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Most comments: 39

2016-01-27 22:52:34 (39 comments; 0 reshares; 44 +1s)Open 

No, at Airpush we take privacy seriously. All unique identifiers (IMEI) are encrypted by the SDK using MD5 hashing, which is a standard method of “one way” encryption.

My brain just quit with a type mismatch error before even getting down to the secondary and tertiary problems represented by almost every acronym in that paragraph.

Most reshares: 16

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2015-12-01 00:50:34 (11 comments; 16 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

When +Primitive Technology says "building from scratch", he really means it. He starts off by making an axe and cord and fire before he can even start building the hut out of saplings, leaves, mud, and bark. It's mesmerizing to watch, set only to the soundtrack of forest sounds and handiwork.

Most plusones: 60

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2016-01-13 14:37:55 (6 comments; 10 reshares; 60 +1s)Open 

When your security product has a bug discussion which includes Frankly, it also looks like you're exposing all the stored passwords to the internet, but let's worry about that screw up after you get the remote code execution under control. you are having a very educational experience. Worth a read both for the security advice and the train wreck.

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2016-02-11 17:37:51 (25 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

In the wake of the discussion about Berniebros, I find this article particularly poignant.

Is feminism part of the left? Is it non-negotiable, central? Or is it a side issue, something that can be written off, discounted at will — and whose participants, whose vocal advocates and theorists and practitioners, can be turned into the enemy any time you like, in the name of “real,” male progressive politics?

I know the answer I want to believe. But I also know the answer Bernie Sanders gave Madeleine Kunin, when running against her for Governor of Vermont in 1986:

By any measure I was regarded as a progressive governor. If I was vulnerable, it was for being too liberal. As a legislator, my maiden speech on the floor of the Vermont House was in favor of ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. My first priority as governor was universal access to kindergarten. I set arecor... more »

In the wake of the discussion about Berniebros, I find this article particularly poignant.

Is feminism part of the left? Is it non-negotiable, central? Or is it a side issue, something that can be written off, discounted at will — and whose participants, whose vocal advocates and theorists and practitioners, can be turned into the enemy any time you like, in the name of “real,” male progressive politics?

I know the answer I want to believe. But I also know the answer Bernie Sanders gave Madeleine Kunin, when running against her for Governor of Vermont in 1986:

By any measure I was regarded as a progressive governor. If I was vulnerable, it was for being too liberal. As a legislator, my maiden speech on the floor of the Vermont House was in favor of ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. My first priority as governor was universal access to kindergarten. I set a record for a Vermont governor’s appointees; women filled half of my cabinet. I sought out talented women, many of whom were the first women to head their agencies… When Sanders was my opponent he focused like a laser beam on “class analysis,” in which “women’s issues” were essentially a distraction from more important issues. He urged voters not to vote for me just because I was a woman. That would be a “sexist position,” he declared.

When asked to consider the differences between Kunin and her Republican opponent (who was also running against her; Sanders was a third-party candidate in those days) he called them “Tweedledee and Tweedledum.”

So that was the answer. Feminism didn’t matter. Her record of fighting for women’s equality, and of working to secure women both legal protection from discrimination and representation in their own government — well, that was all “women’s issues,” not real progressivism. In his view, there was no difference between a feminist ERA supporter and a Republican. In fact, Kunin’s actual gender politics were totally erased, so as to argue that her supporters were guilty of the “sexism” of voting for her “because she was a woman.” Because, in the end, that was all she was. Just “a woman.” Not a progressive. Not a feminist. Not even herself. Just female.
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2016-02-11 17:30:11 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

This story has an excellent summation of the debate about law-enforcement access to user-encrypted data:

Companies insist they don't keep a separate, "back door" key to unscramble the device's memory because that would weaken security and privacy.

"I don’t want a back door. ... I would like people to comply with court orders, and that is the conversation I am trying to have,” Comey said Tuesday.

Crypto is beautiful, but it sadly fails to be literally magical.

This story has an excellent summation of the debate about law-enforcement access to user-encrypted data:

Companies insist they don't keep a separate, "back door" key to unscramble the device's memory because that would weaken security and privacy.

"I don’t want a back door. ... I would like people to comply with court orders, and that is the conversation I am trying to have,” Comey said Tuesday.

Crypto is beautiful, but it sadly fails to be literally magical.___

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2016-02-08 14:47:08 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

Because it's a chicken sort of morning and you might need a laugh as much as I do today.

Because it's a chicken sort of morning and you might need a laugh as much as I do today.___

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2016-02-08 02:34:13 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

This doesn't even get into Beauty and the Beast , which reads like an apology for domestic abuse.

Disney movies seem to often be based on Idiot Plots, which rely on at least one major character being an idiot. Seanan McGuire here shares how most of them would run if the average RPG group were playing the stories instead. (Hint: generally much shorter)

h/t +David Priebe​​___This doesn't even get into Beauty and the Beast , which reads like an apology for domestic abuse.

2016-02-06 02:55:17 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Does anyone know a way to make an Android phone read text without TalkBack (which is way overkill for just having lost my voice)? Some of those apps look sketchy.

Does anyone know a way to make an Android phone read text without TalkBack (which is way overkill for just having lost my voice)? Some of those apps look sketchy.___

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2016-02-06 02:03:40 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s)Open 

I throw my hands up in the air sometimes/ saying "hey-o, Galileo"
I want to celebrate him with my life/ saying "hey-o, baby, let's go"

Could we band together to retcon those be the official lyrics at :35? I honestly thought Taio Cruz was a huge fan of physics until just now.

Not linking to the official music video as it is filled with extremely unsafe workplace practices. Plus now I really, really want to play this game.

I throw my hands up in the air sometimes/ saying "hey-o, Galileo"
I want to celebrate him with my life/ saying "hey-o, baby, let's go"

Could we band together to retcon those be the official lyrics at :35? I honestly thought Taio Cruz was a huge fan of physics until just now.

Not linking to the official music video as it is filled with extremely unsafe workplace practices. Plus now I really, really want to play this game.___

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2016-02-06 00:42:36 (10 comments; 3 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Zika is bad. But if you think the solution is "just don't get pregnant", then keep thinking. Most solutions that include the word "just"... aren't.

The Guttmacher Institute, a policy and advocacy organization focused on reproductive health, estimates that 56 percent of pregnancies in Latin America — 62 percent in South America and 40 percent in Central America — are unwanted or mistimed. Although those numbers are already large, they mask much higher rates among certain groups. “These averages aren’t telling the fuller story,” said Jen Kates, who runs global health research for the Kaiser Family Foundation. Kates says women in rural areas, poor women, young women and victims of sexual violence have all been known to have even higher rates of pregnancies they didn’t plan.

Zika is bad. But if you think the solution is "just don't get pregnant", then keep thinking. Most solutions that include the word "just"... aren't.

The Guttmacher Institute, a policy and advocacy organization focused on reproductive health, estimates that 56 percent of pregnancies in Latin America — 62 percent in South America and 40 percent in Central America — are unwanted or mistimed. Although those numbers are already large, they mask much higher rates among certain groups. “These averages aren’t telling the fuller story,” said Jen Kates, who runs global health research for the Kaiser Family Foundation. Kates says women in rural areas, poor women, young women and victims of sexual violence have all been known to have even higher rates of pregnancies they didn’t plan.___

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2016-02-06 00:37:48 (9 comments; 8 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Cool news, bad news. Cool news first: the Environmental Defense Fund and Google teamed up to do detailed mapping of air pollution. The bad news: both what they found ("In Boston and in Staten Island, New York, these cars found an average of one leak for every mile that they drove.") and the big bad California leak that dwarfs that:
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/methane-is-leaking-all-over-the-place/

Cool news, bad news. Cool news first: the Environmental Defense Fund and Google teamed up to do detailed mapping of air pollution. The bad news: both what they found ("In Boston and in Staten Island, New York, these cars found an average of one leak for every mile that they drove.") and the big bad California leak that dwarfs that:
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/methane-is-leaking-all-over-the-place/___

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2016-02-04 20:46:03 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

That's right up there on my list of "things I'm happy not to have learned the hard way".

#TodayILearned  that eating uncooked kidney beans will likely make you violently-but-probably-not-life-threateningly ill. (And cooking them in a slow-cooker without cooking them properly first makes it 5x worse.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phytohaemagglutinin___That's right up there on my list of "things I'm happy not to have learned the hard way".

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2016-02-02 18:45:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Gingerbread house

Make Trader Joe's gingerbread house kit. Let sit for a few days. Be completely incapable of eating it because the gingerbread is the consistency of a brick and the royal icing is the consistency of mortar.

Gingerbread house

Make Trader Joe's gingerbread house kit. Let sit for a few days. Be completely incapable of eating it because the gingerbread is the consistency of a brick and the royal icing is the consistency of mortar.___

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2016-02-02 17:38:04 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

This conversation deeply confuses me, coming from an obligate carnivore offering candy:
“I want a real mouse,” said Davy Gravy.
Mr. Scoop said, “Real mice don’t like to be eaten.”


This conversation deeply confuses me, coming from an obligate carnivore offering candy:
“I want a real mouse,” said Davy Gravy.
Mr. Scoop said, “Real mice don’t like to be eaten.”
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2016-02-02 00:06:24 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Bean tacos!

Refried beans mixed with salsa and heated.
Purple cabbage mixed with lime juice and let sit for a few minutes
Red pepper, green onion, top with a little cheese

Bean tacos!

Refried beans mixed with salsa and heated.
Purple cabbage mixed with lime juice and let sit for a few minutes
Red pepper, green onion, top with a little cheese___

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2016-01-30 15:16:23 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s)Open 

Because someone is apparently looking for a light fixture with integrated hose valve. I suspect twisting that would turn off the light rather permanently.

Because someone is apparently looking for a light fixture with integrated hose valve. I suspect twisting that would turn off the light rather permanently.___

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2016-01-29 19:53:42 (28 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

If you are at all interested in cryptography, please read Schneier's essay. Cryptography is a fantastic, fascinating tool that lives in the complex fabric of systems and humans that must work together smoothly.

In my vision cryptography was the great technological equalizer; anyone with a cheap (and getting cheaper every year) computer could have the same security as the largest government. In the second edition of the same book, written two years later, I went so far as to write: "It is insufficient to protect ourselves with laws; we need to protect ourselves with mathematics."

It's just not true. Cryptography can't do any of that.

This post brought to you by a long-running argument between me and +Yonatan Zunger on the usefulness of Applied Cryptography, which I believe I have now definitely won.

If you are at all interested in cryptography, please read Schneier's essay. Cryptography is a fantastic, fascinating tool that lives in the complex fabric of systems and humans that must work together smoothly.

In my vision cryptography was the great technological equalizer; anyone with a cheap (and getting cheaper every year) computer could have the same security as the largest government. In the second edition of the same book, written two years later, I went so far as to write: "It is insufficient to protect ourselves with laws; we need to protect ourselves with mathematics."

It's just not true. Cryptography can't do any of that.

This post brought to you by a long-running argument between me and +Yonatan Zunger on the usefulness of Applied Cryptography, which I believe I have now definitely won.___

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2016-01-28 00:08:20 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

Have you ever wanted a polygraph that actually works? Go back to 1803, in an era when the most sophisticated lie detection technology was (according to Wikipedia) torture. Then erase that from your mind entirely. This polygraph does exactly what the name says: multiple writing.

Instead, a spindly, elegant system of rods and joints translates the motion of one pen into another, allowing users (most prominently Thomas Jefferson) to write multiple copies of a document at once.

Why the same name for both devices? Both write multiple lines at once. Unfortunate collision, but there we are.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polygraph_(duplicating_device)

Have you ever wanted a polygraph that actually works? Go back to 1803, in an era when the most sophisticated lie detection technology was (according to Wikipedia) torture. Then erase that from your mind entirely. This polygraph does exactly what the name says: multiple writing.

Instead, a spindly, elegant system of rods and joints translates the motion of one pen into another, allowing users (most prominently Thomas Jefferson) to write multiple copies of a document at once.

Why the same name for both devices? Both write multiple lines at once. Unfortunate collision, but there we are.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polygraph_(duplicating_device)___

2016-01-27 22:52:34 (39 comments; 0 reshares; 44 +1s)Open 

No, at Airpush we take privacy seriously. All unique identifiers (IMEI) are encrypted by the SDK using MD5 hashing, which is a standard method of “one way” encryption.

My brain just quit with a type mismatch error before even getting down to the secondary and tertiary problems represented by almost every acronym in that paragraph.

No, at Airpush we take privacy seriously. All unique identifiers (IMEI) are encrypted by the SDK using MD5 hashing, which is a standard method of “one way” encryption.

My brain just quit with a type mismatch error before even getting down to the secondary and tertiary problems represented by almost every acronym in that paragraph.___

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2016-01-26 19:28:48 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Long, fascinating look at several rare genetic diseases, how they relate to each other, and how a determined woman made the first steps to uncover those twisty ties.

Long, fascinating look at several rare genetic diseases, how they relate to each other, and how a determined woman made the first steps to uncover those twisty ties.___

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2016-01-25 15:24:17 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Themed appropriately for the Enigma conference. Three days of talking paranoia with many of the smartest and trickiest people I know.

If you're here come chat!

Themed appropriately for the Enigma conference. Three days of talking paranoia with many of the smartest and trickiest people I know.

If you're here come chat!___

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2016-01-22 13:53:50 (3 comments; 9 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Rarely have I seen such a well-supported conclusion as Modern exploit kits are becoming harder to catch as they maneuver to avoid detection by security researchers. A nice dissection of a nasty infection.

Rarely have I seen such a well-supported conclusion as Modern exploit kits are becoming harder to catch as they maneuver to avoid detection by security researchers. A nice dissection of a nasty infection.___

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2016-01-16 15:19:37 (0 comments; 8 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

Indeed. And trans women can confirm that they in turn lost all those privileges.

But, and that's the funny part, it's still more powerful coming from a trans guy. Not because he's a guy, specifically, but because he gained something. It's hard to dismiss that as whiny complaints about issues that just happened because you don't really fit in your gender role.

Which is what trans women get to hear when they talk about the privileges they lost.

Commentary from +Rachel Blum​, hat tip to +Erika Rice Scherpelz​

Indeed. And trans women can confirm that they in turn lost all those privileges.

But, and that's the funny part, it's still more powerful coming from a trans guy. Not because he's a guy, specifically, but because he gained something. It's hard to dismiss that as whiny complaints about issues that just happened because you don't really fit in your gender role.

Which is what trans women get to hear when they talk about the privileges they lost.

Commentary from +Rachel Blum​, hat tip to +Erika Rice Scherpelz​___

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2016-01-16 15:10:53 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Good solutions require good data.

It's a funny thing. For years conservatives bemoaned the problem of risky and violent behavior among children and teens of the post-60s era, mostly blaming it on the breakdown of the family and a general decline in discipline. Liberals tended to take this less seriously, and in any case mostly blamed it on societal problems. In the end, though, it turned out that conservatives were right. It wasn't just a bunch of oldsters complaining about the kids these days. Crime was up, drug use was up, and teen pregnancy was up. It was a genuine phenomenon and a genuine problem.

But liberals were right that it wasn't related to the disintegration of the family or lower rates of churchgoing or any of that. After all, families didn't suddenly start getting back together in the 90s and churchgoing didn't suddenly rise. But teenage crime, drug... more »

Good solutions require good data.

It's a funny thing. For years conservatives bemoaned the problem of risky and violent behavior among children and teens of the post-60s era, mostly blaming it on the breakdown of the family and a general decline in discipline. Liberals tended to take this less seriously, and in any case mostly blamed it on societal problems. In the end, though, it turned out that conservatives were right. It wasn't just a bunch of oldsters complaining about the kids these days. Crime was up, drug use was up, and teen pregnancy was up. It was a genuine phenomenon and a genuine problem.

But liberals were right that it wasn't related to the disintegration of the family or lower rates of churchgoing or any of that. After all, families didn't suddenly start getting back together in the 90s and churchgoing didn't suddenly rise. But teenage crime, drug use, and pregnancy rates all went down. And down. And down.

Most likely, there was a real problem, but it was a problem no one had a clue about. We were poisoning our children with a well-known neurotoxin, and this toxin lowered their IQs, made them into fidgety kids, wrecked their educations, and then turned them into juvenile delinquents, teen mothers, and violent criminals. When we got rid of the toxin, all of these problems magically started to decline.

Hat tip to +Amanda Walker​___

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2016-01-16 14:55:03 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 18 +1s)Open 

Ouch. My pessimism about bitcoin as a currency has thus far been focused on economic bugs. My skepticism about bitcoin as a transfer mechanism is because the folks running it don't seem to want to treat it that way. If bitcoin fails, enough people are heavily emotionally and financially invested and the system is sufficiently unregulated that things will fall apart messily.

I didn't expect that mess to look like this, though.

___Ouch. My pessimism about bitcoin as a currency has thus far been focused on economic bugs. My skepticism about bitcoin as a transfer mechanism is because the folks running it don't seem to want to treat it that way. If bitcoin fails, enough people are heavily emotionally and financially invested and the system is sufficiently unregulated that things will fall apart messily.

I didn't expect that mess to look like this, though.

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2016-01-15 15:12:25 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s)Open 

Eye safety is critical! Make sure your cow wears sunglasses while grazing next to airports.

Eye safety is critical! Make sure your cow wears sunglasses while grazing next to airports.___

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2016-01-15 15:10:01 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s)Open 

I've never seen a baseball cap with eye holes in the side before.

I've never seen a baseball cap with eye holes in the side before.___

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2016-01-13 14:37:55 (6 comments; 10 reshares; 60 +1s)Open 

When your security product has a bug discussion which includes Frankly, it also looks like you're exposing all the stored passwords to the internet, but let's worry about that screw up after you get the remote code execution under control. you are having a very educational experience. Worth a read both for the security advice and the train wreck.

When your security product has a bug discussion which includes Frankly, it also looks like you're exposing all the stored passwords to the internet, but let's worry about that screw up after you get the remote code execution under control. you are having a very educational experience. Worth a read both for the security advice and the train wreck.___

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2016-01-09 00:25:20 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s)Open 

DNA HELIX INFINITY SCAR

Somehow, an infinity scar seems like a far nastier present than the one I had planned. (http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/iokk/)

DNA HELIX INFINITY SCAR

Somehow, an infinity scar seems like a far nastier present than the one I had planned. (http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/iokk/)___

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2016-01-06 16:30:39 (9 comments; 5 reshares; 56 +1s)Open 

Better far to live and die, under the brave black flag I fly, then play a sanctimonious part with a pirate head and a pirate heart.

___Better far to live and die, under the brave black flag I fly, then play a sanctimonious part with a pirate head and a pirate heart.

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2016-01-05 03:01:26 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 22 +1s)Open 

Points for getting the orientation of knitting needles correct (the ends generally point down like that, not up), but it is pretty much impossible to knit socks on straight needles like those (with knobs at the ends).

(The exception is socks that are seamed up, but the socks they show are not. I'm not even going to touch the DPN vs 2-circ vs magic loop holy war.)

Points for getting the orientation of knitting needles correct (the ends generally point down like that, not up), but it is pretty much impossible to knit socks on straight needles like those (with knobs at the ends).

(The exception is socks that are seamed up, but the socks they show are not. I'm not even going to touch the DPN vs 2-circ vs magic loop holy war.)___

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2016-01-04 19:04:36 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

I'm back from Tahoe! As you can tell, I went cross-country skiing. In the snow.


I'm back from Tahoe! As you can tell, I went cross-country skiing. In the snow.
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2015-12-16 18:47:27 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

I have never seen this much mulled wine in my entire life. Cumulatively.

I have never seen this much mulled wine in my entire life. Cumulatively.___

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2015-12-16 14:38:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

Beyond delightful to those of you who enjoy a good facepalm.

Annual review of all the best in political scandals, stupidity, and venality that you can find without reading The Onion.___Beyond delightful to those of you who enjoy a good facepalm.

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2015-12-10 15:18:27 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s)Open 

That's a shockingly cheerful group of animals having a group cuddle. I certainly couldn't be that happy if I was, say, the giraffe having its neck hugged by a lion. Lion neck hugs are bad. I'll go so far as to say the same thing of huge snake hugs.

That's a shockingly cheerful group of animals having a group cuddle. I certainly couldn't be that happy if I was, say, the giraffe having its neck hugged by a lion. Lion neck hugs are bad. I'll go so far as to say the same thing of huge snake hugs.___

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2015-12-08 03:47:51 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Paneer and bell peppers

Sautee bell peppers in a bit of oil. Separately, simmer paneer in TJ's Marsala Sauce. Mix 'em.

Not bad, but would taste a lot better with more veggies per unit of paneer.

Paneer and bell peppers

Sautee bell peppers in a bit of oil. Separately, simmer paneer in TJ's Marsala Sauce. Mix 'em.

Not bad, but would taste a lot better with more veggies per unit of paneer.___

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2015-12-08 03:45:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Bell pepper salad

Chopped bell peppers of various colours. Finely diced red onion. Chopped parsley. Optional chickpeas. Dress with tahini/lemon juice dressing.

Tastes way better than what I was expecting, even as much as I love all the ingredients.

Bell pepper salad

Chopped bell peppers of various colours. Finely diced red onion. Chopped parsley. Optional chickpeas. Dress with tahini/lemon juice dressing.

Tastes way better than what I was expecting, even as much as I love all the ingredients.___

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2015-12-08 03:42:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s)Open 

Persimmon/cranberry a la mode

Melt a little butter in a pan. Cook chopped persimmons in butter with a bit of nutmeg until they're almost cooked. Add fresh cranberries and cook until they're popped.

Ice cream optional, but definitely serve the fruit warm (reheats well).

Persimmon/cranberry a la mode

Melt a little butter in a pan. Cook chopped persimmons in butter with a bit of nutmeg until they're almost cooked. Add fresh cranberries and cook until they're popped.

Ice cream optional, but definitely serve the fruit warm (reheats well).___

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2015-12-08 03:38:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s)Open 

Fried rice

I accidentally learned the secret on YouTube while watching videos about being a kid in Japan! Stir-fry veggies (in this case, everything in the fridge, namely onion, celery, carrots, green peppers, then when those were basically done, water chestnuts). Mix beaten eggs with the rice, then add to the pan! I added enough eggs that the rice was pretty soupy when stirred but still stiff, but I like a bunch of eggs in my fried rice.

Fried rice

I accidentally learned the secret on YouTube while watching videos about being a kid in Japan! Stir-fry veggies (in this case, everything in the fridge, namely onion, celery, carrots, green peppers, then when those were basically done, water chestnuts). Mix beaten eggs with the rice, then add to the pan! I added enough eggs that the rice was pretty soupy when stirred but still stiff, but I like a bunch of eggs in my fried rice.___

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2015-12-03 14:40:12 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

I'm posting this partially because it's an interesting article and partially because I'm actually in this picture. (As well as +Amber Yust​.)

I'm posting this partially because it's an interesting article and partially because I'm actually in this picture. (As well as +Amber Yust​.)___

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2015-12-02 14:58:45 (2 comments; 8 reshares; 31 +1s)Open 

People are people, show “substantial variability.” Brain scans at 11.

"This extensive overlap undermines any attempt to distinguish between a ‘male’ and a ‘female’ form for specific brain features,” Joel and her colleagues concluded.

Via +Andrew Oplinger​.



People are people, show “substantial variability.” Brain scans at 11.

"This extensive overlap undermines any attempt to distinguish between a ‘male’ and a ‘female’ form for specific brain features,” Joel and her colleagues concluded.

Via +Andrew Oplinger​.

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2015-12-01 15:15:01 (6 comments; 15 reshares; 46 +1s)Open 

NYC released detailed data on 1.1 billion taxi trips. Despite the presence of some of the world's best anonymization experts (including my colleague Moti Yung), I suspect they didn't ask advice, as their data was rife with possibilities they had not considered, like exceedingly accurate stalking. The map below[1]? Frequent visitors to the Hustler Club, either employees or patrons.

A new article[2] adds another excellent example of why anonymization is hard: if you don't list exact locations and instead limit data to census tract and don't list exact times but instead just the hour you would assume that the data is pretty well anonymized, right? Wrong. 40% of the taxi rides are still unique.

I find examples like this helpful as a reminder to people that: a) anonymization is hard and b) you likely want some help with it. The best example crown still goes to Latanya... more »

NYC released detailed data on 1.1 billion taxi trips. Despite the presence of some of the world's best anonymization experts (including my colleague Moti Yung), I suspect they didn't ask advice, as their data was rife with possibilities they had not considered, like exceedingly accurate stalking. The map below[1]? Frequent visitors to the Hustler Club, either employees or patrons.

A new article[2] adds another excellent example of why anonymization is hard: if you don't list exact locations and instead limit data to census tract and don't list exact times but instead just the hour you would assume that the data is pretty well anonymized, right? Wrong. 40% of the taxi rides are still unique.

I find examples like this helpful as a reminder to people that: a) anonymization is hard and b) you likely want some help with it. The best example crown still goes to Latanya Sweeney for finding that 87% of the U.S. Population are uniquely identified by {date of birth, gender, ZIP}.[3]

[1] http://research.neustar.biz/2014/09/15/riding-with-the-stars-passenger-privacy-in-the-nyc-taxicab-dataset/
[2] https://gist.github.com/toddwschneider/c79ea3272a631ee2fddf
[3] http://latanyasweeney.org/work/identifiability.html___

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2015-12-01 00:50:34 (11 comments; 16 reshares; 28 +1s)Open 

When +Primitive Technology says "building from scratch", he really means it. He starts off by making an axe and cord and fire before he can even start building the hut out of saplings, leaves, mud, and bark. It's mesmerizing to watch, set only to the soundtrack of forest sounds and handiwork.

When +Primitive Technology says "building from scratch", he really means it. He starts off by making an axe and cord and fire before he can even start building the hut out of saplings, leaves, mud, and bark. It's mesmerizing to watch, set only to the soundtrack of forest sounds and handiwork.___

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2015-11-27 15:42:55 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Yellow curry stir fry

Stir fry thin sliced onions. Add in celery (and/or carrots). Add in bell peppers. Just at the end add water chestnuts or bean sprouts. Mix in some curry sauce (I use Trader Joe's). Remove from heat.

Mix eggs and pepper. Cook as a pancake. Slice up to top veggies.

Yellow curry stir fry

Stir fry thin sliced onions. Add in celery (and/or carrots). Add in bell peppers. Just at the end add water chestnuts or bean sprouts. Mix in some curry sauce (I use Trader Joe's). Remove from heat.

Mix eggs and pepper. Cook as a pancake. Slice up to top veggies.___

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2015-11-27 15:17:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s)Open 

,Cranberry stuffing (on the left)

Make stuffing as directed from mix (aka mix the bag of bread, water, and butter) with this mix:

Saute:
* 2 medium onions
* 1 heart celery (about 5 stalks and the leaves inside if you have them)

Once those are soft add a few handfuls of cranberries, continue sautéing.

Once the cranberries are cooked and popped, turn off the heat and add a healthy sprinkle of pumpkin seeds.

,Cranberry stuffing (on the left)

Make stuffing as directed from mix (aka mix the bag of bread, water, and butter) with this mix:

Saute:
* 2 medium onions
* 1 heart celery (about 5 stalks and the leaves inside if you have them)

Once those are soft add a few handfuls of cranberries, continue sautéing.

Once the cranberries are cooked and popped, turn off the heat and add a healthy sprinkle of pumpkin seeds.___

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2015-11-27 15:10:30 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Mashed potatoes and cauliflower

Boil potatoes until they mash easily. Boil about the same quantity of cauliflower until it mashes easily. Don't do it together! They take different amounts of time.

Mash together (I do it in the mixer) with Greek yogurt, salt, pepper, garlic. The cauliflower is more watery than potato, so I find it doesn't need thinning but your taste may vary.

Mashed potatoes and cauliflower

Boil potatoes until they mash easily. Boil about the same quantity of cauliflower until it mashes easily. Don't do it together! They take different amounts of time.

Mash together (I do it in the mixer) with Greek yogurt, salt, pepper, garlic. The cauliflower is more watery than potato, so I find it doesn't need thinning but your taste may vary.___

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2015-11-27 15:06:54 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s)Open 

Cranberry sauce

Cranberries, a bit of sugar, shake of nutmeg, optional fresh orange juice and zest. Simmer.

Cranberry sauce

Cranberries, a bit of sugar, shake of nutmeg, optional fresh orange juice and zest. Simmer.___

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2015-11-27 05:39:14 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 14 +1s)Open 

Turn down for twisted!

Turn down for twisted!___

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2015-11-19 19:32:48 (5 comments; 8 reshares; 36 +1s)Open 

Body hacking -- no, not that kind. Fingerprints faked from public photos, plus using your eyeballs as a mirror.

Biometrics are not secret and won't even stay obscure for long. ___Body hacking -- no, not that kind. Fingerprints faked from public photos, plus using your eyeballs as a mirror.

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2015-11-18 14:48:32 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 19 +1s)Open 

These would be fascinating questions for a GOP debate. Even asking Rand Paul why he kidnapped a woman and forced her to bow to AquaBuddha.

Full disclosure: I think a troll would liven up the circus that those debates have been.

#TIL that Ben Carson used to perform functional hemispherectomies in kids to prevent seizures. Also, these are pretty great / witty questions.___These would be fascinating questions for a GOP debate. Even asking Rand Paul why he kidnapped a woman and forced her to bow to AquaBuddha.

Full disclosure: I think a troll would liven up the circus that those debates have been.

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2015-11-17 19:54:15 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 49 +1s)Open 

#TechnicallyCorrect

#TechnicallyCorrect___

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2015-11-15 15:11:18 (3 comments; 4 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

By this time next year, we’ll have a better idea of exactly how much gravity causes time to dilate. The impromptu experiment is a great reminder that in science, a failure can often be turned into an opportunity. And that in space, one should never, ever waste anything.

Great example of turning a failed launch into something useful. A year of data on time dilation should prove interesting.___By this time next year, we’ll have a better idea of exactly how much gravity causes time to dilate. The impromptu experiment is a great reminder that in science, a failure can often be turned into an opportunity. And that in space, one should never, ever waste anything.

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2015-11-14 05:09:30 (31 comments; 2 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Dear LazyPlus, does anyone have an idea on how to buy or reproduce a light like this? Something that can be lowered over the dining table and the raised for dancing would be amazingly handy.

Dear LazyPlus, does anyone have an idea on how to buy or reproduce a light like this? Something that can be lowered over the dining table and the raised for dancing would be amazingly handy.___

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