Monthly Archives: September 2015

Lenovo Yet Again

From Irreal's You Can't Make This Stuff Up department we have news of Lenovo once again secreting malware on their computers. This time it's on the top-of-the-line Thinkpad model widely assumed to be immune from this nonsense. I know lots … Continue reading

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Cory Doctorow on Ad Blocking

Over at The Guardian, Cory Doctorow has an excellent article on ad blocking and the future of Internet advertising. He makes a point that I haven't seen before: it's only a matter of time until one of the big data … Continue reading

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Seven Years of Reproducible Research

Christophe Pouzat has posted the slides from his talk Seven Years of Reproducible Research: From R / Sweave to Org. As the title suggests, the talk covers Pouzat's evolution from using R and Sweave for reproducible research to using Org … Continue reading

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What We Really Mean

Like all great humor, it's funny because it's so true: Every time a developer says "temporary workaround" I remember this list. pic.twitter.com/OpI48BvJxo — Dare Obasanjo (@Carnage4Life) September 4, 2015

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Still Not Paranoid?

Perhaps this will help. Remember yesterday when I wrote about the MI5's Andrew Parker assuring us that “MI5 is not about "browsing the lives" of the public? Here's what they do when they think no one's watching: The Intercept reports … Continue reading

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Turing Complete Documents

I thought this was pretty funny until I realized it applies to my beloved Org mode too. Why is it that the first thing we do after developing a new document format is to make it Turing-complete? Seriously what is … Continue reading

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Browsing Users' Lives

Andrew Parker, head of MI5 and Britain's representative of the international cabal of nosey Parkers1 who wish to scrutinize every bit of our on-line activities—for our own good, of course—is complaining to the BBC about how hard it is to … Continue reading

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You Can't Make This Stuff Up

Would be too snarky for me to point out that these are the same people who want us to give them our crypto keys? — matt blaze (@mattblaze) September 24, 2015

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The Scope of the Interactive Declaration

One of the very useful things I learned from Xah Lee's Emacs tutorials is that almost any code can be attached to the Emacs Interactive declaration. The only rule is that the code must return a list of values for … Continue reading

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How to be a Real Language

A language isn't really a *real* language until its got an #emacs major-mode ;-) https://t.co/wPicLkDvh8 — Ian Rumford (@ianrumford) August 18, 2015

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