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Friday, November 24, 2017

Personal information belonging to about 57 million Uber customers and drivers was stolen by hackers last October, a breach the company kept hidden for a year and for which its chief security officer was fired this week. The stolen data included names, email addresses and phone numbers of 50 million Uber riders and 7 million drivers. The drivers' stolen information also included 600,000 US. drivers' license numbers, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement. ... Bloomberg reported Tuesday afternoon that the company actually paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the data and keep mum about it. ... The New York State Office of the Attorney General has opened an investigation into the newly revealed breach, said press secretary Amy Spitalnick. read more

Friday, November 17, 2017

Some people are "traditionalists", some people enjoy regional fare, some stick with family/ethnic favorites, and others are expanding the spectrum of Thanksgiving dinner. What are you making?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Open mike night #2: on the now-defunct thread about SSNs, I responded to a post about issuance of a federal identity card. The closure of that thread precluded any further discussion, but I think it's warranted. Grab those thinking caps one more time, kids. read more

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

For years the standard story was that hunter-gatherers from Siberia crossed on foot when the glaciers retreated enough, at the end of the last ice age, to open an ice-free corridor.

And people did cover Beringia on foot when such a route opened up. But they probably weren't First Americans. Think of them as ... Second Americans, perhaps.

Thanks to a growing body of archaeological and genetic evidence, researchers publishing today in Science say it's increasingly likely that the first humans to arrive in the Americas followed a coastal route, making the most of marine resources on a "kelp highway" that spanned the edge of the north Pacific from Asia to North America. And they made this journey well before glaciers retreated to open the traditional Beringia overland route.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Open mike night on the DR. The argument has been made that new, tailored gun control laws are in order because our current laws (including reporting of purchases, etc..) are inadequate. Put on your thinking caps, kids?


"What are your views on people who believes that words are violence and that violence can be used as a response to those words?"

Got an example?

#165 | Posted by snoofy

Have you been living in an off-the-grid cave for the last year?

NYT: When is speech violence?

By all means, we should have open conversations and vigorous debate about controversial or offensive topics. But we must also halt speech that bullies and torments. From the perspective of our brain cells, the latter is literally a form of violence.


Berkeley students chant "Speech is Violence!"


Thinking Strategically About Free Speech and Violence

The position here is generally something like:

When fascists are permitted to speak, they spread fascism. Fascism must not be allowed to spread. Thus fascists should not be permitted to speak. Fascists cannot be reasoned with. They must be physically resisted. White supremacist or genocidal speech is in itself violence or incitement, so physically stopping fascists from speaking is only a form of self-defense.


College Students: Yes, Speech Can Be Violence

Almost 40 percent [of surveyed collegians] believe that it's "sometimes appropriate" to "shout down or disrupt" a speaker. A sobering 30 percent believe that physical violence can be used to stop someone from "using hate speech or engaging in racially charged comments."


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