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David Hendricks
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If you bought a Lenovo computer with Windows recently, you probably have a dangerous and easily-exploitable piece of malware pre-installed.

#lenovo #superfish #brandsuicide 
Lenovo is being lambasted for its use of a visual search technology called Superfish, as many believe it poses a privacy problem by intercepting users' traffic to display adds. But the more serious concern is that it could be abused by hackers to attack other Lenovo laptop users.
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+Dale Burrell It seems intended as adware, but is implemented in a manner that makes it extremely obnoxious and dangerous. They install a self-signed root certificate authority so they can insert ads into https traffic, and their private key has been cracked so now anyone can pretend to be them. 
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Just saw an eye-popping election stat. According to OpenSecrets.org, the two candidates running in CA-17 (covering Silicon Valley from Cupertino to Newark) spent approximately 2.7 and 4.1 million each [1] as of mid-October. The former got 36,691 votes, the latter 33,191 votes [2].

Do a little math and you see that the candidates spent between $80-$123.50 per vote (!!). #moneyinpolitics

(The dismal 11% turnout was pretty surprising too - I guess that's how excited people get about elections in a single-party system)

[1] https://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?cycle=2014&id=CA17
[2] http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/CA/Santa_Clara/54209/148272/Web01/en/summary.html
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I agree. Except for the one concerning "uninformed voters". Thanks to our 24 hours news services, the only ones who are, are the ones who live in areas without access. And that includes computers...... What we need is comprehensive reporting concerning everything on the regular newscasts. And that includes covering why those two overly rich crowds are involved at all.
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When it comes to Halloween decorations, the Sedlec Ossuary (aka the "Bone Church") wins.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sedlec_Ossuary
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California politicians never cease to amaze. 
Three of the 40 members of the California State Senate have been arrested this year, more than double the statewide arrest rate and higher than the rate in any of California's 25 largest cities.
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Boooooo California! Pretty much every winery I know of has volunteers helping out either because they simply enjoy the craft or are aspiring winemakers (often UC Davis students).

Just one more reason California ranks consistently as the most hostile state to do business in.
Hefty state fine prompts other wineries to stop using volunteers. State law prohibits them at for-profit businesses.
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IANAL: I wonder if a "Wine Club" could pay the winery for "experienced based learning"...something like $1/day...just enough to have a contract in place so it's clear these people are neither volunteers nor employees.
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"I'm an executive order and I pretty much just happen." Yup.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUDSeb2zHQ0
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Man, this is so hilarious and so painful at the same time.
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Got a chance to read this recently and cannot recommend it highly enough. Schweizer explains the rise legal politicking-for-profit ("honest graft"), gives examples of how both sides are guilty (Nancy Pelosi, Dennis Hastert, John Kerry, Max Baucus, etc), and outlines ideas for how to turn things around (spoiler: make conflict of interest and other anti-corruption laws apply to Congress as they do to the rest of us).

It's also very concise and quite cheap at less than $3 for a new hardcover.
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"Make [...] laws apply to Congress". Oh, is that all? That's easy - we'll just ask Congress to pass ... oh. Wait. 

I'll take care of that first thing when I'm elected emperor.
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Interesting to see an FCC commissioner taking to the pages of WaPo to point out a creepy domestic surveillance program by the NSF. 
A taxpayer-funded study of how people use social media for political speech is Orwellian.
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Yeah, it sounds like they want to study it so they can manipulate information and opinion.
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In light of the #hongkongprotests , it's worth checking out some of the philosophical underpinnings of Hong Kong's great success over the past several decades. Much of this can be linked to John James Cowperthwaite, the Financial Secretary from 1961 to 1971.

Wikiquote has a nice collection of his thoughts on economics and freedom: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_James_Cowperthwaite

Long story short, Cowperthwaite believed in the power of the people of Hong Kong. By allowing the people to thrive by their own volition, Hong Kong went from being "a tiny spit of land, overcrowded with no resources except for a great harbor" and one of the poorest countries in the world to a global financial powerhouse with a high overall quality of life within decades.

Probably my favorite quote is not mentioned, though, maybe because it wasn't a full quote but an answer to a question. When Cowperthwaite was asked why there were so few published statistics on the economy made available to the UK and the public at large, the response was: “If I let [Parliament] compute those statistics, they'll will want to use them for planning.”
Sourced[edit]. Official Report of Proceedings of the Hong Kong Legislative Council[edit]. I am confident, however old-fashioned this may sound, that funds left in the hands of the public will come into the Exchequer with interest at the time in the future when we need them.
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Stumbled across this short documentary (which happened to be released yesterday) while looking up footage of the ongoing Hong Kong protests. It's about a group of students who have been leading the fight against the National Education curriculum being imposed on Hong Kong by the Chinese Communist Party. Lots of good background info about the frustrations which have lead to the current situation.
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The "empty words" I'm talking about is not history lesson or fact, those words are just like, say "glory" "long live". In our history textbook there is no twisted fact, only partially - hidden fact (which I could get such information from other older generation who were/are not dead yet). I believe in Japanese history textbook,  they will not describe WWII as we do in our textbook. However, since we have access to any information we want (yes, even in China), if someone really wants to find out more information, one can always access to it. 
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Just heard this lovely piano concerto on Pandora this evening. It's by Amy Beach and was originally performed around the turn of the 20th century. Mind = blown.
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Software engineer with an affinity toward software-hardware interfaces and open-source. Currently helping to make cloud computing a first class citizen in the laptop space.

In my spare time I enjoy messing around with my Linux box, following politics, beer and wine tasting, finding delicious and spicy (hot) food in silicon valley, going thru my Netflix queue, and just hanging out.

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Went to Watchcare to get a battery replaced and a wrist strap adjusted on two different watches. Spent some time trying it myself but was worried that I'd leave scratches or otherwise damage them. The work was done in less than 5 minutes. Prices were very reasonable and posted on a sign over the register. Overall, if you value your time (no pun intended) then give these guys a try.
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Fantastic lunch! Dropped in and ordered off the lunch menu. I got Panang red curry with chicken and my girlfriend got the Thai basil. We asked for it extra hot and got it exactly to our liking. My curry invigorated my senses and was not too milky or watery -- The curry, spice, and chicken complemented each other just right. My girlfriends' Thai basil was a bit salty, but very tasty. Their "regular" iced tea is passion fruit, and is delicious. Price is very reasonable and service was excellent (supposedly a family restaurant).
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The food was priced about right, but I was most amazed at how good and relatively inexpensive their wines are. They even mention in the wine menu that they "only" charge a 50% premium, while most restaurants are probably closer to 150%-200% (e.g. at Passionfish a $15 bottle goes for about $25, while at most places it would go for closer to $40). They also had a good beer menu and a half-liter (about 1.2 US pints) bottle of fine Belgian cost about $8 while many places would be happy to charge $12. So the food price can be offset by their relatively good prices on wine and beer. The food itself is pretty good. They pride themselves on using "sustainably farmed" fish and ingredients, and it shows. I think that overall, it's well worth the price. Service was great during my visit, too!
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Excellent spicy Chinese food! Service was great, the girls waiting our table never let our tea cups go empty. Food was delicious and made my eyes tear :-) Two of the people in my party ordered ma po stinky tofu and I went with spicy Hunan style lamb. I personally hate the smell of stinky tofu, but am told that it tasted great. And I loved the lamb dish, too.
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Good if you like chain food at 2x the price. I ordered the "special" halibut and my girlfriend ordered the lamb shank with couscous. Quality of the halibut was mediocre and was just saturated in butter (could hardly taste any fish). My girlfriends' lamb shank was okay, but we've had similar dishes at middle east restaurants for far less $$$. Don't even think of buying drinks unless you are a masochist with your wallet.
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Very tasty kobideh (ground beef) kebob, delicious tea, great price. The only disappointment was that they charred the veggie kebob we ordered -- the outsides were black but the insides were raw.
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Came in on a Thursday night with my gf and we decided to try nigiri and spicy tuna. Then nigiri did not seem fresh and had way too much wasabe (probably to hide the taste). The spicy tuna was not spicy at all, and tasted kind of like mayo. Overall, mediocre food. Friendly service and cozy atmosphere, were the good parts. Not worth the price though.
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