Sunday October 19th, 2014

I have some fresh turmeric

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I have some fresh turmeric, so: a curry. With tomatillos.

Latest Planet Money

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Latest Planet Money, on women & coding, is fascinating. Suggests some serious education system failings.

Amazing scent

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Amazing scent, but taproot and puffball seeds (yellow flowers) and we call it a weed

Working in the garden with her

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Working in the garden with her recuperating foot

strawberries are sending runners

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The strawberries are sending runners

Offered: about 18 scalloped edging blocks.

Aka "we don't want Dan's business"

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Aka "we don't want Dan's business"

Aka "we don't want Dan's business"

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Aka "we don't want Dan's business"

Does anyone know what this plant is?

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Does anyone know what this plant is?

Light fixture box says A15 bulbs

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Light fixture box says A15 bulbs. $75 for 3 later, install the fixture and out doesn't take A15 bulbs. Back to the store. Grrrr.

About to go hack some "yes

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About to go hack some "yes, it's Gmail, they have a bogus security certificate strategy" into my email client to stop the warnings.

Weekend projects 2

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Weekend projects 2: final light fixture so we can get the electrical rework inspected

Weekend projects 1

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Weekend projects 1: gravel out of dirt to prep for a flagstone walk

Keene Pumpkin Fest

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Apparently last night in Keene, New Hampshire, rowdy revelers overran the Pumpkin Festival. Reading between the lines, it was self-entitled frat boys from Keene State College. I've been following a whole bunch of Twitter feeds of people involved in Ferguson and St. Louis awareness, and I think it's worth re-posting some snark.

First off, note that in CNN: New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival crowd sets fires, throws bottles there is mention of "bonfires in the streets". Not arson.

I haven't seen this particular clip, but RT C. Jay Conrod @cjayconrod:

If you still don't get white privilege, it's feeling comfortable enough to tell a CNN reporter your name and age while vandalizing a town.

RT Scary Blah Lady @AngryBlackLady

White ppl looting at Lacoste.

That's the whole joke.

Just "white people looting at Lacoste." #keenepumpkinfest


Bonus: An Expert Look at the Pumpkin Riots of 2014, or what if white people violence was reported like Ferguson.

NSA backdoors

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Saturday October 18th, 2014

I sure hope no taxpayer dollars are

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I sure hope no taxpayer dollars are going into this "Sonoma County Energy Independence Program" boondoggle. Ludicrous recommendations.

Just when I thought the season was over

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Just when I thought the season was over...t hey keep coming.

On recruiting (programmers

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On recruiting (programmers, but anybody, really):

3 laws ... uh ... guidelines

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RT T.Rob ‏@tdotrob:

Hmmm...hardcore Captcha: To prove you are not a robot please injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Oh, look, PG&E is still playing the "parasitic power" BS game. PR makes bad policy.

LASD criminal enterprise

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Friday October 17th, 2014

MT [redacted]

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MT [redacted]: "Some people are just more functional as pizza toppings"

Conservative Case Against The Suburbs

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The Conservative Case Against The Suburbs: http://www.theamericanconserva...vative-case-against-the-suburbs/

Another arduous painful process to make

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Another arduous painful process to make a Samsung Galaxy more useful by turning off the pre-installed crapware.

ffs ssl.

A fantastic rant about Certificate Authorities and the HTTPS SSL process in general and the security implications of copying and pasting shell commands off web sites and more.

Well worth reading.

Stored here so that I can install it at home and play with it: Camlistore. Looks like distributed file storage and sharing.

Dueling Headlines

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Never Forget

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Telegraph stories affected by EU 'right to be forgotten':

EU ruling demands Google removes links to content deemed 'inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant' following complaint from anyone named in it. Here we will maintain an up-to-date list of Telegraph content which has been removed from search results

The BBC is to publish a continually-updated list of articles removed from Google searches under the controversial "right to be forgotten" rule.

Mr Jordan said the BBC had so far been notified of 46 links to articles that had been removed.

They included a link to a blog post by Economics Editor Robert Peston. The request was believed to have been made by a person who had left a comment underneath the article.

Helmet laws run amock

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Anonabox a non-box

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In case any of y'all are watching this fall apart, I saw the original Kickstarter on the Chugalug mailing list, hints of these problems on Violet Blue's Twitter feed, but Reddit: Anonabox - Tor router box is false representation, possibly even scam! looks like a good run-down about how the whole story is falling apart.

So is it reasonable to expect someone

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So is it reasonable to expect someone practicing as an engineer (any discipline) to have a working understanding of Fermi estimation?

Thursday October 16th, 2014

So apparently the way to make Perl's

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So apparently the way to make Perl's CGI module deal with UTF-8 correctly is to remove the "-utf8" from the module options.

OH: "...but it's just one fedora away from reality."

Keep seeing tweets in my timeline

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Keep seeing tweets in my timeline, going to click on the RTer so I can turn off content-free RTs, and then realizing they're promoted.

QOTD: MeFi user RogerB on Bill Gates' review of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century:

"Guillotines Impractical, Divisively Partisan, Opines Illustrious Monarch"

Whisper snoops

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Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users:

The practice of monitoring the whereabouts of Whisper users – including those who have expressly opted out of geolocation services – will alarm users, who are encouraged to disclose intimate details about their private and professional lives.

Whisper is also sharing information with the US Department of Defense gleaned from smartphones it knows are used from military bases, and developing a version of its app to conform with Chinese censorship laws.

Go read it. There's more. Don't trust 'em.

Prison demographics

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RT Mur Lafferty ‏@mightymur:

Wait- put aside the outrage of the child porn comments for one sec: John Grisham thinks prisons are "full" of 60 yr old white men... O_o

(re John Grisham: men who watch child porn are not all paedophiles)

OH: "Using lines off code as a reference, you've worked negative three months." "yeah, but my diffs are huge!"

OH: "anacronym"

Checked back on Ello

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Checked back on Ello. Saw largely links that made the rounds on Facebook 6 months ago.

Wednesday October 15th, 2014

JWZ discovers Android computer ships

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JWZ discovers Android computer ships with the same MAC address, meaning you have to jailbreak to use 2 of them.

RT Brennan Lee Mulligan &#8207

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RT Brennan Lee Mulligan ‏@BrennanLM: "Free Will is okay, but with Premium Will you get a sense of purpose and bonus self-control points every time you don't check Facebook."

Fusion now 4... uh... 5 years off

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Y'all know how fusion has been 10 years away for 50 years? Well, it's now 5 years away, but...

...Lockheed Martin Corp said on Wednesday it had made a technological breakthrough in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion, and the first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready in a decade.

It was 4 years away in February of last year, so apparently we're losing a year of delivery time every year and a half of elapsed time ...

Via MeFi and Via MeFi.

2.9 seconds

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I'd actually be a huge fan of automated traffic enforcement, if traffic enforcement wasn't perverted into a bullshit revenue generation thing: Chicago generated 77,000 additional red-light tickets by shortening yellow-light times, report says.

fake firearms & cosplay

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Roving Trigger Discipline Classes For Cosplayers — Now in Session:

But SF/F cos­tumes often include rep­re­sen­ta­tions of firearms, and cos­players often don’t know basic fire dis­ci­pline. They don’t know to keep their finger off the trigger. They don’t know not to scan people with their muzzle.

If the documents say a cluster of 64gb

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If the documents say a cluster of 64gb machines is the sweet spot, don't try to make it work on a single 4gb machine.

Tabloid Headlines

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RT Chris BLOODell ‏@superpixelchris:

"@bellamackie: Bravo Private Eye: " Nails it


Tuesday October 14th, 2014

Dear @twitter

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Dear @twitter: Rather than suggesting more people for me to follow, how about ways to trim my feed. ie: Keyword/sports/tv show filtering.

NYT cowardice

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RT Violet Blue ® ‏@violetblue

So basically, under Abramson, when the US gov said to nuke a story / stop reporting on a topic, the NYT complied:

Bet on text

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Always bet on text:

At every step of communication technology, textual encoding comes first, everything else after. Because it's vastly cheaper on a symbol-by-symbol basis. You have a working optical telegraph network running in 1790 in France. You the better part of a century of electrical telegraphy, trans-oceanic cables and everything, before anyone bothers with trying to carry voice.

OH: "But I don't live in the town that matches that zip code. The post office has it wrong."

Contributions to class

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Granted, and… ~ thoughts on education by Grant Wiggins: A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days – a sobering lesson learned

It was not just the sitting that was draining but that so much of the day was spent absorbing information but not often grappling with it.

I asked my tenth-grade host, Cindy, if she felt like she made important contributions to class or if, when she was absent, the class missed out on the benefit of her knowledge or contributions, and she laughed and said no.

Netscape Navigator

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Parking problem

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Copenhagen's bicycle parking problem. Actually a great visualization: Can you imagine what facilities and roads would have to look like to attain equivalent mobility for automobile users?

Monday October 13th, 2014

Fire at Faire

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Chattanooga had it's first Maker Faire, and I'd say it was a heck of a 1st event. Robots, Arduino's 3d printers.. you know the stuff.

But the real fun was being part of a team that made a very Burning Man-esque "sculpture".. Click on the image to see video's and a couple more stills.

Best part of the build experience: Besides the people, playing with a top of the line welder is a lot of fun.

When I rule the universe

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When I rule the universe, all fatal error messages will list the invalid data, and the criteria for valid data. #distzilla #perl

Sunday October 12th, 2014

dinner coming together

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dinner coming together

That's why the bike hasn't been

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That's why the bike hasn't been shifting well...

temporary lower assessments on property

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The temporary lower assessments on property taxes seem to have disappeared just when the city wants a sales tax increase. #ouch


Education is full of the right answer

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Education is full of the right answer vs the one the teacher wanted to hear, but the test publishers?

I remember scoffing when I preferred

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I remember scoffing when I preferred processes to threads, now the preference is VMs over processes.

Friday October 10th, 2014

Eternal September II

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RT Matt Haughey ‏@mathowie:

Right now is the Eternal September for pot smoking

It's time to acknowledge the huge

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It's time to acknowledge the huge negative impacts of cube farms, and commit to only eating wild-caught cubes.

Talking on the phone

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RT Jeffrey Veen (@veen)

Pretty sure when my kids are teens, they will think driving is "something old people do." Sort of like talking on the phone is today.

Aaand the home server's root filesystem

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Aaand the home server's root filesystem (with relatively new drive) has gone read-only and won't reboot remotely. Grrr...

RT Jeff Wysaski @pleatedjeans:

Any wedding can be a fairy tale wedding if you serve porridge and release three angry bears into the reception hall

Paper airplane machine gun

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Okay, so you've probably seen the 3d printed paper airplane machine gun (YouTube) (with disappointingly slow rate of fire, probably because feeding paper is hard). So I'm linking it here because of MeFi user BlueDuke's response to user blue t-shirt:

3 months till these are being used for advertising

"Say 'hello' to my little trend!"

RT [redacted]

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RT [redacted]: My boss is not biting on my recommendation that we all celebrate Mental Health Day by shutting the office and going home.

Thursday October 9th, 2014

Ally suggests we both face the same

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"Ally" suggests we both face the same risks and consequences for failure. Used with gender equality, it's a weasel word.

Uh oh, bikes are lining up for the not yet here 48x and 48. And have I whined about eye watering tobacco smoke at bus stops lately?

Thinking that 101x Santa Rosa to

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Thinking that "101x Santa Rosa to Petaluma" might not be the right name for a north bound bus...

Top Daddies

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Most misleading domain name ever:

Honouring & Recognizing Great Dads

This is weirder than or

Satanic panic

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Satanic panic: how British agents stoked supernatural fears in Troubles.

“It was quite clear that the church, both the Roman Catholic church and the Protestant church, even for the paramilitaries, held a fair degree of influence,” Wallace said. “So we were looking for something that would be regarded with abhorrence really by the two communities, and at the same time would be something that paramilitaries couldn’t justify, and also would be in many ways seen as a reason why some of the outrages were taking place.

Something something opiate of the masses...

all you need

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Pornhub briefly erects huge billboard in Times Square after a long search for a great non-pornographic ad. I thought the "all you need is hand" slogan was interesting in the social handwringing about how virtual experiences are upending Maslow's hierarchy of needs.

similar article in The Guardian.

Storytelling is about showing the

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Storytelling is about showing the emotion through circumstance. Personal communication is about separating the emotion from the circumstance

Wanna cyber?

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RT ‏@mcclure111:

We dreamed of cyber punk but instead we got what turned out to be sort of cyber smooth jazz

NYPD officer accused of stealing cash

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NY Times: Video of police officer accused of stealing more than $1000 prompts investigation. Most shocking to me: The NYPD hasn't said "oh, yeah, here's the carbon copy of the receipt". Right there seems like strong evidence of wrongdoing.