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First POST: Advice

BY Nick Judd | Wednesday, November 23 2011

  • In the spirit of the season: The obligatory presidential turkey pardon, a definitive history.

  • Thanksgiving advice from this commenter on Amazon.com, discussing the merits of pepper spray as a condiment — maybe instead of cranberry sauce?

    When ever I attend non-violent civil disobedient protests, I prefer the authorities attack using Defense Technology 56895 MK-9 Stream, 1.3% Red Band/1.3% Blue Band Pepper Spray, it tastes great and is less filling than other industrial strength sprays, and CERTAINLY doesn't leave the nasty after taste of Mace.

  • Advice from MoveOn.org, in an email titled "Your conservative uncle:"

    So if you're spending this Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family, and want to be ready with the facts to gently correct any myths you hear (they are family and friends, after all), we put together a short guide with five common myths you might hear and easy-to-remember facts to respond to them.

    Remember that you're the most important source of information for your family and friends, so check it out and then share it on Facebook or Twitter, or just forward this email. Happy Thanksgiving, and of course, thanks for all you do.

  • Advice from The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal — update your parents' browser:

    This year, though, do something different. Don't just explain to Grandpa or Mom or your father-in-law that there is a whole world of secure web browsing out there. No, take a firm stand. Tell them they won't be able to watch funny fishing videos on YouTube with IE6 anymore. Usually, by this point, most parents are begging for help and you can extract excellent perquisites for your labor. That big bedroom your little sister got for some reason? Now's the time to finally occupy it. While you're at it, you will probably fix (or set up) the wifi, which you can helpfully explain is like Internet particles floating in the air.

  • From the New York Times: where to go in New York to talk turkey about tech start-ups.

  • From the experience of climate scientists, after a hacker released a new batch of emails stolen from them: protect your passwords.

  • For privacy researchers: Lawyer up. A researcher investigating monitoring software that Wired suggests is installed on many mobile phones has bothered his subject, which is claiming that some of his work violates copyright law. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is acting in his defense.

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