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Bike ride to Hetch Hetchy and climbing in the Valley
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First time up in Point Reyes.

The Pacific is very cold.
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Still one of my favorite places...
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First time strapping on crampons in a long time.
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If you read Jonathan Chait’s essay about why he, as a moderate white man with good intentions, feels like he’s being unfairly treated on the internet; if you were nodding along as a fellow moderate white person yourself, feeling somewhat alarmed by a recent trend in social justice vocality on social media, you owe it to yourself to read Arthur Chu’s response.

As MLK himself said:

"the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate."

Yes, I am pissed off daily at the injustice in our society.

Yes, I have privilege as an affluent male working in tech.

Yes, I will use my privilege to fight for those without, as well as my own causes.

I refuse your moderation and calls for civil discourse.
There’s something deeply ironic in complaining about the Internet PC Police on the Internet, then telling PC people to shut up because their anti-free speech PC orthodoxy isn’t wanted.
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We can talk about the "right" methods to use all we want, but the facts of the matter are non-white males are treated more poorly in many circumstances than white males. Politely asking for change hasn't effected that change. 
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The CIA's guide to surviving secondary screening at airports while maintaining cover makes me wonder how many operatives are sent on their way with flimsy identity, thin backstory, lack of rehearsal, suspicious documents and luggage that plain lacks credibility...
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I've been using both OSX and Ubuntu development hosts daily for the past few months (Ubuntu laptop at office, then working from home on personal Macbook running OSX), I'm convinced that Ubuntu is still the far superior development environment, and that it can still win the hearts and minds of modern web stack developers.

As a former Canonical employee and Ubuntu distro developer, I spent the majority of my time in Ubuntu far differently than as an actual, typical web-stack, devops developer. Out here, on the "other side", we use a huge multitude of tools; not just the ones that are exclusive to the Ubuntu toolbox.

I do believe there is a mild disconnect between Ubuntu distro developers and devops developers, and that it causes just enough friction that the devops world keeps reinventing technology that should be solved in the Ubuntu platform itself.

Efforts like juju, ubuntu snappy, etc. are all great, and additionally I think it would be great if Ubuntu distro devs occasionally tried some non-native toolsets that are hugely popular in the web/devops world.

For the competition is not juju vs puppet/chef but Ubuntu vs OSX. And right now, glancing around my co-working space, OSX is by far the dominant leader. But it doesn't have to be this way.

My friends on the server side of the house are well-versed in this polytool world. But on the client side, unless things have changed dramatically in the past few months, not so much. And for understandable reason: they're busy building a phone and there's simply not enough occasion (and bandwidth) in one's daily work to play with what web/devops developers are using.

So here is one small exercise that might help Ubuntu distro devs on the client side gain some empathy for the developers and experience with the toolset used "out here":

- provide a vagrant base box that is set up for Ubuntu packaging work. This would replace schroot/pbuilder in an Ubuntu developer's workflow.

- make this box work with the vagrant LXC provider, instead of using virtualbox

- to dogfood, use this setup daily for your own packaging work

Rationale:

- vagrant is hugely popular among dev teams to ensure the entire team is on a common dev environment, with everyone working on their own laptops.

- LXC is a genuine competitive advantage Linux has over OSX; it requires far fewer hardware resources than virtualbox.

- vagrant LXC does seem to be supported, but it gets far less love than the vbox provider

I have far more thoughts on this topic, and would be happy to continue posting about them if people are interested.
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Thanks for the answer, +Alex Chiang.

+Didier Roche, it's really hard to keep on track with Web development tools because the Web is always evolving, so I wish you all the best to make the magic happen with Ubuntu Make! But yes that would be a great addition to this tool.
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I've decided that G+ stories are great for the mildly adventurous yet pathetically lazy photographer.
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Yay for people less lazy than me that actually TOOK pictures!! Thank you!
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Riding the Delta Loop, from Sac back to Pittsburg.

One of the best bike tours I've ever been on.
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That's gonna be a beautiful ride during the summer. I drove the northern route in the winter and it was breath-taking!
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Getting reacquainted with the Valley.
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Amazing tweetstorm explaining why well-intentioned, moderate, white, cis males think there's a thing such as #toxictwitter.

This post can be thought of as a follow-up to my last post.
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Respect for this sportsball dude calling out the slopebrowed weaseldicks.
 
I think I already shared this, but it seems some people didn't read it, so here it is again.

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Chris Kluwe played in the NFL for eight years, but he’s been a gamer for 26 — and he’s tired of the misogyny in today’s …
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When I left Canonical a few months ago, it was to join the Angaza team on their mission to bring clean energy to (potentially) a billion people.

Check out our video explaining our approach. :)
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Everyone here seems to be obsessed with hacking the device. The key point you are missing out on is that when you buy a PaYG device as an end user, you are taking out a loan. A local agent is taking down your information and entering it into our system and a large part of what we do is helping the agents manage their customers.

So even if one were to hack a device, they'd still be on the hook to pay the loan.

We do take technical steps to make it non-economical to hack it too, but frankly those are not super interesting.

Finally, our website is fairly out of date, which was the entire reason I shared the video - to watch it. :-)
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