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Spencer Hunley
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And now in the "did you just now realize this??" department:

J&J warns diabetic patients: Insulin pump vulnerable to hacking

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"To its credit, Apple has been adamant it won’t use the new design to restrict your listening experience. But therein lies the problem: you shouldn’t have to depend on a manufacturer’s permission to use its hardware however you like (or, for that matter, to build your own peripherals and accessories for it). What you can do with your hardware should be determined by the limits of the technology itself, not its manufacturers’ policy decisions."

#DRM #apple #iphone

Analog: The Last Defense Against DRM

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It's really hard to innovate and create something new; doubly so when your monetary resources are scarce.

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Edit: this post is about the written blog post, not the video featured.
Hey +Huffington Post​, can you - or do you even have the ability - to STOP referring to autism in this defeatist, depressing, doom-and-gloom, "heartbreak" fashion? There are millions - MILLIONS! - of us with autism who live, work, and play in what would be considered typical ways.

We work very hard to not be a burden, nor classified as such - but we hardly ever get a word in when someone publishes an article or high profile blog post about autism. So to safeguard against stigma, discrimination and prejudice - much of which is spread by these types of articles (and organizations such as autism speaks) - we conceal our autistic selves as best we can, reflecting what people expect to see while denying who we truly are just so we can hold down a job.

Being told that your existence and who you are is a costly burden on the world is pretty fucked. Maybe that's why suicide rates for autistic adults is so high; because the people being listened to and broadcasting their message are the ones telling us that autistic people are too costly, too much of a problem for their families and communities.

We don't get to hear much from those with autism. Thus, our skills, talents, and unique personal traits are wasted - all because they don't fit within the margins of what many would admit is a profoundly unfair and biased society.

No, instead we're relegated to token status, a pitiable object that is used for inspiration porn, a way for people to feel good about themselves in comparison to their fellow autistic citizens. Because apparently, we don't work, socialize, live independently, or much of anything else, according to this blog post.

It's more than just tiresome - this kind of rhetoric is dehumanizing, debilitating and disabling, and makes it even harder to assert ourselves and live a life of our choosing. Is autism a disability? Does it present challenges? Yes on both counts. However, the most difficult challenges to handle come not from inside ourselves, but from external sources that relegate us to second-class citizens, without regard to consideration or understanding outside of their own comfort bubble.

That's the real heartbreak: being told your entire existence has produced next to nothing but hardship and despair to the people around you, and that the world would be better off if your kind didn't exist.

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+Mycroft A.I.​ booth at Kansas City Maker Faire!

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This is a fair point when discussing advancements in technology and the assumptions that what is good for the optimum consumer is good for everyone. 
New voice recognition technology cannot be used by more than 9 million people in the U.S. with voice disabilities

My favorite, locally-owned grocery store is closing. Permanently.

I know this may not seem important - my local newspaper certainly doesn't think so, considering there is no story on their website or in print - but it's a major issue to me.

Their produce always lasted longer than anyone else's, and I could afford stocking up for more than just one month on my meager budget, especially when I was living in a studio apartment working half-time for a college.

But about a year and a half ago, the old mall near the grocery store was torn down to make way for revitalization - new stores, new apartments and even some senior living places. It seemed like things were heading in the right direction.

Then they secured a new 'grocery' store - a damned "neighborhood Wal Mart".

You can guess what happened; people shopped at the new, glitzy, shiny place, the one with low wages, no unions, and products made with slave labor - or pay that's close to it. The original grocery store, the one that's been there for over 65 years, was mostly left behind. Only die hard regulars and few others remained.

And now Wal Mart has taken another local store in its destructive and brutish manner. Sure, the local city officials share the blame. But in the end, Wal Mart remains - and my grocery store is gone.

So now we have less choices, especially within driving distance. And we have yet to begin to suffer this horrible decision and its consequences.
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