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“The problems now are much worse than they were in 1997,” said Peter G. Neumann, a co-author of both the 1997 report and the new paper, who is a computer security pioneer at SRI International, the Silicon Valley research laboratory. “There are more vulnerabilities than ever, more ways to exploit them than ever, and now the government wants to dumb everything down further.”
A new report says giving the governments “exceptional access” to encrypted communications would jeopardize confidential data and critical infrastructure.
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In honor of the world’s greatest breakfast condiment, happy Canada Day! https://goo.gl/iw1n8j
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Happy Canada Day, yo. On this day in 1867, parliament in the United Kingdom enacted the British North America Act, supplying Canada with what was then called "responsible government" beginning the process of Canadians' begging the British to let us please be a real country. 

Weirdly, it worked, and we're well on our way to being a real country now, having repatriated our constitution, ramped up a toxic political bureaucracy and election machine, kicked up the attack ads, started freaking out about foreigners and immigrants and terrorists, empowering a police state, suspending habeus corpus principles, suspending unequivocal citizenship, rolling in corporatism "public/private partnership" cronyism, inflating our currency through quantitative easing, sending people to jail for (at best) self harm, having bizarre language laws, enshrining two religions with preferential treatment (anglican protestantism and catholicism) in our constitution, implementing a winner-takes-all first past the post electoral system because: democracy?, still avoiding settling original property claims of the earlier inhabitants of the territory who had explicit contract with the sovereign, and on and on.

But at least we still add the extra "u" in words like "colour" and "honour". And we give everyone the right to ask permission to get a license to have an approved relationship, not just straight people.

Happy Canada Day!
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Happy Canada Day from Vancouver Island :-)
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"Seizures of marijuana at the border are down almost 40% since several states in the U.S. have legalized it...Mexican marijuana traffickers will tell you that it's not worth it anymore – they can't compete with the domestic American price and quality...The wholesale price of Mexican marijuana has dropped from $100 a kilogram to $25. Growers in Durango and Sinaloa have stopped planting the crop."

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/28/opinions/winslow-drug-war-folly/
Legalization of marijuana has hurt drug dealers in Mexico, but their trade in heroin, meth and cocaine is thriving.
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For governments accustomed to wielding their power to regulate local activity, the Internet has long been a source of frustration. From music sites to Uber to AirBNB, online services represent an enormous challenge to conventional government regulation,…
For governments accustomed to wielding their power to regulate local activity, the Internet has long been a source of frustration. From music sites to Uber to AirBNB, online services represent an enormous challenge to conventional government regulation, which typically relies on a jurisdictional hook to compel compliance. While most reputable global companies can ill-afford to simply ignore laws or court orders, there are still websites that o...
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I don't know what maple syrop is, but I wants it. 
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I look forward to the competing products that come out because of this.
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Ok. Pixar's latest Inside Out is a remarkable film. Funny, active, with depth and sweetness. I adored it. And i think a good set of lessons about the importance of the full range of human emotions in motivating ourselves, fulfilling our goals, and connecting with those closest to us.

10/10. Would watch again. Pixar is back as far as I'm concerned.
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Yeah - if you look at the emotions as portrayed in the adults, they had a lot of variety.  Emotions were expressed in each personality differently.

For myself, the "skepticism" found in the linked article are easily assignable to disgust and anger.  Hunger to fear and joy.  Ambition to joy and anger and fear, or disgust with a status-quo.  Justice by anger and sadness.  There are a lot of variations on emotions that could be composed by these five, but the point isn't that the five are perfect - they're just one system that can be bent to fit reality, because they're metaphors.

It's like in the Ultima game series, as of Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar, when they develop a system of virtues rooted in three principles - Love, Truth, and Courage.  From those in various combination or on their own, you got Justice, Honor, Honesty, Spirituality, Humility, Compassion, Valor, and Sacrifice.  And the inverse of these (or absence thereof) were eight vices. 

Yeah, it was trite - yeah, it was oversimplified... but such categorization systems are meant as thought provoking concepts, not ultimate descriptions of truth.  They are metaphors used to tell stories.

And that's just ok.
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Happy Canada day! 🍻

Oh and yes.. I would apologize to the branch I tripped over!

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Traffic jam: "You go first." "No, you go first." "No, you ..."
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"Because: Flag" is probably the dumbest justification for restricting people's rights of mobility, property, peaceful social and economic cooperation, etc.
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That his one of his best bits.
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That's a nice melange.
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*not responsible for accidental folds in time and space.
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Begun, the press B.S. wars about robot cars has.  The original articles were so stupid, I can't even...

according to Kristin Kinley, a Delphi spokeswoman...

"I was there for the discussion with Reuters about automated vehicles," she told Ars by e-mail. "The story was taken completely out of context when describing a type of complex driving scenario that can occur in the real world. Our expert provided an example of a lane change scenario that our car recently experienced which, coincidentally, was with one of the Google cars also on the road at that time. It wasn’t a 'near miss' as described in the Reuters story."
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Ha, and taxis are upset about Uber. I see a storm a-brewin'. 
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Eagerly awaiting the wailing and gnashing of teeth on social media over the SCOTUS gay marriage decision.

I still think it was the wrong strategy, and that government (at any scope) should not be in the business of permitting or denying any relationship between consenting adults. But if a basket of privileges are to be offered, offering them more universally is probably better than offering them selectively.

Let the rehashing in echo chambers on all sides begin!
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Fair. And there are probably lots of methods in common along the way.
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Senior Software Engineer
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Java, Objective-C, and other miscellaneous programming, agile project management and coaching, lean process analysis
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  • Google
    Senior Software Engineer - Developer Productivity, 2009 - present
    Java Core Libraries team member, responsible for Dependency Injection and related technologies.
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  • Sun Microsystems
  • Oracle
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Kitchener, ON Canada - Calgary, AB Canada - Saskatoon, SK Canada - New York, NY USA - Baltimore, MD USA - Charlotte, NC USA - Richmond, VA USA - Markham, ON Canada - Canmore AB, Canada - Paris, France - Stouffville, ON
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I'm a nerd, gamer, programmer, perpetual student (in the learning sense, not the schooling sense).  I'm an amateur economics geek, sometime agile consultant, sometimes technical consultant. 

Politically I'm an anarchist (the polite, collaborative kind, not the molotov-cocktail throwing caricature), canadian by birth, terran by choice, polyamorous by heart, a big fan of the human species. 

Non-religious, but not antagonistic towards those whose religiosity doesn't attempt to impose itself on others. I was once also a religious scholar, but while the memories are there, the inclination is behind me.  

I'm a huge fan of philosophical inquiry.  I try to test my ideas constantly, and my best friends challenge me in this way.  I'm also a huge fan of distilled spirits, both the consumption and production thereof, aesthetically and technically.  These are not related, though some of the best conversation can be had over a bourbon in a drinking jacket, with good friends, on thoughtful topics. 

... and occasionally I can even be made to shut up.  But you might have to ask. 

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About 90% of the code I write for my day job is open-source.
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  • University of Saskatchewan
    Computing Science and Religious Studies
  • Waterloo Collegiate Institute
  • Aden Bowman Collegiate Institute
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Had work done a few months ago, my second piece. The staff were great. Very casual and approachable, while being capable and excellent. Good line work and shading, and pretty enthusiastic to explore a concept.
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Their beer is good, their bbq goat is amazing. A+. Will come again.
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Love both the tour and the tasting. Fun, irreverent crowd that are definitely lovers of the spirit.
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