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Google sent me an email to say "here's what you missed from John McDole on Google+"...but I didn't miss it, I was there with you!  What a great day for a ballgame and they won!
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4K landing looks amazing on the TV. Now to set it to the music of "I'm on a boat!" (yes, I know it has been done).
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That was a great hole in the wall. Need to go back there some time in the near future.
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Today we posted a clip of our business card toy ECG on 9gag, and it got more than 20k upvotes in a day. We are excited and happy, and we really appreciate your interest, and we hope that this draws your attention to our main product too. To address many people's concerns: yes, ...
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Pliny the Younger - I am your tribute!
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+Thomas Maufer, it really isn't. The place wasn't packed out so I think everyone got a... ~4oz pour for $6. Going up to Russian River is totally worth it.
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Tim Cook is doing good by his users. Bravo, Apple!
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It would be truly tragic if we sacrificed encryption and discover nothing new about San Bernardino.
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Yay, Moira slept in late (7:30) after refusing to go down for a nap yesterday. Time to do some morning shots.
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She didn't refuse to nap, she's actually very compliant for napping (knock on wood) right now. She just got woken up early because of something or another -- probably teeth. Honestly we're lucky, she usually tells us when she wants to nap and she'll settle down for 2 hours. 
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Less vroom, more zoom.
 
Watch an electric Corvette shatter a speed record http://engt.co/1TCD3kl
The Genovation GXE is the fastest street-legal EV, according to a racing group.
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Pot Rack Project

Back in... man, 2003, +John May and I made a copper pot rack with woven 6 gauge wire and 4 gauge copper hooks. The rack survived several moves and held up great. Total cost was like $40. I had to sink $28 into new 4 gauge wire since I couldn't find the hooks, but still happy with the look. Center bar is for heavier pots. Hooks are wrapped around a 2" or 3" cylindrical pipe and then cut and straightened. Two original photos from when I was waaaaay skinnier!
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I got the woodland place in July - you guys were in a rush and it wasn't going to be ready then.
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A weeeee shot of Pliny at Fibbar McGees. $6 for a tiny glass - cementing my decision to go back to Russian River again next year.
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Yay you let me photobomb finally
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Simply put, the FBI put themselves in the predicament they are in when they had a way to get all the information from the iPhone - but they chose to close that door permanently (or an IT scapegoat did) so they can continue to proliferate the lie that they need access to everyone's information. They are using this tragic act of terrorism as a lens to give themselves a halo in the public's eye, and we should all see it for what it is - cheap politicking to erode our rights.

Lets look back 10 years. If I had enciphered a letter that had all my thoughts and plans on it, the FBI would have to try and crack that. They couldn't force me to give up the password or key to decrypt it because that would fall under the 5th amendment protection [1]. So the FBI would have to do a thing we like to call "their job" and detective work. Certainly that could be a lot of work on my part to encrypt just a few things, but possible for just a few important things... but the paper trail I would leave in everyday life would be immense - I cannot just drop off the radar. Not everything can be encrypted - bank transactions, purchases, public travel (e.g. stop light cameras or tailing a suspect), phone calls, etc. In the time before smartphones, the police had to rely on good detective work, and they can still do that today. This isn't a black and white fallacy [5] that the Feds are arguing it is.

SCOTUS has shown the opinion that cell phones contain a vast amount of information and are not the same analogy as a bank teller opening up a safety deposit box for the police (with a warrant of course), or the police searching your car or home. [2]:

"Modern cell phones are not just another technological convenience. With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans “the privacies of life". The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought."

Alito even went so far as to say we shouldn't blindly apply pre-digital era laws... which is what the FBI is using by arguing the All Writs Act of 1789 [3][4]. They are not demanding something simple, they are trying to compel a company to manufacture something that would unlock the doors of every house or every safety deposit box, and what's more is this weakness could be exploited by anybody, without a warrant, to access all that information. History is littered with reasons for why you shouldn't just blindly trust the government.

Note: We need government to keep a 'well' oiled and functioning society (for some definition of well) but government is made up of people and people are inherently broken. The system requires constant questioning and correcting to keep it on course.

Update: Other arguments I've heard elsewhere were 'What would you propose', which is sort of another fallacy arguing that I must have a counter proposal otherwise what I'm saying is invalid. Coming up with ideas is also saying that Apple should be conscripted to write this software - investing its own time, money, and engineering resources. I'm sure there is case law for this from a safe-cracker perspective, but that is a single person unlocking a single safe, one at a time. The government mandated a backdoor to locks already - TSA approved luggage - and those were all compromised by a single photograph that was posted online for less than an hour [6][7]. I don't think there is a single, simple solution that will not end up harming Apple or John & Jane Q. Public.

[1]: http://www.uclalawreview.org/the-fifth-amendment-encryption-and-the-forgotten-state-interest/
[2]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riley_v._California#Opinion_of_the_Court
[3]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Writs_Act
[4]: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/02/eff-support-apple-encryption-battle
[5]: https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/black-or-white
[6]: https://imgur.com/a/JQD7l
[7]: http://www.wired.com/2015/09/lockpickers-3-d-print-tsa-luggage-keys-leaked-photos
Imagine if you owned hundreds of rental homes. And imagine that one of your tenants in one of your homes committed a horrendous crime. If the FBI got...
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I was recently disappointed to hear Sam Harris come out on the wrong side of this argument.  He notes that the vast majority of "technologists" oppose any kind of back door, but doesn't pause to wonder what we know that he doesn't.
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My local Lowes has a "in space" display, showing off 3d printing that supposed to go to the space station. Right now is just as loud cylinder with a single rack in the center and a couple displays mounted on the sides. Hopefully I'll have more things to show off in the future. 
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Another good cardboard photo that can't be shared with audio. sigh
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I'm a practitioner of the art of software development, at least I think its art...

I enjoy working on cars, houses, and just about anything to ticks or whirs. Brewing beer, 5 gallons at a time. Photographing anything that catches my eye.
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I called up and ordered my 2012 Volt from Dan Schlappi over the phone. He helped out getting me tracking information and keeping me up to date as it was manufactured. When I went to pick it up, I got to meet Mr. Megel himself. The atmosphere of the show room was warm and welcoming. I only wish the dealership was closer to home so I could take my car in for service easily.
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I first started going to Discount Tire Co. after a fellow car club member suggested them for my 255/50zr17's. I've been going to them ever sense. The price has always included everything (balance, rotation, installation) and I usually get their nice "do anything to the tire and we'll replace it" warranty. What really sold me was one trip to Boon, NC. one winter; my girlfriend at the time and I were stuck with a flat, I called the store in Atlanta and talked to the manager about finding a place to get my tire fixed. He called me back and got me in touch with another manager in Greenville (en route to our destination). I pulled up, they fixed the tire and sent me on my way. A+ service every time!
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