We in the United States cannot come close to the return to leadership that the United States had 45 years ago, and shortly thereafter.
Our family’s Verizon contract is about to be up, so we’ve taken advantage of the T-Mobile Test Drive (with the iPhone 5S) to try out their service. It’s a pretty interesting concept, and I’ll post a review when our week is up.
There is nothing more clear than an a unanimous Supreme Court opinion and a statement like this at the end of a decision (pdf file):
Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple — get a warrant.
Edward Snowden’s lawyer, a look at the disturbing treatment of whistleblowers. On working with Snowden:
The secrecy of Radack’s work with Snowden requires two laptops beside each other: one standard Windows, and another running an encryption setup that she asks me not to describe in detail. There’s no Wi-Fi anywhere in the office; it’s too hard to secure. “I joke that I use drug dealer tactics,” she says. That means burner phones, paying in cash, meeting in person. “It’s a terrible way to work as an attorney, but you have to.”
On Jesselyn Radack’s own privacy:
Leaving the house in the morning, she spotted a black van idling on the street outside. She walked up to its window and asked the men inside if they needed anything. They said they were there for her neighbor, but were stumped when she asked for the neighbor’s name. “It’s about intimidation,” she says. “It doesn’t matter if they’re surveilling you all the time, as long as you think they might be.”
And on Radack’s own treatment as a whistleblower:
One day, she got a call from her office telling her agents were gearing up to arrest her that night. The tip turned out to be wrong but it took a toll, sending her into a panic and aggravating her MS [multiple sclerosis]. Her pregnancy miscarried that night.
Scary. And shocking. Great work by The Verge.
And that was my single biggest frustration during my time at the city — we were constantly using 20th century answers to problems that required a 21st century solution.
This is the world I want to live in:
Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport… Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.
I wish this happened far more often (the rarity justifies this post), but I see us going in the direction of openness.
Great writing from Shawn Blanc:
I believe the human sprit wants – and even needs – to be challenged and given hard-to-reach goals. I also believe that put in the wrong environment day after day, that same human spirit will forget about its ability to imagine and grow.
Last week I had the pleasure to attend the Alliance for Innovation’s Transforming Local Government conference. It was enlightening and inspiring to be around other public servants that have done such great, innovative work. Sadly I can’t point you to videos of the conference presenters, but you can watch the Alliance’s YouTube channel that contains submissions for their Innovation Awards. Also, some of the best information can be found under the hashtag #tlg2014.
I took a lot away from the Conference, but I think the greatest example of a change initiative came from the city of Durham, North Carolina. Their presenters included a GIS Analyst and Zoning Inspector (usually you see finance director and city manager types). They successfully changed their organizational culture by involving employees every step of the way, and really by letting the employees lead. Very impressive.
I’ve already put it to use with my own Twitter archive here. I’m using the Hemingway theme for the moment, but Ozh already released a theme that looks like the new Twitter profile that I might utilize.
Ozh’s plugin only imports the most recent 3,200 tweets (thanks for that restriction, Twitter), and he just posted a way to use your Twitter archive to import your previous tweets. That wasn’t available last week, so I used the Advanced CSV Importer plugin to take the csv file from my Twitter archive and put those older tweets into the WordPress database.
This plugin is a really good way to maintain a usable archive of your tweets. Twitter might not always be around, plus, this is your writing, store it on your own website! Thanks, Ozh, for your hard work on this.