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Resharing to save this good advice :)
"I think maybe my lawyer isn't interested in my case."

Not really a question, but I'll take a stab:

Q: What should I do if I lose confidence in my attorney?

A: Dump the chump. Find a better attorney.

Q: How do I find a better attorney?

A: Start by typing up a précis of your case. It needs to fit on a single sheet of paper. You'll be tempted to throw the kitchen sink in there: don't. You're writing an executive summary, not a legal brief. Edit this précis savagely. When you're done you should have a distillation of the relevant facts.

Now hit Google Maps and enter the kind of attorney you need and phrase, "near me". For instance, for a will you'd enter "probate attorney near me". You'll get a list of attorneys. Call the first ten, tell them you're a prospective client, and ask how much they charge for an initial consultation. Many will offer the first thirty minutes free; some will charge a token amount. If any want to bill you at their normal rate, say thank you and move on.

Now that you have their rates, call the free- and low-cost ones back and ask for an appointment. In this appointment you have a secret weapon — your précis. Rather than spending 20 minutes of your half-hour explaining your case you give the attorney a single sheet of paper and they're brought up to speed in a minute or less. They may have follow-up questions but really, you should have the outline of your case presented in ten minutes or less.

Use the remaining twenty minutes to ask questions like,

* How many cases like this have you worked?
* How recently have you worked one like this?
* Do you think there are alternatives to litigation?
* How do you normally like to proceed in these cases?
* What price range are we looking at?

And feel free to ask other questions, even intrusively personal ones, like:

* Have you ever been sued for malpractice?
* Are you married?
* What's your religion?
* What are your politics?
* Do you have any kids?
* Ever been divorced?

All of these are completely appropriate. You're asking someone to represent your interests, after all; it's okay to ask questions to see whether this person's worldview is compatible with yours. Me, I have a hard time trusting attorneys who don't understand math or science, so I ask them to describe evolution, calculus, and the difference between special and general relativity. (Shockingly few can give meaningful answers.)

Sometimes attorneys will say they don't see how your questions are relevant. If they do that, smile, thank them for their time, and leave. The question is relevant to you and if they don't want to answer you're better off without them.

Once you're out of there, write down your impressions of the attorney. Don't limit it to the strictly factual. Trust your gut. Write down your impressions, your feelings.

Then, a few days later, repeat the process with another attorney. Do three a week for a few weeks, then review your notes and choose the attorney in your price range whom you have the best feeling about. Call your new attorney and ask for a sit-down.

Then — and this is very important — send polite letters to the others thanking them for their time but saying you've chosen to go with other counsel. Include kind words for their secretary. Law is a chummy profession and attorneys and secretaries talk about who in the community is nice to work for and who is a migraine headache waiting to happen. You want your name to stay on the nice side of that equation.
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I'd like to make my personal suggestion for Donation Tuesday! (Please ignore that it's Wednesday).

Check out The California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund (CaRLA)!
http://www.carlaef.org/
In contrast to the national funds people have been posting, this is very local to SF and the bay area. It directly pays for suing suburbs that take federal funds to create affordable housing and then fail to do so. The current lawsuit is against Lafayette:

"In the summer of 2015, we learned that the City of Lafayette intended to approve a housing development of 44 luxury single-family homes, instead of the originally proposed 315 apartments, which would have been affordable to moderate income earners. The California Housing Accountability Act prevents cities and towns from disapproving zoning compliant housing projects, but the law is rarely enforced. Developers prefer to maintain good relationships with city officials, so instead of engaging in expensive, time consuming litigation, they often agree to redesign their projects at lower densities, which result in fewer homes being built. In aggregate, these decisions by localities have caused a housing shortage, which is why housing is so expensive in California."

This takes money for litigation, but is very effective - as the city is clearly breaking their obligation. Help us get more housing the bay area!

If you're interesting in getting more housing, check out:
www.sfyimby.org
http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/the-yimbys-next-door
http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottbeyer/2016/11/30/nativism-is-the-thread-connecting-progressive-nimbys-with-donald-trump

Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer - I volunteer with the YIMBY group.
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Full article of Dieter Spaar reverse engineering the BMW's remote unlock technology to, well, unlock any BMW.  Really cool stuff.

http://www.heise.de/ct/artikel/Beemer-Open-Thyself-Security-vulnerabilities-in-BMW-s-ConnectedDrive-2540957.html
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JBox2d annoucement:  I've moved the project to Github, and I've ported the wonderful LiquidFun physics engine as well, so you get some awesome liquid particle physics now.  Check out the new project page home here: https://github.com/dmurph/jbox2d.

New release coming soon!  Other improvements:
* Better performance
* Better tests for testing perf changes
* Better drawing perf (and some other options soon)
dmurph/jbox2d
dmurph/jbox2d
github.com
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“Putin loves Russia to death,” said Alexander Zhukov, the Russian Olympic Committee President. “He also loves accountability.  If he feels the Ceremony reflects him, who knows what he’ll do to seek justice,” said Zhukov before part of a hotel ceiling crashed to the floor beside him. “All I know is Borris Avdeyev failed Russia and got what he deserved.” More of the hotel began to crumble and the interview had to be cut short. 
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"What’s striking about this debate is that no one is really wrong."
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A really interesting video about the current exploits and methods used by the NSA.  Way more in depth than I thought.
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I've been a fan of CyanogenMod for a while, it's nice to see them doing well. The mod is a necessity for any device plagued with the monstrosity of TouchWiz or similar.
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This is a petition worth signing.
Doesn’t the stuff you keep online deserve the same protection as the stuff you keep offline? Under a law called ECPA, government agencies in the U.S. can see what you’ve written and stored online without a warrant. Sign this petition to the White House and tell the government to get a warrant!
http://goo.gl/ecAjrS 
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"Why are competitors to Google even being asked what Google must do, let alone being allowed to have a part in policy making? Either Google has broken the law in which case a remedy is obvious or it hasn’t in which there is no case to answer."
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