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Peter Kasting
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Senior Software Engineer, Chrome UI team
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Depressing, but, in my experience, completely consistent with how schools deal with bullying.

http://benswann.com/exclusive-special-ed-student-records-audio-proof-of-bullying-threatened-with-charges-of-warrentless-wiretapping/

I was bullied relentlessly growing up.  Nothing was ever done.  Reporting it always backfired.  At one point, I was gang-tackled and beaten by a group of students on the playground.  When they left and I staggered up, the teacher who had been silently watching from nearby told me I "must have done something pretty bad to annoy them like that" and threatened me with detention.

Schools are afraid of administrator/student/parent conflict much more than they desire harmonious student/student relationships.  Accusing someone of bullying inevitably results in the bully denying everything and the bully's furious parents marching in to defend their child and threaten the school for having dared to make an accusation.  The sorts of kids who get bullied are more easily cowed.  So administrators lean on them to shut up and discourage them from reporting incidents by handing out harsh consequences for reporting bullying incidents.

I would love to find out that this generalization is typically inaccurate, and that it's only me, the author of this article, and the bullying victims I know who suffered similarly, while most schools actually deal with bullying in a fantastic manner.  But I'm not holding my breath.
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That's fine. I am happy to have the legal system as an option of last resort (by my choice) even if you don't agree. Sometimes bullies need to face more serious consequences than my sideways glance.
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It's hard to take this article seriously when the core of its argument is basically misleading.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/taxanalysts/2014/04/15/why-the-free-file-alliance-is-bad-for-taxpayers/

The article argues that the FFA is unfair because, first and foremost, tax filing is not actually free unless you have an AGI below $58000.  This startled me a bit, as someone who just filed his taxes for free two days ago, using the FFA, and has an AGI well above that value.  Here's the kicker sentence that comes next:

"There are free fillable forms available for taxpayers with incomes over $58,000, but they perform only basic calculations and offer almost no guidance (they are essentially just fillable PDFs that can be directly submitted to the IRS instead of mailed in)."

In what way does this not qualify as "free to file"?  No one said that "file" meant "actually, the website does all the work for you while you eat bonbons".  There are forms available, that you can fill out for free, and can file with the IRS for free.  Hence, free to file.  As an added bonus, the forms do some of the basic math for you.  We should be happy about an option like this -- one that didn't use to exist at all -- not complaining about how, well, free to file really doesn't mean free to file, it means some other bigger thing we won't define so that we can preserve our moral authority to whine about the FFA for the rest of the article.

There is more.  The next paragraph talks about how the FFA has pushed to kill California's ReadyReturn system, as if doing so makes free filing impossible.  But once again, I just filed my California return two days ago, for free.  I didn't have to use ReadyReturn.  In fact, I'd never heard of it until now.  If the FFA is doing its best to make free filing impossible for me, it's doing a pretty crappy job.

Now, in fairness, I do think there's some substance to the argument that an alliance of for-profit tax prep companies has a vested interest in not developing compelling free alternatives to their own services.  But did the author really need to make such weak and misleading arguments as the ones above to convince us of this point?  Why not just be fair and trust us to see the truth without being whipped into a frenzy?  This is the level of argumentation I expect from, say, TechCrunch, not Forbes.
The IRS and state revenue agencies should offer truly free electronic filing options, much like many states had before the FFA intervened. As National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson famously said in 2006, you shouldn’t have to pay for the honor of filing your tax returns with the government.
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I don't work on Blink, but this progress note is a nice summary and worth sharing.

http://blog.chromium.org/2014/04/blinks-first-birthday.html
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Holy carp, has it been a year already?
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Fascinating.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/magazine/flash-boys-michael-lewis.html?_r=0

The article asks: if high-speed traders are exploiting loopholes in the market structure, how do you fix that structure?  Then it describes the process of accomplishing that goal.

I might have to get this book.
How a band of outsiders discovered that the stock market was rigged — and set out to change it.
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One of the most interesting articles I have read in a while.
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Proposal: Anyone talking about whether a movie has the "highest-grossing opening weekend ever" or "largest worldwide gross ever" or similar must use inflation-adjusted numbers.
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But you'd need to add home viewings today, which weren't an option in the 50s
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The most definite information yet on Project Ara.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/4/15/5615880/building-blocks-how-project-ara-is-reinventing-the-smartphone

Sorry, but I still think this is destined to be a complete failure.
In a spare, drab office park in Sunnyvale, California, a bunch of two-by-fours and foamboard have been nailed together into a makeshift model of a shipping container. Inside, a bare, unlit Edison...
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+Peter Kasting I think of this project as "Android" for hardware. Currently I can run what I want on my Nexus 5. If I could actually build hardware for my phone, I would welcome that possibility. Building an external module that connects through Bluetooth or the 3.5mm jack is much less interesting IMO.
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(A post only relevant to fellow Christians.)

Dear John Hagee: If you're going to claim you know when the Last Days will occur, you're going to have to explain how Matthew 24:36 and Mark 13:32 don't apply to you.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/blood-moon-sets-off-apocalyptic-debate-among-some-christians/2014/04/15/00b76502-c4be-11e3-9ee7-02c1e10a03f0_story.html

I also like the quote in this article about "The Jewish holy days carry less theological significance than Jesus’ resurrection for many Christians".  Um, I would certainly hope so.  The resurrection is the cornerstone of Christian hope.  1 Corinthians 15:12-19 makes it clear that without the resurrection, our faith is "useless".  No Jewish holy day is so important to us as Christ's resurrection.
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Well, it's a general theme of religion
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Super-cute!  Dogs wondering where their treat went.
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I don't know much about architecture, but I like this building.  The article doesn't seem to have many photos, though.

http://www.fastcoexist.com/3027743/this-amazing-high-rise-apartment-building-looks-like-a-giant-tree
With balconies budding like leaves, no one could complain for lack of outdoor space in this building in France.
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That explains why every balcony has a green plant on it. In real life, 90% of balconies would be empty.
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Dear lazyplus,

Why is it that starting about two weeks ago, all the "What's Hot And Recommended" posts in my G+ stream went to 100% dessert recipes?  I'm fine in theory with random recommended posts in my stream, but I can't seem to tell Google "please stop showing me dessert recipes".  (I don't like cooking, and more to the point, I'm on a no-carb diet, so the posts are somewhere between "useless" and "torture".)  The only control I have is to turn off recommended posts entirely, which isn't actually what I want.
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+Matt Kiener Yeah, weeks ago I was getting a lot of the "incredibly banal 'inspirational' comment that 7 million people shared on Facebook and said was OMG SO PROFOUND".  Ugh.

+Stormy Henderson Nope.  I wish I knew what the inputs to the algorithm even were.  I'm wondering if the issue is that one of the people I follow writes about food every day and I often click through to read her reviews.
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