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My iPhone 5 speaker randomly stopped working 18 months after I bought it. I have to use speakerphone or headphones to talk on the phone. I can make it work temporarily if I press on the top right corner where the speaker is (as described here). I found that theres a point about halfway between the speaker and the right edge where, if I clip a binder clip, then the phone works! See here and here The "genius bar" genius solution was that, since I didn't get Apple care, that I dish out another 500$ for a new phone. Help me figure out a better way?The only problem with the binder clip is that it covers the camera (not a huge deal) and the power-off button (deal-breaker). Does anyone else have any other ideas? Some other form of clip? A way to custom cut a piece of plastic? Maybe a specific case? Duct tape? It doesn't have to be pretty, it just has to work! Thanks!

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I strained my adductor muscle (groin) in March and rested like a mofo - no exercise at all for probably 10 weeks. The doctor said it looked like a localized injury and that some stiffness would be natural because the repaired muscle grows back a little longer (weird). I've been gradually ramping back up with slow exercise - yoga, dance, etc. - but today after a more strenuous workout I'm feeling a dull ache in my muscle after no pain at all for weeks. Argh. YANMD, but ye who have pulled groin muscles before, does this mean I have hurt myself again, or is some soreness here and there natural? Do you ever feel pain from past injuries? Should I go back to the doctor or just do some gentle stretches and watch it for a few days?BTW I am generally pain-free but my body does tend to ache more at certain times of the month/sudden changes in humidity. I'm currently in a little more of the achy time of the month.

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I want to be able to open multiple instances of Excel 2010 in Windows 7 on a PC. This is the default for opening Word docs but for some reason Excel limits me to multiple windows inside one instance. Is there a way to do this? Challenge: I do not have the ability to edit the registry on this (work) computer.

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The van goes forward, the balloon goes--wait a second. But truly, the cool balloon physics is the least terrific thing about this video. From Smarter Every Day. [slyt | via] Previously and previouslier

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I bought a good condition vintage Casati frameset for $380 4 years ago and have been riding it regularly since, without any issues. I recently slipped into a gap between two grates at the bottom of the ramp leading into my work garage and didn't hurt myself but the bike's back wheel was rubbing against the frame. I took it to a shop and they said the frame was bent (I think they said dropouts were bent). I relayed the information to my workplace and they are filing an insurance claim. My questions are as follows: could that damage have occurred somehow before without me noticing? How do I appraise the worth of my bike? I can't recall the model name and can't find a serial number, i just only see the brand and the columbus decal. And finally, is there anything else I should do in preparation for this claim?pic of the bike in case anyone recognizes it

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Solitude, isolation, introversion...how to be happy with related life choices and what to watch out for. Advice?At the age of 39 I realise that by all normal Western measures and standards I have "failed" at life. A year ago I was made redundant from the job I loved and that I'd put heart and soul into for 20 years. When I left there was no farewell party, parting gift or best wishes from the people I'd considered family and friends. I've tried to work out why this was and apart from the fact I didn't make much fanfare about leaving I'm at a loss. I came to the conclusion that, as an older manager of a very young team, I probably wasn't very well liked. I left the city and now work freelance in a very remote and rural area. I'm quite alone. I quite like it this way. A series of rather dysfunctional relationships over the years has convinced me I'll always be single, I'll never marry or have children. Likewise I'll never be rich or successful in anyway that will be respected or renowned. I lost the city apartment I owned and am about to declare bankruptcy so financial success is unlikely in my remaining years. I have family I am close to (despite their kid gloves and slight pity) and a few, old, distant friends I communicate with online. I now keep animals and am pretty steeped in nature in a nice part of the world. My income and work is stress free and interesting. But I feel really weird being single, poor, low-status and now having no inclination to pursue any of the things that I chased for years (friendship, money, accolades, responsibility, respect, sex etc). My question(s) is basically this...can one be ultimately happy, healthy and self-fulfilled with such a spare and socially impoverished life? Is this going to lead to psychological problems, regrets of other issues? If so what warning signs should I look out for?

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Give me some fun ideas to do with my not yet walking, grass hating, only has interest in climbing stairs 15 month old. I'm getting rather bored with him during the day and I don't know what to do with him.I can only carry him around the house naming things so many times. He doesn't care for any of his toys. Bought some crayons, but those are just too tasty to scribble with. He has kitchen cabinets full of tupperware to make a mess of. I feel like I'm not doing enough to stimulate his brain. I have tried to lead him by the hand and 'walk' in the yard looking at flowers, but he doesn't want to walk. He hates the grass, so he cries when I give up 'walking' him and just try to coax him to crawl in the grass. There is also a baby pool on the deck for fun, but he doesn't seem too interested. We go to the store and get out of the house, so this pertains to being at home.

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Trying to get a Roku working with my home network and totally clueless. Can I make this work or do I have a $100+ brick? If I can make it work, how?I currently live overseas and have been trying to find a way to watch US TV shows for a while. My current setup is very clunky - most streamed content is played through a dedicated spare PC running Windows 7 hooked up to my TV. Starting anything is a massive chore - it requires starting the VPN client (Witopia), waiting for it to connect, then navigating through either Windows Media Center or Internet Explorer till I find what I want to watch. All of this is done via a Media Center remote - the cursor is tiny, the font is tiny, and it's way too complex. I find the complexity and tiny font annoying, and my wife who doesn't have an IT background finds the setup confusing - I end up having to set up the computer and TV every time she wants to watch something, which isn't really a viable solution. In an attempt to simplify things, I bought a Netgear WNR3500L that was supposed to be configured with DD-WRT (to run WiTopia) and a Roku 3 to simplify things. However, the Netgear does not have DD-WRT, just the stock firmware (the seller lied to me, yay!). My own attempts to flash DD-WRT to the router have failed, and I have pretty much given up on that route. I've considered using Unblock-Us instead but have no clue how to set it up. Part of the issue is that the DNS settings for Unblock-Us must be changed in the router, but my ISP-provided router's settings are hardwired and *cannot* be changed. I cannot swap out the ISP-provided router because it is a cable modem + router integrated unit (German brand-name Fritz Box). So the setup I'd like is: Internet ----[Coax Cable]----> Cable Modem / Router ----[Cat5]----> Netgear WNR3500L -----(WiFi)------> Roku 3 Is this doable? If so, what should my settings, etc be? Please keep in mind that I'm a technical person but definitely not an IT person - DNS servers, gateways, etc are all a mystery to me. If not, should I just ship back the Roku? I'd like a simple way of doing this, but am getting kind of tired of throwing money and time at making this work.

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So you can get 4096 in 2048, and you're an old hand at Flappy Bird, but can you beat... Flappy48? (requires unity)

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Exercise was never my "thing", but now I need to make it my "thing". I'm pushing 50 years old, and my sedentary lifestyle is taking its toll in the form of borderline-high blood pressure, various aches & pains, and a susceptibility to becoming easily tired.I'd like to ask for people's advice on coming up with an exercise regime. Here are some criteria: My right knee is prone to tendinitis. Walking and other low-intensity exercise doesn't seem to bother it, but I can't run on it. Aside from my knee and aside from my general slothfulness, I'm in reasonably good health. I'd rather not join a gym. I find them to be scary, and money is a bit tight right now, anyway. I suspect that walking, by itself, isn't going to be intense enough. I've tried walking in the past, and I didn't feel like I got a lot of benefit from it (although maybe I didn't stay with it long enough). I live in a part of the country where the weather is bad between (roughly) October and March. I don't mind the snow and the cold weather, actually, but I suspect that I may have some trouble doing outdoor activities during the winter. I don't have a lot of free time, but I do have some flexibility during the work day: I could take off for an hour without too much trouble, although it might not be the same time each day. There are trails near my workplace. I'd also be interested in people's thoughts about strength-training vs. aerobic training. Finally, are there any psychological tricks or techniques that I can use to keep myself motivated? As I said, I have a history of disliking exercise. Thanks!

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Phone battery won't hold a charge-what can I do?I have an older samsung smartphone, I'm not sure what the model is but I can follow up with that info if needed. The problem is it doesn't hold a charge-it dies within a few minutes of being off of the charger. When I turn it back on, it shows the battery as being nearly full, usually, but occasionally will show the battery being at half charge or low charge, pretty randomly. Any idea what's going on? If I buy a new battery, will that fix the problem or is it originating from the phone itself?

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I want to put up a wordpress site for a virtual gallery of some of my photos. I'd really like to have something that looks clean & elegant enough to send out to potential clients/magazines. ie. Not so much something that signals, "family summer trip... woohoo" but really something that signals "artist-doing-arty-things." (What I am putting on this wordpress site will be a specific photo story though, and not all of my work-- ie. this site will have a really narrow focus). I've looked at woothemes, and really didn't see anything that had the look I am striving for. (It's that classic problem: I don't know what I want, but I'll know it when I see it.") Can the hive mind point me to other places (like WooThemes) where I can find and buy beautiful wordpress themes (tight budget alert!) and/or specific themes-for-sale that would be great for an aspiring photographer with a story to tell. Thanks!

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"Faculty at private schools were significantly more likely to discriminate against women and minorities than faculty at public schools. And faculty in fields that were very lucrative were also more likely to discriminate. So there was very little discrimination in the humanities. There was more discrimination among faculty at the natural sciences. And there was a lot of discrimination among the faculty at business schools." (link to NPR story). Katherine Milkman and colleagues conducted a field experiment in which professors were contacted by fictional prospective doctoral students and found that "faculty ignored requests from women and minorities at a higher rate than requests from White males, particularly in higher-paying disciplines and private institutions."

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Controversial education tech company InBloom has shut down over student data privacy concerns. Backed with $100 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, InBloom quickly announced nine states (CO, DE, GA, IL, KY, LA, MA, NC, NY) as partners, with more than 2.7 million students enrolled, with the goal of using big data to direct education emphasis and other decisions. With a recent decision by New York state to halt participation in any project involving storing student data in the way InBloom had planned (and the deletion of any such data already stored), all nine states had either put data sharing plans with InBloom on hold, made them voluntary, or pulled out completely. Parents and advocacy groups decried data collection efforts that pulled as many as 400 data points per student, including personally identifiable information such as social security numbers and intimate details about family relationships and reasons for enrollment changes. Futhur, despite assurances that "the company was designed as a non-profit from the beginning to keep special interests at bay, in order to create a tool that is data, platform and user agnostic", activists, parents and educators lead by Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters expressed concerns that there were no guarantees that data would be secure, or that it would not be shared with third party vendors (a claim InBloom denied). In a final message on the Inbloom website, CEO Iwan Streichenberger blamed the failure on "mischaracterization" and "misdirected criticism", even as he praised the InBlood team and the promise of data-driven education. At a conference earlier this week, U.S. Department of Education office of technology Director Richard Culatta said that private companies need to do a better job explaining privacy policies to students and parents: "It's time to say it in plain English," Culatta said. "It's time to say it in ways that teachers and parents can understand." Streichenberger, also at the conference, remained optimistic "we've come to realize that public acceptance of what inBloom does will take a long time."

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I maintain for my company a spreadsheet that contains a list of vendors and their associated information: address, contact(s), service area(s), service(s), website, and so on. It's becoming rather unwieldy as a vendor might have up to 5 different services, 2 addresses, 3 contacts each with their own email and phone number, etc. The information's all there, it's just very annoying to use. I had the idea of creating an "intranet" type website that staff could use to filter vendors by name, service area, service type, and so on, with the results displaying in an easy-to-read format (easier than a mile-long Excel sheet, anyway). I am open to solutions like Wordpress and Joomla, just not sure how best to implement. Any ideas?I would also like to keep in mind that I have to update the spreadsheet on a regular basis as there are constantly new vendors to include, so any viable solution should also be fairly easy to keep up to date.

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I'm considering going back to school to become an electrician. Tell me why I should/shouldn't.I've been a performer forever, but it's been a dry couple of years and I need to focus my attention on something attainable, predictable, and that will turn into a reliable (possibly flexibly-scheduled) job. Sitting behind a desk all day is my personal idea of hell, so the mobile/doing stuff aspect is appealing. I like problem solving and making stuff, I'm not worried about getting dirty, and I'm physically strong. I'm a woman, living in Ontario, early 30s with two kids and a BFA in Theatre (hahahaha). I also have zero experience in construction or electrician-ing (unless you count highschool technical theatre lighting). Tell me the best/worst parts about being a female electrician in Ontario, and the best/worst school to go get started at. (previous relevant ask is from 2007, thought I'd mine for some fresh opinions)

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My organization is currently using a very bloated Excel spreadsheet to track a bunch of data about our clients. I'd like to build us a really simple database with a nice form input to make it easier for staff to enter all of the information we need to track, but I'm not sure what my options are for software.I've built something similar for an organization I volunteer with, using Access, and that worked really well. I am by no means a computer whiz, so I need something no more complicated than Access or Filemaker (which I'm also familiar with), or at least with excellent tutorials available if it is more complicated! We're running Windows 7 (on PCs) in our office, and we would need at least 3 staff to have access to it, though ideally it would be something everyone could access (about 12 people) - which makes Microsoft Access not the best option since I'd need to buy individual licenses, apparently. So, what exists out there for simple, relatively easy-to-use, database software, for a small organization tracking data for not many clients, but with quite a few fields for each? I do have some budget for this, but not a whole lot.

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I have a client who wants to sell ecourses in pdf format, but doesn't want the pdfs to be able to be easily shared. The only solution I can find is a monthly DRM subscription but they think that's too expensive and that there must be another alternative...I've considered a subscription service, but they don't want the user to have to log in to read the documents, instead download them and have access to them. Ideally shareable with one other device so that it can go from desktop to phone/tablet. Any ideas or is DRM the only way?

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Who are the most well known academics in the field of intellectual property, and especially copyright law? Especially academics active in the last 5-10 years? The more radical, the better.I've been looking for left of center legal academics, but not finding much. I'm familiar with Chris Sprigman, Mark F. Schultz, Jonathan Barnett, and a few others who have been writing about fields where there is little protection for intellectual property but still have high production rates (fashion, stand-up comedy, etc.). Their work leans left by and large, at least as far as legal IP academia goes. But what I haven't found, is much in the way of "tear this system down, reduce copyright on books and TV, who cares if it destroys the record companies". Is there just no one in academia making these arguments? Or just not in academic journals?

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I spend a good deal of time video-conferencing via Skype. During summer afternoons, as the sun hits a certain point in the sky, there is strong sunlight glare from a nearby window that makes it almost impossible to work. I need screening, but cannot install permanent window treatment. I want a simple screen that I can prop in front of the window when needed. What materials or solutions will enable me to eliminate/minimize the strong glare?Last summer I used wood frames with canvas stretched over them. The canvas was originally intended to be used for watercolor paintings. They were perfect structurally, because I could prop them on a desk in front of the window. The canvas was translucent, and glare was eliminated. However it was not a good solution, because the canvas gave the light an unattractive, kind of sickly yellowish hue. Are there screens I can purchase that are made for this purpose? Alternatively, if I know what fabric or material to use, I can probably mount it on a frame myself. Ideally, I want soft, natural light while eliminating the harsh glare of the sun.

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Hi folks, looking for recommendations for a new NAS drive to replace our dying Iomega drive. Snowflakes inside.We've had an Iomega Home Network Hard Drive for a few years now that's had daily use for streaming media and Windows backups. Mrs Peteyjlawson has noticed that it's making a clicking noise that, to me at least, implies impending disk failure doom. So, we need a new one sooner rather than later. Specific requirements: Available fairly readily in the UK Can't justify a lot of money in one go Needs an integrated DLNA media server that works with XMBC and an LG smart TV I'd prefer a RAID solution but it's not a dealbreaker Some hackability would be nice to while away a Sunday afternoon Aside from that, I'm open to suggestions. So, what would the lovely denizens of the green advise? Thanks in advance for any help.

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I'm trying to cut down on online procrastination and leechblock has been awesome for that, but I end up cheating on my iPhone. Is there any equivalent app?I blocked all the sites I regularly read on my computer with leechblock a few weeks ago and my friend restricted safari on my iPhone and didn't tell me the password. It was really, really nice to not have to constantly decide not to go online, but I do need the internet occasionally on my phone. I unblocked it this morning and instantly realized that it was going to be a problem. Is there an equivalent of leechblock for iphones? If there's a web browser app that I can block specific websites on, (and restrict safari as before) that would be great, but I can't find one.

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So right now, my rock gym has a private fitness class six days a week, modeled on crossfit but not officially affiliated. MWFS it's a fairly standard CF class with slightly different movements. T-Th, it's a more mobility-focused class based around MoveNat. In a month, the T-Th classes will be eliminated, and extra mobility will be added to the now 90 minute MWFS classes.Now, here's my issue. Currently I do all five weekday classes, plus rock climbing on my own on Saturday. I've been doing this for about three months now combined with a new eating lifestyle, and I'm seeing incredible results. I don't want that to stop. My plan for now was to do additional climbing on Tuesday and Thursday to keep up my regimen, but what do you guys think? I'll also have access to my apartment complex's gym which is reasonably well equipped (think hotel gym)

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I did a stupid thing and I am so ashamed. One of our bathroom faucets has a minor leak. When a previous faucet had the same problem, I fixed it by replacing the stem, which worked like a charm, so I was planning on doing the same to this one. Unfortunately, I think I stripped the set-screw when trying to remove the handle, and now I am unable to remove the handle to make the repair. I am looking for suggestions on how to remove this set-screw.We have a bathroom faucet sort of, but not exactly, like this Delta faucet. You can see the set screw in the picture. It is a hex screw, and I have the right driver, but I think I've stripped the screw. I've seen some recommendations for ways to get better grip in the opening, including shoving a bit of rubber into the opening (which I've tried) or shoving some steel wool into the opening (which I have not yet tried). Most of the on-line recommendations involve drilling out the screw, which will ruin the faucet handle. I would prefer not to do this, as I suspect we would have to replace all the handles at that point in order to get matching ones. Have any of you plumbing gurus had any luck with these little buggers? Is there anything else I can do to get the damned screw out? Thanks so much for any assistance!

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I'm listening to Stephen King's Under the Dome on audiobook. I'm on disc 5 of about 30, and enjoying it so far. However, I'm worried about the canine residents of Chester's Mill.First off - I've never seen the TV show and I don't really plan on it. This question is specific to the book only. I'm a total softie when it comes to dogs. People can get killed or tortured, cats can get kicked, cute fuzzy creatures can be hunted and cooked up for dinner...but I just can't take it if anything bad happens to a dog. So far in the book there's been murder, accidental horrifying death and dismemberment of humans and animals, and I'm just sitting on the edge of my seat stressed out that the dogs will get hurt. I'm aware of the website Does the Dog Die?. I'm glad to know that there are weird people like me out there who can handle everything BUT canine cruelty, but for now they only cover movies. So, in Under the Dome, does anything happen to the dogs? I want to know before I invest any more time in this audiobook. I don't want to listen any further if they wind up getting eaten or tortured or anything like that. Thanks! And, no spoilers please, unless of course it has to do with dogs.

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