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Adam Liss
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Engineer, Puzzle Fanatic, Incurable Punster. Armchair cryptographer, security and privacy advocate. Insatiably curious about the world and its inhabitants.
Engineer, Puzzle Fanatic, Incurable Punster. Armchair cryptographer, security and privacy advocate. Insatiably curious about the world and its inhabitants.

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You don't need to be a rocket scientist to discover bad data.

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“Recently, we had a number of cases where brands’ ads appeared on content that was not aligned with their values. For this, we deeply apologize. We know that this is unacceptable to the advertisers and agencies who put their trust in us. That’s why we've been conducting an extensive review of our advertising policies and tools, and why we made a public commitment last week to put in place changes that would give brands more control over where their ads appear. I wanted to share that we've already begun ramping up changes around three areas: our ad policies, our enforcement of these policies and new controls for advertisers.”

TIL: In addition to its traditional definition, the Russian word трамп also means puppet.

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Google publishes hundreds of research papers each year. Publishing is important to us; it enables us to collaborate and share ideas with, as well as learn from, the broader scientific community. Submissions are often made stronger by the fact that ideas have been tested through real product implementation by the time of publication.



A game for word nerds:

It's easy to change a set of words into a different set by changing the spacing:

AS EVEN -> A SEVEN
IMPAIRMENT REED OWN -> IMP AIR MEN TREE DOWN

What's the longest sequence you can think of?
Bonus: can you change one meaningful sentence into another?


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This is why I'm glad most politicians aren't smart enough to understand Java APIs (and why Justice Alsup is).
Critical revisions to JUnit to modernize it for 2017. My favorite slide from the Java Posse presentation at Devoxx.
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If you're interested in a programming challenge, try writing your own compiler. That's what +Rui Ueyama did, and he documented his progress along the way.

Rui, had you read Ken Thompson's essay "Reflections on Trusting Trust" before you wrote this?

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In case your head is still spinning as you try to assimilate each new piece of evidence, here's Yonatan's latest summary of the fiasco that is the executive branch of today's US government.
There have been so many news stories about the Russia investigations in the past week – from Comey's testimony to Flynn's possibly turning state's evidence – that I sat down and tried to pull everything into one place. Here you go.

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Never entrust your security, or your home systems, to any third party.
The solution is simple: have a dumb house. I spent months fishing wires through walls to bring my house wiring up to scratch. My house is dumb by design. I wouldn't have any other.

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I couldn't even get agreement for Hope.
‪No shame in this parent's name game! What would you name your kid?! 😭 #science #OwnIt Via Science Memes ‬
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