Fixing Homebrew on OSX Mavericks

If you're using OSX and Homebrew and are about to (or already have) upgrade to Mavericks, know that your packages won't work after the upgrade. Here's what you need to do to fix things:

$ xcode-select --install
$ brew update
$ brew doctor

If brew doctor returns any errors, you should fix them.

$ brew upgrade

At this point, everything mostly seems to be working. I did have to manually re-install Maven:

$ brew install mvn

... I'm not sure why.

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Government eavesdropping hubbub

Since the NSA leaks a few weeks ago, government eavesdropping has been in the news daily. I've been talking with people about this quite a bit, but haven't posted anything to date. Today I'm summarizing a few things that I feel are important into a single post.

First, on the leaks themselves. Snowden broke the law in releasing classified information. However, he hasn't done anything that will fundamentally endanger anyone. He should be treated as a whistleblower, not as US enemy number 1.

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