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"ISIS carefully tailors its recruiting pitch, sending starkly different messages to Muslims in the West and to those closer to home. But the image of unstoppable, implacable power animates all of its messaging. The pitch is effective. The militant rebellion in Syria and Iraq has drawn as many as 2,000 Westerners, including perhaps 100 Americans, and many thousands more from the Middle East and elsewhere, though some have returned home. Experts believe most of those remaining today are fighting with ISIS. Continue reading the main story “The overriding point is that success breeds success,” said Emile Nakhleh, a former C.I.A. analyst. “The perception of quick victories and territory and weapons and bases means they don’t need to try hard to recruit.”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Corporate settlements in the United States: The criminalisation of American business | The Economist -
"WHO runs the world’s most lucrative shakedown operation? The Sicilian mafia? The People’s Liberation Army in China? The kleptocracy in the Kremlin? If you are a big business, all these are less grasping than America’s regulatory system. The formula is simple: find a large company that may (or may not) have done something wrong; threaten its managers with commercial ruin, preferably with criminal charges; force them to use their shareholders’ money to pay an enormous fine to drop the charges in a secret settlement (so nobody can check the details). Then repeat with another large company." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
State of Jefferson takes step toward independence - Sacramento Bee
A grassroots effort makes a lot more sense then the SV-directed top-down approach. I wonder how this would work though. It's not like it's unprecedented, but the last time some counties seceded from a state, the country was in the middle of a civil war. - Victor Ganata
Either way, I would be highly surprised if this succeeded. - John (bird whisperer)
It would be a long process, but I think this is the biggest stumbling block, despite how much supporters hate the state government in Sac: "The same economic challenges that drive this secessionist movement raise questions about whether the region could support itself as a new state. Both Modoc and Siskiyou counties get far more money from California in state social services than residents pay in state income and sales taxes." - Victor Ganata
"And while farming in the area generates more than $85 million in annual earnings, government is the largest employer. County, state and federal jobs account for more than one-third of the labor force." - Victor Ganata
They might choose to create a toll on i5 north/south. That would be a huge money maker. - Todd Hoff
Maybe. Or maybe it'll increase ship and rail traffic along the Pacific coast :D Still, that stretch of the I-5 coming down from the mountains is a great speed trap. - Victor Ganata
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The executive order that led to mass spying, as told by NSA alumni | Ars Technica -
"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
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Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone - Vox -
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
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Light-Activated Memory Switch | The Scientist Magazine® -
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
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Photo of Oxen Plowing in the 19th Century in Persia | Big Picture Agriculture -
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
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Why bad news dominates the headlines « Mind Hacks -
"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
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Bits or pieces?: Keynes vs Hayek -
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
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Ben Krasnow: Hydrogenation: transform liquid oil into solid fat -
"Learn the science behind the buzzwords surrounding saturated, unsaturated, omega-3 and trans fats, and see a demonstration of hydrogenation." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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Knee defenders: what are they and are they really necessary? - Mirror Online -
Knee defenders: what are they and are they really necessary? - Mirror Online
Yah, they are. - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
"In fact, 'tastes better cold' can often just be used as shorthand for 'is pretty unpalatable at room temperature'." (via blue-author)
For years, my only exposure to root beer was at parties where there'd be open 2 liter bottles of pop. I tried it, didn't like it. Then I had some in a can, cold from the fridge, and... it wasn't bad. I also figured out that what I didn't like was the smell of the thing. Room temperature, the smell of root beer is awful. Cold, I can't smell it anymore and the taste is bearable. - Betsy
Vodka, the colder the better. - Todd Hoff
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I really don’t know how this is growing. It’s just dirt, rocks, and concrete here. I wonder where it’s getting its water from. -
I really don’t know how this is growing. It’s just dirt, rocks, and concrete here. I wonder where it’s getting its water from.
Rocks create condensation. Maybe that's enough? - Todd Hoff
I suspect it might actually be leeching moisture out of my neighbor's yard :D - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
I can't ever fully respect someone who can excuse or get past the logical problems with the "Darmok" episode of TNG.
Like what? - Steven Perez from Android
The bootstrapping problem. Unless the Tamarians are /born/ knowing what the hell "Jalad and Darmok at Tenagra" means, etc, someone had to tell their young the stories in non-allusional ways. - Andrew C (✔)
C'mon, there are worse logical problems in other TNG episodes than in Darmok. It's not even the most preposterous thing. - Victor Ganata
There are few that fans have largely agreed to ignore though, IMO. - Andrew C (✔)
And anything that hinges on the preposterous nature of the UT is necessarily going to be preposterous. - Victor Ganata
Sure, there's the holodeck, the replicator, the transporter, the warp drive, the UT, Q, the Borg, Riker sitting down on chairs, Wesley Crusher, the time aliens pod-personned Starfleet Command and it all wrapped up in one episode, etc, but generally I feel like fandom excuses those rather than ignores them. - Andrew C (✔)
I dunno. If you ignore the preposterous nature of the UT, Darmok doesn't seem to break any known rules of linguistics or xenopsychology, whereas all those other features totally violate the known laws of physics :D - Victor Ganata
It's funny that in my feed this post comes right after this one. :D - Victor Ganata
I mean, if you can have an idiotic spacefaring humanoid species like that Pakled, it doesn't seem that far-fetched that there's a humanoid species that is very perseverative and slow to change its tactics like the Tamarians. - Victor Ganata
I feel like Darmok starts by saying "what if the universal translator works EVERYWHERE ELSE BUT HERE", which is a bit shit to begin with, then piles on by saying "and how about they only speak in allusion", which IMO is a logical failure. - Andrew C (✔)
The bootstrapping problem isn't a problem if you reject the premise that the UT is infallible. Language is metaphor and allusion, plain and simple. And there's no reason to suspect Picard or Troi have any linguistics training and actually know what they're talking about. - Victor Ganata
Troi almost definitely got a bachelor's in Communication. - Andrew C (✔)
Given the episode as far as I remember it (and also, isn't Data a walking encyclopedia? His NAME is Data!), I think you're basically writing fanon to make the episode work. - Andrew C (✔)
A concept that defies logic can still make for an intriguing story, and a real challenge for the characters. Such challenges, as I'm sure the late Iain M. Banks has mentioned on occasion, are hard to come by in a Universe of evolved civilisation and high technology. - Slippy
Spock, is that you? - Todd Hoff
LOL, well, you know the whole schema: Data is not information, information is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, etc.… Certainly he isn't infallible either. - Victor Ganata
Seriously, though, you don't think it's preposterous that non-xenolinguists can really tell that a humanoid species speaking a language they don't understand are speaking in metaphor or allusion? - Victor Ganata
Personally, I think many, many things are preposterous. :^) - Friar Will
The more I look at this episode, the more I think the things that make it seem preposterous are actually even more preposterous. - Victor Ganata
It's preposterous _in a universe where the UT exists and works for freaking everyone else_. - Andrew C (✔)
But without the UT, EVERY episode would have been Darmok and Jalad at Tenagra. Besides, the UT translated the words, just not the meaning. - Slippy
Everyone's missing the point, which is let's just ignore that a virus attack on the device would be called UT infection. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I mean, there's a big difference between the way the UT works in TOS and the way the UT works in Enterprise. - Victor Ganata
Sean McBride
'Incredible' rate of polar ice loss alarms scientists
'Incredible' rate of polar ice loss alarms scientists
Seismic detection of an active subglacial magmatic complex in Marie Byrd Land, Antarctica - Eric Logan
Externally forced fluctuations in ocean temperature at Greenland glaciers in non-summer months. - Eric Logan
Watch this when you get a minute. He explains what causes the North Atlantic to warm which is where Greenland is. - Eric Logan
"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." - Sean McBride
"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." - Sean McBride
"The discovery of these losses of ice is particularly striking and represents yet another blow to claims by some climate-change deniers, who argue that the rapid loss of ice in the Arctic currently being observed is being matched by a corresponding increase in Antarctica. CryoSat's measurements show that Antarctica – although considerably colder than the Arctic because of its much... more... - Sean McBride
There are nearly 800 comments on this article -- per usual, the climate change deniers are being crushed by the science. - Sean McBride
OK whatever LOL Did any of commenters bother to mention Volcanism in West Antarctica? What about the fact that Ice is growing in this study in East Antarctica ? I prefer the real science. Mapping Greenland’s mass loss in space and time. - Eric Logan
"I prefer the real science." -- now that's funny. - Sean McBride
Eric, where's the science connecting your links to observed behavior? The first one says volcanoes and if there was an eruption there would be melt water. Has there been? Is this any different than normal? If this evidence was given for climate change you would laugh it away. Same with the second link. There's nothing saying why there are such huge increases in ice melt. No link at all. - Todd Hoff
Todd they say mealy mouthed things like it doesn't disprove climate change when explaining it, but on one side where the Volcano is ice is thinning on the other side where there is no Volcanism it's growing. It is also colder than ever measured actual temperature this winter in Antarctica. "Let's set the scene. Antarctica is split by an incredible mountain range. Imagine if Utah's... more... - Eric Logan
Look up where Pine Island Glacier is in relation to Marie Byrd Land. - Eric Logan
So, none? - Todd Hoff
The science ==> Evidence for elevated and spatially variable geothermal flux beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. - Eric Logan
And the direct evidence for any linkage? - Todd Hoff
Correlation does not equal causation, but from the study the heat is more THAN three times normal at the hotspots. "Researchers have found that the minimum average heat flow beneath the glacier is about 100 milliwatts per square meter. The hotspots register over 200 milliwatts per square meter. To put the numbers in perspective, the average heat flow of the Earth's continents is less than 65 milliwatts per square meter." - Eric Logan
So, none? You've set a pretty high bar for evidence in the past. Do you reach it here? - Todd Hoff
They didn't know there was an active Volcano there till November 2013. Now you want me to provide evidence of subglacial melting in August of 2014. I think the OP already does that. I can only point you in the direction of what's actually happening and it's not global warming that the increase in CO2 is causing. They just found the beginnings of a Glacier in the Scottish highlands in... more... - Eric Logan
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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
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
Andrew C (✔)
RT @upshotnyt: Too little salt is as much a problem as too much salt.
RT @upshotnyt: Too little salt is as much a problem as too much salt.
This makes a lot of sense if you have high blood pressure, especially if you're already on blood pressure meds. - Victor Ganata
The flipside, though, is that this only applies to the general population. If you have heart failure or chronic kidney disease, it doesn't really take that much extra salt to send you to the ER. - Victor Ganata
The little increase in BP from salt is a significant risk is you have high BP? - Todd Hoff
If you just have high blood pressure? Probably not (unless you're going over 7 grams/day regularly). But if your heart or kidneys are structurally/physiologically compromised, it's a different story. - Victor Ganata
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Here are 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire | Impact Lab -
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
Wolves cooperate but dogs submit, study suggests | Science/AAAS | News -
Wolves cooperate but dogs submit, study suggests | Science/AAAS | News
"Range and Virányi developed their new portrayal of dogs and wolves by giving a series of tests to socialized packs of mixed-breed dogs and wolves, four packs of each species, containing anywhere from two to six animals each. The scientists raised all the animals from about 10 days old at the Wolf Science Center in Game Park Ernstbrunn, Austria, living with them 24 hours a day until they were introduced to pack life, so that they were accustomed to humans. Range and her colleagues tested the dogs’ and wolves’ tolerance for their fellow pack members with a mealtime challenge. The researchers paired a high-ranking dog with a low-ranking pack buddy and set out a bowl of food, then gave the same challenge to a pair of wolves. In every matchup, “the higher ranking dog monopolized the food,” Range told the meeting. “But in the wolf tests, both high- and low-ranking animals had access” and were able to chow down at the same time. At times, the more dominant wolves were “mildly aggressive... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Wolves also beat the hounds on tests that assessed whether the canids were able to follow the gaze of their fellows to find food. “They are very cooperative with each other, and when they have a disagreement or must make a group decision, they have a lot of communication or ‘talk’ first,” Range said. The same was not true for the center’s dog packs; for even the smallest transgression,... more... - Jessie
In other words, dogs became more like humans. - Todd Hoff
6 Arm Balances For Every Yoga Practice Level -
6 Arm Balances For Every Yoga Practice Level
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ایول:دی - گیص فرفرونҨҩ
حرکات سختی هست اما لذت بخشه وقتی بتونی انجامش بدی. :) - Mahdi
Once upon a time I could do the crow pose and a decent handstand, but the rest are just crazy. - Todd Hoff
اولی چقدر راحت انجام داده:) - گیص فرفرونҨҩ
Crane Pose/ Crow Pose is my favourite pose but this arm balances is a little difficult and need more practices :) - Mahdi
بله که راحت انجام داده اگر هر روز تمرین کنم من هم راحت انجام میدم :) - Mahdi
دقیقا نیاز به تمرین مداوم داره - گیص فرفرونҨҩ
I'm interested to learn about fantasy football (because I need more FF in my life). Where would one go to read about what to think about/look for when you're new at it?
How about Google? - Joe
Sorry, I'm just in a pool, not fantasy. - Todd Hoff
Some of these? you probably have to pay lots of attention to injury reports. - Joe
Yes, great. I'm hoping for some personal recommendations too! - Marie from iPhone
i do, or did, yahoo fantasy football. it's free, easy to use, easy to create a team, and just get a feel for how it works. the way i keep up with it is that i would typically buy the athlon football magazine that reviews all of the teams and see who the starting players are, rookies that might be big, and just get an idea of what's out there. then during the season i just scan the yahoo... more... - Sir Shuping is just sir
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Time Bottled in a Dozen 50-Milliliter Flasks — Blog of the Long Now -
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
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'Incredible' rate of polar ice loss alarms scientists | Environment | The Observer -
'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
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Survey: When I see a police officer, I feel ____________. DM me if you don't want to answer publicly.
nothing - MoTO: Team Marina
intimidated - RepoRat
Defensive - Christina Pikas from iPhone
curious. (As in, what is the officer doing, thinking, investigating. I see officers every day at my train station since it's connected to the airport.) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
reflexively afraid. unless I know them personally. (have since I was a kid. raised in a hippie context.) when I lived in a high-crime neighborhood, I generally felt relieved to see them, because it took them forever to show up when called, and they never patrolled our area - so if they were there, they were at least *interrupting* something bad going down. not sure I'd feel that way now. - Marianne
Anxious. (Even though I stopped speeding years ago.) - laura x from iPhone
Nothing - Amir
anxious - maʀtha
Grateful or anxious, depending on if I'm in a car or at work. - Rochelle *boom* Hartman
Grateful. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Careful - Todd Hoff
Meh. - Joe
If I see an officer and the lights are spinning on a car that he or she may be in, then I get a little anxious. - Joe
nothing one way or the other - GRANDMAFORSCARLETT
grateful that we seem to have a skilled serve & protect department, not a paramilitary force. - Walt Crawford
Anxious. The two times I've called them for help: embarrassed. I never realized just how much my parents managed to inculcate me with the whole "never talk to cops" thing that probably a lot of immigrants from developing countries have. - Victor Ganata
Conscientious. - Julian
Curious, mostly. But depending in the situation, that feeling might be anxiety, anger, or relief. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Nothing. It is about as noteworthy as seeing a fast food worker or UPS guy. They're just someone doing their job in an immediately recognizable uniform. - Soup in a TARDIS
Curious, but it's also contextual. If I seem them coming in where I work, I do wonder what's wrong (we've had the police come in to arrest people in the past). - Katy S
Self-aware. Am I acting normal enough? AM I ACTING TOO NORMAL? What would a normal person do, in my situation? - Meg VMeg
^ This right here. I start to immediately wonder if I'm doing anything that might get me in trouble or make me seem suspicious, even though I know perfectly well that I've done nothing wrong. - Hookuh Tinypants
Oh, yeah...totally what Meg and Amanda are talking about. Why do I suddenly feel like I got caught on my way to the kitchen to sneak a cookie at night? - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Is it possible for Meg to act normal? Or anyone? - Joe
Curious, self-conscious, possibly defensive depending on the context. - Corinne L
Cautious. Self-aware works, too. - Lola Bean (Penguin)
Tense, anxious, self conscious. Usually it's seeing a police car while driving which means I immediately slow down even though I'm rarely gouing more than 5 mph over the limit. - Galadriel C. from Android
Agree on the context. Curious/bland. I lived with a NY city cop (he's married to one of my best friends, we shared an apt when he was in academy) and both this apt/last I live 2 blocks from police station. I am at ease w/ the liaison from CPD that I see at work all the time, though other officers in MPOW make me nervous. - Hedgehog from Android
Anxious, defensive (if in US). Nothing (if in Norway). - Jenny H. from Android
Norwegian's make me nervous. They eat Reindeer. - Eric Logan
Curious. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Especially if in traffic I know he's above the law. Speeding, no turn signals, weaving around btwn lanes, running red lights, anything everybody else would get pulled over for. So I just get out of the way. Because who pulls over a cop? - Otherwise, not much to be felt. - Uli
Todd Hoff
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 - 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. - NOT THE CRICKET
Ah, thanks. - Todd Hoff
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The Year in Heat: World on Track for Third-Hottest on Record - Bloomberg -
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
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Steve C Team Marina
Two ancient Mayan cities found in Mexican jungle -
Two ancient Mayan cities found in Mexican jungle
"MEXICO CITY, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Archaeologists have found two ancient Mayan cities hidden in the jungle of southeastern Mexico, and the lead researcher says he believes there are "dozens" more to be found in the region. Ivan Sprajc, associate professor at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, said his team found the ancient cities of Lagunita and Tamchen on the Yucatan peninsula in April by examining aerial photographs of the region. Sprajc said the two cities reached their heyday in the Late and Terminal Classic periods (600-1000 AD). At each site, researchers found palace-like buildings, pyramids and plazas. One of the pyramids is almost 20 meters (65 feet) high. They also found a facade featuring a monster-mouth doorway, which probably marked one of the main entrances to the center of the city. Photographs from the sites showed stone pyramids jutting out from beneath dense foliage." - Steve C Team Marina from Bookmarklet
I love that we can still discover ancient cities. - Stephen Mack
And lost tribes. - Todd Hoff
Very interesting, having recently visited Chichen Itza and Coba in the Yucatan. - Son of Groucho
t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
I just got laid off. Fuck.
Aw, shit. (((t-ra))) - Spidra Webster
(hugs) I'm sorry. - Steve C Team Marina
:( - Todd Hoff
:( - Amit Patel
(((t))) - Julian
Damn. Sorry to hear it. - Jim: with more caffeine!
I'm so sorry. - Jed
Oh, no. :( *huggle* - Alix May
Well hell. - Kirsten
:( - Amir
Oh, crap. I'm so sorry :((( - Jennifer Dittrich
:(((. so sorry to hear that - WarLord
thanks y'all. I'm just... I dunno, kinda shocked really. I knew something was wrong, but didn't want to believe it was that bad. dang. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Damn. Sorry to hear that. Hope something better works out for you. - SAM
Oh jeez. - Joe
ow. so sorry to hear - MoTO: Team Marina
That sucks. - Steele Lawman
Aw, hell. I'm sorry t-ra. *hugs and hugs* - vicster: full-bodied
Oof, I'm sorry. - Anika
Oh, I'm sorry! - Katy S from iPhone
Oh no. - Marie
Sorry - Rodfather
aw man. sorry to hear that. - holly #ravingfangirl
Damn it. I'm sorry. - Betsy
:( So sorry to hear that. (((t-ra))) - Anne Bouey
:((( *hugs* - Tamara J. B.
I'm sorry. - Eric - Poppa Large
sorry to hear that - Shevonne
:( Sorry to hear - Me
:( I'm sorry, T-Ra. - Stephen Mack
oh wow, you gais! you are so sweet. thanks for all your comments. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
I'm sorry, t-ra. Entirely their loss. - Brent Schaus from FFHound!
I hope this is a only a temporary setback for you. - Mark H
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crap-o-potamus. - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
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Crap. - Meg VMeg from Android
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Sean McBride
Google's fact-checking bots build vast knowledge bank - tech - 20 August 2014 - New Scientist -
Google's fact-checking bots build vast knowledge bank - tech - 20 August 2014 - New Scientist
"The search giant is automatically building Knowledge Vault, a massive database that could give us unprecedented access to the world's facts" - Sean McBride from Bookmarklet
"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." - Sean McBride
"The breadth and accuracy of this gathered knowledge is already becoming the foundation of systems that allow robots and smartphones to understand what people ask them. It promises to let Google answer questions like an oracle rather than a search engine, and even to turn a new lens on human history." - Sean McBride
"Knowledge Vault is a type of "knowledge base" – a system that stores information so that machines as well as people can read it. Where a database deals with numbers, a knowledge base deals with facts. When you type "Where was Madonna born" into Google, for example, the place given is pulled from Google's existing knowledge base." - Sean McBride
Call it Global Superintelligence. - Sean McBride
"Knowledge Vault has pulled in 1.6 billion facts to date. Of these, 271 million are rated as "confident facts", to which Google's model ascribes a more than 90 per cent chance of being true. It does this by cross-referencing new facts with what it already knows." - Sean McBride
"Tom Austin, a technology analyst at Gartner in Boston, says that the world's biggest technology companies are racing to build similar vaults. "Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and IBM are all building them, and they're tackling these enormous problems that we would never even have thought of trying 10 years ago," he says." - Sean McBride
"The potential of a machine system that has the whole of human knowledge at its fingertips is huge. One of the first applications will be virtual personal assistants that go way beyond what Siri and Google Now are capable of, says Austin." - Sean McBride
The vault is appropriate. It's something you don't have access to. - Todd Hoff
"As well as improving our interactions with computers, large stores of knowledge will be the fuel for augmented reality, too. Once machines get the ability to recognise objects, Knowledge Vault could be the foundation of a system that can provide anyone wearing a heads-up display with information about the landmarks, buildings and businesses they are looking at in the real world. "Knowledge Vault adds local entities – politicians, businesses. This is just the tip of the iceberg," Suchanek says." - Sean McBride
"Richer vaults of knowledge will also change the way we study human society "This is the most visionary thing," says Suchanek. "The Knowledge Vault can model history and society."" - Sean McBride
"It might even be possible to use a knowledge base as detailed and broad as Google's to start making accurate predictions about the future based on analysis and forward projection of the past, says Suchanek. "This an entirely new generation of technology that's going to result in massive changes – improvement in how people live and have fun, and how they make war," says Austin. "This is a quantum leap."" - Sean McBride
It is very difficult to overhype this technology. - Sean McBride
Todd Hoff -- can you expand that thought? - Sean McBride
The vault metaphor. A vault is used to store money collected from other people. Said money is then only distributed out to certain people at a specific interest rate, that is for a profit. Google is collecting knowledge from other people. Storing it away. Giving it to you only in a form that makes Google money. You'll never have access to the vault. You can never make tools or programs... more... - Todd Hoff
Well, I am not sure yet how Google intends to manage access to this resource. No doubt it intends to try to profit from it. And many other companies are working furiously to build similar resources with a profit motive in mind. The main point here, from my perspective, is the overall technology, which may be the most important in human civilization to date and which will powerfully impact every conceivable domain. - Sean McBride
How can it impact every conceivable domain when it's closed? - Todd Hoff
I don't understand what you mean by "closed" -- presumably Google will offer the world access to this resource in order to make money -- and the world will be able to use this resource to rapidly accelerate the speed of research in all domains -- in science, technology, the social sciences, humanities, business, etc. - Sean McBride
Your idealism is showing. That's not how it works. The knowledge graph is not open. The vault is not open. - Todd Hoff
Todd -- we all use Google Knowledge Graph every day when we search Google -- and much of that data (the *source* data, marked up as RDF tripes) is in the public domain. - Sean McBride
The organization with the vault that is of much greater importance than Google is NSA. - Sean McBride
You are using it via a mediated interface. Imagine if the internet was really just AOL. That's the same thing. Data collected from open source sites is indeed open. But that's a small part of the data being collected. - Todd Hoff
Well, yes, mediated interfaces are good things that are often profitable, as are algorithms for extracting semantic assertions (facts about the world) from structured and unstructured data. That is why many companies are rushing into this space. Some of their algorithms, and the data derived from those algorithms, will inevitably be proprietary. That doesn't strike me as the main point... more... - Sean McBride
Your are missing the main point. It's the openness of the internet that changed the entire world. Without that openness you are just getting walled gardens and losing all network effects. - Todd Hoff
Well, I think companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter should make their code and data as open and transparent as possible -- we agree. Meanwhile, this technology is going to keep rapidly evolving in revolutionary ways. - Sean McBride
You are still missing the point. - Todd Hoff
I don't think I am. How exactly do you think Google and other companies should proceed in developing these semantic technologies? - Sean McBride
Global change happened because of openness. You hope a very few giant companies will one-day make currently closed databases open. What do you get again? - Todd Hoff
The information technology revolution of the last half century was largely pushed forward by profit-seeking companies like Apple, DEC, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, etc. that were both open and proprietary in their approach to developing new intellectual property. How exactly do you propose that Google handle Google Vault? - Sean McBride
And what Internet scale revolutions to do attribute to those companies? - Todd Hoff
DARPA -- the lead research agency of the military-industrial complex -- created the Internet. The private companies mentioned above (and many others) developed the Internet into the system we see today -- usually with a profit-seeking motive and on the basis of creating and exploiting proprietary intellectual property. I am still curious to know what advice you would give to Google for managing Google Vault. - Sean McBride
That certainly doesn't sound like a web/internet scale revolution to me. How will that happen? - Todd Hoff
I think we will eventually look back and see the following progression: Internet > World Wide Web > Global Superintelligence -- with stage 3 based on using advanced artificial intelligence to integrate and process all the data in the world. Stage 3 will be a much bigger revolution than stages 1 and 2, although it will build organically on those stages. Projects like Google Vault are key... more... - Sean McBride
Regarding openness and transparency for Google Vault: I think the system should be able to provide a full explanation, in terms that are easily understandable by human beings, for why it thinks what it thinks. - Sean McBride
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