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#JustRead The Peripheral, William Gibson (2014)

The Good: Gibson at his best, extrapolating from current to future tech. Two intersecting story lines that take a bit to figure out.

The Bad: The last two chapters are a bit rushed.

TL;DR: Four and a half out of five. Add a quarter if you like future tech sci-fi.
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If you have a Lenovo laptop with Windows, take note.
 
Lenovo pre-installs a web proxy that injects ads. It MITMs HTTPS traffic by installing its own trusted root certificate.

Always install your OS manually. Don't trust the OEM's version.

EDIT:  Holy shit, apparently it's the same key for all installs: https://twitter.com/fugueish/status/568258997578371072

(The private key is necessarily present on the machine. So basically if the key is not public already it will be shortly, and anyone will be able to spoof any web site to Lenovo users.)

EDIT2: Uninstalling the app does NOT remove the certificate. https://twitter.com/metsfan/status/568265468173107200
Ok, I will take a look at ESET. Thanks   Yes, VisualDiscovery is part of the bundled software in my lenovo laptop.. It is from a developer called Superfish. More info here: http://systemexplorer.net/file-database/file/visualdiscovery-exe   [Moderator note: Moved from another discussion and title cha...
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So true. I fought a website yesterday and between bad design and unsolvable captchas I was soundly defeated. 
Tell me where to click. Just about every web page is designed to cause me to connect, to buy, to approve, to move to the next step. Okay, great. Where is the button to do that? (click to enlarge). This...
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#JustRead Crooked House, Agatha Christie (1949)

The Good: Stand-alone murder mystery, not part of the Poirot or the Miss Marple series. Lots of red herrings and the denouement manages to surprise which is par for the course for an Agatha Christie novel.

The Bad: Badly dated. 

TL;DR: Three out of five. Good read for Agatha Christie completists.
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If you've seen Drive and wondered why it is such a striking film, here's an explanation.
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#JustRead The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon (2013)

The Good: Dystopian fantasy-punk novel set in a parallel future England where paranormal abilities emerged in the 19C and were ruthlessly suppressed by the government, which in turn sent history on a new course. Imaginative setting.

The Bad: Yet another young character with extraordinary abilities in a school-like environment, which is getting a bit repetitive after Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Divergent, Red Rising and so many more. Yet another young woman gets involved romantically with a supernatural male character who is hundreds or perhaps thousand years old. First in a series so nothing much gets resolved.

TL;DR: Two out of five. Readable but just barely. Make it two and a half if you like reading about tortured romantic relationships with a huge age difference.
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Just came across this article from a couple of weeks ago with some useful tips I had not heard of.

Opening a link in a new tab in the background by doing a three-finger tap rather than control+click is fantastic. Also, closing a tab by three-finger tap on the tab :)
I've been using Chromebooks for several years now, but even I continue to learn of new ways of getting more from it, from simple time-saving tips to keyboard shortcuts that speed up my workflow.
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#JustRead The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss (2014)

The Good: Elegant little story set in the Kingkiller Chronicle universe centred around Auri, a character that appears from time to time in the main series. She is the only character in the novella apart from the titular silent things. Playful language.

The Bad: May disappoint readers who expect the next instalment in the main series.

TL;DR: Three and a half out of five. It's a trifle but a beautiful one.
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I actually cried with laughter a little bit :)
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#JustRead Station Eleven, Emily St John Mandel (2014)

The Good: Stand-alone post-apocalyptic story that jumps back and forth between three timelines and a group of characters connected in different ways through one central character. The question of whether and how civilisation can survive is posed in an engaging and non-didactic manner. 

The Bad: Very little. A bit too slight and unsubstantial of a read. There is no actual resolution but that's not necessarily a minus.

TL;DR: Four out of five. Made me want to re-read Stephen King's The Stand for a more robust post-apocalypse.
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#JustWatched Birdman, directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (2014)

The Good: Striking visuals, cinematography and music. Excellent cast - basically everyone who appears on screen is a well-known actor. Occasionally hilarious, especially the bits with Edward Norton.

The Bad: A bit too self-consciously art-house.

TL;DR: Four out of five. Worth a watch.
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