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Tomas Szalay
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There was, however, one thing from which no creature comfort could shield you: the general breakdown of trust. Each day of the three years I spent in Russia nibbled away at my archetypal Brooklyn do-gooder instincts. First, of course, I stopped recycling. Waste-sorting bins occasionally appear here and there in Moscow — but, naturally, no one trusts them (“It’s a PR stunt to create a green image for the Moscow government,” declared Greenpeace Russia in response to the latest campaign), and carefully sorted recyclables are generally assumed to end up in the same landfill as toxic waste. So why try? After years of unsuccessful attempts to sign freelance contracts as an American citizen (which would mean a huge tax liability for my Russian clients), I began accepting cash. I also began handing it out — to traffic cops.

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Data mining at a glance

I spent a lot of time today with G+. Not voluntarily. Looking for switch to turn off this "recommendations" and "what's hot" spam and junk. Suddenly it was turned on automatically (don't be evil, Google?) and I couldn't locate the switch. At least in the new design and in the app, if there is one, it is well hidden. My solution: go to desktop, change the interface to "classic" and then it's just two clicks away.

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Backdoor is a bad, bad idea, even with good intentions. Microsoft screwed it up. And Apple was right in the San Bernardino case. Do not trust anyone, even yourself.

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Dáta o použití peňazí Medicareu sú verejné a dátoví analytici sa v nich môžu prehrabávať a vytvárať nové biznisy. U nás sú podobné dáta v štátnej poisťovni "obchodným tajomstvom" a NCZI... škoda reči.

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"Nurses have more to lose than doctors," cituje ma Slovak Spectator v kauze výpovedí sestier. Thx, Google Alert.

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Nielen Somálsko či Sudán. Zlyhávajúci štát máme aj v Európe.

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Komory, cechy, kartely, monopoly. Všade rovnaké.

Microsoft, you may try but you suck. Spent 1 hour trying to download new office4mac (trial expired). Although reminded I can log in with my Skype credentials, it didn't work. Lot (!!!) of other things during the one-item shopping didn't work. One hour for conversion, really?

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Zase som raz čosi napísmenkoval. O marxistoch a bankomatoch.
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