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It's my birthday!

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I went on my first run that wasn't for the purpose of "oh crap I'm going to miss the bus" type reasons in years. I apparently made it 1.3 miles. I'm overweight, but seem to have some strength, and endurance. 

The sun is making it easier to relax. 

Who designed the new google+ interface? They copied everything I don't like about pinterest.

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The Linux kernel development process could use some improvement. 
'If you tread on someone's toes, and they tell you to get off, then get off their toes. Don't tell them to "ask nicely".'

http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Tone_argument

And that's all I will comment about the PyCon incident:

http://butyoureagirl.com/14015/forking-and-dongle-jokes-dont-belong-at-tech-conferences/

The TLDR version of my comments:

Instead of bickering about whether the crass jokes justified a public name-and-shame, the conversations should move on to things like "How do we make people feel safe reporting violations of the code of conduct privately to organizers?"  This is why I posted the tone link.  We need to move away from the tone argument and look into the roots of these issues.  We need to work on how to improve our communities and conferences so incidents like this don't happen again.

I just discovered that installing the SDK broke the build system for an existing qt4 project I was working on. I'm guessing this is just qt4 -> qt5 migration pain that I was bound to face eventually, but it would be really nice to have a warning about this, and a guide. 

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Eek toxo. 
Scientists have a new theory to explain how "toxo"—a cat-born parasite—can infect humans and control their brains.

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Justice department caught in a lie.
I haven't bothered to mention the whole sad Aaron Swartz saga, because it's been covered elsewhere. 

But having the involved US attorney then basically lie about it all in a very public statement is something that I find particularly offensive. Compare these two statements - one from July 2011, one from yesterday, and tell me Carmen Ortiz isn't lying..

Yesterday (as reported by the Wall Street Journal and elsewhere):

 "At no time did this office ever seek – or ever tell Mr. Swartz’s attorneys that it intended to seek – maximum penalties under the law."

And July 2011 (as posted by justice.gov itself):

 "SWARTZ faces up to 35 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, restitution, forfeiture and a fine of up to $1 million"

Maybe that official and very public PR thing wasn't "telling Mr. Swartz’s attorneys", right?  Because in private, Ms Ortiz was probably talking about how she wanted to pay Aaron for his services, and just hug him. Right?  Anybody?

Ms Ortiz, just admit you were an ass-hat, and apologize. Instead of this kind of crap. Weasel-wording and misleading about your actions is not making your office look any better.

Here are the sources, so that people can compare them for themselves.

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2013/01/17/us-attorney-statement-on-the-prosecution-of-aaron-swartz/

http://www.justice.gov/usao/ma/news/2011/July/SwartzAaronPR.html


(Post edited: it's 2013 now, so "July 2011" isn't "last July". Oops.)
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