I Tried to Watch a Video of a Puppy and Accidentally Sent Every Photo I've Ever Taken to Google:

In our brief time on this rock, even the best of us are likely to own ourselves from time to time. As some of my colleagues would be happy to tell you, I own myself more often than most, most recently because I wanted to see a video of my friend's new puppy.

I recently went to a concert, had a few beers, and woke up with a hangover and a notification that my phone had successfully uploaded 15,000 images and videos to Google Photos. Here's what happened.

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Posted Sat May 19 04:38:01 2018 Tags:

North Korea Invites World to Watch Closure of Nuclear Test Site.

Posted Sat May 19 00:00:00 2018 Tags:

The deportation frenzy of the US is cutting off immigrants from medical care, so minor problems develop into fatal ones. Their children go untreated, too.

Posted Sat May 19 00:00:00 2018 Tags:

The FDA has found glyphosate in almost all the foods it has tested, but has not published anything about this.

The patented gene that makes some crops resistant to glyphosate might not directly harm people, but it brings glyphosate.

Posted Sat May 19 00:00:00 2018 Tags:

There are calls for an arms embargo on Israel for its mass shooting of Palestinian protesters.

I don't think it would have much effect on shooting protesters, since Israel makes those arms.

Posted Sat May 19 00:00:00 2018 Tags:
Posted Sat May 19 00:00:00 2018 Tags:

An anti-Trump Republican seeks to run for Al Franken's old senate seat.

Being against the bully is only the first requisite for being someone we should want in the senate. It is not enough. I hope a progressive candidate beats him in the primary.

Posted Sat May 19 00:00:00 2018 Tags:

The OSHA is almost powerless to protect workers from dangerous chemicals, so mostly the EPA has done the job. Now companies believe that Saboteur Pruitt offers a chance to convince the EPA to "defer to" the powerless OSHA, so that no agency will try to remove dangerous chemicals from the workplace.

People of Denver are calling on the EPA to limit the emissions of cyanide gas from a fossil-fuel facility.

Posted Sat May 19 00:00:00 2018 Tags:

The bully is the culmination of a plutocratist plan, started in the 1970s, to take control of the US government and redirect it towards serving the rich.

Posted Sat May 19 00:00:00 2018 Tags:

The UK minister for deportation has resigned after being caught in direct lies about how hard the staff were pressing to procure deportations.

This alone will not end the "hostile environment" that she presided over. That requires changing the laws and policies which set it up.

Posted Sat May 19 00:00:00 2018 Tags:

A US appeals court approved Texas's voter ID law. Voting-rights advocates will file further appeals.

Posted Sat May 19 00:00:00 2018 Tags:
Posted Fri May 18 23:56:49 2018 Tags:

With Xamarin.Forms 3.0 in addition to the many new feature work that we did, we have been doing some general optimizations across the board, from compile times to startup times and wanted to share some recent results on the net effect on one of our larger sample apps.

These are the results when doing a cold start for the SmartHotel360 application on Android when compiled for 32bits (armeabi-v7a) on a Google Pixel (1st gen).

Release Release/AOT Release/AOT+LLVM
Forms 2.5.0 6.59s 1.66s 1.61s
Forms 3.0.0 3.52s 1.41s 1.38s

This is independent of the work that we are doing to improve Android's startup speed, that both brings additional benefits today, and will bring additional benefits in the future.

One of the areas that we are investing on for Android is to remove any dynamic code execution at startup to integrate with the Java runtime, instead all of this is being statically computed, similar to what we are doing on Mac and iOS where we completely eliminated reflection and code generation from startup.

Posted Fri May 18 13:40:20 2018 Tags:

Please enjoy jwz mixtape 194.

Posted Fri May 18 03:26:41 2018 Tags:
DNA Lounge update, wherein a winnar is us.
Posted Fri May 18 03:24:49 2018 Tags:
Cops Can Find the Location of Any Phone in the Country in Seconds, and a Senator Wants to Know Why:

"I am writing to insist that AT&T take proactive steps to prevent the unrestricted disclosure and potential abuse of private customer data, including real-time location information, by at least one other company to the government," a May 8 letter sent from Wyden to the President and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T reads. [...]

In his letter to AT&T, which has similar text to letters sent to other carriers, Wyden writes that this check amounts of "nothing more than the legal equivalent of a pinky promise."

"The fact that Securus provides this service at all suggests that AT&T does not sufficiently control access to your customers' private information," the letter adds.

In Shocking Drop of Second Shoe:

Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US:

Most of the users in the spreadsheet are from US government bodies, including sheriff departments, local counties, and city law enforcement. Impacted cities include Minneapolis, Phoenix, Indianapolis, and many others. The data also includes Securus staff members, as well as users with personal email addresses that aren't explicitly linked to a particular government department. [...]

"Location aggregators are -- from the point of view of adversarial intelligence agencies -- one of the juiciest hacking targets imaginable," Thomas Rid, a professor of strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University, told Motherboard in an online chat. [...]

"Track mobile devices even when GPS is turned off," the Securus website reads. "Call detail records providing call origination and call termination geo-location data," it adds.

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Posted Wed May 16 19:25:47 2018 Tags:
The new law bans sexual relations "during the course of a traffic stop, a custodial interrogation, an interview in connection with an investigation, or while the law enforcement officer has such person detained."

Kansas was one of 33 states where consensual sex between police and people in their custody wasn't a crime.

That came as a surprise to members of the House Judiciary Committee, who got the new law passed in a bundled bill with several other law-enforcement measures. Gov. Jeff Colyer signed it into law Thursday.

She said it spun off the case of Lamonte McIntyre, a Kansas City, Kan., man released last year after spending 23 years in prison for a double murder he didn't commit.

The investigation in that case led to multiple affidavits alleging that the detective who made the arrest, Roger Golubski, had a long history of coercing sex from women in Kansas City's black community by threatening to arrest them or their relatives if they didn't comply.

Holscher said she was also moved by a case in New York where a teenager claimed she had been raped by two police officers in the back of their van, but no charges were filed because the officers claimed the sex was consensual and therefore legal.

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Posted Tue May 15 02:44:47 2018 Tags:
Timeless just wrapped up its 2nd season, and it is a great show. You should watch it! It hasn't yet been picked up for a 3rd season, and I hope that it is.

But that's not going to stop me from making fun of their computer displays, because come on you guys, it's not hard to do latitude and longitude correctly -- it's right there on your phone...

That first one is supposed to be "San Francisco, today" (which probably means "early 2017", and somewhere in The Presidio or Marin). So first of all, I think it's a safe bet that if there's a season 3, they're going to 1934 Argentina. Or at least there's a post-it note on the writers' room wall that says that. But, the coordinates are wrong! +41.881412, -87.71697 is in the middle of Chicago. If you flip the sign on the latitude it's closer to Argentina, but still about a thousand miles out in the Pacific. (I do appreciate the overlay window running xmatrix, though.)

The second one is actually supposed to be 1888 San Francisco (and why doesn't that one display the day and month?) but the coordinates are differently wrong. +38.881010,-57.75649 is over a thousand miles out into the Atlantic. Flip the sign on the latitude and... we're back in Argentina!

Now maybe after all their mucking about with history, the current Timeless universe measures latitude and longitude in different units, or has a different prime meridian or something, but I don't see a coordinate system that makes both the Argentina and San Francisco points line up. They're not off by a consistent amount or even in the same direction.

Bad illustrator, no time machine for you!

Posted Mon May 14 19:33:40 2018 Tags:
You can probably get this torx screw with a small flat-head screwdriver. Be sure to swear in the direction of Cupertino while doing so.
These two are probably stripped already somehow. Just grab the fan at the corner and pull up until the screw tabs snap off. Once you've done that, you can unscrew them by hand.

You won't be able to get this one out. Snap that too.
There's no way you're getting this fucker plugged back in so stop fantasizing about it.

Just throw this part away. Bluetooth is stupid and ethernet is less of a pain in the ass than wifi.
You'll have to wiggle the drive like a motherfucker but it will come out eventually. Some of those extra wires on the side are probably going to break but they don't matter.
To hold the drive in place: duct tape.

To hold the fan in place: some more duct tape.

The screw-hatch doesn't close tightly any more? You guessed it.

Oh yeah, make sure the fan is actually turning. Turn it right-side-up and shake it after taping things, then check again. That's what we call "quality assurance", that is.


Posted Mon May 14 00:13:21 2018 Tags:

Planet Debian upstream is hosted by Branchable.