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Straight up thinking. Thank you.

I think another aspect of Jimmy Fallon as a metaphor for reflecting on what we need to allow teachers to do, is alluded to in your comment about his early  awkward, forced SNL years.

Namely, that it takes time to grow into the role as a teacher. Teaching as a craft requires that we learn through doing, and through failing, and through trying again. In a culture that celebrates instant success and a system that demands instant, if not seamless and linear progression, how do we foster an environment that allows growth.

I'm reading Rafe Esquith's "Real Talk for Real Teachers" - which is IMO, far more reflective about the process and actual passage of becoming a useful and relevant teacher, than his previous books. And better for it.
I wasn't a fan of Jimmy Fallon on SNL. His characters were annoying and his fake news cast didn't have the false austerity that you get on a show like the Colbert Report. However, I remember giving it a chance early on just t...
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I love your point about it taking years to develop one's craft. I'm in year ten and still feeling like I'm trying to figure it out.
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As usual, spot on observations from Rod Oram.
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Breaker Bay sort of day
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There's so much lovely mashup in here. Robert Frost, Journey, Michael Jordan.
Not cool Robert Frost! But yeah, cool.
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I've been ignorant of the situation in Brazil - so this read is revealing and powerful. You should make some time to read it too.
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Pointed point at those who seek to "differentiate and innovate" in an effort to make things "better".

Fix what you've got.
Be true to who you are.
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The packet capture shown in these new NSA slides shows internal database replication traffic for the anti-hacking system I worked on for over two years. Specifically, it shows a database recording a user login as part of this system:

http://googleblog.blogspot.ch/2013/02/an-update-on-our-war-against-account.html

Recently +Brandon Downey, a colleague of mine on the Google security team, said (after the usual disclaimers about being personal opinions and not speaking for the firm which I repeat here) - "fuck these guys":

https://plus.google.com/108799184931623330498/posts/SfYy8xbDWGG

I now join him in issuing a giant Fuck You to the people who made these slides. I am not American, I am a Brit, but it's no different - GCHQ turns out to be even worse than the NSA.

We designed this system to keep criminals out. There's no ambiguity here. The warrant system with skeptical judges, paths for appeal, and rules of evidence was built from centuries of hard won experience. When it works, it represents as good a balance as we've got between the need to restrain the state and the need to keep crime in check. Bypassing that system is illegal for a good reason.

Unfortunately we live in a world where all too often, laws are for the little people. Nobody at GCHQ or the NSA will ever stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process. In the absence of working law enforcement,  we therefore do what internet engineers have always done - build more secure software. The traffic shown in the slides below is now all encrypted and the work the NSA/GCHQ staff did on understanding it, ruined.

Thank you Edward Snowden. For me personally, this is the most interesting revelation all summer.
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Mixtape.
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OK, ok, ok ... I'll join google plus. But only if you pimp Atomic Droplet's page... 
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Oh Canada.
Tonight, you win the internet.
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Akihabara wins again! I think I'd take these over a pair of the Google ones.
 
// These images are taken from a video for a set of glasses that help you evade facial detection algorithms. They shine in the near-infrared spectrum, so human eyes can't detect they are on but they appear to glow brightly through a video camera. This obscures the key facial features that most face detection algorithms use to recognize faces. 

If someone were watching the cameras this might make a suspicious person stick out like a sore thumb, but the whole point of these algorithms is to automate the process so that our computers can watch the cameras for us. 

I've been writing about the cost of privacy and freedom, and this is a good example of what I mean: if you want to evade the cameras, you have to be willing to wear silly goggles to robots don't know who you are. That also means you'll be passed by for whatever advantages those robots might have to offer. For some people and for some situations, privacy is worth that risk. 

These images are neat (I'm going to share them in the +CyberPunk community =D ), but they are also some of the early moves in an arms race of what I can only hope will eventually be called the Drone Wars. Drones aren't just dropping bombs in Afghanistan, they are monitoring and operating the surveillance networks right here at home. Eventually algorithms will learn to recognize these lights filter them out to recover facial data, so hackers will have to invent new patterns (moving lights? larger coverage area?) to evade the smarter algorithms, and on and on down the evolutionary tree.

Read more about these glasses here: http://en.akihabaranews.com/135187/misc/privacy-visor-glasses-jam-facial-recognition-systems-to-protect-your-privacy

#privacy   #dronewars   #facialrecognition  
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Wellington's south coast this morning. Bit of a mess.

Big shout out to all the WCC, WE, NZ police and fire services and anyone else looking out and helping out.

Stay warm and dry.
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