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There would have been no cerowrt had rules like this been in place 4 years ago. And, even the prospect of rules like this is impeding the development of vastly improved 802.11ac implementations. Lastly - friends, don't let friends, run factory firmware - openwrt and derivatives are vastly more capable and secure than most factory firmware shipped today - AND the open source community has provide a reasonably locked down wifi frequency database, in the first place.

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/WiFi-Hobbyists-Worry-New-FCC-Rules-Could-Ban-Custom-Firmware-134765
News: A new FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) has some worried that new FCC rules could prohibit modification of routers with third party firmware like OpenWRT. According to the
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But...but...How could our fantastic regulations have any unintended consequences? Our Central Planners have anticipated every possible outcome! Perhaps these "hobbyists" need to spend some time in one of our scenic re-education camps.
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It's been a while since I've stayed out until the wee hours at a con like this and been this excited about a new piece of tech. It feels good.

...also exhausting. 
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#Rust and some #icei and #newguard stuff. I'll write more soon.
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I wish more people learned history, lest we repeat it.

I hate that the American left has decided that competence and tools for the use of force is something that only the government should have.  The government is often the aggressor, as in the case of the feminists in London described in this article, and far too many sad news stories of late.  Other times, government is merely absent, as when known abusers ignored restraining orders and came after the women and children I helped to look after in an ahem off-the-books battered women's group once upon a time.

I am told that suggesting women should learn self defense is "disempowering", because we should just ask aggressors to be more polite or something...and trust our safety to those who mean to harm us.

I cannot think of anything more disempowering than teaching someone that they may not do anything to stop violence against themselves or loved ones, or maybe an innocent stranger.

I cannot think of anything more empowering than teaching someone that they CAN stop bad things from happening, and helping them realize that we live in a world where the wolves are the minority.  It only takes a few sheepdogs to protect the flock.
 
The Female Jiu-Jitsu Crew That Defended Feminists in 1900s London. "Had the police known there was barbed wire hidden in the floral arrangements, things might have gone a little differently." https://shar.es/12ng0B 
Had the police known there was barbed wire hidden in the floral arrangements, things might have gone a little differently.
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Adding failure modes to something designed for use only as a last resort in life-critical applications is scary in and of itself, but this blind trust in computing devices that can and will be compromised (I've tested a couple of variants personally, both were easily defeated) is beyond stupid.

I can't help but wonder why people don't consult with real security experts (or don't listen to them) before trying to enforce a harebrained scheme like this.  So frustrating.
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Do you  know how complicated the start up process for the internal combustion engine is? Yet most peoples car's start for them 99% of the time. I wont sit here and argue with you over your personal agenda or politics. 
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Sleepy musings...it was a busy and awesome day.  I love combative exercises, they keep life interesting.  Met some awesome hackers.  Broke some stuff.  Shored up broken stuff.  Ran around a lot.

Question for the crowd:

I realized today exactly how stale my personal blog (http://binaryredneck.net) is...I usually only feel like writing after an adventure, when I may or may not be too exhausted to write.  I also am vaguely uncomfortable with blogs' increasing usage as self-aggrandizing advertisement platforms.  My martial arts / self defense / sheepdog topic blog (http://projectdogpound.org) gets a little stale, but due to the somewhat-coherent topic focus never feels "dead".

*How does one keep a personal blog from feeling "dead" while posting irregularly and not having a topic more cohesive than "stuff I think about and do"...without sounding like a crappy sales pitch?*

I think if I didn't stare at my personal blog and see a dead thing, I'd write more, but I don't have time to do it three (or sometimes even one) time(s)/week.
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https://eugenekay.com/ just redirects to my G+ feed. Either there's something there, or there isn't.
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Warning: incoming rant.

One of my biggest pet peeves is seeing people use incredibly terrible rhetoric to defend/promote ideas I care about.  A poor argument for the right idea is often more damaging than a great argument for the wrong idea.  Today I've seen things I care about, ranging from increasing economic mobility in America to getting law enforcement to quit using thin BS like "his ASL looked like aggressive gestures" to try to justify violating civil rights argued by people who:

1) Just didn't understand the subject, and made nonsensical arguments with badly broken logic.

2) Used slurs that had the potential to alienate large groups of potential supporters from the cause or idea at hand.

3) Acted like dysfunctional idiots in public in dialogue about the issue, so that opponents had an easy target for a guilt by association fallacy (e.g. "look at the screwups pushing that agenda").

4) Resorted to ad hominem attacks when they should have been arguing the point.

I'll admit that I am a little more prone to https://xkcd.com/386 than I probably ought to be.  I have this romantic vision of the internet as a place where ideas collide and the best ideas become obvious.  I don't get frustrated when people who are wrong sound like idiots, or argue badly enough to be self-defeating...this is IMHO how it's supposed to work.  Idea Darwinism or something like that.  I'm really tired of people who are, in general, right doing it though.
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+Gary Myers you'll note that I never said anything about being annoyed with compelling arguments, regardless of what position they take.
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We're big fans of math in my house, and Wolfram Alpha in particular.  When my 5th grader received his first scientific calculator at the start of the year, he excitedly exclaimed "it's almost like a littler Wolfram Alpha!".

However, no matter how good something is, making it closed limits discovery.
 
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For all who were curious (or merely having difficulty reaching me), my dead phone has now been replaced.

I have mixed feelings on the new one. +Motorola Mobility​ tried to make up for the many screw-ups with the Moto Care replacement for my 1st gen #MotoX dev edition (which they ultimately couldn't replace) by giving me a new 2nd gen Moto X Pure. I'd find the hardware delightful if it weren't so big, but the software leaves much to be desired.

In any case, I should be easier to reach now.
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No, these folks http://paranoidandroid.co/ are still developing. Disclaimer: I use Cyanogen. But very much want to switch right now.
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I think that, as experts, we should regularly make mistakes - very public mistakes. That way people don't get lulled into the idea that we can't. Linus has been doing it for years and it seems to be working for him.
— Neil Brown

http://lwn.net/Articles/645410/
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So, let's take a tool meant only for use as a last resort in life-critical applications, when everything else has already failed, and add as many new failure modes as possible.  We should do it while making the tool less accessible for the people most likely to need it, who already face the most barriers to taking advantage of it.  While we're at it, let's ensure that criminals can easily circumvent the mechanism of these failure modes so that only protective, not aggressive, applications are impacted.  That won't get good people killed.

Yep, that's California.
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Given that that is California, the bill's passage is a foregone conclusion.

Yet one more reason I refuse to even consider living there.
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If we're afraid of artificial intelligence and robots taking our jobs, stop education assessed by tests that an AI could pass.
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+Oliver Salzburg "Barbie ruined my life by making me demand to be an anatomically incorrect bubblehead" argument doesn't hold much water given that toys and cartoons for boys are just as ridiculous.

I've never seen anyone look at a man who utterly fails at life and say "if only his toys had all been boringly realistic, he might have had a chance".  Yet, we keep fretting over the women who fail at life as if any tiny thing -- a cartoon, or a game, or a single sideways comment -- could have ruined them in girlhood.

Maybe if we just quit teaching girls that females are that pathetic, life would be better.
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I spend my time hacking, parenting, working out, backpacking, training in martial arts, playing with fountain pens, writing, teaching, boardgaming, and handling emergencies.  I'm a storyteller and a maker, an armchair psychologist and neophile.

I tried being normal, and it didn't really work for me, so now I do this instead.

I have a fetish for competence.
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I know how to: weave a basket, kill a man from horseback, raise a child, shoot a pistol, save a life (in some limited fashion), swim, throw someone twice my size, speak persuasively, make a candle, weave a rug, sew a quilt, raise livestock, grow crops, write computer code, break things, fix things, swing dance, cook, argue intelligently, try things I'm scared of, and make inappropriately long lists. Also, my 11-year-old son usually admits that we're related, and once called me "the cool mom".
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I've loved working with Mitch at Bodyfit. Unlike others I've tried, he really took the time to get to know my needs and goals instead of just shoving me into a convenient template. He's always watching, correcting, and tweaking to help me get every last possible drop of benefit from my work-outs. He takes the time to follow up between sessions to see how things are working. I'm roughly a month in, and my progress in building muscle, shedding fat, and simply *moving better* has come in much, much faster than it did under my previous workout routine. Edited to add: It's been about a year now, and I'm still training with Mitch. He's seen me through two injuries (one from martial arts, another from search-and-rescue drill, none from my workouts), work/family chaos, medical stuff...all without the kinds of backslides I used to have when life got crazy. When I'm not up to 100%, he always comes up with things for me to do that are challenging *right now* and keep me going. When I'm mysteriously having that 110% day, he jumps on it and gets me working harder to milk it for all it's worth.
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