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Karl Auerbach
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Here's yet another nail in the coffin that contains the body of democracy in governance of the internet.

There is no doubt that this is an election by "relevant stakeholders" of a "relevant stakeholder" - which means that you or I won't have a shadow of a whimper of a voice in the running of the internet.

ICANN, one of the sponsors of this farce, is already costing internet users over a $billion a year in unjustified,fiat, monopoly prices for domain names.

There's lots of talk about net neutrality - but how can that ever happen when the system through which the net is regulated founded on a system of rule by those who have a very direct financial stake in the decisions being made?
GIGA is co-sponsored by ICANN,the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee and the World Economic Forum to provide a platform for the discussion of Internet governance solutions.
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Aggravated Yogis...

But beyond the image of yoga people getting agitated and fighting over poses, this does once again remind me that we have lost track that the purpose of copyright in the US is to promote future creativity.
Over the past decade, the Copyright Office has issued hundreds of yoga-related copyrights for books, videos, and the like —protecting…
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+Robert Edmonds - We should all be very scared of the implications of the Oracle claim over Java APIs.  I think that Oracle's claim is absurd, but then again I write code and most judges don't.
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Now that the Leap Second of 2015 has happened should I feel one second older or one second younger?
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Just use TAI to eliminate the confusion :)
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Making a bug a feature...

Today I got some new SD cards for my camera.  I tend to use the Transcend 64GB U-3-I ones.

And on the package they have a blazing "MLC inside".  MLC is not a feature, it is a bug.    I go out of my way to buy SLC flash memory for my products.
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+Karl Auerbach You're probably right. The improvement from C4 to C10 was very apparent but I think I'm near the USB limit now. I'll know in a few days.
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A piece from tonight's performance at the Mandolin Symposium.

In total the two evenings ran more than 6, almost 7, hours!!  That's a serious lot of music.

This time I used a monopod, but still used the camera microphones.  I shot this in 2K rather than 4K, but at 60fps rather than 30.
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That clip made me feel like I needed a glass of kosher wine and to be at a jewish wedding!
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Here's a tune from last nights mid-week performance at the Mandolin Symposium.  Remember, there's another show this coming Friday!

I had to leave about 3 hours into the show - it was still going strong.

(Sorry about the wobbling and iffy-sound; I was experimenting with hand holding a 200mm lens and using the camera microphones rather than an on-stage mic.  In addition, I got bumped about 30second in.)

This was shot with a Panasonic Lumix GH4 in 4K/30fps mode with a 35-100mm f2.8 lens.  Micro four-thirds lenses get about twice the range per mm than full frame lenses.
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No longer....  The Santa Clara Valley used to be known as the "Valley of the Hearts Delight" from when it was covered with fruit orchards.  Now it is freeways and buildings and houses (that remind me of the San Fernando valley in LA.)
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Yes, I remember when Orange County was all orange groves. When you drove to Disneyland from LA in the 1950s , the Santa Ana Freeway was just two lanes in each direction with trains running alongside the highway. The first glimpse you'd see of Disneyland was the tip of the Matterhorn above all the endless orange trees. 
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Seems like a good idea to me ... the old name for the rainbow tunnels was the "Waldo Tunnels", and the obvious question was "Who's Waldo?"
The rainbow-adorned portal into and out of Marin will soon bear a new name: the Robin Williams Tunnel.
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Anti-democracy++:

The old anti-democracy word was "stakeholder", then it became "multi stakeholder".

And now it is "relevant stakeholder".

Which is, to put it into plain words, a system of governance in which those in power decide who gets to remain in power and who gets to sit outside.

If you are a plain old user of of the internet or plain old citizen you don't rate as a "stakeholder" (or if so, you are a very diluted one).  But now even if you are recognized as having a "stake" you can still be dismissed as not being a "relevant" stakeholder.

Such is the way we are giving up our aspirations to one-person-one-vote and evolving into an oligarchy of insiders.
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Nervous?  I think that it is a great time to eliminate our national and state subsidies for religion.

Why should a group get to pay fewer taxes, or even no taxes, simply because it professes to believe in some hairy thunderer on high?

For the government to give such a favored status to those who chose religion over those who chose to not to believe is a governmental discrimination between citizens on nothing more than their beliefs.  That violates our Constitution in two ways:

First, it establishes a national church of belief in violation of the First amendment's prohibition against establishment of a church.

Second it violates the 14th Amendment's requirement that the government provide equal protection to all.  Equal protection is a complex topic, but when it comes to drawing lines and giving different treatment on the basis or religion or not, then the government must jump the highest of all the hurdles to justify that distinction.  And that jumping it has not done.

The supreme court has long said that there is no automatic exemption from taxes for religion.

I am very tired of having my tax money subsidize people who chose to believe in primitive mythology.
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+Karl Auerbach Good points, all. I was just shocked that Ruben would come out and say it at a news conference in front of God and everybody.

I have dealt with the FTB but my dealings were simple and mostly trouble free. I have heard horror stories, though. And I did get the impression that they are dinosaur-like with draconian powers and don't hesitate to use them. "Give us all your money nau!" I simply complied and wrote the checks. Lol.

Re. The IRS being used as a tool for harrassment, it's pretty well documented. Seems like every president does it. http://swampland.time.com/2013/05/14/anger-over-irs-audits-of-conservatives-anchored-in-long-history-of-abuse/
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That is a mando-bass.  It's a 1915 Gibson.
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ICANN is an arm of the intellectual property protection industry.  ICANN long ago (or never) has limited itself to doing what it was created to do, but has instead been used to give the trademark and copyright protectors ever more private-made laws that sacrifice personal privacy on the alter of expansive copyright and trademark protection above and beyond anything ever enacted by any national legislature of any country.

So make you voice heard - to ICANN, to Congress - that it should not be a condition of having a domain name that one's privacy is thrown overboard.
 
Changes to Domain Name Rules Place User Privacy in Jeopardy - https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/06/changes-domain-name-rules-place-user-privacy-jeopardy evil #ICANN - we need to bin it
TG Storytime is a free community website for transgender authors, operated by Joe Six-Pack, himself a transgender author and publisher. If you look up the registration details of Joe's domain tgstorytime.com using the WHOIS application, you get this result:
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Locus ab auctoritate est infirmissimus - The argument from authority is the weakest.
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It's me, 'nuff said - how's that for hubris?
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First, and only, publicly elected director to ICANN for North America.
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  • Loyola Law School
    Law (what else at a law school?)
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Van Nuys High School - Home of the Internet
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