, I do believe that the people do have the power to bring shame and economic punishment upon the owners of the property where this abomination is housed.  We have the power of free speech - as do those who erected this monstrosity.  Nevertheless, Christians in the Detroit area should bring the knowledge of Christ to surround this abomination.  Do not trespass.  Do not give offense  But we ought to ask every business and every residence surrounding this affront to erect placards proclaiming the victory that Christ has already won over the enemy.  

Finally, we need to remember that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities in high places.  So we must get on our knees and pray for those who are enslaved by this deception.  ___

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2015-07-27 16:16:58 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Abortion opponents take a page out of the Snowden handbook.

I am so conflicted.  From almost any perspective, Planned Parenthood is an abhorrent organization.  And from a Christian viewpoint, we do have to stand up for the unborn.  

But this is crossing the line.  Do two wrongs make a right?  No, they do not.  And whether you equate this situation to the radical abolition movements of the nineteenth century or not, you might blur the line a bit.  

But I cannot.

God does not allow us to adopt evil practices in order to do good.  Period.  If/when our strength fades and we do not achieve the righteous outcomes that we hope to achieve, then we must leave this in God's hands.  

Hacking is not the answer.  Period.  We do not own the premises or property where this data is housed.  So hacking their systems is tantamount to trespassing. And stealin... more »

Abortion opponents take a page out of the Snowden handbook.

I am so conflicted.  From almost any perspective, Planned Parenthood is an abhorrent organization.  And from a Christian viewpoint, we do have to stand up for the unborn.  

But this is crossing the line.  Do two wrongs make a right?  No, they do not.  And whether you equate this situation to the radical abolition movements of the nineteenth century or not, you might blur the line a bit.  

But I cannot.

God does not allow us to adopt evil practices in order to do good.  Period.  If/when our strength fades and we do not achieve the righteous outcomes that we hope to achieve, then we must leave this in God's hands.  

Hacking is not the answer.  Period.  We do not own the premises or property where this data is housed.  So hacking their systems is tantamount to trespassing.  And stealing their data is stealing their property.  

But this is so fine a line.  We must stand against evil - no matter the cost.  And it may cost us our freedom - or our lives.  But to violate any of the commands of God in an effort to bring God some victory steals the very glory that is due to our God.  

"And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." 1 Corinthians 6:11  ___

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2015-07-27 14:23:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Protect? Yes.  Confine? No.

Protect? Yes.  Confine? No.___

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2015-07-27 14:13:19 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Former Governor Huckabee's comments were well beyond the bounds of international decorum...

...but were they wrong?  

Let's just look at the rhetoric of our new best partner, Iran.  They continue to say that they will destroy Israel.  And why will they do this?  Because Israel is populated by Jews.  Folks, Iran wants to destroy all Jews.  This is a simple conclusion to draw from their rhetoric.  

Whether they would ever do such a think is speculative.  For all we know, the mullahs are just throwing out red meat to their congregations.  But if we are to accept their words in the form of a treaty, then we need to accept their words in public.  The mullahs want to kill all Jews.  Period.  Let's not sugar-coat their rhetoric for them.  Let's let their rhetoric speak for itself.  Here is a list compiled by the Atlantic(http://goo.g... more »

Oh Mike Huckabee...___Former Governor Huckabee's comments were well beyond the bounds of international decorum...

...but were they wrong?  

Let's just look at the rhetoric of our new best partner, Iran.  They continue to say that they will destroy Israel.  And why will they do this?  Because Israel is populated by Jews.  Folks, Iran wants to destroy all Jews.  This is a simple conclusion to draw from their rhetoric.  

Whether they would ever do such a think is speculative.  For all we know, the mullahs are just throwing out red meat to their congregations.  But if we are to accept their words in the form of a treaty, then we need to accept their words in public.  The mullahs want to kill all Jews.  Period.  Let's not sugar-coat their rhetoric for them.  Let's let their rhetoric speak for itself.  Here is a list compiled by the Atlantic (http://goo.gl/rFTERH):

Mohammad Khatami, the former president of Iran: “If we abide by real legal laws, we should mobilize the whole Islamic world for a sharp confrontation with the Zionist regime … if we abide by the Koran, all of us should mobilize to kill.” (2000)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: “It is the mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to erase Israel from the map of the region.” (2001)

Hassan Nasrallah, a leader of Hezbollah: “If they [Jews] all gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide.” (2002)

Nasrallah: “Israel is our enemy. This is an aggressive, illegal, and illegitimate entity, which has no future in our land. Its destiny is manifested in our motto: ‘Death to Israel.’” (2005)

Yahya Rahim Safavi, the former commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps: “With God’s help the time has come for the Zionist regime’s death sentence.” (2008)

Mohammad Hassan Rahimian, Khamenei’s representative to the Moustazafan Foundation: “We have manufactured missiles that allow us, when necessary to replace [sic] Israel in its entirety with a big holocaust.” (2010)

Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the commander of the Basij paramilitary force: “We recommend them [the Zionists] to pack their furniture and return to their countries. And if they insist on staying, they should know that a time while arrive when they will not even have time to pack their suitcases.” (2011)

Khamenei: “The Zionist regime is a cancerous tumor and it will be removed.” (2012)

Ahmad Alamolhoda, a member of the Assembly of Experts: “The destruction of Israel is the idea of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and is one of the pillars of the Iranian Islamic regime. We cannot claim that we have no intention of going to war with Israel.” (2013)

Nasrallah: “The elimination of Israel is not only a Palestinian interest. It is the interest of the entire Muslim world and the entire Arab world.” (2013)

Hojateleslam Alireza Panahian, the advisor to Office of the Supreme Leader in Universities: “The day will come when the Islamic people in the region will destroy Israel and save the world from this Zionist base.” (2013)

Hojatoleslam Ali Shirazi, Khamenei’s representative in the Revolutionary Guard: “The Zionist regime will soon be destroyed, and this generation will be witness to its destruction." (2013)

Khamenei: “This barbaric, wolflike & infanticidal regime of Israel which spares no crime has no cure but to be annihilated.” (2014)

Hossein Salami, the deputy head of the Revolutionary Guard: "We will chase you [Israelis] house to house and will take revenge for every drop of blood of our martyrs in Palestine, and this is the beginning point of Islamic nations awakening for your defeat." (2014)

Salami: "Today we are aware of how the Zionist regime is slowly being erased from the world, and indeed, soon, there will be no such thing as the Zionist regime on Planet Earth." (2014)

Hossein Sheikholeslam, the secretary-general of the Committee for Support for the Palestinian Intifada: "The issue of Israel's destruction is important, no matter the method. We will obviously implement the strategy of the Imam Khomeini and the Leader [Khamenei] on the issue of destroying the Zionists. The region will not be quiet so long as Israel exists in it ..." (2014)

Mohammad Ali Jafari, the commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guard: "The Revolutionary Guards will fight to the end of the Zionist regime ... We will not rest easy until this epitome of vice is totally deleted from the region's geopolitics." (2015)

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2015-07-26 17:02:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Why do cord cutters exist? They exist because cable companies have not caught up to the times.

The un-bundled Internet is changing all the rules. With enough bandwidth, people are abandoning cable bundles altogether. But at this moment, the Internet TV experience requires a great deal of tech confidence and expertise. People stay with cable because it is easier.

But as time progresses, exploiting the naked Internet is becoming simpler.

Today, you can stream all sorts of content for free. And it is now possible to get premium content for a modest price. And as the tech gets simpler, cable companies must either adapt or accept the eventual loss of the customers that have been giving them such fat margins. This shift is becoming inexorable.

You may be saying "OK, Lorin. How do we start?"

Well, if you have a Roku, you already have the... more »

Why do cord cutters exist? They exist because cable companies have not caught up to the times.

The un-bundled Internet is changing all the rules. With enough bandwidth, people are abandoning cable bundles altogether. But at this moment, the Internet TV experience requires a great deal of tech confidence and expertise. People stay with cable because it is easier.

But as time progresses, exploiting the naked Internet is becoming simpler.

Today, you can stream all sorts of content for free. And it is now possible to get premium content for a modest price. And as the tech gets simpler, cable companies must either adapt or accept the eventual loss of the customers that have been giving them such fat margins. This shift is becoming inexorable.

You may be saying "OK, Lorin. How do we start?"

Well, if you have a Roku, you already have the gateway drug for cord-cutting. And if you want to go the next step, the Plex ecosystem may be your next move. And if you want to turn it up to eleven, then you might want to consider XBMC as it can give you just about everything you want or need. And the coup de gras is when you build a Raspberry Pi with everything that you need.

So if you want a do-it-yourself experience, the road map is clear. You can get there today. But for those who want an off-the-shelf experience, a burgeoning cottage industry is sprouting up. And very soon, you can expect OEM device manufacturers to build branded systems. But when the cable industry finally delivers real IPTV solutions, then you'll know that you are on the long tail.___

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2015-07-26 02:02:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I am amazed at how extensible Kodi truly is. Don't get me wrong. I still love Plex. But if you want to experience a platform that can meet all of your needs, then you might want to check out the latest build of Kodi. 

I am amazed at how extensible Kodi truly is. Don't get me wrong. I still love Plex. But if you want to experience a platform that can meet all of your needs, then you might want to check out the latest build of Kodi. ___

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2015-07-24 18:58:53 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

After Senator Ted Cruz blasted Senate Majority Leader McConnell about Planned Parenthood funding, the Majority Leader has now opened up the path to fast-track the legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood.

I don't care who should get the credit for this.  But I do believe that this must be passed.  I suspect the President will try and use the line item veto.  Indeed, this may end up in the courts.  But I am so elated that our leaders are finally eliminating the government's ability to seize my taxes to fund something that I find to be absolutely and thoroughly abhorrent.

After Senator Ted Cruz blasted Senate Majority Leader McConnell about Planned Parenthood funding, the Majority Leader has now opened up the path to fast-track the legislation to de-fund Planned Parenthood.

I don't care who should get the credit for this.  But I do believe that this must be passed.  I suspect the President will try and use the line item veto.  Indeed, this may end up in the courts.  But I am so elated that our leaders are finally eliminating the government's ability to seize my taxes to fund something that I find to be absolutely and thoroughly abhorrent.___

2015-07-24 18:46:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

And so it begins...

When I was a kid, I learned that toilet bowl water circles the bowl in a different direction depending upon whether you are north or south of the equatorial region.  But regardless of which way it spins, it is still headed down.

Well, mark this data.  I just heard the flapper lift and the water is now leaving the bowl.  This is the kind of news that HRC had to have hoped would never occur.  No matter what is found, she will be dying the death of countless drops of water torture upon her head.  

Now we just have to wait and see whether the MSM carries her water or picks up their legitimate responsibility as the fourth estate.  

And so it begins...

When I was a kid, I learned that toilet bowl water circles the bowl in a different direction depending upon whether you are north or south of the equatorial region.  But regardless of which way it spins, it is still headed down.

Well, mark this data.  I just heard the flapper lift and the water is now leaving the bowl.  This is the kind of news that HRC had to have hoped would never occur.  No matter what is found, she will be dying the death of countless drops of water torture upon her head.  

Now we just have to wait and see whether the MSM carries her water or picks up their legitimate responsibility as the fourth estate.  ___

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2015-07-22 15:09:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Will there be any Congressional oversight?

The evidence is mounting.  Our President is avoiding his Constitutional responsibilities to seek the advice and consent of Congress.  First, our President has sought ratification and enforcement of a treaty with the UN even before he has briefed Congress.  Second, according to a couple of members of Congress, the IAEA claims that he may be hiding portions of the "deal" from any Congressional review.  

Does anyone else think that this rises to the definition of high crimes and misdemeanors?  Congressman Pompeo and Senator Tom Cotton need to consider their next steps very carefully.

Will there be any Congressional oversight?

The evidence is mounting.  Our President is avoiding his Constitutional responsibilities to seek the advice and consent of Congress.  First, our President has sought ratification and enforcement of a treaty with the UN even before he has briefed Congress.  Second, according to a couple of members of Congress, the IAEA claims that he may be hiding portions of the "deal" from any Congressional review.  

Does anyone else think that this rises to the definition of high crimes and misdemeanors?  Congressman Pompeo and Senator Tom Cotton need to consider their next steps very carefully.___

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2015-07-22 03:26:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

While so many GOP candidates are wringing their hands over Donald Trump and his reality show candidacy, one is speaking out - with a clear and unwavering voice - for one of the most important issues of this generation. It is time for the horror of abortion to end. This year alone, Planned Parenthood has received over $500 million dollars of taxpayer money. That makes every taxpayer an accessory to murder both before and after the fact.

The cruelty of denying women over and over again ultrasounds so that they can see the life they carry within them and yet using that same technology to make sure that organs are preserved so that they can be presumably sold to save others.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/421427/carly-fiorina-decries-moral-depravity-planned-parenthood-kathryn-jean-lopez___While so many GOP candidates are wringing their hands over Donald Trump and his reality show candidacy, one is speaking out - with a clear and unwavering voice - for one of the most important issues of this generation. It is time for the horror of abortion to end. This year alone, Planned Parenthood has received over $500 million dollars of taxpayer money. That makes every taxpayer an accessory to murder both before and after the fact.

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2015-07-22 03:12:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

W00t!

If you're in the data-center/cloud world, this is a very big deal and it's only going to get bigger!___W00t!

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2015-07-22 03:08:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Sharing is caring.

___Sharing is caring.

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2015-07-21 12:43:34 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Let loose the chimps of Hades...

The number of poo-flinging monkeys on my political posts is remarkable! Carry on!___Let loose the chimps of Hades...

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2015-07-21 12:42:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Lazy person

Lazy person___

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2015-07-19 21:15:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Yet another way to view videos.

Over the past couple of years, I've really enjoyed using Plex as a means of streaming content.  It's client/server architecture makes streaming to multiple platforms very simple.  The server takes care of all of the details - including transcoding, if it is needed.

I have used Plex to stream to PC's, Macs, Android phones, Android tablets, iPhones and even a few iPads.  Two years ago, I started to use a Roku as it is pretty simple for any user to exploit. And about six months ago, I started to use the Plex client on my son-in-law's Xbox One.  All in all, Plex has been a great architecture.

But two months ago, I decided to build a Raspberry Pi and use it as a content player.  I did this because daughter #3 didn't have a Plex server.  So I figured that we could stream content to her HD TV from a Pi.   And itworked... more »

Yet another way to view videos.

Over the past couple of years, I've really enjoyed using Plex as a means of streaming content.  It's client/server architecture makes streaming to multiple platforms very simple.  The server takes care of all of the details - including transcoding, if it is needed.

I have used Plex to stream to PC's, Macs, Android phones, Android tablets, iPhones and even a few iPads.  Two years ago, I started to use a Roku as it is pretty simple for any user to exploit. And about six months ago, I started to use the Plex client on my son-in-law's Xbox One.  All in all, Plex has been a great architecture.

But two months ago, I decided to build a Raspberry Pi and use it as a content player.  I did this because daughter #3 didn't have a Plex server.  So I figured that we could stream content to her HD TV from a Pi.   And it worked quite nicely.  But it was a tad clunky.  It took a little time to get a good remote control solution (which is now provided via a flirc controller).  But after working out a few kinks, I'm pretty satisfied with the solution that I left at my daughter's house.

But after putting that device in her house for a field test, I knew that I would need another Pi for my own gratification.  So last week, I ordered another systems.  Yesterday, I put everything together.  And it worked flawlessly.  

But I wanted my system to use Plex.  So rather than a vanilla OpenELEC system, I went with a Rasplex solution.  It is OpenELEC with a Plex client/skin.  So far, this new interface is positively sparkling.  I can't help but be impressed by all of the work from so many open source minions.  I have a working analog to a Roku at a fraction of the cost.  

Innovation is a marvelous thing.___

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2015-07-19 14:50:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Maybe it's time for a different solution.

Now we are hearing that the Chattanooga terrorist did not set off any warnings.  Um, is this proof that the Future Crime division isn't always right?  Maybe we really can't determine who will perpetrate a crime and when it will be committed.  

So maybe we need to couple legitimate profiling with a healthy dose of deterrence.

Do any criminals fear prosecution?  They will get three squares and a cot for an unimaginably long time.  And if they are convicted, then they will also get three squares and a cot for an unimaginably long time.  

Let's look at a fast trial.  

The Boston Marathon was attacked on April 15, 2013.  There were pictures.  There was proof.  And it still took over two years to render a verdict - and the appeals process is still ongoing.  Current estimates are thatonce a dea... more »

Maybe it's time for a different solution.

Now we are hearing that the Chattanooga terrorist did not set off any warnings.  Um, is this proof that the Future Crime division isn't always right?  Maybe we really can't determine who will perpetrate a crime and when it will be committed.  

So maybe we need to couple legitimate profiling with a healthy dose of deterrence.

Do any criminals fear prosecution?  They will get three squares and a cot for an unimaginably long time.  And if they are convicted, then they will also get three squares and a cot for an unimaginably long time.  

Let's look at a fast trial.  

The Boston Marathon was attacked on April 15, 2013.  There were pictures.  There was proof.  And it still took over two years to render a verdict - and the appeals process is still ongoing.  Current estimates are that once a death row penalty is imposed, it takes nearly 13 years before that sentence is enforced.  So if appeals were exhausted today, the sentence would be imposed almost fifteen years after the crime was committed.    

How does a fifteen year deferral ever act as a deterrent?

Folks, we need to get serious.  We need to prevent crimes using "reasonable" profiling techniques.  And when a crime is committed, we need to demand that justice be served in a swift and unmistakable way.  No, I don't think that we need to construct a gallows-oriented justice system.  But we do need to deter crimes.  

And we do need to recognize that some crimes would be committed even if everyone knew that they would eventually receive terminal justice.  In the case of terrorists, we need to recognize that we are at war.  And the combatants are subject to military justice.  These "criminals" have chosen our homes and streets as there battlefields.  So it is time for us to recognize that military justice (and maybe even battlefield justice) may be required in order to win this war on terror.  ___

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2015-07-18 20:59:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Today, I'm focusing upon further exploration of the means of cord cutting.

Everyone who reads my posts already knows that I am deeply invested in cord cutting.  As I've tweaked the systems at my home, at my oldest daughter's home and at my youngest daughter's home, I've learned how to acquire, consume and digest all sorts of digital content from all sorts of infrastructure.  I use Linux-based systems.  My oldest daughter uses Windows-based systems.  My youngest daughter uses Apple systems.  

To meet all of these needs, I've used tools that are cross-platform.  And it has been quite a hoot to put all the pieces together.  Up until now, I've used these tools to consume things like TV content.  But I also have access to a huge library of movies/films.  And sometimes, it is easier to fetch my content from the web than it is to lay my hands on thecontent ... more »

Today, I'm focusing upon further exploration of the means of cord cutting.

Everyone who reads my posts already knows that I am deeply invested in cord cutting.  As I've tweaked the systems at my home, at my oldest daughter's home and at my youngest daughter's home, I've learned how to acquire, consume and digest all sorts of digital content from all sorts of infrastructure.  I use Linux-based systems.  My oldest daughter uses Windows-based systems.  My youngest daughter uses Apple systems.  

To meet all of these needs, I've used tools that are cross-platform.  And it has been quite a hoot to put all the pieces together.  Up until now, I've used these tools to consume things like TV content.  But I also have access to a huge library of movies/films.  And sometimes, it is easier to fetch my content from the web than it is to lay my hands on the content that I've already purchased.  So if I want to see a movie that I have in Elgin while I'm staying in KC, then it would be nice to fetch that content and stream it to my devices.

That's where tools like CouchPotato come into play.  From this tool, you can select and initiate content downloads from across the web.  It is a very cool tool.

But if you look at the list below, then you'll see that you can also use the tool to access/download content that you do not yet have rights to consume.  In this case, the second movie on the list is Avengers: Age of Ultron.  I don't have this movie yet.  In fact, no one does.  It has yet to be released.  Yet it is on this list.

So this tool can be used to legitimately access content for which you have viewing rights.  And it could also be used to download content that you have not yet licensed.  And since the tools are so easy to use, the line between legitimate use and illegitimate use can be very blurry.

But I suspect that this is the case for most new waves of technology.  I still remember when people recorded music from the AM and FM spectrum.  And some of my friends recorded live concerts to share with their friends.  Since this content was publicly broadcast, many felt that it was legitimate to record/use.  But copyright holders didn't think so.

So what is my point?  

For me, I see the ubiquity of these tools changing the landscape.  And given the ubiquity of the tools, I suspect that these tools are nothing more than the precursors for even further innovation.  When you couple these things with naked Internet access (whether from Google or other sources), then I suspect that there will be the same kinds of conflict from those who made money using the previous paradigm.  Just like ASCAP (and some artists) objected to bootlegged audio, we are now seeing many content owners and distributors objecting to the modern equivalent of the cassette recorder.  

And who's gonna be the next Lars Ulrich?___

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2015-07-17 17:10:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Since this deal is apparently not a treaty, the next President can vacate the agreement without approval from any other branch of government.

What should we learn from this:

- Elections matter

- We must get a law-abiding man into the White House.

- Let's hope that Iran will need more than eighteen months to get to the nuclear finish line as our current President has no intention to impede their progress.

- We must petition our Congressmen to issue articles of impeachment.

This last item has me concerned.  The last articles of impeachment were issued on far less weighty matters.  So people will be afraid of using this action.  But our duly elected President is now acting as an emperor.  And that cannot be tolerated.  He has now broken our laws through lawyerly sleight of hand.  

This should not stand.  This cannotstand.... more »

Why is the "deal" with Iran not a treaty?

That is simple to answer.  A treaty must be approved by the Senate.  So when we don't want legislative approval for our tyrannical and extra-Constitutional power grabs, we can just call them something different.  In this case we are calling the Iran deal an 'executive agreement'.  

Simply put, this is a distinction in definition only.  When lawyers write laws, they just redefine terms so they don't have to follow the laws themselves.  And in this case, our President is abandoning the rule of law for his legacy.  And he is defecating on our real treaty obligations to our real partners.  

Thank you, Mr. President.  You have now sunk lower than Richard Nixon.  ___Since this deal is apparently not a treaty, the next President can vacate the agreement without approval from any other branch of government.

What should we learn from this:

- Elections matter

- We must get a law-abiding man into the White House.

- Let's hope that Iran will need more than eighteen months to get to the nuclear finish line as our current President has no intention to impede their progress.

- We must petition our Congressmen to issue articles of impeachment.

This last item has me concerned.  The last articles of impeachment were issued on far less weighty matters.  So people will be afraid of using this action.  But our duly elected President is now acting as an emperor.  And that cannot be tolerated.  He has now broken our laws through lawyerly sleight of hand.  

This should not stand.  This cannot stand.  There must be checks and balances.  You cannot simply redefine terms to vacate the Constitution.  And we should not allow this to happen. 

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2015-07-17 16:59:45 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Why is the "deal" with Iran not a treaty?

That is simple to answer.  A treaty must be approved by the Senate.  So when we don't want legislative approval for our tyrannical and extra-Constitutional power grabs, we can just call them something different.  In this case we are calling the Iran deal an 'executive agreement'.  

Simply put, this is a distinction in definition only.  When lawyers write laws, they just redefine terms so they don't have to follow the laws themselves.  And in this case, our President is abandoning the rule of law for his legacy.  And he is defecating on our real treaty obligations to our real partners.  

Thank you, Mr. President.  You have now sunk lower than Richard Nixon.  

Why is the "deal" with Iran not a treaty?

That is simple to answer.  A treaty must be approved by the Senate.  So when we don't want legislative approval for our tyrannical and extra-Constitutional power grabs, we can just call them something different.  In this case we are calling the Iran deal an 'executive agreement'.  

Simply put, this is a distinction in definition only.  When lawyers write laws, they just redefine terms so they don't have to follow the laws themselves.  And in this case, our President is abandoning the rule of law for his legacy.  And he is defecating on our real treaty obligations to our real partners.  

Thank you, Mr. President.  You have now sunk lower than Richard Nixon.  ___

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2015-07-17 16:41:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Trust...but verify!

Trust...but verify!___

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2015-07-17 11:23:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Rest in peace

Remembering our fallen #Marines in #Chattanooga, TN...Semper Fi...___Rest in peace

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2015-07-17 11:22:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Heartbroken

I am devastated about the loss of four of our best and bravest.  May God's comfort be with the families of each of these Marines.  And may we remember that this is what we are fighting - not what we should be embracing and arming.  

Four US marines were killed on Thursday in attacks on two facilities in Tennessee. The gunman, who was also killed, was identified by an unnamed official as 24-year-old Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.

A number of news outlets identified the gunman. The unnamed official told the Associated Press that Abdulazeez was from Hixton, Tennessee, a few miles from Chattanooga, and said he was believed to have been born in Kuwait. It was unclear whether he was a US or Kuwaiti citizen.

___Heartbroken

I am devastated about the loss of four of our best and bravest.  May God's comfort be with the families of each of these Marines.  And may we remember that this is what we are fighting - not what we should be embracing and arming.  

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2015-07-17 11:17:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Does anyone else find this HRC poster somewhat frightening???

Whatever you think about HRC, you do have to admit that she is meticulous about the image that she presents?  So what's up with this odd little poster?  This was found by Politico when they did their puff piece on the HRC campaign headquarters. 

And this image positively creeps me out.  Blue/black as the primary drawing color offset by a mismatched burnt-orange sun that HRC eclipses.  Huh.  Perchance this is a little self absorbed - and tasteless?  I figured that we would be done with political kabuki when we were done with BHO.  But I guess not.  

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/hillary-clinton-office-brooklyn-inside-look-120230.html  

Does anyone else find this HRC poster somewhat frightening???

Whatever you think about HRC, you do have to admit that she is meticulous about the image that she presents?  So what's up with this odd little poster?  This was found by Politico when they did their puff piece on the HRC campaign headquarters. 

And this image positively creeps me out.  Blue/black as the primary drawing color offset by a mismatched burnt-orange sun that HRC eclipses.  Huh.  Perchance this is a little self absorbed - and tasteless?  I figured that we would be done with political kabuki when we were done with BHO.  But I guess not.  

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/hillary-clinton-office-brooklyn-inside-look-120230.html  ___

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2015-07-16 17:24:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#Truth  

#plannedparenthood   #abortion  ___ #Truth  

2015-07-14 12:26:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Because they lead my people astray, saying, "Peace," when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash. - Ezekiel 13:10

The warning against false prophets is still true today. May God have mercy on us all. 

Because they lead my people astray, saying, "Peace," when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash. - Ezekiel 13:10

The warning against false prophets is still true today. May God have mercy on us all. ___

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2015-07-14 12:18:59 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

"It's a very bad deal - for America."

Quelle surprise. The Obama administration is responsible for the leadership of the free world. So why did we agree to pay Iran billions of dollars in exchange for nothing? 

"It's a very bad deal - for America."

Quelle surprise. The Obama administration is responsible for the leadership of the free world. So why did we agree to pay Iran billions of dollars in exchange for nothing? ___

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2015-07-13 18:37:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Weren't punitive measures what led to the rise of national socialism in Germany?

I am not a fan of this new deal.  But they didn't ask us what we felt.  To me, the bankers are the only winners in this deal.  And by increasing the punitive measures, the banks are pushing Greece in the same way that WWI leaders pushed Germany for reparations after the war.

Let's hope that this one ends a little more favorably than did the German experience of debt and inflation.    

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20150713/eu--greece-bailout-495b74be44.html

Weren't punitive measures what led to the rise of national socialism in Germany?

I am not a fan of this new deal.  But they didn't ask us what we felt.  To me, the bankers are the only winners in this deal.  And by increasing the punitive measures, the banks are pushing Greece in the same way that WWI leaders pushed Germany for reparations after the war.

Let's hope that this one ends a little more favorably than did the German experience of debt and inflation.    

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20150713/eu--greece-bailout-495b74be44.html___

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2015-07-13 14:35:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

It's upgrade time once again.

It's upgrade time once again.___

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2015-07-12 21:04:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Heal our streets and land.

Heal our streets and land.___

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2015-07-12 20:57:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I can hardly wait to be where I belong.

I can hardly wait to be where I belong.___

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2015-07-11 23:14:00 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I'm not certain what to think about Mr. Robot.  But I think that is exactly what the writers want me to think.

I've just started to watch USA Networks new show about hacking entitled Mr. Robot.  There is mystery and intrigue.  And there is a lot of tech-speak.  But what I love the most about the show thus far is the inner voice monologue of Eliot.  This show is about personal conflict, personal insecurity and how the outside world can manipulate us to conform.  After three episodes, I'll be watching a whole lot more.  

Bonus: So far, the geekery is spot on.  The writers and producers have done their homework on the show.  Let's hope that they don't overplay their hand. 

I'm not certain what to think about Mr. Robot.  But I think that is exactly what the writers want me to think.

I've just started to watch USA Networks new show about hacking entitled Mr. Robot.  There is mystery and intrigue.  And there is a lot of tech-speak.  But what I love the most about the show thus far is the inner voice monologue of Eliot.  This show is about personal conflict, personal insecurity and how the outside world can manipulate us to conform.  After three episodes, I'll be watching a whole lot more.  

Bonus: So far, the geekery is spot on.  The writers and producers have done their homework on the show.  Let's hope that they don't overplay their hand. ___

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2015-07-11 13:51:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

What are we purchasing with all of this debt?

Are we safer?
Have we eliminated poverty?
Is our standard of living on an ever-increasing spiral?

And now for the most important question: why does anyone think that government control will bring us real progress?

What are we purchasing with all of this debt?

Are we safer?
Have we eliminated poverty?
Is our standard of living on an ever-increasing spiral?

And now for the most important question: why does anyone think that government control will bring us real progress?___

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2015-07-11 04:47:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

These will be going in my quiver!

FALLACY REF is the best collection of memed logical fallacies in the history of memed logical fallacy collections.

I did some quick Google sleuthing and could not find the original source, but [EDIT] I have been told it was Glen Welch, to whom my sincerest thanks.

Now go. Share. Fill the internet with logic awareness. Future generations will thank you.

H/t to +Jane Skau​ for bringing this wonderfulness to my attention!

#logicalfallacies   #meme  ___These will be going in my quiver!

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2015-07-11 04:32:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

If Archuleta is accepting responsibility, does this mean that her boss must also bear responsibility?

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. personnel chief Katherine Archuleta resigned Friday in the wake of massive data breach that allowed hackers to steal the records of more than 21 million people under her watch, Fox News confirmed. http://ow.ly/PrUmo___If Archuleta is accepting responsibility, does this mean that her boss must also bear responsibility?

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2015-07-10 19:31:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

All of time and space, whenever, wherever.  

All of time and space, whenever, wherever.  ___

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2015-07-10 19:28:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Serious #want

___Serious #want

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2015-07-10 16:49:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The best news from #SDCC has got to be the #DoctorWho  news.  The  #DoctorWhoSeason9  trailer looks great - especially with moar Zygons.  And #DoctorWhoLegos  almost make me squee!

___The best news from #SDCC has got to be the #DoctorWho  news.  The  #DoctorWhoSeason9  trailer looks great - especially with moar Zygons.  And #DoctorWhoLegos  almost make me squee!

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2015-07-10 14:13:02 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

#Truth  

Flagophobia
Since that crazy-idiot white boy tragically shot up the black church in South Carolina last month, there has been a surge in apparent cases of “Flagophobia” — an imaginary paranoia-based mental disorder in which some people irrationally believe that inanimate swaths of fabric have such power that they can influence any person who lays eyes on them to become helpless puppets in acting out the flag’s evil wishes. This disorder apparently doesn’t include American flags though. According to liberals, those are just “bits of cloth.”___ #Truth  

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2015-07-10 11:17:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Here is the most moving video ever. Or better said, this video has captured my heart this morning.

Here is the most moving video ever. Or better said, this video has captured my heart this morning.___

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2015-07-10 02:58:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.___

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2015-07-09 13:14:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Checks and balances, indeed.

Checks and balances, indeed.___

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2015-07-09 12:38:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

"Trust and obey for there's no other way..."

___"Trust and obey for there's no other way..."

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2015-07-08 17:26:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Each day that we awaken, we are faced with a choice either to settle or to soar

What is your choice for today?

Decisions, decisions. . 😕 which one do my buddies think is more me? 😉___Each day that we awaken, we are faced with a choice either to settle or to soar

What is your choice for today?

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2015-07-08 17:03:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

From my vantage point, we should always try to minimize offense.

And it is never good to be intentionally provocative.  But for goodness sake, this is not a federal issue.  How does the USPTO have authority?  And worse still, how do federal courts have a mandate to force the USPTO to act in a matter that has zero federal oversight?

___From my vantage point, we should always try to minimize offense.

And it is never good to be intentionally provocative.  But for goodness sake, this is not a federal issue.  How does the USPTO have authority?  And worse still, how do federal courts have a mandate to force the USPTO to act in a matter that has zero federal oversight?

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2015-07-08 16:55:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

It's too bad that FIFA didn't get the message that women's soccer sells.

Indeed, for some folks like me, I'd rather watch a 5-2 game than watch a 1-0 men's game. 

It's too bad that FIFA didn't get the message that women's soccer sells.

Indeed, for some folks like me, I'd rather watch a 5-2 game than watch a 1-0 men's game. ___

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