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Far and away, the best primer on why housing in SF is so dysfunctional. It's long and in-depth, covers regional historical contexts, and seems more or less fair to me.

Should be mandatory reading for anyone who wants to comment about housing here.
Today, the tech industry is apparently on track to destroy one of the world's most valuable cultural treasures, San Francisco, by pushing out the diverse..
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This looks fairly interesting.

Any intrepid Ubuntu hackers want to take on this (probably huge) challenge of seeing what it would take to port?
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Who will port this to Ubuntu mobile?

http://gabrielecirulli.github.io/2048/

SO ADDICTING.
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+Grant Grundler for fun and profit? (ok, maybe just fun).

As you can see from the screenshot, I'm modifying it to use the Ubuntu HTML5 UI toolkit so that it looks like any other Ubuntu app on a phone
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trés cool!
 
Telegram from my Ubuntu terminal.
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Très cool indeed ;-) 
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The Ubuntu Foundations team is hiring!  Do you have what it takes to wrangle OpenJDK as part of a dynamic, distributed team?  Follow the link :)
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If any of the fine folks down the road in Cupertino want to license a beautiful OS to complement their beautiful hardware, please ping me.

We can hook you up.

#ubuntu1404  HiDPI is gorgeous
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Cool to hear, and there are still few places to scale (lockscreen, switcher, dash filters and scroll bars), but they should be fixed soon. 
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Scenes from the weekend.

Bouldering in #Yosemite.
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One of the key design goals we had in mind when we set out to create Ubuntu for phones and tablets (henceforth abbreviated here as Ubuntu Devices (vs Ubuntu Desktop)) was how to balance continuing our rich heritage of downstreams, be they community remixes or commercial products, against the idea of preventing platform API and UI fragmentation, which is the Android antipattern.

Read my blog for more details, and...

If you are interested in learning more about our plans or you have ideas for ways that you’d like to customize your version of Ubuntu or you’re interested in improving code, tests, or docs, please come to our vUDS session tomorrow, 2014-03-13 from 15:00 to 15:55 UTC.

http://summit.ubuntu.com/uds-1403/meeting/22218/carrieroem-customizations/

Hope to see you there!
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Hyperbolic headlines aside, telegram is actually quite an interesting app, especially for Ubuntu devices, and especially vs. WhatsApp.

1) the Telegram API is open, and 3rd party clients are encouraged, not blocked

2) it's an OTT (over the top) messaging app, which is qualitatively different than the integrated SMS on your phone

3) it has claims to strong, integrated crypto (more on this in a bit)

4) the holding company is organized as a non-profit (?? unverified) and claimed to not be for the purpose of revenue

Now, some expanded thoughts on those points above.

1) https://launchpad.net/ubuntu-telegram-app - a work-in-progress client is being written for Ubuntu devices, and won't be banned or blocked. This means Ubuntu device developers can control their own destiny rather than waiting for another party to make a cost/benefit analysis about the Ubuntu platform. 

2) OTT clients are extremely important to most world wide users of mobile devices, with the weird exception of Americans (we still use MMS, thankyouverymuch). Having a 1st-class OTT app on Ubuntu that can interoperate with a truly large userbase (10M+ telegram users worldwide?) eliminates a large adoption barrier for much of Ubuntu's key early markets.

4) The stated intentions of the Durov brothers are quite noble, and they have walked the walk at least once so far, paying out $100K (?? not verified) to at least one developer who found a serious crypto bug in the code already. This suggests an important alignment of values between the Ubuntu community and the Telegram team.

Now, to the crypto. Some claims have been made about the crypto, notably by well-respected Moxie Marlinspike. I am not capable of evaluating the claims.

I can make the following observations though:

a) we are no worse off than the status quo, as the leader WhatsApp has no crypto at all

b) if Text Secure's protocol is as easily federated as their developers claim, then for Telegram to switch implementations at some point in the future should be a SMoP.

c) I haven't seen any public demonstrations of Telegram exploits to go along with the public claims of "snake oil". Of course, that doesn't mean governments and other alpha black hats aren't sitting on their own 0-days, but at this point, we have to assume that about all software we use on the internet.

So maybe the Telegram crypto, isn't. But that is mistaking a single feature for the larger forest, at least in the context of Ubuntu, which is to say, an open, popular OTT network/app on the platform.

Finally, a note regarding how sticky WhatsApp might be... I found it trivially easy to download Telegram on both my iOS and Android devices and discovered I already had some contacts on there, notably the one person I was already WhatsApp'ing the most.

And in the end, it's not about a network with 10M+ users that actually matters.

It's about your network with the 7 or so users that you care about.

[I've already relegated the WhatsApp icon to the ghetto of the 3rd page on iOS and removed it from my Android home screen completely. ;) ]
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Interesting. I've avoided What's App and Facebook messenger mostly because I didn't think I could trust them. Telegram definitely looks interesting, but there's the uphill battle of getting my peeps on board. Until then I'm probably stuck with SMS/MMS and iMessage.
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A brief writeup of my last two weeks in Barcelona, with a bit of MWC content, links to photos, and even my first foray into video making.
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