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Sprint, Samsung won’t let me install CyanogenMod on my Android device.

slate.com — When I bought a new personal computer last year, I didn't want to use the Windows operating system that came with it as my primary computing environment. So I installed the Ubuntu version of the GNU/Linux operating system, which offers more freedom and functionality in ways that matter to me....

A list of the ad networks, trackers the WSJ - which I pay for - tries to load in my browser

dangillmor.com — We pay a non-trivial annual subscription fee to read the online Wall Street Journal, and consider it worth the money. But the company feels it has the right to not only charge us royally for the privilege but also to insert all kinds of surveillance into our reading.

I was mucking around with my display/compiz…

plus.google.com — Ubuntu Linux gurus -- help needed: I was mucking around with my display/compiz settings and now have a desktop that doesn't work right at all. There's no... - Dan Gillmor - Google+

My viral Hong Kong protest tweet: a mea culpa

dangillmor.com — Last weekend, like a lot of other people, I watched from afar as the Hong Kong protests took over the city's Central district. I spotted a tweet showing a photo of hundreds of people holding their hands in the air, and I immediately recalled the prior (and ongoing) protests in Ferguson, Missouri, where people had held their hands up as well.

Law enforcement has declared war on encryption it can't break.

slate.com — Suppose two suspected criminals happened to be the last two people on Earth who could understand and speak a certain language. Would law enforcement argue that they should only be permitted to speak in a language that others could understand? That's an imperfect but still useful analogy to a "debate"...

1996: Q&A with Larry Ellison and Ray Lane

mercurynews.com — Posted: 08/27/2014 03:06:29 PM PDT Updated: 09/03/2014 03:21:37 PM PDT (This article originally appeared in the Mercury News on November 11, 1996.) Oracle Corp. has become one of Silicon Valley's largest and most influential companies. Lately, Oracle has won considerable public attention because of the relentless promotion by its chairman and chief executive, Larry Ellison, of the so-called Network Computer, or NC.

Bono, Apple creating "irresistible" new music format.

slate.com — Uh-oh. Here we go again. According to Time magazine, Apple is working with U2 on a "secret project" aimed at ensuring that we'll all pay for the music we listen to in the future. Says the magazine, U2 frontman and doer of good works Bono "hopes that a new digital...

A Return to Hong Kong

dangillmor.com — For six years starting in 1999, I spent 5-6 weeks each fall at the University of Hong Kong's Journalism & Media Studies Centre, co-teaching an online media course. I'm certain that HKU was the first university in the world to require students to create blogs, because Dave Winer gave us space on a server to test his then-beta blogging software in the very, very early days of the mass-blogging movement.

A Generation of Sacrifice: Restore the Military Draft, and Start with the Baby Boomers

dangillmor.com — UPDATED It is Memorial Day in America, a Monday holiday that ends a three-day weekend - a holiday that has come to reflect so much of my nation's culture. Once, the day was about sacrifice: honoring the American men and women who gave their lives in military service.

The ‘Internet Slowdown’ protest for net neutrality needs to target regulators

theguardian.com — In a not-so-distant future, American internet service providers like Comcast, Time Warner Cable, AT&T and Verizon could - if the Federal Communications Commissions allows - pick and choose what you can see on the internet and how fast you can see it.
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Oct 21, 2014

RT @AntonioFrench: Bob McCulloch and Attorney General Holder should be launching investigations into who is leaking this info. Police? Attorneys? Jurors?

Oct 21, 2014

So the San Francisco team is in the baseball World Series? Do I have that right?

Oct 21, 2014

@rafat Doesn't give you a warm fuzzy feeling, does it?

Oct 21, 2014

As usual, I'm watching TV series one season later, and trying to avoid spoilers about current one.

Oct 21, 2014

I'm awed to live in a time when NASA is getting close-up images of comets. jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/de…

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