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Corey C.
Web developer by day, zombie hunter by night
Web developer by day, zombie hunter by night
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Please click below to contact your Congress person and tell them to vote to reinstate net neutrality.

Please reshare. We need as many people contacting Congress as possible.

#netneutrality #savetheinternet #activism #importantannouncement #psa
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"Study after study shows that overworking reduces productivity. On the other hand, performance increases after a vacation, and workers come back with restored energy and focus."

Well informed capitalists wouldn't overwork their workers... Unfortunately we have a lot of poorly-informed people running companies these days. Makes you wonder about the crazy hours a lot of startups do as well.
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Google's AI Can Now Make Bookings by Phone.

Google's new 'Duplex' AI has just been demoed at Google's developer conference. It can book a table or a haircut over the phone and pass as a human complete with natural sounding ums and ahs. Some audio of bookings is in the link below. The AI sounds clearer and, strangely, more natural than any of the real people on the other end of the line!

When the feature rolls out the software will tell the person on the other end he or she is talking to a digital assistant.
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There is a Massive Security Vulnerability in Your Computer

Yes, yours. And you can't use the "but I run Linux" defense this time; this effects every modern device with an Intel processor, and (to a lesser degree) with AMD or ARM chips. In case you're uncertain, let me just clarify for you: Yes, that means your devices. This effects, to one degree or another, basically every device with a CPU in it, regardless of whether you run Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or iOS. (Some reports are saying both Macs and AMD processors are not effected – this is incorrect. There are a handful of different vulnerabilities here. Mac and AMD are each effected by fewer of them than their rivals Windows and Intel, but they're still effected.)

I won't get into the details here (you can read those at the link), but basically a collection of vulnerabilities have been reported that allow websites you visit (in any browser) to steal data from your computer. Basically everyone is impacted by this, including banks, medical facilities, schools, government agencies, and all kinds of other organizations that may store tons of personal information, so this has the potential to be a very serious issue.

So, what do you do about it? Right now, not much, but don't panic: There are no exploits reported out in the wild – yet – and OS patches are supposed to drop in the next week or so to mitigate these problems. When that happens, you should update right away.

Keep your fingers crossed. If everyone's on the ball about updates, this issue could still be resolved before any major damage results from it.

#publicserviceannouncement #psa #security #spectre #meltdown
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"Money isn’t money until basic needs are met"
"Hear my plea
Capitalists, rugged individualists, liberals, democrats, progressives, conservatives, libertarians, and everyone else in America, on this I hope you willl agree:

Since…

Human beings can’t live like human beings without choice and freedom.

and…

Human beings forced to function as nonhuman beings are not able to contribute to society effectively, and they are subject to unnecessary suffering themselves.

and…

Choice, freedom, and effectiveness don’t come until one can turn focus to the more important things in life — to growth rather than maintenance and the forestalling of catastrophe — until urgent basic necessities no longer consume our attention.

Then…

We have not simply a moral imperative but also a logical, self-serving incentive to make sure that everyone has a sturdy floor of minimum guaranteed income on which to stand."

A slightly different slant on the argument for UBI, particularly for those who mistake it for a giveaway of "free money", and ignore the randomized controlled trials showing its effectiveness.
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This is a year old, but I just came across it. Fascinating stuff.
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Turing test be damned, I'm calling it: This is officially the best bot ever invented. Next time you get a scam email, don't just delete it; forward it to me@rescam.org. The more time scammers waste on this bot, the less time they have to scam real people.

#spam #scams #internetscams #rescam #onlinescams #nigerianscam #stopspam #uce #scamprevention #chatbots #ai #bots
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Quoted from +Edward Morbius's original post, which Google+ won't let me share directly:

Undocumented American

This is a feel-good story that's been making the rounds, but there's an element that's jumping out at me:

...After moving around the country for a time, he came to Philadelphia a year ago with a job lined up and some money to buy a truck. But soon after the job fell through, leaving Johnny surviving off meager savings.

Later, he lost his paperwork, rendering him unable to work. One night on the streets turned into a week, and ultimately a year of homelessness....

Modern society is turning into a landscape of multiple, ubiquitous, and onerous procedural, and especially, documentational, requirements and landmines.

The article doesn't mention what paperwork it is that Johnny doesn't have, but through most of the United States, simply to prove employment eligibility, you need to be able to provide a drivers licence and Social Security card. Not the numbers, but the documents themselves.

If you're living rough, your filing system and routine may have developed some lapses.

If you've lost these documents, or if you need to re-acquire them, you find that the list of credentials, and the process you must go through, expands. A replacement Social Security card will require a birth certificate, notarised. A drivers license will require the SSN (and hence, the birth certificate), plus generally a number of other forms of identity.

These may be requested, by mail or online, but if you've no fixed address, no computer, no means of online payment, or any of numerous other challenges, you're going to find obtaining these to be at best difficult. If you're dealing with other challenges -- mental illness, medical, drugs dependency, relationship conflict, so much the more difficult.

This has been a creeping set of dependencies, added to over the years. What was initially simply a registration and proof of skills for driving has turned into a primary identification document. Much the same is the case for a Social Security. Both are now part of an anti-terrorism infrastructure built up since 9/11, at a cost of trillions of dollars in direct expenses, and who can say what additional burden by way of uncounted Johnnys who are systematically deprived of the capacity to operate and function in society. They are a case of an escallating set of complexities with no counterveilling force to constrain the direct and unintended consequences, accruing over decades.

And they are creating, literally, a sub-class of almost wholly ignored, entirely legal, undocumented Americans.

Think on that.
Undocumented American

This is a feel-good story that's been making the rounds, but there's an element that's jumping out at me:

...After moving around the country for a time, he came to Philadelphia a year ago with a job lined up and some money to buy a truck. But soon after the job fell through, leaving Johnny surviving off meager savings.

Later, he lost his paperwork, rendering him unable to work. One night on the streets turned into a week, and ultimately a year of homelessness....

Modern society is turning into a landscape of multiple, ubiquitous, and onerous procedural, and especially, documentational, requirements and landmines.

The article doesn't mention what paperwork it is that Johnny doesn't have, but through most of the United States, simply to prove employment eligibility, you need to be able to provide a drivers licence and Social Security card. Not the numbers, but the documents themselves.

If you're living rough, your filing system and routine may have developed some lapses.

If you've lost these documents, or if you need to re-acquire them, you find that the list of credentials, and the process you must go through, expands. A replacement Social Security card will require a birth certificate, notarised. A drivers license will require the SSN (and hence, the birth certificate), plus generally a number of other forms of identity.

These may be requested, by mail or online, but if you've no fixed address, no computer, no means of online payment, or any of numerous other challenges, you're going to find obtaining these to be at best difficult. If you're dealing with other challenges -- mental illness, medical, drugs dependency, relationship conflict, so much the more difficult.

This has been a creeping set of dependencies, added to over the years. What was initially simply a registration and proof of skills for driving has turned into a primary identification document. Much the same is the case for a Social Security. Both are now part of an anti-terrorism infrastructure built up since 9/11, at a cost of trillions of dollars in direct expenses, and who can say what additional burden by way of uncounted Johnnys who are systematically deprived of the capacity to operate and function in society. They are a case of an escallating set of complexities with no counterveilling force to constrain the direct and unintended consequences, accruing over decades.

And they are creating, literally, a sub-class of almost wholly ignored, entirely legal, undocumented Americans.

Think on that.


http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article186044173.html
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"The right gun laws do prevent shootings, research strongly indicates. And these laws do not mean confiscating everybody’s guns."
"The right gun laws do prevent shootings, research strongly indicates. And these laws do not mean confiscating everybody’s guns."
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