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Butterfly Apple’s Fingerprint ID May Mean You Can’t ‘Take the Fifth’ A shield law for journalists might seem like a good idea, but it isn’t – it’s actually a terrible idea The Secret War Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy What Medium Is

Fall is the Monday of Seasons

Case of the Mondays I hate fall. It’s the worst season of the year, bar none. Never mind that my birthday is in October, or that birthdays of close friends and family are in fall, or that football is back, or that my utility bill is lower. None of that matters, because fall is still a shitty season. Let’s count the ways fall is awful. It’s the Monday of the year. I have a theory that the cycle of months and seasons throughout the year can be described by days of the week. Read On →

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College Park creek by Andy Feliciotti The Bitcoin of governance could be coming soon Edward Snowden’s Real Impact Will Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley Finally Get it Right? The Best Hangover Cure Climate Name Change

What I'm Reading

Lightning over the cliffs How to build your personal brand: The next step to anything The Digital Divide Is Still Leaving Americans Behind Censorship Doesn’t Just Stifle Speech – It Can Spread Disease Drawing Down: How To Roll Back Police Militarization In America Cracking suicide: hackers try to engineer a cure for depression

One Thing Medium Does Right: Full-Time SSL

Since Medium’s launch earlier this year, there have been a ton of posts about why Medium sucks, what it’s doing wrong, why it should fail, and on and on and on. I agree with every single one I’ve read. Medium is trying to provide a 1990s answer to a 2010s problem. They’re building a content farm, and aside from some 30 second visibility to passers-by, will ultimately do nothing to build the brands of contributors. Read On →

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Sunset on the Chesapeake Whistleblowing Is the New Civil Disobedience: Why Edward Snowden Matters “The US government, far from deterring future whistleblowers, has just incentivized a new generation of them by acting like a megalomaniac.” Why Silicon Valley Should Save Drive-in Movies Drive-in theaters are the perfect alternative to indoor theaters for people who want the freedom to use their phone or other device while watching. Also, I’d love to see drive-in movies become popular again. Read On →

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"Batman Running" by Trey Ratcliff Great Place to Work: At Automattic Employees All Work From Home And Travel To Exotic Locations The company behind WordPress has a culture of decentralized employment, and it’s working well. Take note, other companies everywhere. Why I changed my mind on weed Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN is now in favor of medical marijuana. Bonus: his explanation is based in science, not rhetoric. A Brief History of Apple’s iWatch Yes, iWatch isn’t even real yet. Read On →

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Sunset behind a pier Shushers: Wrong About Movies. Wrong About the World. Stop freaking out when somebody uses a phone in a theater. You’re fighting a losing battle. Why Smokers Still Smoke Hint: it’s genetics. Why I’ll Be a Solo Founder Next Time Start your company alone. Only add the right people.

On Justin Smith, and Old Media Doing New Media Right

Justin Smith Atlantic Media president Justin Smith has announced he’ll be leaving to become CEO of Bloomberg Media Group. It’s an interesting move, and one that indicates Bloomberg wants to become more of a consumer brand. After all, when you look at Smith’s history it’s pretty clear that he has a knack for creating strong publications with direct consumer appeal - even reinventing ones that have lost their caché, like The Atlantic. Read On →

Steve Gibson Explains How PRISM Works and Where the Name Comes From

Steve Gibson, the security guru and co-host of Security Now! with Leo Laporte, did an episode a few weeks ago in which he explains how PRISM works without direct access to companies’ servers. He’s determined that the process involves upstream intercepts at ISPs and major Internet companies like Google, using fiber optic splitters - hence the name PRISM. The details are very interesting, and worth a listen.