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Steve Langasek
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In response to R.A. Aldridge's post (https://plus.google.com/+RAAldridge/posts/EQMxhHda8hb):

Threats of violence, and continuous campaigns of in-game harassment against players - of either faction - are not a matter of differing tastes in humor. These behaviors are not tolerated by the PDX Metro Resistance team.

We expect our agents to abide by the Ingress TOS and Community Guidelines. All players on both sides have a right to expect their players to play by these rules. Those who do are welcome in our community. Those who do not, are not.

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Brought to you by the political party who says they want to keep government out of our lives... A bill to create a "public-private partnership" to snoop on your life.

Snuck into a funding bill.

So just another day on Capitol Hill then.
 
The privacy-mangling CISA bill will likely now be passed into law without debate, as a part of a larger piece of budget legislation.
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I am a conservative too and this makes me mad.
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Clever insight about the design of modern digital cameras, obvious in retrospect.

I'm not sure I need camera wallpaper, though.
Jeffrey Bausch originally shared to Makers, hackers, artists & engineers (➥ How-tos & learning):
 
How can FlatCam capture a picture without a lens?

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How can FlatCam capture a picture without a lens? - Electronic Produtcs
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Had not heard of Algebraic Eraser before, but cryptographically vulnerable pacemakers don't sound like a good thing to me.
 
Why Algebraic Eraser may be the riskiest cryptosystem you’ve never heard of http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/11/why-algebraic-eraser-may-be-the-most-risky-cryptosystem-youve-never-heard-of/ …
Researchers say there's a fatal flaw in proposed "Internet of Things" standard.
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One of the comments on that story makes a good point: if the relative resources required to break this system were so high, why were they only considering using it for low power systems?  If it was actually secure, then surely it would have made sense to use everywhere.
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It's political correctness gone mad!
 
Thanks "Gathering"? TARGET TRYING TO TAKE THE CHRIST OUT OF THANKSGIVING 
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keep going.... will get there!
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Wow, thanks Iowa! For Christmas you got me a summer storm, complete with tornado warning? You really didn't have to go to all that trouble.
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Er, I mean in Nature's wrath. Yeah... o_O <_< >_> ducks out stage right

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I found this to be an interesting read, most particularly because of how long it took me to spot the error.

--- (spoilers below) ---

You have a description of a suspect wearing a knit hat and a puffy coat.

In Massachusetts.

In winter.

If you had a white suspect, the police wouldn't have been satisfied with such an incomplete description, nor would the witness have stopped there in offering a description, because they would know it would be useless for locating the suspect.

But because the suspect is black - a minority other - everyone is lazy. What color is the hat? What color is the coat? Apparently the only color that matters is the skin color, just look for the Black guy who's dressed appropriately for the weather, you'll know him when you see him.

That's how insidious, and invisible, bias is.

Compounding this error is the fact that, from what I can tell, attempted breaking and entering is not actually a crime in Massachusetts (though obviously B&E is; as is attempted burglary, which requires that it be a nighttime attempt); so if what has been reported is not a crime, there can't be reasonable suspicion; so why are the police stopping citizens on the street?

Finally, ask yourself: if someone matching a vague description of a white B&E suspect identified himself as a professor at a nearby college, how many cops do you suppose he would have to go through before one of them would have to let him off the hook? Do you think they would have had to wait for the detective, or do you think one of the beat cops would have relied on his own judgement and let the professor go?
This is what Steve Locke wore to work today. He was stopped by the police because of it.
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Not to mention in the first line of the post...the description given does not include skin color. 
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Marco Rubio says opaque, extra-judicial no-fly list with no right of appeal is inappropriate to use for blocking gun purchases because of inaccuracies; doesn't appear bothered by the unconstitutional restrictions on freedom of travel that result from using it as a no- fly list.
U.S. strategy needs to be updated to fight the Islamic State, she said Sunday.
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Touchè !
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Signal boost.

These kinds of scenarios don't require anyone involved to have acted with bad intentions.  Likewise, fixing them requires more than good intentions; it requires us to take a serious look at the powers we're entrusting our police with and the training they're getting on how to use those powers.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/11/18/my-white-neighbor-thought-i-was-breaking-into-my-own-apartment-nineteen-cops-showed-up/?tid=ss_tw
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Muslims, be careful out there. People are scared and when they're scared they get even dumber than usual. If you want to be treated like a citizen of a free country, don't engage in any stereotypically extremist behaviors - like watching the news on your smartphone!
Four people were removed from a Chicago-bound flight in Baltimore Tuesday morning, and the plane delayed for three hours, after a woman became suspicious of a man who appeared to be of Middle Eastern descent and who was watching the news on his phone, according to authorities and several passengers.
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flying while middle eastern is a terrible crime.
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This and a 3D printer...
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Master the commutative property of multiplication in 3rd grade and optimize your work? Bzzt. No child gets ahead.
The web has kicked up a storm after a child was marked as incorrect for saying "5+5+5=15"on a grade school math test. The question simply asked to use repeated addition to solve 5x3. The math question is a typical question set by the Common Core for third graders. However, under the guidelines for the Common Core, you supposed to understand 5x3 as “five groups of three” not “three groups of five.” The child was then marked down again for drawing ...
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The kneejerk reaction is to blame common core, which is a mistake, IMO. The teacher blew it. A simple note along the lines of, "Great job! Also note, 3+3+3+3+3 = 15 :)" would have been perfect.
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  • Iowa State University
    BA in Spanish, 1996 - 2000
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    Ubuntu Foundations Engineering Manager, present
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