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College isn't a get rich quick seminar. It's real world training wheels.
I'm Ryan Barrett. I live, work, and play in San Francisco California . I code, write, and post pictures here. public@ryanb.org public PGP key · Home; Search; Archives · Twitter · Facebook · Instagram · Google+ · GitHub · RSS Feed. Search. Widgets; Search ...
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Unless of course you went to Trump University ...
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TFW a team you founded announces something big and new and the announcement comes from someone you've never heard of. 🤔👏
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I wonder why the FBI isn’t suing Google for a backdoor in Android yet.

(Some speculation: brute forcing is prevented in software as opposed to Apple’s Security Enclave, device encryption is less common and only recently on by default, device manufacturers could add backdoors individually, etc.)
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Speculation 1: Like you said, different problems require different solutions. Speculation 2: It's a test case, with the goal of the results appling to similar situations.
(Yes those two theories sound contradictory.)
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"Facebook is becoming more like an electric utility every day.
If Facebook starts to fail commercially, suddenly people over the world would be at risk of losing old friends and family ties, or perhaps critical medical histories.
Facebook is only one example of many recent highly successful network players that have made themselves essential in advance of making themselves sustainable."

- Jaron Lanier, Who Owns the Future?, emphasis mine
books.google.com - The “brilliant” and “daringly original” (The New York Times) critique of digital networks from the “David Foster Wallace of tech” (London Evening Standard)—...
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All code is liability. -+Peter Norvig​
I've spent the last few years rather flippantly stating, “Technical debt doesn't exist.” What I was trying to say was, “I'm deeply uncomfortable with how our industry talks about this thing, I think it's probably harmful, but I don't know quite how to express what I mean.
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Which one are you?

1. Never-better. We’ve never had it so good.
2. Better-never. If only all this progress had never happened!
3. Ever-waser. All of this is as it ever was.

Great categorization of views by Adam Gopnik.
Books explaining why books no longer matter come in many flavors. Credit Illustration by CHRISTOPH NIEMANN
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Back from Iceland. Pictures are up!
Icelandair picked us up from all over the US and Europe and delivered us to KEF. We grabbed coffees and SIM cards, started a group WhatsApp chat – “Viking Pillage” – and hopped a bus to Blue Lagoon, Iceland's biggest hot spring. After half a day of traveling, a swim-up bar in 40°C sulfur water ...
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#DWebsummit was pretty great.
I spent the last few days at the Decentralized Web Summit, a small gathering of like-minded hackers, thinkers, and activists from all over. I don't go to a lot of conferences, but this one was inspiring and exciting. Even the mainstream press noticed. I'll see if I can describe why.
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The hacker attitude is often approximately this: “Open up your life to the ’net, all you ordinary people. The world is about to become transparent and that transparency will be the beginning of a golden age. Sharing is good. However, encrypt your life like crazy. Use VPN, etc. Only the smartest people can make no sound in the digital forest.”

- Jaron Lanier, Who Owns the Future?
books.google.com - The “brilliant” and “daringly original” (The New York Times) critique of digital networks from the “David Foster Wallace of tech” (London Evening Standard)—...
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Judging the campaign tactics this election season is hard. There are so many fun ones to choose from!
Donald Trump. Admit it, you have half a lather worked up already. The man is incendiary; the campaign is astounding. He's built a big base of support with tactics that we thought were off the table entirely and should have sunk him long ago. What changed? Do we not have the grasp on campaign ...
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In the twentieth century, the golden age of public relations, publicity, meaning the attention of the press, came to be something that many private citizens sought out and even paid for. This has led, in our own time, to the paradox of an American culture obsessed, at once, with being seen and with being hidden, a world in which the only thing more cherished than privacy is publicity. In this world, we chronicle our lives on Facebook while demanding the latest and best form of privacy protection—ciphers of numbers and letters—so that no one can violate the selves we have so entirely contrived to expose.

  – Jill Lepore
The defense of privacy always follows the emergence of technologies for breaching it. Credit Illustration by Nishant Choksi
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The Beginner’s Guide is one of the most powerful experiences I’ve had in a long time. Carve out an hour and play it. You'll be a better person for it.
The Beginner's Guide is one of the most powerful games I've played in a long time. Make that one of the most powerful experiences I've ever had, full stop. It's not fun, per se, it's not even a traditional game at all, as much as one of the most potent empathy engines I've ever found.
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