Author Archives: Mark Doliner

Southern Utah national parks road trip

In late May Emily and I went on a road trip to Southern Utah with her parents, her sister, and her sister’s husband. Mostly you should just look at the pictures (see the “best of” album if you’re normal and … Continue reading

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Net Neutrality, Netflix, and Comcast

Net neutrality is weird and complex. It’s been in the news increasingly more over the past few years. Let’s look at an example. Netflix recently started paying Comcast (info, more info) so that Comcast would provide customers with a better … Continue reading

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Two Interesting Sci-fi Movies

Primer An indie time travel movie made with a $7,000 budget. It has a Blair Witch feel but with far less nauseating camera movement. The story is really cool and extremely complex. Definitely a solid movie. I loved the understated … Continue reading

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Men’s Razor Comparison

I’ve tested six different men’s razors from Gillette and Schick over the past few months. My favorite is the Gillette Mach 3, with the Schick Quattro Titanium coming in second. Executive Summary More blades isn’t strictly better—there are trade-offs. More … Continue reading

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Casual Bike Shoes

I love clipless bike pedals, but the shoes tend to be ugly and uncomfortable. I’ve been looking for something better. Today I tried on some shoes from DZR. I couldn’t quite bring myself to buy any, but I definitely like … Continue reading

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Should the NSA be allowed to scan our personal email?

It seems pretty likely that the NSA is operating a large-scale system called XKeyscore that captures and scans private Internet communications like email. Yesterday I talked about the constitutionality of such a system. Regardless of whether the NSA is allowed … Continue reading

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Violating the Fourth Amendment

I recently tweeted: “Hey why do @NSACareers and @BarackObama seem to think it’s ok to break the law and access my communications? I find that strange.” That’s a bold assertion, so I’m obliged to explain myself. The Fourth Amendment to … Continue reading

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Four Pidgin Summer of Code students

Pidgin was awarded four students for this year’s Google Summer of Code. It was a difficult process to select just four students from the 34 great applications we received. These are the projects we finally chose: Ankit Vani will be … Continue reading

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