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Another day, another call... three calls from their broken call center trying to get me to subscribe. No one on the line. The number is 510-981-4590.

If you like annoying pointless calls many times a day, buy their subscription once. The joy will be yours for life (or until you change your phone number).
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No parking!
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Clearly.
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Today I learned about a benefit for San Jose Mercury News subscribers: you DON'T get annoying calls from 510-981-4590.
But if you're not subscribed, they will call you up to 5 times a day, ignoring the National Do No Call Registry. There is no way to stop these annoying calls other than by subscribing. So, yay, what a great benefit!!!
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This is EXACTLY how I regard most of my colleagues at Google. Experts, doing an impossible task with a smile... and in the form of a kitten.

If you have not seen the original sketch about seven perpendicular red lines, it's here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKorP55Aqvg

Enters The Expert.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8PLBilOKE0
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+Archer Godson Both URLs (the original sketch and "The Expert") are in the message, maybe you need to click "read more" to see both.
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"I'm not sure why [FBI Director James Come] believes he can have a technological means of access that somehow only works for people of the correct morality with the proper legal documents, but he seems to believe that's possible."

Exactly.

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2014/10/more_crypto_war.html
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"Set the Table, Bend a Little Space-Time, the Usual" http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/failblog/~3/BBbpL8XjxdM/8371452928
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How much is one japanese peso?
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Nothing much, now. At least, not since McArthur went back and chased the Japanese out.
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Илья Николаевич Емельянов, 1942 год. Открытка, отправленная за день до его ранения.
На той же открытке "ранен 3 раза отправлен в санчасть. Писарь 7 роты"
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"Mom, I'm going to the library to print a toy car for my collection. Shouldn't take more than 10 hours!"

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2015/04/29/401236656/libraries-make-space-for-3-d-printers-rules-are-sure-to-follow
They're the latest addition to so-called "maker spaces" showing up in a number of libraries. But as libraries work to redefine their purpose in the digital age, it also raises questions about misuse.
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"A simple flick of the light switch for Earth Hour makes all the difference. "

No, it does not. No one cares if you sit in the dark and think you saved the Earth. What matters is how you vote and what you do the other 8759 hours a year.
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I sent this to Costco today.

Dear Costco! I pay your membership fee because I value the work you put into selecting your products. I trust that you do a good job at it, because you do. I think you need to know about a blunder someone on your staff made recently that puts this trust at risk.
I've bought an Acer desktop at Costco two months ago. It has Windows 7 preinstalled, and it comes with 1-year license of Kaspersky Internet Security. Sounds good, right?
The problem? The computer comes with McAfee software preinstalled, and no trace of Kaspersky. McAfee is "bloatware crap", to put it mildly. It changes your browser search engine (!) without as much as asking you. After you uninstall it, your browser is still hijacked, sending your searches to McAfee's "site advisor" (which is their monetization site redirecting to Yahoo).
Dear Costco. I believe it's a mistake on your part. Please get it fixed. It's probably Acer who does this, but if you have enough influence to make them provide unique Costco-only models, you definitely have a say in the kind of software they preinstall.

Sincerely,
Alex Emelianov
(my member ID and contact info follows).
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Sony on their cyber security: "We were extremely well prepared for conventional cyber security".
Yep, we noticed. No defense in depth, using Windows and hoping an antivirus catches everything. And paying big bucks to security auditors and contractors.
You're doing it wrong, Sony. And you insist on doing it wrong.
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Александр Емельянов
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A C++ devotee, fixing and fine-tuning The Cloud for fun and profit.
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Member of EFF, ACLU, Amnesty International. Self-powered commuter.
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Even on the busiest days of the week, someone will spend time with you helping with the right choice.
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
"We'll take care of it right away". That's exactly what you want to hear when you've got a nail in your tire on your way to work. They open at 7 am!
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
The place is tiny, but they are extremely efficient making take-out online orders. Portions are generous, fish is very fresh. I order from them regularly, and never seen the problems other reviewers mention, like getting the order wrong, second-rate salmon (I especially love their salmon!) or soggy rice.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
If you ever tried to book tickets online, you know it's tricky. Which days have the best prices? What if you want to return two days later? What if you go to Berlin on your way back? It takes hours to research such prices online, and trust me, you will not find the options and special pricing Sofia can find. They know airline business, tariff rules, airline partner programs, every trick in the book. They will take time to call the consulate and make sure you can book a hotel or whether you need to apply for a visa first. They know which travel insurance programs work best. You'll be in good hands with Express International Travel.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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No wait, up front price including all fees and taxes, quick results.
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reviewed 2 months ago
Don't let room process fool you. Add $22 for the valet parking, since it's your only option. WiFi is available, if looking at "maximum number of subscribers are already connected" message counts as internet access. Also, it's noisy. I'd rather use a motel.
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