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Clinton Super Predators

It's no secret there is a long list of tragic deaths with close ties to the Clintons. This list includes Vince Foster who apparently shot himself in the neck and head, Mary Caitrin Mahoney gunned down at a DC Starbucks, and Walter Scheib found in a river.

Some might reasonably speculate by extending the list to include people whom were not so close but who posed as potential enemies to this very election campaign now underway: Wikileaks lawyer John Jones who was hit by a train in April and Seth Rich of the DNC (suspected source of the DNC leaks) who was shot in his car in July. And others too.

To be fair, the Clintons nor their personnel have ever been convicted of murder - but at as Hillary would say, "at this point, what difference does it make?".

Given the eyebrow raising body count, their immense wealth, their friends at the FBI & DOJ and the blatant influence over American mainstream media - it would seem prudent to at least exercise caution if you are someone who may be perceived as a key enemy to the Clintons on their way to a 2nd US presidency.

Which brings me to the point of this article. I am rather concerned about the safety of one such person. Her name is Helena Kennedy. She is another member of Julian Assange's legal team, based in London.

The train incident involving her now deceased associate John Jones is surely warning enough to be on guard. But as a recently leaked document shows, the reason for alarm is now more significant and much more personal.


Ethereum Hard Fork, Hard Lesson

Ethereum is a big idea in motion: and is illustrating just how uncontrollable & unpredictable such a big idea can be. From breaking crowdfunding records, to a multi-million dollar heist, to a hard fork that and subsequent conflict in the community - the entertainment is far from over. The more interesting development is happening right now as the market decides what to do next.

With the original chain rising from the dead it is clear to me that there is a secondary dimension of the fork process the pro forkers and Ethereum foundation developers did not anticipate. And actually is a good lesson in how not to fork a cryptocurrency; as well as serving as a great example of the power of the will of the market.


Demo Driven Development

An examples folder is commonly included in source code repositories. You may have seen them. They typically show a handful of use-cases for the code so you can see how it works and how to use it.

A library or a framework will often include these kind of example folders. But how about for your application?

I'd like to suggest a technique which expands upon this familiar examples concept, yet is used in the context of building a single application, and which boasts some of the key advantages you get from another familiar development strategy...


NintendoJS and The Key for Nintendo's next platform

The WiiU isn't the first system Nintendo has had flop.

It was all but 18 years ago the Virtual Boy was released to the world. The concept was amazing. The technology was... way, way too early.

Ironically today the Occulus Rift is the most exciting up & coming gaming toy.

If Nintendo doesn't have a next-gen Virtual Boy ala 'Oculus Rift killer' up their sleeve, which I'm assuming they don't, then they need some other dramatic play for the next round of console wars. Their next move is critical for the future of the company, and all the pressure is on President Iwata to do it right.

Not sure how much pull a smalltown Canadian boy has on 'ol Nintendo HQ in Kyoto. But I'm going to share my vision anyway (if it's any consolation, my girlfriend is Japanese).


How Google & the NSA PRISM partners undermine our free market

Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft et al. corporations connected to the NSA's top secret PRISM program are clearly engaged in a mass violation of their customers' privacy. For shame. But it isn't just privacy we should be concerned about. The secretive nature of this program represents a blatant subversion of the free market economy - one that affects every nerd, startup entrepreneur, or business owner alike.

This economy you work so hard to earn a living in is being gamed by 'cheaters'; intent on subverting the natural flow of the market and gaining unfair advantage by working in secret with agencies of government.

When you have a 'free market' corporation; a public facing company. That has a back-door, secret working relationship with a non-free market entity; a government funded agency like the NSA - it creates a dangerous 'link' between the two.


The Internet Discussion is broken

The internet used to be cool. Not only a great resource for information, it was a place you could go to ask questions & participate in discussions with people of similar thinking from all over the planet.

Today, it's a much different place. It's still a great resource for information - and you still can engage in discussions with people worldwide - but there is a problem.

To someone who is 'new' to the internet this problem will not be immediately obvious. But to seasoned nerds who've been here for a while; who have witnessed the impact and subsequent transformation of social media - from it's infancy stage to what it has become today - will most likely have an inclination of what this problem exactly is.

It's not necessarily of 'what' but 'who'. The problem today - with the 'internet' and particularly social media: is that you don't necessarily know 'who' you are receiving information from. You don't always know who you are having a discussion with.


Making a big city move to pursue the startup dream

I just moved from my small hometown to the largest metropolis in North America!
Er, largest northernmost metropolis in North America. I checked and evidently Moscow is a bit farther north. So that means the title of largest northernmost metropolis in the world is already taken. But as far as this continent goes - Edmonton is at the top!


So already my theoretical Cinderella startup-story is not off to as 'trendy' of a beginning than it would be if I say I was setting up shop in San Francisco - or even another emerging hub like Hong Kong or Singapore. But I think nerds will agree that in most cases it doesn't matter where you geographically base your business.

What matters most is the people you will be working with. And just so happens that some of my best, most talented friends are living in Edmonton - so there's no reason I would want to startup anywhere else.


The Main Reason Why Windows 8 Sucks

Disclaimer: I haven’t tried Windows 8 and have no intentions of doing so.

Windows 8 is broken

In fact, by not wasting time playing with the new Windows 8, I’m able to focus on the main reason why Windows 8 sucks. And besides, reviews are confirming what we already know: the new Metro UI, er tablet UI (lets just call it what it is: a tablet UI), is a total clusterfuck for desktop users.

But that’s not actually the biggest reason why it sucks. That’s right, you know the tablet UI they glued on top of a perfectly-fine desktop interface? Not the biggest reason why Windows 8 sucks. This is actually just a side-effect of the main reason....


Does Google's relationship with the NSA nullify its privacy policies?

Google has a secret relationship with the NSA. That much is fact.

But what we don’t know is how this relationship may affect you and me: Google users. Because, well - its’ a secret.

This in and of itself is concerning. But specifically, regarding privacy policies... I got thinking... as a corporation - wouldn’t a secret relationship with a military intelligence agency make ALL your privacy policies null & void?

Google and the NSA

Sure, the Gmail privacy policy may very well be a valid corporate document that is adhered to by Google staff. However, as far as users are concerned - it’s toilet paper because even if Google adheres to this policy - the NSA probably doesn’t have too. These guys may literally be roaming the offices at Google for all we know.

So I assume, but can only speculate since the Google NSA deal is secret, that the NSA can violate Google’s privacy policies anytime, get access to whatever they want, and use that data however they want.

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