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Criminal Incompetence, or Simply Evil? 
It was time to get another phone. Since I have plenty of Android devices, for the sake of comprehensive R&D testing I decided to get a resource constrained iPhone.

After I logged into the web site using my 10+ year account, I was told that my new IPHONE 5C would be a free upgrade, with no contract required. Happy days.

After ordering the phone, I tried to cancel the order a mere 5 minutes after ordering the unit. Unlike what one might expect from a self-sourcing equipment vendor, I was told that it was impossible to cancel my order!

Sadly, by the time I received my phone you might as well forget that ludicrously-lame 14 D-A-Y return policy. I simply needed a phone in-the-field, as well as ANY phone to support my own Apache Cordova R&D testing plans.

So not only did I have to pay full price for the phone + an activation fee, but imagine my dismay when I was not even able to activate the device after its arrival without agreeing to a 2 year contract!

Then there would be a restocking fee?

Further outrage might have taken place when - upon visiting the Apple Store - we saw that this exact same phone was being offered by at&t for free!

So please: If the people at at&t mobile phone support division are not evil or stupid, then surely their software research & software development teams are completely lacking any semblance of technical ability!

Better still: When we tried to register the phone at the at&t web site (via wifi,) even the Safari would not work until Javascript was disabled!

Certainly it seems that SOMEone who surely checked off the "okay" box on this entire use case might have not even been able to pronounce the word "t-e-s-t"?

Yet one cannot help but to wonder: Is this farce merely yet-another case of pathetic corporate software developer incompetence, or simple money-grubbing deception?

Either way, one must conclude that this is not your daddy's AT&T!

So what was the total cost + commitment for my "free" phone in consideration of our decade++ support of at&t, you might ask?

A mere $3,320.oo!

It seems that P.T Barnum was right - yet if you do not want to be the sucker who got sucked in, then you had better not order on-line with at&t!

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Minuteman: Defending Self = Protecting Others? 
You might have noticed that - by definition - a terrorist is often outnumbered?

Indeed, when EVERY SECOND can save the life of someone you love, the problem surely is not that a bad guy has a weapon, but that ordinary citizens ... do not?

A well-armed citizenry firing back (1) draws an assailants fire away from unarmed citizens, giving defenceless people (2) more time to escape the line-of fire. Having more than one citizen firing-back can also (3) encourage a sick mind to retreat, (4) stop firing & find shelter (saving even more lives!), if not to (5) surrender. Ultimately, much like Imperial Japan deciding not to invade after Pearl Harbor, simply knowing that firing into a crowd is likely to get the crowd to fire back will eventually (6) deter terrorist attacks all-to-gether?

Such life-saving advantages are the stark realities of having a well-armed citizenry: The best way to stop a bad-guy with a gun is to have a good guy - and the more, the better - with the same advantage. --Why will the media not say so? Why do they want to continue to disarm U.S?

Oh sure - Lawyers & laymen might like to haggle over ricochet & random-rounds falling into a crowded population... yet which has the greater probability of causing a fatality: Someone firing directly at others, or someone firing randomly into-the-sky?

One should marvel over how - in recent memory - our constitutionally guaranteed right to defend ourselves - if respected - would have saved the lives of many others, as well?

I also wonder if - until we are able to erase the knowledge of guns and gun-making from all human minds, as well as human histories - should we be picking them up ... or passing them out?

What do you think?

The visionaries who founded our great nation thought that - when every second counts - when lives of friends and family are at risk - that America could use lots of good-guys on-the-scene. -Ordinary citizens willing to stop what they are doing so as to protect their community - or save a life - in LESS THAN a minute?

American's Forefathers knew that - while a few will ever cower for hours amongst those ever-increasing number of corpses waiting for someone else to save them - that there would be many more who would feel the need to defend. --Instant heroes amongst the offended number who would be willing to risk their own lives so as to prevent more of their fellow Americans from falling. --Ordinary people who, if their constitutionally-guaranteed rights to defend themselves might simply be respected, would be ready, willing, and able able to return any assailant's murderous attack on-the-spot ... as well as en masse.

Yet prevention is surely worth avoiding any unpleasant pound of 'cure.' -Sadly, even without any proactive measures however, it seems that even otherwise reasonable people can - and always have - gone life-taking crazy?

Sadly, if it be the case that there will ever be attackers amongst us - whenever a single sick, or politic-crazed person begins to destroy the lives of our fellow Americans - then having a few extra kilos of an all-saving 'cure' in-hand at ground-zero is certainly not such a bad idea? (Certainly Americans once understood how to cope with spontaneous acts of aggression, revolution, and war?)

No unarmed civilian ever plans to be in the line of fire after all. -The next life on-the-line to be-saved might just be the life of someone we love.

So the RIGHT TO DEFEND EACH OTHER - much like the right to defend ourselves - is about saving lives. Moreover, when every second counts, there is simply no legal precedent to be concerned with... not when we the people make the laws?

Personally, I think that there are few new problems. Rather, I am beginning to believe that there are far more long-forgotten solutions?

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Robocode - Works for Me 
Trying to get the guys off of the couch, and into a profession this summer?

Then try RoboCode. Classically for Java, the game has been expanded to support .NET, too.

"Robocode is a programming game, where the goal is to develop a robot battle tank to battle against other tanks in Java or .NET. The robot battles are running in real-time and on-screen."




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