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Lost Internet Connection

12/14/13 1:47:37.026 PM mDNSResponder[38]: mDNSPlatformTCPSocket: socket error 0 errno 49 (Can't assign requested address)
12/14/13 1:47:37.026 PM mDNSResponder[38]: MakeTCPConn: unable to create TCP socket

And in CURL:

curl: (7) Failed to connect to Can't assign requested address

Essentially all HTTP requests fail (pings still work).

The solution seems to be a variant of:

sudo ifconfig en0 down
sudo route flush
sudo ifconfig en0 up

Saves me from having to reboot, at least.

P.S. I have no idea what causes this issue. It's occurred twice in the last few months, though.

TouchID Accuracy Decay

Touch ID:

I've been using Touch ID since I got an iPhone 5s in mid-October. Generally speaking, I like it, and I find it faster than the old swipe-and-passcode method, but I've felt compelled to reteach it my fingerprints twice already. I know this sounds impossible, but its recognition of my prints seems to decay with time.

When I first started using TouchID, I was annoyed as heck with it. I re-programmed my thumb about six times over the first month.

Then I realized that I was probably just not programming the right part of my thumb. The next time I re-programmed my phone, I set it down and picked it up quickly. I pulled it from my pocket. I programmed TouchID the same way I use TouchID. I found that I typically touch far closer to my first knuckle when I use my phone than the first six times I programmed TouchID.

I've noticed no "decay" since this sixth time. I noticed decay the first six times because, gradually, I'd revert to the way I grab my phone and move away from remembering how I'd programmed it.

Apple Continuing to Fight eBooks Decision

Behind Apple's mutiny against its court-ordered ebooks monitor - Fortune Features

Not in the way that you might think, either:

The more eye-catching of Apple's claims were its accusations that Bromwich was already insisting on meeting every member of Apple's executive team and board, including former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Jr., and the company's legendary product designer, Sir Jonathan Ive -- neither of whom had anything to do with antitrust compliance issues, according to Apple (AAPL). In addition, the papers noted, Bromwich was demanding that Apple pay a 15% "administrative fee" to his consulting firm on top of his $1,100 hourly rate and the $1,025 hourly fee of antitrust lawyer Bernard Nigro, who was appointed to assist him because of Bromwich's lack of antitrust experience. (Nigro heads the antitrust group at the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, where Bromwich was a partner from 1999 to 2010.)

It was, rather, Apple's last claim -- accusing Bromwich of simultaneously playing a quasi-prosecutorial role and yet answering directly to the judge -- which may be the most significant. It signals that Apple is taking aim not just at Bromwich, but also at U.S. District Judge Denise Cote herself.

iOS and Android on Black Friday

Android may have the market share lead, but iOS is still where it's at:

iOS-based devices drove more than $543 million dollars in online sales, with iPad taking a 77 percent share. Android-based devices were responsible for $148 million in online sales, a 4.9 percent share of mobile driven online sales.

29 Dumb Things Finance People Say

29 Dumb Things Finance People Say:

1. "They don't have any debt except for a mortgage and student loans."

OK. And I'm vegan except for bacon-wrapped steak.

3. "Earnings missed estimates."

No. Earnings don't miss estimates; estimates miss earnings. No one ever says "the weather missed estimates." They blame the weatherman for getting it wrong. Finance is the only industry where people blame their poor forecasting skills on reality.

Not on the list: "What kind of monthly payment are you looking for?"

How Square moves Cash

How Square moves Cash is a simple article. Nothing I didn't know already, but only takes a minute to read.

I've been on PayPal for a LONG time, and I use a combination of PayPal and Square when a customer wants to pay me (often a golf student).

An HTML/CSS Spreadsheet in 30 Lines of Code

Everything fits on the screen at one time, too!

Crafting MLB’s Schedule

Major league baseball's schedule affects the lives of millions of Americans. For 25 years, the masterminds behind the massive undertaking were The Stephensons. A husband and wife duo working with a computer, a pencil and a great deal of cooperation.

ESPN has a great video on the husband-wife team that have crafted MLB's schedule for 25 years.

At about 0:40 in you'll hear this:

In ten years you can generate more possible schedule solutions than there are atoms in the universe.

Concussions in Baseball Too

I hadn't ever thought about it, but apparently concussions are common in baseball among catchers (foul tips can be especially dangerous). In fact, concussions are causing arguably the best catcher in baseball to try out first base.

Apple and the Black Executive

Khoi Vinh points out that Apple doesn't have a black executive posted on their executive profiles page.


Anthill Art

That's pretty nifty. And an effective way to get rid of ants, too.

There's more at

Cary Schoen

Have you ever heard of Cary Schoen? He seems to get banned from lots of places very quickly.

Nikko and Cale Promoting Disc Golf


I'm posting that because it's pretty interesting, and the seatbelt is largely unchanged.

I'm also posting that because I've seen a long thread on a forum somewhere in which a few people keep posting rants about how the government is tyrannical and should not be legislating seat belt use, and blah blah blah.

Christmas Tree Harvesting

This video shows:

Christmas Tree harvesting at Noble Mountain Christmas Tree Farm in Oregon. Pilot Dan Clark flying a Northwest Helicopters, LLC 206B3 Jetranger November of 2008. Oregon is the nation's biggest producer and exporter of Christmas trees, selling about 7.3 million trees a year, more than twice that of No. 2 North Carolina.

The largest Christmas tree producer in the state is Holiday Tree Farms of Corvallis, shipping about 1 million trees a year. Manager Dave Silen says a shift toward more family gatherings this year could help sales. The holiday trees represent a $101 million industry in Oregon.