Maybe Trump’s Lawyer Tried to Pay Manafort’s Legal Bills for a Totally Innocent Reason | Vanity Fair 

No one was super into the idea, considering the fund had been set up “specifically to aid those who faced legal fees stemming from their involvement with the president,” and the charges the two men were facing were related to activities that predated the campaign, making them ineligible. Plus, ethics advisers at the White House had the crazy idea that paying their legal fees would make it look like Dowd & Co. were attempting to stop Manafort and Gates from cooperating with prosecutors. But Dowd, who clearly is just a big softie at heart, was reportedly undeterred.

Sitting There For Five Hundred Million Years | In the Pipeline 

The Ediacaran community (PDF), at first glance, appears to be about as close as we’re going to get for a while to extraterrestrial life, because, as far as can be told, it was totally wiped out at some point for reasons that remain controversial. None of the Ediacarans have left any obvious, or even non-obvious descendants; it’s as if a giant reset button was hit on macroscopic life. Did the Cambrian organisms arise and displace (or even just eat) the Ediacaran ones? Did ocean conditions change too much or too quickly for them? All of the above?

Court: Trump’s ‘Get ‘Em Out’ Order Directed At Campaign Rally Protesters Is Protected Speech | Techdirt 

As the court notes, what Trump said may have been taken by attendees as an invitation to inflict violence. Trump may even have hoped some would act on these urges even with the tossed-off addition of “don’t hurt ‘em.” But what he said was Constitutionally protected, no matter how unsavory or subjectively threatening the expelled protesters might have felt his statements were. For the court to step in and declare these words illegal would be a step too far.

I think this is the right ruling. It’s not illegal to be weak and ask others to silence critics for you. It simply means you are fragile and were probably raised as a sheltered rich kid in private schools.

No, Apple didn’t delete that guy’s movies. Here’s what really happened - CNET 

“Any movies you’ve already downloaded can be enjoyed at any time and will not be deleted unless you’ve chosen to do so. If you change your country setting, some movies may not be available to re-download from the movie store if the version you purchased isn’t also available in the new country. If needed, you can change your country setting back to your prior country to re-download those movies.”

I think the fact that he changed regions should have been part of the original complaint. That’s a big one that bites people with all kinds of digitsl content. It even can result in physical content that is effectively DOA.

Quantum Computing and Cryptography - Schneier on Security 

At its core, cryptography relies on the mathematical quirk that some things are easier to do than to undo. Just as it’s easier to smash a plate than to glue all the pieces back together, it’s much easier to multiply two prime numbers together to obtain one large number than it is to factor that large number back into two prime numbers. Asymmetries of this kind – one-way functions and trap-door one-way functions – underlie all of cryptography.

Lasts Longer | Asymco 

Of course, there would be not much business without an environment and we should all strive for sustainability.  But this is an existential observation, and it’s defensive. The important call to make is that Apple is making a bet that sustainability is a growth business.

Fundamentally, Apple is betting on having customers not selling them products.

Comicsgate is the latest front in the ongoing culture wars | J A Micheline | Opinion | The Guardian 

Until they and other industry personnel take a zero-tolerance approach to abuses of power from within their own houses, Comicsgate will never truly die. Brexit and Trump are no different. The passivity of well-meaning white Britons and white Americans with regards to racism and xenophobia in their everyday lives indicated to a less-savoury segment of the population that their aggression would go unchecked.

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