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Jim Gomes
Sit, Ubu, sit! Good boy!
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Super Compilation - The How It Should Have Ended crew has gathered all of the Super Cafe shorts together into two videos. No more searching through YouTube trying to find them all. Super funny!

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Oh, hi there! - Don't fall for this. I was with a friend the other day when they received one of these robocalls. I could hear the friendly sounding woman speaking on the other end of the call sounding slightly embarrassed for possibly catching you at a bad time, and I almost felt sorry for her. But then she was promptly hung up on and I was told she was actually a spam robo caller. I was left with a vague uneasiness, because it seemed so real. I was advised not to say anything to them. This article backs up everything that happened, down to the exact phrasing used by the robo caller, as well as the advice given: don't say anything to them.

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Make It So! - This would be fantastic! Turn Chromebooks into Devbooks. A whole new self-hosted operating system platform is opening up. Since Android apps can now run natively on Chrome OS, this means no emulators necessary to run and debug your app.

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There's No 'P' in Jellyfish - Learn how to really treat jellyfish stings, and save everyone a lot of embarrassment. Spoiler alert: use vinegar.

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Security Isn't Just One Thing - It is a system, comprised of many layers. As the article states, "Security is a battle fought at the seams—and the Wikileaks release shows our devices have more seams than ever to protect." 

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Unlicense Your Software - When I was but a youngling programmer, I thought it was funny to "copyleft" my software, because screw you, that's why. I eventually saw that other programmers had the same idea, and there actually is a Copyleft (https://www.gnu.org/licenses/copyleft.en.html). Although, I don't think it is truly a free license, as it has many restrictions and forces those onto the users. If the words "restriction" and "force" are used, those are anathema to freedom. People can debate whether the GPL or Apache licenses (which demands all control and ownership be turned over to Apache) are good or bad. However, I recently came across the Unlicense, which to me seems to be the most free license, and is extremely easy to understand, which is important. It's essentially two sentences long, but two short paragraphs are added to really get the point across.

To opt out of the copyright industry's game altogether and set your code free, put your next software project into the public domain using the following (un)licensing statement:

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This is free and unencumbered software released into the public domain.

Anyone is free to copy, modify, publish, use, compile, sell, or
distribute this software, either in source code form or as a compiled
binary, for any purpose, commercial or non-commercial, and by any
means.

In jurisdictions that recognize copyright laws, the author or authors
of this software dedicate any and all copyright interest in the
software to the public domain. We make this dedication for the benefit
of the public at large and to the detriment of our heirs and
successors. We intend this dedication to be an overt act of
relinquishment in perpetuity of all present and future rights to this
software under copyright law.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND,
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT.
IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR
OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE,
ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR
OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

For more information, please refer to <http://unlicense.org/>
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Johnny was very good.

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One thing is for sure, the Chevy Bolt has made every other non-Tesla car obsolete. There is no compelling reason to buy a Nissan Leaf, with it's horrendous range and awful styling, or any of the others. Wait for the Model 3 to come out, or get the Bolt now. Those are really the only two options.

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Lower Premiums For Self-Driving Teslas - I posted about this concept before, and now it's starting to happen. If cars become dramatically safer, as in the case of Tesla's Autopilot, then the money we pay for insurance must come down. The Total Cost of Ownership of Teslas will become lower than other cars. It may be more affordable than you think.

#autopilot #tesla

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Security Review - I have tried a few extensions, but always felt a little wary about them. Now I know why. Go check your access privileges, and yank any that you don't use or look a little sketchy.
Security professional gives access to his account from an app, app is used to hijack account.
Everyone likes what third party apps can do to increase the value of services like Twitter (or Google). But because of how these apps access your account, they often bypass, or at least mitigate, the stronger security settings available from the account provider.

You might want to check to see who you've given access to. In Google you can usually find that information here:
https://myaccount.google.com/security?hl=en#connectedapps
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