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Paul Buchheit
Young, Black and Frisked by the N.Y.P.D. - http://www.nytimes.com/2011...
Young, Black and Frisked by the N.Y.P.D.
"These experiences changed the way I felt about the police. After the third incident I worried when police cars drove by; I was afraid I would be stopped and searched or that something worse would happen. I dress better if I go downtown. I don’t hang out with friends outside my neighborhood in Harlem as much as I used to. Essentially, I incorporated into my daily life the sense that I might find myself up against a wall or on the ground with an officer’s gun at my head. For a black man in his 20s like me, it’s just a fact of life in New York. Here are a few other facts: last year, the N.Y.P.D. recorded more than 600,000 stops; 84 percent of those stopped were blacks or Latinos. Police are far more likely to use force when stopping blacks or Latinos than whites. In half the stops police cite the vague “furtive movements” as the reason for the stop. Maybe black and brown people just look more furtive, whatever that means. These stops are part of a larger, more widespread problem — a... more... - Paul Buchheit from Bookmarklet
Horribly sad. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It's institutionalized racism. It's when you cross the street with your kids because you see a black or brown guy walking towards you, regardless of how he's dressed or what he's doing. When you lock your car doors because the color of the neighborhood changes, regardless of the economic stature of the area. You see 3 or more black or brown guys hanging out and call them "thugs" or... more... - Anika
:( - Amit Patel
the gun-at-head part can't be legal, can it? - Big Joe Silence
nice - Mariya Khan
Considering that only about 5% of stops (regardless of color) result in arrests, it's hard to imagine how they even justify this practice. - Gabe
ok ok ok - Ruslan Zakirov
Why people put so much emphasis on complexion, which is just a wrapper of a beautiful soul. If you abuse someone because of his color, you are abusing god, because god resides in every human heart.. - Ajay Agrawal
Amit Patel
http://www.youtube.com/watch... - Just Cause 2 (game) map of "player deaths by impact"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEoxaGkNcrg - Just Cause 2 (game) map of "player deaths by impact"
Play
Awesome! They just show the location of player deaths in 3d space, and … you can see buildings, mountains, etc. emerge - Amit Patel
Micah
Dear WWweb, DO NOT ever ever ever ever ever ever eVEr EVER auto-play sound in my presence. Ever.
Especially when I've just opened several tabs and then I have to hunt through them all for the culprit. - bentley
The move from flash to html5 is making things like this much worse :( - Amit Patel
This is one beautiful thing about Chrome; at least you can figure out quickly which tab is playing sound. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
Morton Fox
Had to open up and unclog the shower drain just now, right after taking a shower. Yeah, naked plumbing is a thing.
NAKED PLUMBING next up on DISCOVERY CHANNEL - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
Crime-Fighting Robots Go On Patrol In Silicon Valley « CBS San Francisco - http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014...
Crime-Fighting Robots Go On Patrol In Silicon Valley « CBS San Francisco
"The security robots are autonomous, meaning they operate on their own." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
ROBOCOP - Amit Patel
I will not mention that they look like rolling vibrators. - Todd Hoff
Jessie
Bogus Journal Accepts Profanity-Laced Anti-Spam Paper | Scholarly Open Access - http://scholarlyoa.com/2014...
Bogus Journal Accepts Profanity-Laced Anti-Spam Paper | Scholarly Open Access
"After receiving a spam email from the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology, Dr. Peter Vamplew of Federation University Australia’s School of Engineering and Information Technology sent the anti-spam article as a reply to the spam email without any other message, expecting that they might open it and read it, but not that it would be considered for publication. To his surprise, the journal accepted the paper and sent him an acceptance email that had two PDF attachments. One was a formal statement of acceptance and the second was the reviewer report." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The screenshot above is from the acceptance letter. The following screenshot is from the review form, in which an anonymous reviewer indicated that the paper’s appropriateness for the journal is “excellent.” The peer reviewer’s report. It’s clear from examining the reviewer report that the same filled-out form is used for most or all submissions. Certainly, no peer review was completed... more... - Jessie
HAHAHAHAHAHA the figures: http://www.scs.stanford.edu/~dm... - Jessie
the best! also the reference citations did me in. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
I don't see where those two references were cited within the body of the paper. - Joe
They're kind of randomly inserted on page 2. - Jessie
HAHA! - Amit Patel
THEY PUT REFERENCE 2 AHEAD OF 1! Idiots. - Joe
Hahahahaha the comments: "You don't see the problem? Have you read the draft? Figures 1 and 2 are not referenced in the text." - Jessie
But they are! On the other hand, Figure 2 is a bit crude for publication. I think it's a stretch to say that *no* peer review was completed; it just wasn't a particularly tough peer review. Maybe the reviewer had a sense of humor, unlike...well, never mind. - Walt Crawford
Andrew C (✔)
RT @rosenbergmerc: Very sad new infographic: median cost to rent 1-bedroom apartment near BART stations, per @radpad http://t.co/dFGKTRjc2M
RT @rosenbergmerc: Very sad new infographic: median cost to rent 1-bedroom apartment near BART stations, per @radpad http://t.co/dFGKTRjc2M
Hm, I can't see any of that. Do I need new glasses? - Meg VMeg
Insane. 1-bedroom, eh? Wow. - Brent Schaus from iPhone
Brand new 1 bedroom units in downtown/midtown Sac start around $1500. Come on up! :-) - Corinne L
One bedrooms near Coliseum BART are actually a lot cheaper than this graphic shows. That price is more like the two bedrooms nearby. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Is it more expensive to live near BART or cheaper to live near BART? I'm trying to figure out which would make for a more sad infographic. - Amit Patel
More expensive to live near BART in dense areas. I'm not sure it's as expensive to live near BART in Concord or Walnut Creek, though, as people living out there tend not to take pubtrans as much. - Spidra Webster
Amit Patel
The First Real Reason We Need To Sleep - Business Insider - http://www.businessinsider.com/the-fir...
The First Real Reason We Need To Sleep - Business Insider
The First Real Reason We Need To Sleep - Business Insider
"Scientists have just reported the first major mechanical reason our brains need to sleep — certain cleaning mechanisms in the brain work better when we shut the brain down. Just like how dump trucks take to the city streets during the pre-dawn hours because there's less traffic, our brain's cleaners also work best when there's less going on." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Louis Gray
But can you really trust a man with a brain filled with garbage :-) - Todd Hoff
Amit Patel
C4 carbon fixation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
C4 carbon fixation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
C4 carbon fixation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"C4" plants use a different carbon chemistry than "C3" plants. They are more drought tolerant and remove significantly more CO2 from the atmosphere than C3 plants. Researchers are developing a C4 variant of rice, which would use a lot less water and farmland than the conventional C3 form of rice. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Ulrich von Liechtenstein
A ‘Stupidity’ Virus Has Been Discovered - http://www.msn.com/en-us...
A ‘Stupidity’ Virus Has Been Discovered
"A virus known to attack green algae in lakes and rivers can also infect human brains -- and it’s making dummies out of us. The virus, called ATCV-1, can impair cognitive activity, learning and memory, essentially making a person who has the virus less intelligent, researchers in the U.S. have found. Scientists said this is the first time the virus has been observed in people." - Ulrich von Liechtenstein from Bookmarklet
“This is a striking example showing that the ‘innocuous’ microorganisms we carry can affect behavior and cognition,” Robert Yolken, a virologist at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Maryland, who led the original study, told the Independent. All people have physiological differences “encoded in the set of genes each inherits from parents, yet some of these differences are fueled by the various microorganisms we harbor and the way they interact with our genes,” Yolken said. - Ulrich von Liechtenstein
This might explain the results of the recent election. - April Russo
Nope. Low voter turnout. Plenty of smart people just stayed home. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
Turns out you can catch stupid. Which is at the heart of the current European model explaining the US :-P - Eivind from Android
Ugh, I might have this - Amit Patel
I have a special homeopathic probiotic that can fix you right up. People who previously couldn't tie their shoes are now vying for nobel prizes. It's a real miracle. - Todd Hoff
But can you fix stupid? - Mary B: #TeamMonique
Andrew C (✔)
I prefer living in places where the usual method of directions references intersections, not highways or landmarks.
Oh, you'd hate it in Nicaragua. https://vianica.com/nicarag... - bentley
bentley: madness. - Andrew C (✔) from Android
Bentley, that actually helps explain so much when I was getting directions from some people earlier this year. They didn't know the address and the arriba and oriente designations meant nothing to me. But even in English, the word 'block' can be hard. I mean between actual named roads, but sometimes people count alleys which is bizarre. - Anika
I forget, does the article mention that many of these landmarks no longer exist?. Addresses sometimes refer (at least, they used to in the late 1970's) to the landmark's pre-1972 earthquake locations. When you're new in town, and an address starts with the former location of a restaurant called El Arbolito, what you hear is, "From where the little tree used to be..." - bentley
Yes it does. I laughed at that part, because when I give directions, I'll reference places that don't exist, mostly because I think they still should exist & refuse to accept the new buildings. If people didn't live in LA before 1995, they'll be assed out on some of my directions. - Anika
Yeah, I still refer to a certain parking structure in Ann Arbor as the Jacobson's parking structure, even though Jacobson's left in the 1980's. - bentley
Also, in Tokyo (or all of Japan?) many streets aren't named, but blocks are. And then buildings are numbered in each block by chronological order of construction rather than fixed location order. - Andrew C (✔)
I was going to bring up mauka/makai but there's no wikipedia entry (which is honestly baffling). Here: http://www.doublebrush.com/2007... - Meg VMeg
That said, I was really trying to find a particular thing I like about Vancouver, SF, and NYC (... or maybe just Manhattan) vs other NA cities and also vs small towns. - Andrew C (✔)
Oh yes, the spatial layout in NYC (except for Queens, glaringly, and Staten Island, probably) is very comforting. - Meg VMeg
Though Broadway kinda fucks things up for a bit, in the middle there. - Meg VMeg
Vancouver has Kingsway slicing a diagonal through the grid and SF has Market... - Andrew C (✔)
In my experience any town Like my St Paul which is platted around a river is going to be difficult to grid for streets. And difficult to navigate and we're prone to "turn by where The Golden Rule used to be" which is/was defunct clothing store closed when I was a small child... - WarLord
Mildly related, about landmarks: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode... - Amit Patel
From the link above: "Pizza Hut’s signature look was the work of architect Richard D. Burke, a friend and classmate of the Carney brothers. Burke wanted $32,000 to do the design. The Carneys gave a counter-offer of $100 per Pizza Hut to subsequently open. Burke accepted" - bentley
Amit: There's a very large church somewhere on I-94 east of Chicago that reminds me a lot of a giant Long John Silver restaurant. Something about the blue ribbed roof. - bentley
Jessie
France: Big Cat on the Prowl Is Not a Tiger - ABC News - http://abcnews.go.com/Interna...
France: Big Cat on the Prowl Is Not a Tiger - ABC News
"A big, wild cat eluding 200 police and military forces near Disneyland Paris is not a tiger, French authorities said Friday — but they don't know exactly what it is. The creature popped up near a supermarket, crossed a major highway, slinked past a gas station, and sent regional officials into high alert. The administration for the Seine-et-Marne region had announced Thursday that authorities were searching for a tiger on the loose. But in a statement Friday afternoon, the administration said "the presence of an animal of the tiger species has proven to be excluded." The statement was based on analysis by government wild animal experts of the animal's tracks. It said the animal is a feline but they are still trying to determine its species. The hunting office could not be reached for comment. The animal's origins remain a mystery." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Smilodon - Amit Patel
Now that would be cool, Amit! :) - Anne Bouey
Stephen Mack
We can put a lander on a comet, but we can't _______________.
Fund science programs in public schools. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Feed children. (but, I'm happy we can get a lander on a comet, too) - Katy S
figure out the whole flying car thing - Stephen Mack from iPhone
stop Kim Kardashian. - Eric - Regulate
fire the harpoons! - John (bird whisperer)
find the time to tell the Santa's Village #saturdayff story. KIDDING!!! - Laura Norvig
keep the staff wiki updated. - Steele Lawman
get Canada to take Justin Bieber back. - Corinne L
bring FriendFeed back. - Louis Gray
rename FriendFeed to FriedFeed - Amit Patel
John beat me to it. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE
find a clean alternative to the internal combustion engine. - Steven Perez
bring Firefly back. - A Gunny named Slickback
get a screensaver on Tivos. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
cure cancer/AIDS/flu/common cold/Ebola/Parkinson's/Alzheimer's/depression... - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
skin a horse at full gallop - Big Joe Silence
pay women equal pay for equal work. - Spidra Webster
get databases/institutions to acknowledge that some people go by their middle names. - Spidra Webster
live with 'em and we can't live without 'em. - Steele Lawman
Make Brussels Sprouts taste like chocolate cake. - Janet from FFHound!
fix Congress. - imabonehead
manage a voter turnout greater than 50%. - Spidra Webster
get solar power after landing on said comet - Amit Patel
find the lander we put on the comet - esorciccio a.d. from Flucso
Come ho scritto su FB un po' di tempo fa: "Siamo arrivati sulla luna ma non abbiamo ancora trovato il modo per fare uscire l'acqua tiepida dal rubinetto" - Biagio Romano
make it drink. - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
WarLord
My therapist has coined a word: "Catastrophizing". The process of thinking of all the bad things that will happen when you do "something" thus preventing you from doing ANYTHING! I had to confront and master my fear as much as my disease. My world could become very small very claustrophobic if I allowed my fear of falling to be a bigger deal than...
My world could become very small very claustrophobic if I allowed my fear of falling to be a bigger deal than actually you know falling.... As my daughter observed "you fall down, you get up." So far gravity and I have a draw in our daily bouts. I hope you are able to make your own illness secondary to people you love and the things you love to do - WarLord
Yeah :( - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
Burning questions about winter cold | UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research - http://www2.ucar.edu/atmosne...
Burning questions about winter cold | UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Burning questions about winter cold | UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
What's causing the cold winters in the eastern US? Is it the pacific or the arctic? - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Heisenberg
I wonder why we haven’t moved to a more modern query language than SQL for RDBMS. Most of us don’t still code in COBOL.
Yeah. Me too. I think there's a lot of good stuff in relational algebra / relational databases, and SQL is … ugh - Amit Patel
Jason Toney
RT @calebgarling: I can't stop reading Twitter's new mission statement. It's just a continual car crash of English IN THE WORLD http://t.co/0hC0KPFSb6
RT @calebgarling: I can't stop reading Twitter's new mission statement. It's just a continual car crash of English IN THE WORLD http://t.co/0hC0KPFSb6
Such short sighted... why not .. "IN THE UNIVERSE + INFINITY!" - Me
AND BEYOND! tm - bentley
Amit Patel
Former Head of TiVo Engineering and Operations Will Lead Development and Deployment of Benetech’s Software-for-Good Tools « Benetech - http://benetech.org/2014...
Former Head of TiVo Engineering and Operations Will Lead Development and Deployment of Benetech’s Software-for-Good Tools « Benetech
What really bugs me is the filing here: http://www.sec.gov/Archive... that says "You have not made any disparaging comments about the Company, nor will you do so in the future" – that's quite a long time, and rather a restrictive policy towards people who used to work for a company :-/ - Amit Patel
Mark's a nice guy. He would never say anything bad about any company. :) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
how is any work getting done today? COOL ASS SPACE SHIT IS HAPPENING Y'ALL!
also, I'm not a rocket scientist, so someone explain me why firing a harpoon matters? although it does explain the whales. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
I think it's a question of the lander not being flung off the comet due to very low gravity whenever the lander tries to do something. - RepoRat
ahhh. I think I get that... maybe kinda sorta. ok. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
stupid inertia. stupid momentum. stupid gravity. bah. - RepoRat
They have some kind of drill on there that's going to try to sample -- I guess it won't work unless the lander is tethered to the comet. - Steve and 4 other people
I'm guessing that deploying the drill (or any other device) in low gravity could cause the lander to drift off. - MoTO: #TeamMarina
I didn't get any work done today. I was on the irc, the reddit live page, the live feed, ... - Amit Patel
Ulrich von Liechtenstein
Went for the nightly walk with the boy got a block and turned right instead of left as it looked like a dude was having car troubles and might need help with a push. Got about 100 yds out before getting a 12 car police escort. Drug bust. Guess the home and he needed a lot more help then just the car. Life in the almost hood. #notthefirsttime
Running a drug house across the street from an elementary school probably not gonna go over well in the courts. - Ulrich von Liechtenstein
Hiding in plain sight did not fare well for him. - Janet from BuddyFeed
You can come take Jeffrey for a walk here. I have the most boring neighborhood EVER! At least we've got really nice scenery. Not sure that competes with #almosthood though. :) - Tamara J. B.
Yes I am envious of your homestead location Tamara you guys definitely did well. We will have to come down and bring some #almosthood with us. - Ulrich von Liechtenstein
There's a Doctor Who episode for this, called "Turn Left". - Amit Patel
Ahh, life in the LBC. I remember it well. - Corinne L
Amit Patel
Woah, that must've taken a lot of work to produce - Amit Patel
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
welp... I think the deleted phone contacts thing was a result of my SD card being loose. I put it back in and now it's giving me "phone only" options again and I have ALL the contacts... like, from all four of email IDs and what was in the phone before and what I put back in over the last week, including duplicates and people I don't remember...
anyone I have ever emailed is now in my phone contacts. not sure which was worse, all or none. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Definitely none. This way gives you a chance to copy them out somewhere where it might be easier to organize and back them up. - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
true. now to decide the best way to do that. I don't think all of the old numbers are recovered, but that's probably a good thing. anyone important was important enough to put somewhere other than just in my phone I would think. I just wish I'd thought of the SD card thing sooner before I started messing with all my settings. my friend mentioned it to me Friday b/c it happened to him once, and as soon as he said it I realized how obvious an explanation it was. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Whew. Glad you got the contacts back. - Corinne L
So you got back your phone contact by … fixing your SD card's contacts? - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
Jackdaws love my big sphinx of quartz - Stuff - http://squid314.livejournal.com/275614...
Babylon 5, Doctor Who, and the History Channel. - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
And how the History Channel is terrible. - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
Lots of awful user interfaces from Apple - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Amit Patel
A Star Trek font for the new Star Wars movie? | Break Into Chat - http://breakintochat.com/blog...
A Star Trek font for the new Star Wars movie? | Break Into Chat
A Star Trek font for the new Star Wars movie? | Break Into Chat
A Star Trek font for the new Star Wars movie? | Break Into Chat
Did the new Star Wars movie used a font from the Star Trek movies? Actually, Star Wars used it first! - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Any true Star Wars fan would have known that SW had it first! That was its calling card. - Nils Sandin
Amit Patel
Scribble – color without limits - http://getscribblepen.com/
Scribble – color without limits
Back in my day we had multicolor pens that came with four different colors. Now they have pens that can pick any color using an app. (!!) Or you can point the pen at a surface and set the color to whatever you're pointing to. (!!) - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Amit Patel
Graphs, trees, and origins of humanity - http://igoro.com/archive...
Graphs, trees, and origins of humanity
Graphs, trees, and origins of humanity
About "Mitochrondrial Eve" and "Y-chromosomal Adam" - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Kate Foy
Surely one of the great morning smells (apart from fresh-brewed coffee) is that of the earth after heavy overnight rain. #fb
Mmmmm, bacteria - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
https://www.kickstarter.com/project... - Kickstarter for quad core retina drawing tablet with wacom pen
A new Modbook! - Amit Patel
Petty LaBelle
RT @xor: Emojis set to get a skin-tone modifier in Unicode 8.0 http://blog.emojipedia.org/2015-th... https://twitter.com/xor...
RT @xor: Emojis set to get a skin-tone modifier in Unicode 8.0 http://blog.emojipedia.org/2015-the-year-of-emoji-diversity http://t.co/v4HySMWKoR
Hm, interesting. I wonder how they will implement this. Unicode combining characters? Ligatures? - Amit Patel
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