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In my new Slate column I ask why a mega-trade deal isn't available for the public to read. The likely answer: We'd hate it if we were allowed to see it.
In the next few weeks, Congress may give special status to a massive “free trade” treaty that you are not allowed to read. Based on leaks of portions of the deal, however, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) appears to be at least partly a grab bag of special favors for corporate...
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+William Tarbush  You forgot the Captialist Industy Special Interest Branch they control it all. 
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My +Medium piece on weaning myself off of Big Tech just hit 230,000 views. There's much more to come on this topic...
I’m done sending my money and data to corporations I don’t trust
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+Dan Gillmor As Lenin / Stalin may or may not have said:  the capitalist will gladly sell you the rope you use to hang him.

Using the tools available to you, even within the system, to defeat the unjust system, is an absolutely legitimate use of the system.

Better than any other, I'd argue.
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He's one of the most successful in the genre, and his blog is a must-read for anyone who's interested in the future of publishing, especially authors. (And do note the date of his blog post...)
 
Self Published Authors Guild
I was told by the Bilderberg Group that I can finally make this announcement; I'm the first president of the newly formed SPAG - Self Published Authors Guild. All of the top indie authors in the world have been meeting, in person and in highly complicated S...
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Heh.
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OMG how have I never seen this?!
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Ha,good one!
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We're still waiting for a great biography of Steve Jobs. A highly touted new book isn't it.
Someday, someone will write the definitive book about how Steve Jobs led Apple out of the wilderness, saving a near-dead company that ultimately became one of the world’s most valuable and beloved enterprises. It will combine a genuine understanding of technology with a full, nuanced, and unblinkered view of Jobs,...
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At the end of the day it's not like Jobs was the first President/CEO of a company who was a major prick to everyone but his friends and family.  Last I checked that's not exactly uncommon.  Pretty sure most everyone who has ever had, you know, "a job" figured that one out awhile ago. I actually commend Jobs for not trying to hide that reality. There's not many people who will even realize let alone admit they were a jerk. Because for all points and purposes that's what he did in his biography.
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A while back I asked for advice on coffee makers. Here's what we decided to buy. Thanks to all who replied.
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What I like is two separate controls for the burner and for the coffeepot warmer. If I'm not going to drink the whole pot right away, leave the burner off and then the leftover coffee is actually quite OK heated up in the microwave. But if it cooks for more than a half hour at burner temperature it is awful. So this 3 hour thermos would be OK too, because it will cool off before the coffee is ruined by the heat.
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Is Jay Z's Tidal the future of music for listeners and artists? Maybe part of the future, I say at +Medium's Backchannel site:
Tidal may not win the battle to become music’s next business model. But it’s a welcome competitor.
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Much Creative Commons music is freely available online for streaming or download. <ratholeradio.org> is a good starting place because +Dan Lynch has widely eclectic taste:

Dan hosts the show live on the Internet on alternate Mondays, around noon US Pacific time. His Liverpool accent is fun to listen to, for folks of a certain age who recall The Beatles in their heyday. 
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Looking for router suggestions

A firmware update to my ASUS RT-N66U just bricked the thing -- it's totally borked, and not (as the ASUS website suggests) in "recovery" mode.

So I'm looking for a suggestion of a router from a company that a) takes security seriously; and b) offers quality. I may end up buying something and reflashing it myself. But I need to get back online fairly quickly.
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Also recommend Ubiquity devices, but also, if you want something cheaper, TP-LINK Archer C7 AC1750 with OpenWrt works very well.
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Linux gurus:

I'm puzzled by something that's occurred with my email. I installed GNUPG 2 after Thunderbird warned me that it was no longer going to support GNUPG 1, and since then I've had weird issues -- namely that saving to drafts no longer works, and I get a weird error message: "INV_RECP 10 0xFAB623CD".

If anyone has the slightest idea what this means, I'd be grateful for tips.

(Also, is it possible to uninstall the earlier GNUPG?)
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+Dan Gillmor That's good practice (signing your own key / assigning ultimate trust) in any regard.

Otherwise I'm finding pretty much the same gist of "key trust issues" +andrew mcmillan and +Jan Wildeboer mention.
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The explosion of "top level domains" -- TLDs -- has led to a totally outrageous but equally predictable result: honorable brands feel obliged, in some cases, to buy expensive domains just to protect themselves from trolls, squatters and malefactors.

Here's a perfect example.

ICANN, which made this happen, is raking in cash along with the operators who are selling domains no one needs.
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Harvard would probably argue that they are a famous mark which transcends categories, like Coke or Pepsi.
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Well, so much for the 3.16 kernel in Ubuntu 14.04.2. After a couple of mostly trouble-free days I had my first hard freeze -- so I guess it's somewhat more stable on my ThinkPad T440s than Ubuntu 14.10 was (a horror show) but still not what I need.

Have deleted it and reverted back to the 3.13 kernel, with some regret, since I still have to use my wi-fi dongle (the Realtek radio doesn't get supported before 3.16).

Even one freeze a week is too much of a hassle for me, since these things always happen at times that cause me to lose work in progress.
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May be graphics but this is vanilla Intel. Last time was total lockup.
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News organizations are getting ready to give away their future to Facebook. What mind-numbingly short-sighted "strategy" --
The social media giant is said to be in talks with several news publishers, offering to deliver their content quickly, in exchange for a certain loss of control over their readership.
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Newspapers don't have their "own" web sites. (any more than malware-infected users have their "own" PCs.)  Newspapers have data-leakage-filled messes.

http://zgp.org/~dmarti/business/st-louis/

Going from a site that's teeming with 3rd-party trackers to a single silo is like going from a house with a zillion roaches to a house with one big rat.
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