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Steve Langasek
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http://www.loweringthebar.net/2015/06/tsa-successfully-passes-three-security-tests.html

But of course the government's reaction to this isn't "hey maybe we should stop wasting billions of dollars on airport security methods that invade the privacy of citizens and fail to make us any safer." No, of course not. The response is "we're spending billions of dollars on this, so we need to make sure it works."
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I guess there are also international treaties on air safety standards? At least Germany was reprimanded to fix security at busy airports by the EU. But then... Didn't the War on Drugs start because they had an agency that had nothing to do?
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IITC broken with firefox 36?

I've just upgraded from firefox 34 to firefox 36, and IITC now fails to load with the following errors on the console:

TypeError: L is not a constructor gen_dashboard.js:276:275
Security wrapper denied access to property gaUserPrefs on privileged Javascript object. Support for exposing privileged objects to untrusted content via __exposedProps_ is being gradually removed - use WebIDL bindings or Components.utils.cloneInto instead. Note that only the first denied property access from a given global object will be reported. ga.js:22:0
Error: Exposing privileged or cross-origin callable is prohibited intel:12696:14
Use of getPreventDefault() is deprecated.  Use defaultPrevented instead. intel

The security warning about _exposedProps_ is still output when IITC is disabled, so this doesn't appear to be related.

This is with IITC 0.22.0, and reproduced with greasemonkey 2.3 and 3.0beta1.  The previous version of IITC that I had installed was also showing problems, so I went looking for the 0.22.0 update and it did not fix the issue; I did not check the console to see if the errors were the same.

Is anyone else seeing this problem?
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+Steve Langasek​ Unfortunately, this will prevent the botguard code from working correctly, another try..catch around the loop won't help in this case. You'd be running Intel without botguard, which I wouldn't recommend.
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Further examples of why public judicial oversight is so crucial for a free and fair society.
 
double face palm doesn´t even start to cut it....
A music group's anti-piracy system has just sent Google the most staggeringly ridiculous DMCA notices the planet has EVER seen. If you aren't sitting down, please do so now. Remove tight clothing, open a window and get a glass of water. This one is absolutely epic.
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So eventualyl they got born as cute little babies, went to primary school, got into puberty and started behaving like assholes and maybe just maybe they went to some higher education which made them believe that they aren't dumb and now they are taking "justice" in their hands. World is going in wrong direction with all this copyright/patent/political/economical bullshit.
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I didn't even know Google had been researching climate change.  But if they've looked at the problem and determined that renewables aren't going to fix the problem, we should sit up and take notice.
 
Interesting article about what it would take to reverse climate change from a couple of Google engineers. Today's renewable energy technologies are not it. While they don't say it because there is no clear answer yet, nuclear energy may be part of the solution (along with forestation). Some more on that interpretation is here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/11/21/renewable_energy_simply_wont_work_google_renewables_engineers/
Today’s renewable energy technologies won’t save us. So what will?
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For those who read Spanish, here's an account from a Spanish doctor in Sierra Leone stating something that I haven't seen acknowledged elsewhere: the hospital worker in Spain who was infected with Ebola was vulnerable because the hospital was not using the proper protective suits for a disease of this nature.

Heads should roll for this.
 
Yo no he visto aún ninguna foto en ningún medio en España a nadie con el equipo de desinfección. 
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Señora ministra de Sanidad, con todos mis respetos, algo ha fallado y sinceramente creo que las informaciones que se están dando en los medios de comunicación en España sobre el triste y lamentable caso de la colega infect...
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Actually, having lived in Valencia for a few years, things like this should probably not surprise me.
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After passing by the Stastny Gallery repeatedly over the years on the way to/from the Oregon coast, and recognizing the name as Czech in origin, today we finally stopped in to see what it was about.

Quite a lot of nice locally made art and landscape pieces available for sale there.  Unfortunately, it seems the business is now owned by a Scientologist.

Too bad.
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It's curious that my and +Linus Torvalds 's paths only cross at the Smith Memorial Union at Portland State University. #debconf14
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Well he lives out in the 'burbs...
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The decline in vaccination rates is a hugely important social issue.  But how do we fight it?  As this article shows, not every parent who fails to vaccinate their children is a willful idiot who should be convicted of war crimes.  Many of them are genuinely struggling with a loss of trust in the institutions that are responsible for public health guidelines.  If emails from well-meaning relatives aren't enough to get fence-sitting parents to come to their senses, I guess a typically vitriolic facebook exchange about vaccination isn't going to move the needle either.  How do we reach these people, in an age of polarization and widespread distrust of institutions?

Jenny McCarthy should still be brought up before the House Unamerican Activities Committee, though.
 
Do #antivax parents have to watch their own children suffer in order to change their minds? Not quite. They changed their minds just before life taught the lesson

"Could all the in-house, independent, peer-reviewed clinical trials, research papers and studies across the globe ALL be flawed, corrupt and untrustworthy?"

#vaccination
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TBH, I would trust mainstream medicine practitioners a bit more if they based their work on current evidence instead of repeating what they were taught at school 15 years ago (or what their teachers were taught 35 years ago). Oh, and also if they were a bit more critical with what the administrators of their hospitals tell them to do when trying to maximize profits and reduce liability.
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Dear #TSA, do you remember when Congress told you to streamline the airport security screening process?

Do you mind explaining to me how an airport security restriction, in #PDX of all places, that is going to require all passengers to check in for their flights in person tomorrow, instead of being able to use on-line check in like the entire civilized world has been doing for the past decade, is compatible with this mandate?
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Security theater.
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I am thrilled at the progress Google is making with their self-driving cars. 93% of people think they're in the top 50% of drivers. Look to your left. Look to your right. Now gun it. You're a bad driver. Even if you're genuinely in the top 50%, you're still a bad driver, because you're human. We should set a high bar for self-driving cars on the road - when a human causes an accident they can be charged with a crime, and we need to be vigilant to ensure a self-driving car is held to the same standard - but we should also be glad for a change that promises to make roads safer, cheaper, and more efficient.
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Trust Matthew Inman to explain the Internet using pictures that even a career partisan politician can understand!
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∆ nailed it
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+NIA Ops , please help - attending Helios in Tacoma, my scanner is in sync but I can't interact (hack/attack/drop). Am on foot so is not a travel speed thing. Has persisted for over an hour. Ticket also submitted by email.
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Scanner working now. Don't know if you did anything, but consider the issue closed. Thanks.
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    BA in Spanish, 1996 - 2000
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