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Congrats SpaceX
 
The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday awarded billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX an $83 million contract to launch a GPS satellite, breaking the monopoly that Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) and Boeing Co (BA.N) have held on military space launches for more than a decade.
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Dangerous beyond most people's knowledge. Want to give away the keys to the financial industry? Outlaw secure encryption. Done.

Idiots.
 
"Bankston puts it more simply. “The CCOA is DOA,” he says, coining an acronym for the draft bill. But he warns that privacy activists and tech firms should be careful nonetheless not to underestimate the threat it represents. “We have to take this seriously,” he says. “If this is the level of nuance and understanding with which our policymakers are viewing technical issues we’re in a profoundly worrisome place.”"
In fact, the Burr-Feinstein bill is so bad for privacy that it may be good for privacy in the long run, say experts.
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Wow, imagine if they brought this level of nuance to the healthcare or retirement debate, or to questions about war and torture ...

[Excuse me, I'm going to go have a drink.]
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Just wanted to say:

Screw you George Lucas.

I'm especially annoyed that I can't show my kids the Star Wars that I saw when I was a kid.

You know, actually, (*&@ you, George.
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Yep, just download the originals. 
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Interesting video in how Facebook is rewarding uploaders and making video creators unhappy.
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Iv'e said it before. The TPP is fiercely anti-citizenry, pro corporate oligarchy.
 
"From a consumer rights perspective, the EFF is correct on that assessment. If you support digital rights, this agreement represents a direct assault. It strips away many protections consumers have been given and implements laws that are extremely anti-consumer. Moreover, it’s extremely difficult to see how this is a trade agreement because there’s very little about this chapter that has to do with international trade. Instead, it seems to be more of a method to import undesirable laws from an international body, circumventing the standard methods of lawmaking (namely governmental representatives of the people writing the laws). At this point, making the argument that the TPP is simply about international trade after all of this is a position that is so difficult to maintain, it borders on extreme delusion. This agreement is about lawmaking. Everything above is either mostly about lawmaking, or is exclusively about lawmaking. The laws being proposed here is about serving corporate interests behind closed doors – a departure of what democracy is all about."
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.. and guess what, but the terms in there support the people doing the TV stuff, so, of course, it likely won't be.
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Go server push!
 
Cloudflare is rolling out support for HTTP/2 server push:  http://bit.ly/1Wt0FHD - woot! Excited to see how and where the various sites will leverage it. 

To get started, check the CF blog post and then read through the Preload spec for directions on how to set the headers, available options, etc: http://w3c.github.io/preload/#server-push-http-2
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Rent-seeking is parasitism.
 
Oh my god, yes please! I want to see this so badly.

Also: the IRS has made agreements with the tax prep industry swearing to not provide free online filing services to taxpayers? Seriously?!
"Congress should be making it easier for Americans to file their taxes each year, not bowing to the interests of the tax prep industry," Warren said.
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Wait, what?? Your can file your taxes without a lawyer, accountant and an insurance? Don't you say.


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Can't say enough how wrong this is.
'I have concern about a PlayStation that my grandchildren might use.'
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Maybe the right approach is to point out that laws like these would have a negative impact on the American tech industry (but still not make it significantly harder for hypothetical terrorists to encrypt their communications).
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Congrats to SpaceX and team!
The California-based private spaceflight company has secured its first astronaut-taxi order under its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contract with NASA, agency officials announced Friday (Nov. 20).
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Wow, that is a really dumb mistake, and it is affecting public policy. Bleh.
 
This is one of those news items that hasn't gotten nearly enough coverage -- because it's the sort of thing that makes professionals go OH YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FUCKING KIDDING ME.

What happened? Back in 2005, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (a branch of the DOJ) did a study on recidivism, and found out that the rate is tremendously high: 68% of state prisoners end up back behind bars within three years of release. Once a criminal, always a criminal, they concluded -- and people have been shaping policy to match.

But a team read through it carefully, and it turns out that the BJS made a basic, bonehead, mistake in their statistical analysis. They thought they were measuring whether people who go to prison will reoffend; what they actually measured was that most people in prison, on any given day, are repeat offenders.

Which makes sense, because repeat offenders spend a lot more time in prison than one-time offenders. 

These are not the same thing. At all. It turns out that if you do the analysis right, only 30% or so of prisoners will ever re-offend, and only 11% will do so multiple times. In fact, this "once a criminal, always a criminal" rule appears to be completely false -- unless, that is, you structure policies so that anyone with a criminal conviction is treated like a permanent criminal, and so not allowed to (say) get virtually any job other than "criminal." In which case, you will in fact end up with lots of criminals.

In the post linked below, +Andreas Schou gives some of the explanation of what went wrong in the study. You can read more at the linked Slate article (http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/crime/2015/10/why_do_so_many_prisoners_end_up_back_in_prison_a_new_study_says_maybe_they.html), and even more with the paper that actually found the mistake. (http://cad.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/09/26/0011128714549655.abstract)

The most important lesson in all of this is that it's easy to make bonehead mistakes in statistics. If the statistics matter -- if you're going to use them to prescribe drugs or set public policy or something like that -- it's very important to have people check your work, repeatedly, and ask the right questions. The most important question is "have you actually measured what you think you measured," because there are all sorts of ways to screw that up. 

There's also a great new book on that subject: Alex Reinhart's Statistics Done Wrong. (http://www.statisticsdonewrong.com/) Please, if you do statistics in your daily life, read it. 
Oh. Delightful. It turns out we used cohort samples to determine the recidivism rate. Which means that we're overestimating the rate of recidivism by a… - Andreas Schou - Google+
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I'm an inventor and creator of SPDY, HTTP2, and started what is now known as QUIC.

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