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I actually bought x100s this week after waiting so long :) Thanks for the suggestion btw :D
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Wired provides an excellent "year in review" of the NSA stories, with an emphasis on their damage to technology companies and the internet as a public medium.

TL;DR: "Good job on nearly fucking up the most important human invention since the printing press NSA"

Some fun facts:

* Nathan Mhyrvolds, along with being a sinister patent kingpin, is also a fearmonger about terrorism and supporter of ubiquitous surveillance. Stick to recommend we cook things au jus , dude. 

* The NSA thinks the leaks are making people believe they are targets when they're not. It's not clear to me if they actually believe that straw man of their own characterization, or have failed to realize how increasingly out of touch and not in keeping with the actual facts that is.

* Ray Ozzie provides the slightly more sanitized version of my quote (also featured): 

“I was naive,” says Ray Ozzie, who as the inventor of Lotus Notes was an early industry advocate of strong encryption. “I always felt that the US was a little more pure. Our processes of getting information were upfront. There were requests, and they were narrow. But then came the awakening,” he says. “We’re just like everybody else.”

(ht to +Adam Gurri for fwding the article)
[disclaimer: as always, the opinions expressed herein are my own and not of my employer]. 

#surveillancestate   #pardonsnowden  
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It's less shocking to me that security speakers bowed out of the RSA conference, and more shocking that it's not just a big mall for vendors. Like, they have talks there still? Seriously? Who knew!
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The correct way to read "Java: Concurrency In Practice."
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The world's most deadly viruses recreated as glass sculptures http://vrge.co/1a4T2QC
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A post on the rather dismal adoption of Python 3.  It seems like there are two categories of options being presented:

1. Make it harder to use Python 2
2. Make it better to use Python 2, and in a manner closer to Python 3

I think the ultimatum approaches are bad (and more present in the comments on the article than in Alex's post).  It's a "let the beatings continue until morale improves" approach.

The whole "Python 2 is a dead end" notion was a bad approach from the beginning.  It supposes that there's some moral authority to Python 3, some intrinsic value that justifies making things harder for people.

I think Python 3 should roll back some changes, adding back some Python 2 syntax, even error-prone syntax.  Python 2 should continue to roll in Python 3 syntax and library changes.  Only when they are thoroughly blended will things move forward.  This of course is in contradiction to the entire idea of a big breaking 2->3 change, but the evidence is in, that wasn't the right path.  But that's a sunk cost, better to do the right thing now, which is gradual changes with all the necessary scaffolding to move things forward properly.  Python 2 and 3 can meet in the middle.
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