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Kellan Elliott-McCrea
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Happy birthday +Aidan Elliott-McCrea !  
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former uranium enrichment facility of the Manhattan Project, largest building in the world at the time
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I'm doing "office hours" next Thur in SF at Homestead. Which means I'll be there from 6pm on, and I'd love to see you.
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Anyone have a script for backing up Google Reader stars and shared items? Bonus points if it syncs to pinboard!
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In their blog post they claimed it was coming to export (implicitly this past week), so I was/am tempted to wait for that to show up.
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That's why we will also be extending Reader's subscription export feature to include the following items. Your data belongs to you, after all, and we want to make sure you can take it with you.
- Your subscriptions
- Your shared items
- Your friends
- Your likes
- Your starred items
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source: http://googlereader.blogspot.com/2011/10/upcoming-changes-to-reader-new-look-new.html
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Jerome the lobbyist angle is an interesting one but not substantively difference then the situation we have currently. (i.e. it's a wash)

I'm actually not at all worried that interested parties could overfund stories, the concern is reporting bodies being captured by a funding source.

If an interested party consistently overfunds a class of stories, you'll eventually staff up to support that interest, now you're dependent an institutional funding stream, this is how capture happens over and over again in the non-profit world.

In the non-profit world you address those concerns by being a membership organization, which is what folks like http://www.mediacoop.ca/ are trying to do
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At yoga yesterday, our teacher was talking about mindfulness as quieting the minds chatter through a practice of action.

Coding has a lot in common with that. I think I'm going to start answering, "Yes", to the (admittedly rare) question of, "Do you meditate?"
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Ooh, I see it now, tho oddly on mobile street view it didn't show up, weird.
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I helped a friend reverse engineer the API of a University Bus System Android app in much the same way. Cool stuff!
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Although I have dabbled in plenty... really mostly just maps (and facebook events from friends). Can't wait for a more adopted events system to come along and usurp that one. Google? Please?
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I wonder if the change in discourse from progress to innovation was specifically an innovation to replace the mandate of making the world a better place, with the mandate merely to make it novel -- a switch from a moral to an amoral imperative. (and the subsequent freeing associated, aka to focus on shareholder return)

(too much reading old public policy and Charlie Stross before bed)
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growth must play a role in here somewhere, no?
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I find it mildly distressing that neither you nor the BBC commented on the issue of specificity versus sensitivity (or significance versus power) --IE the distinction btw type I and type II errors. Worse is how the specificity/sensitivity curves behave in the context of a system with feedback: IE if you had perfect sensitivity, people (spammers) will immediately adapt.

Since sensitivity and specificity are related but not equal, there's actually a sort of multitiered optimization going on:
- What is the cost to a spammer of getting caught?
- What is the cost of avoiding your spam filter?
- What is the cost of catching a spammer?
- What is the cost of not catching a spammer?
- What is the cost of "catching" a non-spammer?
The native units of these are not all the same, of course, which makes your problem extra hard. Worse, they're nonhomogenous and time-varying. So at best you're solving it for today and maybe tomorrow....
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