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This is actually the best thing I think I've heard since Blackmill released Miracle.
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More people need to use Google+

But only the cool people.
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The major problem the human race faces when looking to make progress is not that said progress is impossible or even inherently difficult to accomplish, it's that an overwhelming majority of the po......
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Capitalism in America has failed. With the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaching a record high recently, many would argue that the United States has rebounded from the economic recession and is now......
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Has there been any success in getting hardware graphics acceleration to work with Linux (non-ChromeOS)?
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This is a really clear and informative interview with a really impressive person: Edward Snowden, the PRISM leaker, a 29-year-old NSA infrastructure analyst employed by Booze Allen Hamilton. If there was ever any doubt about the gravity of these issues and the urgent need for public accountability, you should hear the case directly from him.

The total surveillance system that has continued its development under this administration provides the government with unprecedented power and knowledge about everyone, power which will continue to grow exponentially as Moore's law allows for ever-greater information storage and processing capability. These systems are dangerous not only because they can be abused today, but because they enable incredible abuses and retroactive violations of privacy arbitrarily far in the future. As Snowden explains, it essentially allows any authorized personnel, which included him, to bring up this stored information from far in the past to target anyone.

To state the obvious, I don't think any of the denials by the internet companies are believable. First of all, Snowden has put his safety and freedom in significant jeopardy and certainly sacrificed a highly lucrative career in order to bring his first-hand knowledge to light, along with the documents he provided to The Guardian. Maybe there is some nonstandard definition of "direct access" and other phrases that are being used to make these denials, but the Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman has said he's talked to multiple people who personally have exercised this remote, automatic access to the data held by companies like Google. Anyway, its obviously illegal to divulge a classified program, so any of these official denials are arguably compelled by the law anyway – or at least by the power of the legal system – and of course its strongly in their interest to make them for all kinds of other reasons.

All of us who were awake during the last decade have seen how vulnerable our rule of law can be when a crisis hits and politicians and media alike start singing their predictable slogan, "We must do more!" As if no legal or moral principle is too important to eventually sacrifice if danger doesn't just vanish from this world. Programs like this quite simply should not exist because they represent, in Snowden's words a "turn-key tyranny", and the fabric our our system should not be predicated on trust in such broad powers exercised in secret.

Either way, its hard to argue that something like this will ever make a decisive difference in preventing a major attack. Any group that has the ability to launch a serious effort would certainly be aware that these programs exist, and so would know to avoid vulnerable communication channels. 

As long as this guy is putting everything on the line to do what is necessary to protect and inform the US public, I think we owe him our moral support.
Source for the Guardian's NSA files on why he carried out the biggest intelligence leak in a generation – and what comes next
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Days like this should remind us that we are all human. Put aside barriers of race, culture, gender, or nationality, and come together in support of our common cause. A positive future for our species requires our cooperation and love.
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We are, as far as we know, unique. Through sheer probability, an entire universe exploded into being where previously nothing existed, and through an almost 14 billion year process of explosion and condensation, produced stars, asteroids, comets, planets, moons, and eventually us.

There is no known big-picture purpose for our existence. Random chance is all that is responsible for our being here ...roughly 80 years each. Knowing this, we spend our time here working to create, to experience, and to love. Our actions are a contribution; all our efforts serve to ensure that people who live after us have the same opportunity to experience life, whatever it may mean to each of them. This is our obligation. We are shepherds of this world.

When the time comes that we must die, there is nothing to fear or be sad about. Every life is a life worth living: for a brief moment in the cosmic timeline, the universe knew itself through each of us, and now we are returning home. This is the most beautiful thing I know.
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Does anybody know of any extensions that support downloading torrent files? Ideally also supporting magnet links... I've tried OneClick here and it's refusing to work for me on my Samsung ARM Chromebook. ChrUbuntu and the other Chromebook ARM builds haven't come far enough for me to want to switch and have Transmission or another native client yet.

 http://torque.bittorrent.com/oneclick/
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+David Radkowski It all depends on what your data is and what your going to do with it and where it comes from and where it goes to. There are also times when data rates and amounts may be limited. To each their own.
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  • UMass Amherst
    Library Systems Technician, 2014 - present
  • UMass Boston
    Media Support Technician, 2012 - 2013
  • Florida Health Care Plans
    Information Technology Consultant, 2011 - 2012
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  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Mathematics and Computer Science, 2013 - present
  • University of Massachusetts Boston
    Mathematics and Computer Science, 2012 - 2013
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