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Free-balling. On one of those days where one would rather live in a nudist colony.
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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,--That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
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Supply and demand hard at work, as usual, with some help from the various governmental bodies to ensure that supply never meets demand.

I remember staying in downtown San Jose for the 1999 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. It was nice, clean, had some good restaurants. Light rail ran through it. And it was dead after business hours: no one lived there.
 
Zooming out to take in the wider historical picture of San Francisco's untenable housing situation. (From Boom: A Journal of California) #cityreads http://bit.ly/1iYFqMU
This article explains San Francisco's housing crisis and how the city has gone from being an employment center to becoming a coveted urban residential area.
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The folks that raked California over the coals could waste 1000 times that much power just heating cables and transformers by shuffling things around the grid.
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I saw it! I saw the International Space Station!

(and a couple of planes and a LOT of fireflies.)
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Fine Parenting Moment of the Day:

"Go outside and play until it's too dark to see your hands. Go."
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Either you get this or you don't

Unless you are perfectly healthy and live in a box under a bridge, you do have something to hide... your medical, financial, and travel information. You don't have to be doing something wrong to have information which is personal.
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"If Facebook figured out a way to be more transparent about its research, wouldn’t you rather know what Facebook can do with the mountains of information it has on all of us?"
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Massachusetts SWAT teams, which are publicly funded, claim to be immune to requests of opening records because they registered as private corporations.
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Dear Facebook:

Since you seem to think that I've agreed to experimentation based on a click-wrap license, I'd appreciate it if you'd put me in the control group that gets the un-fucked-with reverse-chronological feed.

Thanks.
 
Deeper Issues Behind Facebook's Most Recent Privacy Debacle

If you've been following news around the revelation of what may be Facebook's biggest ever privacy breach controversy (and goodness knows, there are plenty to choose from!), then I urge you to read this blog post: http://vacuousminx.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/facebooks-indefensible-unscholarly-research/

(If you're not familiar, in brief, it has been revealed that in 2009 Facebook deliberately manipulated "positive" vs "negative" content in the news feeds of around 600,000 users in cooperation with an independent academic research project.)

The linked post provides a well-reasoned and informed view into the deeper story behind this story. Yes, Facebook may well be very culpable in this case, but there are even more troubling implications for the academic world. 

My wife is a scientist. I've heard her speak often about some of the major ethical issues in the scientific world. One of the foremost of those is the issue of human-subject research.

We have all heard the horror stories from the past of horrendous things done to unwilling or unaware persons as part of scientific studies. In more recent times very strict rules have been defined in most of the developed world to prevent such abuses. Chief among those rules is the idea of consent. 

At issue in the current case is the possibility that academic researchers used Facebook's Terms of Service, to which every user agrees at signup, as a shield to get around the established rules. 

Read the post to get informed on these issues, and let me know what you think: http://vacuousminx.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/facebooks-indefensible-unscholarly-research/
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What's this? Spam through iMessages?
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  • Hampden-Sydney College
  • St. John's College
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  • Amdocs
    Senior Development Expert, 2012 - present
  • AT&T
    Senior Technical Team Lead, 2001 - 2012
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    System Manager
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