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"If people like you in the cultures that you're part of decide that surveillance is cool and exciting, that's more talent to take the billions of dollars and vast intellectual challenges of figuring out how to eliminate the vestiges of privacy. If they decide it's uncool and sketchy, that's more talent that goes elsewhere and does something else."

And why you shouldn't work for the NSA. This scene from 'Good Will Hunting' comes to mind ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrOZllbNarw

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"During the relatively quick passage of the amendments, the Australian government made the usual argument that metadata needs to be retained for long periods in order to fight terrorism and serious crime"

A side effect of International trade.

TPP is signed [0], data retention laws are passed and corporate streaming services are released in Aus [1]. Snowden lets us see the behind the scene negotiations. [2]

[0] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/10/trans-pacific-p...

[1] http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/netflix-v-s...

[2] https://wikileaks.org/tpp-investment/press.html

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Reddit has a great selection from /r/booklists which I've added below.[0] It would be just as worthy having a list of books to avoid.

[0] 'Top Books Derived from 11 "Top 100" Lists', http://www.reddit.com/r/books/comments/1iw3jq/top_books_deri...

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“There are two boats going to sea. In which shall we sail? There is the little boat of [s/science/technology]. Every [s/century/decade] a new little boat of [s/science/technology] starts and is shipwrecked; and yet again another puts forth, gaily laughing at its predecessors. Then there is the great galleon of tradition, and on board it travel the great poets and dreamers of the past.”

Apologies to Yeats.

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"The new team member that bothers me every day"

So you let others be the driver of how you feel?

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It is not that simple to _not_ be affected by the actions of others.

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"It is not that simple to _not_ be affected"

True, divorcing emotion from decisions and action is a skill. From my point-of-view, once the bozo-bit has been flipped you can filter this kind of distraction out, re-checking it's state each loop.

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With a 30 day exponential weighted average on that state?

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beautiful writing David.

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"“Abject poverty had kept my drinking reasonably contained,” says Mike, “but with a full bank account I tend to drink until I get sick.” Instead, he’s indulging in music. Mad Mike immediately moved his mom’s sofa, love seat and ottoman out of the living room and replaced it with thousands of dollars worth of brand new, gorgeous musical equipment:"

Love the idea of this. Ditch the furniture for creative tools.

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When my wife and I moved into our first home (an unfurnished rental), we felt it was larger than we really needed. So one bedroom became the living room, one bedroom stayed the bedroom, and the actual living room was emptied of all furniture.

What did we do with all that space? Plonked down a full-size ping-pong table and became bloody good at the game over the next year or so. Good times.

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"Here’s the brilliant part: Mr. Haber didn’t spend a dime on tuition or fees. Instead, he gorged from the smorgasbord of free courses offered by top universities."

This is harder to achieve in some courses. Science for example, and I suspect some aspects of tech that require infrastructure.

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"He never articulated it because it was clear from day one that he was going to bat for me and everyone on his team. The results spoke for themselves."

True leadership is serving.

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"A few weeks ago I was walking along the street in Cambridge, and in someone's trash I saw what appeared to be a Mac carrying case. I looked inside, and there was a Mac SE. I carried it home and plugged it in, and it booted. The happy Macintosh face, and then the finder. My God, it was so simple. It was just like ... Google." ~ Great Hackers, Paul Graham

So I'm going down a street and I see a Mac being thrown out :) ~ https://www.flickr.com/photos/bootload/14378861885

such a great article, thanks for @teuobk writing this & @franze for re-posting this. It means I can have a crack at using the classic as a web client/proxy. I'm still up to the lets plug a modern keyboard and mouse stage but this is a great push forward to connecting to the network, the hard bit: MacPlus and TCP/IP.

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