Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Judge rules Trump can't block users on Twitter | TheHill

Judge rules Trump can't block users on Twitter | TheHill

Best ruling ever.

Good thing the commander in chief isn't causing us to waste time and $$ on silly court cases....

Judge rules Trump can't block users on Twitter


A federal district court judge on Wednesday ruled that President Trump can't block people from viewing his Twitter feed over their political views.

Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, said President Trump's Twitter account is a public forum and blocking people who reply to his tweets with differing opinions constitutes viewpoint discrimination, which violates the First Amendment.

The court's ruling is a major win for the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which brought the lawsuit on behalf of seven people who were blocked from the @realDonaldTrump account because of opinions they expressed in reply tweets.

Buchwald, who was appointed by former President Clinton, rejected Trump's argument that the First Amendment does not apply in this case and that the president's personal First Amendment interests supersede those of the plaintiffs. 

She suggested in her 75-page opinion that Trump could have ignored his opponents' reply tweets. 

"No First Amendment harm arises when a government's 'challenged conduct' is simply to ignore the [speaker], as the Supreme Court has affirmed 'that it is free to do,' " she wrote. "Stated otherwise, 'a person's right to speak is not infringed when government simply ignores that person while listening to others,' or when the government 'amplifies' the voice of one speaker over those of others."

Buchwald explained that blocking someone on Twitter goes further than just muting them. 

"Muting preserves the muted account's ability to reply to a tweet sent by the muting account, blocking precludes the blocked user from 'seeing or replying to the blocking user's tweets' entirely," she said.

In addition to Trump, the lawsuit named White House social media director and assistant to the president Daniel Scavino.

But Buchwald did not order Trump or Scavino to unblock the individual plaintiffs in the case or prohibit them from blocking others from the account based on their views as the plaintiffs' had asked.

She said a declaratory judgment should be sufficient.

"Because no government official is above the law and because all government officials are presumed to follow the law once the judiciary has said what the law is, we must assume that the President and Scavino will remedy the blocking we have held to be unconstitutional," Buchwald wrote.

Jameel Jaffer, director of the Knight First Amendment Institute, which the Knight Foundation helped found, tweeted a screen shot of that line from Buchwald's opinion. 

"Clock's ticking @realDonaldTrump & @DanScavino," he wrote.

Josh Geltzer, executive director of Georgetown Law's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, said the court's ruling is a critical victory in preserving free speech in the digital age.

"The court's thorough decision recognizes that the President's use of @realDonaldTrump on Twitter makes it the type of public forum in which the government may not, under the First Amendment, silence its critics," he said in a statement.

A Department of Justice spokesperson said the agency respectfully disagrees with the court's decision and is considering its next steps.

Updated at 3:33 p.m.


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Maybe??? 'The Expanse' Revived for Season 4 at Amazon | Hollywood Reporter

'The Expanse' Revived for Season 4 at Amazon | Hollywood Reporter

'The Expanse' Revived for Season 4 at Amazon

Amazon Studios is in talks to revive one of CEO Jeff Bezos' favorite properties.

The retailer and streaming outlet is near a deal to revive the space drama The Expanse for a fourth season just 10 days after Syfy canceled the series. Amazon Studios declined comment as sources note the deal is not closed.

Syfy had only first-run linear rights in the U.S. to The Expanse, which was based on James S. A. Corey's best-selling book series of the same name and starred Steven Strait. Amazon Studios had streaming rights to the first three seasons of the show. Sources say Bezos is a big fan of the book and was livid that the TV series went to NBCUniversal-owned Syfy. The move is said to have ignited Bezos' demand that Amazon Studios brass find the company's version of Game of Thrones.

The Expanse was a pricey swing for Syfy and the nature of the deal put additional pressure for the show to perform on its linear network as the cabler did not have either SVOD or international rights to profit from. (Netflix had international rights to the series.) The drama was Syfy's first major push back into the traditional science fiction genre.

Following the cancellation, producers Alcon Television Group — which fully financed and produced the series — planned to shop the space drama to other networks.

Opening to promising reviews and a strong collection of loyal viewers in 2015, The Expanse's first season averaged 581,000 viewers in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic and 1.4 million total viewers with three days of DVR. Season two, which returned more than a year later with a significant marketing push and a solid lead-in, was down 24 percent among total viewers and averaged 457,000 total viewers. That compares more readily to similar returns for Syfy's inexpensive co-productions like Dark Matter and Killjoys than to the cabler's original scripted series like The Magicians and Happy.

The Expanse's third season, which bowed in April, tumbled another 5 percent among total viewers and 12 percent in the demo from season two.  

"The Expanse transported us across the solar system for three brilliant seasons of television. Everyone at Syfy is a massive fan of the series, and this was an incredibly difficult decision," said Chris McCumber, president of entertainment networks at NBCU Cable Entertainment. "We want to sincerely thank The Expanse's amazing cast, crew and all the dedicated creatives who helped bring James S. A. Corey's story to life. And to the series' loyal fans, we thank you most of all."

The decision to bring The Expanse to its end comes as Syfy has a packed scripted roster that also includes the upcoming George R.R. Martin drama Nightflyers, The Purge, Deadly Class, KryptonThe Magicians, anthology Channel ZeroVan Helsing, Wynonna Earp and Killjoys, with the latter set to wrap in 2019. The Expanse will be Syfy's second series to conclude this year, joining 12 Monkeys.

Starring Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo and Dominique Tipper, The Expanse is set in a future where humanity has colonized the solar system. Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Children of Men) served as showrunners and executive produced the Alcon TV Group project alongside Naren Shankar.

At Amazon, The Expanse will join a growing roster of genre programming including its upcoming Lord of the Rings TV franchise; Jordan Peele's Nazi hunting drama series; Gillian Flynn's Utopia remake; futuristic drama The Peripheral from Westworld creators Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan; Consider Phlebas; and a reboot of Hannaamong others.

The Expanse move follows a busy week of news on the broadcast side that saw Brooklyn Nine-Nine move to NBC after the comedy's cancellation by Fox, while the latter network revived Last Man Standing. In both cases, the networks' studio counterparts owned the shows, making the jump to their respective home networks considerably easier. In The Expanse's case, Amazon had SVOD rights, making a move to a different outlet more challenging.


'The Expanse' Season 3 Trailer


Monday, May 14, 2018

Deprecating widget settings - Announcements - Twitter Developers

Deprecating widget settings - Announcements - Twitter Developers

Deprecating widget settings

In June 2016 we announced 86 that we would be making it much easier for developers to create embedded timelines on their sites, by no longer requiring the timelines to be registered under widget settings 616. We launched 4.8k to make it much easier to create timeline widgets without requiring you to make changes to your account settings, and to make the embedded timelines more flexible.

Today, we are announcing the conclusion of that process and discontinuation of support for older timeline widgets that rely on widget settings 616.

On May 25, 2018, the widget settings page will no longer allow embedded timeline widgets to be created or edited. From that date, the only (and best) way to create timeline widgets will be to head to 4.8k. All existing timeline widgets that rely on these settings (e.g. the ones that have data-widget-id in the markup) will continue to function until July 27.

On July 27, 2018, timeline widgets that rely on account-specific widget settings will no longer be rendered. From that time, all settings will be in the embed code itself as 'data-*' attributes in the markup. We expect timelines to work as expected for the majority of users. Settings previously customised (for example link color and height), will not be applied. The content of the timelines - the Tweets - will be rendered in the same way. The one notable exception will be search timelines 221, which will no longer be rendered in the same way, and will fall back to a simple link that points to the corresponding search results on 14. We hope that your search timeline can be replaced with a user timeline 180, list timeline 162, collection timeline 195, or likes timeline
which will offer more fine-grained control over what Tweets show up on your webpage. We also continue to offer three tiers of the RESTful Search API 168 which can help you transition from the search timeline if you are open to writing your own display code.

To ensure timeline widgets look the way you want, we recommend clicking on the "Embed" link at the bottom of your timeline, which will direct you to 4.8k. Here, you can grab the equivalent embed code with all the settings in the embed code itself. This is the recommended way to create timeline widgets going forward. This approach will work for all kinds of timelines except search timelines (these are being retired).
We understand that change causes burden to some developers, and we apologize for this. The web-based widget settings are part of an old internal technology stack, and we want to adjust our priorities to give developers the best overall experience. We're continuing to improve the experience for embedded Tweets and timelines, so keep watching for further announcements about new features in the future!


Saturday, April 14, 2018

CSA Federal Summit 2018 - CSA Congress

CSA Federal Summit 2018 - CSA Congress

CSA Federal Summit 2018

MAY 15 Washington D.C., United States

Leading Federal and Cybersecurity Experts added to Program:
  • Karen Evans – National Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge, Former Administrator of Office of Electronic and IT at OMB
  • Matt Goodrich – Director FedRAMP, GSA
  • Mark Weatherford – SVP & Chief Cybersecurity Strategist, vArmour, Former Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity, DHS
  • Dr. Mari Spina – Principal Cyber Security Engineer, MITRE Security for Enterprise and Cloud Architectures

Full List of Speakers


The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) will hold its 5th annual Federal Summit on May 15, 2018 at the Marriott Metro Center, 775 12th street, NW, Washington DC.

This informative, one-day symposium is expected to draw over 250 information security professionals from civilian and defense agencies and from innovators in cloud security to share case studies, lessons learned and new technologies that support secure implementation of cloud computing to support agency missions.

A world-class program of speakers and panelists will provide perspectives on the Federal cloud computing strategy, civilian and defense agency cloud security standards, and real-world implementation experience with state-of-the-art cloud security architectures.


Agencies Can Shift to a Secure Cloud for Mission Critical Systems

  • What are the Technologies – new and proven – that are critical to making cloud the dominant IT system?
  • What Government Programs are leading the pack in deploying Mission Critical Systems to the Cloud?
  • What are lessons learned in deploying a secure cloud to support mission critical systems?

This one-day summit will focus on two components of cloud security – deploying mission critical systems to the cloud, and new technologies that support deployment including managing security certifications and compliance.

Topics include:

  • Getting to mission critical with cloud
  • How do technologies including Blockchain, IoT, and Fog Computing support mission critical systems on the cloud?
  • Management of requirements for multiple security certifications What is the status of Continuous Monitoring?


What: CSA Federal Summit 2018

Where: Washington Marriott Metro Center – Washington D.C.

When: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hotel Information: Marriott Metro Center – No rooms held

Registration Costs:

Standard Registration for Non-Government Employees Fee: $150 USD

 – Starts February 16, 2018 to April 2, 2018

Late Registration for Non-Government Employees Fee: $175 USD

 – Starts April 3, 2018 

Government Employee Registration is Free $0– Please bring government ID with you to the event to verify when checking in.

Student Registration: $50 USDPlease bring your student ID to the event to verify when checking in. 

CCSK Foundation Training: $795 – This does not include registration to the conference. 

CCM Foundation Training Course: $695 – This does not include registration to the conference. 

Location Details: Washington Marriott Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Conservatory - The Sayre Mansion

Conservatory - The Sayre Mansion


  • $279 Weekday
  • $325 Weekend

Offering a 180-degree bird's-eye view of Bethlehem, the fabulous Conservatory is the most unique room in the mansion (perhaps in the entire town!). Spanning the full depth of the house, this roof-top refuge fills with morning light and offers breathtaking tree-lined views. More modern in design than the rest of the inn, this special suite features a sleekly styled king bed with matching end tables and a sitting area with a vintage loveseat and a lush garden setting breakfast nook. Trickling fountains, cable TV, and lush green plants add to the room's appeal. The private bath has a pedestal sink and a Jacuzzi style bathtub.

All Room Rates are subject to 10% tax (6% PA state tax and 4% Bethlehem Hotel tax).

Check Availability


  • King Bed
  • Sitting Area
  • Private Bath with Jacuzzi Tub
  • Trickling Fountains
  • Free WiFi
  • Cable TV
  • Air Conditioning

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

What is my day rate? - The Day Rate Calculator

 This is very helpful.

I'm often asked by friends and family what they should charge for "side work". This tools makes the calculation easy and quick. It also allows you to adjust their assumptions to better fit your situation.

Very nice!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

GitHub - akittana/aws-virtual-bastion

 A web based terminal for EC2 instances that does not require SSH or any other inbound connections to the instaces. Instead it uses the AWS Systems Manager (SSM) API to run commands (bash or powershell).


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Citrix Receiver for Chrome

Citrix Receiver for Chrome App
If your company uses Citrix, then install Receiver for Chrome on your device to get access to your Windows virtual desktops and applications. Once installed, you need to configure Receiver for Chrome to connect to your company's Citrix servers. If you know the URL, you can enter it yourself.


You Can Now Use Smartcards with Chrome OS - OMG! Chrome!

 'Smart Card Connector' by Google "provides access to Smart Card readers by exposing the PC/SC­Lite API to other Apps". It means Chrome OS users can securely authenticate with apps from other companies.


Sunday, February 4, 2018

MLK Speech “The Drum Major Instinct" 02/04/1968

Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. (Amen) Say that I was a drum major for peace. (Yes) I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter. (Yes) I won't have any money to leave behind. I won't have the fine and luxurious things of life to leave behind. But I just want to leave a committed life behind. (Amen) And that's all I want to say.

If I can help somebody as I pass along,

If I can cheer somebody with a word or song,

If I can show somebody he's traveling wrong,

Then my living will not be in vain.

If I can do my duty as a Christian ought,

If I can bring salvation to a world once wrought,

If I can spread the message as the master taught,

Then my living will not be in vain.

Patriots' Robert Kraft: Vladimir Putin stole my Super Bowl ring

 Watching the super bowl...

Almost forgot about this gem.