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The FBI's request for a backdoor to iPhones underscores point #3 from my nearly 4 year old post. We need leaders who understand technology.

Encryption is one of the most basic elements of computer technology. Here is a chance for any other country to point out how little the FBI and our government know about technology. Anyone will look smarter than the FBI by agreeing with Apple here.
My list of craziest things in the world,

- Unjustified wars that strike a similar tone with Vietnam, which was determined to have been campaigned mostly to "save face" for America because loss would've been embarrassing.  It's accepted that the government lied then, but the country forgot that this is can happen: http://www.mostdangerousman.org/

- Glass Steagall remains repealed, allowing banks to make risky investments with government backing, despite the role this played in 2008 economic collapse and a major deregulator, former Citigroup CEO, calling for it to be re-enacted: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass%E2%80%93Steagall_Act

- Lack of leaders in government with sufficient knowledge about technology.  We don't need advisors, we need leaders.  Lamar Smith almost convinced all of congress that domain blocking was a good idea until the people responded.  Also, software patents should not exist.  If I wanted to start a new dot-com, it looks like I would have to spend most money on lawyers preparing for legal battles with patent trolls over patents, which were never intended to cover software.  The word "algorithms" is banned from patent applications: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patentable_subject_matter#The_algorithm_exception_and_the_patent-eligibility_trilogy .  Yet there are many software patents granted by the USPTO.  While this hurts the US economy as we bicker among ourselves, China simply blocks the successful websites and builds its own.  Google = Baidu, QQ = Facebook, Weibo = Twitter.  We may be in a bubble again but software is definitely part of the future.  And, it is already covered by copyright.   These patent battles are getting ridiculous.  Patents were designed to protect and foster innovative ideas and the little guy.  In software, they are not innovative, they stagnate growth and protect the big guns.  Almost all software engineers are in agreement on this.  The lack of leaders who understand technology has the effect of infringing on free speech, hurts my career growth as a software engineer, and hurts America's growth.

- Lack of my ability to support a candidate who would do anything about these national issues, because the candidate does not exist in the two party system.  This is effectively taking away my right to vote.  The two party voting system rarely elects the candidate that most people would support, given more choices: The Problems with First Past the Post Voting Explained

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Heart attack grill, a real restaurant  Dr Jon with Cremated Remains .

This guy is awesome!

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I think this would be a cool thing to do if you have kids,

http://themischievousmommy.blogspot.tw/2014/09/a-collaboration-contest.html

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Ugh, the new Google Maps & its custom maps maker is slower and lacking features.  Why are they forcing me to use it to make my maps ???
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http://www.npr.org/2013/09/22/224946206/adjunct-professor-dies-destitute-then-sparks-debate   ... can we just make some new schools, cut out the administration, and pay the teachers decent salaries?

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Finally, some attention to an important topic!!  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/05/business/president-moves-to-curb-patent-suits.html?_r=0 ... "The United States patent system is vital for our economic growth, job creation and technological advance,” Mr. Leahy said. “Unfortunately, misuse of low-quality patents through patent trolling has tarnished the system’s image.”

annoyed all over again that we dont get free access to publicly funded research... screw jstor and the doj, poor aaron swartz

My list of craziest things in the world,

- Unjustified wars that strike a similar tone with Vietnam, which was determined to have been campaigned mostly to "save face" for America because loss would've been embarrassing.  It's accepted that the government lied then, but the country forgot that this is can happen: http://www.mostdangerousman.org/

- Glass Steagall remains repealed, allowing banks to make risky investments with government backing, despite the role this played in 2008 economic collapse and a major deregulator, former Citigroup CEO, calling for it to be re-enacted: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass%E2%80%93Steagall_Act

- Lack of leaders in government with sufficient knowledge about technology.  We don't need advisors, we need leaders.  Lamar Smith almost convinced all of congress that domain blocking was a good idea until the people responded.  Also, software patents should not exist.  If I wanted to start a new dot-com, it looks like I would have to spend most money on lawyers preparing for legal battles with patent trolls over patents, which were never intended to cover software.  The word "algorithms" is banned from patent applications: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patentable_subject_matter#The_algorithm_exception_and_the_patent-eligibility_trilogy .  Yet there are many software patents granted by the USPTO.  While this hurts the US economy as we bicker among ourselves, China simply blocks the successful websites and builds its own.  Google = Baidu, QQ = Facebook, Weibo = Twitter.  We may be in a bubble again but software is definitely part of the future.  And, it is already covered by copyright.   These patent battles are getting ridiculous.  Patents were designed to protect and foster innovative ideas and the little guy.  In software, they are not innovative, they stagnate growth and protect the big guns.  Almost all software engineers are in agreement on this.  The lack of leaders who understand technology has the effect of infringing on free speech, hurts my career growth as a software engineer, and hurts America's growth.

- Lack of my ability to support a candidate who would do anything about these national issues, because the candidate does not exist in the two party system.  This is effectively taking away my right to vote.  The two party voting system rarely elects the candidate that most people would support, given more choices: The Problems with First Past the Post Voting Explained

The only reason it bothers me that Facebook is down right now is I can't test whether their like buttons work on a web page I was asked to add them to... -1 facebook
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