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Chris Dolan
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CloudFlare did a good real-world analysis of Heartbleed: hey could get it to leak a private key. This suggests that perhaps private keys may not be in as great a danger as suggested earlier this week. I hope they're right, and I hope other big players will perform similar tests.

h/t +Eric Lloyd 
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+Troed Sångberg - ouch. I'm glad they're doing that legwork
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This article does a great job with the background, explaining the tetraquark quite well, but there's not much about quark stars except to suggest that things are going to get interesting.
 
CERN has discovered an exotic particle they think is a tetraquark.  What's a tetraquark?  And how does it relate to astrophysics?  Find out in the latest article I've written for +Universe Today.
You may have heard that CERN announced the discovery of a strange particle known as Z(4430).  A paper summarizing the results has been published on the physics arxiv, which is a repository for preprint (not yet peer reviewed) physics papers.  The new particle is about 4 times more massive than a proton, has a negative charge,…
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For April Fool's Day, my 10-year-old son got up early and added blue food coloring to the milk. A LOT of blue food coloring... As a good sport, I used it on my morning cereal. It tasted normal, but it was so blue I couldn't bear it. His sister didn't much care for it either. :-)
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You can tell him it didn't make you nervous at all! 
http://www.wired.com/2009/07/bluerats/
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Nice. I hadn't seen the GM ad before this (oh wow what a tacky message). Ford's retort is a little heavy handed but the conflict is very entertaining.
 
Cadillac's recent ELR ad says that America is great because we work really hard so we can buy stuff, like Cadillacs. Ford's rebuttal is great.
http://tinyurl.com/m9s23q2
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Heh, I just saw in The Atlantic:

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/03/ford-to-cadillac-theres-another-america-out-there/359741/

And yet, the ads share a core value: work, and work hard. After all, they both begin with essentially the same lines: "Why do we/I work so hard? For what?" For Cadillac, the answer to that question is "all that stuff." For Ford, it's "to make the world better." The justifications for a hard-working life are night and day ...

No, they are not.  That's what so many people just don't understand, the fact that working hard for all that stuff is for the purpose of making the world better.  The author then writes, ... we see a different vision of America—one that values its idealists, not its crass materialists ...

It's a nonsensical distinction.
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Oh wow, another bad heartbleed-related problem. If you've been following heartbleed then you should read this too.
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Bikeyface is my favorite webcomic!
Recently I found myself in this situation: And I wished I could show this dude what would happen if I really did own the road. Things would be very different. I wouldn't have to take the lane ever ...
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I'll be at the National Association of Broadcasters convention next week, representing Sony Creative Software.
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In the public forums for my company, we have over 120,000 threads going back to 1999, more than half of those on Vegas's video features. I learn new things about my own product from veteran users almost every week. It's very humbling.

I've followed a few of the Sony/Vegas social media outlets (both official and grassroots), but so far nothing compares to our own forums for eyeballs and experts.
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This is a good short-short story, very much in Brin's best style of clever foresight of technology-meets-social-issues. I won't spoil it by telling what it's about. Just take the 10 minutes to read it.
 
Potential Hugo nominators: yes I know it's late. I'm lousy at this promotion thing. But at last I have posted -- for your kind interest and perusal -- my best story of 2013.  "Insistence of Vision" is available here for a limited time, mainly for the convenience of members of the World Science Fiction Convention.

http://www.davidbrin.com/insistenceofvision.html

All others should (strictly speaking) buy a copy of  the special 2013 Science Fiction Issue of MIT Technology Review!  Or my third story collection in 2015! But no one is going to chase you down, either way.  We don't have the technologies portrayed in this story… yet….

(http://www.technologyreview.com/twelvetomorrows/)

"Insistence of Vision"  portrays a very near future, when tech  allows us to "solve" the problem of imprisoning convicted criminals.  Oh, but sometimes the world can improve... without getting better across the board. Nothing comes without a cost.
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This is a really fascinating article with interesting social consequences: "...the woman had a rare condition called chimerism; due to a prenatal twist of fate, she was a genetic blend of two people with different cells. As a result, the cells in some tissues (her skin and blood) and those in other tissues (her thyroid and reproductive organs) had different DNA." The headline picture of the two little girls is quite odd, though.
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Programmer, software architect
Employment
  • Sony Creative Software
    Staff Software Engineer, 2012 - present
  • Avid Technology
    Sr Principal Software Engineer, 2007 - 2012
  • Clotho Advanced Media
    Sr Software Developer, 2001 - 2007
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I was the #1 Google result for "constellations" for about 12 years (ended 2013); Toughest bicycle ride: 125 miles + 11,000 ft climbing
Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Astronomy, PhD, 1994 - 2000
  • Cornell University
    Astronomy, 1990 - 1994
  • Derryfield School
    1986 - 1990