Monday October 15th, 2018


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Uber, Google & self-driving cars

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Wow: New Yorker: Did Uber steal Google's intellectual property? isn't just about Uber, but about Levandowski encouraging a culture of terrifying disregard for safety while at Google, before he defected.

There’s no crying in tittie bars

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The Cut: Stormy Daniels Didn’t Want to Be Anybody’s Hero “It was funnier when he wasn’t the president.”

And now if you go to one of my shows, it’s large groups of women, oftentimes in homemade matching Stormy shirts. They are loud, and they’re angry. They’re like, “Fuck Trump.” Or they’re crying. I’m like, “Jesus Christ. There’s no crying in tittie bars. What’s happening?” People are grabbing me and giving me money, and then later they’re sharing their personal stories — women are saying, “I was molested or I was raped, and you’ve given me the inspiration to file charges against my boss.” Just heavy, heavy shit every night.

Lot of good stuff in here. So many awesome pull quotes that could get used.

Keeping Us Safe

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U.S. Border Agency Says Hundreds of Employees Have Been Arrested Over 2 Years

WASHINGTON — More than 500 employees of the United States’ primary border security agency were charged with drug trafficking, accepting bribes and a range of other crimes over a two-year period, according to reports released on Friday.

Facebook uses shiftenter to avoid

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Facebook uses shift-enter to avoid immediately sending a message. Nextdoor uses shift-enter to immediately send a message. If I were ruler of the universe...

Sunday October 14th, 2018

Okay, Amazon, why does "with lids for slime 8oz" rank higher than both "for clothes" and "for freezing food"? What are people searching for out there?

Friday October 12th, 2018

Abstract Expressionism

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The First Abstract Painter Was a Woman

Wassily Kandinsky has long been widely regarded as the forefather of abstraction, but as the shows of Af Klint’s work clearly establish, her abstract paintings predate his by several years. “As of 1906, that is, nearly six years before what is recognized as the inaugural date of abstract painting,” wrote Pascal Rousseau in the catalogue accompanying the Berlin show, “Hilma af Klint, who lives away from the axis of modernity (Paris/Munich/Milan), was painting abstract, sometimes monumental works.”

Why is there no option in Nextdoor

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Why is there no option in Nextdoor voting on inappropriate messages for "drive the person who reported this message screaming in terror from our neighborhood"?

expletives of surprise

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Vehicle over 39 feet attempts to navigate State Route 175 between Hopland and Lakeport, despite posted warnings. The best part of the video is the caption: "Note that the audio of this video was edited to remove expletives of surprise from our crew."

NASA then & now

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The Planetary Society: NASA Then & Now has some amazing sliderable "first pictures vs current pictures" exhibits.

Cleared of all charges

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Cop who’s been arrested 3 times, fired 6 times, can go back to work, magistrate rules

Still, the controversial cop’s lengthy record and internal affairs file has earned him unflattering headlines from publications across the state. Most famously, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune wrote an exposé in 2011 that outlined his 18 years in law enforcement to that point as looking more like “a rap sheet than a resumé.”

Thursday October 11th, 2018

Holy crap. The amazing Capricious by Julie Cox that ran on the @Nobilis Erotica podcast is up for a Parsec!

Whoever decided that '' at the

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Whoever decided that '-' at the beginning of the line should denote an Objective-C method name didn't spend a lot of time poring over diffs

I realize I haven't actually signed up

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I realize I haven't actually signed up to pay for iCloud, but given the number of times I've logged back in and still get complaints about not being able to access it, I'm pretty certain that it's irrevocably broken and unusable.

Wednesday October 10th, 2018

Mexico California rail tunnel

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Practical public transit finally comes to Southern California: Tunnel with a rail system is found under Mexico-California border:

Mexican police and military forces found the tunnel’s entrance during an operation in mid-September. Mexican officials worked with the team of U.S. agencies to explore the tunnel. The team reached the tunnel’s end on Thursday.

So mid-September to Thursday (October 4th?) to travel 627 feet? I guess despite the dedicated right-of-way this is about as fast as taking the bus.

Yesterday we had a new dryer delivered. For various (legitimate) reasons, the deliver guys wouldn't help me stack it. So once I got the stacking kit in place I lifted the dryer up on to saw horses, and from there up to on top of the washer.

Turns out I am *OUCH* years old.

Our office is in a co-working space

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Our office is in a co-working space. I walked past an open conference room and a guy was saying "...high value leads for you, like the Glengarry leads...". I should have stormed in and taken his coffee.

And now we come to that every few month

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And now we come to that every few month situation where we try to figure out the magic sauce for @letsencrypt this time. Some day I'll figure out how to configure it and Apache to "just work", today is not that day... sigh.

Anyone else remember when computing

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Anyone else remember when computing used to be a mostly deterministic process?

CVS acquiring Aetna

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Well, this is fascinating... Given that evidence-based medicine is still in its infancy, that the placebo effect is so strong, and that we can prolong human "life" pretty much indefinitely, healthcare can chew up as much of an economy as a society is willing to let it.

The board of CVS apparently realizes this, and is consolidating: CVS’s $69 billion merger with Aetna approved in deal that could transform the health-care industry

Millenials Kill Again

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The debt that we owe Millennials can never be truly repaid. No, really, y'all are screwed. But while we watch you march bravely towards your climate change related doom, unless the political situation explodes and we all die for other reasons first, thank you for your service:

Millennials Kill Again. The Latest Victim? American Cheese

Tuesday October 9th, 2018

‘This is MY son’: Navy vet horrified as mom’s tweet miscasts him as #HimToo poster boy — and goes viral.

RT Pieter Hanson @Thatwasmymom

That was my Mom. Sometimes the people we love do things that hurt us without realizing it. Let’s turn this around. I respect and #BelieveWomen . I never have and never will support #HimToo . I’m a proud Navy vet, Cat Dad and Ally. Also, Twitter, your meme game is on point.

RT Daniel “the Devil’s cabana boy” Summers @WFKARS, Replying to @MarlaReynoldsC3

I, too, once found excuses to avoid going on solo dates with women.

Monday October 8th, 2018

Wonder why PTC (Positive Train Control) has taken so long to implement? Well, apparently it's not just that they're not trying to solve the safety problem, they're trying to solve the scheduling one, it's also that they have no idea what business they were in, and only recently talked to customers to find out what the customers actually wanted.

Canadian Pacific invents a better mousetrap to smooth intermodal volume.

“We were surprised. Two-thirds of all the traffic we delivered in western Canada on any particular day didn’t need to be there that day. Didn’t need to be there the next day. Or the day after. We were hurrying up to wait,” Wahba said during CP’s Oct. 4 investor day.

So CP came up with a concept called the requested arrival date. The shipper would tell CP when its container needed to arrive, and CP would manage when the box moves to ensure on-time delivery.

Both users were affected...

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Colombo Day

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RT Francis @Purple_Drazi:

"Today we celebrate Columbo Day, observed by pretending to leave a room and then turning to ask one more incriminating question." #JustOneMoreThing

keeping us safe

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RT Adam Kotsko @adamkotsko:

Remember back when George W. Bush was installed as president against the popular will, then presided over the biggest foreign attack on US soil since Pearl Harbor, then led us into a war based on lies -- and he was reelected because he "kept us safe"? I think about that a lot.

RT Adam Kotsko @adamkotsko:

George W. Bush's incompetence and lies led to more American deaths than any other post-Vietnam president, by far -- and he "kept us safe." Everyone agrees: he "kept us safe."

It should be noted that Barack Obama, too, didn't do nearly as much of a drawdown in the efforts to "keep us safe".

5G got me fired

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Shadow forwarded along: John Dvorak: 5G Got Me Fired. (Archive Today link)

The tension between advertiser vehicle and journalism continues to get more and more stretched. Technology reporting has never been great, but especially as we see more behavior that looks like deliberate trolling from national newspapers, and how that's impacting who is and isn't viable in national politics, it's useful to look at the fringes.

Saturday October 6th, 2018

Another disturbing Twitter suspension

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Another disturbing Twitter suspension incident, this one probably because of a bad content filter run amok

Iryna Kuznetsova

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Stock photography is over. Thank you for playing. Iryna Kuznetsova on Shutterstock, a cat for all situations.

Friday October 5th, 2018

Today in tone-deaf donation pleas

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Today in tone-deaf donation pleas: It's kinda like the NYPD bragging that 22 shots missed Amadou Diallo...

Observing a rape

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Really That's a standard ASCII

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Really? That's a standard ASCII character. T-Mobile doesn't trust that their database inputs are sanitized. Not a confidence builder...

Thursday October 4th, 2018

PyTorch or Tensorflow

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RT Vicki Boykis @vboykis:

Me at career day in middle school, brightly: Okay, kids. I'm a 'machine learning engineer', which is just a fancy word for -
Kid in the back: Yeah, we know what you do. PyTorch or Tensorflow?
Me: Well, I, uh, don't do deep learn-

Bloomberg reported hack

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I suspect that this is actually evidence of issues in quality of journalism than of an actual specific exploit, but because it's floating around today I'd like to keep a link to it: Bloomberg: The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies. The assertion is that there was a chip that looked like a signal conditioner on some lines of Supermicro motherboards that wasn't, and this was some kind of backdoor. The technical details on how that would have worked are sketch, obviously something on a bus line would need to then be a tool to trigger some sort of associated code in some higher level systems.

The whole story is kinda tough to accept as-is, we really need more technical details in order to evaluate it, but Amazon is pretty clear: AWS Security Blog: Setting the Record Straight on Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Erroneous Article.

Apple strongly refutes report that it found Chinese ‘spy’ chips in iCloud servers.

CNBC: Chinese spy chips are found in hardware used by Apple, Amazon, Bloomberg says; Apple, AWS say no way:

Asked by CNBC for comment, Apple reiterated its strong denials of the report, stating: "We are deeply disappointed that in their dealings with us, Bloomberg's reporters have not been open to the possibility that they or their sources might be wrong or misinformed. Our best guess is that they are confusing their story with a previously reported 2016 incident in which we discovered an infected driver on a single Super Micro server in one of our labs. That one-time event was determined to be accidental and not a targeted attack against Apple."

Addendum: Lawfare: The China SuperMicro Hack: About That Bloomberg Report

Mobile Food Markets

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On the one hand, interesting approach to food deserts, on the other hand, you know that roads and parking are over-subsidized when it's cheaper to drive around your building...

South Side farms sell produce to thousands using CTA buses as mobile markets.

strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords

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