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John Williams
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Just posted a presentation on pixels, pts, and why they behave so strangely.
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I'd really hoped Google Plus would take over from Facebook because I thought they were less likely to intrude on privacy. That assumption seems to have been wrong.
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It's really incredible how all my data is just out there flowing to and fro. Not to mention that Google can already read all my email. They should have plenty of info from that alone.
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Something about this just doesn't ring true:
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"[UC Davis Police Chief Annette Spicuzza] said officers were forced to use pepper spray when students surrounded them. They used a sweeping motion on the group, per procedure, to avoid injury, she said.

"There was no way out of that circle," Spicuzza said. "They were cutting the officers off from their support. It's a very volatile situation."
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It's hard for me to believe that armed police wearing riot gear and helmets are scared of unarmed students who have not offered violence. And if they were it seems strange to me that they would not also think that using pepper spray on a small minority of the group would be an escalation, making the situation even more "volatile."
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Streaming off of YouTube isn't your thang? Download your own copy of Good Ol' Monroe Trent's nervous breakdown, loving mocked by the Kids on the Street -- all for free!
Cinema riffing troupe The Kids on the Street take on a classic of truly independent film with Arthur H. Smith's The Mirror. The Mirror is the story of good...
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Android 4's face-recognition security defeated by a picture of a face.
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That dude is a genius.
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Hell is a notion so vile it could only have been created by a human politician.
C. J.’s mom says if her son is going to hell, then she will, too. My guess is that she’s either she’s not convinced Hell exists, or — if she is — she doesn’t think the god she worships would ...
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This is one of the best blog posts I've ever read -- CJ's mom is extraordinary.
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This is a really good talk. Direct and constructive advice about how Big Data is going to find itself with great responsibility now that it has great power.
 
From privacy to taxation: big data and government. Watch The Economist's Ken Cukier's Strata keynote #bigdata #datascience  
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This is what happens when you think Apple's appeal just about style: everything starts to look like an Apple knockoff.
CES, the tech industry's largest (and most crowded) trade show, is happening this week. By now, I'm sure you have already seen many of the important announcements, watched a couple of press co...
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I am presently having the worst support experience of my life with Lenovo -- after paying for their "priority Enterprise support" for three years in advance, all I'm getting is the runaround for three days so far -- no one has taken ownership of my issue. The worst of it is, I know if this were an Apple product, I could get support in person at an Apple store -- possibly the same day. It is absolutely not all about the shiny. It's about getting the support you need to back up your investment.
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Marco's review of the Kindle Fire is sad. I listened to a podcast with him shortly after the announcement and he was genuinely excited about what the KF might mean, and so was I. But I am glad I did not preorder...
I expected the Kindle Fire to be good for books, great for magazines and newspapers, great for video, and good for apps and games. In practice, it's none of these. Granted, I've only spent two...
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Oh,no. I think I am getting one from Santa Claus. Eek.
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Quote: "For all the talk I hear about excessive regulation, what I read a lot of are stores about insufficient regulation."

The really interesting thing is that neither side is anti-regulation when it comes to protecting their corporate interests. SOPA would add massive amounts of regulation: forcing software developers to change how they write software, ISPs to log massive quantities of data, and everyone involved in hosting websites to respond almost immediately to content takedown notices. It will be lots of new regulation in support of the commercial interests of a relative few, but most congress critters seem to be fine with that.
The real state of government regulation. In Commentary on 13 November 2011 tagged politics with 2 comments. Right wingers like to blame our lack of economic growth on excessive government regulations....
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Long string of Google failures, Adobe abandons their primary programming platform, Steve Jobs is dead. I can't help shake the feeling we're in for a long period of technology suckiness.
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:( That's not promising.
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I could have tried to explain to the chap from DirecTV that it wasn't them, it was the crap they were pipping into my TV. But I just didn't want to get into it when there was nothing he could do about it.
OK, time to get Hell out of the top slot here. Yesterday I called and cancelled my satellite television, just like I said I was going to do in June. The plan is to use Netflix, iTunes, interesting pod...
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Battle-hardened web and iPhone developer with a degree in English from Virginia Tech. Watcher of bad movies. I mean Coleman Francis bad.
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  • Virginia Intermont College
  • Virginia High School (1991)
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