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Hello, I'm new to Cyanogen and have some super basic user-centered questions I can't find answers to after looking around on the site and the fourm:

1. How do I first back up my phone so I can restore the phone to original condition if something goes wrong?
2. Do I need have my phone unlocked? (I'm on t-mobile so it's easy to do but the info online doesn't mention anything about this.)

These are pre-install "checklist" questions it would be great to know, most of the info I see assumes everyone knows the answers to this, so it's confusing for new users to consider switching & supporting without these prerequisite basics made really clear. Thanks for any help!

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The packet capture shown in these new NSA slides shows internal database replication traffic for the anti-hacking system I worked on for over two years. Specifically, it shows a database recording a user login as part of this system:

Recently +Brandon Downey, a colleague of mine on the Google security team, said (after the usual disclaimers about being personal opinions and not speaking for the firm which I repeat here) - "fuck these guys":

I now join him in issuing a giant Fuck You to the people who made these slides. I am not American, I am a Brit, but it's no different - GCHQ turns out to be even worse than the NSA.

We designed this system to keep criminals out. There's no ambiguity here. The warrant system with skeptical judges, paths for appeal, and rules of evidence was built from centuries of hard won experience. When it works, it represents as good a balance as we've got between the need to restrain the state and the need to keep crime in check. Bypassing that system is illegal for a good reason.

Unfortunately we live in a world where all too often, laws are for the little people. Nobody at GCHQ or the NSA will ever stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process. In the absence of working law enforcement,  we therefore do what internet engineers have always done - build more secure software. The traffic shown in the slides below is now all encrypted and the work the NSA/GCHQ staff did on understanding it, ruined.

Thank you Edward Snowden. For me personally, this is the most interesting revelation all summer.

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Focused on engaging communities between online-offline modes?

Let's co-create a manifesto on what tech for engagement is about in 2012.

Here's a post I wrote for the Knight Foundation blog about the manifesto we began at the Knight+MIT Tech for Engagement summit.

Being the change we want to see, the manifesto is open to the community, ready for your input-- see the link to the Etherpad where you can add/edit/remix together with the planet.

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Hello to recent new followers in the past 24 hours. Say hello and tell me how you found me here. I've yet to use G+ more but plan to.

My quick thoughts on Gary Huswit's (Helvetica, Objectified) new documentary film, Urbanized:

Audience experience is always more important than authorial intent whether I know the authors or not. That's my view of all media. Sitting next to the editors at the opening here in NYC made for a great little chat with them about how they focused on making a non-insider/expert film accessible to everyone, and how they were very aware that people will Google the names and keywords mentioned, and thought in a multi-faceted way about how residents of each city would see it. Or to put it another way, they didn't hold a single point of view (a print-culture bias) and opted for a multiplicity of feelings about the topic (a digital culture bias.) The talk after the film also revealed that the bottom-up pattern is definitely a global thing, and that Gary used Twitter often to get local shots they didn't have budget or time to do themselves, or to find out about stories directly from residents. In many ways this film is totally of this global networked era.

Their audience-centered context really came through as the film made its mosaic trip around the world. I say mosaic, because it clearly doesn't try for one-answer-for-all about urbanism, rather it gives glimpses to issues and people in revealing, diverse, and challenging patterns all over. These touch points seemed to inspire everyone who saw the film last night, and this positive undercurrent seemed to be generated by the bottom-up stories and ideas shown in the film. There's more about bottom-up than the trailer shows, and it works as a widely accessible film. This well crafted film was made by non-experts (of urban design), and is intended for non-experts. Those of us who feel that the bottom-up groups often have more wisdom than top down expert groups should welcome this aspect. Urbanized isn't for grad students or practitioners, its for those who are curious about our world and have never realized how much the cityscape is an ongoing shaped and changing environment... in the same way most never think about the creation and use of fonts, or the design of everyday objects.

Urbanized will probably be the most widely viewed and beautifully shot film about Urbanism for some time. It's a gateway dose to more issue specific docs about our places (urban neighborhoods, suburbia, mobility, food systems, etc.) As an advocate I would pair Urbanized with follow-up documentaries that are more specific and pointed like Contested Streets, Sprawling from Grace, and The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces.

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The new White House e-petition project sparked a status check of sorts on the state of OpenGov. Alexander Howard rounded it all up for this National Journal piece, including my small comment on how OpenGov is, currently, limited by lack of culture change inside the rank and file making an Open bottom-up centered approach bottleneck when it meets the Gov layer.

As an avid reader I'm psyched for the new Kindle tablet, but leaked info doesn't reveal screen DPI. If it's anything like other 7" tablets the DPI will be at or lower rez than the Kindle E-Ink screens. I hope they don't mess with a core differentiator that is essential to the medium of screen reading.

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Brought to you by the author of "Learn Python the Hard Way". via +Biella Coleman/cc +Anders Ramsay
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