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Posted by Tom McParland on Jalopnik, shared by Melissa Kirsch to Lifehacker

A lot of buyers want to get a car and keep it forever, therefore it is crucial that they pick a model that has a reputation for being able to rack up the miles. A recent study found out which cars are most likely to exceed the 200k mark and some of the winners are surprising.


April Sunday Assembly - LAUGHTER

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Laughter is good for you! Even better to share that feeling with others. We have Annie Goglia, founder of the Oakland LifeFire Laughter Yoga in 2007, featured in Oakland Magazine, the East Bay Medical Guide and on CBS. Jokes and smiles from the community will leave you feeling great.

Doors open at 10:30am for coffee and snacks, and at 11:00am on the dot we bust out the live music and secular celebration.

Stay for snacks and fellowship after assembly. Up for more? Follow us over the road for a casual lunch.  We're retreating to the nearby Bierhaus (383 Castro St), where welcoming picnic tables are a great place for either a lunch purchased there or your own bag lunch, if you prefer. 

Sunday Assembly is free of charge, and donations are gratefully accepted.

Everyone is welcome. Free childcare provided.

Free parking is available in our onsite parking lot, and street parking is also free on Sundays.

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Posted by Kerry Sheehan and Kit Walsh

Thanks to the First Amendment and longstanding copyright limitations, copyright holders don’t have the legal right to prevent others from using their works to express messages that they disagree with or find offensive, nor do they have a right to prevent someone who lawfully purchases a copy of their work from reselling it, repurposing it, or destroying it entirely. 

That’s because copyright law in the United States doesn’t provide authors the ability to launch lawsuits over their “moral rights” (except for some works of visual art covered by the Visual Artists Rights’ Act). And that’s a good thing – by limiting authors’ abilities to control how their works are used, U.S. copyright law creates space for downstream creators and users to adapt and remix existing works to create new interpretations and meanings, without facing a veto from the original author. It also allows those who own physical copies of copyrighted works to use those copies in the ways that make most sense for them – they can annotate them, take them apart and reassemble them into new creations, give them away, or even destroy them.

We have fought for decades to improve copyright law to create more space for downstream uses, but the Copyright Office sought comments [PDF] on proposals that would do the exact opposite: creating a new right of integrity “to prevent prejudicial distortions of the work” and an unnecessary and potentially damaging attribution right (to be credited as the author).

The fight over moral rights, particularly the right of Integrity, is ultimately one about who gets to control the meaning of a particular work. If an author can prevent a use they perceive as a “prejudicial distortion” of their work, that author has the power to veto others’ attempts to contest, reinterpret, criticize, or draw new meanings from those works.

These sorts of uses are paradigmatic fair uses, protected under traditional copyright law. But in countries that have adopted moral rights frameworks, authors (and their heirs) have the power to restrict certain uses or interpretations of their works that they disagree with. For example, as Peter Baldwin notes in his book The Copyright Wars, in France, George Bizet’s heirs succeeded in having Otto Preminger’s reinterpretation of the opera Carmen, Carmen Jones, banned, because they objected to the filmmakers’ setting of the opera among African Americans.

Further, U.S. defamation law already provides remedies in appropriate cases when false, harmful statements are made about a person. If a work is used or falsely attributed in a way that causes real reputational harm to the author, defamation law provides the appropriate remedy. And, unlike a new right of integrity, defamation law contains safeguards designed to prevent the law from suppressing or punishing speech protected under the First Amendment.

The proposed attribution requirement presents lesser, but still significant harms, without adding much benefit. An additional right of attribution is likely to be redundant to existing rights under copyright law, which already provide copyright owners with broad powers to control dissemination of their works. With a right of attribution, copyright holders would have yet another tool to police otherwise non-infringing uses of a work, like fair uses.

A fixed, statutory attribution right is also inconsistent with the rapid and diverse participatory cultural practices that prevail online. Cultural symbols are often rapidly reworked and shared, and norms around attribution vary dramatically across contexts. Many creative communities have established norms regarding when and to what extent attribution is needed [PDF]. A rigid attribution requirement could disrupt these practices and impede valuable downstream creativity, while creating further opportunities for copyright trolling.

A statutory right of attribution could also interfere with privacy protective measures employed by online platforms. Many platforms strip identifying metadata from works on their platforms to protect their users' privacy, If doing so were to trigger liability for violating an author’s right of attribution, platforms would likely be chilled from protecting their users’ privacy in this way.

For centuries, American courts have grappled with how to address harm to reputation without impinging on the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. And as copyright’s scope has expanded in recent decades, the courts have provided the safeguards that partially mitigate the harm of overly broad speech regulation.

As we told the Copyright Office, introducing new rights to control the use and meaning of copyrighted works would be a step in the wrong direction.






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Lawyers at EFF, the ACLU, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers released a report today outlining strategies for challenging law enforcement hacking, a technique of secretly and remotely spying on computer users to gather evidence. Federal agents are increasingly using this surveillance technique, and the report will help those targeted by government malware—and importantly their attorneys—fight to keep illegally-obtained evidence out of court.
A recent change in little-known federal criminal court procedures, which was quietly pushed by the Justice Department, has enabled federal agents to use a single warrant to remotely search hundreds or thousands of computers without having to specify whose information is being captured or where they are. We expect these changes to result in much greater use of the technique, and the guide will arm attorneys with information necessary to defend their clients and ensure that law enforcement hacking complies with the Constitution and other laws.
In the largest known government hacking campaign to date, the FBI seized servers running a website accused of hosting child pornography and, instead of shutting down the site, continued to operate it. Relying on a single warrant, the FBI then hacked into users that accessed the site, totaling nearly 9,000 devices located in 120 countries around the world. The FBI charged hundreds of suspects who visited the website, several of whom are challenging the validity of the warrant. In briefs filed in these cases, EFF says that the warrant that enabled this massive hacking exercise is unconstitutional and evidence gathered using it should be suppressed.

As with every new surveillance power obtained by the government, it’s just a matter of time before these secret malware attacks are used in other cases. That’s why it’s important for criminal defense attorneys to get educated about how these attacks work and how they can vigorously defend their clients rights when the technique is used.
The report, “Challenging Government Hacking in Criminal Cases,” explains how to recognize the use of government malware in a criminal case, and it outlines the most important and potentially effective procedural and constitutional arguments to raise when hacking was used to gather evidence. Our hope is that the guide will help attorneys fight back against illegal surveillance, and ultimately place important and needed checks on the government’s ability to hack into our personal electronic devices.

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From a distance, it looked like any other rocket at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, a soaring tower of thrust and power, ready to blast off into orbit. Upon closer inspection, though, there were signs of something different about this rocket.

The Falcon 9’s first-stage booster was not as clean and shiny as they usually are. It was just a touch dull, showing, ever so slightly, the scorched wear from its first launch, almost a year ago — a “flight-proven” rocket, as Elon Musk’s SpaceX likes to call it. On Thursday evening, almost one year after it had previously flown the Falcon 9 rocket, SpaceX launched it again.

The launch, at 6:27 p.m., marked the first time that a rocket had flown a payload to orbit, landed vertically and then been reused. The flight signaled an important landmark, capping years of work and some fiery theatrics of boosters screaming back from space only to explode in failed attempts to land on ships at sea.

In December 2015, SpaceX was able to land its first rocket on a landing pad at Cape Canaveral. A few months later, the company did it again, this time at sea. Since then, it has made landing rockets as exciting — or more so — than the 3-2-1, bone-rattling liftoffs of fire and smoke that have reignited interest in space exploration.

After the successful launch, an emotional Musk called it “an incredible milestone in the history of space.”

Once aloft, the Falcon 9 boosters perform a bit of aerial acrobatics, turning around and then flying back to Earth. Guided by computer algorithms and GPS navigation, they make their way through the clouds to their target, slowing down by firing their engines again until they touch down softly, with remarkable, near bull’s-eye precision.

Those feats are meant to serve a higher purpose than entertaining the company’s growing and at times rabid fan base, which treats launches like groupies do rock concerts. The real goal is to dramatically lower the cost of spaceflight, making it accessible as the company pursues its ultimate goal of reaching Mars.

That has taken a lot of ingenuity — and computing power.

Up until recently, the first stages of rockets were traditionally discarded, lost in the ocean after providing the initial power to escape Earth’s gravity. But to entrepreneurs like Musk, that is an incredible waste — like throwing away an airplane after every use. The technology has also been pursued by Jeffrey P. Bezos’s Blue Origin space company, which has flown the same New Shepard booster past the edge of space five times. (Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

“We’re not one-way-trip-to-Mars people. We want to make sure that whoever we take can come back. And from that perspective, you have to have a reusable system,” Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s president, said during the company’s live broadcast before the launch. “We’re really looking for true operational reusability, like an aircraft.”

Thursday’s flight was the first time a rocket designed to deliver a payload to orbit — a more difficult feat than Blue Origin’s suborbital flights — had been launched anew. It came during a mission to deliver a commercial satellite for SES, a Luxembourg-based satellite operations company, to what’s known as geostationary orbit, more than 22,000 miles high.

“What SpaceX did today is a historic accomplishment,” said Alan Stern, a former NASA executive and chairman of the board of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. “They are transforming the future of space exploration.”

Martin Halliwell, SES’s chief technology officer, said the company had no concerns about putting its satellite, which would help beam high-definition television to parts of Mexico and South America, on a used rocket. The company thoroughly vetted the rocket along with SpaceX, which spent months examining and testing it ahead of the launch, he said.

And it looked good for a rocket that’s been flown before, Halliwell said. Any wear and tear were signs of pride.

“It hasn’t been repainted,” he said. “I believe Elon specifically didn’t want it repainted. . . . It doesn’t look all scruffy and scorched and sooty. It looks pretty good.”

Several minutes after liftoff, the Falcon 9 flew back to Earth, touching down yet again. Halliwell said the company has contracted SpaceX for four more flights this year. He said the company is considering flying at least two of those on “flight-proven” rockets.

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An enterprising Gizmodo reporter seems to have found the private Twitter account of the head of the FBI, James Comey.

In a Thursday afternoon e-mail to Ars, the FBI National Press Office wrote: "We don’t have any comment."

The reporter, Ashley Feinberg, wrote up a detailed narrative as to how she was able to locate him by first finding his son, Brien Comey, on Instagram. When she followed this lead, even though that account is locked, Instagram suggested other accounts that Feinberg may wish to follow. Those included one named @reinholdniebuhr.

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The company's struggles have reignited the debate over nuclear power, with some framing Westinghouse's bankruptcy filing as the end of the line for nuclear power and others seeing it as a temporary setback for the industry.

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The following obituaries and article were published in the January 14, 2006 issue of The National Herald.  I am providing them as a possible tool for Hellenic genealogy research.


PANO KOUMANTAROS, a man who liked to help others, and who lived passionately, loses his battle to cancer at 61 by Stacey Mulick, The News Tribune

TACOMA, Wash. - Panayotis "Pano" Koumantaros took two major risks in his life. 

At 26 and with little grasp of English, he left his native Greece and his parents to seek opportunity in America. Five years later, he launched his own pension benefits consulting firm. 

Both moves paid off. 

His firm, Spectrum Pension Consultants Inc., has grown from a one-man operation to a company that employs more than 20 people and provides pension consulting to nearly 700 small businesses in 17 states. 

He became active in the Tacoma community, serving in the Fircrest Golf Club, the Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club and the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Parish Council. 

He also created a scholarship foundation for college-bound men and women in the local Greek American communities. 

Mr. Koumantaros, 61, died on December 22 after a six-month battle with bladder cancer. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Maria; two sons, Petros and Yannis, who will take over their father's company; and his sister, Anna Koumantaros of Athens, Greece.

"He was just an incredible inspiration for us," said Petros. "We hope to continue his legacy well into the future." 

The elder Koumantaros was born in Athens. He studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Florence in Italy, where he met John Xitco. Xitco, a Gonzaga University student studying abroad, encouraged Koumantaros to come to the United States. 

"I was proud of him when he came over here," Xitco said. 

"He did what he said and did it when he said." Mr. Koumantaros immigrated to the United States in 1970 and met his wife later that year. He started his company in 1975. In addition to his work and community involvement, he was an amateur chef and a wine enthusiast. His collection of wine numbers a few thousand bottles, according to Petros. 

Mr. Koumantaros enjoyed cooking meals and hosting friends at dinner parties. He also enjoyed golfing. 

"He was kind. He was considerate," Maria said. "The man enjoyed waking up in the morning and living." 

Mr. Koumantaros, was widely recognized as one of the foremost experts on retirement plan consulting and design, he launched an independent pension benefits consulting firm in April 1975. The company operated as a sole proprietorship under the name Spectrum Financial Planning until July 1978, when it was incorporated under the name Spectrum Pension Consultants, Inc. 

To this day, the Koumantaros Family privately holds the company with more than 20 dedicated staff members and nearly 700 clients, and has provided pension benefits to more than 50,000 retirement-plan participants over the years.

Son of the late Petros and Marika Koumantaros, Mr. Koumantaros was born in Athens on August 12, 1944. After being raised in Athens with his sister Anna, he pursued a Chemical Engineering degree at the University of Florence in Italy. He returned to Athens, where he served as an officer in the Greek military for two years. In 1970, he immigrated to the United States and settled in Tacoma, where he accepted a position as a Life Insurance agent with Phoenix Mutual. 

Mr. Koumantaros married Maria J. Karanzas at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Tacoma on June 18, 1972. His contributions to local business groups, educational foundations, service fraternities and social organizations are too numerous to count. 

He served on the board of directors and was elected President of Fircrest Golf Club, the Tacoma Narrows Rotary Club and the St. Nicholas Church Parish Council. Dedicated to knowledge and educational pursuits, he served as an AHEPA District Governor. He founded the AHEPA Scholarship Foundation, which has provided more than $100,000 in scholarships to college-bound men and women in local Greek American communities.

A Rotarian since 1979, Mr. Koumantaros had a perfect attendance record for 25 years, and was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. He dedicated himself to philanthropic pursuits as a way of giving back to the community which provided him the American Dream. Frequently remembered among family, friends and colleagues for his ubiquitous spirit and social grace, he loved entertaining; was an avid amateur chef; and had a deep passion for wines. Few could forget the excitement of his 60th birthday weekend celebration in Napa Valley or the many dinner parties shared at the Koumantaros residence. 

Mr. Koumantaros' love for this country and his passion for living each day to its fullest will be forever remembered by all who knew him. . . . . 

The above incorporates information from stories published by the Tacoma News Tribune on December 24 (“Immigrant Forged Success in South Sound - Panayotis 'Pano' Koumantaros lived passionately, focusing on his family and friends and his Fircrest Pension Benefits consulting firm - dies of cancer at age 61”) and December 27 (“Panayotis 'Pano' Koumantaros, Local Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Dies at 61”)


ANDONIADIS, Athena (nee Policardioty) - Age 92; died January 3, 2006, beloved wife of the late Nicholas; loving mother of Andrew (Jolene) of Oregon and Nina (Ken) Lamson of Georgia; proud grandmother of Alexandra Andoniadis, Anastasia (Jim) Satterwhite and Kacina Lamson; dear sister of the late George Polek. Family and friends met January 6 in the morning at Transfiguration of Our Lord Greek Orthodox Chapel at Elmwood Cemetery in River Grove, IL, for funeral Service. Interment Elmwood Cemetery. Donations to St. Philothea Greek Orthdox Church, 3761 Mars Hill Road, Watkinsville, GA 30677 would be appreciated. Arrangements by John G. Adinamis Funeral Director, Ltd. c/o Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home.


BARBATSULY, Tom. - A furrier in Garden City for more than 60 years, Tom Barbatsuly was known by his patrons for his friendliness as much as he was known for the chinchillas and minks he sold them or stored for them, relatives said. "He was a very warm, affable man, a consummate gentleman who was very generous with his time," Greg Efthimiou of Arlington, Va., said of his grandfather. A fixture in the community since opening Barbatsuly Brothers Furs of Garden City in 1936, Barbatsuly died Monday of natural causes at his Garden City home, six days shy of his 99th birthday. Barbatsuly was born in Kastoria, the fur capital of Greece, one of nine children and the youngest of six boys. All his siblings preceded him in death, relatives said. Barbatsuly, who came from a family of furriers, learned his craft in Greece before moving to Paris at 21, to hone his sewing and furmaking skills. He moved to Boston in 1923, joining his brother, George. Tom Barbatsuly moved to New York soon after and joined with three other brothers to open a fur business on Jamaica Avenue in Queens. He met his wife, the former Tina Chagaris, around 1926 while visiting the family farm retreat in Platskill. They married in 1936. Shortly after, he established the Garden City store with his brother Nicholas. His son, Mark, who died in 2004, and his daughter, Carol Efthimiou, joined him in the 1960s to help run the business. Barbatsuly was active in numerous civic organizations and served as president of St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Hempstead. The church honored him for his contributions with the Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the highest citation available to a layman. Besides his wife, Barbatsuly is survived by his daughter, Carol Efthimiou of Garden City, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held on January 6 at St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Hempstead. A private burial followed at Greenfield Cemetery in Hempstead. Contributions may be made to the St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 110 Cathedral Ave., Hempstead, 11550.


CULULI, John J. - Age 83; of Bethlehem, VA; died January 4, 2006 in St. Lukels Hospital in Bethlehem. He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Mary (Pappas) Cululi. Born in Bethlehem he was the son of the late Demetrios and Mary (Thomas) Cululi. He graduated from Liberty High School Class of 1940. John served as treasurer of the Bethlehem Future Craftsman of America. He won the National Scholastic Awards in mechanical drawing and industrial design in 1938, 1939 and 1940 and was awarded a Scholarship to Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh. He enlisted in the Navy in World War II as a aviation machinist mate and served as instructor on the Salerno Bayand on an escort carrier. He was honorably discharged on May 7, 1949. John, his brother Augustine and nephew James Petrakis pioneered the First TV community cable system in the Lehigh Valley in 1950 and the third system in the Country, operated as Electronic Enterprises Inc. and sold the cable system to the Wolsonovicks, the present owners of Service Electric in 1957. John retired from Allentown Mack Truck in the plant engineering department after 17 years of service. John was honored as a member of Liberty High School Alumni of Distinction Award at its 75th Anniversary in 1977 for pioneering the first TV community cable System in the Lehigh Valley and the holder of several U.S. patents as a mechanical artist in individual design. He was a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Bethlehem and had served two years of the Church Council. He was a member of St. Nicholas Senior Citizens and a 50 year member of Order of AHEPA Homer Chapter 65 in Bethlehem. Survivors: wife, Mary, three Daughters, Cleo Millheim of Bethlehem, Demetria Paonessa of Poughkeepsie, NY and Ann Weaver of Sacramento, CA; six Grandchildren. Services were on January 7 in St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, in Bethlehem. Burial in Cedar Hill Memorial Park Cemetery Allentown. Funeral arrangements were made by the John F. Herron Funeral Home, in Bethlehem. Contributions: to the Church, 18018 or Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Center, 631 S. St. John Street, Allentown, PA 18103


FIFLES, Peter G. - Age 76; loving son of the late George T. (Martha, nee Paris) Fifles; dear brother of Gus "Deno" (Tasia) Fifles, Theophilos “Phil” (Gloria) Fifles, Arthur (Janet) Fifles and the late Ernest G. Fifles. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Visitation was January 10 at G.L. Hills Funeral Home in Des Plaines, IL. Funeral Service was the following day at St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, IL. Interment at Elmwood Cemetery, River Grove, IL. Memorials to Greek American Rehabilitation and Nursing Centre in Wheeling, IL. 


GUS E. POULOS, Famous Auto Dealer in Salt Lake City, Dies of Cancer at 64

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah businessman and philanthropist Gus Ernest Paulos, the auto dealer whose television commercials showing only the top of his head and poking fun as his short stature, has died at 64. 

He passed away on Sunday, January 1, at LDS Hospital at age 64 following a two-year battle with lung cancer. Paulos, a third-generation owner of Gus Paulos Chevrolet, died on Sunday, January 1, after a two-year battle with cancer. 

Mark Drennan, a General Motors zone manager, said Paulos did such a good job building community awareness about his dealership that he could have fun with his advertising campaigns. 

"They basically could spend the money to be funny and basically let people know Gus Paulos was a great place to buy a car. They didn't have to scream, '$10,000 off,' " he said. 

In 1980, Paulos took over the family auto business in West Valley City from his father and uncle. He had started working there at age 14 doing janitorial work and washing cars. 

The brothers inherited the dealership in 1938 when their father, a Greek immigrant who became Magna's first automobile dealer in 1921, died in an auto accident.

Paulos was born on September 23, 1941 in Salt Lake City. He graduated from Cyprus High School and attended the University of Utah on athletic scholarships for football and wrestling. He later served in the United States Marine Corps. 

Paulos' business was recognized with many awards, including TIME magazine's 2004 Quality Dealer Award, said his daughter-in-law, Debbie. TIME listed him as the number-one car dealer in the United States for humanitarian and community service. 

In 1987, Gus Paulos Chevrolet was also named one of the nation's top 500 automobile dealers by Wards Auto Dealer magazine, which evaluated dealerships across the country for dealer sales volume, sales professionalism and service excellence. 

Paulos' family and friends described him as a selfless man who gave back to his community. 

"He was a very kind and generous and inspiring father, and businessman, and set many examples," said his son, Greg, 42, who will become the fourth generation of Pauloses to own the dealership. 

John Franks, general manager of the dealership, said Paulos gave to charities and individuals and organized a campaign against drunk driving. 

Paulos sponsored high school football and basketball in West Valley City and provided for scholarships at the University of Utah, his daughter-in-law said. 

He also gave money to cancer research, and to individual cancer patients who could not otherwise afford medications or treatments.

Gus was born on September 23, 1941 in Magna, Utah to Ernest Gus and Katherine Joan Paulos. He grew up and was educated in Magna, graduating from Cypress High School and then went on to the University of Utah. 

After serving in the United States Marine Corps he returned to Utah and married Lanna Jo Franks. They were later divorced. In 1979, he married Barbara Ann Rydalch. Gus and Barbara were a perfect match and enjoyed wonderful years filled with success, good humor, family and friends. 

In 1980, Gus took over an automobile franchise which had been in the family since 1921, and went onto create one of the top dealerships in the country. For many years, he was the number-one dealer of any make in Utah. He was known for his humorous, self-deprecating advertising, through which he often made fun of his short stature. He also was known for his extreme generosity and kindness, especially toward those who had encountered any kind of misfortune. 

Over the last 25 years Gus spent literally millions of dollars battling drunk driving. He felt strongly that the products he so proudly sold should never be misused in that manner and was very aware of the pain and devastation caused by those who operated vehicles under the influence. He made significant contributions to numerous other charitable causes in Utah, including the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and to many other organizations and individuals whenever they were in need. 

Gus received numerous honors during his life, including recognition by the Utah State Legislature and the Governor of Utah. 

Gus had great love for his family. His family was the great joy of his life. He also considered those who worked with him and his many associates as part of his family. He had the ability to make everyone feel that they were the most important person in the room. Despite his short stature, Gus cast a long shadow for good wherever he went. 

Gus is survived by his wife Barbara; his mother, Katherine Joan; his children, Greg & Debbie Paulos, Tim & Candey Paulos, Troy & Kelli Rydalch and Bart & Candice Rydalch; his brothers, Peter and Leon; his sister Patty P. Miller; eight grandchildren and one greatgrandson. 

The viewing was held at the Larkin Mortuary on January 6. Funeral services were held on January 7 at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Salt Lake City. 

The Paulos family would like to especially thank LDS Hospital, Dr. Pearl, Salt Lake cancer specialists and all others who were there for Gus during his last several months. In lieu of flowers, Gus requested that donations be made to the Gus Paulos Charitable Foundation at any Wells Fargo Bank, to the cancer treatment charity of their choice, or to simply do an act of kindness for someone else. 

The above incorporates information from stories published by the Associated Press on January 3 and the Salt Lake tribune on January 6.

Trump’s Fog Machine

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SpaceX has long said it would like to make its entire Falcon 9 rocket reusable. Tonight at 6:27pm ET, the company may take a key step toward that goal by reusing a first stage of the rocket that launched nearly a year ago. But SpaceX may also go for another "first"—by recovering the payload fairing of its rocket.

In a Facebook post today, Steve Jurveston, a venture capitalist and SpaceX investor, wrote from Florida, "At the historic Apollo 11 Pad 39A for the first reuse of a SpaceX booster (and first attempt at a fairing recovery)." SpaceX spokesman John Taylor would not immediately confirm the possibility of a payload fairing recovery.

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If you’ve been thinking about trying out Tor to anonymize all your web browsing, you could just download a browser and give that a spin, but it’s much more fun to make your own highly portable proxy that you can easily connect to on a whim. Enter the Raspberry Pi.


Parents in the Park Smoup

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Parents with kids of any age (and expectant parents!) are welcome to join this informal meetup! Let's meet at the playground.

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Saturday, April 22 at 10:30 AM



Tuesday Trivia in Sunnyvale

Mar. 29th, 2017 03:18 pm
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On the second Tuesday of each month, the Sunday Assembly pub trivia smoup hosts a meetup at Fibbar Magee's in Sunnyvale. We invite everyone who wants to have a good time, mix and mingle with other reality-lovers, and show off your knowledge! We can even win prizes!

Putting together a Secular Trivia Team: Sunday Assembly of Silicon Valley, Atheist Community of San Jose, Humanist Community in Silicon Valley, and Silicon Valley Skeptics. Don't despair if there aren't a lot signed up from one Meetup; we'll be joined by fellow trivia fans. Hope we can find a sports maven in the crowd :-)

Sunnyvale - USA

Tuesday, April 11 at 7:00 PM



April Sunday Assembly - LAUGHTER

Mar. 17th, 2017 05:43 pm
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Laughter is good for you! Even better to share that feeling with others. We have Annie Goglia, founder of the Oakland LifeFire Laughter Yoga in 2007, featured in Oakland Magazine, the East Bay Medical Guide and on CBS. Jokes and smiles from the community will leave you feeling great.

Doors open at 10:30am for coffee and snacks, and at 11:00am on the dot we bust out the live music and secular celebration.

Stay for snacks and fellowship after assembly. Up for more? Follow us over the road for a casual lunch.  We're retreating to the nearby Bierhaus (383 Castro St), where welcoming picnic tables are a great place for either a lunch purchased there or your own bag lunch, if you prefer. 

Sunday Assembly is free of charge, and donations are gratefully accepted.

Everyone is welcome. Free childcare provided.

Free parking is available in our onsite parking lot, and street parking is also free on Sundays.

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Sunday, April 9 at 11:00 AM



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In a precedent for urban warfare, Iraq’s battle to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS includes a chain of care facilities for civilians wounded in the intense fighting. This marks a triumph for humanitarian law.

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After a proposed question on sexual orientation and gender identity was dropped from the 2020 Census, LGBT advocates voiced outrage over being 'erased.' But if they want to be counted, it's time to start planning for 2030, experts say.

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From the Census Bureau: More than one-third of the adult population in the United States has a bachelor’s degree or higher
More than one-third of the adult population in the United States has a bachelor’s degree or higher marking the first time in decades of data.

The percentage rose to 33.4 percent in 2016, a significant milestone since the Current Population Survey began collecting educational attainment in 1940,” said Kurt Bauman, Chief of the Education and Social Stratification Branch. “In 1940, only 4.6 percent had reached that level of education.”

In 2010, less than 30 percent of those 25 and older had completed a bachelor’s degree or higher, and in 2006, 28 percent had reached that level of education.
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Educational AttainmentThis graph shows the percent of adults, 25 years and older, with a bachelor's degree or higher.

More education is one of the reasons I've argued the Future is Bright!
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Posted by Kyle Orland

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In a post-launch update to our initial Nintendo Switch review, we noted that there is no way to externally back up game save data stored on the system. A recent horror story from a fellow writer who lost dozens of hours of game progress thanks to a broken system highlights just how troublesome this missing feature can be.

Over at GamesRadar, Anthony John Agnello recounts his experience with Nintendo support after his Switch turned into a useless brick for no discernible reason last week (full disclosure: I know Agnello personally and have served with him on some convention panels). After sending his (under warranty) system to Nintendo for repair, Agnello received a fixed system and the following distressing message from the company two days later:

We have inspected the Nintendo Switch system that was sent to us for repair and found that the issue has made some of the information on this system unreadable. As a result, the save data, settings, and links with any Nintendo Accounts on your system were unable to be preserved.

Agnello says he lost 55 hours of progress on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as well as more progress on a few other downloadable games. While he was able to redownload the games that were deleted, he'd have to start from scratch on each one (if only all that progress was easily, instantly unlockable in some way...)

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Sarah Laszlo puts an EEG headset on a research participant's head. (credit: Jonathan Cohen/Binghamton University)

In recent years, funding for research provided by the National Institutes of Health has struggled to keep up with inflation. A recent paper published in Science suggests this could mean bad things for the overall economy. Ana analysis of 27 years of NIH grants shows that 10 percent of them were acknowledged directly in new patents, and the research they funded showed up three times more often.

The authors of this paper analyzed the output of research grants awarded by the NIH, focusing specifically on life-science patents, including patents for drugs, medical devices, and other medical technologies. They did not examine grants in other fields, such as physics.

Between 1980 and 2007, the NIH funded 365,380 grants, nearly half of which were what are called R01-level, which is used to fund large projects. They found that about nine percent of these grants were directly acknowledged by patents, while 31 percent were indirectly linked to new patent applications. The indirect group involved research papers produced using money from the grant; these papers may then be cited in patents.

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Posted by Kyle Orland

Palmer Luckey, the person most directly associated with the rise of Oculus as a major force in the growing world of virtual reality hardware, has left parent company Facebook, according to a statement provided to Ars Technica by a Facebook representative:

Palmer will be dearly missed. Palmer’s legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and helped build an industry. We’re thankful for everything he did for Oculus and VR, and we wish him all the best.

Facebook declined to clarify further details about Luckey’s departure and did not specify whether Luckey would issue any official statement on the matter.

After being a major face of the company since Oculus' first public prototype unveiling in 2012, Luckey's public role with the company has been greatly reduced since September, when he was financially linked to an odd Donald Trump-backing "shitposting" group. Luckey quickly apologized for the impact that revelation had on the rest of Oculus as a company after a vocal backlash among some in the VR community. Luckey did not appear at Oculus' annual Connect conference last September after taking a keynote spot at the previous Connect events.

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Enlarge / Three students—Jarquiese McCaskey, Jaquan Hawkins and Zaylan Randolph—hold computers as they enter the school library where they will attempt to do work on laptops with very limited Internet access. As testing time for students is ongoing this time of year, students at Monroe Intermediate School in Lower Peach Tree, Alabama are at a disadvantage as Internet capabilities at the school are limited. (credit: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

As cloud computing has become an integral part of the lives of students at public schools, it has increased the importance of a place generations of students have turned to for much more analog learning needs—the library.

Both public and school libraries have always been a source of information for students. And while the Internet has undoubtedly changed the way students do research, cloud-based tools have actually evolved the library's role rather than diminished it. Public computers at libraries have become an extension of the classroom, and they're an important resource for children who don’t have unfettered access to broadband Internet at home. The cloud has only made those public computers more effective.

I’ve seen the change happen myself—my place of employment, a public library in the Washington DC-area, offers 27 Linux stations for youth and adults to use seven days a week. Before the cloud became popular, students asked for help saving their homework to USB Flash drives or frantically tried to e-mail their partially-completed homework during the last minutes of a computer session. Things would get ugly fast—students lost work far too often, and many rationally concluded that library computers were unsuitable for doing homework.

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The federal government has tapped the nation's second-largest cellphone carrier to build a first-of-its-kind wireless network — one that promises to help firefighters, police and medical workers more easily communicate during a major emergency.

The 25-year contract announced Thursday directs AT&T to build and maintain the network, which is known as FirstNet and is unprecedented in its level of sophistication and scale.

When federal, state or local authorities arrive at the scene of an emergency today, their communications devices must compete with those of consumers who are also trying to access the cellular network, FirstNet executives said. That can lead to congestion and delays that endanger lives.

But the FirstNet network will be designed to give priority to first responders, said FirstNet President T.J. Kennedy. Through special SIM cards inserted in their phones, police, fire and medical officers will be better able to communicate with one another. Much like current technology, the new network will allow them to send and receive video, data and voice calls before they reach a crisis area. But that information will arrive uninterrupted and in real time.

“They will always be prioritized. They're always at the front of the line,” Kennedy said. "This happens inside the network at the millisecond level."

FirstNet is administered by the Commerce Department and was proposed in the years after Sept. 11, 2001, when emergency workers responding to the day's terrorist attacks struggled to communicate across clogged channels and incompatible technologies.

Under the contract, AT&T will spend $40 billion of its own money deploying FirstNet. It will also receive $6.5 billion from the government at the end of five years if it successfully meets a number of milestones designed to fast-track the project. And the government is awarding the company with as much as 20 megahertz of new wireless airwaves that AT&T intends to integrate into the service. That “spectrum,” as it's known, will expand the network's capacity and help ensure that communications do not fail.

“First responders use more than 10,000 networks for voice communications,” AT&T said in a release. “These networks often do not interoperate, which severely limits their ability to communicate with each other when responding to a situation. FirstNet’s mission is to fix this.”

AT&T's extensive existing infrastructure means that the company may move more quickly to set up FirstNet, which will be available in all 50 states.

“It's not going to be a build-from-scratch type of thing,” said FirstNet chief executive Mike Poth. “So it's a win for us and public safety because it's going to accelerate the time to market.”

To take advantage of the network's capabilities, public safety departments will need to buy a subscription to FirstNet. Automatically included is the preemption feature, which is among the most-requested by first responders, said Chris Sambar, AT&T's senior vice president for FirstNet.

Sambar declined to say how expensive the rate plans will be but said that they would be priced “below market [rates]."

Designing a system such as FirstNet has taken years because of the sheer number of public safety departments in the United States who expect to use the network, according to an industry official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because details of the project remain private.

“It's been a long hard slog, because it's complicated technically to think about building a network like this,” the official said. “We'll see how it goes, but obviously AT&T's serious about it and it has the potential to be a big win for public safety.”

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Sara and I moved in together almost two years ago. I had lived in shared houses ever since college and was thrilled to create a home with Sara where we could welcome our friends and family and offer a little calm in the storm of D.C. Our home is filled with vintage pieces and IKEA finds that we have upgraded with modern details like knobs and pulls from Rejuvenation and Anthropologie. The walls of our bedroom are lined with art friends have given us and even a oil painting we created with one friend… inspired by a tissue box pattern! Our biggest project was taking out some of the pre-fab cabinets in our condo's galley kitchen and replacing them with open shelving. It really opened up the kitchen (anything you can do in an 800 square foot apartment to make it feel more open is worth it in my book)!


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Twitter just added a new feature that let’s you add a seemingly infinite number of people to a conversation without affecting the 140 character limit. You can, essentially, @ everyone at once. It’s fine when it’s just a few people tweeting back and forth, but more annoying tweeters can take advantage of the feature…


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photoSunday Assembly Silicon Valley

Parents with kids of any age (and expectant parents!) are welcome to join this informal meetup! Let's meet at the playground.

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Posted by Liz Bourke

C.J. Cherryh’s Foreigner series is a long one. With Convergence, the latest book, the adventures of paidhi-aiji Bren Cameron now fill eighteen volumes. Well, the adventures of Bren Cameron and Cajeiri, the young heir to the aishi’ditat.

For those unfamiliar with Bren Cameron and his world, Convergence is really not a good place to begin one’s acquaintance. It relies even more heavily than usual on the consequences of what has gone before not just for its emotional impact, but for any of the narrative to make sense. Don’t start here! (But do read the series. Once Foreigner gets properly started, it goes all kinds of interesting places.)

But for fans of the series, how does Convergence fit in? Does it live up to the best of its predecessors? Does it follow up the upheaval and revelations of Visitor with appropriate weight and emphasis?

Convergence is perhaps not the best and most engaging entry in the Foreigner series. Even for a series that is intimately concerned with the workings of politics and the politics of personality across cultures—a series that spends quite a large proportion of its time invested in the significant nuances of political manoeuvring that take place over invitations to tea and in the course of formal dinners, in meetings, in passing conversations and the choice of words, in translation and negotiation—Convergence is very full of meetings and bureaucracy and waiting to talk to the right person in order that the next thing can be set up to happen. This is a feature of the series, not necessarily a bug, and at this point most readers know whether or not they enjoy Cherryh’s measured approach to pacing. But with that acknowledged, Convergence does somewhat drag at points.

In Visitor, the alien kyo visited the planet shared by both humans and atevi. Bren Cameron, Cajeiri, and Cajeiri’s great-grandmother Ilsidi—the dowager aiji, and a political power in her own right—figured out how to communicate with them in more detail than they had previously managed. They negotiated a treaty while dealing with the knock-on complications of adding humans from the destroyed space station Reunion to the population of the space station above the atevi planet. And Bren learned, in the course of these negotiations, that the kyo are at war on the far side of their territory—at war with other humans.

In Convergence, absent the immediate crisis of a kyo visit, the consequences of the extra humans on the station must be dealt with in a more permanent fashion. As, too, must the ramifications of earlier political upheaval in the aishi’ditat: the overthrow and restoration of the aiji Tabini has left two clans leaderless, and the political fallout from matters taking place in space affects decisions on the ground. In an unprecedented move, the aiji sends Bren Cameron as his personal representative in full state as an official of the aiji’s court to human-controlled Mospheira, to make his position clear regarding the disposition of the humans from Reunion and to protect the young human associates of Cajeiri, who may in time become paidhis for the next generation.

While Bren wrestles with a bureaucracy which has never quite reconciled itself to losing control of him and his skills, and no longer quite understands all of what he does for the aiji in the aishi’ditat, Cajeiri is sent by his father to his great-uncle’s estate, for a holiday which has a political dimension, involving manoeuvring to fill the leadership of a clan left leaderless in the wake of Tabini’s restoration. Cajeiri is growing into his responsibilities as heir to the aishiditat, while also still being very much a nine-year-old child. His point of view on the activities that surround him is vivid and engaging, and gives a fresh perspective to the political activity that Bren sees from an adult, and mostly human, dimension.

Bren’s share of Convergence‘s narrative is less engaging than Cajeiri’s. Humans are so much less interesting than atevi, at least for the kinds of stories that Cherryh is interested in telling here. And Convergence spends a great deal of its time with Bren talking to other humans. Much of Convergence, in fact, seems to be setting up for other things to happen later, in future books—and while I’m delighted to spend more time in Bren’s company, and in Cajeiri’s, I would have liked to feel that a little more had actually happened during the course of this novel.

Convergence is very definitely a Foreigner novel. A solid and entertaining Foreigner novel, this far along in the series, packing no real surprises: not the best, and not the worst. If you’ve enjoyed the series to date, Convergence will be plenty satisfying. If you haven’t… it’s not going to change your mind.

Convergence is available April 4th from DAW.

Liz Bourke is a cranky queer person who reads books. She holds a Ph.D in Classics from Trinity College, Dublin. Find her at her blog. Or her Twitter. She supports the work of the Irish Refugee Council and the Abortion Rights Campaign.

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The German automaker, which has already paid more than $20 billion in buybacks, repairs, and fines over their diesel emissions scandal, has agreed to settle environmental lawsuits with 10 states that follow California's clean air standards.


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