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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-03-01 04:46
Subject: [links] Link salad heads for the airport
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Bastard Giveaway: Kalimpura by Jay Lake

From Inspiration to Execution — Art guru James Gurney quoting Robert Louis Stevenson.

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival & CthulhuCon (Portland, OR) — A fun local convention is looking for a little Kickstarter help.

The Google Glass feature no one is talking about — A contrarian view of the Next Big Thing. (Via [info]danjite.)

Scientists Uncover Invisible Motion in Video — (Via Daily Idioms, Annotated.)

Handling Luggage Problems, From Damage to Delays

Same Genetic Basis Found in 5 Types of Mental Disorders

Human sexuality is naturally promiscuous, primarily amorous — I know nothing, I say nothing…

Study of Ice Age Bolsters Carbon and Warming Link

On Purposely Getting Arrested, to Get Life-Saving SurgeryAny patient with end stage liver disease who does not have insurance (and is not eligible for Medicare) has the option of trying to qualify for state-funded Medicaid (which includes demonstrating both poverty and disability), stealing moisturizing cream from a department store, or dying. Best healthcare system in the world, yep. (Via [info]willyumtx.)

After Benedict: Religions have to Democratize if they are to Survive

Van school worker shot during gun training class — Clearly what we need is more guns. What could possibly go wrong? (From various sources.)

Back in 19 and 70… — Tea Party idiocy (or more likely, willful ignorance) on the subject of the minimum wage.

QotD?: Is it a bird? is it a plane?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,000 new words of draft on the current nonfiction project, to 6,900.)
Hours slept: 7.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Weight: 236.6
Number of FEMA troops on my block converting golf courses to concentration camps: 0
Currently reading: Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett

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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2013-03-01 15:19 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's an excellent point about Google Glass. My first concern would be for people with legitimate reasons to be anonymous. Say there's a woman with an angry ex-husband after her. He finds her riding that subway via Google, goes to her town and shoots her. A lot of our strict privacy laws exist right now to prevent such things. (My Dad, searching for an occasionally runaway, schizophrenic Mom, has run into these. They make his life harder, but we all appreciate that they exist. Also, he's found workarounds. Which hospital is Mom at? The one who says "we can't give out that information." Sheesh.
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User: heron61
Date: 2013-03-01 21:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Google Glass feature no one is talking about

I vastly disagree. I think that the annoying feature of not knowing if you are being recorded by someone wearing Google Glass are to me vastly outweighed by the social advantages - the cop who doesn't know if they are being recorded by bystanders when they make an arrest and use excessive force, the misogynist jerk who sexually harasses coworkers and now doesn't know if their harassment will be both put up on the web for all to see and also emailed to their supervisor, and neither do the sexual predators lurking in college parties, bars, or SF cons. While they'll likely be banned at schools, with luck there will be rule-breakers who record misogynist teachers openly favoring male student or other teachers being inappropriate.

Of course, I'm also vastly in favor of all police being requires to wear cameras that record every moment they are on duty and download the data to a secure server maintained by a civilian oversight board. Steps in this direction have already begun.

Ultimately, the issue of privacy in public places is over, and privacy lost. Instead, as I see it, it's time to start using this fact to everyone's advantage, rather than just of advantage to the people with wealth and power.
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