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If your impulse upon reading something newsworthy is to say, "Why isn't the media reporting this?", please go through this checklist before saying so out loud:

1. Where did you read it? If it's a link shared on Facebook, what's the original source? Is it a media outlet? If yes, stop here.

2. Check the link source more closely. How old is the information? Is it more than a few days old? If so, it's not news. Is it reported on a non-reputable outlet, like rt.com or naturalnews.com or tinfoilhatsareawesome.com? (I made that last one up). If so, be very, very skeptical.

3. If it's a timely piece of information, go to Google news and search for reports on that event. Are there some? Are they from reputable news outlets? If yes, stop here.

4. Ask yourself if it's national news. If so, contact the news desk of your nearest NATIONAL news outlet. If it's local or regional, do the same for the local or regional outlet nearest the event. Most are underfunded and short staffed and appreciate news tips that are actually good.

5. If they refuse and you still think it's news, by all means complain and/or share the actual news so people can become informed.
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Allegedly it has, +Thomas Thurman, but I'm skeptical that it's trustworthy.
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Journalism ethics meet food sensitivities at the press conference buffet.
As Oculus got ready to unveil its virtual-reality Rift headset at E3 recently, an acquaintance of mine tweeted a photo f…
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Hear hear!! Business events in general tend to be loaded with wheat or dairy or both. And the only options are usually melons. An expensive one will include seafood or dips or nuts. I don't eat wheat or nuts or melons or seafood, and i don't really drink. So I tend to go hungry or I eat before or after. It's a fine line in a networking context because you can inadvertently look judgemental when surrounded by people getting stuck in. 
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"By showing the full repertoire of antibodies that a person has produced against viruses, the test may shed light on many illnesses, he said. “A lot of diseases could be affected by the type of antibodies a person has, elicited by infectious agents,” Dr. Garcia-Sastre said.

The most obvious candidates are autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and Type 1 diabetes. Researchers have long suspected that viruses may contribute to such ailments, by provoking the immune system to produce antibodies that mistake a person’s own cells for viruses and attack them. But no such viruses or antibodies have ever been identified. To look for them, scientists had to pick suspect viruses and test for them, essentially one by one."
It’s like one-stop shopping for scientists: a blood test can now show every virus that has a crossed a person’s path, lending insight into disease.
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oh wow! this is gonna be awesome.
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"After sometime?" When's that?
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Probably safest to assume that they mean 1-10ms and click reload as fast as you can until it works. :-P
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Today, my work machine, which is a Dell running Windows, decided to do a long upgrade without asking first. Meanwhile, my Mac at home asked if I wanted to install updates, and when I said yes, it didn't do anything. Glad to see that's all going just as the designers intended. 
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I have a new post up on Huffington Post, taking on the issue of online harassment and sharing some of my own stories. This was tough to write; I hope it helps.
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I've been thinking about the things LastPass did correctly regarding its breach, including 1. Informing users within 72 hours of discovering the breach; 2. Telling users what to do and how to make their protections even stronger; 3. Not storing sensitive data in centralized locations in the first place. What, if anything, would you add? Or what could they have done better?
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The main gaps so far are in publishing the forensic analysis of the attack, upstreaming the 0-day attacks involved (if any) and outlining the measures they're taking to prevent re-intrusion.  The first two would not normally be ready this soon after detection, and the third would be tentative, so they're still doing pretty well.

Since they publish software which runs with elevated privilege on their users' hardware, the results of a source repository integrity audit, and inspection of their release signing credentials would also be welcome.
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This would be so satisfying. 

"WHIPPANY, NJ—Touting the product’s ability to combat common seasonal and year-round allergens, pharmaceutical manufacturer Bayer introduced Wednesday its new Claritin flamethrower capable of incinerating whatever is causing one’s allergies. “Our new flamethrower is proven to be effective at relieving itchy eyes, sneezing, and congestion by quickly and efficiently reducing dust mites, pollen, and other allergy-causing agents to smoldering ashes,” said company spokesperson Elaine Ferguson, adding that the product is available in either a regular 25-foot or an Extra Strength 50-foot jet of fire—ideal for eliminating ragweed, trees, grasses, and entire mold-ridden homes."
WHIPPANY, NJ—Touting the product’s ability to combat common seasonal and year-round allergens, pharmaceutical manufacturer Bayer introduced Wednesday its new Claritin flamethrower capable of incinerating whatever is causing one’s allergies.
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Oh hell yes.
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I've written a little about Anders Breivik, the man who bombed downtown Oslo and then shot dozens of others on nearby Utøya, so I read this piece from last week's New Yorker with much interest. I had a lot of mixed feelings about it; I agree he can be most closely compared to the teen perpetrators of school shootings, who often do what they do so that they can be seen. I agree that difficult childhoods and bizarre political ideologies aren't enough to explain what he did. I don't know if I agree that (intentionally) killing another person necessarily requires the level of distance described by the author of the piece, although when I think about exceptions -- women who kill their abusers, for example -- certainly the abuser has become more or less dehumanized by his dehumanization of the victim by that point. At any rate, the whole thing is worth reading, but I think the author zeroes in on an important point about Breivik and others who commit these kind of "lone wolf" mass killings -- that is, not motivated by gang/terrorist fealty or as part of a military effort: 

"Breivik’s deed, single-handedly killing seventy-seven people, most of them one by one, many of them eye to eye, did not take place in a wartime society, where all norms and rules were lifted and all institutions dissolved; it occurred in a small, harmonious, well-functioning, and prosperous land during peacetime. All norms and rules were annulled in him, a war culture had arisen in him, and he was completely indifferent to human life, and absolutely ruthless.

That is where we should direct our attention, to the collapse within the human being which these actions represent, and which makes them possible. Killing another person requires a tremendous amount of distance, and the space that makes such distance possible has appeared in the midst of our culture. It has appeared among us, and it exists here, now."
Before he massacred seventy-seven people, Anders Behring Breivik said that he was going to make his father proud. Credit Photograph by Daniel Sannum Lauten / AFP Photo / Getty
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Things I wish a find-in-page (or browser window) search could do: search for two terms that would appear near each other in the page, but not necessarily next to each other; search for the next line or section that does NOT include a certain term. 
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curl | grep
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The researchers used what Mina called "an unconventional approach" to search for the long-lasting immune system effects. Previous work in macaque monkeys suggested that monkeys with the disease lost white blood cells their bodies had trained to fight off other illnesses, gaining new ones that were primed only to combat measles -- their bodies essentially forgetting how to recognize and neutralize other pathogens and leaving them vulnerable to infection.
Scientists have known for decades that having measles suppresses kids' immune systems for several weeks or months, leaving them ill-equipped to fight off pneumonia, bronchitis, diarrheal diseases and other infections.
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  • Law360.com
    courts reporter, 2012 - present
  • San Francisco Examiner
    reporter, 2006 - 2009
  • San Mateo Daily News
    reporter, 2005 - 2006
  • San Rafael/Terra Linda News Pointer
    editor, 1998 - 2005
  • San Francisco Chronicle
    music critic, 1996 - 1999
  • Addicted to Noise
    associate editor, 1996 - 1999
  • Daily Californian
    copy editor, 1994 - 1996
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Journalist, author, blogger, poet, mom (the order depends on the day).
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I'm a journalist and writer whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, Mother Jones, Wired, Ars Technica, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, the SF Weekly, the San Francisco Examiner, PopMatters, Addicted to Noise and others. 

I'm also the author of several books, including "The Columbine Effect, "Sacred Sonoma," "Read the Music," and "Beloved" (no, not the Toni Morrison one). I blog at http://backwardmessages.wordpress.com, maintain Sumerland.net and contribute to Undented.com.
Education
  • University of California at Berkeley
    Sociology, 1994 - 1994
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
    Journalism, 1991 - 1994
It's great for folks who have multiple allergies to be able to come to a place like this and have lots of options. I had their chocolate cupcake, chocolate cream pie and peanut butter cookie, and all were tasty and satisfying. The Fremont location is comfortable with plenty of seating. I didn't try the savory foods or drinks, so I can't comment on those.
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