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A few days ago, the Washington Post reported on a dump of 160,000 communications intercepted by the NSA, talking about the number of people being deliberately targeted versus the number of people incidentally monitored, the intimacy of the conversations and images captured, and so on.

Today, they did something even better, which I wish newspapers would do more often: reported Bart Gellman goes into great detail about how the story was reported, how editorial and phrasing decisions were made, and exactly what was behind the story. It's long, but if you want to understand how things like this are reported on by a careful journalist, this is a great read.
Reporter Bart Gellman answers readers’ questions about his most recent surveillance story.
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While most people take for granted that dual-parent households usually have more resources to deal with life’s challenges than single parents, why stop there? By forming a household with friends who share our values, we realized we could build an even stronger system of support than we would have in separate homes. The model is not even new; it’s an echo of raising children with the support of an extended family, but with less drama, I expect.
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Why my partner and I decided to buy a house with our friends, share our space and our lives, and all make a family together
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I'm pretty sure my daughter would think it was the coolest thing on earth to have friends living with us. Too bad our house is the size of a postage stamp.
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Not too shabby.
A new report estimates millions of Americans have enrolled in health insurance
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You forgot to froth about Benghazi, +Ron Echeverri. Losing your touch there....
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The evidence suggests that shareholders do not bear the bulk of the tax, but instead it's the workers who face three-quarters of the burden
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Presumably it'd just get taxed in the hands of whoever holds it when the tax period ends, +David Hixson.  I suppose you'd have to tax flows out of country (and credit inflows?), too.
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Since I was so happy with this slide myself and several people expressed their appreciation for it. Here's a full resolution version. The TLS obstacle course.
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"the best part about bitcoins is that you get to watch libertarians slowly discover why financial regulations exist to begin with"

(quote stolen from a friend's twitter feed)
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The [Canadian] Conservative government is examining a whole new business model to effectively buy, sell and use the time and skills of federal employees: Meet the BURO-crat. [...]

The three-year pilot project is based on a model called “The Buro,” which the government explains is “like the Euro for bureaucrats,” according to a presentation deck prepared for the federal government’s deputy ministers’ committee on policy innovation.
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The Conservative government is examining a whole new business model to effectively buy, sell and use the time and skills of federal employees: meet the BURO-crat.
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It’s important to find out if things will scale no matter what it is you’re discussing. No one even really knows what that means, but it’s a good catch-all question that generally applies and drives engineers nuts.
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Here are my ten favorite tricks for quickly appearing smart during meetings.
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“The true fault lies with the authors of the venerable JDBC API, and with every maintainer since,” said the master. “They gave the monk a well-used rowboat, with sturdy oars already mounted in the oarlocks. Shall we doom him merely for not noticing that the left oar was too short? No... the dunking he receives when the boat spins in the rapids will suffice.”
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