Apple Pay Suica Spring Campaign 2018:

JR East kicked off their Apple Pay Suica 2018 spring campaign today, running March 19 to April 30. It’s an exact repeat of the 2017 spring campaign:

(Via Ata Distance)

Check out the article for all the juicy details, such as:

The tricky part is that you have to use the Suica App and have a Mobile Suica account to purchase a new Suica commuter plan or receive the ¥2,000 cash-back refund.

Joel gives you the information you need.

From BoingBoing.net:

So please #DeleteFacebook, but then remember that your ISP is the original creeper, and your Congressjerk is probably in their pocket, and make that a midterm election issue. We can’t win all the really important fights — climate, racial justice, sexual and gender justice, inequality — without an internet to organize with, so we must take the net back to secure those other victories.

Setting aside the name calling, this is definitely true in the US. I’m not sure about other countries.

Today’s Headlines and Commentary:

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen informed the Senate intelligence committee on Wednesday that only 20 of 150 state and local election officials have the security clearances they need to receive election security intelligence, Axios . Officials require this clearance to receive crucial information from the department on how best to decrease election infrastructure vulnerabilities ahead of Russian interference in the upcoming congressional midterm elections. Nielsen said that the department will sponsor a maximum of three officials per state to receive the sensitive clearance, and said her department will work through the interagency process to bypass the security clearance process and share urgent intelligence with local officials if needed.

(Via Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices)

How useful is security intelligence if the primary audience by and large isn’t allowed to read it?

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Another strong largely hyperbole free summary from Lawfare including possible legal ramifications.

The Cambridge Analytica-Facebook Debacle: A Legal Primer:

What Happened?

On March 17, the New York Times that Cambridge Analytica, the British data analysis firm with ties to Robert Mercer and Stephen K. Bannon and that was hired by the Trump campaign, “harvested private information from the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission.” This set off a firestorm in the U.S. and the U.K. as regulators announced they would get to the bottom of what went wrong. Sen. Ron Wyden asked Facebook a . Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey into the matter, followed by the . And the U.K.’s information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, said she would . This in turn —down nearly 7 percent by the market’s close on Monday, March 19 and down nearly another two points on Tuesday, March 20. On Monday night, the New York Times revealed that Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, is after much internal disagreement with the way the firm handled concerns about misinformation in the 2016 elections.

(Via Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices)

Enjoy!

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When I wear my Detroit Tigers baseball hat I get treated differently. I’m not an afficianado of Japanese culture as a resident.

I’m a tourist when wearing the hat.

It sucks.

I argued with a waitress at a restaurant I’ve visited many times about the fact that they have an English menu. It took another server to recognize me me get the conversation past the disconnect.

Then I visited a pub oriented to foreigners. When I ordered a traditional drink I was grilled to make sure I knew what I was ordering.

So, Westerners coming to Japan: don’t wear baseball hats and hide your tattoos.

It’s odd experiencing a foreign “holiday” like St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not Irish, so I consider the current concept of this day as particularly American. Right or wrong, it seems to me this concept is true in many places.

I’ve experienced the day in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Mexico City, and Brussels. They’re all interesting in their own way.

This is my third SPD in Japan, and I possessed no idea it was coming. Last week I realized I missed Valentine’s Day.

My calendar needs an upgrade.

Odd day today. Yesterday was a mental health day where I mostly read and ate and enjoyed a few beers. Next week’s work will be crazy busy and I head out of town the following weekend on business back in the States.
Today is a good day to Get S#!t Done: The weather is nice but not too nice; there’s no local event I feel compelled to visit; and I’m in relatively good spirits. I can queue up some resources needed in the coming week and maybe even get to see some of the family at the end of my trip.
The problem: I have so many “open loops” right now I’m deep in inaction. Trying to sort what I’m going to tackle feels daunting. What better way to solve it than to do something not even on my list!
Enough of this noise. Time to get myself unwedged.

512pixels.net

“… the Magic Keyboard I’m typing this sentence on is pretty robust and exists today, and feels way better to type on that the current MacBook Pro keyboard. Why can’t it be fit into a MacBook Pro?” ← again, my thoughts exactly.

Thanks to all for pointing out the error on the site. It’s an open bug on GitHub for Automattic’s JetPack.

Here’s the fix from the bug thread:

The following change to the core function get_the_content() eliminates the problem

if ( is_array( $pages ) ) {
    if ( $page > count( $pages ) ) // if the requested page doesn't exist
        $page = count( $pages ); // give them the highest numbered page that DOES exist
} else { 
    $page = 0;
}

… which I did from my Nexus 6P via ssh in a Termux session!