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Kaj Sotala has been shared in 20 public circles

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Krzysztof Skomra4,828New circle 201404031. Plus this post2. Leave a comment (introduce yourself, if you’d like)3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. Share this circle publicly to your stream1. Dodaj Plus dla postu 2. Zostaw komentarz (przedstaw ślad po sobie, jeśli chcesz) 3. Dodaj ten krąg do swoich kręgów 4. Dodaj się do kręgu 5. Poleć ten krąg publicznie do strumienia #techlover   #photographers   #bloggers   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circles   #share   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharemycircles  #sharemycircle   #iwillfollow   #followback   #followers#cardphoto   #circle #circles #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #AwesomeCircle #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup 2014-04-03 21:55:02501358CC G+
Aleksander Adamczyk0New circle 201404031. Dodaj Plus dla postu 2. Zostaw komentarz (przedstaw ślad po sobie, jeśli chcesz) 3. Dodaj ten krąg do swoich kręgów 4. Dodaj się do kręgu 5. Poleć ten krąg publicznie do strumienia EN.1. Plus this post2. Leave a comment (introduce yourself, if you’d like)3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. Share this circle publicly to your stream#techlover   #photographers   #bloggers   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circles   #share   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharemycircles  #sharemycircle   #iwillfollow   #followback   #followers#cardphoto   #circle #circles #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles#AwesomeCircle #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery  2014-04-03 21:29:32501011CC G+
Timo Kiviluoma9,935A full circle of MEN from FINLAND! Crazy but true. We Finns are artistic, witty and bit shy - you need to add this circle and fin us! #circleshare   #circles   #finland   #men   #sharedcircles  2014-04-03 13:07:45132014CC G+
Timo Kiviluoma6,945MEN FROM FINLAND. A very dedicated circle of men, all from Finland. Strange, isn't it? Anyway, add these witty and generous gentlemen and find the true character of Finland. .-) #finland   #men   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircle   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Circles 2014-01-08 14:25:32131165CC G+
Timo Kiviluoma5,304KOKONAINEN PIIRILLINEN SUOMALAISIA MIEHIÄGoogleplussaa sanotaan aavekaupungiksi. Tottahan tuuli humisee tyhjässä saluunassa, jos et ole lisännyt piireihisi sinua kiinnostavia ihmisiä.Tässä piirissä on noin 130 suomalaista miestä. Fiksua, taiteellista ja hauskojakin ovat. Osa postaa suomeksi, osa englanniksi. Sinuna antaisin heille mahdollisuuden. :-)ELI HYVÄ IHMINEN LISÄÄ TÄMÄ PIIRI ITSELLESI! (ja jaa eteenpäin...) #piirit   #sharedcircles   #suomipiiri   #suomi  2013-10-30 18:06:22131115CC G+
Max Huijgen41,136Europe calling: the old giant wakes up and calls on its peeps! A new circle of Europeans as I promised long ago to connect the people who responded and share them. See for the first shared circle this post https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/PDUi13o9dB1The original post was shared 225 times. You can find it here:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/CdhmHGbYjgiPart 2 is still open and can be found here:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/NDAhG4fP2a7If you didn´t do so already, post there and as long as I have spots free, I will circle you as I want to see my streams come alive during European hours.There was a shared feeling that it would be great to get some attention from G+ for Europe with official hangouts from the community managers during European times, feature roll-outs from Google no longer restricted to the US, having some central point to share European circles and last but not least the desire to have hangouts without having to burn the midnight oil. To help solve this and get Europeans together on the same page I created +Europeans on G+  It already has multiple managers out of the community and that initiative recently span off +European Photo  but feel to offer a bit of your time for this community project. Circle the page if you didn´t already do so. We need more peeps from all over Europe to participate and enjoy G+I hope these posts can do the rounds through Europe and gets us firmly on the G+ map. So even if you´re not European yourself, but sympathize with the initiatives to form a community here, help spread the word and share it.And don´t forget: we all love the other continents and most of us have circles which encompass the whole world. So it´s not against others, but pro us :)2013-03-15 15:05:14291532075CC G+
Andrey Mashnich51,420Круг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+Circle of people, with active life position in Google+#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother   #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing #publiccircle2013-01-23 10:40:00479331639CC G+
J. M. Weber812I don't always share circles, but when I do I put some thought into creating them.This is a circle with some of the most interesting people I have in my circles. There are a few rules I follow when selecting:- Only people (no pages or communities)- No NSFW content, not overly political- You can expect these people to engage / be active on G+- Not more than 30 people. Sorry if you're not in it, maybe you will be next time.My goal is to share a circle than can be added without second thoughts. In my experience, adding a circle with up to a few hundred profiles will likely mess up your circles so bad it's rarely worth adding them.I hope this circle will be of use to some of you. Recommendations are always welcome.2012-12-15 01:36:3730403CC G+
Jaana Nyström431,855Finnish active people and Pages circle:Suomalaisia postaavia piiri Marraskuu 2012UUTTA:  Piiriläisten päivittäisiä postauksia!http://publiccircles.appspot.com/dailycircle/jaana_nystr_m-finnisch_circle/2012-11-22* * *Kävin läpi omia piirejäni sekä useita eri sivustoja:http://www.circlecount.com/fi/http://www.googleplussuomi.com/mybestfriends/?googleid=101780786123023132934http://www.googleplussuomi.com/Lisäsin sellaiset jotka ovat postanneet julkisesti, varsinkin kahden viime viikon aikana.Postauskieli vaihtelee suomesta englantiin.Tallentakaa koko piiri uutena ja napsikaa sitten pois porukkaa joiden sisältö ei teitä kiinnosta. Tai valikoikaa! :-)Hauskoja hetkiä näiden aktiivisten Plussaajien parissa:  Vinkatkaa lisää profiileja kommenteissa, väsähdin parin tunnin setvimisen jälkeen.Saa jakaa, mielellään kiitos.Katsele piiriläisiä Circlecount.com:issa:http://www.circlecount.com/fi/sharedcircle/?id=z120f1eoezn1t5lms22celljpvm0wvzfs #Piiri   #Suomi   #Gplussa  2012-11-23 07:52:26111451837CC G+
John Ward4,989This is a circle I have set up for people who enjoy Science Fiction or Fantasy. If you'd like to be added to the circle, please let me know in the comments. Also, make sure you guys add the circle as well; so you can see other people's recommendations on the subject. Feel free to re-share this post. #circlesharesunday  2012-06-24 22:05:395014938CC G+
Max Huijgen24,852Europe calling: the old giant wakes up and calls on its peeps! Part IIAccording to the latest figures 426.9 million Europeans now use the InternetThere is a is feeling that it would be great to get some attention from G+ for Europe with official hangouts from the community managers during European times, feature roll-outs from Google no longer restricted to the US, and last but not least the desire to have hangouts and interaction without having to burn the midnight oil. To help solve this and get Europeans together on the same page I created +Europeans on G+  It already has four managers out of the community but feel to offer a bit of your time if you want to contribute. Circle the page if you didn´t already do so. I also organized a "I will circle you" project. If people commented that they came from Europe I would circle them instead of the other way. The intention was to share this circle back to the community and the first circle of 500 went out. You can find them here https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/PDUi13o9dB1Now as promised it´s time for round 2: 300 people and a few European pages. Some very well known, some relatively unknown, but all certified active posters from Europe who will spice up your streams during European hours.Check them out and please share the circle as the intention is to get much more Europeans united!if you were left out while you signed up: my excuses as it´s a tedious job to manage all these circles. I checked all but I am only human :)2012-06-01 14:51:14301893957CC G+
Kevin Medeiros3,101Yeah yeah, this is a huge circle to share. These guys and girls are a bunch of geeks. Geeks of what type you might ask? Well, of all sorts..you'll just have to find out. I've gone through and weeded out some of the inactive users myself in order to stay under the 500 person limit. These guys make up a big portion of my stream and never fail to keep me informed about awesome shit.You may also be asking why I didn't sort them out into sub-geek categories? The answer to that is because I'm not your damn secretary :-)Just check'em out :)2012-05-26 19:20:2947711714CC G+
Peter Edenist1,213Final share of this circle for #scififans for some time. This has been one of the oldest circles I have curated and I wouldn't remove one person from here !Plus 1 if you want in! #projectslowboat #scifi #scifisunday #scifichat #sciencefiction #scienceeveryday #scienceisawesome2012-04-22 14:47:445007414CC G+
Mike Clancy3,739I promised to reshare this sci-fi fans circle if I got a lot of new subscribers and I did ... over 100! As before, if you are not already listed in in this circle, but would like to be, please just +1 this post. If you are already in the circle and would like it to grow, please just share. That is all..2012-04-06 13:37:293196322CC G+
Mike Clancy3,675Ok, here's the new and improved sci-fi interests circle. Non-posters have been removed. As before, if you are not already listed in in this circle, but would like to be, please just +1 this post. If you are already in the circle and would like it to grow, please just share. That is all.2012-04-05 13:39:1521813834CC G+
Mike Clancy3,583My sci-fi fan circle ... +1 if you want to be added, share if you already are.2012-04-04 17:18:421343113CC G+
Kevin Medeiros2,549This is my circle of geeks. Definitely an active circle that share geeky shit that "others" may not understand, but you do, right?Circle them if you want instant fun. Seriously..I weed out the lame ones all the time..be prepared for the onslaught of awesome when you add this circle!2012-03-23 21:02:4544913919CC G+
Mike Clancy2,938Final edition of my sci-fi circle for now ... +1 and share if you want to be added to future releases2012-03-20 02:15:081335212CC G+
Mike Clancy1,885My select group of true Sci-Fi fans. If you think you should be added to it, just +12012-03-05 00:31:231514217CC G+
Jaana Nyström35,188#suomi #piiri #Finncircle Lauantain iloksi:Enemmän suomalaisia virtaan!Tämä piiri sisältää niin vanhoja kettuja kuin uusia tulokkaitakin.Kerään koko ajan lisää kotimaista settiä, käykäähän kommentoimassa postauksia niin tiedän lisätä uusia.Te joilla ei vielä ole profiili hyvässä hapessa, lukaiskaa tämä:http://googleplussa.blogspot.com/2012/01/google-kayton-aloitus-profiilivinkit.html2012-03-03 12:32:55186216CC G+


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2014-04-22 03:11:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Chibithulhu about to enjoy some brandy.

2014-04-21 19:56:07 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

I was feeling lethargic and unmotivated today, but as a way of not-doing-anything, I got myself to at least read a paper on the computational architecture of the brain and summarize the beginning of it. Win!

> "Whatever next? Predictive brains, situated agents, and the future of cognitive science" (Andy Clark 2013, Behavioral and Brain Sciences) is an interesting paper on the computational architecture of the brain. It’s arguing that a large part of the brain is made up of hierarchical systems, where each system uses an internal model of the lower system in an attempt to predict the next outputs of the lower system. Whenever a higher system mispredicts a lower system’s next output, it will adjust itself in an attempt to make better predictions in the future. (more)

2014-04-20 20:36:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Got tired of Google Scholar's automatic citation counts being bad (counting self-cites, counting duplicates, not counting all sources...) so I figured out my actual citation counts manually. (Yeah, probably could've spent this time on something more useful. :) )

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2014-04-20 18:27:25 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

Practice is most effective when it's spaced, interleaved, and varied. Pretty much the opposite of how we usually practice most things, in other words. :-)

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2014-04-20 18:14:29 (7 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)

"Rather than just replacing car traffic, the researchers show that a robotaxi system could handle all transportation needs—including private and public cars, taxis, scooters, buses, trains, etc.

"Yes, you read that right. Their analysis showed that a fleet of 250,000 robotaxis could replace all modes of personal transportation and fulfill the transportation needs of the entire Singapore population. Maximum wait time with this fleet size is about 30 minutes during rush hours—and significantly lower during non-peak periods. Travel times would approximate current times.

"Increasing the fleet to 300,000 vehicles brings maximum wait times down to less than 15 minutes. To put this number in context, there are about 800,000 total number of passenger vehicles in Singapore."

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2014-04-20 13:11:41 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)

Clever way of incentivizing surveillance.

"Over the last 10 years, Slovakia’s revenue from value-added taxes, a type of sales tax, has declined. But hiring auditors and pursuing individual merchants and service providers in court is expensive and slow. So last fall, the government decided to put a lottery in the mix.

"The idea is to enlist average citizens to collect receipts from their purchases and register them with the government, creating a paper trail for transactions and forcing restaurant and shop owners to pay the sales taxes they owe. As Slovakians register their receipts for the lottery, a computer will also tell them if a merchant has issued a receipt with a fake tax identification number, so they can report suspected fraud.

"For any purchase worth more than 1 euro, or about $1.38, Slovakians can enter their receipts in a monthly lottery to win€... more »

2014-04-20 11:56:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

"Under the Comstock Act of 1873, Americans who trafficked in birth control could be “imprisoned at hard labor in the Penitentiary for not less than six months nor more than five years each offense, or fined not less than $100 nor more than $2,000, with costs of court.” The moral crusader Anthony Comstock was made a special agent of the Post Office, and he spent the next 42 years vigorously enforcing the new law."

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2014-04-19 18:50:11 (11 comments, 5 reshares, 12 +1s)

Stephen Hawking, Max Tegmark, Stuart Russell, and Franc Wilczek make a call for serious research into risks from AI. Russell is co-author of the #1 AI textbook. The other three are highly regarded physicists. The Machine Intelligence Research Institute and the Future of Humanity Institute are explicitly mentioned.

2014-04-19 15:34:19 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Expert-level compassion meditation: when you practice experiencing feelings of compassion and goodwill towards Joffrey (Lannister) Baratheon.

2014-04-19 09:01:32 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 7 +1s)

Mental checklist to go through whenever you feel angry at someone for not doing something that you expected them to do, or for doing something that you expected them not to do. Applies regardless of whether the person in question is a co-worker, friend, relative, significant other, or anything else:

1. Ask yourself whether you clearly communicated your expectation to them.
2. Ask yourself whether they, after hearing about your expectation, indicated that they understood it and would try to fulfill it.
3. If the answer to both of the previous questions is "yes", then absent any other mitigating factors, you have the right to be angry at the other person. Otherwise you certainly have a right to feel disappointed or sad, but not angry.
4. "But it should have been obvious!" is not a substitute for "yes" for either of the first two questions. Okay, there... more »

2014-04-18 12:18:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Transcendence movie: everything worked by magic, nothing made any sense whatsoever.

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2014-04-17 19:47:16 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)

A fascinating history of a product that managed to be momentarily successful despite opposition from higher-ups, but then faltered due to that same opposition. Had quite a few chats on AIM, myself...

"AIM was being developed without any approval from AOL executives.

"But if AIM was to be a standalone program, it needed to run off some equipment.

"AIM was sort of the prototypical skunkworks project," Bosco said. “Since it was an unsanctioned project, one of the problems we had was you need to run servers in the data centers.”

"Appelman called in a favor to the head of AOL's data centers, who happened to have some old Hewlett-Packard servers he'd planned to ship back to HP. He agreed to "lose" the machines so the AIM team could use them in an unofficial capacity."

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2014-04-17 14:56:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

"Robert Grosseteste was an English philosopher, theologian and statesman during the early 13th century. [...] he describes a cosmological model in which the universe begins with an explosion of light from which matter condenses. The entire universe then forms in nine nested spheres as a result of the coupling between matter and light. [...]

"So an interesting question is how would Grosseteste have modelled the universe had he had access to the same mathematical tools that modern cosmologists possess. [...]

"He says the Universe begins with a Big Bang-like explosion in which light expands in all directions giving matter its three-dimensional nature. Light then draws matter with it as it expands in a sphere. This coupling between light and matter is crucial.

"The expansion eventually stops when matter reaches a minimum density. “As a vacuum is impossiblew... more »

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2014-04-15 19:50:13 (0 comments, 9 reshares, 22 +1s)

The expressions are the best part.

2014-04-15 15:19:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

"We test how donors respond to new information about a charity’s effectiveness. Freedom from Hunger implemented a test of its direct marketing solicitations, varying letters by whether they include a discussion of their program’s impact as measured by scientific research. The base script, used for both treatment and control, included a standard qualitative story about an individual beneficiary. Adding scientific impact information has no effect on whether someone donates, or how much, in the full sample. However, we find that amongst recent prior donors (those we posit more likely to open the mail and thus notice the treatment), large prior donors increase the likelihood of giving in response to information on aid effectiveness, whereas small prior donors decrease their giving. We motivate the analysis and experiment with a theoretical model that highlights two predictions. First, larger giftamo... more »

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2014-04-15 14:58:19 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

"Behavioural economists have tried to explain this kind of prosocial behaviour by assuming that people have an intrinsic motivation to behave fairly towards others, i.e. that they have social preferences. However, there are indeed good reasons to question this assumption.

"Let’s, for example, consider this modified version of the DG: As in the classic DG dictators can decide how to split their $10. After they have made their decision, but right before its implementation, the experimenter intervenes offering the following option: either dictators can go ahead with their decision and divide the amount of money as intended, or they can choose to exit the game without letting the recipient know about the game in the first place. So in fact, this game was not played under perfect information as assumed by the dictator. Pretty sneaky! The experimenter explains that the quiet exit costs $1,t... more »

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2014-04-15 14:12:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

"So yesterday, after twenty-four years of struggle, I sold a novel. [...]

"Let’s be honest: That took perseverance.  I wrote for hours a day, writing on vacation, writing on my birthday, writing when I was recovering from heart surgery.  I went to critique groups to get better feedback.  I networked online so I could find better people to give me feedback.  Out of any given day, you can point to at least an hour and say, “Ferrett put in his 10,000 hours.”


"* I was lucky enough to be healthy, so I didn’t have to deal with days torpedoed by chronic pain issues or going to doctors or filling prescriptions. [...]

"* I was lucky enough to have a sedentary, work-at-home job. Yes, some of that’s career choice, but I went to college for seven years on scholarships and my parents’ dime, and they were rich enough to buy a PCback when they ... more »

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2014-04-14 14:43:34 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

"A restaurant with three Michelin stars is now trying to up its customer service game by Googling its customers before they arrive. According to a report from Grub Street, an Eleven Madison Park maitre d' performs Internet recon on every guest in the interest of customizing their experiences.

"The maitre d' in question, Justin Roller, says he tries to ascertain things like whether a couple is coming to the restaurant for an anniversary, and if so, which anniversary that is. If it's a birthday, for instance, he wants to wish them "Happy Birthday" when they arrive. He'll scan for photos of the guests in chef's whites or posed with wine glasses, which suggest they might be chefs or sommeliers themselves.

"It goes deeper: if a particular guest appears to hail from Montana, Roller will try to pair up the table with a server who is from Montana.... more »

2014-04-14 09:43:16 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)

"So the "punchline" of the exercise is that you can't actually play the most popular PC game properly until you understand Lagrange multipliers. I'll see you in Multivariable Calculus."

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2014-04-13 18:37:33 (19 comments, 5 reshares, 15 +1s)

2014-04-13 18:23:49 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Usually weekend-long social events make me feel drained, and there were definitely moments when I did feel that, but now that I'm home from the meetup I'm starting to feel energetic again. A gathering that leaves me feeling like an extrovert afterwards can only have been a good one.

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2014-04-11 13:03:19 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

It's seeing albums like these that momentarily make one think that maybe the libertarians are right, and a society could work just fine without government. Of course, these pictures are likely to be quite cherry-picked and show only the best parts, so they're not strong evidence either way... but they do make you imagine societies where things would work very differently.

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2014-04-11 12:44:11 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

"The sad truth is that open source software — which underpins vast swathes of the net — has a serious sustainability problem. While well-known projects such as Linux, Mozilla, and the Apache web server enjoy hundreds of millions of dollars of funding, there are many other important projects that just don’t have the necessary money — or people — behind them. Mozilla, maker of the Firefox browser, reported revenues of more than $300 million in 2012. But the OpenSSL Software Foundation, which raises money for the project’s software development, has never raised more than $1 million in a year; its developers have never all been in the same room. And it’s just one example.

"In some ways, there’s a bug in the open source ecosystem. Projects start when developers need to fix a particular problem, and when they open source their solution, it’s instantly available to everyone.If the problem th... more »

2014-04-11 11:36:55 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

"No, brain, I'm trying to cut down on my expenses, so 'but they have Twilight Sparkle on them' is an insufficient reason for buying chocolate eggs."

2014-04-11 10:46:05 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Random observations: it feels like my hair looks best when it has been about 1-2 days since I last washed it. Any more or less and it looks worse.

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2014-04-11 09:12:10 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

"I have to say: given the idiotic constraints Disney put on the film, JJ Abrams is probably the best director they could have gotten.

"Which is to say that Disney treated Star Wars as “release date first, everything else second.”  They’d locked down the date so all the other movie studios would get out of the way, and are now lurching towards that date come hell or highwater.  As noted, it’s coming eighteen months from now, and they haven’t finished the script.  (It took Lucas four years to write the script for the original Star Wars, and about eighteen months for everyone concerned to finish the script for Empire Strikes Back – and that was with Lucas’ overarching story notes.)  Clearly, what the big D wants is “A huge profit center,” and the actual quality of the movie is secondary to dominating Christmas 2015 with the inevitable Star Wars juggernaut.
"So given that... more »

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2014-04-11 09:01:15 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)

xkcd explains Heartbleed.

2014-04-11 06:31:41 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

> My ongoing hypothesis for how a lot of people fly so easily in dreams is borderline sleep paralysis. [...] The proprioception feeling of drag I experience when I am able to fly in dreams is exactly the same kind of "drag" I feel when I'm undergoing a sleep paralysis. This suspicion was confirmed once I was lucid dreaming and flying at the same time. I talked to a friend mid-flight, and realizing it was just a dream I fell into a sleep paralysis... yet my body sensation was held completely constant. In other words, I stopped being in my nice dream of flying and talking to a good friend, and suddenly found myself in my bed unable to move. My visual sensation changed but not my bodily sensation. 

> It seems to me that when part of the proprioceptive stiffness or drag from our actual paralyzed body leaks into our dream, our mind suddenly has to simulate how it... more »

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2014-04-11 05:53:39 (9 comments, 6 reshares, 5 +1s)

Particularly interesting since some kinds of meditation also involve reducing and reworking the filters that prevent some types of information usually reaching your consciousness, but rather than worsening your focus this ends up improving it.

"ADHD is about having broken filters on your perception. 

"Normal people have a sort of mental secretary that takes the 99% of irrelevant crap that crosses their mind, and simply deletes it before they become consciously aware of it. As such, their mental workspace is like a huge clean whiteboard, ready to hold and organize useful information. 

"ADHD people... have no such luxury. Every single thing that comes in the front door gets written directly on the whiteboard in bold, underlined red letters, no matter what it is, and no matter what has to be erased in order for it to fit. 

"As such, ifwe... more »

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2014-04-10 08:24:12 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 4 +1s)

Aaaand it's the time to change all passwords:

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2014-04-10 08:21:45 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

Neat, apparently it was a Finnish computer security company that coined the name, drew the logo, and set up the site telling people about Heartbleed.

2014-04-09 19:22:48 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

Today's discovery: you can make any action sound more interesting by simply adding "passive-aggressively" to the sentence describing it.

"Hold on, I'll just passive-aggressively get a cup of coffee."

"I think I need to passive-aggressively take a shower."

"Sorry I'm late, I passive-aggressively slept in."

"The OpenSSL project passive-aggressively announced the existence of the Heartbleed exploit."

"Russia passive-aggressively invaded Ukraine today."

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2014-04-09 15:47:38 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 6 +1s)

Huh: this site not only has separate "moral case" and "practical case" categories for the policy (global open borders) that it advocates, the "moral case" is broken down to the "libertarian", "utilitarian", "egalitarian", "human capabilities", "bleeding-heart libertarian", and "conservative and small-government" cases, and the "practical case" to "benefits to migrants", "benefits to immigrant-sending countries", "benefits to immigrant-receiving countries", and "global benefits".

This is the first advocacy site that I've seen that tries to explicitly address such a broad range of differing perspectives and moral intuitions. Usually organizations either only use arguments from the moral theory that the most active people find the most compelling, or have an... more »

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2014-04-09 15:23:32 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Interesting maps, though it's weird that for some things they're specifically asking for constitutional protections, rather than legal protections in general. (Does every country in the world even have a separate constitution?)

2014-04-09 14:28:12 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

It it sometimes claimed that making jokes involving negative stereotypes, even when in a company where everybody believes the stereotypes to be silly and false, acts to promote those stereotypes. That sounds a little counterintuitive, but suppose it was true. What might be the mechanism?

One mechanism that comes to mind is that the jokes could make "people of group X are bad at Y" more cognitively available as an explanation. Suppose that there's a stereotype "Martians are bad at rock climbing", and someone makes a joke about that. Then, sometime later, you see a Martian doing some rock climbing and being bad at it. If you hadn't heard the joke, you might have thought "oh, maybe they're out of practice". But now you might instead think "oh, that reminds me of the joke of Martians being bad at this". Even if you don't explicitly think... more »

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2014-04-09 12:13:58 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 10 +1s)

Just how does the Heartbleed bug work? Here's a compact explanation:

"In short, Heartbeat allows one endpoint to go "I'm sending you some data, echo it back to me". You send both a length figure and the data itself. The length figure can be up to 64 KiB. Unfortunately, if you use the length figure to claim "I'm sending 64 KiB of data" (for example) and then only really send, say, one byte, OpenSSL would send you back your one byte -- and 64 KiB (minus one) of other data from RAM.


"This allows the other endpoint to get random portions of memory from the process using OpenSSL. An attacker cannot choose which memory, but if they try enough times, their request's data structure is likely to wind up next to something interesting, such as your private keys, or users' cookies or passwords.

"None... more »

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2014-04-09 09:29:05 (40 comments, 32 reshares, 75 +1s)

"If you've been reading the news recently, you might think that corporate America is doing its best to thwart NSA surveillance. [...] The main focus of massive Internet companies and government agencies both still largely align: to keep us all under constant surveillance. When they bicker, it's mostly role-playing designed to keep us blasé about what's really going on. 

"These companies are certainly pissed that the publicity surrounding the NSA's actions is undermining their users' trust in their services, and they're losing money because of it. Cisco, IBM, cloud service providers, and others have announced that they're losing billions, mostly in foreign sales.

"These companies are doing their best to convince users that their data is secure. But they're relying on their users not understanding what real security looks like. IBM'sl... more »

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2014-04-09 09:15:33 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)

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2014-04-09 07:21:48 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 12 +1s)

Why I like fiction that doesn't follow traditional dramatic arcs.

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2014-04-09 06:26:01 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

Violent content in video games doesn't cause aggression, but bad and frustrating game mechanics do. :D

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2014-04-08 16:43:57 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)

2014-04-08 11:06:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Data Protection. The European Court of Justice has declared the Data Retention Directive to be invalid.

"It entails a wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data, without that interference being limited to what is strictly necessary."

The ECJ seems to be taking a role model in the German Constitutional Court in protecting the people from overly-eager politicians.


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2014-04-08 07:50:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Definitely not bad: "Even the oldest battery-backed cartridges are alive more often than not, so long as they’ve been well looked after. The Legend Of Zelda was among the first home console games to use a battery to save data, and has in many cases managed to survive some 28 years."

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2014-04-07 15:49:26 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)

"1.) A woman taking her baby for a stroll in a gas-resistant baby carriage."

2014-04-07 15:42:58 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Okay, this is the hardest choice of "how to spend your free time" that I've had in a while.

On the other hand, there's the new Game of Thrones episode.

On the other hand, I only now realized that the free Advanced Edition expansion for FTL: Faster Than Light downloaded itself automatically into my Steam library several days ago.


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2014-04-07 15:27:26 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

"A muse is a very finicky creature – not quite a pet, but more like a wild animal you must tempt to your doorstep via a series of elaborate machinations.  And each is different.  I have a very businesslike muse clad in a three-piece suit, a great suited moose muse possessed of a Protestant Work Ethic, who shows up the more I show up.  And so I write every day.  But I have friends who have much more hedonistic muses, sinewy muses who arrive only after they’ve spent a weekend drinking wine in the company of good friends, and so they write well only when they’re in a fine mood.

"Learning how to attract our muses changes our lives, if we’re serious about writing.  I make time every day to write, which isn’t easy when I have a godchild with a terminal illness – but if I don’t, my stories don’t flow.  My friends with the hedonist-muses have to structure their lives tohave wonderful partie... more »

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2014-04-07 15:20:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

"Now here’s the thing you have to remember about boycotts:

"If you boycott someone permanently, you’re fucking up the boycott.

"The whole point of a boycott is that there is forgiveness at the end – a way for these companies to get your money back.  I’ve been boycotting Chick-Fil-A for over a decade now, and it’s anguish, as they’re right across the street from me and I love their food and especially their delicious breakfasts.  But they’re anti-gay, and keep doing stupid anti-gay things just often enough that I’m unconvinced that I’m not hurting gay rights’ causes by filling their coffers, and so I stay away.

"But if they were to do an about-face that I was comfortable with – which would, admittedly, be a high bar after years and years of disappointment – I would probably buy there more.  I would reward them for doing the rightthing at last, even though... more »

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2014-04-07 15:16:31 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

"Last May, Whole Foods recalled two types of curried chicken salad that had been sold in some of its stores in the Northeast.

"The retailer’s kitchens had accidentally confused a batch of “chick’n” salad made with a plant protein substitute with one made from real chicken, and reversed the labels.

"Consumers buying the version labeled as having been made from actual chicken were instead eating vegetarian chicken salad — and thus inadvertently were exposed to soy and eggs, allergens that must be identified on labels under federal regulations.

“None of the customers apparently noticed the difference,” said Ethan Brown, founder and chief executive of Beyond Meat, which made the substitute in the product that was recalled.

"The error demonstrates just how far “fake” meat — producers hate the term but have not come up with acatchy alternative ... more »

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2014-04-06 10:57:13 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)

I've posted this before, but it's worth a repeat. Live epically, and inspire those to come.

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2014-04-06 10:55:58 (37 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

"They should face and own up to the fact that they helped force out a CEO solely because he disagreed with them about same-sex marriage. Put in their position, I'd feel uneasy about admitting that too. The rise of marriage equality is a happy, hopeful story. This is an ugly, illiberal footnote, appended by the winners."


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