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Bob Aman
Worked at BitPesa
Attended Rochester Institute Of Technology
Lives in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Is there any way to configure an Android device that hasn't been touched in some extended period of time to require a full password unlock? Even if there's no PIN code set on the device? Honestly, I think this should be default behavior. Like after say, two weeks, if a device hasn't been used (including if it's gone uncharged for two weeks), it should just require the Google account password to unlock.
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In case you weren't aware, I've been working on building out BitPesa's payment architecture for the last few months. Great way to send money back home to family in Kenya.
Send money to Kenya cheaper and faster. With BitPesa, it's easy.
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Google Maps API TOS question: If we use the Google Maps static API, can we cache the images locally to keep our usage down?
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LOL, helpful.

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This is very much akin to the kind of auth I've been hoping to see emerge. My ideal world would be one in which this was a secure service managed by the phone's OS, with something similar in the browser. And honestly, I'd like to see this be the primary factor in lieu of passwords.
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I haven't heard much on Activity Streams in quite some time. Has the spec reached some kind of general consensus at this point?
Activity Streams is a convenient and consistent way to syndicate social activities around the web.
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Planning on some good discussions at this event Trying to convince them to use GitHub the way it was intended :)

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You know how it often seems like CAPTCHAs are trolling you? Sometimes they are.
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Lol, I wish I had a place to put that up (without scaring off users)

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I've created a petition to the White House to respect the right to freedom of encrypted speech. Every post you make on Facebook or Google+ is encrypted (note the lock icon up in the left-hand corner of your screen). Much of the activity you engage in on the internet today is encrypted. Popular apps like iMessage and WhatsApp could be forced to change their algorithms or become illegal under such a system. The government has indicated that they want companies and individuals to give them a set of master keys to allow them to bypass that encryption whenever they please. Naturally, they promise that they'll get a warrant. Probably. Except for all of those times that they didn't.

Encryption is the one good tool that the public has to keep an intrusive snooping government out of their business. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has already ruled that it is a constitutionally protected right to publish encryption algorithms.

If the government gets its way, we will all be less safe from hackers and identity thieves, and our privacy will be further eroded by intelligence agencies that have repeatedly overstepped their bounds.

For this petition to become publicly visible, I need 150 signatures. I'd like to make a really big stink about this, but the petition has to be publicly discoverable for me to do that successfully. Please help by signing! Please help by sharing this post.
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Good point.

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Heh. Google working on a glucose monitoring contact lens? Sure, that totally has nothing at all to do with figuring out how to get Google Glass down to the size of a contact lens.

Still, consider me impressed.
GOOGLE has unveiled a contact lens that monitors glucose levels in tears, a potential reprieve for millions of diabetics who have to jab their fingers to draw their own blood as many as 10 times a day.

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Love you guys, but...
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+Bob Aman what is "HAPPEN"?

Is it a personal mark.
A generally perceived one.
Or a real graphed numerical reference?

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I haven't been able to use Google+ in awhile. I think I'm starting to realize why. Google+ is using what I suspect may be a serious design anti-pattern. Google+ has always seemed a bit noisy to me compared to its peers, but in the current design incarnation, that noise has been ratcheted up to 11. It's the zig-zag 3-column layout of stories. I can't visually scan 3 columns at once when each story in a given column starts at an offset from the stories in the columns next to it. There are no headlines to grab me and pull me into a story I've scanned over as there would be in a multi-column newspaper layout. So instead, I scroll down, try to find something that grabs my eye and... I just keep scrolling. I feel my eyes flitter back and forth over the columns but I can't focus on anything. The layout guarantees that the only cognitive engagement that can happen on the platform are memes because nothing else can grab you and pull you in long enough.

It's a beautiful design that doesn't function. Unless of course you measure yourself only on content engagement. In which case, by all means, meme away.
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#comcast  is down for the third day in a row. Comcast customer service says, "Sorry, our hands are tied."
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I'm sorry for the trouble with your service, +Bob Aman. Anything I may help you with? 

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Wow, now there's a blast from the past. I loved this game when I was growing up.
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Have him in circles
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Web & Mobile Development
  • BitPesa
    CTO, 2014 - 2015
  • Disruption Corporation
    Full Stack Engineer, 2013 - 2014
  • Google
    Program Manager, 2011 - 2012
  • Google
    Developer Programs Engineer, 2009 - 2011
  • Element K
    Java Developer, 2004 - 2006
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tucson, AZ - Mountain View, CA - Nairobi, Kenya - Fairport, NY - Waxhaw, NC - Webster, NY - Rochester, NY - Almond, NY - Chitokoloki, Zambia
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I was once saved from a volcanic mishap by a bad case of malaria. True story.
  • Rochester Institute Of Technology
    Computer Science, 2001 - 2004
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This is the best food delivery in Nairobi: the prices are great, the food is healthy (for pizza, at least) and the people running it are awesome. The actual location is pretty sparse at the moment, but it's really more about delivery anyways and the delivery service is perfect.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
The coffee and juice was good and the location is lovely and quiet. However the food is sub-par at best. Curry was completely flavorless, spaghetti bolognaise was terrible, and the ice cream was pretty bad too – bland with stale bits of brownie covered in cheap chocolate sauce.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I bought my compound from Pacifica Archery and recently had it repaired there as well. They do excellent work, the staff is both friendly and helpful, and their prices are quite reasonable. I'm going to miss dropping by this place when I move. Saturdays are crowded; if you need a lot of work done on a bow, go on a weekday. The indoor range here is nice, especially in colder weather, and the staff will usually offer really helpful tips on form if you're having trouble. Also check out the San Francisco Archery Range in Pacifica. Great outdoor range and not too far away from the shop.
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Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I think the pizza at Burrata might actually be the very best I've ever had anywhere. They've got a great location tucked away inside the Old Biscuit Mill. Great atmosphere and the staff are very friendly.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Restaurant was nearly empty when we came in. The bench seating is super nice; pillows are a great atmosphere touch. Food took less than 15 minutes to arrive, unlike some other reviews which indicated long waits. Prices for everything on the menu are reasonable. I ordered the Gyro. It was OK, but not amazing. My girlfriend got the Vegetable Tagine, which I tasted a bit of. Seemed like a healthy option, but nearly flavorless. The mint tea was lovely, if a bit sweet. If you order the meatballs, there will be an egg on top. The bread was OK. Honestly, I can totally understand the unpopularity of the restaurant; good if your only concern is trying something different for a change, but there are certainly better options.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
This is my favorite outdoor archery range in the San Francisco Bay Area. Great setup, friendly people, a day pass is $5, and it's not too far from Pacifica Archery, which is my favorite archery shop in the area. Very handy when you've had to take a bow in for repairs or adjustments and you want to go shooting right after. Highly recommended.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
This is a semi-regular hang-out for myself and many of my friends. The food is quite good (assuming you like Ethiopian food), and the price is amazing. You'll never have to worry about breaking the bank here.
Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago