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Muddling Through

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Thinking about getting a gaming console.

Looking at XBOX 1 and PS4; currently have an Xbox 360. I have heard that Microsoft is going to allow the Xbox1 to play 360 games after they first decided not to.

Any recommendation/preference?

Posted by Muddling Through | Sun Sep 27, 2015, 05:06 PM (19 replies)

Anybody know anything about Kamado Akorn Grills?

Looks like a cheaper knock-off of the Big Green Egg; about 1/2 the price.
Posted by Muddling Through | Sun Sep 27, 2015, 04:58 PM (8 replies)

Two thoughts:

One: When the state takes freedom from a person and incarcerates them the state assumes full responsibility for their safety and well-being. That includes protection from sexual assault among other things.

Two: As has been noted elsewhere in this thread; 99.9% of these inmates will be returned to society; one hopes that what is released back into the community still resembles a human being in most ways.

Society needs to take a long, hard look at how it chooses to treat non-violent "crimes against the public" such as drug abuse, etc so it can focus the necessary resources in combating the violent predators that are the real threat to society.
Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Sep 26, 2015, 07:00 PM (1 replies)

Xignite Picks Brutal Founder Of Firing Squads And Labor Camps As Icon Of New API Ecosystem

This should end well.................................................................

"Earlier today, Xignite announced the co-launch of a fintech API ecosystem, claiming it to be a "revolution" for the financial tech industry. No doubt in search of an iconic revolutionary figure to be emblematic of the new ecosystem, Xignite selected Ernesto Che Guevera. Pictured above with a Xignite logo super-imposed over his beret, Guevara was widely regarded as Fidel Castro's right-hand man and a key figure in the overthrow of Cuba's Batista-led government in the 1959. The image of Guevara appears on both the press release as well as a Web page on Xignite's Web site. The only problem is that Guevara is also known as a brutal murderer who also founded Cuba's firing squads and labor camps. In ProgrammableWeb's view, this is most definitely not how to launch an API ecosystem.

Photo of Ernesto Che GuevaraThe image is a reverse-contrast version of a photograph that captured Guevara smiling (pictured, left). The annoucement claims that the ecosystem has been kicked-off with 21 founding members including NASDAQ, Yodlee, Tradier, SR Labs, and StockTwits. What's not clear is how many of those 21 founding members also bought-into the idea of using such a controversial figure in human history to be the face of the new API ecosystem. More than likely, Xignite acted alone on this decision. But in effort to find out for sure, ProgrammableWeb has reached-out to as many of the organizations as possible (including Xignite) and is awaiting official comment.

By the time this article was published, ProgrammableWeb was able to establish contact with two of those organizations (in other words, they acknowledged contact), neither of which was Xignite. Some of the partners do not publish sufficient media contact information on their Web sites or news releases. That said, this sort of botched launch is a good example of how some organizations could end up getting more than they bargained for by signing-on to a multi-vendor announcement and not paying attention to every little detail.

In a Slate article that debunks the cult of Guevara, Paul Berman wrote:

"Many of the early leaders of the Cuban Revolution favored a democratic or democratic-socialist direction for the new Cuba. But Che was a mainstay of the hardline pro-Soviet faction, and his faction won. Che presided over the Cuban Revolution's first firing squads. He founded Cuba's "labor camp" system—the system that was eventually employed to incarcerate gays, dissidents, and AIDS victims."

Balance of article at the link:
Posted by Muddling Through | Wed Sep 16, 2015, 08:33 PM (1 replies)

Do students get a fair hearing? An effort to change how colleges handle sexual assaults.

This should be interesting to watch.

"As heated debate continues over how to handle allegations of sexual assault on college campuses, another bill is about to be thrown into the mix – this one most notable for its efforts to ensure that students are able to get a fair hearing on campus, and give law enforcement a more prominent role in such cases.

It also could trigger concern from victims’ advocates who have long pushed to make it easier for students to report violence, and who point to evidence that students may be hesitant to ask for help if they feel a complaint would automatically trigger a criminal investigation or other harsh sanction.

The House bill, sponsored by Republican Reps. Matt Salmon of Arizona and Pete Sessions and Kay Granger of Texas, is expected to drop Wednesday morning.

That coincides with a Senate hearing Wednesday on a closely watched bill with bipartisan support that aims to bring more visibility and vigilance to efforts to prevent and adjudicate sexual assault on campus. That bill would require colleges to regularly survey students about sexual violence and publicly report the results, provide a confidential adviser to students who report an incident, and impose fines on schools that don’t comply with federal rules."

Balance of article follows at the link:
Posted by Muddling Through | Tue Sep 15, 2015, 07:55 PM (7 replies)
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