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Just had an app yanked from #GooglePlay for an alleged content policy violation.  It appears to be an error, as the app complies with the policy that was cited.  The app has been on #Google Play for 2 and 1/2 years, and I was given no prior notice.  #DontBeEvil
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Situation resolved.

Postmortem:  Google did respond quickly.  They agreed that the app's behavior did not violate their policy.  However, they stated that they were "unable to verify" that the behavior was correct (by some automated tool?)  I removed the secondary feature that caused their concern, and the app is back up.

They thought I was processing some payments outside of Google Play, and stiffing them on their 30% cut.  All they needed to do to verify that the behavior was correct was to open the app, press on the setting, and observe that they were connected to Google's payment processing.  #TotalIncompetence
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Wow...
Superfish may make it trivial for attackers to spoof any HTTPS website.
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It makes you wonder if there isn't more of a back story. Who was it that paid Lenovo to put malware on their pcs, and why did they say yes?
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Security advice from Google: Just obfuscate it a little bit - they won't figure it out:

Security Recommendation: It is highly recommended that you do not hard-code the exact public license key string value as provided by Google Play. Instead, you can construct the whole public license key string at runtime from substrings...
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For a long time, I have held that global warming, like acid rain, the ozone hole, and the year 2000 computer bug, is more interesting as a sociological phenomenon than as a climatological one.  Still, it is good to have some metric for evaluating the accuracy of global warming predictions.  Are climatologists better at predicting the future than the weather man?

I took the 1988 climate forecast from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (Hansen, et al.), and compared it with the actual data from the the Goddard center for the same period.  Temperatures did rise over the period, but by only a third as much as the researchers had predicted.

My comparison is the product of 15 minutes of work at the computer, and not a scientific survey of all past climate forecasts.  Still, it leaves a few questions: Are newer forecasts more accurate?  Does the pressure to produce dramatic results influence the scientific process?  What level of reliability should we ascribe to contemporary forecasts?  What are your thoughts?
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Because I was in the same lane as the pre-check customers, the TSA lady threw my shoes on the ground and told me to put them back on. #everythingsbetterwithgovernment
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Here are some photo spheres from Spain!
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I just released a new e-book app.  Try it out and let me know what you think!
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Authors: Razvan Barbulescu (INRIA Nancy - Grand Est / LORIA), Pierrick Gaudry (INRIA Nancy - Grand Est / LORIA), Antoine Joux (PRISM), Emmanuel Thomé (INRIA Nancy - Grand Est / LORIA). (Submitted on 18 Jun 2013 (v1), last revised 26 Nov 2013 (this version, v2)). Abstract: In the present work, ...
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Square is announcing an acquisition today--BookFresh. BookFresh is an online scheduling service aimed at small business owners. We've described it as an..
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Danielle and I will be doing an experiment - trying to eat for a week on a food stamp budget.  We'll be documenting it on YouTube.  Check out our channel to see how we are doing!
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Starting today, the LibriVox AudioBooks App now provides access to hundreds of books from podiobooks.com.  These modern books are shared by their authors and are freely available to everyone!  Find them in the "New" section of the Android app, or on the website.
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  • Rice University
    Computer Science, 2012 - present
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Computer Science
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
    Architecture
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Doctoral Student, Rice University
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    Director of Product Development, 2012 - present
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