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Most comments: 21

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2012-11-27 20:11:25 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Sigh. 12:01pm. Alternating between "Sold out" and 500 errors. Come on +Google Play!

Most reshares: 25

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2013-01-03 19:57:33 (5 comments, 25 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Best programming language design ever.

Most plusones: 19

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2013-01-03 19:57:33 (5 comments, 25 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Best programming language design ever.

Latest 50 posts

2015-04-19 14:08:12 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Is there any way to configure an Android device that hasn't been touched in some extended period of time to require a full password unlock? Even if there's no PIN code set on the device? Honestly, I think this should be default behavior. Like after say, two weeks, if a device hasn't been used (including if it's gone uncharged for two weeks), it should just require the Google account password to unlock.

Is there any way to configure an Android device that hasn't been touched in some extended period of time to require a full password unlock? Even if there's no PIN code set on the device? Honestly, I think this should be default behavior. Like after say, two weeks, if a device hasn't been used (including if it's gone uncharged for two weeks), it should just require the Google account password to unlock.___

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2015-01-19 09:35:19 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

I've created a petition to the White House to respect the right to freedom of encrypted speech. Every post you make on Facebook or Google+ is encrypted (note the lock icon up in the left-hand corner of your screen). Much of the activity you engage in on the internet today is encrypted. Popular apps like iMessage and WhatsApp could be forced to change their algorithms or become illegal under such a system. The government has indicated that they want companies and individuals to give them a set of master keys to allow them to bypass that encryption whenever they please. Naturally, they promise that they'll get a warrant. Probably. Except for all of those times that they didn't.

Encryption is the one good tool that the public has to keep an intrusive snooping government out of their business. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has already ruled that it is a constitutionally protected... more »

I've created a petition to the White House to respect the right to freedom of encrypted speech. Every post you make on Facebook or Google+ is encrypted (note the lock icon up in the left-hand corner of your screen). Much of the activity you engage in on the internet today is encrypted. Popular apps like iMessage and WhatsApp could be forced to change their algorithms or become illegal under such a system. The government has indicated that they want companies and individuals to give them a set of master keys to allow them to bypass that encryption whenever they please. Naturally, they promise that they'll get a warrant. Probably. Except for all of those times that they didn't.

Encryption is the one good tool that the public has to keep an intrusive snooping government out of their business. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has already ruled that it is a constitutionally protected right to publish encryption algorithms.

If the government gets its way, we will all be less safe from hackers and identity thieves, and our privacy will be further eroded by intelligence agencies that have repeatedly overstepped their bounds.

For this petition to become publicly visible, I need 150 signatures. I'd like to make a really big stink about this, but the petition has to be publicly discoverable for me to do that successfully. Please help by signing! Please help by sharing this post.___

2014-07-15 01:42:51 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

In case you weren't aware, I've been working on building out BitPesa's payment architecture for the last few months. Great way to send money back home to family in Kenya.

In case you weren't aware, I've been working on building out BitPesa's payment architecture for the last few months. Great way to send money back home to family in Kenya.___

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2014-01-17 19:52:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Heh. Google working on a glucose monitoring contact lens? Sure, that totally has nothing at all to do with figuring out how to get Google Glass down to the size of a contact lens.

Still, consider me impressed.

Heh. Google working on a glucose monitoring contact lens? Sure, that totally has nothing at all to do with figuring out how to get Google Glass down to the size of a contact lens.

Still, consider me impressed.___

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2014-01-04 02:18:10 (15 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Love you guys, but...

Love you guys, but...___

2013-11-20 20:15:52 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Google Maps API TOS question: If we use the Google Maps static API, can we cache the images locally to keep our usage down?

Google Maps API TOS question: If we use the Google Maps static API, can we cache the images locally to keep our usage down?___

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2013-08-06 23:00:06 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

This is very much akin to the kind of auth I've been hoping to see emerge. My ideal world would be one in which this was a secure service managed by the phone's OS, with something similar in the browser. And honestly, I'd like to see this be the primary factor in lieu of passwords.

This is very much akin to the kind of auth I've been hoping to see emerge. My ideal world would be one in which this was a secure service managed by the phone's OS, with something similar in the browser. And honestly, I'd like to see this be the primary factor in lieu of passwords.___

2013-08-01 18:50:15 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I haven't been able to use Google+ in awhile. I think I'm starting to realize why. Google+ is using what I suspect may be a serious design anti-pattern. Google+ has always seemed a bit noisy to me compared to its peers, but in the current design incarnation, that noise has been ratcheted up to 11. It's the zig-zag 3-column layout of stories. I can't visually scan 3 columns at once when each story in a given column starts at an offset from the stories in the columns next to it. There are no headlines to grab me and pull me into a story I've scanned over as there would be in a multi-column newspaper layout. So instead, I scroll down, try to find something that grabs my eye and... I just keep scrolling. I feel my eyes flitter back and forth over the columns but I can't focus on anything. The layout guarantees that the only cognitive engagement that can happen on the platform are memes... more »

I haven't been able to use Google+ in awhile. I think I'm starting to realize why. Google+ is using what I suspect may be a serious design anti-pattern. Google+ has always seemed a bit noisy to me compared to its peers, but in the current design incarnation, that noise has been ratcheted up to 11. It's the zig-zag 3-column layout of stories. I can't visually scan 3 columns at once when each story in a given column starts at an offset from the stories in the columns next to it. There are no headlines to grab me and pull me into a story I've scanned over as there would be in a multi-column newspaper layout. So instead, I scroll down, try to find something that grabs my eye and... I just keep scrolling. I feel my eyes flitter back and forth over the columns but I can't focus on anything. The layout guarantees that the only cognitive engagement that can happen on the platform are memes because nothing else can grab you and pull you in long enough.

It's a beautiful design that doesn't function. Unless of course you measure yourself only on content engagement. In which case, by all means, meme away.___

2013-07-22 15:42:33 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I haven't heard much on Activity Streams in quite some time. Has the spec reached some kind of general consensus at this point?

I haven't heard much on Activity Streams in quite some time. Has the spec reached some kind of general consensus at this point?___

2013-06-16 16:03:57 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

#comcast  is down for the third day in a row. Comcast customer service says, "Sorry, our hands are tied."

#comcast  is down for the third day in a row. Comcast customer service says, "Sorry, our hands are tied."___

2013-04-15 18:58:00 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

You know how it often seems like CAPTCHAs are trolling you? Sometimes they are.

You know how it often seems like CAPTCHAs are trolling you? Sometimes they are.___

2013-04-12 17:35:03 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Wow, now there's a blast from the past. I loved this game when I was growing up.

Wow, now there's a blast from the past. I loved this game when I was growing up.___

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2013-04-12 13:55:40 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Dear LazyWeb,

Let's say you were going to build an app on App Engine that you expected to exist in a wildly hostile security environment, with your primary concern being DDoS attacks. Your normal operating conditions will involve substantial concurrency, with lots of lightweight requests. You're anticipating being under constant 24/7/365 attack with varying degrees of assault involved. You're considering choosing between Java or Go environments on GAE – with all other considerations being equal, would you have a preference?

Assume you're planning to survive an absolute minimum of 1Gb/s incoming, but possibly much more. App Engine DoS blacklists are likely to be insufficient on their own in this scenario:
https://code.google.com/p/googleappengine/issues/detail?id=6000
https://code.google.com/p/googleappengine/issues/detail?id=6733

Assume that someot... more »

Dear LazyWeb,

Let's say you were going to build an app on App Engine that you expected to exist in a wildly hostile security environment, with your primary concern being DDoS attacks. Your normal operating conditions will involve substantial concurrency, with lots of lightweight requests. You're anticipating being under constant 24/7/365 attack with varying degrees of assault involved. You're considering choosing between Java or Go environments on GAE – with all other considerations being equal, would you have a preference?

Assume you're planning to survive an absolute minimum of 1Gb/s incoming, but possibly much more. App Engine DoS blacklists are likely to be insufficient on their own in this scenario:
https://code.google.com/p/googleappengine/issues/detail?id=6000
https://code.google.com/p/googleappengine/issues/detail?id=6733

Assume that some other (hand-waving) DDoS protection system will sit in the middle, but is not expected to be completely effective and some non-trivial fraction of the attack will bleed through.

Does this scenario affect your language choice at all? Does it affect your platform choice? (i.e., would you skip GAE altogether in favor of some other platform?)___

2013-03-19 17:04:29 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

If you haven't heard yet, we just launched one of the most forward-looking developer products: the Google Drive Realtime API.  This API allows your application to build realtime collaboration on Google infrastructure with essentially no overhead.  This is huge.  The ability to add operational transforms into your application in a performant way with an established data model allows you to make game-changing updates to your app.  Don't think like a chat client, think like Google Docs: multiple cursors from multiple people in the same file at the same time editing the same words!

Check out the blog post below and our documentation for more, but if there's one thing you should be doing today it's checking out this API and building a test application.

If you haven't heard yet, we just launched one of the most forward-looking developer products: the Google Drive Realtime API.  This API allows your application to build realtime collaboration on Google infrastructure with essentially no overhead.  This is huge.  The ability to add operational transforms into your application in a performant way with an established data model allows you to make game-changing updates to your app.  Don't think like a chat client, think like Google Docs: multiple cursors from multiple people in the same file at the same time editing the same words!

Check out the blog post below and our documentation for more, but if there's one thing you should be doing today it's checking out this API and building a test application.___

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2013-03-01 15:28:58 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

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2013-02-21 23:18:58 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

And this is why we have doctors.

And this is why we have doctors.___

2013-02-08 18:03:49 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

DAE with a Nexus 4 have WiFi + Bluetooth issues? I couldn't get my phone to reconnect with WiFi after leaving the house and returning unless I power cycled the phone. Seems that turning Bluetooth off has resolved the issue, but I'm wondering if anyone else is seeing this problem.

DAE with a Nexus 4 have WiFi + Bluetooth issues? I couldn't get my phone to reconnect with WiFi after leaving the house and returning unless I power cycled the phone. Seems that turning Bluetooth off has resolved the issue, but I'm wondering if anyone else is seeing this problem.___

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2013-02-07 05:18:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2013-02-06 00:17:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2013-02-04 20:05:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This is really great to see, and something I care deeply about. Thanks for the hard work on this, +Ann Mei Chang!

This is really great to see, and something I care deeply about. Thanks for the hard work on this, +Ann Mei Chang!___

2013-01-10 01:28:46 (6 comments, 5 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

+Android Developers! If you want to test your UI in pretty much all environments, a Nexus 10 is all you need.

There are two really useful commands you should know: "adb shell am display-size" and "adb shell am display-density".

These two commands will tell an attached device to emulate a display resolution or density other than the native display properties of the device. You can tell either property to reset by telling it "reset" as the resolution or density argument.

What this means is that with one high resolution, high density device like the Nexus 10, you can simulate the environment of just about any other Android device you'll care about for basic UI testing. The resource system will give you the appropriate resources for the adjusted Configuration and you can check each different device class you want to support in minutes.
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+Android Developers! If you want to test your UI in pretty much all environments, a Nexus 10 is all you need.

There are two really useful commands you should know: "adb shell am display-size" and "adb shell am display-density".

These two commands will tell an attached device to emulate a display resolution or density other than the native display properties of the device. You can tell either property to reset by telling it "reset" as the resolution or density argument.

What this means is that with one high resolution, high density device like the Nexus 10, you can simulate the environment of just about any other Android device you'll care about for basic UI testing. The resource system will give you the appropriate resources for the adjusted Configuration and you can check each different device class you want to support in minutes.

#androiddev  ___

2013-01-09 06:33:15 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Good grief, I've been gone for a year and a half and Netflix is still using Silverlight?

Good grief, I've been gone for a year and a half and Netflix is still using Silverlight?___

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2013-01-03 19:57:33 (5 comments, 25 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Best programming language design ever.

Best programming language design ever.___

2012-12-27 14:26:27 (8 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Bah, EverNote has been seriously failing me. Every time I edit a note, it generates like 3 copies of the note as conflicts. Anyone have suggestions for better alternatives? Bonus points if backed by a git repo.

#lazyweb   #androidapps  

Bah, EverNote has been seriously failing me. Every time I edit a note, it generates like 3 copies of the note as conflicts. Anyone have suggestions for better alternatives? Bonus points if backed by a git repo.

#lazyweb   #androidapps  ___

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2012-12-24 20:42:05 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

1 mile from my parent's house.

1 mile from my parent's house.___

2012-12-22 10:31:35 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

I'd forgotten how wildly frustrating using the Prediction API is. I hate Google Cloud Storage so much. There are few things I dislike more than starting to work on a project, getting in the zone, writing a bunch of code, and then running into a billing system that won't let me do anything for a few hours because it's busy authorizing something. Seriously, if I'm in the zone, don't break my flow. And if I've already authorized my account for a different project, don't make me do it again for every new project I create!

#devexp   #5minutedevexpbeatdown   #ijustwanttoupload58kb  

I'd forgotten how wildly frustrating using the Prediction API is. I hate Google Cloud Storage so much. There are few things I dislike more than starting to work on a project, getting in the zone, writing a bunch of code, and then running into a billing system that won't let me do anything for a few hours because it's busy authorizing something. Seriously, if I'm in the zone, don't break my flow. And if I've already authorized my account for a different project, don't make me do it again for every new project I create!

#devexp   #5minutedevexpbeatdown   #ijustwanttoupload58kb  ___

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2012-12-21 14:16:27 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

The Fourier Transform is both awesome and incomprensible to me. This article helped make it a little less of the latter for me.

The Fourier Transform is both awesome and incomprensible to me. This article helped make it a little less of the latter for me.___

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2012-12-19 16:28:26 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Totally crazy paragliding accident. Everything goes better than expected.

Totally crazy paragliding accident. Everything goes better than expected.___

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2012-12-19 12:07:10 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

A very good point; and it's not just about security - My data is fragmented over many services; My photos over Flickr and Picasa, my rants over countless blogs I've had, my music through Play, Amazon, and iTunes (Though I do have a fairly "Canonical" version of it.)

What is there to do? There's no compatibility layer; We at Google have our "Data Liberation Front", Facebook a similar system, even Twitter is providing such a service, but there's still no way to move that data elsewhere. You're left with the charred husk of your data, separated from the context that gives it life. You can't re-upload it, you can't extract but a fraction of the meaning without the interactions attached. All that you once did becomes so much more debris.

A very good point; and it's not just about security - My data is fragmented over many services; My photos over Flickr and Picasa, my rants over countless blogs I've had, my music through Play, Amazon, and iTunes (Though I do have a fairly "Canonical" version of it.)

What is there to do? There's no compatibility layer; We at Google have our "Data Liberation Front", Facebook a similar system, even Twitter is providing such a service, but there's still no way to move that data elsewhere. You're left with the charred husk of your data, separated from the context that gives it life. You can't re-upload it, you can't extract but a fraction of the meaning without the interactions attached. All that you once did becomes so much more debris.___

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2012-12-19 11:59:04 (13 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

Everything I own. Beat that +Bridgette Sexton !

Everything I own. Beat that +Bridgette Sexton !___

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2012-12-14 08:35:14 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

This is going to be a really big deal for ad-supported games I suspect. I've long thought game revenue from ads was almost entirely from misclicks. Certainly I've never once intended to click on an ad while playing +Angry Birds – but I have certainly misclicked while playing. (Raise your hand if you want to interrupt that game you were having fun playing to visit an advertiser's website.) I'm very curious to see what this does to the revenue of game developers.

This is going to be a really big deal for ad-supported games I suspect. I've long thought game revenue from ads was almost entirely from misclicks. Certainly I've never once intended to click on an ad while playing +Angry Birds – but I have certainly misclicked while playing. (Raise your hand if you want to interrupt that game you were having fun playing to visit an advertiser's website.) I'm very curious to see what this does to the revenue of game developers.___

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2012-12-10 14:24:13 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

And just wait until they do the same with FPGAs and/or even ASICs. Or better yet, assume they already have.

25-GPU cluster cracks every standard Windows password in <6 hours

The #Linux-based GPU cluster runs the Virtual OpenCL cluster platform, which allows the graphics cards to function as if they were running on a single desktop computer. ocl-Hashcat Plus, a freely available password-cracking suite optimized for GPU computing, runs on top, allowing the machine to tackle at least 44 other algorithms at near-unprecedented speeds. In addition to brute-force attacks, the cluster can bring that speed to cracks that use a variety of other techniques, including dictionary attacks containing millions of words.

A password-cracking expert has unveiled a computer cluster that can cycle through as many as 350 billion guesses per second. It's an almost unprecedented speed that can try every possible Windows passcode in the typical enterprise in less than six hours.

The five-server system uses a relatively new package of virtualization software that harnesses the power of 25 AMD Radeon graphics cards. It achieves the 350 billion-guess-per-second speed when cracking password hashes generated by the NTLM cryptographic algorithm that Microsoft included in every version of Windows since Server 2003. As a result, it can try an astounding 958 combinations in just 5.5 hours, enough to brute force every possible eight-character password containing upper- and lower-case letters, digits, and symbols. Such password policies are common in many enterprise settings. 

The same passwords protected by Microsoft's LM algorithm—which many organizations enable for compatibility with older Windows versions—will fall in just six minutes.


http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/12/25-gpu-cluster-cracks-every-standard-windows-password-in-6-hours/___And just wait until they do the same with FPGAs and/or even ASICs. Or better yet, assume they already have.

2012-12-08 04:03:10 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Anybody know who the W3C advisory committee representative is for Google? I'd really like to see Yehuda Katz getting one of those four seats.

I'm running to reform the W3C TAG.

More information at http://yehudakatz.com/2012/12/07/im-running-to-reform-the-w3cs-tag/___Anybody know who the W3C advisory committee representative is for Google? I'd really like to see Yehuda Katz getting one of those four seats.

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2012-12-05 22:33:37 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

You know what? I'm pretty sure I'd rather have the car drive itself.

You know what? I'm pretty sure I'd rather have the car drive itself.___

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2012-12-05 05:45:52 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2012-12-02 17:22:06 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

It'd be really cool if Google made it possible to check to see if a drug is counterfeit by its packet serial number from the Knowledge Graph box after searching for the drug name. A rather substantial percentage of the drugs on the market are counterfeits that pose a serious health risk to consumers.

Not to be confused with properly labeled generic drugs:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterfeit_medications

"According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2011, 64% of Nigeria's imported antimalarial drugs were fake." Given that fakes often contain no active ingredients, or worse, harmful substances, this is a pretty big deal.

There are pretty popular existing SMS systems to do this in various developing countries, but the issue is a big problem worldwide:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3b/Sproxil_system_phone_response.jpg

It'd be really cool if Google made it possible to check to see if a drug is counterfeit by its packet serial number from the Knowledge Graph box after searching for the drug name. A rather substantial percentage of the drugs on the market are counterfeits that pose a serious health risk to consumers.

Not to be confused with properly labeled generic drugs:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Counterfeit_medications

"According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2011, 64% of Nigeria's imported antimalarial drugs were fake." Given that fakes often contain no active ingredients, or worse, harmful substances, this is a pretty big deal.

There are pretty popular existing SMS systems to do this in various developing countries, but the issue is a big problem worldwide:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3b/Sproxil_system_phone_response.jpg___

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2012-12-02 12:42:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This is a pretty comprehensive article covering the issues and positions regarding ICANN and the ITU and the upcoming meetings in Dubai. Definitely worth a read.

This is a pretty comprehensive article covering the issues and positions regarding ICANN and the ITU and the upcoming meetings in Dubai. Definitely worth a read.___

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2012-11-27 20:11:25 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Sigh. 12:01pm. Alternating between "Sold out" and 500 errors. Come on +Google Play!

Sigh. 12:01pm. Alternating between "Sold out" and 500 errors. Come on +Google Play!___

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2012-11-27 15:11:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

I'm pretty much always excited about any game that lists +Dwarf Fortress as an influence.

I'm pretty much always excited about any game that lists +Dwarf Fortress as an influence.___

2012-11-26 07:00:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The world needs more people like this.

The world needs more people like this.___

2012-11-23 09:18:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Dear LazyWeb,

So I'm thinking of getting one of the new iMacs after I've moved back to the US. I want to use it with the monitor arms I have, so I need to adapt the mount Apple uses to a standard VESA mounting plate. Apple sells an adapter for this, but it looks like it won't be compatible with the new iMacs for some reason. Given that obnoxious development, I'm considering buying one of the old adapter plates, reverse engineering the mount and CNC machining my own that would actually be compatible with the new machines. (Assuming, of course, that Apple doesn't just release a new plate of their own that's actually compatible.)

The question is, where would I find someplace in the Bay Area that would let me use a CNC machine for a one-off like this? I imagine there's actually a ton of places that would do this, but I've never really looked into it... more »

Dear LazyWeb,

So I'm thinking of getting one of the new iMacs after I've moved back to the US. I want to use it with the monitor arms I have, so I need to adapt the mount Apple uses to a standard VESA mounting plate. Apple sells an adapter for this, but it looks like it won't be compatible with the new iMacs for some reason. Given that obnoxious development, I'm considering buying one of the old adapter plates, reverse engineering the mount and CNC machining my own that would actually be compatible with the new machines. (Assuming, of course, that Apple doesn't just release a new plate of their own that's actually compatible.)

The question is, where would I find someplace in the Bay Area that would let me use a CNC machine for a one-off like this? I imagine there's actually a ton of places that would do this, but I've never really looked into it before.___

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2012-11-21 18:44:13 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Now, this is innovation! Kelvin Doe,15 years, never been to an engineering class, build his own radio station from ground up and now he is touching the world! Self-taught African Teen Wows M.I.T.

Now, this is innovation! Kelvin Doe,15 years, never been to an engineering class, build his own radio station from ground up and now he is touching the world! Self-taught African Teen Wows M.I.T.___

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2012-11-11 08:51:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

+Google Consumer Surveys is probably one of the most exciting projects (from a pragmatic perspective, anyway) that has come out of Google in the year or so.

"Perhaps it won’t be long before Google, not Gallup, is the most trusted name in polling"

- Nate Silver on +Google Consumer Surveys ___+Google Consumer Surveys is probably one of the most exciting projects (from a pragmatic perspective, anyway) that has come out of Google in the year or so.

2012-11-06 20:12:13 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I must confess, I am dreading today's elections.
Not because of who might win or lose.
Not because as a Californian, my vote for President will count 1/3 as much as an Alaskan (actually it won't matter at all -- I'm not in a swing state).
Not because my vote for Senate will count 1/50 as much as an Alaskan.

But because no matter what the outcome, our government will still be a giant bonfire of partisanship.  It is ironic since whenever I have met with our elected officials they are invariably thoughtful, well-meaning people.  And yet collectively 90% of their effort seems to be focused on how to stick it to the other party.

So my plea to the victors -- whoever they might be: please withdraw from your respective parties and govern as independents in name and in spirit.  It is probably the biggest contribution you can make to the country.

[If youag... more »

I must confess, I am dreading today's elections.
Not because of who might win or lose.
Not because as a Californian, my vote for President will count 1/3 as much as an Alaskan (actually it won't matter at all -- I'm not in a swing state).
Not because my vote for Senate will count 1/50 as much as an Alaskan.

But because no matter what the outcome, our government will still be a giant bonfire of partisanship.  It is ironic since whenever I have met with our elected officials they are invariably thoughtful, well-meaning people.  And yet collectively 90% of their effort seems to be focused on how to stick it to the other party.

So my plea to the victors -- whoever they might be: please withdraw from your respective parties and govern as independents in name and in spirit.  It is probably the biggest contribution you can make to the country.

[If you agree, pass it on to your newly elected officials.]___

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2012-11-06 04:05:57 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Hahaha, +Elijah Kitaka will probably get a kick out of this one.

Hahaha, +Elijah Kitaka will probably get a kick out of this one.___

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2012-11-04 21:26:41 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I feel exactly the same way about the current state of mobile in the US. Went to price out smartphone plans the other day and the bill was going to be about $110/mo. with AT&T. Safaricom in Kenya charges me roughly $35/mo. for equivalent service without any carrier lock-in issues to worry about.

Editorial: is Engadget really that stupid? Or just corrupt? Or trolling us all?

Here is another "race to the bottom is bad" article, this time in the form of an "editorial" from Engadget. It's even more idiotic than usual.

The whole "race to the bottom" concept is odd to me: people complaining about how technology gets less outrageously expensive, and more available to everybody, and more commoditized.  Like that would be a bad thing? So the whole argument is fundamentally flawed to begin with - any time I see some pundit or CEO complaining about how the competition is making things cheaper, I go "Uhhuh, crybaby".

But when it comes to cellphones, it's not just a flawed argument, it's doubly stupid. Because in that market, particularly in the US, the alternative is the whole broken carrier subsidy model, with all that entails. None of which is good, and all of which is much worse than any (hypothetical) "race to the bottom" arguments.

And at no point did that deeply flawed editorial even mention carrier lock-in issues. What crock.

I have many reasons to like the google nexus phones: I just think that the plain android experience is generally cleaner than most of the skinned ones, and even when there is superior hardware (Samsung Galaxy SIII) I tend to prefer the Nexus model (honesty in advertizing: I've gotten free phones from both google and Samsung, but I actually bought my own Nexus One and Galaxy Nexus on google play store. And I installed CyanogenMod on the SIII Samsung gave me, because I wanted the JellyBean experience).

So I like the Nexus phones just because I think they have a nicer interface.

But I like the Nexus phones even more because they are clearly pushing the whole "no carrier lock-in" model. And price is absolutely part of it. ___I feel exactly the same way about the current state of mobile in the US. Went to price out smartphone plans the other day and the bill was going to be about $110/mo. with AT&T. Safaricom in Kenya charges me roughly $35/mo. for equivalent service without any carrier lock-in issues to worry about.

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2012-10-31 16:00:57 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

+Timothy Jordan 

+Timothy Jordan ___

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2012-10-25 17:49:02 (15 comments, 7 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

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2012-10-25 16:47:56 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Non-browser SSL implementations are widely vulnerable. The paper is pretty important and worth a read.

Non-browser SSL implementations are widely vulnerable. The paper is pretty important and worth a read.___

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2012-10-20 01:29:02 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

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