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One of those favorite games of mine that nobody will play with me.
Happy birthday, Nomic

This month is the 30th anniversary of Nomic, the game of self-modifying rules which I invented in law school and which Douglas Hofstadter published in his June 1982 column in Scientific American.

I wanted to write some kind of retrospective essay on Nomic's 25th anniversary in 2007. For example, I would have talked about how people used Nomic to stimulate artistic creativity, simulate the circulation of money, structure group therapy sessions, train managers, and teach public speaking, legal reasoning, and legislative drafting. I would have talked about the many more people who simply played for fun, including the weird kind of rule-twisting fun dear to programmers, logicians, and lawyers. But I was overstretched and couldn't write it. 

Then I hoped to write the essay on Nomic's 30th anniversary. I would have talked about the difference between "legislation" Nomics and "constitutional convention" Nomics. I would have talked about how some Nomic games send ambassadors to other Nomic games, form federations, and play Meta-Nomic. I would have talked about Nomic revolutions, Nomic coups, and Nomic restorations of popular, player sovereignty. I would have talked about the novel based on a deadly game of Nomic, and the many ideas for Nomic-based TV game shows. I would have talked about a real-life groups using Nomic as their governing charter, including a hippie commune and a Yugoslavian government in exile. Finally, I would have talked about the surprisingly interesting peer-reviewed research on Nomic and some questions in logic, computer science, law, and political philosophy inspired by Nomic. But again I'm overstretched and don't have time to write it.

I'm pretty sure that I'll never write that essay now. I'm running out of round-number anniversaries. But I didn't want to miss this chance to blog a happy birthday to Nomic. 

#nomic #selfref #selfmod  

I am reporting a privacy issue with Google Two-Step Verification to Google through their website. Here is a copy of the report.

“Sometimes Google Two-Step Verification fails to provide Caller ID when delivering codes by phone. When this occurs, the code is not delivered to Google Voice users of call screening.

“Please eliminate this inconsistency in favor of always providing caller ID. Caller ID is necessary for compatibility with Google Voice call screening. Call screening is an important privacy feature.

“I receive my verification calls by phone. Beginning maybe in February,  the call that I received would occasionally have no caller ID (“unknown caller”). When I answered such calls, the other end was silent. No code was read to me. When this occurred, I would have to log in again to get a new call, or enter a bogus verification code several times to force the system to call again with a new code.

“Investigation identified lack of caller ID as the root cause of the problem. The lack of caller ID meant that the call was delayed in Google Voice's call screening process. By the time the call got to me, the verification code had already been read.

“The problem has been intermittent because some calls provide caller ID and some do not. However, it is happening much more often now than it did in February. I fear that as Google rolls out new voice call servers it is configuring them to call without Caller ID, and that ultimately it will be impossible to use Two-Step Verification with Google Voice call screening.”

+Nishit Shah 
+Sara Sinclair Brody 
+Adam Mein 
+Alma Whitten 

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Hey, Fixer! No Fixing! #irony
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