Tuesday September 23rd, 2014

Can you imagine what the web would be

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Can you imagine what the web would be like if we'd put all that energy into making usable informative web sites rather than Google ranking?

OH: "I mean, the tip and the ring are touching..." <-- If I didn't know this was about telecom, I'd be slightly aroused.

That company name sounds like a 1990s

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That company name sounds like a 1990s Folsom Street establishment...

Need to fix my social media poster... editing this post to delete extraneous duplication.

Mail In A Box

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Have been letting Google deal with my email, but am increasingly feeling like I should take that back from them. Mail In A Box:

Mail-in-a-Box turns a fresh Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64-bit machine into a working mail server, including SMTP (postfix), IMAP (dovecot), Exchange ActiveSync (z-push), webmail (Roundcube), spam filtering (spamassassin), greylisting (postgrey), CardDAV/CalDAV (ownCloud), DNS, SPF, DKIM (OpenDKIM), DMARC, DNSSEC, DANE TLSA, SSHFP, and basic system services like a firewall, intrusion protection, and setting the system clock.

Sprites, JavaScript & Canvas

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Suicide tourism

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Tourism to Switzerland for assisted suicide is growing, often for nonfatal diseases:

One reason that people with non-terminal conditions might be traveling to Switzerland to die could be that people with late-stage diseases are less mobile, according to Michael Charouneau of the British group Dignity in Dying. “We know that many of those who travel do so earlier than they would wish, whilst they are still physically well enough to make the journey,” he said.

Cities for cars

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RT Chris Bruntlett ‏@modacitylife:

If you have to teach kids behaviour and clothing for "safe walking”, you’ve built a city for automobiles, not people. http://www.portmoody.ca/index.aspx?page=1095

Monday September 22nd, 2014

It is amazing how often ViewPage

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It is amazing how often "View->Page Style->No Style" results in a more readable and usable web experience.

Once again, regretting using the CPAN module rather than rolling my own by forking curl...

OH: "No matter how long I work with Cisco, I still have trouble typing "oh shut", and not ..."

Charlene just finished her CERT class

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Charlene just finished her CERT class, I took mine back in May of 2010, and should probably re-up. Here's why Petaluma no longer sponsors the class: http://www.petaluma360.com/hom...-181/disaster-prep-canceled-city

That thing where you have to reset a

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That thing where you have to reset a password on a site to what Mozilla has saved for that site. Online identity sucks.

Pondering how giving your demographic

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Pondering how giving your demographic data to marketers (aka signing online petitions) so they can spam you has become "taking action".

Sunday September 21st, 2014

Not a very diverse one

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Not a very diverse one...

No wonder you can't turn eucalyptus

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No wonder you can't turn eucalyptus into lumber without steaming it straight...

Pandering to Western Audiences

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Worth reading on a lot of fronts. Via Mary Anne Mohanraj: Why Am I Brown? South Asian Fiction and Pandering to Western Audiences by Jabeen Akhtar, on how stereotypes are promulgated by publishing mechanisms:

In fact, South Asian diaspora novels expose little about the flesh-and-blood people they are trying to portray and everything about the hypocrisy of the publishing enterprise: South Asian authors characterizing immigrant life with clichés and co-opting third-world problems for insta-tragedies; White Guilt readers who feel that they are doing something about third-world problems by proxy just by reading novels about them; and the Western publishing elite who think they’re multi-culti because they make their own hummus and wear earrings from World Market when they are, in reality, only comfortable seeing foreigners behave within the confines of their stereotypes.

Wood porn otd

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Dayumn: Shadow forwards along this half-log table. There's a whole bunch of "How TF did they keep that straight" and "what does the under-side look like" hidden in that picture... http://imgur.com/6zyjBYp

Shadow forward this cyclist close call auto accident video. The think about all the videos coming out of the Russian dash cam culture (although this is a fixed overhead surveillance type set-up) is that it makes even more clear how loopy our dependence on automobiles for mobility is.

Friday September 19th, 2014

Just as the map is not the terrain

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Just as the map is not the terrain, consider carefully before you let the database be the data.

Acoustic Guitar

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That elusive single star

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Botto Bistro in Richmond California is encouraging its customers to leave 1 star Yelp reviews:

To achieve this end, Botto Bistro is encouraging all of its customers to leave one-star Yelp reviews; it is even offering deals for anyone who pens a crummy review: 25% off any pizza and a chance to win a cooking class. (Hat-tip to Richmond Standard.)

Says it's getting him better customers who spend more.

On high level trolls

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Post deleted because I'm trying to figure out how not to be engaged by trolling.

Thursday September 18th, 2014

ISIS vs Mexican failed state

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RT Corcosman @Corcosman

The difference between ISIS and the Mexican drug cartels? The Mexican drug cartels have beheaded more people.

Myth of Trafficking

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Marijke Vonk: The Myth of Trafficking:

“It’s as if prostitutes don’t want to be saved,” said a surprised manager of a Rescue Foundation shelter in India. The rescuers had once again made a raid on a brothel, after which the women had been forced into a shelter they weren’t allowed to leave. Again and again women escaped, continually protested their imprisonment in the shelters, and returned to their old workplaces as soon as they were able to make a run for it. It was as if the women were working as prostitutes of their own accord, didn’t view themselves as victims, thought of the rescue missions as threats to their human rights and livelihoods and for the most part felt victimized by the rescue industry.

When a coworker asks for debug help

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When a coworker asks for debug help, but the Vagrant config doesn't run his code, there's workstation CPAN dependency hell, and it's SOAP.

Hamster Wheel

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Apple & the NSA

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Apple's "warrant canary" has disappeared, suggesting that Apple is now subject to an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act.

ie: All your iOS are now belong to the NSA.

Carefully read the TOS...

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Kevin Roose in NY Mag: Silicon Valley's contract worker problem:

At least one on-demand start-up, Handy.com, has a contingency plan for a possible change in the law. The company's terms of service states that "if Handy.com is found to be liable for any tax or withholding tax in connection with your use of Users' services, then you will immediately reimburse and pay to Handy.com an equivalent amount, including any interest or penalties thereon." In other words, if Handy.com is forced to reclassify its contract workers as employees, its customers – not the company itself – will be on the hook for any extra costs.

Jack Kirby of porn

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Targeted Advertising

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My Social Sherpa: The ultimate retaliation: pranking my roomate with targeted Facebook ads.

... It was truly luck that he never discovered any of these ads while he and I were in the same room because my maniacal laughter would have been a dead giveaway. Over the next two weeks I continued to create and target ads that had a progressively more accurate and disturbing understanding of his personal life.

These things are slick as hell when

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These things are slick as hell when they're wet. #ouch #engineeringfail

Nuking a duplicate

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Nuking a duplicate entry

Wednesday September 17th, 2014

I have suggested that JavaScript is the

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I have suggested that JavaScript is the VM platform of the future. It can even run the JVM... http://int3.github.io/doppio/about.html

Of beards and doors

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Two from shadow:

Dafuq are you doing with your SSL certs

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Dafuq are you doing with your SSL certs today, Gmail?

Most security thinking

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Most security thinking: well, the grizzly bears haven't attacked *my* camp yet, but when they do I'll just put a padlock on my tent.

Signs I'm a nerd

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Signs I'm a nerd: Today's Girl Genius had me thinking about ways to generate that much hydrogen without dissipating huge amounts of heat, because even storing that much hydrogen in liquid form wouldn't leave room for the passengers. #suspensionofdisbelieffail http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140917

Cost of a child

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On the Facebook "real names" crackdown

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Tuesday September 16th, 2014

No, the bollard wasn't wearing a helmet.

We Are Not In Our World

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Judy Endow: We Are Not In Our World. On autism and seeing signs and metaphors we use to examine communication. The Option Institution process, an organization and process that Charlene thinks highly of, works in this space, urging care-givers to join autistic people in their space and understand why they're behaving that way.

Posted here because I wanted to pass it on to Charlene.

But it should be pronounced "giffies"

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RT Nick Wright ‏@AbsurdHero:

GFYS may be internet shorthand for Go Fuck Yourself, but it sure sounds cheery when you pronounce it "jiffies"

When the project is 5 thinking and

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When the project is 5% thinking and 95% wrangling the damned APIs to do what the docs say they should be doing.

U.S. committing 3,000 troops to fight Ebola. Will they be going house to house with close air support? And will there be drone strikes?

Benzodiazepine and Alzheimers

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Benzodiazepine use may raise risk of Alzheimer’s disease. So if you were taking Valium or Xanax to deal with your anxieties, well... here's something to be anxious about.

People who had taken a benzodiazepine for three months or less had about the same dementia risk as those who had never taken one. Taking the drug for three to six months raised the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 32%, and taking it for more than six months boosted the risk by 84%.

The long acting versions (diazepam (Valium) and flurazepam (Dalmane)) are a bigger risk than the short-acting (like triazolam (Halcion), lorazepam (Ativan), alprazolam (Xanax), and temazepam (Restoril)).

The study is Benzodiazepine use and risk of Alzheimer’s disease: case-control study: BMJ 2014; 349 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5205 (Published 09 September 2014).

Syringe with the cap still on the

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Syringe with the cap still on the needle in the middle of the Joe Rodota trail. But so far everyone has pants on. Unlike yesterday.

Where's Dildo

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For everyone who's ever wondered "huh, did we really leave that in the dish drying rack while company was over?": Forget Where's Waldo -- Let's Play Where's the Dildo? a little article about Subtle Dildo - An installation art project about the place of rubber in our lives.

Monday September 15th, 2014

Made the mistake of looking at my

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Made the mistake of looking at my server logs. Trackback spam is a huge thing again. Maybe we should be sharing "ufw deny" rules after all.

Ugh. Hate dumbed down marketing crap: Which @namecheap Comodo cert gives me three or so SNI certs cheapest?

Apple Windows Chrome Mozilla

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Da hell is this User Agent string?

"Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/35.0.1916.153 Safari/537.36"

Will be receptive to more home

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Will be receptive to more home automation when someone finally builds a presence sensing trash can with a ui that doesn't suck. Grrrrr.

Bakersfield v. North Korea

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American arrives in North Korea, tears up his visa, asks for asylum, is sentenced to six years of hard labor for espionage. No information as to whether North Korea hard labor is better than Bakersfield, but I suspect that if those were his only options he made the superior choice.

Yep: Comcast is now looking at what kind of traffic you're using your Internet account for, and is pretty judgey: http://consumerist.com/2014/09...atens-to-kill-their-connections/

Mojang acquired by Microsoft

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RT Markus Persson ‏@notch, back on December 18 2012:

Anyway, my price is two billion dollars. Give me two billion dollars, and I'll endorse your crap.

"Notch" is the original developer of Minecraft. Mojang announces that they're being bought by Minecraft for 2.5 billion dollars. (Via MeFi)

But if you read only one thing on Minecraft and the acquisition today, read Notch on why he's leaving Mojang.

As soon as this deal is finalized, I will leave Mojang and go back to doing Ludum Dares and small web experiments. If I ever accidentally make something that seems to gain traction, I’ll probably abandon it immediately.

NYPD use of force

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NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton claims 2% of arrests involve force, City Council analyst uses math, is fired:

In his email, Matusov goes on to say there were 40,000 stop-and-frisk arrests in 2011, and “[o]f those, the arresting officers themselves reported that they used force in 19,360 arrests,” which exceeds Bratton's estimate, even among that smaller sample.

Sunday September 14th, 2014

It's that sort of project brainstorming

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It's that sort of project brainstorming where I now know that 10' of 24" diameter 24" PVC Schedule 80 Pipe costs $142.88 plus motor freight

Trader Joe's

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Trader Joe's: woman sampling "mini beef tacos": "This is vegetarian, right?" #sob

Once again, it's quicker and easier to build it ourselves than decipher what options to order. Sigh.

Saturday September 13th, 2014

I feel all deconstructing edge

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I feel all "deconstructing edge play? Y'all are so cute! I just want to pinch your little cheeks!"

House chores accompanied by podcast

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House chores accompanied by podcast interview w/post-modern academic sociologist talking about BDSM ethnography. Soooo '90s flashback.