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Books read in 2015
Not much blogging going on here lately, but here's my annual list of books read for 2015: George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller, Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation & Deception Jeffrey S Bardin, The Illusion of Due Diligence: Notes from the...
Not much blogging going on here lately, but here's my annual list of books read for 2015: George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller, Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation & Deception; Jeffrey S Bardin, The Illusion of Due Diligence: Notes from the CISO Underground; Bill Browder, ...
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I always enjoy your list - it usually gives me a couple good ideas for my reading list. Thanks for posting!
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Jim Lippard reports on the ongoing book tour of a prominent critic of the Church of Scientology.
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Although Multics software was not open source, it came with full source code, apart from software which was sold separately (in the ">unbundled" hierarchy).  The Multics operating system was made open source and published on the Internet (web.mit.edu/multics-history) in 2007, and there's an emulator under development (and pretty far along--it has successfully booted).

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Books read in 2014
Not much blogging going on here lately, but here's my annual list of books read for 2014: James Altucher, The Choose Yourself Stories Nate Anderson, The Internet Police: How Crime Went Online, and the Cops Followed David V. Barrett, A Brief History of Secre...
Not much blogging going on here lately, but here's my annual list of books read for 2014: James Altucher, The Choose Yourself Stories; Nate Anderson, The Internet Police: How Crime Went Online, and the Cops Followed; David V. Barrett, A Brief History of Secret Societies: An Unbiased History of ...
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Multiple pieces of evidence suggest that the driver of this car is a jerk.
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kind of looks like a dollop of shit in what could otherwise be a parking place for two cars...could be the color translation...
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Donald Prothero discusses some recent highs and lows on the battle over science and climate change.
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Also noted on site:

You missed one point, Don.

One reason Antarctic sea ice likely is expanding is precisely because of global warming.

Warmer air holds more moisture, thus Antarctica may be getting heavier snowfalls. And, deducting ice sheets that have calved off their ends into the Southern Ocean, interior Antarctic land ice may well grow first, for the same reason.
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A few thoughts on OpenBSD 5.8
I've been using OpenBSD since way back at release 2.3 in 1998, so I've gone through upgrades that took a fair amount of work due to incompatible changes, like the switch from ipf to pf for host firewalling or the change to ELF binaries. The upgrade from 5.7...
I've been using OpenBSD since way back at release 2.3 in 1998, so I've gone through upgrades that took a fair amount of work due to incompatible changes, like the switch from ipf to pf for host firewalling or the change to ELF binaries. The upgrade from 5.7 to 5.8 was a pretty smooth and easy ...
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I haven't upgraded yet, and I may not have time until 5.9 - but I'm looking forward to playing with doas.  It's really amazing to me how feature rich ("insecure") sudo has become over the years.

I'm also looking forward to seeing how their hypervisor comes out. Maybe it will be in by 6.0?
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"I believe that we are rapidly transitioning from an Age of Information to an Age of Misinformation, and in many cases, outright disinformation." -- Al Seckel, in an interview published on Jeffrey Epstein's website, "Jeffrey Epstein Talks Perception with Al Seckel" ...
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I wouldn't be buying real estate in Arizona (or southern California) right now. Also, be prepared for produce prices to rise. If this continues, as it likely will, and energy prices go up so shipping food from elsewhere becomes uneconomical, expect many people to just move. I don't expect the Southwest to be abandoned, but the population will go down. 
California's dearth of water has been garnering all of the headlines. But an even bigger drought story is looming for this spring and summer.
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That's why I don't eat vegetables.
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What movie was Nixon describing at 17:48-?

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Summary of 1994 CSICOP conference
I just stumbled across an old Usenet post of mine which summarizes the CSICOP conference held in Seattle June 23-26, 1994 ( PDF of conference program ; PDF of conference announcement mailing ) with Robert Sheaffer's reply: Path: bga.com!news.sprintlink.net!...
Tuesday, October 14, 2014. Summary of 1994 CSICOP conference. I just stumbled across an old Usenet post of mine which summarizes the CSICOP conference held in Seattle June 23-26, 1994 (PDF of conference program; PDF of conference announcement mailing) with Robert Sheaffer's reply: ...
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"He began by saying that he didn't bring any slides, but if the whole audience would just look at the screen, research shows that about 2% of us would see things on it anyway."

Love it! Reminds me of the kind of stuff we used to cover in SITP London around 1998. This seems so tame now because, perhaps, the focus is more in really toxic crazes like antivaccination movements and the really horrible American laws that permit people to pray over their dying children instead of calling a doctor.
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Permanent student of history & philosophy of science & technology.  Background in philosophy (especially epistemology, critical thinking, symbolic logic, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science), cognitive science (cognitive & social psychology), and science studies.
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