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The FISA court represents a major constitutional crisis for our country, one which is going largely unnoticed by the public. By the EFF's account, the NSA's dragnet domestic surveillance can now be mined by the FBI to target U.S. citizens who are residing in the country, without a warrant, for any crime. And basically no one can appeal:

"[A] November 2015 ruling ... was unsealed this week. ... The ruling confirms that NSA's warrantless spying has been formally approved for use in general criminal investigations. The national security justification has been entirely blown.

That's because the secret court, over the objection of its hand-selected amicus, determined that once information is collected by the NSA for 'foreign intelligence' purposes under section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, that information can be searched by the FBI for regular criminal investigations without any need for a warrant or prior court oversight.

... Section 702 is the law that the government uses to conduct two massive NSA programs: access to communications as they travel the Internet backbone (called Upstream) and access to communications stored with service providers like Google and Facebook (called Prism).

According to this ruling, communications like email and Facebook posts collected by the government under the broad authority of section 702 that the FBI has access to—including all 'raw' Prism data—can be mined for any 'evidence of a crime' and used against you, even if you're inside the United States.

... This FISC decision is flawed for all of these reasons. But we won't get a chance to present those flaws to the court of appeals, much less the US Supreme Court, because in cases before the secret surveillance court only the government, not the amicus (or those of us whose communications are swept up in these massive programs) is allowed to appeal."
Defenders of the NSA's mass spying have lost an important talking point: that the erosion of our privacy and associational rights is justified given the focus of surveillance efforts on combating terrorism and protecting the national security. That argument has always been dubious for a number of reasons. But after a November 2015 ruling [.pdf] by the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) was unsealed this week, it's lost anoth...
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Yeah how is this a constitutional crisis exactly-- because now it can affect white people? White people think now there's a constitutional crisis that now maybe they're not going to keep being completely uncontrolled like they're used to-- meanwhile in Yemen the drones hover, and Black people are still picking cotton for free in Texas. Maybe you could have felt the crisis a little earlier if your thermometer went a little deeper.
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Google+ is nearly five years old and it's still a Herculean effort to figure out who freakin' +1'd something.
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Maybe Google can plaster this site with ads just like facebook too!
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One should not multiply mystery thriller novels entitled "Occam's Razor" beyond necessity.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is_s?k=occams+razor
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is_s?k=ockhams+razor
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A couple of years ago +Steffen Meschkat & me formulated a certain algorithm on Google's Knowledge Graph as a giant matrix multiplication on the space of "entities", as the nodes in this graph were known. It didn't work very well b/c as it turned out we were multiplying the entities beyond necessity. 
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Many of the genes in this "minimal genome" are in human DNA also, yet we don't understand what they do. Now controlled experiments can be done on the basic genetic prerequisites of cellular life.

"Known as Syn 3.0, the new [synthetic] organism has a genome whittled down to the bare essentials needed to survive and reproduce, just 473 genes. ... The microbe’s streamlined genetic structure excites evolutionary biologists and biotechnologists, who anticipate adding genes back to it one by one to study their effects."
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Mind blown: I just discovered I have aphantasia. Or rather, I just discovered most of y'all don't have it.  j.mp/AphantasiaBR
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A history of Einstein's reconciliation with mathematical simplicity [pdf]
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"Your chain of reasoning is so wonderfully self-contained. The deduction of the dimension number 4 impressed me very much as well. The decomposition of your invariant of 'weight' zero is also very striking. Except for the agreement with reality, it is in any case a grand intellectual achievement."

--Einstein to Weyl
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The fundamental questions of the future will be profound, sophisticated, and difficult to answer. And the great projects of the future will be grand indeed.
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An interesting if depressing perspective on hopes for the GOP regaining any respectability:

"[The] recent Republican electoral successes ... rest less on effective governance than on attacking government, and especially the occupant of the Oval Office. Think back to 2008. George W. Bush’s exit was humiliating. The party’s approval ratings had fallen to modern lows. The verdict was clear: The Republican Party had to change or die. Only it didn’t do either. Rather than reform and moderation, the party started a campaign of confrontation and obstruction of the new administration.

Two years later that strategy paid off. In a midterm election President Obama called a 'shellacking,' Republicans gained more seats in the House of Representatives than any party had since 1938. In short, the modern Republican Party is a rags-and-riches story.

... More and more, [the G.O.P.] feeds on the failure of its presidential standard-bearers. ... They are not trying to win by losing. But they are doing just that, and this tells us a lot about how the contemporary Republican Party works.

Republicans excel at generating and then exploiting hostility to government, and thrive on being in opposition, especially to presidents. Almost without fail, recent presidential losses were followed by a 'backlash' election — in 1994, 2010 and 2014 — in which the G.O.P. swept to victories in Congress and statehouses."
Republicans have turned presidential defeat into political power in Congress and elsewhere.
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Hmm... I don't know. All these can be seen as Dems sitting out the midterm.
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  • SpaceX
    Flight Software Development Engineer, 2012 - 2014
    Ran the telemetry database for a while. Then worked on GNC flight software.
  • Google
    Software Engineer / Site Reliability Engineer, 2010 - 2012
  • Amazon.com
    Software Development Engineer, EC2, 2009 - 2010
  • Mountain Laurel Sudbury School
    Staff Member, 2004 - 2009
  • Going.com
    Software Engineer, 2006 - 2008
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Interests: space colonization, Go (the board game), Lisp, AI, economics, non-coercive education, bitcoin, free speech.

Heroes: A.S. Neill, A.M. Turing, R.P. Feynman, S.P. Jobs.
Education
  • Greenwood Sudbury School
    2002 - 2003
  • Sudbury Valley School
    1999 - 2000
  • Commonwealth School
    1998 - 1999