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David Mitchell Sep 22, 2014 The author of Cloud Atlas and Book Catapult creator Seth Marko will discuss Mitchell's new novel, The Bone Clocks, about a fifteen-year-old psychic girl trying to solve multiple mysterious phenomena. Ticket price include a copy of the novel. 48 other events on Monday, September 22
 
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Wednesday, December 4,2013
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The last right-wing conspiracy?

State watchdog and Legislature move to curb Judge Gary Kreep’s dirty tricks

By Dave Maass

Judge Kreep’s involvement in the political groups raises major questions under the California Code of Judicial Ethics, which prohibits judges and judicial candidates from leading partisan political organizations.

Monday, November 11,2013
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The tangled web of campaign tracking

I applied Mozilla’s Lightbeam to San Diego mayor candidate websites

By Dave Maass
Under California's Online Privacy Protection Act, a commercial website that collects identifiable personal data from California residents must publish a privacy policy addressing the types of information it collects from consumers and the third parties with whom it may share the information.
Monday, October 28,2013
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The PS4 blues

What’s a consumer to do when the game you pre-ordered is pushed back?

By Dave Maass
I pre-ordered a PS4 in early September. To be more specific, I ordered a Sony Playstation 4 bundle, with two controllers, a camera and a particular game—Watch Dogs.
Monday, October 7,2013
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What was in my podcast queue this summer

Recommendations for news and politics, geekery, storytelling and British fare

By Dave Maass
Today, I can barely make it through a dog-walk without something in my iPhone podcast queue. 
Monday, September 16,2013
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Is connection to Facebook a human right?

Considering Mark Zuckerberg’s campaign for universal access to the Internet

By Dave Maass
Do I believe that we are violating the human rights of billions of people by not providing free wi-fi networks? No. But I do believe that if a government has the capability of allowing access to the Internet and does not in order to suppress its people, then you have a case.
Monday, August 26,2013
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Brief interviews with hideous chatbots

A look at the finalists in this year’s Loebner Prize competition

By Dave Maass
Computer pioneer Alan Turing came up with a test to determine artificial intelligence: If a human has a conversation with a computer and can't distinguish it from a person, then perhaps that's enough to conclude that the computer is intelligent.
Monday, August 5,2013
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What I took home from Comic-Con

Gamer envy, ‘Dr. McNinja’ and a whole lotta nerd rage

By Dave Maass
What was the worst thing I saw at Comic-Con? No hesitation: The Intelligence Google Glass Experience on the exhibition-hall floor. 
Wednesday, July 31,2013
News

The sting of juvenile detention in San Diego County

Only 14 states, including California, still allow use of pepper spray to discipline young offenders—experts say it has no place in a modern justice system

By Dave Maass
The records obtained by CityBeat show a 30-percent decrease in OC use in East Mesa, but a 22-percent uptick at the Kearny Mesa juvenile hall, the largest of the five detention facilities.
Monday, July 15,2013
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Fulfilling the fantasy fandoms

A comparison of the web presence of ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Game of Thrones’

By Dave Maass
The full reach of a fantasy franchise isn't measured in DVDs sold or tie-in freebies distributed with fast-food meals. A series' success is a collaboration between the ingenuity of the creators and engagement of the fans. 
Monday, June 24,2013
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I’m convinced people do care about NSA overreach

My current perch gives me a unique view of public interest in government surveillance

By Dave Maass
Edward Snowden, a geeky whistleblower who worked for an NSA contractor, presented evidence of the agency's massive surveillance programs that history will likely remember as the defining scandal of President Barack Obama's second term.
 
 
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