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Nathaniel Sizemore
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IT support, technical writer, father, husband, martial artist
IT support, technical writer, father, husband, martial artist

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I recently conducted an email interview with a former high-school classmate. He is an avid Trump supporter. I . . . am not. But my hope is that dialog leads to understanding, and that understanding leads to positive change.

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I've been working in an enterprise environment that is almost exclusively Windows for years now, and I'm still finding it hard to wrap my head around not doing things in the Unix style. For example, last week I needed to check to see if a certain Windows server had been shut down overnight. In Unix -- everything from the Raspberry Pi or my iMac workstation at home to production Linux servers -- this would be trivial: type "uptime". The same can be done in Windows, but it's not quite as accessible -- it's "net stats srv" and then parsing the resulting output.

I really need a "PowerShell for Unix nerds" book.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/555737

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Have some acoustic Silversun Pickups for your Friday. I could listen to Nikki play "Panic Switch" all day. Man, that is a killer bass line.

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The terminal in OS X is something I use on a constant basis, and for years I've had Total Terminal (formerly Visor) to keep it one shortcut key away -- swooping in from the top of the screen, semi-transparent, looking cool and reminding me of the Quake terminal. I found out this weekend, however, that it relies on some system hooks that are no longer allowed by default in OS X El Capitan due to System Integrity Protection. The project is no longer being actively developed, and the developer himself has moved to iTerm2, which supports this and many other useful terminal features. If you're the type of OS X user that works from the command line, it's worth a look.

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Over and over, fans watched as the titular Samurai Jack had his goal snatched away from him. And we could empathize; this amazing show with beautiful art, incredible voice acting (Mako Iwamatsu, you're still missed), and clever direction was not renewed after the 4th season -- our desire to see Jack return to the past, to his home, was snatched away.

But this week brought some good news -- Jack's back! Adult Swim will be running new episodes in 2016! And if you're not excited by that news, do yourself a favor and watch the original show; it's brilliant, and well worth your time.

http://www.slashfilm.com/samurai-jack-returning-in-2016/

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This week, the NSA claims to have stopped a large portion of its illegal data collection. Does anyone believe that this is in fact the case, that they and similar agencies will not continue to overreach and attempt to expand, or that oversight, review, and transparency will be meaningful?

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2015/11/policy_repercus.html

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Natural language processing remains one of the hardest problems computer science. Thanks to +Cathy Cherry​, I know that ASL, with all of its inference and position- and direction-based grammar, is a much harder language to deal with in any sort of programmatic fashion. This is the kind of challenge that researchers at Texas A&M are taking on. The wearable tech is interesting, but I'd be even more curious to know the details of how they are attempting to deal with the nuance and subtlety of what I've come to discover is a very beautiful language.

https://thestack.com/world/2015/11/25/new-wearable-tech-translates-sign-language-into-text/

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Between Dell shipping easily exploitable root certificates and the news that they also have unique IDs that are similarly ripe for attacks, I can no longer in good conscience recommend PCs from this company for work, clients, or family members. I can no longer recommend Lenovo, long my go-to recommendation for Windows or Linux users, for similar reasons (i.e. the Superfish debacle). If this keeps up, the snarky advice of "the best Windows PC is a MacBook with Boot Camp" may not be as much of a joke.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/11/pcs-running-dell-support-app-can-be-uniquely-idd-by-snoops-and-scammers/

http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/11/dell-does-superfish-ships-pcs-with-self-signed-root-certificates/

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Metal on a recorder is still Metal.

https://youtu.be/YTCiuTUaEvs
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