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A mass protest against surveillance -- like the historic smash-hit SOPA / PIPA fight.
Websites across the web are planning a massive online protest against government surevillance on February 11th, and they want you to be a part of it. Will you join them?
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Promises made, promises broken.
Integrity matters.
Posted by Marissa Mayer, VP of Search Products & User Experience The recent announcement of the AOL partnership has been the source of a lot of rumors and misconceptions. We'd like to clear some of those up. - Biased results?...
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曾梵志说,“艾未未是我邻居,我并不反感或讨厌他,他做出了自己的选择,也有自己(做这些事情)的原因。”
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Another view from the ground, and worth reading.
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Mesh network activists rebuilding the Internet from scratch.
网状网络活动家从头重建互联网。
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My post regarding the increase of "hell banning" at Hacker News.

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6061335

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After receiving 5000 karma points in June alone, due to the intersection of Snowden news and my 27 years researching China - I noticed that my posts started getting downvoted heavily by HN management.

HN management apparently does not believe Snowden news is hacker news. Assange, Jacob Appelbaum, and Snowden have more than proven their hacker skills in software, and censoring that news is not tolerable to me. All the YC companies combined are insignificant compared that important work.

Personally, I believe we've already reached "peak" Hacker News and "peak" Y Combinator. Even though I respect YC, HN, and PG, the main problem is that the number of users continues to grow, and the basic code behind HN hasn't changed in years. Indeed, what new code there is seems to be refinement in excluding people.

Journalists worldwide are descending on HN as a clear cut seminal news source, and no software is being written to maintain the integrity of HN, given the new influx of lay users. Banning is a blunt, ineffective tool to manage HN growth.

I am one of the earliest software engineers on earth (42 years), and remember/prefer the early pure days of HN (as we all do). I have many ideas how to solve that, however more and more hell banning wont do it. Give a man a hammer and everything looks like a nail.

Ward Cunningham's (inventor of the wiki) new work on federated wikis is excellent, trailblazing work on maintaining purity in an fast growing editorial environment. Allowing multiple "views" of HN is a better approach. Google Search does it well - every Google user has a unique "view", even on identical search terms.

Partly, I think PG would rather maintain his personal bully pulpit (he's earned it) than build a better mousetrap at HN. Editorial monoculture is always easier to build than an open multiview.

Funny part is, an open design would allow the original pure HN to be one of the "views" (and likely the main view). HN will never ban its way back to purity.

Attempts to return to purity via downvoting, censorship, and hell banning alone are bad software. The fact that HN leadership thinks this way is the primary reason for the fall in quality at HN. The growth in readership does not have to dumb down HN. Write better software.

I've contributed solidly to the HN community, especially with early breaking news in China technology, censorship, and gov't sponsored hacking. Yet, I'm 80% banned, even though my careful submits ranked #1 on the HN leaderboard in June.

I have never spammed, never organized up voting, and have abided by the the rules as I understand them.

The ban hammer is a tool, but a relatively an ineffective tool.
It won't solve the problem.
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There are days I think I've been hell banned by life.
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Democracynow.org, Guardian, Twitter are the primary news sources on Snowden.

TV news, NYT, WSJ all suck - shows the reduced truth footprint since Watergate.
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墙内有VPN的网友数量庞大,闲暇时如果把 #lantern 开着以提供连接的方式把自己的VPN共享出去,效果也非常可观。
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Home page of W3C's Web Internationalization Activity--resources for increasing accessibility of the Web for worldwide audiences.
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Best newsletter on China, period.
 
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Today's Links: THE ESSENTIAL EIGHT Related: BUSINESS, ECONOMY AND TRADE POLITICS AND LAW FOREIGN AND DEFENSE AFFAIRS HONG KONG, MACAO AND TAIWAN TECH AND MEDIA SOCIETY, ART, SPORTS, CULTURE AND HISTORY ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT, SCIENCE AND HEALTH FOOD AND TRAVEL BEIJING BOOKS AND LITERATURE JOBS AND EVENTS CORRECTIONS 祝华新:打击谣言背景下的网络舆论新格局--舆情频道--人民网interesting discussion on the new state of online public opinion in the wake of the crackdown on rumors, ...
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I am so glad I resisted pressure from Intel engineers to let /dev/random rely only on the RDRAND instruction.   To quote from the article below:

"By this year, the Sigint Enabling Project had found ways inside some of the encryption chips that scramble information for businesses and governments, either by working with chipmakers to insert back doors...."

Relying solely on the hardware random number generator which is using an implementation sealed inside a chip which is impossible to audit is a BAD idea.
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founder, the software industry, 40 years
fluent, 中文Chinese, 日本语 Japanese.
Physics/Mathematics, autodidact, 创立者
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Harvard, Beijing, Tokyo, Princeton, Berkeley. 
Home: Beijing, Shanghai, SFBay, Indy

Twitter: @TeaWithCarl

disruption, democracy, data (semantics)

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Imported 1st copy, Wall St Journal into China -- Placed 1st banner advertisment in world, Infoseek, Sept 1995 -- Earliest pioneer foreign resident, ZhongGuanCun 中关村,China's SIlicon Valley,
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