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Philipp Kern
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gRPC is a high performance, open source, general RPC framework that puts mobile and HTTP/2 first: http://bit.ly/1vCXlz9 ... from Google! Excited to finally see this out in the wild.
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Special offer from Google today: run a 2-minute security check on your account (which is really a good idea anyway) and get a free 2GB of Drive storage space. If your Google account matters to you -- your GMail, YouTube, Google+, Drive, and so on -- this is something worth running every few months.

And after you do that, go enable 2-step verification. (https://www.google.com/landing/2step/) It's the single best thing you can do to protect your account from being compromised. 
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He said: "In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which […] we cannot read?"

Dear fine people of the United Kingdom, I hope you make the right choice with relation to Mr. Cameron.
David Cameron could block WhatsApp and Snapchat if he wins the next election, as part of his plans for new surveillance powers announced in the wake of the shootings in Paris.
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I appreciate your sentiment but just what is the right choice with relation to Mr. Cameron?

Vote for Labour, who in previous incarnations were responsible for some of the most shockingly illiberal policies and erosion of human rights we've ever seen, such as Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, suppressing of Chilcot enquiry, collusion with the US over weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the list goes on?

Vote for UKIP, who are outright fascist, misogynist, racist, homophobic bigots?

Vote for the Liberal Democrats, whose entire existence is supposed to be a moderating influence of the Conservatives yet their coalition seems to be turning out pretty right wing to me (see above).

After discarding these choices you are left with minority parties. The Green Party actually gets more of the vote than UKIP, but a lot less of the media attention. Great, but sadly the Greens are completely deluded when it comes to the realities of our energy policy and would have us moving away from nuclear and wasting money on renewables that don't make sense for the UK. They have nearly as many crackpot candidates as UKIP, the best thing you can say is at least the Green crackpots believe in crystal healing and muesli knitting as opposed to white supremacy.

In reality whatever party is in control next it is going to be exactly the same issues; the same civil servants who want the power to snoop on communications now will be whispering in the ears of the new administration and getting them to try to pass the same bills. Voting "not Conservative" isn't going to help avoid this.

I have no idea who I should vote for, or who any other person in the UK should vote for. The root problem seems to be that as constituents we don't really care about civil liberties. The average person in the street will be simultaneously happy for the security services to have access to all communications but also wish for the nebulous concept of "privacy". Therefore why expect our elected representatives to care either?

It is thoroughly disheartening but perhaps it is education of the masses that is continually needed.
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Lesson of the day: PulseEight's CEC adapter ships with a short HDMI cable. Don't use it. It won't work. Use another HDMI cable and enjoy CEC.
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Shut down my last machine running Debian Lenny. Phew.

Nobody owned it in the meantime and it was not affected by Heartbleed. At least I got that goin' for me, which is nice.
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+FastGlacier, a humble suggestion: On http://fastglacier.com/fastglacier-metadata-format.aspx you describe your current v3 metadata format. I'd be great if the format would avoid leaking the path and hash of the unencrypted content. The hash is not even salted, so someone who is looking for a certain file can assert its presence in the data store. Leaking the path also seems unnecessary. Couldn't you pipe the whole metadata block through an AEAD cipher if the file is encrypted and be done with it? Or does it need to be plaintext XML? I'd be easy to verify if the password is correct by checking the MAC after running the password through the usual industry standard key derivation function like PBKDF2.  
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Hi Philipp, thank you for your suggestion, we will consider this  metadata  format improvements for next versions. Best Regards, FastGlacier Team!
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Kanzi the bonobo lives in America and has learnt how to build a fire, light it using matches and toast marshmallows on it. It shows just how like us some primates really are.
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Some primates are us.
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Caveats of the HP MicroServer Gen8
If you intend to buy the HP MicroServer Gen8 as a home server there are a few caveats that I didn't find on the interwebs before I bought the device: Even though the main chassis fan is now fixed in AHCI mode with recent BIOS versions, there is still an ann...
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Undank ist der Welten Lohn – Da kämpft Google vor Gericht gegen den Maulkorb, den die US-Justiz bei Beschlagnahmen und Durchsuchungsbeschlüssen verhängt, darf dann endlich die Betroffenen informieren und die schlagen ihnen zum Dank ins Gesicht.

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The tech firm turned over the e-mails of WikiLeaks staffers after receiving search warrants from U.S.
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Finally found the misconfiguration that might have eaten my mail to you. Bounces went to the trash as well, unhelpfully. And because I keep only limited logs for $reasons I don't know what went missing. Oh well, I hate running mail servers in these times. :(
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It's hard.  I also hate not running mail servers in these times...
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Assertions in an init binary running as pid 1... I don't even...
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Nah, useful error reporting is totally overvalued. But switching consoles before displaying "error! aborting!" would be nice.
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I guess we could think of it as the math mode in semaphore data transmission. Although I also wonder what the proper escape code would be.
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    Site Reliability Engineer, 2013 - present
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  • Steinbuch Centre for Computing
    Studentische Hilfskraft, 2009 - 2013
    Network administration, IPv6 evangelist
  • Proventa AG
    Junior Consultant, 2011 - 2012
    Linux system administration
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
    Studentische Hilfskraft, 2010 - 2011
    Mainframe administration (z/VM and Linux on a z10)
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    Diplom-Informatiker, 2006 - 2013
  • Grimmelshausen-Gymnasium Offenburg
    Abitur, 1997 - 2006
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