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What We Learned From Sponsoring an Open-Source Developer for a Year — Medium
They funded the sole developer of an open source product they used. And they thought it went well.
opensource  via:reddit 
april 2015
The server that must not go down
This isn't actually a bug, but a terrible production support issue.
bug  softwaredevelopment  production_support 
april 2015
Kantaara's Creatures and Other Stuff - Album on Imgur
Three great ideas here: the creatures with a tadpole stage, the "vampires" that are bat-like humanoids, and the gorgon.
GamingIdeas  via:reddit 
april 2015
Ameneh Bahrami: was I right to pardon the man who blinded me with acid? | World news | The Guardian
In anger over her refusal to marry him, he blinded and disfigured her with acid. Iranian law allowed her to (personally) blind him, but she chose not to. He was later released from jail without even paying her medical costs, and other acid attacks have occurred in the society.
law  ethics  TheGuardian  via:TheGuardian 
april 2015
Quebec girl told to stop reading book by school bus driver | CBCNews.ca Mobile
Bus driver says reading a book on the bus is dangerous. School board says it's not dangerous but is prohibited anyway.
kidsrights  securitytheater  freerangekids  via:reddit 
april 2015
Your Password is Too Damn Short
A more up-to-date article on what it takes to break a password. My current security level is OK but only because I'm not the easiest target around... I'd be better off changing my default length to 12 or 15.
security  passwords  via:CodingHorror 
april 2015
Marshal caught on video smashing Beatriz Paez's phone - CNN.com
US Marshal seizes phone from a woman filming him, then smashes it. (Video from ANOTHER passerby who captured the incident.)
policeabuse  police  via:boingboing  personal_net 
april 2015
Lawsuit Over Nude Crime Scene Photos Headed To Court: Chicagoist
Police officers arrive at car accident with dead passenger. They proceed to strip off the passenger's clothes and photograph her. There might be a good reason for this... but I'd want to hear what it was.
policeabuse  via:boingboing  personal_net 
april 2015
New Jersey Cop Demands Camera From Eyewitness After Police Dog Allowed To Maul Prone Suspect | Techdirt
Cop restrains suspect, then (with suspect unconscious) allows his dog to continue attacking the suspect. Suspect dies. Officer confiscates phone from a passerby who had recorded it on video.
policeabuse  via:boingboing  police 
april 2015
SkyWest flight dives 20,000 ft in minutes; 3 people pass out - NY Daily News
Pilot thinks there MIGHT be an air leak; immediately dives to the level where air is breathable.
via:boingboing  flight 
april 2015
Scouting guide - 3 stars in Clan Wars with Gadi HH
Some good advice on planning a clash of clans attack.
clashofclans  via:reddit 
april 2015
When You Lose Weight, Where Does it Go?
Answer: you breath out the carbon and pee out the water.
biology  via:HackerNews 
april 2015
The Third (Party) Circle of Hell - The Daily WTF
A horrible bug and a horrible work-around.
bug 
april 2015
Release Cards Turn Inmates Into Profit Stream | Al Jazeera America
How banking systems steal as much as 30% of the money from prisoners and their families.
prison  banking  evil  via:reddit 
april 2015
Semaphores are Surprisingly Versatile
Nice little writeup on a basic piece of synchronization, along with the C++ library.
concurrentprogramming  parallelprogramming  programming 
april 2015
Co-op games that don't suffer from the "Pandemic problem"? : boardgames
Useful ideas on how to avoid the "quarterbacking" problem in a cooperative game.
gamedesign  via:reddit 
april 2015
How riding your bike can land you in trouble with the cops — if you're black | Tampa Bay Times
According to this reporting, if you're black in Tampa and riding a bike you have no chance -- you will be stopped by police no matter how well you behave.
police  racism  via:reddit 
april 2015
Lawyer representing whistle blowers finds malware on drive supplied by cops | Ars Technica
The police appear to have planted malware on the drive they were given for returning document subpoenaed in a legal case. The police and prosecutors all refuse to investigate.
law  police  prosecutor_misconduct  policeimmunity  ArsTechnica  via:boingboing 
april 2015
Moxie Marlinspike >> Blog >> The Cryptographic Doom Principle
Two very subtle protocol vulnerabilities, and a principle that avoids them. The principle is to verify the MAC as the very first thing that happens in a protocol.
cryptography  security  bugs  via:HackerNews  MoxieMarlinspike 
april 2015
Airport workers, including TSA, raid unlockable luggage for valuables - Boing Boing
This is EXACTLY why even a split key government master key to unlock all crypto is a bad idea.
security  TSA  CoryDoctorow  via:boingboing  blogworthy 
april 2015
Lenore Skenazy: Why I invited two sex offenders into my home - NY Daily News
A couple of examples of people who are on the sex offender's list, but pose absolutely no danger to anyone and never have.
sexoffenders  via:FreeRangeKids 
april 2015
Less is more: language features
A long list of features that language designers should consider REMOVING from any new language they design.
programming  languagedesign  via:HackerNews 
april 2015
Prosecutors suspect man hacked lottery computers to score winning ticket | Ars Technica
Prosecutors allege that the head of security for the lottery snuck into the room where the lotery computer is and planted a rootkit on it ensuring that he would win.
security  hacking  ArsTechnica  via:HackerNews 
april 2015
Lawsuits were stymied, but CFPB finally puts halt to rent-a-D.A. scheme - philly-archives
Prosecutors allowed a bad-check collection agency to use their names and letterhead to collect debts. Later ruled unethical.
law  prosecutor_misconduct  via:CL&P 
april 2015
Record A Teacher Bullying A Student? That's A Suspension | Techdirt
Kid films teacher bullying student. Filmer initially pin shed for wiretap violations.
kidsrights  via:Techdirt  techdirt 
april 2015
Loremasters, Assemble! <1> : loremasters
The collaborative dungeon someone started for me!
via:reddit  GamingIdeas 
april 2015
Police body cameras: Cops commit less violence and complaints are real.
Some good stats on police immunity and on how body cameras make police behave better.
police  policeimmunity  via:reddit  slate 
april 2015
Pepper-spraying drones will be used on Indian protesters | Ars Technica
The use of robots in the conduct of war (and "policing") is a VERY dangerous line to cross. And we are barreling across it at full speed.
robots  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica  police 
april 2015
Man shot and killed by North Charleston police officer after traffic stop; SLED investigating - Post and Courier
This is what news coverage and police department statements of the killing of Walter Scott looked like BEFORE footage surfaced showing the officer shooting him in the back then planting a taser by him. It shows the police accepting a story that painted the officer as quite innocent. Without the video, this is where it would have stopped.
police  policeabuse  policeimmunity 
april 2015
5 Factors to Retrospect after Every Sprint while Developing a Product : agile
Change up the way you conduct your retrospective every time. That will give you a greater variety of feedback.
agile  softwaredevelopment  management  mypostings 
april 2015
What Part of “No, Totally” Don’t You Understand? - The New Yorker
When "no" can mean "yes". Also, the original meanings of "no", "yes", "nay", and "yea" in English.
language  via:HackerNews  history 
april 2015
What crimes are people incarcerated for? - Everything you need to know about prisons - Vox
Actual statistics on what kinds of crimes people are imprisoned for in the US.
vox  via:vox  prison  statistics 
april 2015
How Heartbleed could've been found - Hanno's blog
Modern tools can successfully detect bugs like heartbleed. (Personally, I prefer using types in a language to prevent this kind of problem.)
debugging  via:HackerNews 
april 2015
Kobach on Sedgwick County election lawsuit: Time is past, votes are sealed | The Wichita Eagle The Wichita Eagle
Researcher wants to view the paper tapes to research the accuracy of voting machines. He is told "No" because he didn't ask during the 5 day window you could request it. Or rather, he did ask but was told "No" during that time.
voting  via:HackerNews 
april 2015
Netflix's new terms allows the termination of accounts using a VPN : technology
Their terms now allow terminating your account for using a VPN. No signs yet that they are actually doing it.
via:reddit  netflix 
april 2015
Barrett Brown Loses Email Access For A Year After Using Email To Complain About Prison | Techdirt
He is in jail (for absurd reasons, but that's not the point of this story) and he emailed a journalist about bad prison conditions. Because of this he was denied access to email for a year. Is this how we run our prisons? Is communicating with journalists punishable within the system?
prison  freespeech  journalism  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
april 2015
Story of the Game with Death
A great story of an in-game game against Death.
GamingIdeas  story  via:reddit 
april 2015
One year later, the homeless coder is still living on the streets
The (one person sized) experiment in teaching the homeless to code has failed.
via:reddit  homeless 
april 2015
Put Schools Back in Prison : TrueReddit
I kick off a reddit discussion of (limited) education in prison.
mypostings  via:reddit  teaching  education  prison 
april 2015
What Do You Do When Preserving Evidence Is Labeled 'Possession' And Destroying It Is A Felony? | Techdirt
Catch 22: you find child porn or drugs... something it's illegal to possess. Destroying it is a felony; keeping it is a felony; calling the police makes you KNOWN to have committed a felony.
law  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
april 2015
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