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You shouldn't point a firearm at someone, and you're liable to be shot if you try, out of fear that you might shoot.
You shouldn't have a firearm in your hand, and you're liable to be shot if you try, out of fear that you might aim.
You shouldn't carry a firearm, and you're liable to be shot if you try, out of fear that you might take it into your hand.
You shouldn't move your hand towards your waistband, and you're liable to be shot if you try, out of fear that you might be carrying a firearm.

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I'm in Boston (the centa of kultcha), so I'm taking in a play.

A popular play, of course. I don't want to waste my time supporting some local company of doubtful quality, yeah?
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I walked, waited, took a bus, struggled with an unfamiliar ticketing system, and took a subway just to see the movie of Andy Weir's story. I guess I could have rented a car or hired a taxi, but this story is all about getting things done without the right tools, so it seems appropriate.
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+Bliss Morgan I consumerismed the shit out of it!

+Isaac Clerencia Brace yourself for the fact that they cut a lot of the book's good stuff out of the movie. What wasn't cut out was mostly cut down. However, all of Andy's wit (through Mark's diary comments) is intact and often new.

And finally, there's nothing after the credits. But there is a long scene at the start of the credits (you probably wouldn't miss it unless you sprint for the exit).

I enjoyed it, and I'll probably buy the DVD. I want to hear the experience of someone who saw the movie without reading the book yet.
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This is how I read news now. It's fast, stable and it recommends interesting articles.
I'm proud to say we've just launched Recent News, our iOS and Android app that gives you personalized news in just a few minutes. I left CNET to co-found Recent in early 2014, and we've been designing and engineering the app and recommendation engine ever since.

Here's the link to the iOS version: And here's the Android version:

I left tech journalism and returned to software development in part to build a smarter news app for myself -- lots of news apps were pretty to look at, but they weren't as smart and fast as they should be. And they didn't offer a one-minute overview of news tailored for me.

The result is Recent News, which we think of as news powered by artificial intelligence. Recent's recommendation engine is smart enough to learn your interests, suggest relevant articles, and propose topics that you may like. It supports phones and tablets with cross-device syncing, so you can bookmark articles on your phone and browse them later on your tablet. And -- this was a feature requested by early users -- Recent also supports easy export of your history and bookmarks. We're proud members of the data liberation front! :)

Thank you to our early users for helping us so much. Our alpha testers were brave enough to use a buggy early version and kind enough to tell us what didn't work. Our beta testers helped us to polish Recent News and make it more intuitive.

A special thanks to +Gene Hoffman, +Elissa Shevinsky, +Justin Maxwell,  +Brent Nordquist,  +James Cridland, Sean Lynch, and hundreds of other early users who were generous with their time. My co-founder and I hope you enjoy +Recent: Your news, customized, now. as much as they do!
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I'm trying it out. It takes me hours to go over my rss feeds. 
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"If you type Google into Google [Domains], you can break the Internet."
The holy grail of Web domains was up for sale for just a moment.
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haha. this Jen, is the Internet. never Google, Google. 
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An article about why Facebook needs to be subject to some kind of data protection law, because they're just not interested in protecting the vulnerable, and they lack appropriate incentives.
Medium contacted me about publishing this on their site ("Hi from Medium - We loved your piece"). Apparently it hit a nerve in their offices, and sparked "intense conversation." It wasn't an easy post to write.
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The really chilling part of the post is the plan for FB to infiltrate refugee camps - this is Philip K. Dick territory. 
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Not my fault. You didn't specify.
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Humorous Costumes Start Rolling In: Heimlich Maneuver.
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Abdominal thrusts, also called the Heimlich manoeuvre or Heimlich maneuver, is a first aid procedure used to treat upper airway obstructions (or choking) by foreign objects. The term Heimlich maneuver is named after Dr. Henry Heimlich, who first described it in 1974

Performing abdominal thrusts involves a rescuer standing behind a patient and using his or her hands to exert pressure on the bottom of the diaphragm. This compresses the lungs and exerts pressure on any object lodged in the trachea, hopefully expelling it
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Digicel's recent move to block ads is a clever new assault on net neutrality. If people accept the intervention when it blocks ads (and who can really complain too hard?), then the door will be open for ISPs to interfere -- for any profitable or politic reason -- with their customers' Internet access.

It's smart. Comcast made the mistake of interfering in a way that their users really hated, and there was a large public backlash. Digicel are doing it in a way that their users will like, so long as they don't think too much about it.

If it works, other ISPs will do the same thing. And then, after a decent interval, they'll start making other changes: filtering out other things that consumers don't want to see, or shouldn't see because it's bad for them, or something. And then it will be negotiated with larger web sites on the down-low. And then it will be an open secret.

And then the fight will be lost.
How ISPs Will Royally Sucker the Internet, Thanks to Ad Blocking

Largely lost in the current controversies about users blocking ads from websites is a dirty little secret -- users are about to be played for suckers by the dominant ISPs around the world, and ad blocking will be the "camel's nose under the tent" that makes these ISPs' ultimate wet dreams of total control over Internet content come true at last.

There have been a number of clues already, with one particularly notable new one today.

The big red flashing warning light is the fact that in some cases it's possible for firms to buy their way past ad blockers -- proving demonstrably that what's really going on is that these ad blocking firms want a piece of the advertising pie -- while all the time they wax poetic propaganda about how much they hate -- simply hate! -- all those ads.

But these guys are just clowns compared to the big boys -- the dominant ISPs around the world. 

And those ISPs have for so very long wanted their slices of that same pie. They want the money coming, going, in and out -- as SBC's CEO Edward Whitacre noted back in 2005 during their takeover of AT&T, when he famously asked "Why should [Internet sites] be allowed to use [my] pipes for free?" -- conveniently ignoring the fact that his subscribers were already paying him for Internet access to websites.

Now -- today -- ISPs sense that it's finally time to plunge their fangs into the Net's jugular, to really get the blood gushing out into deep scarlet pools of money.

Mobile operator Digicel announced today that they intend to block advertising (except for some local advertisers) on their networks across the South Pacific and Caribbean, unless -- you guessed it -- websites pay them to let their ads through.

And while their claimed targets are Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and the other major players, you know that it will never stop there, and ultimately millions of small businesses and other small websites -- many of them one person operations, often not even commercial -- who depend on those ads will be decimated.

Germany's Deutsche Telekom is known to have been "toying" with the same concept, and you can be sure that many other ISPs are as well. They're not interested in "protecting" users from ads -- they're all about control and extorting money from both sides of the game -- their subscribers and the sites those subscribers need to access.

Where this all likely leads is unfortunately very clear. No crystal ball required.

Some sites will block ISPs who try this game. Broad use of SSL will limit some of these ISPs' more rudimentary efforts to manipulate the data flows between sites and subscribers. Technology will advance quickly to move ads "inline" to content servers, making them much more difficult to effectively block.

But right now, firms such as Israeli startup Shine Technologies are moving aggressively to promote carrier level blocking systems to feed ISP greed.

Yet this isn't the worst of it. Because once ISPs have a taste of the control, power, and money - money - money that comes with micromanagement of their subscribers' Internet access and usage, the next step is obvious, especially in countries where strong net neutrality protections are not in place or are at risk of being repealed with the next administration.

Perhaps you remember a joke ad that was floating around some years ago, showing a purported price list for a future ISP -- with different prices depending on which Internet sites you wanted to access. Pay X dollars more a month to your ISP if you want to be permitted to reach Google. Pay Y dollars more a month for Facebook access. Another Z dollars a month for permission from your ISP to connect to Netflix. And so on.

It seemed pretty funny at the time.

It's not so funny now -- because it's the next logical step after ISP attempts at ad blocking. And in fact, blocking entire sites is technically usually far easier than trying to only block ads related to particular sites -- most users won't know about workarounds like proxies and VPNs, and the ISPs can try block those as well.

These are the kinds of nightmarish outcomes we can look forward to as a consequence of tampering with the Internet's original end-to-end model, especially at the ISP level. 

It's a road to even more riches for the dominant ISPs, ever higher prices for their subscribers, and the ruin of vast numbers of websites, especially smaller ones with limited income sources.

It's the path to an Internet that closely resembles the vast wasteland that is cable TV today. And it's no coincidence that the dominant ISPs, frantic over fears of their control being subverted by so-called cable TV "cord cutters" moving to the Internet alone, now hope to remake the Internet itself in the image of cable TV's most hideous, anti-consumer attributes.

Nope, you don't need a Tarot deck or a Ouija board to see the future of the Internet these days, if the current patterns remain on their present course.

Whether or not our Internet actually remains on this grievous path, is of course ultimately in our hands.

But are we up to the challenge? Or are we suckers, after all?

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I have consulted to Google, but I am not currently doing so. All opinions expressed here are mine alone.
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Gate B36 in Boston. I have no idea what this is about.
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I'm surprised you got one at all. I hear putting an Irish man in the sun is like putting a fork in the microwave. There's sparks, and a lot of pain...
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Personally, I'm interested in aviation, law, ethics, politics, mathematics, psychology, and new learning experiences of almost any kind.

My favourite word is mamihlapinatapai (each expecting the other to do something first). It narrowly edged out rawa-dawa (the sensation of suddenly realising you can do something reprehensible, and no one is there to witness it).

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I have a gold medal with my name inscribed on one side and "FOR SCIENCE" on the other. I estimate that I was the *Youngest Person in the World* for 250 milliseconds. And, of course, I was TIME magazine's Person Of The Year 2006 and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2012. I have really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like.
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Distributed systems, Unix/C, TCP/IP, functional programming, Python/Bash, Big-data, software engineering.
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    Site Reliability Engineer, 2006 - 2010
    Keeping the site up and working; consulting on software at world-scale; writing production infrastructure software.
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    Software developer on the Jini project; also on the Java RMI team (part of jdk-dev).
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