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Amazon reportedly planning 3000 cashier-less Go stores by 2021

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Amazon reportedly planning 3,000 cashier-less Go stores by 2021
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Submitted September 19, 2018 at 10:27PM by motang
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Linux creator and project lead Linus Torvalds apologizes for years of rude behavior says he is temporarily stepping away from Linux maintenance to get better

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Linux creator and project lead Linus Torvalds apologizes for years of rude behavior, says he is temporarily stepping away from Linux maintenance to get better
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Submitted September 17, 2018 at 08:50AM by motang
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Why do people dislike Alan Moore and is it related to his feud with Grant Morrison? Also what was the feud even about?

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Why do people dislike Alan Moore and is it related to his feud with Grant Morrison? Also what was the feud even about?

I always thought he was well liked due to his many famous comics he's written but whenever he's posted people seem annoyed at him and mention a feud he had with Grant Morrison. What is this about?



Submitted September 09, 2018 at 10:57AM by soalone34
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War Story: USAF Senior Master Sergeant (E-8) vs. Base Housing (Round Two)

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War Story: USAF Senior Master Sergeant (E-8) vs. Base Housing (Round Two)

If you read my “Round 1” war story you'll know that I was on the Homestead AFB Housing Office’s shit list… probably at the very top of it. So a couple of years later I'm now the Superintendent of Wing Inspections (I.G. Office) and no longer running the F-16 Integrated Avionics Branch. (That was just for you u/Action_Packed_Mental.). Nowadays I'm setting up and running Wing level disaster and preparedness exercises, investigating I.G. complaints, and best of all… rubbing elbows with all the higher ups in the Wing… like the Wing Commander, Base Commander, all the Squadron Commanders, etc..

Well… after leaving the U.K. in 1987 where I flew gliders on the weekends with an RAF Glider Club at an RAF base I was looking for another outdoorsy hobby. No gliders in the Miami area at that time but I did find a small sailboat on the base Lemon Lot. It was a 13ft AMF Force 5 (Example) that needed some TLC but was fixable. I bought it and turned it upside down on a couple of sawhorses under my quarter’s carport where I patched a hole and painted it and got it all “ship-shape” (Hahahahaha, I kill me). While doing this, I was reading a basic “How to sail” book as I'd never sailed anything before.

Once the boat was ready for the water I took it to the rectangular base lake, a couple of blocks up the street we lived on. The Base lake was maybe 200 yards long and 100 yards wide and there I worked each evening and weekend getting the basics down. Once I was confident I knew what I was doing it was off to Biscayne Bay. The daughter and I had loads of fun with it. It was small enough to rig and launch right off the beach within five or ten minutes of arrival.

After a year or so… boys being boys… I figured “I can sail this potato chip of a small sailboat… therefore I must need a bigger boat.” I found a Compac 16 (Example) again, on the base Lemon Lot, after a few weeks. So now… at my base quarters (the one with no plants or shrubs)... I had two sailboats on trailers. The larger Compac 16 under my carport and the smaller Force 5 (which I'm preparing to sell) sitting behind my house… not visible from the street.

Sooooo…. enter Mrs. S, the base housing officer I burned earlier with my obeying her order to trim my plants and shrubs. I get a notice, signed by her, ordering me to remove one of my sailboats from my base house because regulations say that only one trailered item (utility trailer, boat, camper, etc) can be “stored” at a base quarters at any given time and whenever it is there and “stored” (not being actively used) it must fit under the carport when parked and not out in the driveway.

Hmmmmm… I'm an E-8 in the I.G’s office with readily available access to all of the Wing and Base regulations. So, I start researching the base regulation referenced in her notification just to make sure Mrs. S has her shit together… always looking for a loophole to trap her in. I find it. Her base housing regulation does indeed talk about boats, trailers, campers that are kept at a resident’s home… but nowhere does it mention a maximum number you can “store” there. It only requires that any trailered item, stored at a base house, must fit under the carport. Being the industrious guy that I am… I manhandled my larger and heavier Compac 16 sailboat and maneuvered it to the far side of my carport… still fully under said carport. That left me just enough room to position my Force 5 sailboat, on its trailer, beside it and itself, fully under the carport. I did not reply to Mrs. S’s “ticket” as she said she would reinspect in a couple of days.

Well… a few days later there was her new “ticket” on my front door. A “ticket” for having two sailboats on trailers under my carport and ordering me to get rid of one of them. I did nothing, I said nothing. After at least two more “tickets” over the next week or three with demands and threats (which I never responded to) I got a call from the Base Commander, asking me to come next door and see him. By this time the two of us were quite familiar with each other, in a professional context, due to all the meeting we attended together, planning exercises, inspections and the like. I told him I'd be right there.

On my way over I swung by admin and picked up the Wing’s copy of the Base Housing regulation and once in the man’s office I explained the whole situation and showed him “his own” base housing regulation and the exact wording that I was complying with. It was all a good natured meeting and we both giggled about the Base Housing office’s penchant to be a little anal at times… especially concerning their longest serving civilian inspector, Mrs. S. He finally called the Base Housing office and talked to its director… with me right there in his office with him. He told him/her that he'd reviewed their complaint about SMSgt GeneHil’s sailboats and according to their own directives, SMSgt Genehil was in compliance by having both his sailboats fully under his carport when not actually being used or worked on. He told them that if they wanted to amend their own base housing rules, to do so through the appropriate channels but in the meantime, leave SMSgt GeneHil’s sailboats alone.

I decided to put off moving my Force 5 sailboat to the base Lemon Lot and try to sell it… just to irritate Mrs. S. It was another three or four months before I did so. Good times!!!

When I finally did retire and move out of base housing, Mrs. S was the inspector who showed up for a pre-inspection walk through of my quarters… I could tell she finally had me in a corner where she could exact her revenge. Hahahaha… I made sure I did my homework and contracted with a Base Housing approved cleaning contractor who had a 100% pass rate. My move out of base housing passed with flying colors.

Goodbye Mrs. S… it's been a hoot!



Submitted August 23, 2018 at 07:16PM by genehil
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War Story: USAF Senior Master Sergeant (E-8) vs. Housing Office (Round One)

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War Story: USAF Senior Master Sergeant (E-8) vs. Housing Office (Round One)

I was advised that maybe this belongs here too...

When I arrived at Homestead AFB in early 1987 I was assigned a base house on Florida Avenue. Back then the USAF had its primary Conference Center at Homestead and Florida Avenue was the primary route through base housing to the conference center. There were many different high level functions at the conference center throughout the year and residents of base housing along Florida Avenue were expected to keep their quarters and yard to a slightly higher standard than other areas of base housing.

Whenever an important conference or function was scheduled for the conference center, the housing office would post a note to each and every Florida Avenue house a few days before the VIP arrivals, advising us to get our shit together, tidy up our yards, get the kids bikes and trikes out of sight, move the kiddie pools from the front yard to the back yard, cut the grass, edge the sidewalks, etc., etc., etc..

Once the notices were posted, base housing would inspect, usually on a Monday, and notify anyone if they thought something might have been missed and needed a bit of additional attention. As a conscientious NCO I was pretty good at complying with the requirements… but one time a very VIP conference was upcoming and I took great pains to make sure my quarters were second to none. I mowed, I trimmed, I even checked out an edger from Civil Engineering and edged the holy shit out of my driveway, walkway and sidewalk. My quarters was absolutely magnificent after I spent half of friggin Saturday and a big chunk of Sunday getting her prepared.

So… I get home from running the F-16 Avionics Branch on Monday afternoon around 5:30 and there's a note on my front door. It was the housing office reinspection notice. In the remarks area it just said (in red Sharpie and in all caps “TRIM YOUR PLANTS AND SHRUBS!!! - REINSPECTION TOMORROW”. Holy shit I was pissed off. Not a single word about how the rest of the placed looked… Not a “Good job, but your shrubs could use a little trim.” Nothing but “TRIM YOUR PLANTS AND SHRUBS!!! - REINSPECTION TOMORROW” in bright red Sharpie.

Trim my plants and shrubs?!? I'll trim my fucking plants and shrubs!!! I backed my pickup up to my main shrubbery area and proceeded to yank every friggin plant from my entryway area. They ALL came out. They completely filled up the bed of my 1987 Ford Ranger and off to the base dump they went. I returned to my quarters and started working on the shrubs along the front and side of the house. I was able to use a strap and my truck to completely yank about six or eight plants (that had probably been there for 15-20 years) out of the ground. There were two or three that wouldn't move so I drove to a friends house off base and borrowed his electric chain saw to cut those two right down at ground level.

After probably three or four trips to the base dump, a couple of more hours sweeping and bagging debris, blowing off my driveway, walkway and sidewalk and putting a bit of mulch on the 5’x5’ area by the front door where I “trimmed” my flowering plants, all in all the place was very presentable with its beautifully manicured lawn… it was just missing each and every plant, shrub and anything else that scores of residents who lived there before me had taken the time and effort to install. But Hey! My plants and shrubs were trimmed.

The shit hit the fan the next morning when the base housing office contacted my CRS Commander. Hell… my base quarters looked like it had been helicoptered in and dropped onto an empty lot during the night before… but otherwise it was very presentable in every way. The commander was amused and I stuck to my guns. There was nothing in the base housing rules that said I had to plant anything at my base quarters nor was I required to retain and maintain anything that previous residents had planted. It turned out to be Much Ado About Nothing… but I certainly made Base Housing’s shit list for two or three years afterwards.

I retired a few years later and moved off base. I ran the Wing’s F-16 flight simulator for another three years after that and would occasionally drive down Florida Avenue just to see if any subsequent residents planted anything around that house. No one had.

Round 2 to follow in a few days… Stay tuned.



Submitted August 23, 2018 at 06:30PM by genehil
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T-Mobile is reportedly asking smaller carriers to publicly support its acquisition of Sprint

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Submitted August 21, 2018 at 07:24PM by Phreddd
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