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Sai (saizai) has been at 3 events

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Make Your Laws293Following up from the April 23rd meeting, the Federal Election Commission is slated to discuss +Make Your Laws' Bitcoin advisory opinion request (AOR) and how to compromise between the two previous drafts.Draft C: http://saos.fec.gov/aodocs/201402_2.pdfMore info: https://makeyourlaws.org/fec/bitcoinJoin +Sai  live for the meeting, and get on the hangout afterwards if you'd like to discuss it or ask questions. Link to join the hangout will be posted here.Previous: FEC Meeting about MYL's Bitcoin request (AO 2014-02)2nd FEC meeting about MYL's Bitcoin request (AOR 2014-02)2014-05-08 16:00:003 
Make Your Laws293The FEC is having a webinar about e-filing on April 2, 1-2:15pm Eastern.http://www.fec.gov/info/outreach.shtml#roundtablesAnyone who wants to join the hangout (before or after the FEC meeting) is welcome to chat about MYL's tech progression (including e.g. making an open-source Ruby gem for FEC e-filing).FEC e-filing roundtable; MYL tech update2014-04-02 18:45:003 
Sai (saizai)8,617Sai's ASL tutorial beta test, take 2 (Sun @ 4)2012-11-19 01:00:004 

Sai (saizai) has been shared in 109 public circles

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Colin Wilson56Increase your following with our Amazing CirclesThis is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Share the circle (Publicly) 3 - Add +1 to the post #circles #shared #share #add #friends #circle #share #sharecircle #circleshare2014-09-08 06:25:20459111619
Becky Collins13,434Mobile Operator Circle:Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-24 05:16:124763112
John Nuntiatio37,244#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle  #photography #health #weightloss 2014-05-28 09:17:58496328
Becky Collins10,282Mobile Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-05-28 05:03:174777219
Tourej Ansari16,540All Kinds of People Shared CircleReshare or comment or plus to be in the next circle share!  Let me know if you want to be in the circle! Circle these plussers they are cool people! #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles2014-05-10 11:00:124583111
Ryan Johnson2,352sharedcircle   #publiccircleshare     #circleshare     #circleoftheday  #circleshares     #circlesharing     #circlesshare    #publicsharedcircle   #publicsharedcircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharedcircleoftheweek     #sharedcircles     #sharedpubliccircle   #todayspublicsharedcircle  #todayssharedcircle     #publiccircle   #circle     #circles    #awesome   #awesomeness   #awesomepeople   #shareyourcircle     #bestengagers   #followers   #followback     #awesomecircles  #topsharedcircle   #topsharedcircle     #myseoissocial     #besocial     #socializethesocial     #trust   #circles   #sharedcircle     #followers      #social     #socialnetworking     2014-04-16 05:12:352629212
John Nuntiatio33,101#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health #tennis #europe   #asia   #america   #africa   #australia   #football   #golf   #basketball   #news  2014-04-09 06:25:5632961213
John Nuntiatio32,205#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health2014-04-03 06:40:30128164
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:45475126
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:46:00475125
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:45:28475014
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:44:37475126
John Nuntiatio29,767#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-14 19:43:264755010
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:21:31469006
John Nuntiatio29,572#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport2014-03-12 06:20:51469102
John Nuntiatio29,361#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #circleoftheday #newcircle #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #health  #entertainment #news2014-03-09 11:43:13251109
Brian Wolfe22,328I haven't shared a circle in a long time. Maybe too long.Anyways.. Here is the circle that my browser spends the most time on.   Just in case I become a petulant child and walk away (not that I'm planning on doing so , just in case.)2013-08-22 05:36:251941335
Zbynek Kysela1,918BEST SHARED CIRCLE - Share, share, share!===================================HOW TO BE PART OF IT: 1) Add this circle to your circles -> Add circle2) Share added circle with option "include yourself in shared circle". Done. You're welcome :) ZbynekMy entire social presence:*****************************http://xeeme.com/bouchac*****************************2012-12-07 20:33:1441920625
Kurt Smith14,400Thought Provokers Circle Share - Who's Made You Think Lately?Who's Made You Think Lately? Are they in this circle? For me, +Dede Craig King had me really going last Monday, +Lacerant Plainer always gets me thinking, and just a few days ago it was +Randy Hilarski.Here's latest round of the Thought Provokers Circle. This is an #awesomesauce  circle of great plussers who will make you think (we're all trying anyway). The cool thing about this circle is that you had to be recommended by someone else to get in.Add & Reshare so others can discover these awesome people to follow. Current members please update your circle. If you'd like to join in, please suggest 3-5 people and tell why they make you think. #circleshare   #circles   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #sharepubliccircle   #publiccircle   #publicsharedcircles  2012-12-04 15:53:26287703062
Brunner Nathan0Some people that comment and follow back.Don't forget to give a share and a plus one.#circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing #publiccircle #circles2012-11-29 18:03:5327515317
Kurt Smith6,542Thought Provokers Circle Share -- Plussers Who 'Make You Go Hmm...'Next round of the Thought Provokers Circle. An amazing circle of great plussers who will make you think, well maybe. Here's some of the people and wisdom inside:"And a few of us that make you go "HUH???" from +Bearman Cartoons. " Ummmm.... I suddenly feel like I'm back in grade school again and the entire class is giving me the look... You're going to get your arse kicked at recess!!!! said +Frank Garufi Jr.. Check out and discover some new people - I've met +Dede Craig King, +Susanne Ramharter, +MommyLovesTech.Add & Reshare so others can discover these awesome people to follow. Current members please update your circle. If you'd like to join in, please suggest 3-5 people and why they make you think.#circles   #circle   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles  +Full Circle +Circles +CIRCLES on Google+ 2012-10-31 14:11:37275933482
Kurt Smith4,603Thought Provokers Circle -- Plussers Who 'Make You Go Hmm...'Round 2 of the Thought Provokers Circle. An amazing circle of great plussers who will make you think! New additions include +Thomas Power, +Bobbi Jo Woods and dozens of others.Add & Reshare so others can discover these awesome people to follow. If you'd like to join in, please suggest 3-5 people and why they make you think.#circles   #circle   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #circlesharing   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publiccircles   #publicsharedcircles   +Full Circle +Circles +CIRCLES on Google+ 2012-10-17 13:52:172561193675
Tim Moore23,874My Go To Circle when I'm using +Google+ from my mobile --- which is a lot!IF you use +Google+ from your mobile device and want GREAT CONTENT, then this is a money circle for you.  All the guys and gals in here are fantastic and post very shareable items.Created for the circle when you want to reliably find and share great content quickly from your mobile!>>> Help your friends who may be new here to +Google+ - share this circle with them.  They will love you forever......... or at least until payday. :) #greatcontent   #sharing  +Shared Circles on G+ +Public Circles +CircleCount +Nothing but Circles  #sharedcircles   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday  +Shared a circle with you +Full Circle  #mobile  2012-10-02 19:10:48484723561
Kurt Smith3,250Plussers Who 'Make You Go Hmm...' Circle ShareHere's round 1 of the Thought Provokers Circle. Last week I asked who people follow because their posts make you think. The post (  http://bit.ly/WdN9HG) snowballed and here's the result - an amazing circle of great plussers who wil make you think!Add them and check them out, and discover some really cool new people to follow on G+. Please reshare with your followers to expand the thinking.If you'd like to join in, suggest 3-5 people and why they make you think. #circles   #circle   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #circlesharing  #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publiccircles  #publicsharedcircles  +Full Circle +CIRCLES on Google+  +Circles 2012-10-02 13:37:49218505056
Jd Geier883My Top 99 CircleThe #top99   #sharedcircles  are going around... I figure I don't share circles that often, so here's mine.  I tried to filter out family, businesses, non-users (deleted?)... but I may have missed one or two.If you're notified of this post, you're in it. :)Want to make your own?Go to circles. Make sure 'sort by relevance' is selected at the top. Drag and drop to select roughly 100 people. Make a new circle. Maybe edit out a few personal people etc.. but thats it.. pretty simple.. Share the circle with the little share button in the middle of the new circle and tag it with #top99. Done :)2012-07-25 02:14:3499102
Sophie Wrobel9,700Where Google+ fails: My shrinking geek circleWhere did all the real geeks go?This is my second circle share, and (like the first one) a very small circle. It is also one with many lesser-known faces. These are people who are not necessarily hackers, but they all have one thing in common, something that annoys everyone who doesn't understand geek culture, and that turns other geeks on - they will ruthlessly and methodolically take apart the semantics of anything you say, and go to utmost lengths to defend their reasoning. They will keep you sharp.I'm also sharing this circle as a call for help. This circle is the one circle that I curate that has shrunk considerably in the past few months. I figure it is high time to share it before it reduces itself to zero. Some of its ex-members are now homelessly wandering without a new platform to gather on. But where have the rest of this geek exodus gone off to?And, oh yes, the question which we all suspect an unspoken answer to but don't want to acknowledge it: why is Google so seemingly desperate to drive the geeks out?2012-06-28 06:11:2192115
Henry A. Otero (Hanko9)9,525Google+ Engagers Circle #2... created by YOU!!! Everyone included in this circle was recommended by someone in the circle. These are YOUR favs!!!Here are the first 500 people from Circle #1 (there are NO duplicates). https://plus.google.com/117412175333096244275/posts/62yfETEsZgx#circlemonday #circleshare #publiccircles #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles +Nothing but Circles 2012-06-18 21:30:4250010522
Richard Law2,621Imaginary Robots should be in everyone's stream. #doshare #sharedcircles #circleshare2012-05-07 20:41:36231000
Lee Smallwood8,954Want to share the 2nd of 2 circles of Engaging People here on G+ I love their content, the way the engage and I recommend you step and say Hello to them :)Have a great weekend all :)2012-04-13 17:23:5433731622
Richard Law2,040My imaginary robots circle; one of my favorites. #sharedcircle2012-04-03 19:24:54199011
Sophie Wrobel6,893Cream of the cream: My mentor circleThis is my first circle share. I've been rather hesitant to share circles as I feel that circle shares are incredibly impersonal: you get a pile of suggestions without any real idea why, or where they fit in your world. Then +Gideon Rosenblatt proposed a wonderful idea: a Google+ Mentors Circle. The idea being, you add people to this circle who you want to be your mentor, target them by following their posts and building a relationship with them so that you can win them as your mentor. And: what a circle to share! That is the 'cream of the cream' circle.While I don't follow that definition so strictly - I've always been one to silently observe and pick and choose qualities that I'd like to attain, and then copy particular 'role models' without necessarily asking for a more formal relationship - I did start collecting people whom I want to learn some particular quality from into a circle. Potential mentors, you could say. And then I realized: This wasn't a circle I could share. Some of those people were G+ lurkers. Others were using G+ as a Twitter-crosspost-outlet or Reader-sharing-outlet without actually engaging in conversation. So I removed them and was left with a circle of people whom I want to learn something from, who post insightful content and who respond to conversations actively. And that, fellow readers, is this circle. Since these people happen to also be 'big noisy people' on the most part, I expect you are already following some of them. If not, feel free to meet and greet, and/or guess what I'm trying to learn these days. :)I'll share a second circle, one with my favorite 'not-so-noisy' people to read based on content quality, later - again, as an attempt to counter the trend of sharing circles with too much noise.2012-04-01 22:44:0518303
Anthony Fox10,032International CircleIf you want to go global on Google+The countries represented by this circle:Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, Catalonia, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, US, Vietnam, Venezuela2012-03-28 17:31:02274774757
John Kellden4,179The Moneyball TeamGoogle+ Visionaries, take 2An update of the circle I previously shared. I've removed most of the big hitters.I figured they're in the ten thousand range or more and will survive being cut. Will share them in a new circle in the not too distant future. I also removed some Google Pages. This is the Moneyball Team of Google+. And I mean that as the highest possible praise.#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #circleshare2012-03-19 13:04:39500648
John Kellden4,179Google+ VisionariesThese 365 people are mandatory to interact with. I suggest you set aside a moment each day for each one in this circle. Which is why I've added 365 people. Seriously, do.Ok, so it's not humanly possible to do that. Think of it as a Google+ smorgasbord of awesome people then.As with my previously shared link of 500 Great Google Plus People, I've looked at these people from a number of different angles. They passed with flying colours. :)#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #circleshare2012-03-19 11:09:54365231829
John Kellden4,057Great Google Plus PeopleWorth Waiting For. I've thrown every heuristic and the kitchen sink into this, pondering from a great many angles, with the intention of creating a shared circle that is nothing other than mindblowing. You won't get instant fame, fortune and world peace by interacting with this bunch of people, but pretty damn close. This is like an online portable, accessible, interactive Chautauqua. And then some. Enjoy!2012-03-17 15:45:4949913914
Todd Vierling1,010The Lesser Celebrities of Google+My first broad-based shared circle. These people aren't super-prolific posters with thousands of commenters like Scoble or +Mike Elgan (there's nothing wrong with that; his content is nifty, but I simply can't keep up).These folks may not have follower counts in the hundreds of thousands, but they regularly post things that are interesting, geeky, funny, thought-provoking, and generally worth the read. A good addition to anybody's stream.First point, this circle seriously needs more women, and I plan to reduce the gender divide (and increase the diversity in general) before re-sharing this circle. And secondly, after cobbling this list, I'm sure that I left out a dozen or more folks whom I intended to add here. So this circle will probably be a tad bit larger the next time I share it.2012-03-02 19:19:1026102
Christopher Franko (Sr)6,707This is my #Suggested user circle.Everytime I see someone suggest cool plussers, I usually put them in this circle.#Circle, #share , Include yourself in shared circle. #winningwednesday2012-02-29 19:05:48254915
Hacker News Circle5,679Part 1/3 (Remember to add all of them) Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/23/2012 at 12:00pm EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-23 17:00:12999023
Forrest Thiessen382Cure for Slim Stream Syndrome (SSS)I was discussing with +Phil Tubb the other day that--in my experience--the way people use Facebook and Google+ are quite different. I've seen people follow family members and old friends and classmates on Facebook to learn about how friends are getting along, who's dating whom, what people had for dinner, etc... and when they come to G+ many of those people they follow on Facebook aren't here yet, so their stream is still and quiet ("just the sound of crickets", as +Aisha Thiessen told me). Unlike Facebook, though, G+ is much more about finding new friends and people whose interests you share, though--with a little poking around and a little "gardening" of your circles, you can find all kinds of interesting people... but how to get started finding those folks, and curing "Slim Stream Syndrome" ("SSS")?There are a growing number of ways to do this (searching G+ for a topic that interest you, for example), but one is to load yourself up with a "starter set" of G+ people that someone recommends to you as having interesting things to say (or at least that share funny cat photos...). I just spent half an hour quickly going through my circles and pulled together this "shared circle" of people who (a) post regularly on G+; (b) say interesting (or entertaining) things, and do it well (whether I always agree with them or not); and (c) encourage discussion. (It's not an all-inclusive list by any means--please don't be offended if I didn't include you!).If you're suffering from SSS, consider clicking on the "Add circle" link below--that will copy all these folks into a new circle in your G+ account, and away you go. If you don't like or enjoy what you're seeing from them, take them out of your circle, and they're gone; if you do, see who they're sharing things from and discussing things with, and you'll soon find other new people on your own to add to your circles.Have fun with it!2012-01-22 03:06:0739323
Hacker News Circle5,699Part 1/3 (Remember to add all of them) Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/21/2012 at 12:00am EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-21 05:00:13999002
Hacker News Circle5,681Part 1/3 (Remember to add all of them) Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/19/2012 at 12:00pm EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-19 17:00:12999001
Hacker News Circle5,681Part 1/3 (Remember to add all of them) Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/19/2012 at 12:00am EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-19 05:00:27999010
Hacker News Circle5,656Part 1/3 Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/16/2012 at 12:31pm EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-16 17:31:13999000
Hacker News Circle5,499Part 1/3 Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/14/2012 at 12:00pm EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-14 17:00:08999041
Hacker News Circle5,499Part 1/3 Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/14/2012 at 09:00am EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-14 14:00:09999000
Hacker News Circle5,499Part 1/3 Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/14/2012 at 08:00am EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-14 13:00:15999000
Hacker News Circle5,499Part 1/3 Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/14/2012 at 06:00am EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-14 11:00:15999000
Hacker News Circle5,499Part 1/3 Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/14/2012 at 05:00am EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-14 10:00:14999000
Hacker News Circle5,499Part 1/3 Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/14/2012 at 04:00am EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-14 09:00:13999001
Hacker News Circle5,499Part 1/3 Notice: Google+ Shared Circles are snapshots and you must manually re-add from this circle in order to update your circle with new users. Automatically generated from http://hngp.axxim.net/ (Go there to add yourself to the circle) at 01/14/2012 at 03:00am EST Made by antimatter15 https://plus.google.com/116347431032639424492/aboutSource code (Github): https://github.com/antimatter15/autocircle2012-01-14 08:00:12999000

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2014-09-04 11:50:00 (69 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s) 

[TW: discussion of rape, law, and consent]

Generally p, I agree with this — having the culture be that seeking and receiving an enthusiastic "yes please fuck me" is the standard would be a very positive change.

However, one part of the legalization concerns me: that in some cases (primarily with alcohol or <18 year olds) someone can be legally incapable of giving consent, even though socially they are.

Practically speaking, it's very common for people to intentionally — consensually — get drunk (or high) with the intent of lowering their inhibitions and possibly having sex. Yet in such cases, a law strictly written, as the one described in this article, would deem both participants to be rapists.

Certainly there are cases where someone is incapable of giving informed consent because they are too inebriated or young, and if that vulnerabilityis ta... more »

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2014-09-09 15:56:23 (0 comments, 11 reshares, 6 +1s) 

From the excellent +Nathaniel Burney of lawcomic.net, here's the second comprehensive "how to properly invoke your rights" flowchart, for the 5th amendment: http://lawcomic.net/guide/?p=2897

See also the 4th amendment: http://lawcomic.net/guide/?p=2256

The law is complicated, but the tl;dr of what to do isn't: 
1. "Am I being detained or free to go?" If no indication otherwise, leave.
2. If not free to go: "I'm not answering questions and I want a lawyer". Then just shut up.

Everything else is ways you can be fucked even if you do that, but not much you can do about it, so let your lawyer deal with it.

Most plusones: 51

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2014-08-22 17:01:14 (4 comments, 10 reshares, 51 +1s) 

From the credits of Frozen:

"The views and opinions expressed by Kristoff in the film that all men eat their own boogers are solely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Walt Disney Company or the filmmakers. Neither The Walt Disney Company nor the filmmakers make any representation of the accuracy of any such views and opinions."

That's probably the most amusing legal disclaimer I've seen in a while. I note that it also does not disagree with his views.

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2014-09-18 01:29:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Interesting new study linking RNA markers to depression and CBT effectiveness. Small population size, though, and it's a shame they didn't measure serum levels of oxytocin etc while they were at it. Will be very interesting to see if this gets replicated with a larger population.

Interesting new study linking RNA markers to depression and CBT effectiveness. Small population size, though, and it's a shame they didn't measure serum levels of oxytocin etc while they were at it. Will be very interesting to see if this gets replicated with a larger population.___

2014-09-18 01:09:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s) 

I've just sent my letter to the House Transportation Security subcommittee: http://s.ai/tsa/tssletter

It's just in time for their hearing "Safeguarding Privacy and Civil Liberties While Keeping our Skies Safe" (2pm Eastern on Thursday 18th, livestreamed @ http://homeland.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-hearing-safeguarding-privacy-and-civil-liberties-while-keeping-our-skies-safe).


It would help a lot if you contact them as well.

Phone is usually best; email works too. Between 9am and 2pm on Thursday Sept 18 would be even better. ;-)

Just talk about your own experience in your own words and say what you'd like them to do to fix it. Feel free to crib from the executive summary (page 2 & 3) of my letter. (Asking them to please meet with me wouldn't hurt either. :-P)

Please share & encourage your friends to call... more »

I've just sent my letter to the House Transportation Security subcommittee: http://s.ai/tsa/tssletter

It's just in time for their hearing "Safeguarding Privacy and Civil Liberties While Keeping our Skies Safe" (2pm Eastern on Thursday 18th, livestreamed @ http://homeland.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-hearing-safeguarding-privacy-and-civil-liberties-while-keeping-our-skies-safe).


It would help a lot if you contact them as well.

Phone is usually best; email works too. Between 9am and 2pm on Thursday Sept 18 would be even better. ;-)

Just talk about your own experience in your own words and say what you'd like them to do to fix it. Feel free to crib from the executive summary (page 2 & 3) of my letter. (Asking them to please meet with me wouldn't hurt either. :-P)

Please share & encourage your friends to call in too. It's a nice, nonpartisan issue that everyone can get behind: make the TSA obey the law, screen only for weapons & explosives, and stop hassling people for their disabilities or their (non-exploding, non-weaponized) bottles of juice. ;-)


If your congresscritter is listed below and you can call, please call their office directly (be sure to tell them you're a constituent and mention the hearing).

If not, contact the subcommittee itself: (202) 226-8417 / homeland.security@mail.house.gov.

AL Mike Rogers (202) 225-3261
AZ Ron Barber (202) 225-2542
CA Eric Swalwell (202) 225-5065
CA Loretta Sanchez (202) 225-2965
FL Curtis Clawson (202) 225-2536
GA Paul C. Broun (202) 225-4101
IN Susan W. Brooks (202) 225-2276
LA Cedric L. Richmond (202) 225-6636
MA William R. Keating (202) 225-3111
MI Bennie G. Thompson (202) 225-5876
MI Candice S. Miller  (202) 225-2106
MI Steven M. Palazzo (202) 225-5772
MT Steve Daines (202) 225-3211
NC Richard Hudson  (202) 225-3715
NJ Donald M. Payne, Jr. (202) 225-3436
NY Brian Higgins (202) 225-3306
NY Peter T. King (202) 225-7896
NY Yvette D. Clarke (202) 225-6231
PA Lou Barletta (202) 225-6511
PA Patrick Meehan (202) 225-2011
PA Scott Perry (202) 225-5836
PA Tom Marino (202) 225-3731
SC Jeff Duncan (202) 225-5301
SC Mark Sanford (202) 225-3176
TX Beto O'Rourke (202) 225-4831
TX Filemon Vela (202) 225-9901
TX Lamar S. Smith (202) 225-4236
TX Michael McCaul (202) 225-2401
TX Sheila Jackson Lee (202) 225-3816
UT Jason Chaffetz (202) 225-7751


Together, we can get Congress to take a serious look at TSA's policies & practices, and enact some practical, bipartisan legislative reform to fix them.___

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2014-09-15 16:13:13 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Rynearson v USA, No. 13-5114 (5th Cir. 2014). Argued a couple weeks ago — challenging the legality of an immigration checkpoint stop that took 34 minutes and spent virtually all of it on stuff unrelated to the citizenship of Rynearson (an Army major). Listen to the court's questioning of the government lawyer (starting around 15m in) — it's extremely critical, and the judge actually watched the video. (Kudos to him for being unflappable under fire, though.)

a) Should be an interesting opinion.
b) Remember to always record police, 'cause video trumps everything. :-)

See also Ben Swann, Terry Bressi, and Rick Rynearson on DHS Suspicionless Checkpoints & Full Video - Border Patrol Incident Part 1

Rynearson v USA, No. 13-5114 (5th Cir. 2014). Argued a couple weeks ago — challenging the legality of an immigration checkpoint stop that took 34 minutes and spent virtually all of it on stuff unrelated to the citizenship of Rynearson (an Army major). Listen to the court's questioning of the government lawyer (starting around 15m in) — it's extremely critical, and the judge actually watched the video. (Kudos to him for being unflappable under fire, though.)

a) Should be an interesting opinion.
b) Remember to always record police, 'cause video trumps everything. :-)

See also Ben Swann, Terry Bressi, and Rick Rynearson on DHS Suspicionless Checkpoints & Full Video - Border Patrol Incident Part 1___

2014-09-14 16:54:12 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Trying again, this time asking outside of LaTeX (possibly d3.js) since that didn't seem to be a good fit. I've not been up on graphics-manipulation stuff, so would appreciate input for how to do this well.

Trying again, this time asking outside of LaTeX (possibly d3.js) since that didn't seem to be a good fit. I've not been up on graphics-manipulation stuff, so would appreciate input for how to do this well.___

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2014-09-12 21:31:03 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Another interesting criminal case — basically, the 9th seems skeptical that having child porn on Limewire P2P software can constitute separate counts of possession, distribution, advertising, and transportation, when it's just a single act. And "advertising" is a 15 year mandatory minimum. (Skip to the prosecutor's part, ~15m in. The defender's, first, is some random stuff about conflict of interest and attorney assignment that's not very interesting IMO.)

Personally I find it very difficult to believe that P2P participation really constitutes meaningful "advertising" on par with the normal meaning of the term, especially when "advertising" has a harsher sentence than "transportation" but on the Internet one has to first "advertise" the availability of a file before it is "transported" to the other party. (Also, whoe... more »

Another interesting criminal case — basically, the 9th seems skeptical that having child porn on Limewire P2P software can constitute separate counts of possession, distribution, advertising, and transportation, when it's just a single act. And "advertising" is a 15 year mandatory minimum. (Skip to the prosecutor's part, ~15m in. The defender's, first, is some random stuff about conflict of interest and attorney assignment that's not very interesting IMO.)

Personally I find it very difficult to believe that P2P participation really constitutes meaningful "advertising" on par with the normal meaning of the term, especially when "advertising" has a harsher sentence than "transportation" but on the Internet one has to first "advertise" the availability of a file before it is "transported" to the other party. (Also, who exactly does the transportation, really? I'd say it's the ISPs, not any of the humans.)

Anyway, will be interesting to see the ruling on this.___

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2014-09-12 20:09:07 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

This is pretty awesome.

Since Orwellianism seems to be the theme of the day, (it's the theme of every day, Citizen!) I present to you this rather disturbing little game, "Nothing to Hide." It's very simple: you have to get from one end of each level to the other, and stay in sight of the cameras at all times. Because the cameras are your friend, and they ensure that you are safe. You want to be safe, don't you, Citizen? 

You can play a demo at http://www.nothingtohide.cc/ -- and it's quite playable. In a disturbing sort of way.

Something between credit and blame to +Peter Norvig for pointing me at this.___This is pretty awesome.

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2014-09-12 19:48:14 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s) 

An interesting case argued before 9th recently: a cop stopped someone on a pretext. He told the stopped person that he wouldn't be given a ticket. He claimed on to smell meth, took 19 minutes to run a bunch of background checks and wait for his partner, and then ran his drug dog around it.

There's a lot of argument here where the DA is really struggling to justify prolonging the stop to run the background check at all. The resulting opinion should be fairly interesting, so watch for it.

An interesting case argued before 9th recently: a cop stopped someone on a pretext. He told the stopped person that he wouldn't be given a ticket. He claimed on to smell meth, took 19 minutes to run a bunch of background checks and wait for his partner, and then ran his drug dog around it.

There's a lot of argument here where the DA is really struggling to justify prolonging the stop to run the background check at all. The resulting opinion should be fairly interesting, so watch for it.___

2014-09-12 18:22:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Filed. We'll see how it goes…

https://docs.google.com/document/d/17G5_RVF611uFKDs0vL7gCCzU9cORplW9kYUrMAb0YTA/

Hm. TSA, in a sworn statement submitted in my lawsuit on June 25, said that they would finish their review of documents I asked for, and provide them to me, within 45 days. That's August 9 — a month ago.

Given that the documents I got so far have substantially affected my argument, I think I'm going to move for an extension of time for the current issues (reply re reconsideration of amendment of complaint, response to motion to dismiss / strike) until the remaining documents are given to me, and request permission to compel their production.

Time to call their bluff.___Filed. We'll see how it goes…

https://docs.google.com/document/d/17G5_RVF611uFKDs0vL7gCCzU9cORplW9kYUrMAb0YTA/

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2014-09-12 15:15:19 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Three states' anti same-sex marriage laws just got argued back-to-back before the 9th Circuit: Idaho (14-35420 Susan Latta v. C. Otter), Nevada (12-17668 Beverly Sevcik v. Brian Sandoval), and Hawaii (12-16995 12-16998 Natasha Jackson v. Neil Abercrombie).

The Hawaii argument was only about mootness and vacator, and not all that interestingly. So tl;dw, notable (IMO) arguments by the Idaho/Nevada attorney: 

* "genderless marriage" wouldn't send as clear a message to potential parents, especially fathers, that they have to get married before they have kids
* it would undermine "the child's bonding right"
* MA stats are irrelevant because they are not based on a generation raised with that message
* Idaho is not prescribing role or stereotypes, but failing to consider the biological facts of man/woman mother/father relationships would be a... more »

Three states' anti same-sex marriage laws just got argued back-to-back before the 9th Circuit: Idaho (14-35420 Susan Latta v. C. Otter), Nevada (12-17668 Beverly Sevcik v. Brian Sandoval), and Hawaii (12-16995 12-16998 Natasha Jackson v. Neil Abercrombie).

The Hawaii argument was only about mootness and vacator, and not all that interestingly. So tl;dw, notable (IMO) arguments by the Idaho/Nevada attorney: 

* "genderless marriage" wouldn't send as clear a message to potential parents, especially fathers, that they have to get married before they have kids
* it would undermine "the child's bonding right"
* MA stats are irrelevant because they are not based on a generation raised with that message
* Idaho is not prescribing role or stereotypes, but failing to consider the biological facts of man/woman mother/father relationships would be a "radical social constructivist" view of gender
* no-fault divorce has harmed children (by sending a message that parents can walk away from a marriage), to Idaho's "regret", though it hasn't yet reversed that law

Amusing moment at the very end of Latta v Otter (1h1m), where Judge Reinhardt says overtly that the Supreme Court — specifically, Justice Kennedy — is going to ultimately decide this. (Which really makes me want courts to just say "look, there's no way we're going to be the final word on this, so just skip us go ask the next court up".)___

2014-09-12 13:59:30 (34 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Suppose a state's constitution were amended to say that
a) no law may be defended on any basis not stated explicitly in its legislative history (i.e. even for rational basis review, the basis can't be invented in legislation litigation);
b) for post-amendment laws, the reason must be stated in the law itself (or in a later resolution), e.g. a "whereas / in order to" clause; and
c) legislative fact-finding is given only the status of rebuttable presumption.

What would break?

Suppose a state's constitution were amended to say that
a) no law may be defended on any basis not stated explicitly in its legislative history (i.e. even for rational basis review, the basis can't be invented in legislation litigation);
b) for post-amendment laws, the reason must be stated in the law itself (or in a later resolution), e.g. a "whereas / in order to" clause; and
c) legislative fact-finding is given only the status of rebuttable presumption.

What would break?___

2014-09-10 19:16:20 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

I'm writing up a letter to the House Subcommittee on Transportation Security (homeland.house.gov/subcommittee-TS), which oversees the TSA, explaining how TSA's current policies are unlawful on their face and how in practice they violate both the law and their own policy[0].

I'm asking the Subcommittee to investigate, and to pass specific legislation to address those issues.

You can help a lot!

1. Review the letter — particularly the last section, which recommends very specific legislative reforms. I want to make sure I'm proposing reforms which are both realistic to pass and will address the problems.

2. Email me (tsa@saizai.com) a PDF letter in support, expressing in your own words your views, experiences, and suggestions on the matter.

Include your name and contact information if you want that to be public; list it as&... more »

I'm writing up a letter to the House Subcommittee on Transportation Security (homeland.house.gov/subcommittee-TS), which oversees the TSA, explaining how TSA's current policies are unlawful on their face and how in practice they violate both the law and their own policy[0].

I'm asking the Subcommittee to investigate, and to pass specific legislation to address those issues.

You can help a lot!

1. Review the letter — particularly the last section, which recommends very specific legislative reforms. I want to make sure I'm proposing reforms which are both realistic to pass and will address the problems.

2. Email me (tsa@saizai.com) a PDF letter in support, expressing in your own words your views, experiences, and suggestions on the matter.

Include your name and contact information if you want that to be public; list it as 'John Doe' with an explanation if you want to be anonymous. Don't include a physical signature (it'll be public); a simple "Sincerely, [name] / [date] / [contact info]" will do just fine.

If any of these people are your representative, be sure to say "I am a constituent of Rep. X" in your letter:
AL Mike Rogers
AZ Ron Barber
CA Eric Swalwell
CA Loretta Sanchez
FL Curtis Clawson
GA Paul C. Broun
IN Susan W. Brooks
LA Cedric L. Richmond
MA William R. Keating
MI Bennie G. Thompson
MI Candice S. Miller
MI Steven M. Palazzo
MT Steve Daines
NC Richard Hudson
NJ Donald M. Payne, Jr.
NY Brian Higgins
NY Peter T. King
NY Yvette D. Clarke
PA Lou Barletta
PA Patrick Meehan
PA Scott Perry
PA Tom Marino
SC Jeff Duncan
SC Mark Sanford
TX Beto O'Rourke
TX Filemon Vela
TX Lamar S. Smith
TX Michael McCaul
TX Sheila Jackson Lee
UT Jason Chaffetz


Deadline: midnight GMT September 17th, unless you contact me to tell me you need more time.

Thanks again for your support!

P.S. I'm pretty much broke, working full time on public interest, non-profit work. If you support my work and would buy me a drink, I'd really appreciate the financial equivalent (especially monthly): PayPal s.ai/pp or Bitcoin s.ai/btcr recurring, s.ai/btc 1-time.

Many thanks to everyone who has donated so far — 19 anonymous people, Alan Jaffray, Ben Heaton, Brent Smith, Forrest Davie, Jakob Burgos, James O'Keefe, Jonathan Hammer,@hibitcoin, Leland Paul, Michael Chermside, & Michelle Tackabery. <3!

[0]
https://docs.google.com/document/d/19N_IcDl9PFusQist43ws62CO8zJc53UorNV7QFPVpWI/___

2014-09-10 10:09:06 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s) 

Turns out there's a whole series of GAO reports saying that TSA's BDO/SPOT program is useless and should be defunded. Quoting the summary of the 2014 review:

"In November 2013, GAO reported that (1) peer-reviewed, published research we reviewed did not support whether nonverbal behavioral indicators can be used to reliably identify deception, (2) methodological issues limited the usefulness of DHS's April 2011 SPOT validation study, and (3) variation in referral rates raised questions about the use of indicators. GAO reported that its review of meta-analyses (studies that analyze other studies and synthesize their findings) that included findings from over 400 studies related to detecting deception conducted over the past 60 years, other academic and government studies, and interviews with experts in the field, called into question the use of behavior observation techniques, that... more »

Turns out there's a whole series of GAO reports saying that TSA's BDO/SPOT program is useless and should be defunded. Quoting the summary of the 2014 review:

"In November 2013, GAO reported that (1) peer-reviewed, published research we reviewed did not support whether nonverbal behavioral indicators can be used to reliably identify deception, (2) methodological issues limited the usefulness of DHS's April 2011 SPOT validation study, and (3) variation in referral rates raised questions about the use of indicators. GAO reported that its review of meta-analyses (studies that analyze other studies and synthesize their findings) that included findings from over 400 studies related to detecting deception conducted over the past 60 years, other academic and government studies, and interviews with experts in the field, called into question the use of behavior observation techniques, that is, human observation unaided by technology, as a means for reliably detecting deception. The meta-analyses GAO reviewed collectively found that the ability of human observers to accurately identify deceptive behavior based on behavioral cues or indicators is the same as or slightly better than chance (54 percent). GAO also reported on other studies that do not support the use of behavioral indicators to identify mal-intent or threats to aviation."

Yep, I'd say that is clear evidence that disclosure of information relating to BDO/SPOT materials would not be "detrimental to the security of transportation" but would "conceal a violation of law, inefficiency, or administrative error", prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency", and "prevent or delay the release of information that does not require protection in the interest of transportation security" (11 USC 114(r)(4)).

I love actual evidence — especially when I can use it to impeach bullshit claims of exemption. :-)

http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-159
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-14-158T 
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-11-461T
http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-10-763___

2014-09-10 09:17:20 (53 comments, 8 reshares, 26 +1s) 

Dear everyone: Please stop using +Scribd as any kind of canonical link or upload source for a document. Like +Elsevier, it is a service that takes advantage of freely made and uploaded documents and charges the public for access to them. That's a despicable business model that must always be blacklisted.

Please just upload and directly link to a PDF. For non-download readability, here's your link:
https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://your_pdf_here

Dear everyone: Please stop using +Scribd as any kind of canonical link or upload source for a document. Like +Elsevier, it is a service that takes advantage of freely made and uploaded documents and charges the public for access to them. That's a despicable business model that must always be blacklisted.

Please just upload and directly link to a PDF. For non-download readability, here's your link:
https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://your_pdf_here___

2014-09-09 21:38:24 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s) 

Hm. TSA, in a sworn statement submitted in my lawsuit on June 25, said that they would finish their review of documents I asked for, and provide them to me, within 45 days. That's August 9 — a month ago.

Given that the documents I got so far have substantially affected my argument, I think I'm going to move for an extension of time for the current issues (reply re reconsideration of amendment of complaint, response to motion to dismiss / strike) until the remaining documents are given to me, and request permission to compel their production.

Time to call their bluff.

Hm. TSA, in a sworn statement submitted in my lawsuit on June 25, said that they would finish their review of documents I asked for, and provide them to me, within 45 days. That's August 9 — a month ago.

Given that the documents I got so far have substantially affected my argument, I think I'm going to move for an extension of time for the current issues (reply re reconsideration of amendment of complaint, response to motion to dismiss / strike) until the remaining documents are given to me, and request permission to compel their production.

Time to call their bluff.___

2014-09-09 18:02:33 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s) 

House oversight committee hearing on whistleblower treatment is live now. 

http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/examining-administrations-treatment-whistleblowers/ 

House oversight committee hearing on whistleblower treatment is live now. 

http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/examining-administrations-treatment-whistleblowers/ ___

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2014-09-09 15:56:23 (0 comments, 11 reshares, 6 +1s) 

From the excellent +Nathaniel Burney of lawcomic.net, here's the second comprehensive "how to properly invoke your rights" flowchart, for the 5th amendment: http://lawcomic.net/guide/?p=2897

See also the 4th amendment: http://lawcomic.net/guide/?p=2256

The law is complicated, but the tl;dr of what to do isn't: 
1. "Am I being detained or free to go?" If no indication otherwise, leave.
2. If not free to go: "I'm not answering questions and I want a lawyer". Then just shut up.

Everything else is ways you can be fucked even if you do that, but not much you can do about it, so let your lawyer deal with it.

From the excellent +Nathaniel Burney of lawcomic.net, here's the second comprehensive "how to properly invoke your rights" flowchart, for the 5th amendment: http://lawcomic.net/guide/?p=2897

See also the 4th amendment: http://lawcomic.net/guide/?p=2256

The law is complicated, but the tl;dr of what to do isn't: 
1. "Am I being detained or free to go?" If no indication otherwise, leave.
2. If not free to go: "I'm not answering questions and I want a lawyer". Then just shut up.

Everything else is ways you can be fucked even if you do that, but not much you can do about it, so let your lawyer deal with it.___

2014-09-09 10:37:25 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Are there any women named "X Jr.", "X III", etc. (e.g. after their mothers)? [ETA: Not including royalty / popes.]

Are there any women named "X Jr.", "X III", etc. (e.g. after their mothers)? [ETA: Not including royalty / popes.]___

2014-09-09 03:13:37 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

Remember George Carlin - 7 dirty words (best part)? Here's a rather more extensive list of offensive words, at least to UK audiences.

Full paper, Language and Sexual Imagery in Broadcasting: A Contextual Investigation @ stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/research/radio-research/language.pdf

Remember George Carlin - 7 dirty words (best part)? Here's a rather more extensive list of offensive words, at least to UK audiences.

Full paper, Language and Sexual Imagery in Broadcasting: A Contextual Investigation @ stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/research/radio-research/language.pdf___

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2014-09-09 01:18:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Silk Road's Tor hidden service was compromised by serving its CAPTCHA over a non-Tor connection. Oops…

h/t +Angyl & +Aleatha Parker-Wood 

Silk Road's Tor hidden service was compromised by serving its CAPTCHA over a non-Tor connection. Oops…

h/t +Angyl & +Aleatha Parker-Wood ___

2014-09-08 23:07:44 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

Dear +Gmail: Please add a feature that, if you have more than some sane number of people in your TO: or CC: lists, pops up and asks whether you really meant send it BCC:

(I should know better, and just fucked it up by mistake. Fail. ><)

Dear +Gmail: Please add a feature that, if you have more than some sane number of people in your TO: or CC: lists, pops up and asks whether you really meant send it BCC:

(I should know better, and just fucked it up by mistake. Fail. ><)___

2014-09-08 22:07:53 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 14 +1s) 

Today, the US Ct. App. DC closed my FOIA case vs the USPS, by denying my motion for reconsideration that the case be stayed pending review of a basic question of civil rights: 

If someone asks the court to be excused from paying court fees (and possibly granted a lawyer) because they can't afford to pay, should they be required to disclose their personal finances (and their spouse's) to the public?

I'm appealing this question to the United States Supreme Court (see s.ai/ifp) — and I now officially have pro bono representation in doing so, by the W&M supreme court law clinic and law firm Reed Smith, led by Tillman J. Breckenridge. (They are also paying my cert filing fee, so this will be a paid case.)

We have until November 20th to file a petition for certiorari. Until that's formally filed, I probably won't have much I can say publicly aboutup... more »

Today, the US Ct. App. DC closed my FOIA case vs the USPS, by denying my motion for reconsideration that the case be stayed pending review of a basic question of civil rights: 

If someone asks the court to be excused from paying court fees (and possibly granted a lawyer) because they can't afford to pay, should they be required to disclose their personal finances (and their spouse's) to the public?

I'm appealing this question to the United States Supreme Court (see s.ai/ifp) — and I now officially have pro bono representation in doing so, by the W&M supreme court law clinic and law firm Reed Smith, led by Tillman J. Breckenridge. (They are also paying my cert filing fee, so this will be a paid case.)

We have until November 20th to file a petition for certiorari. Until that's formally filed, I probably won't have much I can say publicly about updates.

I think that the right of privacy for people who can't afford court costs is an important issue, and one that the Supreme Court should address.

However, only about 4% of paid cases are granted certiorari. If you know any lawyers or organizations who might be interested in supporting this issue by filing an amicus curiae brief, please email me directly at ifp@s.ai.

Simply by standing on principle, I managed to get a case that's ripe for Supreme Court review. Now it's time to hand it over to my lawyers.

Wish us luck. :-)___

2014-09-05 13:35:02 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

For any of y'all with LaTeX graphics fu: how can we draw UNLWS (s.ai/nlws) in a good programmatic way?

For any of y'all with LaTeX graphics fu: how can we draw UNLWS (s.ai/nlws) in a good programmatic way?___

2014-09-04 15:18:42 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Do any of you know of either:
a) a good summary chart or poster of Grade 2 Braille, available in combination print and physically embossed Braille, and/or
b) a good custom printing service which can print and emboss letter or poster size charts of my design (with a closely overlaid combination of visual printing, Braille embossing, and some general line-art embossing) at a reasonable rate to be sold in medium quantities for a fair price (preferably double sided)?

I've never found (a), and I believe I've come up with a better-designed Grade 2 summary chart than any I've previously seen (which should fit on 1-2 8.5x11 pages). I think I could make an even more concise version that would fit on a standard business card sized card (though at smaller than standard braille font size, and only as a reference without explanatory material).

I think it's important to... more »

Do any of you know of either:
a) a good summary chart or poster of Grade 2 Braille, available in combination print and physically embossed Braille, and/or
b) a good custom printing service which can print and emboss letter or poster size charts of my design (with a closely overlaid combination of visual printing, Braille embossing, and some general line-art embossing) at a reasonable rate to be sold in medium quantities for a fair price (preferably double sided)?

I've never found (a), and I believe I've come up with a better-designed Grade 2 summary chart than any I've previously seen (which should fit on 1-2 8.5x11 pages). I think I could make an even more concise version that would fit on a standard business card sized card (though at smaller than standard braille font size, and only as a reference without explanatory material).

I think it's important to have a version that's actually tactile, not just visual, both for learning and reference. None is available to my knowledge — there are grade 1 combo charts, visual-only grade 2 references, and braille-only grade 2 references, but not grade 2 combo charts — so I'm thinking of making a Kickstarter project out of it.

If you'd be interested in having one, please let me know.

If you're interested in learning English Grade 2 braille from text, check out the official standard @ www.brailleauthority.org/literary/literary.html

ETA: … which is being replaced by Unified English Braille: www.brailleauthority.org/ueb.html___

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2014-09-04 11:50:00 (69 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s) 

[TW: discussion of rape, law, and consent]

Generally p, I agree with this — having the culture be that seeking and receiving an enthusiastic "yes please fuck me" is the standard would be a very positive change.

However, one part of the legalization concerns me: that in some cases (primarily with alcohol or <18 year olds) someone can be legally incapable of giving consent, even though socially they are.

Practically speaking, it's very common for people to intentionally — consensually — get drunk (or high) with the intent of lowering their inhibitions and possibly having sex. Yet in such cases, a law strictly written, as the one described in this article, would deem both participants to be rapists.

Certainly there are cases where someone is incapable of giving informed consent because they are too inebriated or young, and if that vulnerabilityis ta... more »

[TW: discussion of rape, law, and consent]

Generally p, I agree with this — having the culture be that seeking and receiving an enthusiastic "yes please fuck me" is the standard would be a very positive change.

However, one part of the legalization concerns me: that in some cases (primarily with alcohol or <18 year olds) someone can be legally incapable of giving consent, even though socially they are.

Practically speaking, it's very common for people to intentionally — consensually — get drunk (or high) with the intent of lowering their inhibitions and possibly having sex. Yet in such cases, a law strictly written, as the one described in this article, would deem both participants to be rapists.

Certainly there are cases where someone is incapable of giving informed consent because they are too inebriated or young, and if that vulnerability is taken advantage of, that's rape.

But it seems insane to me to criminalize behavior that is routine and, morally if not legally speaking, consensual — e.g. people who are both underage having sex, or people who intentionally lowered their inhibitions to make it easier for themselves. 

However, I don't know how to draw a line bright enough to make an objective legal assessment of either case.

So… if you both (a) fundamentally agree with "yes is the only thing that means yes" and (b) use alcohol socially, I'd be interested to hear how you'd draw the line legally so that taking advantage of someone's drunkenness is rape but morally-consensual-but-drunken sex isn't.

(Or contrariwise, if you think that consent can't exist if someone is drunk, I'd be interested to hear why you think using alcohol should be an absolute bar to having sex, and how that factors in the widespread intentional usage of alcohol for exactly that purpose.)


(Disclaimer: I personally don't drink alcohol at all, don't like being around people who are drunk, and always try to seek an enthusiastic "yes".)___

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2014-09-04 11:15:41 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s) 

+PBS Idea Channel Re. whether art has to be "practically useless": there's a great court case about this exact question, legally speaking — Georgia-Pacific Consumer Prods., LP v. Kimberly-Clark Corp, 647 F.3d 723 (7th Cir. 2011). *

The court ruled that if you patent something as having a utilitarian value — e.g. the quilted pattern of toilet paper — you can't also claim trademark on that design. Either it's functional (in which case you can have a utility patent) or it's not (in which case you can have a trademark on the design, as brand-identity art).


Of course, a single object — like your citrus squeezer — can have elements of both.

Some parts of the design may be practically useful, like the double-lever mechanism that makes the two handles separate from the metal squeezing bowl. Others are more free-form aesthetic choices, likethe slot a... more »

+PBS Idea Channel Re. whether art has to be "practically useless": there's a great court case about this exact question, legally speaking — Georgia-Pacific Consumer Prods., LP v. Kimberly-Clark Corp, 647 F.3d 723 (7th Cir. 2011). *

The court ruled that if you patent something as having a utilitarian value — e.g. the quilted pattern of toilet paper — you can't also claim trademark on that design. Either it's functional (in which case you can have a utility patent) or it's not (in which case you can have a trademark on the design, as brand-identity art).


Of course, a single object — like your citrus squeezer — can have elements of both.

Some parts of the design may be practically useful, like the double-lever mechanism that makes the two handles separate from the metal squeezing bowl. Others are more free-form aesthetic choices, like the slot arrangement on the underside that somewhat resembles the sections of a cut-open citrus fruit.

Well-made everyday objects seamlessly join aesthetics and utility in their design. If done really well, nearly all of that is invisible — you don't notice it, because it Just Works™. There're two great series about exactly this: 99percentinvisible.org by +Roman Mars, and YouTube +engineerguy. Both explore the design in everyday things you might otherwise not notice.


Designing things that people use — whether toilet paper, citrus squeezers, web apps (my own main area of work), or YouTube educational videos (e.g. mine @ +CogSai) — requires a lot of effort in things (puffiness quilting, hinge mechanisms, data entry forms, succinct writing) simply so that people won't notice them. (And that's not even getting into the back end work — manufacturing machinery, AI recommender systems, set lighting, etc — that aren't even exposed.)

For me, those utilitarian elements have aesthetic value because I am close to them; I appreciate the cleverness of design that would otherwise be invisible.

If you're not a designer, then the more obvious aesthetic value comes from the aspects that aren't obviously utilitarian, i.e. the ones that can be appreciated with distance.

I suspect that this is a bit like magic. Does knowing how a trick works make you aesthetically appreciate it more (by adding an extra layer) or less (because you've lost your distance from the illusion)? Penn and Teller Explain Sleight of Hand is a great illustration of this.


* http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=11089604367580918031 

The decision is worth reading just for its humor value (at least if you enjoy dry wit). Judge Evans was really on a roll; the thoughtful legal analysis of patent vs trademark law has toilet-paper / quilting related puns weaved in throughout. 

Here's the opening paragraph:

"Toilet paper. This case is about toilet paper. Are there many other things most people use every day but think very little about? We doubt it. But then again, only a select few of us work in the rarefied air inhabited by top-rate intellectual property lawyers who specialize in presenting and defending claims of unfair competition and trademark infringement under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1051 et seq. And the lawyers on both sides of this dispute are truly first-rate. Together they cite some 119 cases and 20 federal statutes (albeit with a little overlap) in their initial briefs. We are told that during the "expedited" discovery period leading up to the district court decision we are called upon to review, some 675,000 pages of documents were produced and more than a dozen witnesses were deposed. That's quite a record considering, again, that this case is about toilet paper."___

2014-09-03 23:27:15 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s) 

So I just heard of, and played, Zoe Quinn's Depression Quest. It's … very familiar. Accurate on the whole. I don't know how much normal people would get out of it.

However, it made me take a look at some of the resources offered for support (again), and… well, they suck. Too many choices, too many variables to have to individually consider (time of day, areas served, etc etc).

Seen from the lens of a depressed person… it is dissuading from actually using any of them.

So here's a request:

I'd like to have a website that is very, very simple from the user's point of view. Anywhere in the world, any time of day, it connects you to the most appropriate person, on the spot.

It might ask a couple questions — what medium you prefer (voice over webapp / skype, call relay started by calling your number, TTY, IM, IRC, email),whether... more »

So I just heard of, and played, Zoe Quinn's Depression Quest. It's … very familiar. Accurate on the whole. I don't know how much normal people would get out of it.

However, it made me take a look at some of the resources offered for support (again), and… well, they suck. Too many choices, too many variables to have to individually consider (time of day, areas served, etc etc).

Seen from the lens of a depressed person… it is dissuading from actually using any of them.

So here's a request:

I'd like to have a website that is very, very simple from the user's point of view. Anywhere in the world, any time of day, it connects you to the most appropriate person, on the spot.

It might ask a couple questions — what medium you prefer (voice over webapp / skype, call relay started by calling your number, TTY, IM, IRC, email), whether you want support relating to any particular areas (youth, queer, etc), and your location / zip (IP-geolocated for a default). That's it. Then it connects you.

Also should have 800 number (in every country) option, where it asks the same basic questions and then connects you immediately.

Should be privacy sensitive (delete logs etc) but allow feedback, picking a preferred operator, get you back in touch with specific individuals you clicked with before — but be as streamlined as possible.

I personally know how to make this. Thing is, I myself am severely depressed, and totally out of spoons; I can barely do the things I already have to. So I can't actually make this myself, and I definitely can't maintain it. I doubt I could even contribute much — neither energy nor money.

If you can, i.e.:
* coding the website (asterisk/adhesion call relay from webapp and phone call; jabber relay; email relay; preferences / feedback / etc)
* putting up the money to get it free (800 dial-in numbers everywhere, VOIP relay costs, server costs, etc)
* maintaining a database of various support lines, including individually vetting them as open during their claimed hours and knowing what languages they actually support
* cat-herding aka producer — i.e. coordinating all the things

… please comment on this thread and self-organize.

Please don't email me directly on this one unless you need anonymity, in which case do so and I will relay your messages. (Though I'd prefer you just make an anonymous g+ account to post for yourself.)___

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2014-08-28 20:05:40 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s) 

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2014-08-28 19:24:02 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s) 

In a series of experiments, we established internet-mediated [brain to brain] communication by combining a BCI based on voluntary motor imagery-controlled electroencephalographic (EEG) changes with a CBI inducing the conscious perception of phosphenes (light flashes) through neuronavigated, robotized transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), with special care taken to block sensory (tactile, visual or auditory) cues. Our results provide a critical proof-of-principle demonstration for the development of conscious [brain to brain] communication technologies.

In a series of experiments, we established internet-mediated [brain to brain] communication by combining a BCI based on voluntary motor imagery-controlled electroencephalographic (EEG) changes with a CBI inducing the conscious perception of phosphenes (light flashes) through neuronavigated, robotized transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), with special care taken to block sensory (tactile, visual or auditory) cues. Our results provide a critical proof-of-principle demonstration for the development of conscious [brain to brain] communication technologies.___

2014-08-28 16:03:20 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s) 

Dear +AT&T and +Charter Cable and Internet Sales: Please teach your sales people the difference between "megabit" and "megabyte". Because when they tell me you offer X "megabytes" per second — when in fact your contract says it's X Mbps (small b) — that means your company is falsely advertising, by a factor of 8x, the service level you provide. (Maybe also teach them the word 'tort' while you're at it…)

Dear +AT&T and +Charter Cable and Internet Sales: Please teach your sales people the difference between "megabit" and "megabyte". Because when they tell me you offer X "megabytes" per second — when in fact your contract says it's X Mbps (small b) — that means your company is falsely advertising, by a factor of 8x, the service level you provide. (Maybe also teach them the word 'tort' while you're at it…)___

2014-08-28 09:35:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

To whoever just sent me a very generous Bitcoin donation (via s.ai/btc): thank you!

I'm going to assume you want to be anonymous, but if you'd like to be listed on my thanks page, please email me what name/url to use and some proof that you made the transaction. <3.

To whoever just sent me a very generous Bitcoin donation (via s.ai/btc): thank you!

I'm going to assume you want to be anonymous, but if you'd like to be listed on my thanks page, please email me what name/url to use and some proof that you made the transaction. <3.___

2014-08-27 19:45:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s) 

So here's an interesting argument I'm looking into:

The TSA redacted one of the documents they provided to me (p 1 & 5):
http://s.ai/tsa/legal/docs/2014-08-08%202013-TSPA-00368%20Interim%20Release%20Documents%20August%208%202014%20-%20redacted.pdf

The redaction claimed was as Sensitive Security Information ("SSI") — namely, TSA claims that disclosing it would "would be detrimental to the security of transportation".

TSA is not authorized to do so "(A) to conceal a violation of law, inefficiency, or administrative error; (B) to prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency; (C) to restrain competition; or (D) to prevent or delay the release of information that does not require protection in the interest of transportation security, including basic scientific research information not clearly related to transportations... more »

So here's an interesting argument I'm looking into:

The TSA redacted one of the documents they provided to me (p 1 & 5):
http://s.ai/tsa/legal/docs/2014-08-08%202013-TSPA-00368%20Interim%20Release%20Documents%20August%208%202014%20-%20redacted.pdf

The redaction claimed was as Sensitive Security Information ("SSI") — namely, TSA claims that disclosing it would "would be detrimental to the security of transportation".

TSA is not authorized to do so "(A) to conceal a violation of law, inefficiency, or administrative error; (B) to prevent embarrassment to a person, organization, or agency; (C) to restrain competition; or (D) to prevent or delay the release of information that does not require protection in the interest of transportation security, including basic scientific research information not clearly related to transportation security.":
http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/49/114#r 

I've also asked for all the TSA's BDO/SPOT related training materials; I haven't gotten a response yet, but I expect they'll claim the same exemption on all of it.

Under FOIA & Privacy Act, they bear the burden of proof to show that the exemptions claimed are justified. I have to show only that they can't meet that burden:
http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/5/552#a_4_B
http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/5/552a#g_3_A

A priori this would be hard. However, the Government Accountability Office has actually reviewed the TSA's "Behavior detection" (BDO/SPOT) program:
http://www.gao.gov/assets/310/304510.pdf

… and they concluded that there was zero evidence to support a belief that BDO/SPOT works at all, and that the consensus of expert opinion was that there is no reason to believe that it would.

So I'm going to challenge the redactions… on the grounds of Science™! :-)


… and also because as a congressional joint staff report recently held, the TSA routinely labels as SSI things that would be embarrassing, which is illegal (per above) and likely to be true here:

http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Pseudo-Classification-Report-FINAL-5-28-2014-5.pdf


So eventually, they'll be forced to present evidence that, in fact, disclosure of BDO/SPOT related information would threaten aviation security… which means showing a reason to believe that it actually does work. (… or come up with some zany legal theory by which even if it doesn't work, disclosing its details would somehow harm security, which is probably more likely for them to do and more consistent with their MO in other cases.)

In any case, that should be interesting.

(Reminder: I'm doing this on my own, with no salary and in the public interest — your interest — with fairly low likelihood of getting any financial compensation for my efforts in this case [and if any, not much].

Helping me out financially would be much appreciated: PayPal http://s.ai/pp / Bitcoin http://s.ai/btc / http://s.ai/btcr)___

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2014-08-26 12:02:40 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Funny/ironic: this quick mic test video I made in March 2012 is by far the most viewed thing I've put on YouTube, at ~104k views and $228 in ad revenue.

Compare that to the far more intense work put into the +CogSai videos, the most popular of which — What is empathy? — got only 54k views in about the same amount of time (despite being promoted by a very popular channel, +MinutePhysics [I made the video together with +Henry Reich]).

Optimizing for revenue/views and optimizing for what's actually interesting to me are clearly very different things. Sad. :-/

Funny/ironic: this quick mic test video I made in March 2012 is by far the most viewed thing I've put on YouTube, at ~104k views and $228 in ad revenue.

Compare that to the far more intense work put into the +CogSai videos, the most popular of which — What is empathy? — got only 54k views in about the same amount of time (despite being promoted by a very popular channel, +MinutePhysics [I made the video together with +Henry Reich]).

Optimizing for revenue/views and optimizing for what's actually interesting to me are clearly very different things. Sad. :-/___

2014-08-25 11:46:38 (66 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

Let's play again. Both +Alex Fink and I know the rule.

To make things easier: possible strings can only have the lowercase English letters a-z. Again, the (totally objective) rule has to do only with an arbitrary series of letters, not anything to do with meaning in any language.

'father' has the Buddha nature.
'son' does not.

PS Resharing creates a new game. To share this game, don't use "reshare" — instead, make a post linking to this post:
https://plus.google.com/103112149634414554669/posts/g8L3ytKiJnh

Let's try playing Text Zendo.

I am thinking of an unambiguous*, objective rule that determines whether a string of text does or doesn't have the Buddha nature.

I'll start the game by giving one example of each.

To play, either
a) comment w/ a string you want to know about, and I'll tell you if it has the Buddha nature or not, or
b) guess the rule, and either I'll give you a counterexample or you win.

Don't hog the play / guesses, and if you win, you host the next game and post a comment here w/ the link to it.

* E.g. meaning and sound  are too ambiguous / variable by person to use. We're talking about strings of text (in this font), not words.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zendo_%28game%29 for the original Zendo game, which is great.___Let's play again. Both +Alex Fink and I know the rule.

To make things easier: possible strings can only have the lowercase English letters a-z. Again, the (totally objective) rule has to do only with an arbitrary series of letters, not anything to do with meaning in any language.

'father' has the Buddha nature.
'son' does not.

PS Resharing creates a new game. To share this game, don't use "reshare" — instead, make a post linking to this post:
https://plus.google.com/103112149634414554669/posts/g8L3ytKiJnh

2014-08-23 15:17:41 (29 comments, 2 reshares, 20 +1s) 

Why is it that landlords always seem to have illegal clauses in their proffered leases? I don't think I've ever seen a lease that doesn't have at least a few clauses that are clearly illegal. ("Clearly" meaning, I could find a directly contradictory law within 10 minutes.)

For small-time landlords, maybe they're just ignorant. But they get their contracts from lawyers, for whom ignorance of the law they're practicing is actually illegal — and big-time landlords, IME, definitely know what they're up to.

I've also seen this a lot in employment contracts (at least when you consider all the attachments, like IP assignment) — though there it tends to be less "this is obviously illegal" than "this is coercive, borderline unconscionable, or so ambiguous that their own lawyers admit that they don't know what it means".
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Why is it that landlords always seem to have illegal clauses in their proffered leases? I don't think I've ever seen a lease that doesn't have at least a few clauses that are clearly illegal. ("Clearly" meaning, I could find a directly contradictory law within 10 minutes.)

For small-time landlords, maybe they're just ignorant. But they get their contracts from lawyers, for whom ignorance of the law they're practicing is actually illegal — and big-time landlords, IME, definitely know what they're up to.

I've also seen this a lot in employment contracts (at least when you consider all the attachments, like IP assignment) — though there it tends to be less "this is obviously illegal" than "this is coercive, borderline unconscionable, or so ambiguous that their own lawyers admit that they don't know what it means".

And I'm not even a lawyer, let alone a contract lawyer. I just actually read the damn things, listen to the voice that says "that looks fishy / wrong", and look at whatever applicable law I can find within a few minutes.

On the plus side, at least in theory, any ambiguity is supposed to be read against the party that drafted the contract, especially for contracts of adhesion. On the down side, I rather doubt that theory is borne out in practice when one side has lawyers and the other doesn't. (Not to mention chilling effects and so forth…)

I'd like to see some sort of anti-SLAPP type law for these situations, where you could get damages just for them offering a contract that was clearly illegal. Otherwise, there's no incentive for the landlords (etc) not to try to screw over the other party (who's usually both less powerful in the negotiation and legally ignorant).___

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2014-08-22 17:01:14 (4 comments, 10 reshares, 51 +1s) 

From the credits of Frozen:

"The views and opinions expressed by Kristoff in the film that all men eat their own boogers are solely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Walt Disney Company or the filmmakers. Neither The Walt Disney Company nor the filmmakers make any representation of the accuracy of any such views and opinions."

That's probably the most amusing legal disclaimer I've seen in a while. I note that it also does not disagree with his views.

From the credits of Frozen:

"The views and opinions expressed by Kristoff in the film that all men eat their own boogers are solely his own and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The Walt Disney Company or the filmmakers. Neither The Walt Disney Company nor the filmmakers make any representation of the accuracy of any such views and opinions."

That's probably the most amusing legal disclaimer I've seen in a while. I note that it also does not disagree with his views.___

2014-08-22 00:56:05 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Had another chat with FEC lawyers today. Now I have even more legal stuff to review, yay!

1. AO 2013-18 Revolution Messaging & AO 2014-07 CrowdPAC, re. providing a demo version of before the thing asked about has been authorized. (This is relevant to making demo / partial versions of our flexible earmarking for our version 1 launch site.)

2. AO 2007-22 Hurysz, AO 2004-26 Weller, and MURs 5987, 5996, & 6015 Hillary Clinton / Sir Elton John* re foreign national contributions. (This is relevant to (a) whether foreign nationals can contribute code to MYL's open source, and (b) what voter initiatives & lobbying organizations MYL C4 can take foreign national and/or anonymous contributions for.)

I really have to give them credit: I have never interacted with any government agency that's been more helpful than the FEC, at least to me (as a PACopera... more »

Had another chat with FEC lawyers today. Now I have even more legal stuff to review, yay!

1. AO 2013-18 Revolution Messaging & AO 2014-07 CrowdPAC, re. providing a demo version of before the thing asked about has been authorized. (This is relevant to making demo / partial versions of our flexible earmarking for our version 1 launch site.)

2. AO 2007-22 Hurysz, AO 2004-26 Weller, and MURs 5987, 5996, & 6015 Hillary Clinton / Sir Elton John* re foreign national contributions. (This is relevant to (a) whether foreign nationals can contribute code to MYL's open source, and (b) what voter initiatives & lobbying organizations MYL C4 can take foreign national and/or anonymous contributions for.)

I really have to give them credit: I have never interacted with any government agency that's been more helpful than the FEC, at least to me (as a PAC operator trying to research what the rules are and prepare good advisory opinion requests).

I think they also just find my MYL PAC's requests actually interesting, which is nice. ;-)

The lawyers aren't the ones who'll decide the fate of our AOR — the Commission votes on it. However, it certainly doesn't hurt to have 'em on our side (or at least understanding what we're trying to do and satisfied that we've addressed questions about possible issues), since they both explain the complicated technical stuff to the Commissioners, and then write up the Commission's advisory opinion drafts.

* Not kidding. Makes me giggle every time I read it.

tl;dr: Sir John [snerk] played at a benefit concert for Clinton's campaign. He's a foreign national, and they're not allowed to directly or indirectly contribute anything of value to US politicians' campaigns. The FEC found them innocent.

I haven't yet read it, so I don't know why.___

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2014-08-20 22:11:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

Here's a security analysis of the Rapiscan Secure 1000 x-ray scanner, used by TSA from 2009-2013 (discontinued in favor of millimeter wave scanners because of privacy issues, as you can clearly see in the form of clearly seeing the researcher's penis in their photos). Still used in numerous other US government facilities.

The team was able to get knives, guns, and plastic explosives past the scanner; hack it to false-negative in response to a hidden code shirt; and obtain partial images using a sniffer installed in a nearby suitcase.

TSA, of course, contends that there's no problem.

Here's a security analysis of the Rapiscan Secure 1000 x-ray scanner, used by TSA from 2009-2013 (discontinued in favor of millimeter wave scanners because of privacy issues, as you can clearly see in the form of clearly seeing the researcher's penis in their photos). Still used in numerous other US government facilities.

The team was able to get knives, guns, and plastic explosives past the scanner; hack it to false-negative in response to a hidden code shirt; and obtain partial images using a sniffer installed in a nearby suitcase.

TSA, of course, contends that there's no problem.___

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2014-08-20 22:10:13 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s) 

Here's a security analysis of the Rapiscan Secure 1000 x-ray scanner, used by TSA from 2009-2013 (discontinued in favor of millimeter wave scanners because of privacy issues, as you can clearly see in the form of clearly seeing the researcher's penis in their photos). Still used in numerous other US government facilities.

The team was able to get knives, guns, and plastic explosives past the scanner; hack it to false-negative in response to a hidden code shirt; and obtain partial images using a sniffer installed in a nearby suitcase.

TSA, of course, contends that there's no problem.

Here's a security analysis of the Rapiscan Secure 1000 x-ray scanner, used by TSA from 2009-2013 (discontinued in favor of millimeter wave scanners because of privacy issues, as you can clearly see in the form of clearly seeing the researcher's penis in their photos). Still used in numerous other US government facilities.

The team was able to get knives, guns, and plastic explosives past the scanner; hack it to false-negative in response to a hidden code shirt; and obtain partial images using a sniffer installed in a nearby suitcase.

TSA, of course, contends that there's no problem.___

2014-08-20 20:53:42 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s) 

Here's some new coverage of my lawsuit against the TSA.

Next up in my case (with a response from me due within a week):

* whether the district court can review a claim under 11 USC 114(r) / whether 49 USC 46110(a) applies to 114(r) [which it explicitly doesn't list]
* whether I can be awarded attorney's fees as a matter of law (excluding my own time, so e.g. $0 if I have no outside counsel fees)
* whether I in fact asked for TSA's Rehab Act requests under FOIA/PA last November (TSA wants to insist that they shouldn't have to consider context, even when it's in the very same email)
* whether I have claims for monetary damages under 5 USC 552a(g)(4)(A) (failing to maintain proper records, miscellaneous failure under Privacy Act)
* whether my complaint is "unnecessarily voluminous" because it contains background on TSA's violation... more »

Here's some new coverage of my lawsuit against the TSA.

Next up in my case (with a response from me due within a week):

* whether the district court can review a claim under 11 USC 114(r) / whether 49 USC 46110(a) applies to 114(r) [which it explicitly doesn't list]
* whether I can be awarded attorney's fees as a matter of law (excluding my own time, so e.g. $0 if I have no outside counsel fees)
* whether I in fact asked for TSA's Rehab Act requests under FOIA/PA last November (TSA wants to insist that they shouldn't have to consider context, even when it's in the very same email)
* whether I have claims for monetary damages under 5 USC 552a(g)(4)(A) (failing to maintain proper records, miscellaneous failure under Privacy Act)
* whether my complaint is "unnecessarily voluminous" because it contains background on TSA's violation of the Rehab Act timeliness provisions (as part of proving pattern & practice of violations of statutory deadlines, and [now that I've gotten partial release] as part of showing that TSA's redactions hide their officers' unlawful actions)

That's a lot of legal research to do. >.>

One possibility is that I'll be forced to file suit again in the court of appeals (= $500+ more in filing fees), if the court agrees with TSA that it's not allowed to review their claimed SSI exemptions.


FWIW: I'm trying to juggle at least three fairly major things that are primarily to benefit the general public, without salary — makeyourlaws.org, my case vs the TSA, and my upcoming SCOTUS case on IFP affidavit privacy (for which I've tentatively gotten pro bono counsel).

So … would you buy me a drink once a month?

If yes, I would really appreciate your financial support (preferably recurring).

Paypal: s.ai/pp / Bitcoin: s.ai/btc or s.ai/btcr___

2014-08-20 16:51:36 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Empirical (w/ control group) test of plea bargaining

Study methodology etc starts on page 29. (Before that is a bunch of analysis of the current criminal justice system.)

tl;dr: They entrapped half of study participants into "cheating" on a test using a shill.

They then gave all of them a plea bargain — admit to cheating and get small punishment, or don't admit and face an academic review board "trial".

Half of the plea deals were against a relatively harsh punishment on 'conviction', half a relatively lenient one.

Results:

Guilty (entrapped): 94% accepted harsh plea, 85% accepted lenient plea
Innocent: 61% accepted harsh plea, 52% accepted lenient plea.

It's rare to have a controlled experiment of the issue… and provides a bit of insight into how innocent people plead&qu... more »

Empirical (w/ control group) test of plea bargaining

Study methodology etc starts on page 29. (Before that is a bunch of analysis of the current criminal justice system.)

tl;dr: They entrapped half of study participants into "cheating" on a test using a shill.

They then gave all of them a plea bargain — admit to cheating and get small punishment, or don't admit and face an academic review board "trial".

Half of the plea deals were against a relatively harsh punishment on 'conviction', half a relatively lenient one.

Results:

Guilty (entrapped): 94% accepted harsh plea, 85% accepted lenient plea
Innocent: 61% accepted harsh plea, 52% accepted lenient plea.

It's rare to have a controlled experiment of the issue… and provides a bit of insight into how innocent people plead "guilty".

Of course, one glaring problem with the study: the punishments offered (both with and without plea) are all way less than what are faced in the real world. It's hard to say for sure how that affects the outcome, though I would imagine that it would substantially raise the plea acceptance rate.___

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2014-08-19 00:05:16 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

AKA "stand your ground" insurance. As pointed out by +Josh Blackman @ Unprecedented Talk: Stanford Law School, 'moral hazard' is rather applicable.

AKA "stand your ground" insurance. As pointed out by +Josh Blackman @ Unprecedented Talk: Stanford Law School, 'moral hazard' is rather applicable.___

2014-08-18 12:31:19 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s) 

On Capital One's "secure message center", I just got this odd validation error, due to my use of an em dash in the message:

Please use only letters, numbers and any of -'.,&@:?!()$*#/\. Also the &# combination is not allowed.

Do any of you know what &# might be an escape code for?

On Capital One's "secure message center", I just got this odd validation error, due to my use of an em dash in the message:

Please use only letters, numbers and any of -'.,&@:?!()$*#/\. Also the &# combination is not allowed.

Do any of you know what &# might be an escape code for?___

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2014-08-18 01:20:36 (34 comments, 1 reshares, 25 +1s) 

I just finished watching this. I don't think I can describe well how I feel, except that I feel a compulsion to write a short poem that starts:

Another one died today; it's all over the news.

Damn thugs. Damn queers. Damn hackers. Damn protestors. They're all alike…

I just finished watching this. I don't think I can describe well how I feel, except that I feel a compulsion to write a short poem that starts:

Another one died today; it's all over the news.

Damn thugs. Damn queers. Damn hackers. Damn protestors. They're all alike…___

2014-08-16 01:35:11 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s) 

Recently, +EncrypteData made a post plagiarizing an animation of how cylinder lock picking works. I called them out for it in comments, and praised another commenter's link as better than the OP. +EncrypteData  deleted my comments. I asked them to explain why they had done so, and instead they deleted the post.

As stated in the pinned community guidelines, you should not delete comments on your posts in this community, and should instead contact a mod if there is a problem, so that we can handle it. We tolerate neither censorship of disagreement, nor abuse.of others.

In this case, the poster was the problem. I have handled it by banning them.

Sincerely, your friendly neighborhood meta-moderator

/cc +Ed S +Susan Sons +Zack Weinberg 

Recently, +EncrypteData made a post plagiarizing an animation of how cylinder lock picking works. I called them out for it in comments, and praised another commenter's link as better than the OP. +EncrypteData  deleted my comments. I asked them to explain why they had done so, and instead they deleted the post.

As stated in the pinned community guidelines, you should not delete comments on your posts in this community, and should instead contact a mod if there is a problem, so that we can handle it. We tolerate neither censorship of disagreement, nor abuse.of others.

In this case, the poster was the problem. I have handled it by banning them.

Sincerely, your friendly neighborhood meta-moderator

/cc +Ed S +Susan Sons +Zack Weinberg ___

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2014-08-16 00:20:26 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 13 +1s) 

In other Ferguson police news: the police beat a wrongly arrested man (who was kept imprisoned after they knew he was wrongly arrested), charged him under oath with property damage for bleeding on their uniforms, and then swore under oath (when he sued them) that that in fact no bleeding had happened at all.

The judge apparently thought that both the police perjury and their causing him a concussion was just fine and dismissed the case. His lawyer's appealing. I hope he wins.

(I haven't managed to find the case, though — anyone with better case search fu than me care to turn up the full depositions etc?)

In other Ferguson police news: the police beat a wrongly arrested man (who was kept imprisoned after they knew he was wrongly arrested), charged him under oath with property damage for bleeding on their uniforms, and then swore under oath (when he sued them) that that in fact no bleeding had happened at all.

The judge apparently thought that both the police perjury and their causing him a concussion was just fine and dismissed the case. His lawyer's appealing. I hope he wins.

(I haven't managed to find the case, though — anyone with better case search fu than me care to turn up the full depositions etc?)___

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2014-08-15 12:09:41 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s) 

+Danial Hallock's commentary is fairly spot on. (Note that he is a National Guard veteran.)

Some related and followup posts:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+YonatanZunger/posts/fs3MKK8vMP5 (notes about what happened during a real time stream)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/08/14/with-highway-patrol-hugs-and-kisses-replace-tear-gas-in-ferguson/
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/08/you-can-take-any-police-officers-photo/376064/

Ferguson, The Crisis of Authority, and The Militarization of Law Enforcement

I have been struggling to find my voice on this issue all day, and through the threads of +Yonatan Zunger, +Andreas Schou, and a few others, I think I finally have; but it is not a kind voice.  It is not as eloquent, or as polished as my normal prose.  It is the voice of a pissed off veteran.

I do not speak for my company, my unit, the National Guard, or the United States Air Force.

I am fucking pissed. And I'm not alone [http://bit.ly/1uSMQCY].

You haven't seen me this angry; God forbid, you never will again. This isn't about the kid that allegedly attacked an officer and was allgedly shot once in self defense and several times after in a panic.  This is about more than this kid - he's a catalyst, a flashbulb, a spark - he's not the causal link.

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The 'Militarized LEO Complex
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Earlier this week, +Kate Savage asked a question about whether or not two middle class white people who made an app to avoid high crime areas was "right or wrong" (the conversation turned into "racist or not"). I stipulated that high crime areas were unsafe as a result of both high crime and high police officer incidents [http://bit.ly/1nTuX1p].

Me, being a middle class white guy, I said I wouldn't make an app to avoid these places, but they simply weren't safe to be in, in part due to high crime and in part due to LEO activity. Ferguson wouldn't happen in a white neighborhood.

Yes, you read me right. That's a racist-as-fuck statement, but it's also the pathetic truth of America. "Militarized" police forces do not invade middle class neighborhoods, and because of systemic racism, that means (most) white people are safe from this.

It's pathetic, disgusting, and abhorrent; it's also true, and I hate to be the one to vocalize it.  As this article states: America Is Not For Black People. And this is a fantastic article - it should be mandatory read for every American citizen.

However, there are a few issues that  I, a member of (but not spokesperson for) the National Guard feel compelled to address:

[1] Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) are not going through a "military style boot-camp." The military is comprised of four services (Army, Air, Marine, Navy) and three components (Active, Reserves, National Gaurd), and each service has the same boot-camp for all three components and do not vary depending on precint.

The training of one precinct of LEOs is different than the training of another - by definition, that isn't remotely analgous with basic military training (BMT). Most precincts are under-trained for the equipment that they now utilize.

[2] LEOs do not have "drones" or tanks. The military have Unmanned Areal Vehicles (UAVs), and the LEOs have helicopters from Radio Shack.  And LEOs have Mine-Resistant Armored Vehicles (MRAVs or MRAPs), a device developed under heavy congressional resistance in OEF/OIF to protect against IEDs.

[3] All three components of all four services are trained in crowd control.  This training varies in intensity depending on component (National Guard gets a little more) and job duty (military police get more than IT guys), and this focuses a lot on escalation of use of force under something known as Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC).

Now, what does all that mean?

First of all, it means that this problem will never go away.  There is no golden standard that all police officers are adhering to in training that we can say "Aha! Fix that and we're good" - we have to fix it precinct by precinct, cop by cop.  So yeah, it's permanant - get used to this shit.

Second of all, it means that LEOs are not recieving the same training as military personnel inspite of having military equipment (see the picture below, also reference MRAPs and LRADs - loud deafining siren for crowd dispersion). There is not a central oversight committee or command and control structure to allow for a national level shift in tactics, so they will continue employing different tactics based on precinct.

So the predominantly high crime (black) precincts, where the cops who are being punished get sent, are going to follow a different use of force continuum than the low crime (white) precincts.  And again, there's no way to change this.

But what does this stem from? It's not just systemic racism - even your outright bigots aren't going to be smart enough to have given MRAPs and LRADs to high crime areas to further some xenophobic fantasy plot.

It stems from the arms. The act of arming the LEOs to the point of near-military technology has directly caused an escalation in the use of force. Historically, we have seen time and time again that the introduction of weapons into a situation increases violence.

A peaceful protest in the vicinity of weapons cannot remain peaceful. Full stop.

The military teaches its crowd dispersion experts that the mere presence of their force escalates the issue and increases the use of force and incites otherwise peaceful protestors to violence; and violent protestors to deadly ones.

Furthermore, I have spent my entire life in the public sector. So while I may not have spent time as an LEO, I know how deep rooted our need to justify purchasing, keeping, and maintaining a new toy is. It's an obsession. It permeates in every pore of the federal, state, and local government.

Giving precincts the ability to utilize these weapons opens up the need for commanding officers to justify having them; for using them. So whenever an excuse to deploy their new MRAP, LRAD, or Riot Shields comes available - they will use it.

And when they use these new toys, without the proper training, they are prone to make mistakes when they're surrounded by a now incredibly nervous gathering of citizens.

Self. Fulfilling. Prophecy.  Repeat at writ.

The final problem with the current "militarized" (and, I think by now you should know better than to compare these children to the military in my presence) LEO complex is that of mental health.  The military has started addressing the issue of mental health whereas the LEO community can't.

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Specifically Ferguson, MO
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Now, like I said, I'm not going to get into why this protest happened or why it existed.  I want to address one thing, and one thing only: Martial Law.

This isn't martial law; this is criminal.

Martial Law is declared by the govenor and enforced by the military (National Guard); not the mayor and enforced by a militarized police precinct. A mayor should not have the power to declare the area a no-fly zone, and police should not be able to remove the press through the use of tear gas.

They have induced a media blackout; and that should fucking terrify you.

This is a purely academic point though, as if you're going to argue with a mob of officers clad in 3" of Kevlar in front of you, a cloud of tear gas behind you, and a ear-piercing siren going off in the distance.

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The Crisis of Authority
===================

As if this wasn't bad enough; as if mayors declaring 'Martial Law' and LEOs with more guns than training didn't terrify you enough, this isn't even the root cause.

Most of you likely remember the riots around the world in the early 2010's (M15, OWS, Arab Spring, Tel Aviv), and what was the unifying factor in those riots? Negation.

People were pissed, and they had a lot of complaints but no solutions - that's why we (those of us sitting at home) mostly mocked them, even as we empathized.  We're all pissed at something, but we can't quite unify under a common cause enough to make a difference in our political systems (Egypt here was the exception, but even there, things aren't going great).

I address this at length in a blog post [http://bit.ly/1lYROc8], but the long and the short of it is: public gatherings and political unrest are likely to increase. The internet has given us, the general public, the ability to see more information than the government wants, and organize far more effectively than ever before.

And where we gather peacefully, LEOs will soon follow; with all the toys they can carry.  For every Treyvon Martin, for every Michael Brown, people will gather in solidarity; and in doing so, they will risk their safety, their freedom, and their lives.

#ferguson   #lawenforcement   #riots   #OWS  ___+Danial Hallock's commentary is fairly spot on. (Note that he is a National Guard veteran.)

Some related and followup posts:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/+YonatanZunger/posts/fs3MKK8vMP5 (notes about what happened during a real time stream)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/08/14/with-highway-patrol-hugs-and-kisses-replace-tear-gas-in-ferguson/
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2014/08/you-can-take-any-police-officers-photo/376064/

2014-08-15 12:06:19 (27 comments, 3 reshares, 14 +1s) 

This post, in a community I own, shows off two problems with Google+ community / post management and with Gmail's integration with Google+.

The poster posted a good but unattributed image. I asked them to post a link to it, calling them out for plagiarism. Another commenter linked to a better resource, to which I responded saying that their link was more postworthy than the OP.

The OP then deleted my comments.

1. As the community owner / moderator, I am not able to see comments that the poster has deleted. In any post I have control of (on my stream or in a community I own or moderate), I should be able to select 'show deleted / flagged comments' in the top right menu, and have those preserved for me even if the poster deleted them.

2. Gmail cooperates with Google+'s censorship. Even though I purportedly receive email notifications of google+ posts... more »

This post, in a community I own, shows off two problems with Google+ community / post management and with Gmail's integration with Google+.

The poster posted a good but unattributed image. I asked them to post a link to it, calling them out for plagiarism. Another commenter linked to a better resource, to which I responded saying that their link was more postworthy than the OP.

The OP then deleted my comments.

1. As the community owner / moderator, I am not able to see comments that the poster has deleted. In any post I have control of (on my stream or in a community I own or moderate), I should be able to select 'show deleted / flagged comments' in the top right menu, and have those preserved for me even if the poster deleted them.

2. Gmail cooperates with Google+'s censorship. Even though I purportedly receive email notifications of google+ posts and comments, like on this, gmail has censored my email at the behest of the poster.

As a result of these two horrible design choices, I'm not able to show evidence of what was previously posted, even if I try. The same is true for other commenters in my community — unless they somehow screencapped before the comment was deleted, if they tell me that comments were deleted improperly, I have no way of reviewing them to take appropriate action.

/cc +Yonatan Zunger — fix these please?___

2014-08-14 08:30:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s) 

I will delete the "introductions" category (and automatically, all posts tagged as such), because intro posts won't meet the community standards for expert level material. If you think a into-tagged post should be preserved, please + mention me in its comments within the next 7 days so that I can change its category. Sincerely, your friendly neighborhood meta-moderator

I will delete the "introductions" category (and automatically, all posts tagged as such), because intro posts won't meet the community standards for expert level material. If you think a into-tagged post should be preserved, please + mention me in its comments within the next 7 days so that I can change its category. Sincerely, your friendly neighborhood meta-moderator___

2014-08-12 00:08:13 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s) 

Finally moved makeyourlaws.org to a new server. Will take a little while for DNS to propagate. Wiki & tor HS are down for now pending some load & security testing, but will bring back up later. Added various things while I was at, though — SPDY 3.1 support, upgraded a bunch of stuff, x64, ubuntu trusty, 2x more RAM, etc. etc. 

Ugh, sysadmin work. This is so not my comfort zone. >< OTOH, Ansible is fairly neat. Hopefully enough that it's a "script this in exhaustive detail once, then don't deal with it again" kind of deal.

Finally moved makeyourlaws.org to a new server. Will take a little while for DNS to propagate. Wiki & tor HS are down for now pending some load & security testing, but will bring back up later. Added various things while I was at, though — SPDY 3.1 support, upgraded a bunch of stuff, x64, ubuntu trusty, 2x more RAM, etc. etc. 

Ugh, sysadmin work. This is so not my comfort zone. >< OTOH, Ansible is fairly neat. Hopefully enough that it's a "script this in exhaustive detail once, then don't deal with it again" kind of deal.___

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2014-08-10 02:03:27 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s) 

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