Jan 082019
 

The Senate wants to provide legal cover to the many states violating the First Amendment by punishing people for their views on Israel. In the middle of a government shutdown, the Senate leadership’s first order of business in the 116th Congress is not legislation to reopen the government. Instead, and incredibly, the Senate is again trying to slip a measure intended to suppress protected political expression past public scrutiny. The bill is the “Combatting BDS…

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Jan 082019
 

The heated debate around Amazon’s recently announced Long Island City “HQ2” is showing no signs of cooling down. On Monday morning, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) hosted a briefing in which labor officials, economic development analysts, Amazon employees and elected New York State and City representatives further underlined concerns around the HQ2 process, the awarded incentives, and the potential impacts Amazon’s presence would have on city workers and residents. While many of…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://techcrunch.com/2019/01/07/hq2-fight-continues-as-new-york-city-and-seattle-officials-hold-anti-amazon-summit/

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Jan 072019
 

Going back more than five years, we’ve been warning about the dangers of moving copyright enforcement down the stack, away from the actual hosting companies deeper and deeper into infrastructure. This was, of course, part of the goal of SOPA — to make infrastructure companies liable for infringement, and to force them to shut down entire sites. But that’s exactly a key part of our concern. Infrastructure players have only a single remedy: shut down…

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Jan 062019
 

Chafa (github) started out as a small piece of supporting code for an obscure personal project I may announce at some indefinite point in the future. Then I decided to release it as a tongue-in-cheek thing for the VT100 anniversary last year, and, well… it gathered a bit of steam. Chafa 1.0 Since I’m not one to leave well enough alone, I packaged it up over the holidays for the 1.0 release. It brings a…

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Jan 062019
 

This week’s Los Angeles teachers strike starkly poses the question: will the public or privatizers control public education? Aerial photo of Los Angeles, California, Feburary 2011. Joe Mabel / Wikimedia The January 10 strike date announced by the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) has heightened tensions in an already contentious dispute with Los Angeles Superintendent Austin Beutner, who represents the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in negotiations. However, far more is at stake…

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Jan 052019
 

A system that uses a technique called constructive solid geometry (CSG) is allowing MIT researchers to deconstruct objects and turn them into 3D models, thereby allowing them to reverse-engineer complex things. The system appeared in a paper entitled “InverseCSG: Automatic Conversion of 3D Models to CSG Trees” by Tao Du, Jeevana Priya Inala, Yewen Pu, Andrew Spielberg, Adriana Schulz, Daniela Rus, Armando Solar-Lezama, and Wojciech Matusik. “At a high level, the problem is reverse engineering…

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Jan 042019
 

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is looking to keep his ex-girlfriend Grimes and alleged acquaintance Azealia Banks out of the official record of a lawsuit concerning his “420” “joke” that brought the SEC down on him. An attempt to subpoena both Grimes and Banks was met with stiff opposition by Musk’s lawyer, who accused the plaintiffs of attempting to sensationalize the case. As you may remember — though it seems so long ago now — Musk…

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Jan 042019
 

This story originally appeared on High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.My mother texts me four photos of a dead moose the week I leave Alaska. It is freshly hit. The pebbled pink brains fanning across the pavement have not yet grayed in the brisk autumn air. The animal will not go to waste. For the past 50 years, Alaska has been the only state where virtually every…

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Jan 022019
 

Enlarge / Ian Read, chairman and CEO of Pfizer Inc. spoke with President Trump last July about pausing drug price hikes. Pfizer now plans to increase prices of 41 of its drugs later this month. (credit: Getty | Bloomberg) More than three dozen drug companies welcomed the new year with sweeping price hikes on hundreds of medicines, according to a new analysis from Rx Savings Solutions, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.…

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Jan 012019
 

Pg_upgrade has matured to become a popular method to perform major version upgrades. This email thread considers what better upgrades would look like. Options include: Migrating analyze statistics Logical replication (requires double the disk space, managing schema changes) Multi-master replication (similar to previous, but also requires conflict resolution) Allowing the new server to read the old server’s data files Upgrade improvements have to be either significantly better in one of these measurements: faster, easier, more…

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Jan 012019
 

Writing device drivers is always a good start for a journey into the Linux kernel code. Of course, the kernel is a highly complex piece of software, and if you mess up your code properly, you might take down the entire system with you. User-space drivers on the other hand might not look as good on your CV, but they can help to work around some of the dangers and complexity of the kernel space.…

External feed Read More at the Source: https://hackaday.com/2018/12/31/35c3-safe-and-secure-drivers-in-high-level-languages/

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Dec 292018
 

This post concerns the “MacIvory” Model 3 Lisp Machine. It is of interest strictly to bolixologists. Click on a photo to see detailed version. Machine chassis: The Ivory NuBus Board Set (i.e. the LispM itself, the Mac Quadra is otherwise ordinary): “Ivory” NuBus board, component-side: What’s under the labels? Bolix Label Part Notes 115999-B PLUS20L8 PAL, 14 inputs, 8 outputs, no registers 116000-B PAL22V10-10P PAL, 12 inputs, 10 macrocells, can have registers 116001-B PAL22V10-10P PAL,…

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Dec 292018
 

To all zero of my readers,

Ages ago, I disabled comments on my journal because I posted approximately never and the few comments I did get were always spam so it was just some extra noise for me to deal with. You could always comment if you logged in using openid… maybe a good filter once upon a time, but it feels like that never really caught on and fizzled out over the years (maybe there will be a resurgence now that ActivityPub is catching on).

Since I am posting regularly again (albeit as mindless sharing of links I find interesting), I figured I’d give opening comments in general another shot. You still have to provide your name and email address, and the first comment is always moderated as a trivial spam filter. After I’ve approved your email address, you can post away all you’d like. I am a bit wary of enabling proprietary SaaS like akismet, so that’s not enabled yet… hopefully deleting spam from the moderation queue doesn’t become a huge pain.

I guess that’s that.

Dec 292018
 

That sandpaper-like texture of your cat’s tiny pink tongue is what makes it ideal for grooming fur. The secret: hundreds of hollow, rigid spines lining the surface of the tongue, according to a recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This is just the latest bit of colorful research from David Hu, who runs a biolocomotion laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology studying how various creatures move. He is…

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Dec 292018
 

When piracy hits the mainstream news, it’s often in relation to books, games, music, TV-shows and movies. These industries grab headlines because of the major players that are involved, but they are not the only ones dealing with piracy. In the age of social media, photographers are arguably the most pirated creators of all. Many people don’t even consider ‘copyright’ when sharing an image they find online. That can be quite frustrating for people whose…

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Dec 272018
 

Twelve years ago, e-cigarettes couldn’t be found in America. Three years ago, Juul didn’t exist. But last Friday, Marlboro manufacturer Altria bought a 35 percent stake in the vaping juggernaut for $12.8 billion. The deal values Juul at $38 billion, a similar market capitalization to that of Target, MetLife, Delta Air Lines, and Ford. Fifteen hundred Juul employees split a $2 billion dividend as a result, becoming instant millionaires overnight. Juul was an inviting target for…

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Dec 272018
 

States are often the “laboratories of democracy,” to borrow a phrase from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. They lead the way to react quickly to technological advances, establish important rights, and sometimes pass laws that serve as a template for others across the country. This year, EFF worked—and fought—alongside state legislators in California and across the country to pass legislation that promotes innovation and digital freedoms. Increased Transparency into Local Law Enforcement Thanks to…

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Dec 272018
 

Thanks to moving to a provider that supports it, HCoop now has IPv6 support. After a bit of work on domtool, all member domains (including my journal here!) now have IPv6 enabled automatically.

We’re not doing anything too fancy (everyone shares one address for now, unfortunately our upstream provider has a weird implementation and we only get 16 IPv6 addresses per server right now), but it feels pretty cool to see the "6" in my menu bar from IPvQ.

We also finally implemented PHP 7.2 support, just in the nick of time.