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Eivind
Of course the Dalai Lama's a Marxist | Ed Halliwell | Comment is free | theguardian.com (via http://ff.im/1jdEib) - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
Of course the Dalai Lama's a Marxist | Ed Halliwell | Comment is free | theguardian.com (via http://ff.im/1jdEib)
"Perhaps because Buddhism came to the west on a wave of post-war hippy soul-searching, and was then co-opted as friendly religion of choice by new ageism and the self-help movement, its radical economic and social messages have been lost under an avalanche of laughing fat-man statues, healing crystals and copies of The Secret." - Eivind from Bookmarklet
You can't be a Marxist if you don't believe class struggle is the key. That's the whole point. - Todd Hoff
When you're the 14th iteration of the Lama di tutti Lami, you can be anything you damn well please :) - Eivind
If you thought that then you wouldn't be worthy. - Todd Hoff
True. But they probably won't even let me try to pick up the right items when this iteration's done anyway. - Eivind
btw: Marxism - Political Ideology - Marxism is a worldview and method of societal analysis that focuses on class relations and societal conflict, that uses a materialist interpretation of historical development, and a dialectical view of social transformation. - непростые коротышки
Todd Hoff
One lichen is actually 126 species and counting | Science News - https://www.sciencenews.org/article...
One lichen is actually 126 species and counting | Science News
"A kind of lichen that biologists thought they knew well has turned out to consist of at least 126 distinct species — and maybe more than 400 — lumped under a single name." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete | Giles Parkinson | Comment is free | theguardian.com - http://www.theguardian.com/comment...
Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete | Giles Parkinson | Comment is free | theguardian.com
"Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete As early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the same place it's used. Centralised, coal-fired power is over" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
This Spinning Chair/Sculpture Lets You Rotate Your Views - Neatorama - http://www.neatorama.com/2014...
This Spinning Chair/Sculpture Lets You Rotate Your Views - Neatorama
"Kate Brown, an interior designer in Arizona, developed the Etazin. It's a sculpture that you can find at Taliesen West, a house in Scottsdale that Frank Lloyd Wright designed and lived in. Etazin is inspired by moon gates, which are circular garden wall entrances found in Chinese architecture.  The sculpture consists of a series of steel rings, the largest of which is eight and a half feet wide. There's a padded bench in the interior which visitors and students can use for lounging or contemplative purposes." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Thinking how much Emotional Targeting could lift ad rates? If you could prime a person using a feed selection algorithm enough to bias them towards certain ads, you might see a significant increase in conversions. App installs would seem especially susceptible to this sort of manipulation.
Want someone to install a war game app and you bias a feed one way. Want them to install a work related app and you bias the feed another. Even slight increases in conversion rates would be quite profitable at Facebook's scale. - Todd Hoff
mina_sydney
Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful?
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Will you still love me, When i’m no longer young and beautiful? Will you still love me, When i’ve got nothing but my aching soul? I know you will, I know you will, I know that you will, Will you still love me when i’m no longer beautiful? Dear lord, when I get to heaven Please let me bring my man, When he comes tell me that you’ll let him, Father tell me if you can… - mina_sydney
Best In This Momen! - کیـــومرث-Alfi
Hi, Dear Alfi :-) - mina_sydney
Hi Mina jon.....miss you dear - کیـــومرث-Alfi
beautiful song! - Cera
Same here, Alfi jan, Please take care. - mina_sydney
خوبی مینا جان ؟ مرسی بابت آهنگه :) - Hadi.YaLın
Salam, Hadi jan. merci man khobam, arzoo daram shoma ham khob bashi :-). You are very welcome, glad you liked it :) - mina_sydney from iPhone
++ - hosein.x6
awesome soundtrack! - Paul
خیلی کم پیدایی رفیق - aghah
Her voice is haunting - ashk irani
... - Arash
اوه ببین کی اینجاس :) به سرزمین مادری‌ت (:دی) خوش اومدی مینا :) - مسعودک
مسعودک جان٬ مرسی٬ مرسی :) - mina_sydney
forever! - chakra
beautiful song ! thanks for sharing, mina - صمد بهرنگی
... - Arash
So young and beautiful! - ﻋﻠﯽ.ﺑﺎ
This song gives me goosebumps! it's so good! - Paul
This song is magical <3 - golpar
شخم دلتنگی. We missed you. - aghah
... - chakra
We’re so proud of your work in saving lives in Africa. We missed you at RPA Hospital. Take care of yourself, angel - Paul
miss you Mina jan :**** <3 - Homa
+ - amin
این خیلی قشنگه - ﻋﻠﯽ.ﺑﺎ
جای مینای عزیز هم خیلی خالیه - aghah
Beautiful song! - Ricky
We miss you Mina. Hope you are well wherever you are :-* - Cera
miss u :-* - ☼Shepherd☻
An exceptional melody! - samuel
Eerie and pleasing song & lyrics. Thanks for sharing Mina! - CarlC
Thank you, Not Carlos. Glad you liked it. Happy Holidays :) - mina_sydney
آرزومندم سال نو مسیحی برای شما فرزندم شادی و موفعیت بیشتر به ارمغان بياورد. - Arash
Yes I will Hon :D - Kenneth Rothschild
Will you still love me when I'm no longer rich and powerful? - Todd Hoff
Thank you Kenneth :) - mina_sydney
مینا جان خوشحالم میبینمت :) - Hadi.YaLın
Merci, Hadi jan :-) - mina_sydney
Dear Todd Hoff, I'll Think about it :) - mina_sydney
Not being either rich or powerful I can still wonder about the deal being made :-) - Todd Hoff
Mina, hope things are peachy! H2CUS - Paul
Sweet melody! - sam
I can't stop listening to it! - sam
Todd Hoff
In Canada I don't have the right to view a lot of content from Amazon. Which seems odd. It's odd like the idea of states rights versus individual rights. I can go from one state to another and I lose my ability to buy alcohol, for example. One foot over an imaginary line and I've lost my ability to view something I thought I paid for. #messedup
Shit, I can't even watch WIGS on YouTube. I had no idea this is how the rest of the world sees content. - Todd Hoff
I can't watch anything on Amazon from Norway and a lot of US content is not accessible. :( - Jenny H. from Android
I say this is a travesty, I say. - Todd Hoff
Yes. No comedy central for me. :((( - Jenny H. from Android
Well, you can always tunnel through an IP address in the US. But it's a pain. https://www.tunnelbear.com/ is good. - Todd Hoff
Thanks, Todd. I tried Tor, but it was very slow. - Jenny H. from Android
Yah, it's definitely not a speed demon. - Todd Hoff
Hulu, nope. I can't listen to spotify either. I am not a number. I am a free man! Or rather I'm as free as the laws around me allow me to be. - Todd Hoff
Unblock.us is my engine of convenience. - Ken Morley
Todd Hoff
Explains a lot - Just think: The challenges of the disengaged mind - http://www.sciencemag.org/content...
"In 11 studies, we found that participants typically did not enjoy spending 6 to 15 minutes in a room by themselves with nothing to do but think, that they enjoyed doing mundane external activities much more, and that many preferred to administer electric shocks to themselves instead of being left alone with their thoughts. Most people seem to prefer to be doing something rather than nothing, even if that something is negative." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
many preferred to administer electric shocks to themselves instead of being left alone with their thoughts - Arash
Wow! Just wow. - Ken Morley
Todd Hoff
Sand Art by Andrew Clemens - http://twistedsifter.com/2014...
Sand Art by Andrew Clemens
Sand Art by Andrew Clemens
"At age 13 Clemens began experimenting with sand art, collecting multicolored sands from Iowa’s Pictured Rocks region. He fashioned special tools made from pieces of hickory and fish hooks that he used to arrange the sand in intricate designs. Clemens did not use glue in his artwork, relying on the pressure of the tightly packed surrounding grains to keep his artworks intact. Once an artwork was complete, Clemens would back the jar tightly and seal it. Clemens had a remarkable ability to break down images and render it grain by grain with each piece of sand akin to a pixel of a digital image. He is thought to have produced hundreds of bottles during his lifetime but few survive today." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
DTU-ESA Radio Anechoic Chamber - http://alastairphilipwiper.com/blog...
DTU-ESA Radio Anechoic Chamber
DTU-ESA Radio Anechoic Chamber
"This is the radio anechoic chamber at Denmark’s Technical University (DTU). It opened in 1967, and is currently operated with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the testing of microwave antennas for use in satellites and mobile networks, among other things that I am not even going to try to explain. The idea is to minimise any reflections of microwaves, and the big foam spikes are filled with carbon and iron to absorb the radio waves. This tests the effectiveness of the antennas without any external intrusion, simulating the conditions of, for example, space. Many of these chambers are blue in colour, and according to Sergey Pivnenko, the professor in charge of the chamber, most of them were black in the old days – then some bright spark noticed that it was a bit depressing to work in a black spiky room all day, so the manufacturers of the spikes started to produce them in blue." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Architect designs tower made of fungus | Planning Portal Director - http://portaldirector.wordpress.com/2014...
Architect designs tower made of fungus | Planning Portal Director
"The ‘Hy-Fi’ structure is 100 per cent organic material. The embedded video explains how the structure uses bricks made from fungus and agricultural by-products that combine tremendous strength and flexibility while being 100 per cent compostable. Each brick can be made in five days from a mixture of microscopic fungus and corn stalks and husks." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Ken Morley
The wine is so much cheaper here than at home.
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Don't judge me. - Ken Morley
I'll judge you. You know a good a value when you drink it. - Todd Hoff
A $25 bottle here would be like $40-$50 at home. - Ken Morley
Andrew C (✔)
Constitutional horror: Clarence Thomas argues states can establish official religion - http://www.patheos.com/blogs...
"Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas argues states may establish an official state religion, and sees no problem with an individual state making Christianity the official state religion. Thomas believes the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause does not apply to the states. The Establishment Clause is that part of the First Amendment that says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"It is a position Thomas has staked out before. In 2011 Thomas made a similar argument. Rob Boston, writing for Americans United, summarized Thomas’ position: “Perhaps most shockingly, Thomas once again states his view that the First Amendment’s religious liberty provisions apply only to the federal government. In his view, the 50 states are free to “establish” any religion they want. In Thomas’ world, the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution was apparently never ratified.” " - Andrew C (✔)
A further thought: didn't he and the other conservative justices rely on the incorporation doctrine in Bush v Gore? - Andrew C (✔)
Thomas and Scalia and their other three buddies in SCROTUS need to be impeached and removed. this is getting surreal and more than slightly dangerous. - Big Joe Silence
Well, it doesn't apply to states. It takes a heap of rationalization to make it do so. - Todd Hoff
A heap of rationalization... or the incorporation doctrine of the 14th Amendment! - Andrew C (✔)
Jemm
RT @SciencePx: For every human killed by a shark attack, 2 million sharks have been killed by humans.
I read somewhere that you were statistically more likely to be bitten by Luis Suarez than by a Great White Shark... #shrug - Bren
And still they haven't learned? - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe for a Better Oven - IEEE Spectrum - http://spectrum.ieee.org/consume...
Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe for a Better Oven - IEEE Spectrum
"Most of us bake, roast, and broil our food using a technology that was invented 5,000 years ago for drying mud bricks: the oven. The original oven was clay, heated by a wood fire. Today, the typical oven is a box covered in shiny steel or sparkling enamel, powered by gas or electricity. But inside the oven, little has changed" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
Facebook's massive psychology experiment likely illegal - Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2014...
But when they try to make you click more on advertising it's legal? Makes no sense. - Todd Hoff
If not criminal (subjecting people to an intervention they didn't explicitly consent to is battery, no?) then at least tortious. - Victor Ganata
Websites are continuously testing people. All of these are consented to by the ToS. - Todd Hoff
Yeah, but this was a human subjects experiment published in a scientific journal. You need informed consent. Otherwise hospitals could just enroll you in all sorts of trials just because you signed something when you were admitted. - Victor Ganata
How is it different than any other experiment companies run on web audiences? Turning people into wild craving click monsters is OK, but making them feel sad is not? What if sad people spend more money? Then sites would work on making people feel sad. That's how it works. - Todd Hoff
Federal funding for scientific research is probably the only real sticking point. - Victor Ganata
Come on, let's not pretend there aren't biomedical ethical standards in place to prevent this sort of thing. If they were doing marketing research, it wouldn't have been federally funded nor published in a scientifiic journal. They're only mistake was publishing it, I guess. - Victor Ganata
Let's not pretend we care about one kind of manipulation when we don't seem to care about a much more pernicious kind. - Todd Hoff
Fair enough, maybe it's not so much what they did as much as it is the process they violated. It will be interesting to see if the legal system and the NIH, etc. will agree that it's no big deal - Victor Ganata from iPhone
On the bright side, if we don't need to get informed consent anymore, it'll be a hell of a lot easier to vaccinate people. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
"…there's a federal law that prohibits universities from conducting this kind of experiment without explicit, separate consent (none of this burying-consent-in-the-fine-print bullshit)." - Victor Ganata
As Flies to Wanton Boys - The Laboratorium - James Grimmelmann, professor of law at University of Maryland http://laboratorium.net/archive... - Victor Ganata
"The standard of consent for terms of service is low. But that 'consent' is a legal fiction, designed to facilitate online interactions." - Victor Ganata
So this means I can just chuck all the research ethics training I received in grad school and do whatever I want? SWEET. - Hookuh Tinypants
"It’s very different from informed consent, the ethical and legal standard for human subjects research (HSR). The Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, a/k/a the Common Rule, requires that informed consent include:" - Victor Ganata
Amanda, I know, right? :D You signed an agreement that I can treat you, I can do whatever the hell I want now! - Victor Ganata
"(1) A statement that the study involves research, an explanation of the purposes of the research and the expected duration of the subject’s participation, a description of the procedures to be followed, and identification of any procedures which are experimental;" - Victor Ganata
"(2) A description of any reasonably foreseeable risks or discomforts to the subject; …" - Victor Ganata
(skipping 3-6) - Victor Ganata
"(7) An explanation of whom to contact for answers to pertinent questions about the research and research subjects’ rights, and whom to contact in the event of a research-related injury to the subject;" - Victor Ganata
"(8) A statement that participation is voluntary, refusal to participate will involve no penalty or loss of benefits to which the subject is otherwise entitled, and the subject may discontinue participation at any time without penalty or loss of benefits to which the subject is otherwise entitled." - Victor Ganata
"Facebook’s actual Data Use Policy contains none of these…." - Victor Ganata
"The paper has three co-authors: Facebook’s Adam Kramer, but also Jamie Guillory from UCSF and Jeffrey Hancock from Cornell. UCSF and Cornell are major research universities and receive large sums of federal funding. Both of them have institutional review boards (IRBs), as required by the Common Rule: an IRB examines proposed research protocols to make sure they protect participants, obtain informed consent, and otherwise comply with ethical and legal guidelines." - Victor Ganata
"Advertisers and politicians have been in the emotional manipulation game for a long time. Why, then, should this study—carried out for nobler, scientific purposes—trigger a harsher response? One reason is simply that some walks of life are regulated, and Facebook shouldn’t receive a free pass when it trespasses into them simply because it does the same things elsewhere." - Victor Ganata
"Whatever you think of Facebook’s ordinary marketing-driven A/B testing is one thing: what you think of it when it hops the fence into Common Rule-regulated HSR is quite another." - Victor Ganata
"The real scandal, then, is what’s considered 'ethical.' The argument that Facebook already advertises, personalizes, and manipulates is at heart a claim that our moral expectations for Facebook are already so debased that they can sink no lower. I beg to differ. This study is a scandal because it brought Facebook’s troubling practices into a realm—academia—where we still have standards of treating people with dignity and serving the common good." - Victor Ganata
^ This right here. - Hookuh Tinypants
"Professor Susan Fiske, the editor at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences for the study’s publication, says the data analysis was approved by a Cornell Institutional Review Board but not the data collection. 'Their revision letter said they had Cornell IRB approval as a ‘pre-existing dataset’ presumably from Facebook, who seems to have reviewed it as well in some unspecified way,' writes Fiske by email." - Victor Ganata
If you want the common good you've come to the wrong place. - Todd Hoff
How an IRB Could Have Legitimately Approved the Facebook Experiment—and Why that May Be a Good Thing - The Faculty Lounge http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2014... - Victor Ganata
"But this study was not conducted by Facebook alone; the second and third authors on the paper have appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, and Cornell, respectively. Although some commentators assume that university research is only subject to the federal regulations when that research is funded by the government, this, too, is incorrect." - Victor Ganata
"Any college or university that accepts any research funds from any Common Rule agency must sign a Federalwide Assurance (FWA), a boilerplate contract between the institution and OHRP in which the institution identifies the duly-formed and registered IRB that will review the funded research." - Victor Ganata
Basically, the point is not everyone has ethical standards that are that debased. I suppose if you really want to look at it cynically, it's basically a turf war. Sure, Facebook shits on its own property all the time, but this time Facebook decided to take a shit on the wrong side of the fence. Of course people are going to be pissed. - Victor Ganata
"The FWA invites institutions to voluntarily commit to extend the requirement of IRB review from funded projects to all HSR in which the institution is engaged, regardless of the source of funding, if any (see item 4b)—and historically, the vast majority of colleges and universities have agreed to 'check the box,' as it’s called. If you are a student or a faculty member at an institution that has checked the box, then any HSR you conduct must be approved by an IRB." - Victor Ganata
"But once a study is under an IRB’s jurisdiction, the IRB is obligated to apply the standards of informed consent set out in the federal regulations, which go well, well beyond a one-time click-through consent to unspecified 'research.' Facebook’s own terms of service are simply not relevant. Not directly, anyway." - Victor Ganata
The point Michelle Meyer makes at the end of her post from your last link (http://www.thefacultylounge.org/2014...) is interesting: "Academic researchers’ status as academics already makes it more burdensome for them to engage in exactly the same kinds of studies that corporations... more... - Stephen Mack
I'm pretty uneasy with eroding biomedical ethical standards on those grounds though. Not requiring informed consent nor requiring mitigation for foreseen harm seems like a huge step in the pre-Geneva Conventions direction. If corporations are experimenting on humans without obtaining consent, academia and the government should do it too? Rather, what it suggests to me more is that corporations should be held to higher standards than we currently hold them. - Victor Ganata
While this post (and this blog in general) is sarcastic, I kind of think that industry-wide self-regulation is the way to go http://friendfeed.com/aswang... — or I guess we can just wait until someone gets irrevocably fucked over, I suppose, and let the lawyers set the rules instead. - Victor Ganata
Shannon - GlassMistress
Holy cow it worked!
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That's unlike any cow I've seen. - Todd Hoff
Squee! - Lnorigb from FFHound!
That's 'cause it's a *holy* cow, Todd. - Betsy
^^snigger! Thanks everyone! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Love it! - Corinne L
:-) - Amit Patel
Ganesh is pleased. - David Lounsbury
squee! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Todd Hoff
How to Trick Your Brain into Remembering What You Read « Mind Hacks - http://mind-hacks.wonderhowto.com/how-to...
How to Trick Your Brain into Remembering What You Read « Mind Hacks
"Diemand-Yauman and his team found that when presented with strange shapes and lines, your brain is forced to reinterpret words and phrases. Without the ability to quickly skim sentences or even pages, you end up spending more time with the information—and, as a result, you learn and retain more of what you read." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Someone should develop an app for that. This is a domain in which *increasing* friction is a bonus. - Sean McBride
AppleScript for pages should be enough - select text and pick random fonts from a set. Wont work with PDFs though :( - Berkus Decker
Todd Hoff
Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online | Business | WIRED - http://www.wired.com/2013...
Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online | Business | WIRED
"The bottom line, Williams said, is that the internet is “a giant machine designed to give people what they want.” It’s not a utopia. It’s not magical. It’s simply an engine of convenience. Those who can tune that engine well — who solve basic human problems with greater speed and simplicity than those who came before — will profit immensely. Those who lose sight of basic human needs — who want to give people the next great idea — will have problems." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"If you study what the really big things on the internet are, you realize they are masters at making things fast and not making people think.”" - Todd Hoff
Bingo. Small incremental improvements in universally used features can make millions or billions. Keep finding ways to streamline and simplify the most common activities on the Internet (and computing in general). Reduce friction; reduce steps; reduce keystrokes and movements -- as close to the vanishing point as possible. - Sean McBride
Automate, automate, automate -- invisibly, under the hood. - Sean McBride
"an engine of convenience" -- perfect phrase. - Sean McBride
Todd Hoff
3DPonics Launches Their Free Design for a 3D-Printable Hydroponics System - 3DPrint.com - http://3dprint.com/7523...
3DPonics Launches Their Free Design for a 3D-Printable Hydroponics System - 3DPrint.com
"“3Dponics is a 3D-printed hydroponics system that allows you to grow your own food, follow a healthy lifestyle, support local agriculture and do something good for the environment. The system is perfect for growing tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, microgreens, herbs, strawberries and even flowers.”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
PLOS ONE: Good Fences: The Importance of Setting Boundaries for Peaceful Coexistence - http://www.plosone.org/article...
"Our analysis shows that peace does not depend on integrated coexistence, but rather on well defined topographical and political boundaries separating groups, allowing for partial autonomy within a single country. In Switzerland, mountains and lakes are an important part of the boundaries between sharply defined linguistic areas. Political canton and circle (sub-canton) boundaries often separate religious groups. Where such boundaries do not appear to be sufficient, we find that specific aspects of the population distribution guarantee either sufficient separation or sufficient mixing to inhibit intergroup violence according to the quantitative theory of conflict. In exactly one region, a porous mountain range does not adequately separate linguistic groups and that region has experienced significant violent conflict, leading to the recent creation of the canton of Jura. Our analysis supports the hypothesis that violence between groups can be inhibited by physical and political... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Fabien Cousteau Leads "Aquanauts" in Record-Breaking Undersea Expedition - http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news...
Fabien Cousteau Leads "Aquanauts" in Record-Breaking Undersea Expedition
"Fabien Cousteau is leading a team of scientists, educators, and filmmakers this month on the longest-ever expedition in a stationary habitat beneath the sea. The project, called Mission 31, aims to build awareness about the need to protect the ocean and honors a historic expedition 50 years ago by Cousteau's famous grandfather, explorer Jacques Cousteau." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Thanaads
iPhone 6 Release Date, Specs, Price: New Video Shows Final Production Build of Back Panel - (Logo Out, Wireless Charging In) - http://iphone.click2creation.com/2014... The Apple iPhone 6 release date is slated for September 19,...
iPhone 6 Release Date, Specs, Price: New Video Shows Final Production Build of Back Panel - (Logo Out, Wireless Charging In) - http://iphone.click2creation.com/2014/06/iphone-6-release-date-specs-price-new-video-shows-final-production-build-of-back-panel-logo-out-wireless-charging-in/ The Apple iPhone 6 release date is slated for September 19, 2014. The iPhone 6 has been a subject of speculation all over the Internet for quite some time now, with both the 4.7 inches display and the 5.5 inches screen being watched out very closely.
US$1008? Wow. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Phys.Org Mobile: Hydrogen breakthrough could be a game-changer for the future of car fuels - http://m.phys.org/news...
"UK researchers today announced what they believe to be a game changer in the use of hydrogen as a "green" fuel. A new discovery by scientists at the UK's Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), offers a viable solution to the challenges of storage and cost by using ammonia as a clean and secure hydrogen-containing energy source to produce hydrogen on-demand in situ. Hydrogen is considered by many to be the best alternative fuel for automotive purposes but there are complications with its safe and efficient storage and very significant concerns surrounding the costs of a hydrogen infrastructure for transportation. This new discovery may well have found the answers to both these challenges. When the components of ammonia are separated (a technique known as cracking) they form one part nitrogen and three parts hydrogen. Many catalysts can effectively crack ammonia to release the hydrogen, but the best ones are very expensive precious metals. This new method is different and... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
The Psychedelic Future of the Mind: How Entheogens Are Enhancing Cognition, Boosting Intelligence, and Raising Values by Thomas B. Roberts Ph.D:
"In The Chemical Muse, D. C. A. Hillman develops the idea that psychoactive plants played a significant role in the dawn of Western civilization and its early hours. Among the celebrants of the rites of ancient Eleusis—including kykeon, the apparently ergotized eucharist—were Aristotle, Sophocles, Plato, Aeschylus, Pindar, Cicero, and several Roman emperors. But Hillman’s idea was not well received. “Despite the volume of ancient literature concerned with the preparation and administration of potent botanicals, few academicians bothered to familiarize themselves with the ins and outs of drug use in antiquity” (218). The History of Psychedelics" - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch by Lewis Dartnell:
"I’d argue that the best way to help survivors of the Fall is not to create a comprehensive record of all knowledge, but to provide a guide to the basics, adapted to their likely circumstances, as well as a blueprint of the techniques necessary to rediscover crucial understanding for themselves—the powerful knowledge-generation machinery that is the scientific method. The key to preserving civilization is to provide a condensed seed that will readily unpack to yield the entire expansive tree of knowledge, rather than attempting to document the colossal tree itself." - Todd Hoff
Stephen Mack
Mac users: A friend wants a recommendation for a password manager. Preferably one that's cheap or free, syncs with iOS, and easy to use. Any reliable recommendations?
I use 1Password4 but it is neither cheap nor free. It is however reliable, syncs with iOS (using the app), and is easy to use. - Soup in a TARDIS
The de-facto standard is 1Password, but it's not cheap or free: $40 on the mac and $20 on iOS (they sync together). There's Wallet, but the guy who made it was acquihired by Facebook and it's always a question whether it'll just stop working one day and he won't update it (though he's updated it after his acquihire from Facebook, albeit with several months of lag, in the past). That's... more... - Mark Trapp
LastPass is recommended by Steve Gibson. - Todd Hoff
Awesome, thanks Soup, Mark and Todd. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
She's installed Dashlane, how does that rank? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I also use 1Password and have heard good things about LastPass as well. Haven't read anything about Dashlane though. - rönin from iPhone
I also use 1Password. It occasionally goes on sale so if you make an alert on DealMac you'll know when that happens. - Spidra Webster
Definitely 1Password. Dashlane's also good and I might use that if I haven't been a 1Password user for many, many years. - Akiva
1Password here. - Anne Bouey
1Password - don't think twice. Especially iOS. - David Lounsbury from iPhone
I use the built-in Mac Keychain, which works with Safari, Chrome, and (with an extension) Firefox. Also syncs to iOS but I haven't tried that feature. - Amit Patel
Amit Patel
I get lots of email intended for people who put in my email address instead of their own, but the one from the hotel that instructed me "please make sure you wash all the body paint off before jumping into bed!" was probably the most unusual.
Also made me realize I'm probably missing out on something wild & crazy! - Amit Patel
Excellent advice. - Todd Hoff
Write back and tell them it is all water base paint. - Janet from FFHound!
I think thats the best part, body paint+bed.. ?? What better way to have fun eh ?? - Peter Dawson
I get a lot of the same, but even more emails sent to me by mistake. If the email seems real and sincere, I'll usually respond to let the person know they rang the wrong email, but if they keep mailing me, I'll usually write back with something crazy. That always stops them. - Brian Fitzpatrick
I have a canned response in gmail that I send to people who send me non-automated misdirected email, but a large part of it is automated stuff :( - Amit Patel
I've come to really dislike many companies that don't require e-mail verification during account creation. - Stephen Mack
Even big companies like Facebook can get this wrong. I've gotten so many messages from Facebook the past few weeks, with no way to tell them to stop. - Amit Patel
Oh, fun, I get a second legal notice from a company I've never done business with. First time I tried explaining that their client gave them my email address instead of their own. They never replied. They sent me a more threatening letter this time. Fun! - Amit Patel
Sean McBride
Any article which doesn't make its main points right up front, in the title and first paragraph, is an annoying waste of time. Stop blithering and padding. Next.
Some people have the strange idea that good writing is about padding your thoughts with many empty words. That is the worst kind of writing. - Sean McBride
If you lack mental force, your writing will be vague and fluffy -- not concrete and sharp. Good writing is chiseled to perfection. Everything unnecessary must be removed. - Sean McBride
There is so much bad writing on the Internet that it is disturbing. - Sean McBride
Dropping a seed into an unprepared bed does not yield fruit. - Todd Hoff
Great literary writing is exempted from this rule of thumb -- and from all other rules. Who would have expected James Joyce to make his "point" in the first paragraph of Ulysses? News, academic and scientific articles are a different matter -- get to your main point immediately -- give it to us in a brief summary sentence. - Sean McBride
Sorry, last comment was TLDR. - Todd Hoff
Fact-centric writing: be immediately on point. Literary writing: proceed however you will. - Sean McBride
Fact-centric writing: news articles, academic articles, scientific articles. A scientific paper without an abstract at its head is crippled. - Sean McBride
This is why Summly is cool and why Yahoo bought it. This is why Google Knowledge Graph is cool. - Sean McBride
Victor Ganata
What is best in life? I think I'll take eating, drinking, and making merry over crushing my enemies, seeing them driven before me, and hearing the lamentation of their women. #ILoveEveryoneRightNow
:D - Stephen Mack from iPhone
:) - Jenny H. from Android
But Conan's way is more exciting! Of course, life expectancy can be drastically less his way. - Arlan K.
Have you tried either? - Todd Hoff
Don't knock it 'til you try it. - Steven Perez from Android
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