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The Inevitable End of Government Surveillance

Kontra gives us a useful reminder: Final destination of *every* single government surveillance/intelligence program anywhere. https://t.co/XmCBKB6ZMV — Kontra (@counternotions) June 19, 2017 Here’s the backstory from the New York Times.

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More Font-locking Fun from Fuco1

The other day, I wrote about Fuco1’s efforts to add some context awareness to Emacs font-locking. Now he’s back with a new font-locking problem. This time, he wants to highlight interpolated variables in quoted strings in shell code. Those of … Continue reading

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Xah's Tutorial on Text Properties

Xah Lee has a new page out in his Emacs Lisp Tutorial that serves as a 10 minute introduction to text properties. Text properties are one of those things that you probably won’t need to fiddle with directly unless you … Continue reading

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Finally!

It appears that at long last even the U.S. Senate is getting tired of the Intelligence Community’s dissembling on the abuse of §702 of the FISA act. They are insisting that they be informed of the number of Americans caught … Continue reading

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Adding Keymaps to Org Source Blocks

If you use Org mode and Babel, you know that by calling org-edit-special (bound to Ctrl+c ’ by default) you’re put in a separate buffer that has the mode of the source block you were working in. That’s really convenient … Continue reading

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Zamansky 34: ibuffer and emmet

Mike Zamansky is back with the 34th video in his excellent Using Emacs series. This time he considers ibuffer and emmet. Most of you probably already know about ibuffer. I’ve used it since I started with Emacs and really prefer … Continue reading

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Using EWW as Your Default Browser (Sometimes)

As much as I like to stay in Emacs, most of my browsing is done in Safari. It provides a much better and richer experience than is (currently) possible in Emacs. Still, there are a lot of browsing tasks that … Continue reading

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How to Read Papers Efficiently

If you’re a researcher, or a grad student, or even just a diligent developer, you probably spend a great deal of time reading technical papers. Some of those will be of little or no use, some will be beyond your … Continue reading

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More on Google's Ad Blocking

When I first wrote about the changes coming to Chrome and Safari in the Adtech arena, I noted that some observers were worried that Google’s changes gave them too much power and could be abused. It turns out that they … Continue reading

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