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+Marcus Aurelius my comment was a play on words. The OP I agree is sort of nonsensical.
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Interesting read!

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Analysis by +Paul Irish of Reddit Mobile's rendering performance
https://github.com/reddit/reddit-mobile/issues/247

The TL;dr is: The "The DOM is slow, virtual DOM is fast" meme is somewhere between misleading and wrong. Doing any kind of extensive work in JavaScript during page load will kill you and JS size is still important.

h/t +Luke Wroblewski 
Been meaning to do a performance audit of the new mobile site. I'm going to drop it right here into the ticket. I may add comments as I go along. Initial Test: Loading (total duration: 45 seconds)...
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Basically it reads like how Microsoft designs software. Everybody does their module and then it gets patched together with virtually no optimization.

I'm still pissed that Windows 7 still runs a DOS window on startup (after the OS main boot).

Anyways, it's a great analysis of the processes and the order they are run. It seems like very amateurish coding to have long uninterruptible operations. That's a recipe for a hanging program that has to be force closed if it doesn't freeze the device you're using.

I have noticed app-creep over the last two years where news apps especially are prone to the same coding mistakes.
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Spider boats!! Researchers collected 325 small spiders that came from 25 different species. Most of the spiders could RIDE the surface tension of the water. Only when suspended on water, 201 of the spiders responded to an air current by extending a SAIL either made of their two front legs in a "V" shape or of their abdomen raised into the air. Once near solid ground, the spiders tossed out a silken ANCHOR to attach to the edge and extract themselves from the water. These boat-daptations were not used when the same spiders were challenged with an air current on dry land. Talk about body surfing.

Primary source:
"Sail or sink: novel behavioural adaptations on water in aerially dispersing species"
by Hayashi et al.
BMC Evolutionary Biology (2015), 15:118
http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12862-015-0402-5

[ #biology #evolution #spiders #arachnids #arachnology #science #nature #adaptation #research ]
Many common spider species orient their arms and bodies into sails and their silk into anchors, allowing them to catch a breeze and sail on water
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wow cool
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Evolution observed! 
By definition, a single-celled organism can't have a multicellular organ. However, that hasn't stopped warnowiids, a class of marine plankton, from evolving an eye that looks remarkably like that of humans and other animals.
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"How do you know that god didn't wake up and gave it an eye, NOW?!"
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For 12 years, not a single American has died because of the measles virus. But because of the anti-vaxxer movement, death by measles is once again a stark reality in the United States.
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+Richard Lucas Oh, and BTW, admitting that you do not have enough information is a good thing. +Alain Van Hout and I will never jump on anyone for such an admission. I have come to what I later realize are bad conclusions based on little or incorrect information more times than I can count.
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Pluto Rising

New Horizons is closing in on Pluto, and that means we’re finally getting some detailed images of the small world. With the appearance of new surface features comes a new batch of questions.

The latest comes from a new color images of Pluto and Charon. The images were created by combining high resolution images from the Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LoRRI) with color data from RALPH. What’s clear is that there is a chain of features along the equator of Pluto. Whether these are features similar to the equatorial region of Iapetus or some type of cryovolcanic activity is still not clear. It’s also clear from the image that Pluto and Charon are quite different in both color and brightness. Given that the two bodies are thought to have formed from a collision with another body, it will be interesting to see how they can be so different.

We’re still in the speculation stage, since the data is so new, but the exciting thing about these images is that Pluto is no longer a spot a few pixels wide. It’s a world with clear features and with mysteries to be revealed. We’re finally exploring everyone’s favorite little world, and that’s a huge scientific achievement.

New Horizons will make its closest approach on July 14, so we can expect a flurry of images leading up to that time. Of  course it will take months for the all the data to be transmitted back to Earth, so long after the flyby we’ll Pluto is going to be rising in the news.
New Horizons is closing in on Pluto, and that means we're finally getting some detailed images of the small world.
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"In other words, in economically skewed societies, both the rich and the poor are more religious. In fact, they found that, for nearly all of the measures of religiosity, when societies are more unequal, the richer people become more religious than the poorer people."

h/t +Adam Lee



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Not surprising at all. Heck, the south eastern US states are the more religious and have larger income gaps than the Great Lakes states....
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via +Monica McGee:

The researchers designed an algorithm that monitors blood sugar levels and computes an insulin dose that it delivers quickly and automatically when necessary. The algorithm is designed to work with implanted devices, specifically with an artificial pancreas, and would overcome the delays experienced with current devices.

#diabetes #type1diabetes  #science  #chemistry #medicine #technology #cool
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I went over there and helped. That crackpot is a half-assed expert on everything related to health.

And nothing good ever came from carefully produced (in clean rooms) medical products with quality control, distributed around the world so a lot of people don't have to walk more than five minutes to get some.

I mean, what were we thinking, doubling our life expectancy and improving our quality of life with medical and pharmaceutical advancements? Clearly everyone born before the age of vaccines and medical imaging and doctors washing their hands with soap and water had it way better.
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I wonder if ocd is like a ritualised version of praying... If you don't, something might happen!!;) 
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btw, it's CDO, not OCD. OCD is for people who are just dabbling a bit.
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Java-oriented software development, scientific research
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  • Foreach
    Software Engineer, 2014 - present
  • University of Antwerp
    PhD student, 2006 - 2013
  • Brunel
    Analyst - Programmer, 2013 - 2013
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I'm always up for a good discussion. And I don't mind being proven wrong, as that means I learned something new :-)
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I'm a software engineer with a background as a scientific researcher (biologist) and an interest in most things science. I enjoy forays into the world of programming languages and software architecture, with an affinity for development of Java-based web platforms.

I'm always up for a good discussion. And I don't mind being proven wrong, as that means I learned something new :-).

There are a couple of quotes that reflect what having a good conversation means to me; 

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
- Aristotle

you didn't come here to make the choice. You've already made it. You're here to try to understand why you made it
- The Oracle (The Matrix: Reloaded)

I'm made up of everyone I've ever met who's changed the way I think. 
- Sir Terry Pratchett
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Married to a sexy librarian ^_^
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  • University of Antwerp
    PhD in Biology, 2006 - present
  • IT center VDAB Antwerp
    Enterprise Java Development, 2013 - 2013
  • University of Antwerp
    Master in Biology, 2001 - 2006
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Alain J-M Van Hout, Erinaceus