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For many in Silicon Valley, the rapid rise and precipitous fall of Secret, the prominent start-up that recently closed its doors, will most likely serve as a cautionary tale of how not to run a company. For Google Ventures, one of Secret's earliest backers, it will also be a reminder of the type ...
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With each taking $3M home, why not shut the doors and return the rest of the money?
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A man snorkeling in the Colorado River near the Arizona and California border was frightened – and later embarrassed – when he came across two fake skeletons sitting in lawn chairs about 40 feet underwater.
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Just on general principles, I would never use a service with a privacy policy like this one.
Plex organizes your video, music, and photo collections and streams them to all of your screens. Stream your videos, photos, and music anytime, anywhere.
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+Lauren Weinstein ahh, because it indexes your local content.
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From the show that aired yesterday. Perhaps further proof that The Price is Right is not rigged. Everyone took it with good humor, including the winner herself: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/05/us/wheelchair-woman-treadmill-price-is-right/index.html // By the way, you can see that whomever uploaded this video used the popular box inset Content ID evasion technique.
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+Amber Yust True, but the specter of the great game show rigging scandals of many decades ago still looms large over every game show producer and contract. Just ask a network lawyer!
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The co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps appears to have practised a rapid descent on a previous flight, investigators say.
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Learning from "Lost in Space" Thought for the Day: Whenever I feel the need for an alluringly alliterative alternative for a turn of phrase, I ask myself: How would Dr. Smith say this?
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Spare me your poisonous barbs, Majah!
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The EU doesn't want a level playing field -- they already have that, anyone can compete on value of services to users on the Net -- they want protectionism. The EU isn't interested in fairness, they want forgetfulness.
Officials said the investigation would address whether large players like American tech giants were impeding competition for European consumers.
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+Robert Klemme There's a big difference between tariffs and restrictions on physical manufactured products vs. Internet delivered services which are only a click away from the competition!
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Chromebox Upgrade Report - I promised to report back on my latest round of Chromebox upgrades (ASUS CN60). After good success with the original unit running CrOS (2GB RAM, 16GB SSD), I bumped the RAM up to 4GB using a 2GB stick (unlike the HP Chromebook, the ASUS has two RAM slots, not just one) and replaced the 16GB SSD with a 128GB). This was very successful for my preferred configuration: Ubuntu Trusty 14.04 running on Crouton running on CrOS running on the Chromebox. VirtualBox running a Windows 7 client on top of all that was also quite serviceable. Much of this testing involved the use of an older USB 2.0 external 200GB drive for additional storage. This all was so useful for my dual monitor environment that over the weekend I bumped the memory to the full 16GB (yes, you can do this as 2x8GB, despite sites that claim the total memory limit or slot limits are lower). There was a bit of adventure to this, since Newegg sent me DDR RAM marked in a manner as to suggest it was 1.5v memory, where you really want 1.35 for the Chromebox.

This gets fuzzy fast, because there are multiple issues regarding which voltages will really work and what voltages a particular RAM stick really will function at -- these specs are becoming annoyingly mushy. In any case, the decision was made to test them and they came right up (at what voltage -- who knows?) I also switched out the old USB 2.0 drive for a new 5TB USB 3.0 drive (under $120 -- it isn't silent on my table here, but I can live with it).

I like to keep SSDs as empty as possible to preserve their lifetimes -- and I've moved much of the routine files and directories (including browser caches, etc.) from the SSD to the external drive via symbolic links (or in the case of /tmp, via a union mount).

The results are really quite spectacular. The system just zooms along, even with two Windows clients running for testing in VirtualBox simultaneously.

I'm not into benchmarks for situations like this, but the subjective feel of the system is excellent. The external disk is very fast at USB 3.0 speeds and there is no perceptible performance hit for using it. Part of the likely reason why is shown in the image below. The system is relatively quiescent at this point, with a bunch of Chrome windows and tabs open, plus a variety of other miscellany. The thin red line at the bottom is user memory. The thin yellowish line above that is buffers. The big orange chunk is all disk cache. Gray above that is free space. As you can see, Trusty is taking advantage of all that extra RAM for a very large in-core (core? -- Did I just say core?) cache for both the SSD and especially the external drive. Needless to say, it's very, very fast.

Executive conclusion: To say the least, so far, so good.

Any questions, please let me know.

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+Tyler Larson Because I run all sorts of stuff. I run CrOS apps, I run Linux, I run Windows. My main desktop these days is mostly Trusty, but I'm constantly popping around to other OS apps. This environment gives me all of these simultaneously and with great performance on a single small box (OK, two small boxes if you include the external drive). I've never had a more productive setup for my usage patterns before. I can have a Chrome app in one window, a Linux app in another, and a Windows app in another. If I need Photoshop where Gimp falls short, it's right there, just like any other window on the screens. And so on. Crouton also has an extremely nifty way to back up the entire chroot in a single file, that can be trivially loaded fully intact onto any other CrOS system in a relatively few minutes. It's pretty fantastic. 
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While metro areas used to be the preferred location for secondary data centers because of their proximity to customers, that's no longer the case. Today, many companies are turning to remote rural areas which present challenges in bandwidth, energy efficiencies and reliability. Read More
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Well, a bit of good news. // "“Netanyahu has already completely lost the vector, the momentum of the elections,” said Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israel Democracy Institute and a centrist former member of Parliament. “It’s a nightmare for Netanyahu.” Ben Caspit, a columnist for the Israeli daily Maariv, wrote that Mr. Netanyahu had thought forming the government “would be like putting a knife in butter,” but instead “the knife is stuck in his back and the butter is on his forehead, melting in the hot sun.”"
The prime minister was negotiating with the conservative Jewish Home party over a coalition amid skepticism that a strong government would emerge.
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This is the old WebMD meme that pretty much any self-diagnosis through symptom search there leads to the expectation of Cancer.
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Technology Systems & Policy Analysis: Internet, Privacy, plus Other Sundry Topics.
Introduction
Lauren is co-founder of PFIR - People For Internet Responsibility, co-founder and moderator of NNSquad - Network Neutrality Squad -- and founder of the PRIVACY Forum. He created the PRIVACY Forum in 1992, and has been involved with Internet and other technology issues for over 40 years, including at the first site on the ARPANET (the ancestor of the Internet), which was located at UCLA.  Lauren is also the founder of the Global Coalition for Transparent Internet Performance - GCTIP.  

His focus is both policy and engineering issues related to the Internet, privacy, the interaction of technology with society, and a range of other areas..

Lauren is widely quoted regarding such matters by newspaper, magazine, and other articles.  He participates in numerous radio and television news programs, talk shows, and other venues where these important issues are under discussion.

Lauren is a member of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Committee on Computers and Public Policy.

Lauren is based in Los Angeles.

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