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Andrew Lake
Sounders FC fan, geek, human dignity advocate
Sounders FC fan, geek, human dignity advocate
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Get on the phones, folks
House of Representatives to vote tomorrow on repealing the FCC's 2016 broadband privacy rules; rules require ISPs get explicit permission from customers before selling or sharing their data, including browsing history and location; the Senate voted last week to repeal; Trump is expected to sign the repeal bill if the House passes it

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The details are coming into relief and they are genuinely disturbing. And this doesn't even begin to touch on the very real consequences and the deep cynicism of delivering the full mantle of federal power into the grubby hands of white supremacists who have expressed every intention to use that power to their own ends.

If the republic survives to the other side of this, it'll have been a painful lesson learned about the grave responsibility of each and every citizen to exercise their vote with diligence and to exercise their right to petition their government, speak out and resist. A republic explicitly constituted of the people, by the people, and for the people, have only the people as both its first and last line of defense. We surrendered that responsibility at the ballot box in 2016. We cannot surrender that responsibility now.
There have been so many news stories about the Russia investigations in the past week – from Comey's testimony to Flynn's possibly turning state's evidence – that I sat down and tried to pull everything into one place. Here you go.

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A quick post because I don't have time to write a full piece right now: Seth Abramson has done a very serious job of connecting the dots, and a picture of direct Russian influence and/or control over key aspects of the Trump campaign and its policies is starting to emerge. In particular, we're starting to get names, dates, places, and subjects of meetings.

For those of you old enough to remember, this is reminding me a lot of what happened with Iran-Contra around the middle of 1987, when the big chunks of information started to come out. Suddenly it was going from conjectures to concrete timelines, graphs of people and who knew what and when. But unlike Iran-Contra, here the top-level principal – in this case, Donald Trump – was clearly directly in the room from the get-go.

I'd expect this to start to develop very seriously in news articles in the next few days. Questions of Congressional investigation, FBI investigation, and so on will obviously be highly politicized, and the Congressional situation in the near future will depend heavily on the aftermath of the AHCA vote later today. However, this may soon reach the scales where even reluctant members of Congress feel forced to act. I've never seen anything like this – not Iran-Contra, and not Watergate. We're heading into uncharted territory.

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“I spent nearly 30 years serving the public in law enforcement. I interface with high level U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Court officials almost daily,” he wrote. “Prior to this administration, I frequently attended meetings at the White House and advised on national police policy reforms. All that to say, if this can happen to me, it can happen to anyone with attributes that can be ‘profiled.’ No one is safe from this type of unlawful government intrusion.”

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Pretty damn cool UI design approach to accessing the source and fixing a bug. Would be cool if you could directly submit a patch request for the bug fix. Some really cool opportunities to improve the user experience, and lowering the barrier to entry, for kids and hobbyists to tinker and contribute in the open source spirit.
this is the best idea I ever seen in Linux, and I have Linux since ever! ..unless you have tried flatpak and gnome builder you won't realize the extraordinary awesomeness of it, but I'll try to explain it pretty shortly

first flatpak is a system that installs (atomic) applications per sandboxed runtime, and applications have system / hardware access through portals

building, installing and running such applications, requires a flatpak manifest, that describes the required runtime, the bundled modules the app needs (the ones not available on SDK) and the building tools (meson, cmake etc)

gnome builder is an IDE for gnome, that has first class support for flatpak apps, providing tools for running and installing applications in different runtimes, system wide, or in user space

so, in this video what endless demos (for now it is an internal work) is an button on flatpak apps, that launches the source code of the application in gnome builder

from that point we can easily edit something, press "build" and voila we got installed (with full system integration) our very personal app!!

this is so awesome, because it is like saying to a user "hey, if you find something you dont like, just fix it!" short, it encourages people to involve in open apps development, even with a very very tiny commits, and then can easily publish their changes on upstream!

the last part is actually missing, but some initial work can be found here:

GNOME Builder

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Hey +YouTube​ , enough with the millennial teen drama dance competition crap, how about giving this guy his own YouTube Red series?

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The graphic design hobbyist in me find these endlessly fascinating.

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AP: BREAKING: Trump administration considers mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants.

In case anyone is wondering, state governors are only the commander in chief of the state National Guard when they're not under federal control. In other words there isn't much that state governments can do to stop this. If #presidentagentorange goes through with this, it maybe the case that the only way to stop it will be citizens putting themselves between the goons with guns and the victimized population who, as matter of basic logistics, would almost certainly be placed in detention camps until deported.

Check out @AP's Tweet:

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