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With the news that PGP is one of the things that is still tough for the NSA, now is a great time to donate to GnuPG, which I just did.

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A few Ableton engineers were profiled in Wired, iirc, about a decade ago. I've been unable to find it. They were already doing mind- (and beat-) warping stuff then and continue today.

There's other hardware, and other DAWs, that can do similar things. Beyond looking cool, I'd still put money on Push and the latest from Ableton rise above the competition.


Edmund's got a good point here. tl;dr we love to say "it's not my fault."

“This is the excellent foppery of the world, that,
when we are sick in fortune -- often the surfeit
of our own behavior -- we make guilty of our
disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars: as
if we were villains by necessity; fools by
heavenly compulsion; knaves, thieves, and
treachers by spherical predominance; drunkards,
liars, and adulterers by an enforced obedience of
planetary influence; and all that we are evil in
by a divine thrusting on: an admirable evasion
of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish
disposition to the charge of a star.”
― Edmund the (utter and complete) bastard, King Lear

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funded by taxpayers and/but/yet making a profit

“EPB offers faster Internet speeds for the money, and shows equal pep in both uploading and downloading content, with Comcast and AT&T trailing on quickness.” Meanwhile, EPB officials tell the Washington Post that the utility’s telecom services have become “a great profit center” — an assertion confirmed by a Standard & Poor credit upgrade notice pointing out that the utility “is now covering all costs from telephone, video and Internet revenue, as well as providing significant financial benefit to the electric system.”

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The military has not been pleased with SpaceX’s suit or CEO Elon Musk’s harsh public statements, ... “Generally, the person you’re going to do business with you don’t sue"

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I do hope the F-35 will fly and approach their potential. The Marines, Navy, and Air Force are, too. Also, the U.K., Italy, the Netherlands, Turkey, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Norway, Israel, Japan, and South Korea.

The track record to date is bad. And is this calculus business as usual?

"Lockheed has carefully hired suppliers and subcontractors in almost every state to ensure that virtually all senators and members of Congress have a stake in keeping the program -- and the jobs it has created -- in place."

Probably -- it's effective at this scale.


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A redesign and paywall all-around for The New Yorker.

They're making it more mobile-friendly, making content more-cleanly presented and simple to discover, and they're moving to WordPress. The expectation is to drive print and digital subs while they continue to hone their digital voice.

TNY's David Remnick says it's a challenge 'creating online content distinct from the print magazine, “but I don’t mean the word ‘challenge’ in the way that it’s used in the business world as a cliché for disaster. I mean it in the original sense of the word.”'

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Teriffic



"This kind of conflict will be fought by spies, commandos, hackers, dupes, and mercenaries -- exactly the kind of operatives at the GRU's disposal."
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"NATO and the West still have no effective response to this development. NATO, a military alliance built to respond to direct and overt aggression, has already found itself at a loss"

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Musk puts on a show and delivers the goods. "The new vehicle is based on a design that has already delivered supplies to the ISS autonomously several times." Ass-kickery -

qz.com/219492/spacex-shows-washington-its-non-russian-trampoline-into-orbit/
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