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This Is the Kind of Idiot That Congress Puts in Charge of Technology
Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee stopped by Wolf Blitzer’s Situation Room to drop some knowledge about Friday’s massive DDoS attack that affected large swaths of the internet. Blackburn managed to say a lot of techy-sounding things until her time was up. No one walked away feeling smarter.
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Another reason why we ought to invest more in space technology, or deep sea exploration.

Right now, we're so focused on doing more with less - a valuable challenge - that we're limiting ourselves to inward advancement.

The things that expand our horizons trigger grander innovation. Activate manifest destiny, and watch the world come alive!
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Important observations about the risk to our civil liberties. For those of you who were vocal about the FBI's request for Apple to create code that would break the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, consider...
 
I’m a stockholder, but I deem this invention patented by Apple — allowing remote control or shut down of the camera on your phone — to be an Orwellian nightmare.There are some possible compromises - e.g. letting venue owners set up a zone wherein phone cams degrade down to “Citizen Mode” at say 1 megapixel. But no, I don’t want anything at all.

Dig this well. I have called it the most important civil liberties matter in our lifetimes -- certainly in thirty years -- even though it was hardly covered by the press. In 2013 both the U.S. courts and the Obama Administration declared it to be "settled law" that a citizen has the right to record his or her interactions with police in public places.

No single matter could have been more important because it established the most basic right of "sousveillance" or looking-back at power, that The Transparent Society is all about. It is also fundamental to freedom, for in altercations with authority, what other recourse can a citizen turn to, than the Truth?

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2014/01/cops-and-us-keeping-eye-on-each-other.html

One of the chants at Black Lives Matter rallies should be “Give Us More Tech!” Which is short for: “Oh so NOW you believe us, now that we can take pictures of what we went through for generations?” Well, yes. Then become nerds! Use cameras to fight back, a lot safer and more effective and modern than guns.

But none of that will be possible when elites - like the state - can shut down our phone-cams. So make a habit of keeping some old fashioned cameras around! And count on technology to give us so many eyes that this trick will sink into obscurity.
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Perhaps this explains why the suburbs can be so drab and depressing.
In the bleak midwinter, there are few walks more energising.
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In the bleak midwinter, there are few walks more energising.
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John Oliver spends a great deal of time in this rant skewering the for- profit education industry, so it's easy to forget that he's exposing crucial flaws in the entire education system. 

Community colleges are strapped for cash because someone came up with the idea that affordability trumps ability.  Thus, community colleges are repeatedly forced to cut back on services, forcing their students to endure waiting lists to get on waiting lists, a faculty of part-time teachers who have little too no connection to the school our it's students, and an education remarkably similar to what they should have learned in high school.

Yet while community colleges are cutting funding, career colleges continue to make an investment in their faculty. Sure,  it's less of an investment that they made in their admissions staff, but to hear (not from Oliver, of course) that Corinthian Colleges was actually replacing the bulk of their part time online faculty with full time faculty because they recognized the need for instructors who cared about their students, one just may realize that working to ensure a college is profitable may not be such a bad thing. 

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Just going to the Adobe Learning Summit part this year.
DevLearn Conference & Expo 2016 - November 16-18, 2016 | Las Vegas, NV
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Standardization as a tool for radical transformation

' “If the public needs to relearn what to do every time they approach a bin, then they’ll treat each bin like a trash can,” she says. '

We've been "taught" about recycling -- to separate our papers and plastics and aluminium from our trash. But over the past years, confusion of what we can recycle has made the process inefficient and more costly than beneficial.

I posit this article as a case study for when training is not the appropriate option -- yes, people need to learn, but they don't need training.
Referred to by The New York Times as 'one of the most important environmental fixes taking root today,' Recycle Across America's standardized recycling label goes viral. Best Buy and RAA labels.jpg SUSTAIN_RAA_3.png SUSTAIN_RAA_1.png “Recycling has the ability to affect the greatest ...
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Teach your kids a little engineering history with this fun fountain project.
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My response to a writing prompt (linked). 
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ANNA

She looked down on the village that had been her home until she was eighteen years old. It hadn't really changed much over the years -  it was still a small collection of two and three-room cottages nestled in a little valley with a small, flat school to the east and a church dominating the center. Steam rose off the rooftops to mingle with smoke drifting lazily from chimneys. She could almost make out a few people in their yards, turning over the soil in preparation for winter.

When she'd written her parents that she wanted to come back home for a visit, the response had been terse: "That would be fine." Sixteen years of absence had done little to mellow her mother's feelings. Her father...

The last thing she'd heard from her father had been shouted after her as she dove into Franz' rusted VW Beetle with nothing more than a stuffed backpack and two layers of clothing. "No good will come of this!" he had warned. "You'll be back full of remorse and a swollen belly!" Her mother had stood behind him, voicing her agreement through loud, gulping sobs.

She'd tried to explain her dreams to them - to all of them - but it had been a disaster.  Only Franz had understood.  Hadn't he had the same dreams of doing more in the world? Of cities and countries and far-off places where there was more to life than trees and the mill and whomever God was going to smite next? 

Anna had been so sure she’d never return, but..

"For God's sake, Mom, you've been out here for ten minutes!  Can we just go? I'm freezing!"
Anna looked back at her daughter, 14 years old and ready to fly with fledgling dreams of her own. It seemed to Anna that she had spent a lifetime helping her grow, but now all her efforts were to pull her back from the flimsy boundaries that separated her from the dangerous outside world.

That's why she was coming back home today - to let her parents know that she understood. 
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It's amazing how politics damages the country when those asked to serve its citizens choose not to listen to them, or each other. What Senator Boxer describes in her HuffPo op-ed piece is endemic in our system.

I mean, with just a few replaced words, she could be describing the federal government's assault on education.

"In an unprecedented maneuver this past June, the Department of Education launched a mean-spirited assault on education.

It was stunning. With one letter, the federal government elected to turn their backs on fairness, compassion and common sense -- and go after dreamers in California and across America.

We are talking about children and young adults -- many of whom were brought to our country as infants -- who grew up here, went to school here, work here and live here as our neighbors and friends. Now the DOE wants these young dreamers and their families out of school. It's sad, it's ugly, and it's against everything we stand for as a country."
On issue after issue facing our country, this is a Republican Party so obsessed with blocking the president -- and now suing the president -- that it has abdicated its most basic responsibility to govern....
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We found this place via an advertisement in a local magazine announcing the grand opening of Hikari Sushi 2. What caught the wife's eye: all-you-can-eat sushi. I'll acknowledge that no restaurant is going to serve their best food with an all-you-can-eat deal. When dealing with sushi, I'm really looking for the food to be better than Todai. And it was, if only because it was more inventive than the sushi fare Todai puts out. Lots of rolls with spicy tuna, or laden with sauces to cover up the inferior cuts and quality. I had the Stanton Roll, made fairly bland with the avocado wrapped around the soy paper and whatever that light orange mayo sauce is, and the yellowtail delight, which tasted nothing like yellowtail due to the spicy tuna inside the roll and the dab of Sriracha sauce holding the jalapeno pepper slice atop it. The wife had a House Roll, made with salmon on the outside and a salty crab meat mixture on the inside. The salmon had a bone in it, which should never happen. Never. We split a sashimi salad - a small pile of lettuce with minnow- sized chunks of sashimi. My sister just wanted the sashimi salad by itself - no all-you-can-eat for her. That was well-done and well-presented. Because my sister was not eating from the all - you - can - eat menu, our visit was made a bit uncomfortable by the restaurant staff who continually policed us to make sure we weren't sharing our rolls with her. I get it. Poaching from a table-mate's all-you-can-eat menu cuts into the restaurant's bottom line. The constant supervision was still unpleasant. The least they could have done was pretend to be cleaning out plates and ensuring the tea was always full. On a humorous note: the restaurant advertised pomegranate sake, which sounded interesting - until I found it during on a counter next to the cashier in one of those iced - tea dispensers. No thanks.
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It's OK for a rice bowl. The "sides" are paltry. I needed to double up on some of them to get anything, so I guess it's good that they give you six of them.
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