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Ivan Vasin
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the ESA has joined the MPAA and the RIAA in being thoroughly out of touch with common sense and basic decency.

[The ESA] say that modifying games to connect to a new server (or to avoid contacting a server at all) after publisher support ends—letting people continue to play the games they paid for—will destroy the video game industry. They say it would “undermine the fundamental copyright principles on which our copyright laws are based.”

of course!  what is copyright law for, if not to put your no-longer-monetizable customers in jail or financial ruin?  god forbid anyone has fun without paying for newer products that they don't want.
The Entertainment Software Association doesn’t want anyone to restore the functionality of older videogames that are no longer supported by their publisher, because, says ESA, this is “hacking,” and all hacking is “associated with piracy.”
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Washington, DC – Fighting what he calls “an avalanche of verbiage in the name of every bill,” Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA17) today introduced the Accountability and Congressional Responsibility On Naming Your Motions (ACRONYM) Act of 2014.
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Mobile Handset Exploitation Team

in 2010, the NSA and GCHQ formed a joint effort called the Mobile Handset Exploitation Team (MHET).  among other companies, they infiltrated Gemalto—the world's largest SIM producer, whose customers include T-Mo, AT&T, and hundreds of telcos worldwide—and have been stealing a huge amount of the encryption keys for Gemalto's SIM cards.  they get the keys by cyberstalking the company's employees, collecting their emails and file transfers via XKeyscore, and mining for the ones that had weakly encrypted (or unencrypted) keys, all of which they've automated as a bulk process.  since SIM encryption has no perfect forward secrecy, the keys allow for fast decryption of affected devices' data, SMS, and voice comms, even those that are collected before the keys are known.  Gemalto's HQ is in Amsterdam,  which probably means the attack broke Dutch laws.  however, in the USA, the attack could be considered to be authorized by the Patriot Act.

"""According to one secret GCHQ slide, the British intelligence agency penetrated Gemalto’s internal networks, planting malware on several computers, giving GCHQ secret access. We “believe we have their entire network,” the slide’s author boasted about the operation against Gemalto."""

edit: apparently the mass surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act are set to expire 2015-06-01, and even the original sponsor of the Act is campaigning against reauthorization of the provisions.  []
American and British spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world.
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Choux de Bruxelles à la Crème, Gratinées

blanched, quartered, sautéed in butter and garlic, seasoned with salt + pepper + bird's eye, saturated with cream, gratinéed with gruyère, and sprinkled with parsley.  rather simple and quick for a French dish, yet so satisfying.
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my gaming rig
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if you have steam add me brandtasaurus, Ive got a gaming pc now too
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this is ABC, a surprisingly terrific dessert from a surprisingly terrific Malay restaurant, Penang, in Boston [].

also highly recommended is their Kang Kung Belacan, an irresistibly savory preparation of water spinach with Malay fermented shrimp paste.
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If you're there with meat-eaters, the mango chicken is excellent.
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Kubuntu 15.04 Beta 1

running this now on my MacBook Pro Retina.  i'm liking KDE Plasma 5.

it looks and feels very slick, with many noticeable improvements over KDE 4 (Kubuntu 14.10) on the same system.  there are a few kinks to work out, but it's coming along very nicely.

a few days in, here are the biggest improvements i've noticed:

* Plasma 5 and the Breeze theme look and feel more crisp, clean, and presentable.  the Plasma 5 desktop brings nice detailings, tweaks, and redesigns of many of the familiar elements of Plasma 4.  in some ways, the renovation feels similar to the transition from Android 4 to 5 or Windows XP to 7.

* much faster login.  it takes around 15 s, down from around 30 s with KDE 4.

* better handling of high-DPI displays.  after setting the font DPI in System Settings (as the DPI of my display), Plasma and KWin appear to scale their icons and decorations accordingly.  i haven't seen any breakage in the rendering of the system tray and panel widgets at high DPI (as there is aplenty in KDE 4).

* a proper built-in dark theme styled after the primary theme.  Breeze Dark looks great everywhere, including Qt and GTK apps.  it has somewhat better compatibility with older and non-KDE apps, such as Firefox.

* more useful organization of System Settings.

here are the shortcomings i've noticed:

* icon size is no longer configurable in System Settings.  the dropdowns are still there, but they are not populated.  as a result, i cannot scale up icons to look reasonable on my 220 DPI display.

* font size is no longer configurable in increments of 0.1 except when applying the same size to all fonts.

* adding fonts through System Settings is buggy.

* with Breeze Dark, some apps still end up with the same breakage that's typical of dark themes (text fields with extremely low contrast).  it seems to be less breakage than with dark themes in KDE 4, but it's still there.

* something about either DPI scaling or font sizing makes fonts too large in GTK apps.  they're still usable, but it looks silly.  [this problem has gone away]
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it's the 10-year birthday of +DIRTYBIRD+Claude VonStroke and +Shadow Child commemorate the occasion with a delicious mix of dirty birdie beats.  massive!
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Rinse FM // 28 Jan 15 // w/ Claude VonStroke
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DJ Soappy has steadily developed an almost unsurpassed reputation for tearing up dance floors throughout the east coast. He has quickly built a name for himself with his innovative mixing style and su
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Adana Twins - Strange (Acid Pauli & NU Remix) (Official Video) | Exploited

a strange minimal deep house remix of the classic track by The Doors over an appropriately strange video.  excellent :)
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still one of the best deep house mixes on YouTube :) :D XD
In the beginning, there was Jack
And Jack had a groove
And from this groove came the grooves of all grooves

And while one day viciously throwing down on his box,
Jack boldly declared: "Let there be house!"
And house music was born

I am, you see, I am the creator
And this is my house
And in my house there is only house music

But I am not so selfish
Because once you enter my house,
It then becomes our house and our house music

And you see, no one man owns house,
Because house music is a universal language
Spoke' and understood by all

You see, house is a feeling
That no one can understand really
Unless you're deep into the vibe of house

House is an uncontrollable desire to jack your body
And as I told ya before,
This is our house and our house music

In every house, you understand, there is a keeper
And in this house the keeper is Jack

Now some of you might wonder,
"Who is Jack and what is it that Jack does?"
Jack is the one who gives you the power to jack your body
Jack is the one who gives you the power to do the snake
Jack is the one who gives you the key to the wiggly worm
Jack is the one who learns ya how to walk yo' body
Jack is the one who can bring nations and nations
Of all jackers together under one house

You may be black, you may be white
You may be Jew or Gentile
It don't make a difference in our house
And this is fresh

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  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Computer Science, 2005 - 2009
  • Central Kitsap High School
    2002 - 2005
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freethinker, sensualist, tinkerer, programmer, transhumanist, psychonaut, optimist, skeptic, pescetarian
I like to ponder, perch, and play.
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  • Philo
    Software Engineer, 2014 - present
  • Pixability
    Senior Software Developer, 2013 - 2014
    Developed internal systems for the engineering team, with an emphasis on shifting the primary focus from rapid turnaround to high quality. Helped with transferring knowledge of the systems' architecture and operations from the departing chief engineer to appropriate scripts and documentation. Automated the deployment and configuration of EC2-hosted systems, including elasticsearch clusters, using Ansible. Diagnosed and resolved performance issues. Developed a tool to diagnose and resolve issues with resolving web requests to external servers. Advised the team on best practices with Python, Linux, automated provisioning and configuration, and web services. Interviewed candidates for software engineering positions.
  • Cogo Labs
    Software Engineer, 2010 - 2013
    Developed internal systems for automated business functions: search engine marketing (SEM) campaign management, SEM bid optimization, alerts, data warehousing and reporting, and statistical analysis. Built a framework for developing web services as interfaces to those business functions. Trained engineers and analysts in the use of various tools, especially Python, Git, web services, performance analysis, and the company's internal systems. Interviewed candidates for software engineering positions.
  • Blue Sky Biotech
    Intern Software Engineer and Web Developer, 2009 - 2010
    Designed and developed software to further automate the process of designing DNA sequences for gene synthesis, including a GUI application written in C++ using Qt and a C++ library for modeling DNA sequences. Designed and began developing software to manage products, inventory, and sales, intended to provide collaborative editing of centralized data in a GUI written in C++ using Qt. Managed the content of the company's website ( using Kentico CMS. Worked with others in the company to deliver content in a format suitable for the Web in its ability to target the user base, its usability and accessibility, its compliance with typographical and Web standards, and its aesthetics. Developed ASP.NET pages, master pages, and server controls. Developed server-side scripts in C#. Eased maintenance with judicious refactoring and by employing more CMS features. Converted fixed CSS layouts to liquid equivalents. Developed client-side scripts in JavaScript. Upgraded Kentico CMS and helped migrate the website to a new host.
  • Certeon
    Intern Quality Assurance Technician, 2007 - 2007
    Served as network engineer and administrator for a quality assurance (QA) lab network containing 50+ clients, servers, and network acceleration devices. Installed, configured, and administered the physical network, Cisco router, dummynet, DHCP, DNS, FTP, SMB, SSH, TFTP, an Apache Web server, two IIS servers, and 30+ Linux and Windows clients. Designed and partially implemented an automation and remote management system for this network in Perl and Expect together with a Web interface in PHP. Wrote scripts in BASH, Expect, and Perl for automated QA testing.
  • Renal Remission and Hypertension Consultants
    Web Developer, 2007 - 2011
    Designed and implemented a website ( for a medical practice to display general information and news about its services, to register members of the site, to list patient materials and professional presentations for download to members, and to provide a Web interface to administer the dynamic content of the site. Created the company logo.
  • Phi Sigma Kappa Epsilon Deuteron
    Volunteer Web Developer, 2006 - 2010
    Redesigned a website ( for a fraternity using existing content. Designed and developed an object-oriented web development framework to ease the process of changing and extending the site for future developers. Developed database-driven web applications for recruitment, member management, and fraternity maintenance.
  • Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives
    Web Developer, 2010 - 2010
    Provided instructions and advice on web content management to an interested stakeholder who was inexperienced with web development. Managed new and existing content in the company's website ( Assisted with migration to a more suitable Web host. Revised some existing content per industry standards and best practices. Reorganized the website's files and refactored the markup to ease future development.
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I went here for sushi. As I always do at a new sushi place, I tried their uni (sea urchin roe), their hamachi (yellowtail) sashimi, and a vegetable maki. I was also pleased to find that they serve botan ebi (Japanese botan sweet shrimp), which I also tried. For an appetizer, I had a hamachi carpaccio (marinated thinly sliced yellowtail). The hamachi carpaccio was good—the marinade was a delicious ponzu-like sauce which didn't overpower the flavor nor break down the texture of the hamachi. The uni was decent—a good amount, with a distinct buttery flavor, but also a bit too much of the strong sea scent and flavor that comes with all but the freshest uni; the latter unfortunately prevented the subtler flavors from coming through. The hamachi sashimi was good—the texture had the right balance of firmness and tenderness, and the flavor was that of good-but-not-great hamachi—but the portion was extremely small compared to other restaurants in the Boston area, and overall not worth the price. The vegetable maki was alright but unremarkable. The botan ebi was, as usual, delightfully sweet with a hint of fat, but it also had a hint of not being quite fresh, and the brain wasn't as large or creamy as I've encountered elsewhere. It was very strange that when we were seated, our table setting did not include chopsticks nor chopstick rests. It was also strange that I had to clarify several times to my server that I wanted Wakatake Daiginjo, a sake that is prominently listed as the first entry on the sake menu and is commonly available at Japanese restaurants in the Boston area. My friends half-jokingly told me that these were results of the Malden location, which isn't known for being in tune with East Asian cultures. Overall, this place was good but not great, and I would go there again, but only if the nearby Ocean Sushi is unavailable.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Good supermarket for Asian foods. Great selection of fruits, veggies, mushrooms, seafood, pickled foods, dry ingredients, and snacks. Generally the same or higher quality compared to Super 88. Little or no local or organic foods.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
the coffee is top notch here. the macchiato i ordered was strikingly delicious. i loved it so much that i promptly found out their roaster (Stumptown) and ordered a variety to sample at home. the vegetarian/pescetarian food selection is somewhat limited, but the grilled cheese is excellent for a light lunch. the coffee alone warrants five stars. i've heard several opinions that this is one of Boston's best coffee joints, and i must concur.
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