Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Rails 4.0: Final version released

We encourage you to peruse the CHANGELOGs for all the Rails frameworks and delight over the hundreds of improvements we've made to Rails 4.0: Action Pack, Active Model, Active Record, Active Support, Rails. If you'd like to learn more about developing Rails 4 applications, the final version of Agile Web Development with Rails 4 was released today as well.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

U.S. charges Edward Snowden with espionage

Federal prosecutors have filed a sealed criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked a trove of documents about top-secret surveillance programs, and the United States has asked Hong Kong to detain him on a provisional arrest warrant, according to U.S. officials.



The General Data Protection Regulation currently under consideration must be strengthened to ensure a broad and far-reaching protection of private and business data. According to the International Safe Harbor Privacy Principles, US companies must inform users when granting access to their data to third parties.


This is a web page

You're reading them. I wrote these words, and you're reading them: that's magical. I wrote this early in the morning, June 20th, 2013; you're probably reading it at a different time. You and I've been able to connect because I wrote this and you're reading it. That's the web. If you're a web designer, or a client who's working with one, I'd like to challenge you to think about words first.


Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Great Response to a Cease and Desist Letter

That said, not long after he started the site, Freivald received a demand letter from Richard D. Trenk, the township attorney for West Orange. I am the Township Attorney for the Township of West Orange. The Info Domain falsely creates the impression that the Township is associated or affiliated with the Info Domain. The Township demands that you cease and desist from use, ownership and maintenance of the Info Domain.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Ultimate Tic Tac Toe

To win the game, you need to win 3 small boards in a row. You dont get to pick which of the 9 boards to play on.Thats determined by your opponents previous move. You dont get to pick which of the 9 boards to play on. Whichever square he picks, thats the board you must play in next. Board you must play in next.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Monday was my 46th birthday and likely my last

You may have heard of her, her name is Wonder Woman. I've had a full life, with no regrets. I've contributed to my debt to society, working hard throughout my life, as a teacher, a waiter, an open source software developer. I've been 2 of the things, which isn't bad. Joking aside, I'm looking for some grandiose ideas of things to do after I've died, and have hopefully been revived.


Edward Snowden Q&A

Seeing someone in the position of Clapper - the Director of National Intelligence - baldly lying to the public without repercussion is the evidence of a subverted democracy. The 29-year-old former NSA contractor and source of the Guardian's NSA files coverage will with the help of Glenn Greenwald take your questions today on why he revealed the NSA's top-secret surveillance of US citizens, the international storm that's ensued, and the uncertain future he now faces.


Monday, June 17, 2013

Choosing Hong Kong Is a Brilliant Move by Edward Snowden

  1. Snowden can settle in and feel right at home, since Hong Kong is the Geek-friendliest city in the world. Snowden told Poitras and Greenwald that he was trusting his fate to the Hong Kong legal system and to the Hong Kong people . Hong Kong is a "Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic"


Senators skip classified briefing on NSA snooping to catch flights home

A recent briefing by senior intelligence officials on surveillance programs failed to attract half of the Senate, showing the lack of enthusiasm in Congress for learning about classified security programs. Many senators elected to leave Washington early Thurs. afternoon instead of attending a briefing with James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence, Keith Alexander, the head of the National Security Agency, and other officials.


NSA admits listening to U.S. phone calls without warrants

Nadler's statement that NSA analysts can listen to calls without court orders came during a House Judiciary hearing on June 13 that included FBI director Robert Mueller as a witness. Updated 6/16 at 11:15 a.m. PT The original headline when the story was published on Sat. was "NSA admits listening to U.S. phone calls without warrants," which was changed to "NSA spying flap extends to contents of U.S. phone calls," to better match the story.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Project Loon

Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters. The signal bounces from balloon to balloon, then to the global Internet back on Earth. Project Loon starts in June 2013 with an experimental pilot in New Zealand.


The day Steve Jobs dissed me in a keynote (2010)

In May 2003, Apple invited me to their headquarters to discuss getting CD Baby's catalog into the iTunes Music Store. For Apple to sell all music, not just artists who had signed their rights away to a corporation, this was amazing! Apple emailed us the iTunes Music Store contract. With 5000 musicians signed up, that meant I was refunding $200,000.


Friday, June 14, 2013

PRISM fears give private search engine DuckDuckGo its best week ever

If you want to know just how crazy fear over PRISM-like surveillancehas made the Internet, take a look atDuckDuckGo. While interest in the search engine has climbed over the past year, fears over PRISM surveillance have made DuckDuckGo look significantly more important and necessaryseeminglyovernight.


Members of Congress Go Silent Over Prior False Testimony On Surveillance

Consider the testimony of of James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, to the Senate in March. Clappers testimony was for the public to hear and believe though Senators knew it to be untrue. Clapper has recently said that his testimony was the least untrue statement that he could make.


Thursday, June 13, 2013

More Americans see man who leaked NSA secrets as 'patriot' than traitor

Some 23 percent of those surveyed said former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is a traitor while 31 percent said he's a patriot. U.S. authorities have said they're weighing possible criminal charges against Snowden, who was an employee of VA-based consultant Booz Allen Hamilton when he leaked documents indicating the NSA's surveillance of Americans is much broader than had been disclosed publicly. Reuters/Ipsos polling conducted since the leaks were revealed last Thurs. have found Americans divided over the merits of the NSA surveillance program.


How the US Government will Smear, Slight Whistleblower Edward Snowden

Snowden said that he stepped forward because he came to realize that the US government is engaged in invasions of Americans privacy on a vast and unprecedented scale, and was hiding its interpretation of the law from the American people. 1. Snowden will be called a traitor for revealing to the American people the secret actions of the US government as they affect the American people.


Civil Liberties Groups Are Suing the NSA

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the director of the National Security Agency, the Secretary of Defense, and the Attorney General, following confirmation thatthe NSA is collecting phone call data from a division of Verizon. This could be a significant threat to the programs, as civil libertarians suddenly find themselves in new territory.

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