Manning Case Update and Mid-day Open Thread

I haven’t been posting much because Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG has been more fun.  I play on server “The Shadowlands” if anybody is interested.

Military Judge COL Denise Lind announced this morning that she’s going to rule on Bradley Manning’s recent motion to dismiss all charges in his upcoming Court Martial, which is scheduled for May.It is highly unlikely that all charges will be dismissed.  Military Justice practitioners with whom I have spoken would consider a partial dismissal to be a huge win for the defense.  Far more likely is that any sentence would see a credit, should he be convicted of any crimes, not just for time served on a day for day basis, but possibly as many as ten days for every one day that she were to find were in violation of the law or DoD policy (which is essentially the same thing for the purposes of this discussion.)

We’ve started construction on the new house.  2100 square feet, 4bd, 3ba, 3car.  Hopefully it will be done in May.

Open Thread, also too.

UPDATE:  The following is added with respect to the hearing that is currently ongoing in Manning’s case:
” Today’s hearing focused on motions in limine and evidence of PFC Manning’s motivation in sending classified material to the Wikileaks website.  The court also heard from the government on motions to preclude evidence that information PFC Manning provided to Wikileaks was over-classified.”






105 replies
  1. 1
    Roger Moore says:

    Far more likely is that any sentence would see a credit, should he be convicted of any crimes, not just for time served on a day for day basis, but possibly as many as ten days for every one day that she were to find were in violation of the law or DoD policy (which is essentially the same thing for the purposes of this discussion.)

    Pretty cold comfort considering that some of the charges could result in life in prison. How do you deduct time from a life sentence?

  2. 2
    Arm The Homeless says:

    root’d and ROM’d my new Nexus 7 with Cyanogenmod 10, I haven’t really been all that interested in the more boutique kernels since I am getting almost two days on stand-by (that’s with the screen and WiFi off)and at least 10 hours of screen-on, face-melting use.

    Maybe I should try to be productive with this thing. Anyone want to talk about your apps or how you deal with a lack of SD slots?

  3. 3
    Soonergrunt says:

    @Roger Moore: The Life charge is not Life Without Parole, AFAIK. There would still be a projected release date.
    Also, Judge Lind will be the trial judge, and there won’t be a panel of members (jury) as Manning has elected “judge alone.” If any charges do get thrown out, this is the one most likely to go. It will also be the most difficult to prove at trial.

  4. 4
    Punchy says:

    Want to repost this from a previous thread: Concealed carry not exactly the panacea gunners envision. Also, too, would this guy have been charged with murder if it had killed her, or just chalked up as an accident?

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    Brachiator says:

    Military Judge COL Denise Lind announced this morning that she’s going to rule on Bradley Manning’s recent motion to dismiss all charges in his upcoming Court Martial, which is scheduled for May. It is highly unlikely that all charges will be dismissed.

    Sounds like some leniency is the most that can be hoped for here. Sad. Thanks for the update.

    Elsewhere, the fiscal cliff battle is the gift that keeps on giving.

    The Internal Revenue Service says late changes to federal tax laws should mean only a short delay for most taxpayers to file their 2012 returns.
    __
    The agency said Tuesday that more than 120 million taxpayers — about 80 percent of all filers — should be able to start filing their federal returns on Jan. 30. Others will have to wait until late February or March to file because the agency needs time to update and test its systems.
    __
    Those who will have to wait include people claiming residential energy credits, depreciation of property or general business credits. The filing season had been slated to start Jan. 22 but was delayed because of the big tax package passed by Congress Jan. 1.

    Funny how all those uninformed old conventional wisdom heads kept insisting that Obama could fight Congresss through all of 2013 if necessary, because the fiscal cliff didn’t mean anything other than letting the Bush tax cuts expire.

  6. 6
    Maude says:

    @Arm The Homeless:
    Steeplejack got one. He knows about these.
    I have a Nook and haven’t rooted it. I can put in a SD card.

  7. 7
    Soonergrunt says:

    @Arm The Homeless: I use Google Drive and Dropbox for documents. Of course, with Google Drive come all of the Google apps, and that satisfies my needs on that front. But I also have the WiFi on all the time. I rooted my Samsung Galaxy S3 and put a customized version of my carrier’s stock 4.11 on it, but I haven’t done anything with the Nexus 7.

  8. 8
    Yutsano says:

    @Arm The Homeless: This is English, rite?

  9. 9
    Arm The Homeless says:

    @Maude: I just forwarded all my wayward email addresses and setup my spam-filter today. I am really running out of ways to give Google my personal info. Give it a week and I am sure they will figure out a new way to track me.

    My next project is to turn my ipod nano into a wearable hdd for storing music when I am not within Wifi range to get Google music.

    what do you use your Nook primarily for? Surfing and ebooks?

  10. 10
    Chris says:

    I haven’t been posting much because Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG has been more fun.

    Oooooo.

    I’ve never played any of those games, but, is that one of those with HK-47? Based on his Wookiepedia page, that guy is HILARIOUS.

  11. 11
    Bostondreams says:

    I haven’t been posting much because Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG has been more fun. I play on server “The Shadowlands” if anybody is interested.

    What? How is this possible? I thought the game was ‘doomed’ and ‘a failure’, based on all the whining I read on gaming sites.

    Me, I still enjoy it too, though my Agent sits at only 40 and my Sith Warrior at 20, despite Founder status.

  12. 12
    Arm The Homeless says:

    @Yutsano:, LOL mostly. Speaking geek took a long time to get just right

    @Soonergrunt: I am really enjoying cm10 and how well it emulates 4.2 with Trebuchet. They even added custom oc/uv. I am debating whether to start playing with Backtracked, and but that might get a bit too wonky for me

  13. 13
    Mike E says:

    What is this “rooting” that you kids are doing to your devices?

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    Bostondreams says:

    @Chris:

    I’ve never played any of those games, but, is that one of those with HK-47? Based on his Wookiepedia page, that guy is HILARIOUS.

    (Spoiler)The game takes place a century or two later, but HK-47 makes an appearance as a boss, as does his former boss (and the Player Character from SW:KTOR) Revan.

    They just released new content where you can get an HK-57 as a companion of your very own.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @Arm The Homeless: I haven’t had to do anything for my Nexus, but my mom has a Galaxy and I had to help her figure out how to use an external SD (OTG if I remember the acronym correctly). I suspect you could find an SD adapter to connect to the USB port on the Nexus.

    ETA: When I want to move files on and off of my tablet, I use a TCP server on my tablet, and a client on my PC. I would tell you the name of the server, but I don’t have my tablet with me.

  17. 17
    Pinkamena Panic says:

    @Mike E: Basically, it’s taking more control over the device than the manufacturer wants to offer.

    See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_rooting

  18. 18
    Culture of Truth says:

    Impressive. Most impressive.

  19. 19
    SatanicPanic says:

    @Punchy: accident. That’s such an obvious loophole I half suspect it’s intentional

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    Roger Moore says:

    @Arm The Homeless:
    I generally prefer my Nexus 10 to the Nexus 7- damn is the high res screen nice- but the no-SD thing is pretty much the same. I’m not a huge space user, though, so I haven’t gotten to the point that I’m terribly worried. As for apps, a large fraction of my time is spent in the ones that come from Google: Chrome, Email, Maps, and Books. It’s obviously worth getting some standard 3rd party apps, like Kindle, Adobe Reader, IMDB, and Netflix. I like MapDroyd, which lets you download Open Street Map data to your tablet so you have maps offline. I’m a birder, so I love the Sibley Birds app, which has all the information in the field guide, can be filtered by location, and has actual recordings of bird sounds rather than just descriptions. I’ve also become a fan of Package Buddy, which lets me track packages sent by a whole host of shippers.

  21. 21
    Culture of Truth says:

    my Kobo is still working fine.

    I ordered my google phone last year. Let’s face it, it’s never coming.

  22. 22
    Maude says:

    @Arm The Homeless:
    I read on the Nook. You can use a browser, has no back button. I got the Simple Touch for reading. I love it.
    Google is intrusive. It is almost scary.
    Bloomberg radio, a guy was saying people stream music, not keep it. I don’t agree.

  23. 23
    Arm The Homeless says:

    @Belafon (formerly anonevent): I wasn’t going to bother since the N7 did almost anything I could want, but then I realized that I couldn’t put a powerful enough adblocker on it without the root. So now I am hooked, although I still will not DL the bleeding-edge nightly builds from Cyanogen.

    I will eventually break-down and get an OTG (your acronym is perfect) for my 500G external, but my goal is to permanently mount some sort of usb drive into it so I don’t have to carry extra cords and what-not.

  24. 24
    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @Pinkamena Panic: I’m not allowed on Twitter at work; is that the “does almost every voice imaginable” Tara Strong? And what was the exchange?

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    Yutsano says:

    @Pinkamena Panic: Twilight rulz. And her brother is pretty cool too.

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    eemom says:

    SG — I thought you might be interested in Rude Pundit’s post today about his conversation with an Apache helicopter pilot, and dronez.
    http://rudepundit.blogspot.com.....pache.html

  27. 27
    Maude says:

    @Maude:
    Forgot to add that the Nook has a Glow Light. I can hold it under my chin and make faces. I am not a device tech.

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    Violet says:

    @Punchy:
    Here’s one where a woman accidentally got shot in a restaurant by another diner’s gun when it fell on the floor and went off. The article is about a year and a half old, but it says they were going to file a civil lawsuit against the gun owner.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Pinkamena Panic: Are there purple unicorns who are not magical?

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    scav says:

    @Punchy: why do you hate religion? Interfering in the sacred bond between husband and possession? Bullet was less thick than his thumb and besides, he was just a little early with his Valentines Day gift, which explains why it had to be concealed. They were out of the traditional Kevlar wrapping paper because of the nefarious doings of the UN.

    and Omnes at 29? Australian Unicorns are now purple.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @Roger Moore: Yeah, it’s not so much a space issue since I went with the 32 gig model, I am sure it will be an issue at some point int he future, but I am trying to keep my apps to a bare minimum ATM.

    I decided to use google maps’ offline maps for street navigation and found Backcountry Navigator for all my topo needs. What I really would like to find is a way to take a picture of a plant or leaf and have my tablet bring up options for what it might be. Same for insects, since we get some really weird looking one down here in the swamp, not to mention making identification of house spiders easier for the fiance.

    @Maude: Yeah, Google knows way too much, but I just can’t quit em. I have DL a few books and I am really happy with them, but I find most of my free time with this thing gets sucked up trying to squeeze a few more hours from the battery through interesting apps and OS builds.

  32. 32
    Pinkamena Panic says:

    @Belafon (formerly anonevent): Yes, that’s Bubbles/Raven/Timmy Turner/Twilight Sparkle Tara Strong. The exchange is her slapping Lord of the Nutbars Alex Jones around after his meltdown on CNN:

    “@piersmorgan: Comforting that @RealAlexJones personally owns 50 firearms, isn’t it…..” Terrifying. That man needs some of those “pills”

    “@RealAlexJones: #1 Twitter Trend After CNN”because you r CRAZY! Do u have any idea what a maniac u looked like? @piersmorgan was all class

    Skilled debaters don’t need to insult or mock their opponents. & please, @RealAlexJones leave the vocal impressions to the professionals

    I find it hard not to hear those in her Twilight/Ilana voice.

  33. 33
    Yutsano says:

    @Belafon (formerly anonevent): This amuses me, since Tara is a Canuckistani. I do believe she has a green card however.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Roger Moore:

    I’m a birder, so I love the Sibley Birds app, which has all the information in the field guide, can be filtered by location, and has actual recordings of bird sounds rather than just descriptions.

    Is this available as an iOS app? A friend who is into birding got an iPad for Christmas.

    Also, your Nexus 7, is it 16GB or 32GB?

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    scav says:

    @Brachiator: ditto,please on the ap as I’ve got a ditto aunt. will google but you maay be faster.

    eta, easily googlable, huzzah for playing tempter of aunts!

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    MikeJ says:

    @Arm The Homeless: My NC is rooted, but I haven’t done anything to the Nexus.

    As for apps, if you live in WA there’s one particular liquor tax calculator[1] I’d prefer you get. Well, actually I don’t care that much since it’s free. But there’s one on play that’s mine.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @Yutsano: I have three boys. Our TV tends to be on one of three channels: BBCA, Cartoon Network, or Nickelodeon (occasionally on Disney for Gravity Falls and Phineas & Ferb). So, over the years, I’ve heard her “voice” a lot.

  38. 38
    Maude says:

    @Roger Moore:
    I have a bird sound on my laptop for open application. I sit near a window. A bird started answering one day.
    There’s an alarm that was going off at a store. Three buzzes, a pause, repeat. A bird sang one note after the buzzes until someone turned off the alarm.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Chris: HK-47 was in the original Star Wars: Knights of The Old Republic, and he WAS hilarious. When his voice came up in a presentation at Comic-con San Diego a couple of years ago, the crowd went wild. Supposedly he or something very much like him is available as an NPC in later parts of the game from where I am now.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Belafon (formerly anonevent): I keep waiting to see her crop up in a few libe TV shows, although she seems to be doing just fine living on her vocal talent alone.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @MikeJ: Unfortunately, I live on America’s wang deep in the heart of Dixie. I had heard that WA did away with their state-run package stores. Is this true? Why do you have to have a calculator for liquor taxes? Excuse my ignorance.

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    BethanyAnne says:

    Hey, gratz on the house :)

  43. 43
    Roger Moore says:

    @Brachiator:

    Is this available as an iOS app? A friend who is into birding got an iPad for Christmas.

    Also, your Nexus 7, is it 16GB or 32GB?

    It looks as if it’s available for most systems. It’s kind of pricy, but perfectly reasonable compared to a paper guide, especially given that it’s an improvement over the paper version. Any my Nexus 7 is the 16GB version, which was the largest size available when I bought it.

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    Belafon (formerly anonevent) says:

    @Yutsano: It’s funny, but looking through her IMDB list, the one live show she was on regularly was Big Time Rush, another Nick show.

    I suspect being an established voice actor works pretty well. You don’t have to worry about makeup, and you get paid for doing your own stunts.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Well, if you had 64 gigs of onboard storage, you wouldn’t have this particular set of first-world problems.

    /apple fanboi

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Mike E: “rooting” means to gain root access, or access at the basic, bottom level of the OS. Root allows one to change various features that the builders didn’t intend to be available to the average user.
    In my case, I’ve over-clocked the phone’s CPU, making it run about 6% faster, and I’ve changed some settings not normally available to make network access a bit faster. It can be, but usually isn’t, dangerous. The iDevice equivalent is called “jail-breaking.”

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    I’m thinking of ditching my land line and going with just a cell phone. I just spend too much time away from home and would like anyone who wants to offer me a job to be able to contact me.

    I don’t need anything tremendously special. I’m not going to use it as my primary internet device. I have this laptop for that and I’m not getting rid of it. No way am I going to try to compose a novel on a smartphone.

    So I don’t need anything fancy. I really just need a phone, preferably one that has good sound quality; if it has a way to filter out background noise so that someone at the other end can hear me, that’s even better. And if can plug itself in when I get home and then put itself back in my bag when it’s charged so that I don’t need to remember these steps, I’m ready to purchase it right now.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @burnspbesq: Sure, but I would also be forced to bash my own face in with a finishing hammer.

    /android fanboi

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @eemom: Thanks, I’ll take a look!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @J. Michael Neal:

    I don’t have hardware advice, but if you’re trying to decide on service, I have been very happy with Virgin Mobile, which is all pre-paid (ie NO CONTRACT). I had to pay full price for my iPhone, but unlimited text, unlimited internet, and 300 Anytime minutes is only $30 a month, which is going to end up saving me money over a 2-year contract with a “$99” iPhone.

    Their service uses the Sprint network, FWIW.

  51. 51
    Soonergrunt says:

    @BethanyAnne: Soonerwife and I are giving it to each other as a 20th Anniversary gift. I get an insulated 3-car garage, a bigger office, and a gigabit network custom installed. She gets everything else, including location, paint color, brick color, direction it faces, plants, trees, floor plan, appliances, and whatever else she wants.
    She deserves it.

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    Bostondreams says:

    @Soonergrunt:

    Not sure where you are in the game, but HK-47 appears in a mission later as an enemy protecting Revan, and apparently (because I haven’t ran it yet), the next generation HK-57 is a companion you can earn as part of optional quests.

  53. 53
    Arm The Homeless says:

    @Mnemosyne: it should be said that gsm is still spotty outside of population centers and major highways. I know that doesn’t mean much if you live in a pretty populous area but here as soon as you leave town its dead unless you have attached or Verizon.

  54. 54
    Ted & Hellen says:

    How fitting on BJ that the alleged focus of this post, the ongoing crucifixion of Bradley Manning by the U.S. government/military/industrial complex, should be almost completely ignored in favor of an orgy of geek speak.

    Disgusting and predictable.

    Manning is, after all, history’s greatest monster and an example must be made (!!!) while Bush and Cheney walk free.

  55. 55
    Jamobey says:

    @Soonergrunt – you should give The Secret World a try.

  56. 56
    Soonergrunt says:

    @J. Michael Neal: It would seem to me that any basic cell phone should exactly what you are asking for.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Arm The Homeless:

    That’s why I wanted to make sure I mentioned which network Virgin Mobile uses — I know that not every company has great service in every location. AT&T is fine here in Los Angeles, but people in San Francisco say they have the worst connection ever. Etc. My brother once changed cell companies because he couldn’t get a signal inside his house.

  58. 58
    xian says:

    trying to be productive on an android device? can I recommend (pimp) my company’s product? It’s called CloudOn. We connect you to your cloud storage provider and then enable you to edit Office docs on a touch screen, while offering other contextual features, including file-level notes and link sharing.

  59. 59
    Soonergrunt says:

    @Bostondreams: I’m at level 36, so I’ve got a bit before I get to Revan and HK-47.
    I deleted a couple of my characters and started from scratch about two weeks ago. Since the 1.6 update, the game has been much more enjoyable and playable.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    root’d and ROM’d my new Nexus 7 with Cyanogenmod 10, I haven’t really been all that interested in the more boutique kernels since I am getting almost two days on stand-by (that’s with the screen and WiFi off)and at least 10 hours of screen-on, face-melting use.

    @Arm The Homeless: Getting a Nexus 7 in a couple of days. Already have Cyanogen running on my Nook Color – rocks my world. Have zero interest in stock Android or any other mod. Care to provide a link to instructions?

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    Here’s one that’s been puzzling me:

    So my work email address got scraped off the company website by media@timbueler.com, which is basically a wingnut talking points PR agency specializing in promoting whatever the latest WorldNutDaily-related grift is. It’s actually become a fairly handy wingnut barometer, but these days, it’s been out in the weeds. Immediately post-election, its emails became largely apolitical, promoting some book about White House pets throughought history. But over the past few weeks, it’s gotten a new fixation: the looming threat of EMPs.

    And honestly, I don’t know what the hell to make of it. Of course, they’re politicizing it–“Obama administration silent on EMP threat,” “White House refusing to implement anti-EMP safeguards,” “EMP attack could cripple entire country, cost trillions”–but besides knowing what an EMP is, I’m lost. Is this some new wingnut conspiracy theory du jour? Has anybody else been seeing talk about it?

  62. 62
    Arm The Homeless says:

    @Mnemosyne: I understand. Denver was notorious for spotty service. I while I spend way too much for Verizon they work just about anywhere my car will go. The SO has sprint and it works perfectly for where she goes at a reasonable price.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Ted & Hellen: Three things:
    1) Nobody here can do a single fucking thing about Bush and Cheney. Go to the UN or the White House.
    2) The post specifically mentions something that’s about to happen. As in it hasn’t happened yet. There’s not a whole hell of a lot to talk about. Do make an occasional attempt at 6th grade level reading comprehension, just for shits and grins, will you?
    3) You’re goddess-damned idiot. That is all.

  64. 64
    xian says:

    @Ted & Hellen: it’s all fodder for your disdain, so at least you’re happy

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    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    How fitting on BJ that the alleged focus of this post, the ongoing crucifixion of Bradley Manning by the U.S. government/military/industrial complex, should be almost completely ignored in favor of an orgy of geek speak.

    @Ted & Hellen: Don’t care, pedo. Hope they put a bullet in the back of his head.

    Won’t happen, but a guy can dream.

  66. 66
    xian says:

    @Soonergrunt: “There’s not a whole hell of a lot to talk about.”

    Oh, come on. You know that’s not true. It’s the perfect time to repeat all the same arguments as every time before.

  67. 67
    Ted & Hellen says:

    @Soonergrunt:

    Fuck you, Sooner. You’re such a dishonest person. If all is as you say in this last post, then why did you make this post at all?

    You’re an unreliable source on this of course, since you are still sucking off the military industrial government complex teat, even now.

    And the teat is paying for your new house. Wouldn’t want to rock that teat-boat, now would you?

  68. 68
    Soonergrunt says:

    @Bubblegum Tate: EMP is recycled every couple of years. It’s bullshit. The main purpose seems to be to gin up funding for Ballistic Missile Defense and other Reagan pet projects.
    The White House doesn’t do anything about EMP because the threat is widely overblown, the possible remediations are tremendously expensive for dubious value even if the threat were real and immediate, and it’s scary to wingers because it’s an external agency attacking the country, and can be used by the right wing to paint scary people all over the world.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Roger Moore:

    It looks as if it’s available for most systems. It’s kind of pricy, but perfectly reasonable compared to a paper guide, especially given that it’s an improvement over the paper version. Any my Nexus 7 is the 16GB version, which was the largest size available when I bought it.

    Thanks. Looks amazingly comprehensive, and the web site has lots of good info as well.

    @J. Michael Neal:

    So I don’t need anything fancy. I really just need a phone, preferably one that has good sound quality…

    I’m looking for a phone as well. I am surprised at the number of reviews that either don’t mention sound quality, or that downplay it as unimportant, because “nobody uses a smart phone as a phone.”

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    @Forum Transmitted Disease:

    You’re a vicious pig, and a tool of the Bush/Cheney admin.

    Fuck off.

  71. 71
    Soonergrunt says:

    @Ted & Hellen: And yet, I’m a front pager and you’re…not.
    How galling that must be for you.
    I would ask you the old Barny Frank chestnut “what color is the sky in your world?” but it’s obviously not like the rest of ours, and you don’t do colors you can’t actually see so I’m pretty sure the answer would be meaningless.

  72. 72
    Arm The Homeless says:

    @The Moar You Know: I used these instructions for my initial flash.

    This video is pretty good for following and rewinding.

    Most importantly, spend a day or two looking over the developer sites to make sure you choose the right version. I have had no problems with nightly builds, but you may be more comfortable with the “stable” build released about every month, rather than every day. Also, make sure you get the proper GAPPS file, I got the wrong one and it made the install much more difficult until I realized it.

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    J. Michael Neal says:

    @Brachiator: Yeah. The problem with the phone I have now is that it’s hard for me to understand what someone is saying and some of them have told me that it’s hard to understand me. Some of that is background noise, but it would seem to me that this is something that mobile phone makers would take into consideration.

    My phone is old, so I would hope that they have gotten better. But, as you say, that never seems to be the feature that they are pushing so I wonder if it got pushed to the side in favor of adding nifty apps. I just want a fucking phone, but I want a good one.

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    Keith G says:

    @Ted & Hellen: Care to outline how PFC Manning is getting crucified?

    I feel for the boy because 1) I think we hide way too much and most the stuff he dumped were things that are better out on the info-sphere. 2) No competent military organization should have allowed Manning to have the job he had. They put an unstable kid in the wrong place. They. Fucked. Up.

    That said, all practitioners of civil (or in this case military) disobedience should expect to be punished to the fullest extent.

    Heck, I can think of at least one who actually was crucified.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Brachiator:

    I am surprised at the number of reviews that either don’t mention sound quality, or that downplay it as unimportant, because “nobody uses a smart phone as a phone.”

    I think a big part of the assumption is that a lot of people will be using Bluetooth or other headsets, so the sound quality of the phone itself isn’t all that important.

  76. 76
    Ted & Hellen says:

    @Soonergrunt:

    No answer of course, as to why you made a front page post on a topic on which there’s nothing new and nothing to talk about. Coward.

    How’s the teat sucking house plan? Granite counter tops?

  77. 77
    Soonergrunt says:

    @Brachiator: because “nobody uses a smart phone as a phone.”

    I do. And my Samsung Galaxy S3 sounds great.

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    Culture of Truth says:

    But over the past few weeks, it’s gotten a new fixation: the looming threat of EMPs.

    HA! I get those same e-mails! Today they were worried about the possible EMP effects from a nuclear bomb detonated over a major U.S. city. um, okay.

  79. 79
    Soonergrunt says:

    @Ted & Hellen: Wow, I was just being a dick when said that you were Goddess-damned dumb, but it seems that I was right.
    How sad.

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    @Keith G:

    That said, all practitioners of civil (or in this case military) disobedience should expect to be punished to the fullest extent.

    As long as Bush and Cheney walk free, there is no justification for any Iraq War lesser players being prosecuted for anything.

    I realize the push here at BJ to prosecute Bush and Cheney is overwhelming and persistent, but still…

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @Soonergrunt: Is this really what Moko_Loco has been reduced to?

    Sad, sad, sad…

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    @Soonergrunt:

    Not as sad as your life, teat sucker.

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    handsmile says:

    @Soonergrunt:

    One small correction: Manning’s court martial trial begins on March 6, not May (the MSNBC link includes that date as well).

    Appreciate your updates on this matter; some of the replies not so much. This article might be of interest to you. I have found Ed Pilkington, the Guardian’s correspondent on the Manning case, to be very informative and well-sourced.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/worl.....ade-lawyer

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    @handsmile:

    Yes, poor Soonergrunt, forced to endure non-fawning, non-gamer geek replies to his posts.

    The injustice of it all.

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    Hobbes says:

    The Shadowlands? Sounds fun, I’ll give it a try tonight.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Arm The Homeless: She was never this pathetic. She was annoying as hell and kind of crazy, but she wasn’t ever pathetic.

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    Soonergrunt says:

    And the answer is up. There will be a new thread.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @Ted & Hellen: Sorry, were you still under the impression anyone gave a fuck about what you have to say?

    Now that the pointing and laughing at your expense has stopped, I am off to make dinner. Enjoy life.

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    Ted & Hellen says:

    @Arm The Homeless:

    Sorry, were you still under the impression anyone gave a fuck about what you have to say?

    I give a fuck.

    Could not care less what you give.

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    @Soonergrunt:

    So it’s not even a new thing? Geez, and here I thought these fucking weirdos were being original.

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    Thlayli says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    It says “open thread” at the top, dingleberry.

    We can talk about other subjects than Julius Rosenberg Manning.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    I give a fuck.

    An Army of one, I see. That’s cute. But thanks for caring enough to respond. Should I send a check for the space I have rented in your cavernous skull?

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    scav says:

    @Thlayli: the dear’s in a snit whenever she want the topic to be her lovely self. Manning is just a means of gaining attention to her, as is the color spectrum. Good giggle though imaging she thinks anyone would want the quality of her life. As stated in 88, she only fucks with herself, which is telling.

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    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    You’re a vicious pig, and a tool of the Bush/Cheney admin.

    Fuck off.

    @Ted & Hellen: Hey, at least I don’t post on public forums about how awesome it would be to rape a child in the shower.

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    Keith G says:

    @Ted & Hellen:

    As long as Bush and Cheney walk free, there is no justification for any Iraq War lesser players being prosecuted for anything.

    No justice system on this planet works that way. Is there a far, far away distant world you know about that I don’t.

    Even though, I would love bad karma to stick it’s syphilic tongue deep down Cheney’s throat, it won’t be with the help of our legal system. But I wonder, are you wrongly categorizing Manning’s crimes? Didn’t his info dump far exceed the War in Iraq?

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    Keith G says:

    @Forum Transmitted Disease:

    Hey, at least I don’t post on public forums about how awesome it would be to rape a child in the shower.

    I must have missed this. Where/when did this happen?

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    Soonergrunt says:

    @Keith G: The vast majority of what he dumped had nothing to do with Iraq. It had to do with Afghanistan and consular operations of the State Department all over the world. Only a small fraction had anything at all to do with Iraq. That’s why several of the charges are for him exceeding his authorized access.

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    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    Is this really what Moko_Loco has been reduced to?

    @Arm The Homeless: Not the same person. matoko had issues but was smart.

    Special Timmy the Child Rape Advocate is not smart. As you can tell.

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    JCT says:

    @Soonergrunt:

    Soonerwife and I are giving it to each other as a 20th Anniversary gift. I get an insulated 3-car garage, a bigger office, and a gigabit network custom installed. She gets everything else, including location, paint color, brick color, direction it faces, plants, trees, floor plan, appliances, and whatever else she wants.
    She deserves it.

    My husband just did something similar. We just moved out West from NYC where we had lived in our (ratty) starter home for 20 years. I spent 18 months and looked at 45 homes and *finally* found our dream house. After all of this (not to mention I had to live in an RV for 7 months all alone until he could join me), we couldn’t get a decent price for our place and our seller in AZ was a nutcase who kept fighting over price. The day before our 24th Anniversary I was sitting with my realtor out here, facing the reality that we just couldn’t get the funds together and I was going to be stuck in the trailer and have to start the house hunt all over again. I was very unhappy, but my realtor was all smiles – I was about to ask her if she had been drinking when she handed me an envelope. It was an Anniversary card from my guy to tell me the house was ours. I still have no clue where he found the extra funds — but he used the exact same words that you did about deserving a nice house.

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    Forum Transmitted Disease says:

    I must have missed this. Where/when did this happen?

    @Keith G:

    Here you go.

    This was when Special Timmy went under the charming nym of “kolanoscopy”.

    Quite the charmer, as you’ll read.

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    Violet says:

    @J. Michael Neal: I am very late to this thread, but if you’re still reading, for better sound quality, look at phones marketed toward seniors. Many of them have hearing issues, so sound quality is more important.

    The best sound quality I have ever had was in an old Nokia–and I mean old, like twelve years old now. Of all the phones I’ve ever used, the Nokia has had the best sound quality. You might look into a Nokia phone to see if they still offer good sound quality. Maybe you can pick up an old one off ebay or something.

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    Brachiator says:

    @Mnemosyne:

    RE: I am surprised at the number of reviews that either don’t mention sound quality, or that downplay it as unimportant, because “nobody uses a smart phone as a phone.”

    I think a big part of the assumption is that a lot of people will be using Bluetooth or other headsets, so the sound quality of the phone itself isn’t all that important.

    No, I watch a few tech podcasts, and the geeks almost disdain the people who want to use smart phones as phones. They text or jump to Twitter or to App.net and post texts or pictures, use the phone as a camera, play games, etc. Using it as a mere phone is uncool.

    And here’s a December review of the Samsung Galaxy Victory:

    The good: The Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE comes with Android 4.0, two cameras, and NFC for a great price. I love the dedicated camera button.
    __
    The bottom line: The Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE is a good Android choice, but for the same price, the LG Viper gives you greater camera power.

    But when you go to the LG Viper:

    The bad: The LG Viper can only run on Sprint’s 3G network for now, and audio quality is subpar as well.

    And yeah, the Bluetooth thing makes a certain sense, but now you have to consider a small added cost in order to get acceptable voice quality. This is very annoying.

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    Yutsano says:

    @Belafon (formerly anonevent):

    I suspect being an established voice actor works pretty well. You don’t have to worry about makeup, and you get paid for doing your own stunts

    She is cute as a button though. But she really is much better known for her voice work (which she is fecking brilliant at) than her actual face. I just think it might be an interesting change of pace for her, especially to see if anyone actually recognises her. Of course I’d squee like mad. :)

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    Nazgul35 says:

    More like Star Wars: Give us money.

    That game jumped the shark months ago and is on its last gasping breath.

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