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Another TTAC piece, wherein I ponder the risks of your car going Uber while you're not using it. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/08/elon-musks-future-vision-tesla-gets-day-job-might-not-good-idea/
Elon Musk wants your Tesla to perform ride-sharing duties while you're at work. Here's how that plan could go terribly wrong.
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Freedom to Tinker is running my piece on election security as a national security issue. 
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Freedom to Tinker ran my piece on roadside "textalyzer" searches. https://freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/dwallach/on-distracted-driving-and-required-phone-searches/
A recent Arstechnica article discussed several U.S. states that are considering adding a “roadside textalyzer” that operates analogously to roadside Breathalyzer tests. In the same way that alcohol and drugs can impair a driver's ability to navigate the road, so can paying attention to your ...
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What happens if someone else is using my phone in my car? What ever happened to getting a warrant?
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Shower leak update: plumber did a leak test. Shower pan is officially leaking, probably from where the shower pan meets the drain. Also there's evidence that the tiles were installed wrong and never sealed. In short, it's going to be an insurance claim, blowing wildly through our deductible.

The next question, of course, is if we want to soup up the bathroom while we're at it. His and hers showerheads? Constant/regulated temperature valves? I'm personally tempted to tear out the jacuzzi bathtub, which we never use, and go with a bigger walk-in shower. 
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Yeah, I can see the need for getting the gradients right, and leaving slack for the foundation settling over time. 
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Freedom to Tinker is running my follow-on piece about the FBI and Apple, working through TSA luggage locks as an analogy for the San Bernadino case. https://freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/dwallach/an-analogy-to-understand-the-fbis-request-of-apple/
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+Dan Wallach there are however differing degrees of goodness or badness for metaphors. I'd have thought that the most important things for a metaphor for this situation would be to explain clearly why the new lock is needed, and that the lock can only ever work on one particular bag.
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OffTheKuff ran my piece on solar power, net metering, and storage batteries. http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=66944
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Ten cent review, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (HPMOR). I'm not normally one for "fan fiction" but this was a fun read. The setup is that young Harry Potter, rather than growing up in a broomcloset, instead was adopted by loving academic parents, and self-educated as a prodigy of science and philosophy; he also developed a deep love of science fiction. The rest of the cast is largely the same. Hermione is still outrageously talented. The Weasley twins are still pranksters. But change up Potter and you've now got a scientific mind trying to experimentally understand wizardry.

I don't want to spoil the HPMOR plot progression, so I'll just say that Potter manages to pull some very impressive and decidedly unlikely rabbits from his hat. Also, there are many page-long digressions where Potter is explaining to some character or other what intellectual fallacy they happen to be suffering, really just a thin veneer over the author lecturing the reader, albeit on an interesting topic. Regardless, the story is enjoyable and throws many an in-joke at the reader of the real Rowling books, never mind groan-inducing references to Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and even Ender's Game.

HPMOR recently wrapped up after being released serially. There's all sorts of Internet chat around it, of which I've read exactly nothing. It's free, and you can download MOBI / ePub files for your Kindle or equivalent.
http://HPMOR.com
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Freedom to Tinker ran my piece responding to the National Association of Secretaries of State on the security of voting systems. https://freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/dwallach/a-response-to-the-national-association-of-secretaries-of-state/
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The Truth About Cars is running a piece I wrote about the Tesla Model 3 and the engineering complexity budget. http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/05/tesla-model-3-complexity-budget/
When will Tesla learn now to reach too far?
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Doubtful :) collaboration and energy ftw! ;)
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OffTheKuff is running my piece on why we shouldn't just drop everything and switch to vote-by-mail.
You know who Dan Wallach is by now. Voting systems and security are in his wheelhouse, and when he sent this to me in response to this, I was happy to queue it up. vote-button. Vote by mail (VBM) is cheaper! It's more enfranchising! Take your time and do it right! Yes, indeed, and why not even ...
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+Brian Oxley  Both are paper systems.
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OffTheKuff is running a piece I wrote about the economics of our solar power system. http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=72714
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Freedom to Tinker has published my piece on Apple, the FBI, and the San Bernadino suspect's iPhone. https://freedom-to-tinker.com/blog/dwallach/apple-the-fbi-and-the-san-bernadino-iphone/
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Very compelling analysis, and great spot to publish it. Thanks!
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