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Here's an entitlement program I don't hear anyone wanting to cut - The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane to Nowhere - http://www.foreignpolicy.com/article...
Here's an entitlement program I don't hear anyone wanting to cut - The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane to Nowhere
I came across a colorful phrase the other day: "warfare queens." - Sean McBride
That's appropriate. - Todd Hoff
"In the case of the F-35, the short answer is: a lot. Counting all of its suppliers and subcontractors, parts of the program are spread out across at least 45 states. That's why there's no doubt lawmakers will continue to fund the program even though this is the third time in 17 months that the entire fleet has been grounded due to engine problems. In fact, in the version of the defense... more... - Bruce Lewis
Using SSD as a Foundation for New Generations of Flash Databases - Nati Shalom - http://highscalability.com/blog...
"You are here." Shocking reminder of the last 800,000 years of atmospheric CO2, as of July 1
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But I know, basic physics doesn't matter to a lot of people. - Todd Hoff
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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
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
Had my first experience with really fast internet. Wowza. This place out the middle of nowhere has I think fiber to the house. It really changes how you approach using the internet. Who knew the internet could actually be used for streaming?
Scaling the World Cup - How Gambify runs a massive mobile betting app with a team of 2 - http://highscalability.com/blog...
It should not come as a surprise that a movie titled Gun Woman has a few plot holes.
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
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
http://www.youtube.com/watch... - Gorgeous fireworks shot from a drone.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9KZ3jgbbmI#t=25 - Gorgeous fireworks shot from a drone.
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Fantastic! - mina_sydney
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
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
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
Watched my first fire flies ever last night. Seeing them it would be nearly impossible not to believe in a land of fairy. Spectacular.
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spectacular indeed - Arash
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
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
Is There a genre of writing that is somewhere realistic and supernatural? Having a light touch of the magical. Or am I remembering wrong?
Stuff The Internet Says On Scalability For July 4th, 2014 - http://highscalability.com/blog...
Community projects make Game of Thrones sculptures out of old hurleys - http://www.thescore.ie/game-of...
Community projects make Game of Thrones sculptures out of old hurleys
Why does data need to have sex? - http://highscalability.com/blog...
I know nothing about soccer, but doesn't the us actually have to kick the ball at their goal to score?
Generally. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
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
Data Doesn't Need to Be Free, But it Does Need to Have Sex - http://highscalability.com/blog...
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
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
One thing I can't get used to is the British phrasing for "going to hospital" instead of the US "going to the hospital." It catches like a rusty latch every time I hear it. And I'll concede it even makes more sense, but that's the power of habit.
Hah, I just realized 'going to bed / going to the bed' parallel. (Canadians use the British 'to hospital' phrasing too). - Micah
British-isms are just strange. - Nils Sandin
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
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
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