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joining the protest. You an't use my likeness to 'endorse' crap without asking (politely).

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57607238-71/the-retaliation-begins-google-profiles-get-schmidt-faced/?part=rss&subj=crave&tag=readMore
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Agreed.  This was an entertaining commercial!
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I hope the pending ARM switchover will only accelerate this #avoidthepain trend.
 
"Avoid the pain of Windows 8" :D #ubuntu  
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As long as it's not a "WIndows 8" ARM machine, then you should be able install whatever you want on it. 
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Hmm.. Free speech for artificial persons (corporations), unlimited.
Free speech for real persons, criminalized?

#hr347 #badbill
 
It's very scary when the government makes protesting anyone under Secret Service protection a criminal offense. #wakeupcall #hr347
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An open letter to "Ralph Warner", of 742 CARLISLE WAY SUNNYVALE, CA 94087. (Please forward this to one of Ralph's friends until he gets this.
I'd send it to his e-mail address, but he keeps using mine, I don't know his.

Please stop registering for web sites with my e-mail address.

I don't need to see that you order Plus size dresses from Macy's, or get e-mail contacts from realtors, or get SPAM from Adobe Systems.

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Dear Ralph Warner, You recently joined one of the Adobe Acrobat.com services (Adobe Acrobat.com, Adobe SendNow, Adobe CreatePDF, Adobe FormsCentral, Adobe CS Review, Adobe ExportPDF, Adobe Digital Publishing Suite) with this email address
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Nothing specific.  It's an abstract design - It does kind of resemble the gauge to my water meter, but that's accidental.
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RIP Aaron.
 
This is terribly sad news: Aaron Swartz committed suicide in New York City on Friday, according to this MIT Tech article:
http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N61/swartz.html

Aaron was facing possible life in prison because he allegedly tried to make journal articles public. The Justice Department's indictment accuses Aaron of connecting his computer to MIT's network (without authorization -- he was at Harvard, not MIT) and sucking down over 1 million already published academic journal articles from the JSTOR database, which the professors and other authors who wrote them probably would have liked to be free to the public anyway. Here's the indictment:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/60362456/Aaron-Swartz-indictment

Aaron's scraper wasn't that well-programmed, and it's true that he allegedly did this without authorization from MIT. But he downloaded no confidential data from JSTOR -- again, these are academic journal articles -- and released no data at all. Because Harvard had a JSTOR subscription, Aaron actually had the right to download any of the JSTOR articles for his own use (but not to redistribute or perform a bulk download). Demand Progress compared it to "trying to put someone in jail for allegedly checking too many books out of the library."

If JSTOR was upset, this seems like the type of wrong that could have been remedied through civil litigation. But JSTOR decided against it, with its general counsel Nancy Kopans telling the New York Times that "we are not pursuing further action" against Aaron:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/20/us/20compute.html?_r=0

The especially sad thing is that JSTOR announced this week that it is now making "more than 4.5 million articles" available to the public at no cost:
http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/01/academic-libraries/many-jstor-journal-archives-now-free-to-public/

BTW, Aaron helped to create RSS, founded Demand Progress, which was active on the anti-SOPA front, and sold Infogami to Reddit (now part of Conde Nast):
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20128166-281/copyright-bill-controversy-grows-as-rhetoric-sharpens/

Perhaps Aaron should have been punished for trespassing, which he did do if the DOJ has its facts right. But last fall the Feds instead slapped him with a superseding indictment featuring 13 felony counts that would mean a worst-case scenario of $4M in fines and possible life in prison (I think we can safely say that 50+ years in prison for someone in their late 20s is life):
http://ia700504.us.archive.org/29/items/gov.uscourts.mad.137971/gov.uscourts.mad.137971.53.0.pdf
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120917/17393320412/us-government-ups-felony-count-jstoraaron-swartz-case-four-to-thirteen.shtml

I'd be shocked if Congress ever intended for computer crime law to be used this way; I wonder what Lanny Breuer, the head of the DOJ's criminal division, would say if asked about it the next time he testifies on Capitol Hill. Perhaps Breuer would say this case is a model of restraint: after all, Aaron wasn't charged with violating the No Electronic Theft Act, which would have added yet another set of felony charges! Paging Harvey Silverglate...
http://www.harveysilverglate.com/Books/ThreeFeloniesaDay.aspx

I never met Aaron, and don't know what led him to this point. Perhaps it was unrelated to the criminal charges. But it's very sad news, and I can't help thinking that the possibility of life behind bars, because of alleged bulk downloading that many Americans might be surprised even qualifies as a crime, led to Aaron's decision to commit suicide. His criminal trial was scheduled to begin in two months.
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[politics]
Thanks to the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

You have to wonder what the Queen's approval rating in the United States is at this point.  I'd venture that it's higher than Congress, and if she wants to give Parliament a shot at governing the US for a week or two, we could probably get quite a bit more accomplished.
 
A message from Betty

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately. (You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.)

Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except North Dakota, which she does not fancy).

Your new Prime Minister, David Cameron, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.

Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.

To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:

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1. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour,' 'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.' Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up 'vocabulary').

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2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ''like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter 'u'' and the elimination of '-ize.'

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3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.

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4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you're not ready to shoot grouse.

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5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.

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6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.

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7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.

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8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.

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9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. South African beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth - see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.

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10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialect in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.

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11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies). 

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12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the South Africans first to take the sting out of their deliveries.

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13.. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.

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14. An internal revenue agent (i.e. tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).

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15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.

God Save the Queen!



PS: Only share this with friends who have a good sense of humour (NOT humor)!
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[science] Mars Science Lab is less than 4 months from landing...
http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/
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This building will look pretty out of place when everybody switches over to DNA ;-)
 
Fingerprint office Thailand :)
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The beaglebone - an alternative to waiting for the OLPX XO 1.75 (arm-based) or Raspberry PI is the AdaFruit BeagleBone.

(10W seems like a lot of power for such a small device, though)
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