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The executive order that led to mass spying, as told by NSA alumni | Ars Technica - http://arstechnica.com/tech-po...
"President Ronald Reagan signed EO 12333 within his first year in office, 1981, largely as a response to the perceived weakening of the American intelligence apparatus by his two immediate predecessors, Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. Later, EO 12333 was amended three times by President George W. Bush between 2003 and 2008. “Reagan did this at every opportunity: with military exercises, challenging the Soviets in their own airspace and waters, across the board. The gloves were coming off,” Melvin Goodman told Ars. Goodman was the CIA's division chief and senior analyst at the Office of Soviet Affairs from 1976 to 1986. He’s now the director of the National Security Project at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC. Bush's reasons for strengthening EO 12333 were similar. After the United States faced another existential threat in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Bush—and later President Barack Obama—used EO 12333 to expand American surveillance power. But if EO 12333 is essentially a reaction, how was mass surveillance handled beforehand?" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I had the misfortune of tuning into some right wing radio stations that complain heavily when a black democrat dares to issues executive orders, but were strangely silent before. - Todd Hoff
Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone - Vox - http://www.vox.com/2014...
Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone - Vox
"If you're feeling sleepy and want to wake yourself up — and have 20 minutes or so to spare before you need to be fully alert — there's something you should try. It's more effective than drinking a cup of coffee or taking a quick nap. It's drinking a cup of coffee and then taking a quick nap. This is called a coffee nap. It might sound crazy: conventional wisdom is that caffeine interferes with sleep. But if you caffeinate immediately before napping and sleep for 20 minutes or less, you can exploit a quirk in the way your both sleep and caffeine affect your brain to maximize alertness. Here's the science behind the idea." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
It's science! - Todd Hoff
Light-Activated Memory Switch | The Scientist Magazine® - http://www.the-scientist.com/...
Light-Activated Memory Switch | The Scientist Magazine®
"Researchers have made mice enjoy spending time in a place they once feared using light-dependent manipulations of the animals’ neurons, according to a study published today (August 27) in Nature. This optogentically controlled  memory reversal appears to be driven by altered connections between hippocampal neurons—which encode “where” memories—and amygdala neurons—which code for either positive or negative emotions, but not both—MIT researchers have found." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
its look like bush. - yedi
Photo of Oxen Plowing in the 19th Century in Persia | Big Picture Agriculture - http://www.bigpictureagriculture.com/2014...
Photo of Oxen Plowing in the 19th Century in Persia | Big Picture Agriculture
"Photo shows the plowing of a Persian field with a team of oxen, taken between 1865 and 1872. This photo is from the Library of Congress archives." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Why bad news dominates the headlines « Mind Hacks - http://mindhacks.com/2014...
"There’s another interpretation that Trussler and Soroka put on their evidence: we pay attention to bad news, because on the whole, we think the world is rosier than it actually is. When it comes to our own lives, most of us believe we’re better than average, and that, like the clichés, we expect things to be all right in the end. This pleasant view of the world makes bad news all the more surprising and salient. It is only against a light background that the dark spots are highlighted. So our attraction to bad news may be more complex than just journalistic cynicism or a hunger springing from the darkness within." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Bits or pieces?: Keynes vs Hayek - http://blog.gardeviance.org/2014...
Bits or pieces?: Keynes vs Hayek
"There is a fundamentally important role of Government in maintaining competition and interference where necessary. The libertarian ideal of a rampant free market is as much of a fantasy as the centrally planned system, ignoring the importance of inertia and competition combined with the gravitational effect of wealth (it tends to accumulate) and human nature. Both systems will tend to inhibit competition through the establishment of an oligarchy. However, I don't believe we've seen yet seen the most effective forms of Government organisation. Certainly China seems to exhibit signs of high situational awareness and gameplay. Others tend towards more dogmatic and singular methods. At some point in the future, I suspect we will all learn that multiple methods are needed to manage an inherently complex and evolving environment. But managed it must be, both in terms of industry and society." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Ben Krasnow: Hydrogenation: transform liquid oil into solid fat - http://benkrasnow.blogspot.com/2014...
"Learn the science behind the buzzwords surrounding saturated, unsaturated, omega-3 and trans fats, and see a demonstration of hydrogenation." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Is Google Earth prone to hallucinations? Here's a plane in a forest. It can't be real. Can it?
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YOU FOUND IT! I've been looking for that plane that I misplaced. - Joe
It's my observation that people like to drink and gamble.
Knee defenders: what are they and are they really necessary? - Mirror Online - http://www.mirror.co.uk/news...
Knee defenders: what are they and are they really necessary? - Mirror Online
Yah, they are. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"Sabotaging a competitor's services distorts the free-market" - Got a kick out of this relative to Uber. That's what a free market means.
52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever - http://news.distractify.com/people...
52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever
52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever
52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever
"A Muslim woman covers the yellow star of her Jewish neighbour with her veil to protect her from prosecution. Sarajevo, former Yugoslavia. [1941]" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I had no idea there were women samurai. - Todd Hoff
Wow, these are great - Shevonne
They are. So much awesomeness. - Todd Hoff
I am in shock on the men trying to stop the Boston Marathon runner and the mothers shielding their kids from the German sniper. I'm still going through them - Shevonne
It befuddles me as well. Limiting other people to your own beliefs makes no sense. - Todd Hoff
Here are 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire | Impact Lab - http://www.impactlab.net/2014...
Here are 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire | Impact Lab
Here are 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire | Impact Lab
"Caesar Augustus died two thousand years ago, on August 19, 14 AD. He was Rome’s first emperor, having won a civil war more than 40 years earlier that transformed the dysfunctional Roman Republic into an empire. Under Augustus and his successors, the empire experienced 200 years of relative peace and prosperity. Here are 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire — its rise and fall, its culture and economy, and how it laid the foundations of the modern world." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Time Bottled in a Dozen 50-Milliliter Flasks — Blog of the Long Now - http://blog.longnow.org/02014...
Time Bottled in a Dozen 50-Milliliter Flasks — Blog of the Long Now
"In the November 02013 issue of Science, Lenski and two members of his lab – Michael J. Wiser and Noah Ribeck – published their most recent work looking at fitness over the 50,000 generations. They measured how much the evolved bacteria have improved relative to their ancestors under the same environmental setup. They found that all 12 lines show consistent responses to selective pressures. For example, their descendants now grow faster in their standard sugary broth, and all populations show an increase in cell size. Yet variation lies hidden underneath these parallel changes. The fitness increases were nearly uniform in all 12 lineages, but not exact; the cell size grew in all of the populations, but by different amounts. When Lenski and his colleagues studied the bacteria’s DNA, they found that after thousands of generations, the populations’ genomes were full of alterations. These changes were different in each population and had accumulated at very different rates, suggesting a prominent role of chance in setting evolution’s course." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
'Incredible' rate of polar ice loss alarms scientists | Environment | The Observer - http://www.theguardian.com/environ...
'Incredible' rate of polar ice loss alarms scientists | Environment | The Observer
"The planet's two largest ice sheets – in Greenland and Antarctica – are now being depleted at an astonishing rate of 120 cubic miles each year. That is the discovery made by scientists using data from CryoSat-2, the European probe that has been measuring the thickness of Earth's ice sheets and glaciers since it was launched by the European Space Agency in 2010. Even more alarming, the rate of loss of ice from the two regions has more than doubled since 2009, revealing the dramatic impact that climate change is beginning to have on our world." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
But I guess since we're still making ice cubes in our freezers it's ok. - Todd Hoff
6.0 earthquake in napa. We felt it, but just a little shaking here, nothing special. Sounds like there was a lot of damage in napa though.
Is there a new bookmarklet needed for Chrome? Since my last chrome update when I select the bookmarklet the network trace shows it returning from /share/bookmarklet ok, but I'll a see is a blank page that never wills up with anything to share. Anyone else seeing this? Firefox works fine.
It's not setting the frame src. I think Micah addressed this with a modified source file over at http://friendfeed.com/ffhacks... - NOT THE CRICKET
Cool, thanks. When I copy it in though I get an invalid URL. - Todd Hoff
You have to host it yourself (for security reasons), but github works for the host. http://friendfeed.com/ffhacks... - NOT THE CRICKET
Ah, thanks. - Todd Hoff
The Year in Heat: World on Track for Third-Hottest on Record - Bloomberg - http://www.bloomberg.com/news...
The Year in Heat: World on Track for Third-Hottest on Record - Bloomberg
"If you live in California, Australia or Scandinavia, 2014 may feel like the hottest year on record. Not quite; on a global scale, it’s “only” third-hottest. The global average surface temperature for January through July was 1.2 degrees Fahrenheit (0.66 degrees Celsius) above the 20th century average, tying with 2002 as the third warmest in records going back to 1880, according to National Climatic Data Center data released today." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
" Things flat earthers will tell you: CO2 is not a heat trapping gas There has been no increase in global temp the past 17 years CO2 is harmless because people breathe it and plants use it Climate always changes CO2 is not a heat trapping gas in the atmosphere. That assertion is so stupid I can't refute it since it would mean educating those that believe that on the very basics of 7th... more... - Todd Hoff
A new wireless energy transfer device can charge any device without using cables -- ScienceDaily - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
A new wireless energy transfer device can charge any device without using cables -- ScienceDaily
Researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) have designed a new device for wireless energy transfer that will, for example, charge mobile phones or laptops without needing wires. The system, patented by the UPV, is based on the use of resonators designed with radial photonic crystals; one of them would act as an energy transmitter and the other would be set on the device that needed to be charged. Between them a phenomena known as resonant coupling is produced, which is what finally produces the charging or recharging of the equipment. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Could be used for communication? - Todd Hoff
The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit - http://www.gq.com/news-po...
The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit
"I did examine myself," he said. "Solitude did increase my perception. But here's the tricky thing—when I applied my increased perception to myself, I lost my identity. With no audience, no one to perform for, I was just there. There was no need to define myself; I became irrelevant. The moon was the minute hand, the seasons the hour hand. I didn't even have a name. I never felt lonely. To put it romantically: I was completely free." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Water consumption used to be batch, now it's streaming. You would get a bucket of water from the well, to wash your face you would pour water from a pitcher into a bowl, baths were filled bucket by bucket. Now we have a streaming model where it flows continually into hoses, faucets, sinks, baths. Is streaming more wasteful?
It allows people to be more wasteful, certainly. I often witness other women in the women's room who run the water while looking at themselves in the mirror, while rubbing their hands together with soap, while brushing their teeth. They don't only use it when they actually need it. Furthermore, if people had to go to the effort of getting a bucket of water, it would be more precious to... more... - Spidra Webster
Preciousness is a good theme. Streaming makes thing common. - Todd Hoff
OTOH buckets of water encourage overlooking some cleanliness issues in favor of not carrying heating that heavy bucket so #tradeoffs - WarLord
"As another great lover of nature, I must say that venomous spider bites from a brown recluse or black widow needn't be an expensive or dangerous affair. There are three natural substances (unpatentable, unprofitable, and thus relatively unknown) that can neutralize and/or reverse damage from spider or snake bites:"
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"1. Clay such as bentonite, which has the power to ionically bind to substances, effectively removing offending poisons. Application of a poultice can work well. 2. Activated charcoal has the power to bind to many substances, including poisons. A poultice works here as well. 3. One's own urine. A universal personal medicine. Antibodies are present in urine, as well as many other immune-enhancing elements. Rubbing it in and leaving a soaked cloth on the site will neutralize the poison and restore equilibrium at the bite site, while likely preventing any scar. (With a lifetime supply free on tap!) *Also a friend told me she used cayenne once to effectively stop the degeneration of dermal tissue from a brown recluse bite. We the people do not need to be exploited by profit-maximizing monopolistic pharmaceutical interests that censor natural remedies (their competition) and cause unnecessary economic and physical hardship. " - Todd Hoff
Cayenne as a topical treatment or ingested? I know when cayenne is ingested it acts as a blood accelerant. And if poison is inside, you wouldn't want it to spread. - Chu_ from Android
I assumed topical, but now that you mention it I don't know. - Todd Hoff
The brown recluse is a terrible wicked spider. I remember them living throughout South Carolina. Although they are not predators to human, if you're bit by them, it can rot you flesh. Some of the injuries are posted online, but I spare you any links. - Chu_
A guitarist was bit last year (not sure what kind of spider through). he developed necrotizing fasciitis - a rare but very severe type of bacterial infection that can destroy the muscles, skin, and underlying tissue. He eventually died a year later at age 49 from liver failure. http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news... - Chu_
Google's fact-checking bots build vast knowledge bank - tech - 20 August 2014 - New Scientist - http://www.newscientist.com/article...
Google's fact-checking bots build vast knowledge bank - tech - 20 August 2014 - New Scientist
"GOOGLE is building the largest store of knowledge in human history – and it's doing so without any human help. Instead, Knowledge Vault autonomously gathers and merges information from across the web into a single base of facts about the world, and the people and objects in it." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
I wonder how easy it would be to deposit false knowledge into the vault? If enough sources were seeded to create a new yet unreal fact, Google would believe it. Then it would base decisions on this new knowledge that were erroneous. - Todd Hoff
Nah, there is no way google can be gamed... - Joe
Knowledge Vault Optimization. - Andrew C (✔)
Oh I bet it can Joe, I bet you can create a whole minecraft of knowledge structure in the vault. - Todd Hoff
Clear material on windows harvests solar energy - Futurity - http://www.futurity.org/solar-e...
Clear material on windows harvests solar energy - Futurity
"A new type of “transparent” solar concentrator can be used on windows or mobile devices to harvest solar energy without obscuring the view." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
These Writing Tips From George R.R. Martin And Robin Hobb Are Just Epic - http://www.buzzfeed.com/danield...
These Writing Tips From George R.R. Martin And Robin Hobb Are Just Epic
These Writing Tips From George R.R. Martin And Robin Hobb Are Just Epic
"“The way my books are structured, everyone was together, then they all went their separate ways and the story deltas out like that, and now it’s getting to the point where the story is beginning to delta back in, and the viewpoint characters are occasionally meeting up with each other now and being in the same point at the same time, which gives me a lot more flexibility for killing people.” – George R.R. Martin" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Maud White Shows The Strength Of Simple Paper In These Images. [STORY] - http://www.wimp.com/paperst...
Maud White Shows The Strength Of Simple Paper In These Images. [STORY]
Maud White Shows The Strength Of Simple Paper In These Images. [STORY]
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"Working by hand, Maud White creates these incredible works of art with one simple product: paper. Taking a craft knife to the thin sheets, she slowly and beautifully cuts out images. Paper snowflakes have nothing on these intricate pieces of art. White feels a connection with this work, saying, “I have great respect for paper. When I cut, the thin membranous material reveals its strength to me.” She continued, “Paper is everywhere and it has been telling stories for centuries." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Why Doesn’t Honey Spoil? – The Chemistry of Honey | Compound Interest - http://www.compoundchem.com/2014...
Why Doesn’t Honey Spoil? – The Chemistry of Honey | Compound Interest
"Honey is something of an oddity, in that, unlike most foods, it doesn’t spoil over time. In fact, the oldest known sample of honey, found in an Ancient Egyptian tomb and dated to approximately 3000 years ago, was still perfectly edible. What is it, then, that gives honey this unusual property?" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
It's amazing any iphone app works at all.. What a mess. It's pretty clear nobody had embedded system programming experience when they started all this.
Extension by inserting code into a template is just really bad design: - (BOOL) application:( UIApplication *) application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:( NSDictionary *) launchOptions { self.window = [[ UIWindow alloc] initWithFrame:[[ UIScreen mainScreen] bounds]]; // Override point for customization after application launch - Todd Hoff
Weak / Strong pointers is a crazy responsibility for programmers to handle. It's impossible when using tasks. - Todd Hoff
Chaining initializers is more bad design through excessive coupling: self = [super init]; - Todd Hoff
The lifecycles of when objects are created and when methods are created is implicit. I can't tell by looking when things happen. In other words, the dynamic behaviour of the code is not clear at all. - Todd Hoff
MVC. Love it hate it, put everything in the controller. - Todd Hoff
Generally I'm against making the programmer run a compiler in their head to understand what is actually getting called. So though property seems like a good idea it makes very hard to deduce when reading code what will be called when an assignment happens. - Todd Hoff
Cell reuse by a reuse identifier is kludgy and error prone. Why does it need to own the memory? - Todd Hoff
String based selectors are used all over the place. These are not typed so are large source of run time errors when they shouldn't be. - Todd Hoff
The compiler doesn't check for methods in the interface that aren't implemented? It's a runtime error? Wow. - Todd Hoff
Seems odd to create a view controller and then give controller of the memory to the navigation controller. Seem like unnecessary memory allocs/deallocs. - Todd Hoff
In example code I see the use of static variables inside functions. That's bad style. It's more invisible magic code. - Todd Hoff
You can't test anything like the full functionality in the simulator. Beacon stuff? No. Camera? No. The interfaces should be accessible so someone could at least try to write an advanced simulator. - Todd Hoff
RibsNGibs comments on Convince me that a Tesla is a better use of my money than an equally priced, slightly used, supercar - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I haven't been to a gas station in a year and a half. In the 1.5 years I've had it, that would have been ~60 gas station visits with another car. Ain't nobody got time for that shit. I haven't had my oil changed. In the 1.5 years I've had it, that would have been 3-4 oil changes with another car. I don't have to get smogged this year, or ever in the future. In another car, I would have to do it in the next few months. I have generated more electricity off the solar panels on my roof than I've used in the car. In my other car that would have been about 750 gallons of gasoline, or about $3,000 in gas, and I would have dumped about 7.5 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. I HAVE had a few issues that I've needed to drop the car off for, but it was hassle free - I dropped the car off and hopped in 1) a faster, better Tesla, 2) a faster, better Tesla, 3) a Roadster for the day while they worked on mine. Each time they've taken it they've fixed my issue and improved my car in some other way... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
BBC - Future - How to speak the language of thought - http://www.bbc.com/future...
BBC - Future - How to speak the language of thought
"For instance, using this technique, the team was able to show that the specific sequence of cell firing repeated in the brain of the rat when it slept after running the maze (and, as a crucial comparison, not in the sleep it had enjoyed before it had run the maze). Fascinatingly, the sequence repeated faster during sleep – around 20 times faster. This meant that the rat could run the maze in their sleeping minds in a fraction of the time it took them in real life." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Related topic at least tangentially. http://www.businessinsider.com/create-... - Eric Logan from FFHound!
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