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James Reffell
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I will and I am. :) I think skin diseases are the worst for me -- the surgery pics caught me by surprise but I might actually look at them with advance warning. Skin diseases ... never.
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No technical change by Google has made me angrier than them ceasing to pass active queries from Search to News.
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[update] It all becomes clear! The plan was to do away with the top nav, and I was hitting a weird intermediate stage where changes to News had been made but not the rest of Search. I'm not sure what I think of the new Search design and general Google IA changes, but it does at least feel like a unified system again.
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Randomly. It's Rachid fucking Taha and if he doesn't make you belly dance at your stand up work station your soul is dead.
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Maggie needs to see this, I think.
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Good reading on cognition & the dangers of relying on confidence.
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Hoo boy. I think reading this article right now would only be bad for me.
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This is probably the best article on securing yourself on the web from an educated layperson's perspective I've read. Starts with a story of being hacked, ends with practical advice for normal people. The middle, which includes talking to Google's security team, is the fun part.

Only quibble is it recommends Lastpass as a password manager, which is fine, but discerning & tasteful people will know to use UsableLogin (www.usable.com) instead. ;)

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/11/hacked/8673/
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argh, need to work on that
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"Instead, how might the world change if we abstracted the bank? Surely the same technological infrastructure that rearranged the face of journalism is available for banking. Certainly that world is ripe for a takeover. If a situation is grim and unchanging, one thing technology can do is help you take things into your own hands. You don’t like Dan Rather’s reporting, you go fact check it. You don’t like the way banks are shaping the financial world in which you exist, you set up something better. I wonder who’s working on this problem."
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I doubt it would be a direct competitor. After all, there were all sorts of institutions built up around journalism, including some preferential treatment by government -- none of which meant diddly-squat when Craigslist ate their lunch in the end, since it was in a different business ...
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Mediawiki people!

Any basic tips on securing a Mediawiki install? I'm setting something up, and I have this vague feeling there are sensible things I should do to keep it secure, keep spammers out, etc., but I don't know what these are. Any pointers while I slowly make my way through documentation?
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http://www.akadia.com/services/ssh_test_certificate.html

Easy peasy lemon squeezy. (Ignore incorrect "ssh" in url)
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For +gen evieve and +Tom Nielsen
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That is hilarious and ridiculous.
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"But now if someone asks me whether an important policy and regulatory issue can be replicated in a virtual world, I can say that some players replicated energy market manipulation just for kicks."

I really should be playing Eve Online. But I suspect it's more fun reading about it.
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I really got into Eve a couple years back as a way to hang out with my brother. But it's more like a job than a game. I eventually stopped play when I got ganked and there was no game mechanic to "get even". Single most negative 5 minute experience I've ever had gaming.

Anyway, if you like the Enron-like market story you'll probably enjoy this article. Eve has two enteries (#7 & #1).

NSFW:

The 7 Biggest Dick Moves in the History of Online Gaming
http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-7-biggest-dick-moves-in-history-online-gaming/?wa_user1=1&wa_user2=Tech&wa_user3=blog&wa_user4=popular
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Proposed new metric for business success: how much hacked accounts for your site go for in the underground market.

The metric nicely combines the economic value of the account + the site's security practices.

(Only $0.50 PayPal? Get moving!)
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Good news day!
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Cool article. I am particularly happy about this paragraph,

"A third peacemaker has been cosmopolitanism—the expansion of people's parochial little worlds through literacy, mobility, education, science, history, journalism and mass media. These forms of virtual reality can prompt people to take the perspective of people unlike themselves and to expand their circle of sympathy to embrace them."

I needed a little shot of hope today, James, thank you!
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