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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Jul 29, 2014 Who needs school when you can spend your time dancing in downtown parades, driving fast cars and dining at posh restaurants? 64 other events on Tuesday, July 29
 
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Documentary about the famous film critic leads our rundown of movies screening around town
Editorial
Kevin Faulconer should follow Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ lead
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Painter spends plenty of time curating and exhibiting interesting work online
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A look at the late architect's lasting impacts as his murderer faces 15 years to life

 

 
 
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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.
Wednesday, June 12,2013
News

Death’s in the details

Lapses in reporting inmate mortalities raise questions of oversight in San Diego County facilities

By Kelly Davis, Dave Maass
Our investigation has revealed systemic problems with record keeping and oversight, including the Sheriff’s Department’s failure to report one in 10 deaths to the California Department of Justice as required by state law.
Monday, June 3,2013
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Don’t split the fandoms

Why won’t you overseas media companies take my money?

By Dave Maass
I suppose I should begin with a spoiler alert. If you haven't seen the finale of Doctor Who, well, then you're going to be just as frustrated as I was when I received the following text message a couple of weekends ago.
Monday, May 13,2013
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Device adoption

Suddenly, I’m an Apple guy with no need for Glass

By Dave Maass
I liken Google Glass to Nintendo's "Virtual Boy," which was rolled out in 1995. We were promised the first 3-D, virtual-reality game system, but when I visited Blockbuster Video to try out a pair, I was unimpressed.
Wednesday, April 24,2013
News

Suicide in the cell

Inmates kill themselves at a high rate after San Diego County Sheriff’s Department refuses to revamp policies

By Kelly Davis, Dave Maass
Ten men and one woman hung themselves in San Diego County jails during the last six years. They used socks or sheets, stringing handmade nooses from sinks, doors and bunks.
 
 
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