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I've installed the Postmatic Social Commenting plugin on the jwz and DNA blogs, so now you can auth using Twitter, Facebook or Google, rather than lying to me about your identities directly. It seems to work pretty well. Let me know if you notice any problems.

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Inside the Transamerica Pyramid

I want to go to there.

A 100 foot steel stairway extends, suspended, up the middle of the space at a 60 degree angle, making the steps so steep it feels like climbing a 10 story ladder. [...]

When they finally reached the top of the stairs, the three then had to climb two steel ladders. They went up one at a time, [...] The glass cap at the top of the pyramid is about the size of a cubicle, with the massive airplane warning beacon in the center taking up almost the entire space. (It's the same light that they turn on for holidays.) The three of them could just barely squeeze and crouch in beside it. Brett describes, "The wind would blow and the room would sway, not like an earthquake, but like you were in a tiny glass fort on the top of a massively tall tree." [...] There's a logbook left up there documenting everyone who's ever been all the way to the top, (a very short list), and the three of them added their names proudly to the bottom.

I mention this often, but I strongly object to the fact that the Transamerica Pyramid does not come to an actual point. Talk about taking your eye off the prize. They follow the line of the building up past the topmost "real" floor with this hollow, 100 foot tall placebo atop the building -- but they don't follow it the rest of the way! It stops with a 10 foot platform. They should have kept going -- the top of that building should be sharp enough that you can spear an olive on it. It should be sufficiently architecturally, geometrically honest that it's tip can draw blood.

Speaking of which. From Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore:

Emperor Norton winked, spun on one heel, and started to lead his troops away, then stopped and turned back. "And, son, don't touch anything with an edge while you're in the building? Scissors, letter openers, anything."

"Why?" Tommy asked.

"It's the shape of the building, a pyramid. They'd rather people not know about it, but they have a full-time employee who just goes around dulling the letter openers."

"You're kidding."

"Safety first," the Emperor said.

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Physical Pong

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North Dakota becomes first US state to legalize use of armed drones by police

Police Union to the rescue, as always:

It is now legal for law enforcement in North Dakota to fly drones armed with everything from Tasers to tear gas thanks to a last-minute push by a pro-police lobbyist.

The bill's stated intent was to require police to obtain a search warrant from a judge in order to use a drone to search for criminal evidence. In fact, the original draft of Representative Rick Becker's bill would have banned all weapons on police drones.

Then Bruce Burkett of the North Dakota Peace Officer's Association was allowed by the state house committee to amend HB 1328 and limit the prohibition only to lethal weapons. "Less than lethal" weapons like rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas, sound cannons, and Tasers are therefore permitted on police drones.

Becker, the bill's Republican sponsor, said he had to live with it.

"This is one I'm not in full agreement with. I wish it was any weapon," he said at a hearing in March. "In my opinion there should be a nice, red line: Drones should not be weaponized. Period."

Even "less than lethal" weapons can kill though. At least 39 people have been killed by police Tasers in 2015 so far, according to The Guardian. Bean bags, rubber bullets, and flying tear gas canisters have also maimed, if not killed, in the U.S. and abroad. [...]

Money's no problem for the the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department, though: A California manufacturer loaned them two drones. Grand Forks County Sheriff Bob Rost said his department's drones are only equipped with cameras and he doesn't think he should need a warrant to go snooping. [...]

Rost said he needs to use drones for surveillance in order to obtain a warrant in the first place. "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear," Becker remembered opponents like Rost saying.

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Today In Autocorrect

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Yeah, I can totally relate. I rather like [REDACTED] but he is way too invested in a thong he has no idea about.
I'm going to have this typo framed.
Ha, haha yeah that's a good one
Though really haven't we all been overly invested in a thong we know little about.

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iOS ad blockers

Dear Lazyweb, which iOS ad blocker reliably blocks Youtube pre-roll video ads?

I have been using 1blocker and I think it used to block them, but now it does not.

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Lyft spam: I hate you, Milkman Facebook

New morning ritual:

  • Look at all of our events and find the Lyft spam comments. It's always Lyft. It's only Lyft.
  • Go through the 7+ clicks it takes to delete each of them and block the fake account that posted it.

  • Click on every account that clicked "Like" on it, and go through the 4+ clicks to report them as fake accounts. (They are usually in Wisconsin for some reason).

  • Wonder, again, why about 1/3 of the time I have a "report as spam" option on the comment on the event, but the rest of the time I only have a "delete and block" option.

  • Wonder, again, why FB doesn't give me the option of being emailed when someone posts a new comment to my events, so that these fuckers might get less than 24 hours worth of eyeballs on them before my next round of whack-a-mole.

  • Shake an angry fist toward Menlo Park.

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Server Demirtaş

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Texts From Your Existentialist

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Apple Plug

Upgrade to iPhone 7 with Apple Plug

This isn't 2009. Your phone doesn't have a floppy drive, and it shouldn't have a headphone connector either. When we made iPhone 6 and 6s, the world wasn't ready for the future. Now, it is. Apple Plug is the perfect solution. Fill in your archaic headphone connector with beautiful aluminium and plug yourself into the future.

Perfect Fit

Innovation isn't always obvious to the eye, but look a little closer at Apple Plug. You'll find it is designed to fit seamlessly into the outdated headphone connector, transforming last year's phone into a modern masterpiece as beautifully as you'd expect from Apple. Once in place, Apple Plug cannot be removed. But why would you want to? Would you want to downgrade? We didn't think so.

Pure Invention

Innovation questions everything you know. We removed the floppy drive, and people said we were wrong. We weren't. We removed the CD drive, and again people said we were wrong. We weren't. We never are. Apple Plug isn't just a pristine product. It's an essential part of showing others who you are.

Aluminium. Crafted with precision.

Just trust us. It's better.

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