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NSA App Ideas To Popularize Spying and Big Data

reifman Re:Unpopular? (78 comments)

Agree at some level but I was following this EFF report https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/10/polls-continue-show-majority-americans-against-nsa-spying "For instance in an AP poll, nearly 60 percent of Americans said they oppose the NSA collecting data about their telephone and Internet usage. In another national poll by the Washington Post and ABC News, 74 percent of respondents said the NSA's spying intrudes on their privacy rights."

about 10 months ago
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NSA App Ideas To Popularize Spying and Big Data

reifman Re:Computer says no.. (78 comments)

Fair enough :) But, it's been slashdotted a lot before and held up just fine. Perhaps need to add a maintenance section.

about 10 months ago
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How To Build a Simple Open Source Server Monitoring Solution With Mobile Support

reifman Re:It's about balancing complexity & simplicit (58 comments)

that's what this is - it's just more robust than a 5 line script ... and therefore allows you to monitor any number of pages and sites. and honestly - $5 = no cost to me. It's when you start talking about $18/mo fees for this that I start to say, what?

1 year,12 days
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How To Build a Simple Open Source Server Monitoring Solution With Mobile Support

reifman Re:Timothy needs to be fucking fired. (58 comments)

I'd much rather pay $5 for an iOS app then break out my C compiler ;)

1 year,12 days
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How To Build a Simple Open Source Server Monitoring Solution With Mobile Support

reifman Re:Thanks for the ad (58 comments)

Thanks for taking me entirely literally!

1 year,12 days
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How To Build a Simple Open Source Server Monitoring Solution With Mobile Support

reifman It's about balancing complexity & simplicity (58 comments)

I think people missed my point partly - for people that only run a blog or a few web sites, Nagios is complete overkill and it would take a long time to set up, figure out how to use and the steps I've seen for iOS integration are not simple. Ditto for Zabbix. I think if you really write out the steps for installing and configuring these tools to meet this scenario, your solution is way more cumbersome than this one. MonitorApp is a pretty simple solution with an app that can be easily customized (it's PHP) and it's free. It supports email notifications - and you can hook those into any notification provider you want. I chose the Pushover API because I want to get notified on my phone with alerts - it's simple and elegant. Plus, what's with all the negativity? If you don't like a post, skip it and read on - there's more coming.

1 year,12 days
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How To Build a Simple Open Source Server Monitoring Solution With Mobile Support

reifman Re:Timothy needs to be fucking fired. (58 comments)

You sound very frustrated. Seriously, write up the steps for installing Nagios with iOS/Android integration and let's compare solutions. If Nagios can't keep it's own site up, maybe it's not the best solution for people running a blog or just a few sites.

1 year,12 days
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How To Build a Simple Open Source Server Monitoring Solution With Mobile Support

reifman Re:Try Zabbix, it's free (58 comments)

It's easy to find other solutions but most require some paid level of service that quickly escalate if you want notifications or multiple servers: ScoutApp, Pingdom, Copperegg ... Nagios & Zabbix are quite sophisticated but also have a lot of complexity. I built MonitorApp because it's quite simple to monitor any number of servers in an integrated with my iPhone. Compare the screenshots of MonitorApp in this tutorial to Zabbix - http://www.zabbix.com/screenshots.php

1 year,12 days
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Using Zillow's Creative Commons Neighborhood Boundary Data For the U.S.

reifman Re:Few people whatnow? (32 comments)

When I started Geogram ... I had never written a GIS app before and it took some time to sort out how to use the Zillow data with mysql, google maps and geolocation - this free OSS MapApp now provides working code for these scenarios for anyone interested in trying out GIS for the first time.

1 year,14 days
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Using Zillow's Creative Commons Neighborhood Boundary Data For the U.S.

reifman Suggestions for free neighborhood boundary data (32 comments)

I would be interested in people's suggestions for other free sources for national and especially international neighborhood boundary data. I've reviewed some sources but haven't decided on one to use yet.

1 year,14 days
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Using Zillow's Creative Commons Neighborhood Boundary Data For the U.S.

reifman Re:wow slashdoted before the first comment (32 comments)

thx for the heads up - it should be fine now. This is the setup I run on my blog (http://jeffreifman.com/detailed-wordpress-guide-for-aws/) but I've noticed that sometimes when I get slashdotted in the initial minutes Varnish/Apache can't keep up. After I restart them it's fine under load :(

1 year,15 days
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Not Just Apple, How Microsoft Sidestepped Billions in State Taxes

reifman Re:not really Microsoft's fault, though... (2 comments)

I appreciate the thoughtfulness of your response. There are actually laws against this - but the legislature (with its ex-Microsoft Chair of the Finance committee Ross Hunter) and head of the tax department (Suzan Delbene, wife of Microsoft Office VP Kurt Delbene) are so in bed together that they choose not to enforce the laws. I think if the Seattle Times served its public role and reported on this ... more Washington residents might get out and do something about this ... or push for change ... but it's been kept pretty quiet.

more than 2 years ago
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Blogger Tells Microsoft to Put Up or Shut Up on Ta

reifman But Microsoft keeps denying this (5 comments)

Why does Microsoft keep denying that it used its Nevada office to avoid Washington State's Royalty Tax? If they're doing the right thing by shareholders, they should promote this more publicly and openly.

more than 2 years ago
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Proposing a Model For Locally Imposed Net Neutrality

reifman Again, see Section 7 of the ordinance (153 comments)

Section 7 – Exploration of the City of Seattle as a Direct Broadband Provider - If broadband internet access service providers providing service to residents of the City of Seattle violate this ordinance in ways which evidence a pattern and practice on behalf of those providers to interfere with the rights secured by this ordinance, the City Council of the City of Seattle shall explore the potential for the City of Seattle to become a direct broadband internet access service provider to the residents of the City of Seattle.

more than 3 years ago

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Rumors of IMAPs Demise May Be Premature

reifman reifman writes  |  about a month ago

reifman (786887) writes "While the new Gmail API is a great step forward and offers a variety of new features, it provides no support for other mail providers to adopt it as a standard. For now, IMAP lives on as the lowest common denominator for building your own email applications across providers. Turns out that you can still accomplish a lot with just IMAP (video) , such as whitelisting, quiet hours, one step unsubscribe, digests which summarize filing destinations and unanswered emails as well as reporting on who sends you the most email every day. SimplifyEmail is meant to be an email playground for programmers."
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Supreme Court Grants Protections for Religious Freedom to Corporations

reifman reifman writes  |  about a month and a half ago

reifman (786887) writes "In case you missed it, the Supreme Court granted rights of religious freedom to for profit corporations yesterday in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. While the word corporation doesn't appear in the Constitution, SCOTUS has now granted corporations commerce and contracts clause protections, personhood, due process, protection from double jeopardy and unreasonable search and seizure and free speech rights. Almost all of these rights originate from the twisting of the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection clause which was meant to provide rights for freed slaves."
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Seattle Pays $47.5k to Improve Google Search Results of City Administrator

reifman reifman writes  |  about 2 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Seattle contracted $47,500 to improve the Google search results for the city’s highest paid administrator, Jorge Corrasco. Corrasco, already paid $245,000 annually for leading Seattle City Light, is under consideration for a nutty $120,000 raise. While the city has cut the contract short, here’s a pdf of the cached Huffington Post article, and other related posts. Seattle also has two deputy mayors each paid $170,000."
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Amazon's Giant Domed Dog Park: A Chick Magnet for Brogrammers?

reifman reifman writes  |  about 2 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Puget Sound Business Journal's suggests the goal of the public dog park planned for Amazon's giant dome is aimed at helping lonely Amazon employees get dates. Scott Wyatt, chairman of design firm NBBJ, says 'the project's design is aimed at making employees more innovative by exposing them to people other than their co-workers.' — building a giant public bubble to get them out of the private bubble created by their massive Lake Union headquarters."
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Amazon's proposed dog park: A chick magnet for lonely techies?

reifman reifman writes  |  about 2 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Puget Sound Business Journal's Tracey Spenser suggests the goal of the dog park planned for Amazon's giant public domes is aimed at helping lonely techies get a date. The architect says 'the project's design is aimed at making employees more innovative by exposing them to people other than their co-workers.' But Seattle may have reached peak-Amazon this week: The Stranger's cover mocked Amazon's ape-men brogrammers, who journalist Tricia Romano says are killing her sex life, local author Sherman Alexie appeared on the Colbert Report to urge a boycott against the company and CEO Jeff Bezos got called out for funding PACS but not voting in 23 elections."
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AT&T Charges $750 for One Minute of International Data Roaming

reifman reifman writes  |  about 2 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Last week, AT&T shut down my data service after I turned roaming on in Canada for one minute to check Google maps. I wasn't able to connect successfully but they reported my phone burned through 50 MB and that I owed more than $750. Google maps generally require 1.3 MB per cell. They adamantly refused to reactivate my U.S. data service unless I 'agreed' to purchase an international data roaming package to cover the usage. They eventually reversed the charges but it seems that the company's billing system had bundled my U.S. data usage prior to the border crossing with the one minute of international data roaming."
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Amazon CEO Bezos Sends in Checks More Than He Sends in His Ballot

reifman reifman writes  |  about 3 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made himself a well-known figure in the world of politics with his $250 million purchase of the Washington Post last year. According to King County elections records, the Amazon CEO has voted in 4 of 27 elections since Amazon became profitable, or about 15 percent (Washington State votes by mail not by drone). At the same time, he has consistently contributed to political action committees and candidates in every election for more than a decade. Seattle’s other technology titan, Bill Gates, votes with robot-like consistency, skipping only one between the years 2000 and 2011."
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Geek Couple Surprises Audience with Actual Wedding at Ignite Seattle

reifman reifman writes  |  about 3 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Last night at Ignite Seattle, the fifteenth and final five minute presentation "A Geek's Guide to Wedding Planning" turned into a huge surprise for the audience as what began as a normal talk turned into a full blown wedding. Teresa Valdez Klein & Noah Iliinsky, who'd met at earlier Ignites decided to bring their A game and get married in their five minute timeslot. Props and best wishes to the bride & groom. If they give a talk on "A Geek's Guide to Pregnancy", I will definitely skip it."
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Too many dudes: Amazon's growth is ruining Seattle's dating scene

reifman reifman writes  |  about 3 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "San Francisco's gender imbalance is so bad that a startup recently proposed flying women in from New York City for dates, but Seattle’s gender ratio is even more imbalanced. Amazon is building out enough space to employ 5% of the city population and its workforce is 75 percent male. By the end of 2014, Seattle will have 130 single men for every 100 single women."
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You've got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

reifman reifman writes  |  about 3 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "San Francisco's gender imbalance is so bad that a startup recently proposed flying women in from New York City for dates. But, if you’re a straight male thinking of moving to Seattle to work in technology, think again. Seattle’s gender ratio is even more imbalanced and it’s about to get much worse for men. Amazon is building out enough space to employ 5% of the city population and its workforce is 75 percent male. By the end of 2014, Seattle will have 130 single men for every 100 single women."
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Norwegian Skydiver Almost Gets Hit by Falling Meteor and Captures it on Film

reifman reifman writes  |  about 5 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "From the apparently not April Fools department: Anders Helstrup went skydiving nearly two years ago near Hedmark, Norway and while he didn’t realize it at the time, when he reviewed the footage taken by two cameras fixed to his helmet during the dive, he saw a rock plummet past him. He took it to experts and they realized he had captured a meteorite falling during its dark flight — when it has been slowed by atmospheric braking, and has cooled and is no longer luminous."
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Amazon's Outsourced Customer Service Making Fraud Easy

reifman reifman writes  |  about 5 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Amazon's outsourced, semi-automated customer service makes it easy for unscrupulous buyers to prey on its marketplace sellers. Buyers just need to 1) request a return and then 2) file a claim alleging that the item was different than described. While Amazon says it retains emails between buyer and sellers 'to help arbitrate disputes and preserve trust and safety', it ignores the content of most email exchanges as it sends automated emails to sellers instructing them to issue refunds and threatening to withdraw the funds from their account. File this under 'our investigation team does not work according to case numbers.'"
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The Missing Manual to Securing Your Mac for Potential Theft

reifman reifman writes  |  about 6 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Recently my house was robbed and two Macs taken. Over the past week, I've learned a few things that I hadn't been aware of. Apple has a few helpful features that aren't enabled by default in OS X: primarily setting a firmware password and hard drive encryption. Here are a few simple steps you can take now to minimize the damage from theft of your Macs and to increase the likelihood they might return to you."
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DIY Private Email Server in the Cloud

reifman reifman writes  |  about 7 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "In a follow up to this 2011 Ask Slashdot post on self-hosted Gmail alternatives and recent NSA wiretapping revelations, I wrote this guided tutorial for running your own email server in the cloud. The emergence of iRedMail and Roundcube are great offerings but end to end encrypted privacy remains an afterthought. Self-hosting remains quite complex for even average techies; combining out of country mail services with GPG may be the best approach for most folks, at least until more sophisticated encryption-based services emerge. The Indiegogo-funded Mailpile client may also interest people."
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Open Source Filter App Turns Your Email into a Programmable Playground

reifman reifman writes  |  about 7 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Filtered is a new open source IMAP mail filtering application which lets you train, route and experiment with your email. Filtered can learn from the contents of your existing folders, respond to drag and drop events and be trained via the web. But, it's also a platform which programmers can use to create new features for email such as quiet hours which shuts off your inbox on a schedule, whitelisting, which challenges new senders to authenticate themselves as human and a secure folders which delete messages from your NSA-accessible Gmail account and stores an encrypted version on your server. Filtered is written in PHP and is available now on Github. There's a detailed installation guide for trying out the app with a cloud-based Linux server. You can also request a droplet for Digital Ocean for a faster start."
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DIY Email Hacking with Open Source IMAP Filter App

reifman reifman writes  |  about 7 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Filtered is an open source server side imap application which provides a foundation to build new email features such as do not disturb, keyword based smartphone alerts, whitelisting and secure folders which move messages from your NSA-accessible Gmail account and encrypt them on your own server. Download at Github or test drive it in the cloud."
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Do It Yourself Open Source IMAP Email Filtering

reifman reifman writes  |  about 7 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Email innovation often lags other services because the big players (Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo) control the client. Filtered is a new, open source server side mail filtering applet which provides a platform for evolving email. For example, Filter offers Do Not Disturb, which can delay email delivery during evenings and weekends (favorite contacts can be excluded), Secure Folders, which can delete messages from specific people from your NSA-accessible Gmail account and place encrypted versions on your server and Whitelisting, which sends challenge emails to unknown senders. Download at Github or test drive it in the cloud."
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Email Quiet Hours Enabled with Open Source IMAP Library: Would You Use Them?

reifman reifman writes  |  about 7 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Email innovation often lags other services because the big players (Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo) are cloud client gatekeepers with few incremental profit incentives. Filtered is a new, open source IMAP mail filtering application which provides a platform for experimenting with email. For example, Filter offers Quiet Hours, which can delay email delivery during evenings and weekends (favorite contacts can be excluded), and Secure Folders, which can delete messages from specific people from your NSA-accessible Gmail account and place encrypted versions on your server. Filtered is available now at Github. There's also a detailed installation recipe for Linux."
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Open Source App Turns Your Email into a "Hackable" Playground

reifman reifman writes  |  about 7 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Filtered is a new open source IMAP mail filtering application which provides a platform for training, routing and experimenting with your email. Filtered can learn from the contents of your existing folders, respond to drag and drop events and can be fully trained through a web interface. But, it's also a platform which can be used by programmers to create new features for email such as Quiet Hours which shuts off your inbox on certain days and times, Whitelisting which challenges new senders to authenticate themselves as human and a Secure folder which deletes messages from your NSA-inhabited Gmail account and stores an encrypted version on your server. Filtered is written in PHP in the Yii Framework and is available now on Github. There's a detailed installation guide for trying out the app with a cloud-based Linux server."
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NSA App Ideas to Popularize Spying and Big Data

reifman reifman writes  |  about 10 months ago

reifman (786887) writes "Perhaps the reason the NSA's surveillance programs are so unpopular with Americans is that we haven't seen any of the potential consumer benefits that spying and big data can provide. Here are ten ideas for the productization and monetization of the NSA's spying infrastructure to inspire Americans to consider the bright side of the dark arts."
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