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21 Nov 15:00

Google Maps - Pegman is shown in a UFO if dragged over Area 51.

Google Maps - Pegman is shown in a UFO if dragged over Area 51.

21 Nov 22:22

Financial Times: European Parliament to Call for the Break-Up of Google

by John Gruber

Alex Barker and Murad Ahmed, reporting for The Financial Times:

The European parliament is poised to call for a break-up of Google, in one of the most brazen assaults so far on the technology group’s power.

The gambit increases the political pressure on the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, to take a tougher line on Google, either in its antitrust investigation into the company or through the introduction of laws to curb its reach.

A draft motion seen by the Financial Times says that “unbundling [of] search engines from other commercial services” should be considered as a potential solution to Google’s dominance. It has the backing of the parliament’s two main political blocs, the European People’s Party and the Socialists.

Good luck with that.

19 Nov 20:00

Beefed up iPhone crypto will lead to a child dying, DOJ warned Apple execs

by Dan Goodin

Whenever DOJ pulls out the “But think of the murdered children…” routine, it’s a pretty good sign Apple is doing something right.

The No. 2 official at the Justice Department recently warned top Apple executives that stronger encryption protections added to iPhones would lead to a horrific tragedy, such as a child dying, because police couldn't access a suspect's device, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The beefed up protections, Apple recently disclosed, mean that even when company officials are served with a court order, they will be unable to retrieve potentially crucial evidence such as photos, messages, or contacts stored on iPhones and iPads. Instead, the data can be accessed only by people who know the passcode that serves as the encryption key.

Justice Department officials wasted no time objecting to the changes and used the scenario of a child being kidnapped and murdered to drive home their claim that Apple was "marketing to criminals." According to the WSJ, Justice Department officials including Deputy Attorney General James Cole met with Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell and two other company employees on October 1. Reporters Devlin Barrett, Danny Yadron, and Daisuke Wakabayashi gave the following account, which they attributed to the recollections of people who attended.

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18 Nov 14:46

The Big Sleazy

by Josh Marshall

Lots of my friends can't live without Uber. But more and more evidence that it's a wildly sleazy operation at the highest levels.

17 Nov 20:34


by Josh Marshall

Missouri Gov declares State of Emergency for St. Louis County ahead of possible protests tied to Ferguson.

15 Nov 16:00

Man has NFC chips injected into his hands to store cold Bitcoin wallet

by Cyrus Farivar

Bionic Bitcoin Commando

Any serious Bitcoin user will preach the benefits of cold storage: keeping the bulk of your bitcoins offline somewhere, like on an encrypted USB stick, or even printed on a piece of paper. The idea is that by keeping that data offline, it’s far less susceptible to being hacked.

So, the theory goes: what could be safer than keeping it inside your own body?

For the last 10 days, Martijn Wismeijer, a Dutch entrepreneur and Bitcoin enthusiast, has lived with an NFC chip embedded in each hand. One has data that he’s constantly overwriting; he can put his contact details in simply by having another person scan his hand with an NFC-enabled phone. But the other contains the encrypted private key to his wallet.

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14 Nov 22:35

History can't repeat itself if you don't show up.

We can avoid a similar situation in the future by not being in Salem during the witch trials, and then you won’t be accused! Avoid going to Salem if possible.

13 Nov 18:31

Three new East Bay bakeries for your radar: Stateside Bakery, Pietisserie, A Dora Pie

by Ethan Fletcher

News for #teampie

Don’t look now, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Here are three new bakery options in the East Bay to check out for your holiday dessert fix.

Stateside Bakery


Stateside Bakery

CupKates founder and early food truck adopter Kate McEachern officially debuts her first brick-and-mortar location this week in Berkeley. A collaboration with her husband, Stateside Bakery is a truly unique venture, offering fresh-made versions of classic American Hostess-style treats but with quality ingredients.

The idea came to McEachern, according to the East Bay Express, after listening to her brother reminisce fondly about the junk food of his youth and wishing he could, in good consistence, introduce his own son to some of those items. And so at Stateside, she’ll be offering up “Twinkies” filled with fresh Madagascar bourbon vanilla cream and “Oreos” made from chocolate shortbread cookies, plus housemade pop tarts, moon pies, and more.

Stateside Bakery: 3001 Telegraph Ave, Suite E, Berkeley,





Self-taught Pietisserie founder Jaynelle St. Jean has been offering up a seasonal selection of pies out of a seemingly never-ending rotation of East Bay locations over the past several years, most recently sharing a space inside Nido Kitchen & Bar in Jack London Square. Now, at last, St. Jean will have her own place, a tiny 400-square-foot storefront in the East Lake section of Oakland, which she’s opening within the next few weeks (definitely before Thanksgiving, St. Jean says).

She’ll be offering 8–10 different pies along with milk and ice cream (customers can get coffee at the next door café). She’ll also eventually serve her popular mini pies, but likely not until after the Thanksgiving crunch. Speaking of which, you have until November 17 to pre-order pies, including Okinawan sweet potato (pictured) and chocolate cream pretzel, which can be picked up at the new storefront on or the day before Turkey Day.

Pietisserie: 1605 2nd Ave., Oakland, 510-859-PIES,

A Dora Pie


A Dora Pie/Facebook

Chocolatier Blue founder Chris Blue and his wife Jess Steeve took over the shuttered Slow restaurant space on University Avenue (next to one of their chocolate shop locations) in late October. In Slow’s place, according to Berkeleyside, the couple opened a new pie and coffee shop called A Dora Pie, serving up cookies, meringues, Flying Goat coffee, and pies made with all-butter crust.

Initial offerings include pumpkin and chocolate French silk, with more flavors on the way and plans to soon offer savory pies for lunch and dinner.

A Dora Pie: 1966 University Ave., Berkeley, (510) 529-4191, Facebook.

14 Nov 01:14



Autoreshare ‘nuff said.

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13 Nov 11:21

The complicated history of some editions of Buddhaghosa's Visuddhimagga

by Dominik Wujastyk
[This is a lightly-revised version of some posts to the INDOLOGY forum sent in November 2014] 

The Visuddhimagga was edited and then published twice in Roman script in the first half of the 20th century.  By Caroline A. F. Rhys Davids for the PTS, published 1920 & 1921, and by Henry Clarke Warren for HOS, posthumously published in 1950.  Neither edition refers to the other.  
Some discussion of these editions is offered by Steve Collins in, "Remarks on the Visuddhimagga, and on its treatment of the Memory of Former Dwelling(s) (pubbenivāsānussatiñāṇa)," Journal of Indian Philosophy (2009), 37:499–532.
Warren met Caroline's husband Thomas in Oxford in 1884, as Lanman's Memorial notes, and was greatly influenced by him.  Warren's work was done long  before that of Caroline Rhys Davids, since Warren died in 1899.  But why wouldn't Dharmananda Kosambi have mentioned Caroline RD's edition in his 1927 preface to Warren's?  It's understandable that Warren's brother Edward wouldn't have known about Caroline RD's edition, when he wrote his pathetic Foreword in 1927, since he was not an indologist.  Why did Warren's edition take 23 years to be printed, even after Kosambi had finished his editing of the MS?  1950 looks like five years after the war, which is understandable.  But that doesn't explain the twelve years of inaction before the war (and after the editing).  Since Warren had paid for the HOS to exist, one would have thought some priority might have been given to publishing his work.

And why didn't Caroline RD mention Warren's work?  Warren had used one of her husband's manuscripts of the VM, so she would surely have had some awareness of Warren's work.  And Thomas Rhys Davids was alive until the end of 1922, and was aware of his wife's work on the VM, since she gave him some pages for checking, some time before the end of 1920 (mentioned in her foreword).  Caroline RD also knew that Warren had published a subject analysis of the VM in the JPTS in 1892, although she appears not to know his article "Buddhaghosa's VM" of the same year, or his "Report of Progress" on his work on the VM, published in 1894.   She mentions Warren in her afterword on p. 767, but only as the author of Buddh. in Tr. (1896), which incidentally contains a 50 passages translated from the VM. 

I would have expected the translator Ñanamoli to say something about all this in his translation, but he doesn't.  He just says he's using both editions.  Perhaps there are book reviews from the later 1920s or 1950s that explain matters, I haven't looked yet.

Has anyone systematically compared the two editions for variants?  Caroline RD's edition is a reproduction of four earlier printed editions, two from Rangoon, two from Ceylon; Warren worked from MSS, two Burmese and two from Ceylon.  All of Warren's MSS came from sources in the UK, so it must have been known in England, and certainly to Thomas RD, that Warren was working on this text.

As mentioned, Dharmanand Damodar Kosambi (not to be confused with his son Damodar Dharmanand Kosambi) worked on Warren's edition of the Visuddhimagga.  Dharmanand's work was finished in 1911, but the book took until 1950 to appear.

Meanwhile, Dharmanand went back to India, and in 1940 he published in Bombay an edition of the Visuddhimagga in his own name, work that he had begun in 1909. It was based on the same manuscripts as Warren's work, plus reference to two printed editions from SE Asia, perhaps the same as those used by Caroline Rhys Davids.  Dharmanand said, in his Preface,
The sources used for the present edition are primarily the same as those employed for the Harvard edition, consisting of four excellent manuscripts: two Burmese, two Singhalese.  In addition, I have used one printed edition in Burmese and one in Siamese Characters ; while generally not so good as the first of the Burmese manuscripts, these contain an occasional superior reading. To reduce the bulk of this volume, I have omitted all variants ; the best alternative readings, however, will be given with my own commentary-in the volume to follow.
Dharmanand's Visuddhimagga edition has been transcribed and published as a web document.

So there are three editions of the Visuddhimagga published between 1920 and 1950, with entangled editorial histories:
  1. Caroline Rhys Davids, 1920, based on 4 printed editions
  2. Dharmanand Kosambi, 1940, based on 4 MSS and 2 editions
  3. Henry Clark Warren, 1950, based on 4 MSS
    Warren died in 1899, leaving his edition almost complete.  Kosambi was invited by Lanman to bring it to a publishable state, which he and Lanman did together, completing that between 1910 and 1911. Nothing then happened for fifteen years.  Then Lanman and Kosambi settled some dispute, and Kosambi saw the work through the press in 1926-1927.  But the work remained unpublished until 1950 [Preface].
Warren's actual editorial work on the text preceded that of both the others.  But it was only published after their editions.

For his 1940 edition, begun in 1909, Kosambi used the same MSS as Warren had used 40 years earlier.  Two of these MSS were personally procured by Warren from England, by correspondence with Thomas Rhys Davids and with Dr Richard Morris [as Lanman says], and a third was personally lent by Henry Rigg.  Did Kosambi really, separately, gain access to the very same privately-owned MSS?  Or were they still in Cambridge MA when he worked  there after Warren's death?  Or did Kosambi use Warren's unpublished text in constituting his own edition.  It is hard to imagine that he would not do so, since the work was done and lay there before him.

I should mention that for all these editors it was a matter of importance that their editions were produced in this or that script.  Caroline Rhys Davids' edition was mainly undertaken in order to produce a Roman-alphabet version of the pre-existing Burmese- and Ceylonese-script editions.  She showed little engagement with actual text-critical tasks.  Warren was engaged with both text-criticism and with the idea of transliteration.  Warren's edition prints MS readings.  Kosambi also cared about script, producing his edition in Devanagari, thus intending specifically to reach a readership in India.  Kosambi also engaged in text-critical tasks to the extent that he applied Paninian grammatical thinking to the construal of the text, especially in matters of sandhi.  But Kosambi omitted to print any variants from the manuscripts, which means that his edition cannot be used as a critical edition, since he denies the reader the opportunity to think critically about his editorial choices and their alternatives.  

The secondary literature contains references to an edition of the Visuddhimagga by Dharmanand Kosambi (and not Warren) published by OUP in London in 1950.  I think this is probably just an error.
13 Nov 00:48

Shorter White House: That Romneycare Dude Is Just Wrong

by David Kurtz

There are apparently *multiple* asshole Jon Grubers?

White House responds to the Jon Gruber brouhaha.

13 Nov 01:05

Twitter’s New ‘Strategy Statement’

by John Gruber

weapons of mass destruction program activities.


Reach the largest daily audience in the world by connecting everyone to their world via our information sharing and distribution platform products and be one of the top revenue generating Internet companies in the world.

That’s 220 characters. If any company should be able to fit its strategy into a single tweet, it’s Twitter. So clunky. Worrisome that they can’t express themselves clearly.

I can just see the argument. “Let’s call them platforms.” “No, products.” “Platforms!” “Products!” “Wait, I’ve got it: platform products.”

Benjamin Esham on Twitter:

I’m sure there’s an artful way to use “world” three times in the same sentence, but that ain’t it.

12 Nov 20:27

Kim Jong-un with Korean People’s Army troops.


North Korean public performances of emotion are just so eerily similar to Pentecostal church.

Kim Jong-un with Korean People’s Army troops.

12 Nov 20:28



My main question is whether this was intentionally sexual imagery.

12 Nov 01:37

A summary of the Earl Thomas Reddit AMA

by Kenneth Arthur

Mad respect to Earl Thomas for not ever reading Reddit.

Earl Thomas answered anything (except most questions, including ones about Percy Harvin)

The most interesting thing to me about a player like Earl Thomas, is that we almost always talk about him like his career has already passed. "What's his legacy?" "Where does he rank in the pantheon of great safeties?" "Is he as good as Kenny Easley?" And we do this despite the fact that he's 25-fuckin-years-old.

Thomas was born mere months before the debut of The Simpsons, and yet it's hard to not think about the fact that now he's under pressure to be a first team All-Pro every season because that's what we've become accustomed to. And he could feasibly still be playing in the NFL in the year 2029.

There's a greater chance that the Jaguars will leave the league before Thomas does.

So that's really what I kind of want to know about these transcendent young players, like Thomas, JJ Watt, Von Miller, or Calvin Johnson: How do you deal with the attention? How do you avoid looking at the next 5, 10, or 15 years? How do you prepare for a life after football while you're still preparing for the next game?

And ... Is Russell Wilson a robot or a time traveler?

Thomas went to Reddit today and did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) and there was some interesting insight. I wouldn't say that there were many huge revelations, but Thomas is a lot funnier than people may give him credit for. Here are some of the highlights of that AMA:

On cutting his dreads and switching his jersey to read "THOMAS III":

"It was in the middle of the night, I still had my dreads, something told me to cut my dreads. I woke up in the middle of the night and cut my dreads. The III I tried to get at the beginning of my rookie season, but they wouldn't allow it."

On what music he listens to before games:

"I don't listen to music before games. I'll listen to an audio book. Maybe something like the Art of War. Even some old Mike Tyson stories to tap into my killer instinct."

On his favorite Super Bowl memory:

"The plane ride home. We was in the clouds, it felt like a movie, bro."

On the most under-appreciated player:

"Probably Brandon Mebane, he's been there so long and he does a lot of the dirty work that nobody sees. He's the nose guard, he clogs up the holes and makes it hard for the opposing running game. He's put in a position that you can't really see but his impact is irreplaceable... because he's in the trenches."

On Pete Carroll:

"Instead of a coach, I think Pete is more of a teacher. He allows everyone to have their own personalities, but gives us the indicators that we need to succeed in growth."

On Reddit:

"This is my first time browsing Reddit."

"If it don't help me grow, I don't listen to or see it. Growth is what I'm after. I'm self mastering a bunch of other stuff."

On the funniest person on the team:

"Coach Carroll is the funniest guy on the team. The thing that makes him the funniest is that he may have multiple personalities that he actually believes. You can see it in his acting skills."

On whether or not Russell Wilson is a robot:

"No, he's a time traveler."

On raising the 12th Man Flag one day:

"Great question. I haven't thought about it but I see it before every game and it's a very emotional experience. I put that along with seeing my name dropped in the rafters. Something like a goal."

The rest of the AMA can be found on Reddit.

11 Nov 03:33

Jason Snell Reviews the Kindle Voyage

by John Gruber

Jason Snell:

Amazon’s been headed in this direction for a while now. The original Kindle screen was 167 ppi; the Paperwhite upped that all the way to 212 ppi. The Paperwhite’s screen is actually quite good, but the Voyage’s is still noticeably better. To put it in Apple terms, this is really the first Kindle with a Retina display.

Unfortunately, Amazon has invested all of this effort in improved reading technology only to find itself completely at sea when it comes to typography. The Voyage still only offers six typefaces — many of them poor choices for this context — and still force-justifies every line (with no hyphenation!), creating variable-length gaps between words just so the right margin is straight rather than ragged. A device that’s dedicated to words on a page, one with a screen this beautiful, deserves better type options.

It’s depressing that all my typographic complaints from two years ago still stand. Amazon hasn’t improved the typography of Kindles in any way since then, other than by increasing the resolution of the display. I’ll repeat now what I wrote then:

Amazon’s goal should be for Kindle typography to equal print typography. They’re not even close. They get a pass on this only because all their competitors are just as bad or worse. Amazon should hire a world-class book designer to serve as product manager for the Kindle.

They should either devise or license (from Adobe?) a world-class hyphenation-justification algorithm while they’re at it. I’ll never buy another Kindle device until they fix this.

Update: Numerous readers have pointed out that they could just use the excellent open-source hyphenation algorithm from TeX.

10 Nov 22:47

Your thinking is NOT off.

Maybe I am thinking off, but a lady body has a lot of power especially when it speaks of menstruation.

07 Nov 21:00

Blizzard announces Overwatch, a new class-based online shooter

by Sam Machkovech

This seems superfluous. We already have a class-based offline shooter called “America.”

On Friday, Blizzard Entertainment kicked off its annual Blizzcon event in Anaheim with announcements about longtime series such as StarCraft and newer entries like Heroes of the Storm, but the keynote's biggest noisemaker was the debut of a new IP: Overwatch, the company's first-ever first-person shooter series (no, we don't count StarCraft: Ghost).

The class-based online shooter was revealed by way of a lengthy, pre-rendered 3D animation, which saw two excited children wander through a bright, colorful museum dedicated to a long-ago battle. Not surprisingly, chaos broke out in the trailer, with a number of super-sized heroes showing up to leap, dash, punch, and blast at each other.

The cartoony, Pixar-like visuals of the animation were followed by an immediate gameplay reveal, which showed a number of distinct characters shooting at each other in mostly first-person combat, though with frequent camera-pulls to show off special maneuvers. It included team-shooter archetypes like healers and engineers, but Overwatch's gameplay seemed to particularly stress speed and firepower. One character, named Tracer, could run into a ruckus and lay down attacks, then personally rewind time as a way to escape the hectic scene; another named Hanzo could climb and bounce off of walls, then shoot arrows that exposed enemies through walls.

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08 Nov 15:00

Zynga may have stopped the bleeding for now: daily active user loss slows

by Cyrus Farivar

I wish someone would pay ME to lose $800 million over six years. I could do that _much_ more efficiently than the giant team at Zynga!!

Over a year ago, when we published our large feature on Zynga, it was at a crossroads—so focused on growth that the company was hemorrhaging users, and money. One anonymous principal Zynga engineer told us at the time: "Zynga is destroying Zynga."

On Friday, Zynga announced its quarterly earnings for the third quarter of 2014, and the answer is clear: the company is still losing a lot of money. The San Francisco gaming firm lost over $57 million during the quarter and has lost a total of $180.7 million in 2014—it is now on pace to lose over $200 million in 2014. That would put its annual losses about where they were in 2012 and would mean that Zynga will have lost over $800 million in six years.

Some of that was due to Zynga's acquisition of NaturalMotion earlier this year.

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07 Nov 17:20

Canada bill would ban polygamy, other ‘barbaric cultural practices’

by Ron Csillag

“Barbaric cultural practices”?? These Canadians are using surprisingly intemperate language!

TORONTO (RNS) The "Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act" would ban arranged marriages of minors and deport polygamists.

The post Canada bill would ban polygamy, other ‘barbaric cultural practices’ appeared first on Religion News Service.

06 Nov 19:33

Feminist Studies


I just…how do… how could one possibly begin to grade this student‘s essay?

Many ancient monsters are female because in a sense women are more ferocious. They have a more wicked side. Also women aren’t too worthy of being things of high role. This reveals that women can’t be anything greater than evil, spell casting, killing monsters.

06 Nov 04:16

The First Regiment of the Socialist Brigade of Mexico, Feminine...

The First Regiment of the Socialist Brigade of Mexico, Feminine Sex on parade to show their  willingness to defend Mexico City if the Constitutionalist Army attempted to retake it, 1915.

05 Nov 23:36

Researchers Discover New 'WireLurker' Malware Affecting Macs and iOS Devices in China [Updated]

by Juli Clover
lightning_usb_cable_0_5_mResearchers from Palo Alto Networks (via The New York Times) have published a research paper on WireLurker, a malware new family that's been infecting both Mac OS and iOS systems over the course of the past six months. The researchers say that WireLurker, which is targeting users in China, "heralds a new era in malware attacking Apple's desktop and mobile platforms."

The WireLurker malware is the "biggest in scale" in the trojanized malware family, and it is able to attack iOS devices through OS X using USB. It's said to be able to infect iOS applications similar to a traditional virus, and it is the first malware capable of installing third-party applications on non-jailbroken iOS devices "through enterprise provisioning."

Thus far, WireLurker has been used in 467 OS X apps in the Maiyadi App Store, which is a third-party Mac app store in China. The apps have been downloaded 356,104 times, infecting hundreds of thousands of users.

According to the researchers, WireLurker looks for iOS devices connected via USB to an infected Mac, installing malicious third-party applications onto the device even without a jailbreak.
WireLurker monitors any iOS device connected via USB with an infected OS X computer and installs downloaded third-party applications or automatically generated malicious applications onto the device, regardless of whether it is jailbroken. This is the reason we call it "wire lurker". Researchers have demonstrated similar methods to attack non-jailbroken devices before; however, this malware combines a number of techniques to successfully realize a new brand of threat to all iOS devices.

WireLurker exhibits complex code structure, multiple component versions, file hiding, code obfuscation and customized encryption to thwart anti-reversing. In this whitepaper, we explain how WireLurker is delivered, the details of its malware progression, and specifics on its operation.
Once installed, WireLurker can collect information from iOS devices like contacts and iMessages, and it's able to request updates from attackers. It's said to be under "active development" with an unclear "ultimate goal."

Palo Alto Neworks offers several recommendations for avoiding apps infected with WireLurker, including an antivirus product and Mac App Store installation restrictions that prevent apps from unknown third parties from being installed. Users should not download and run Mac apps or games from third-parry app stores, download sites, or other untrusted sources and jailbreaking should be avoided.

Unknown enterprise provisioning profiles must be avoided as well, and users should avoid pairing their iOS devices with unknown computers or charging with chargers from untrusted or unknown sources.

Palo Alto Networks has notified Apple of the malware, but an Apple spokesperson declined to offer a comment.

Update: Apple has issued a statement to iMore about the issue:
"We are aware of malicious software available from a download site aimed at users in China," an Apple spokesperson told iMore, "and we've blocked the identified apps to prevent them from launching. As always, we recommend that users download and install software from trusted sources."

03 Nov 18:00

Why Acorn Woodpeckers are appearing in Berkeley

by Guest contributor
Acorn Woodpecker / Photo by Larry and Dena Hollowood,

Acorn Woodpecker at Sycamore Valley Open Space Preserve (Danville). Photo: Larry and Dena Hollowood

By Bruce Mast

They are the clowns of the oak savannah — Acorn Woodpeckers — with their harlequin faces, gregarious habits, and off-kilter laughing calls that inspired Woody Woodpecker.

Here in the Bay Area, Acorn Woodpecker colonies are fairly common in the East Bay hills and the western slopes of Mount Diablo, particularly where there are concentrations of valley oaks. South of Livermore, they can be locally abundant in the Diablo range. They are rare in Tilden and Redwood Regional Parks, however, and practically unheard of west of the Hayward Fault.

So what’s up with the recent spate of Acorn Woodpecker sightings in urban San Francisco and the East Bay lowlands?(...)

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04 Nov 17:28

Burmese Kitchen to close this month, cites ‘the changing nature of San Francisco’

by Paolo Lucchesi

The Tenderloin's Burmese Kitchen closing

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The Tenderloin’s no-frills Burmese Kitchen — one of the city’s top spots for Burmese fare — is closing at the end of November. The Lin Family opened Burmese Kitchen in 2009, when they began offering their native cuisine in the same space that was their Larkin Express Deli; it quickly gained a cult-like following for dishes like the signature tea leaf salad and mohinga.

The goodbye note from the Lins does, however, note that they hope to reopen elsewhere:

We are closing on 11/30/2014. The story of the Burmese people is full of unforeseen setbacks, challenges and triumphs. It’s these events and the people we’ve met along the way that give life it’s vibrant color and flavor.

Due to the changing nature of San Francisco we are not being allowed to renew our lease at our current location. Even though we’re looking for a new location we know that our home is where our hearts are, and that’s whit all of YOU who’ve supported the Burmese Kitchen.

Now we want to take all of you with us. We’d love to keep in touch with you so can let you know where our new location is. We’re also asking for your email and zip code because we may just end up being neighbors. Please click here to leave us your contact info. Thank you.

The Lin Family

Burmese Kitchen: 452 Larkin St. (near Turk Street), San Francisco; (415) 474-5569.

[h/t SFist/Eater]

04 Nov 15:00

How SF’s bill to “legalize Airbnb” became a political grudge match

by Joe Mullin
David Chiu in 2012.

Last month, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed a law that threw out the city’s longstanding ban against short-term rentals. The legislation finally legitimized Airbnb, the home-sharing start-up that became a mainstay of the "sharing economy" when it was created six years ago.

The 7-4 vote on the bill, signed into law last week, might have been the end of a long debate—but it wasn't to be. The vote took place smack-dab in the middle of election season, and the acrimonious debate has spilled into one of California’s most hotly contested legislative contests.

Two SF supervisors, one on each side of the Airbnb vote, are striving toward statewide office. A committee supporting board president David Chiu, who pushed through the Airbnb bill, has been showered with money—about $750,000 in all—from two big Airbnb investors, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and Ron Conway.

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03 Nov 20:07

Holy Goats! They're Kind Of A Big Deal In One Nepali Town

by Donatella Lorch

Saucie, in case you ever get bored of PDX…

The people of Nepal like goat dishes. They like goat sacrifices. But not all local goats meet such a fate. In one town, goats do as they please. After all, they're divine!

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31 Oct 19:25

Court Rules Police Can Force Users to Unlock iPhones With Fingerprints, But Not Passcodes

by Juli Clover
iphone_5s_touch_idA Circuit Court judge in Virginia has ruled that fingerprints are not protected by the Fifth Amendment, a decision that has clear privacy implications for fingerprint-protected devices like newer iPhones and iPads.

According to Judge Steven C. Fucci, while a criminal defendant can't be compelled to hand over a passcode to police officers for the purpose of unlocking a cellular device, law enforcement officials can compel a defendant to give up a fingerprint.

The Fifth Amendment states that "no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself," which protects memorized information like passwords and passcodes, but it does not extend to fingerprints in the eyes of the law, as speculated by Wired last year.
Judge Steven C. Frucci ruled this week that giving police a fingerprint is akin to providing a DNA or handwriting sample or an actual key, which the law permits. A pass code, though, requires the defendant to divulge knowledge, which the law protects against, according to Frucci's written opinion.
The ruling stemmed from a case involving David Baust, who was accused of strangling his girlfriend. Prosecutors believed Baust may have stored video of the attack on his phone, and requested that the judge force him to unlock it. If protected by a passcode, Baust will not be required to unlock his phone under the Fifth Amendment, but if protected with a fingerprint, he could potentially be forced to unlock the device.

If Baust's phone is an iPhone that's equipped with Touch ID, it's very likely that it will be passcode locked at this point and thus protected by law. Touch ID requires a passcode after 48 hours of disuse, a restart, or three failed fingerprint entry attempts, and the device has probably been in police custody for quite some time. It is unclear if the judge's ruling will have an impact on future cases involving cellular devices protected with fingerprint sensors, as it could be overturned by an appeal or a higher court.

31 Oct 15:50

Drupal sites had “hours” to patch before attacks started

by Robert Lemos

Nearly a million websites running the popular Drupal content management system had only hours to update their software before attacks likely compromised the systems, thanks to a widespread vulnerability, the Drupal security team warned this week.

On October 15, the security team for the Drupal content management system announced the discovery of a critical security flaw that could allow attackers to steal data or compromise vulnerable sites. Within seven hours of the announcement, attackers had begun broadly scanning for and attacking Drupal sites, according to the project’s security team, which provided the details in an October 29 public service announcement.

“Systematic attacks were launched against a wide variety of Drupal websites in an attempt to exploit this vulnerability,” the group stated in its update. “If you did not update your site within < 7 hours of the bug being announced, we consider it likely your site was already compromised.”

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