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Another reason to keep away from closed source US software!

"...two federal agents ready to to serve me with a court order requiring the installation of surveillance equipment on my company's network."

Microsoft™ also still is denying this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NSAKEY :-(
Ladar Levison: For the first time, the founder of an encrypted email startup reveals how the FBI and the US legal system made sure we don't have the right to much privacy in the first place
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My pictures from #acen2014

Didn't take as many this year but I think the ones I did were decent.
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We've significantly dropped our data rates!

To celebrate, we're randomly giving away one Nexus 5 to a person who both shares and comments on this post!

Open to customers and non-customers. Winners will be drawn and announced on Friday at 2 PM EST!
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An interesting read
 
The top tax bracket needs to be 70%. Use the money to build infrastructure.

"From that moment on, I started to see Wall Street with new eyes. I noticed the vitriol that traders directed at the government for limiting bonuses after the crash. I heard the fury in their voices at the mention of higher taxes. These traders despised anything or anyone that threatened their bonuses. Ever see what a drug addict is like when he’s used up his junk? He’ll do anything — walk 20 miles in the snow, rob a grandma — to get a fix. Wall Street was like that. In the months before bonuses were handed out, the trading floor started to feel like a neighborhood in “The Wire” when the heroin runs out."

"I’d always looked enviously at the people who earned more than I did; now, for the first time, I was embarrassed for them, and for me. I made in a single year more than my mom made her whole life. I knew that wasn’t fair; that wasn’t right. Yes, I was sharp, good with numbers. I had marketable talents. But in the end I didn’t really do anything. I was a derivatives trader, and it occurred to me the world would hardly change at all if credit derivatives ceased to exist. Not so nurse practitioners. What had seemed normal now seemed deeply distorted."
We are letting money addiction drive too much of our society.
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So, I'm back on #gnome3 because #gnome310 popped up on the non-testing Arch repos.  For the most part, the more dramatic visual changes have either been an improvement (like the tweak tool) or a side grade (like the fat window bars that incorporate more settings.)

I'm not horribly dissatisfied with the out of the box experience, but I must say that I'm eagerly awaiting a couple extensions being upgraded (particularly Advanced Sound Control)

Gnome seems to have listened to people complaining and has a specific option to allow middle-click paste to work, how it functions when turned off I do not know, as I use that feature so often I was seriously considering what I'd do if Gnome removed it as suggested they might.

As things are now, I'm liking Gnome3 still, and cautiously optimistic about where 3.12 and 3.14 will go.
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So in playing with keepass to see how it worked and how I could use it, I accidentally stumbled upon it's pasting feature. Which seems to have taken my password, automatically put it in the window below keepass, and entered it for me.

This would be fine if the window under keepass was something I was trying to enter such into and not IRC.

I suppose on the plus side, THE Allan Jude "attempted" to steal my google account, which is probably some kind of nerd badge of honor or something.
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yeah  I migrated to keepassx recently since it's compatible with keepassdroid
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My moustashe is no longer long enough to curl and stroke like some kind of olde time villian.

I have conflicting emotions about this.

And the conflicting emotions are completely unexpected.
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Okay, now this looks like a cool idea.
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Dear Google, I like your Google+ platform. Really I do! But I really don't want it in everything I do. I don't want to have to post to my g+ when I review something, and I still haven't bothered with upgrading my YouTube to link here. The whole thing just starts feeling like a hassle and it makes me less willing to deal with the things I don't like to enjoy the things I do. I already find myself spending more time in different social platforms like Diaspora just due to being overwhelmed with what all I have to avoid connecting to g+. Please make it so I don't have to post every damned thought I have here, preferably by default. 
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Helluva word there
 
Geek Fact! "Floccinaucinihilipilification" the declaration of an item being useless, is the longest non-medical term in the English language.
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Comments were the best part, but yea, that word can sod off.
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We just updated our Transparency Report, showing how many requests Google gets for information about its users. But we're not allowed to give the full story because the U.S. government says that requests under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) must be kept secret. We can tell you this: Requests have more than doubled around the world since 2009, and more than tripled in the U.S.: http://g.co/u5sp

Share this if you believe you have a right to know what our governments are up to. 
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Huzzah!
 
In as little as 5 years we could have batteries that last 30x longer, and charge up in mere seconds. Long overdue tech!
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I can only hope.
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