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First, there was news that Facebook might be censoring conservative content:
http://gizmodo.com/former-facebook-workers-we-routinely-suppressed-conser-1775461006

The official response was that "We take these reports extremely seriously, and have found no evidence that the anonymous allegations are true."

However, the facts on display this week definitely do not support that view.
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I had ordered an Ergodox Infinity keyboard back in March of this year as a summer project. Well, it arrived mid-October and I just assembled it this past weekend.

I haven't yet done a full test (since not every key produces a printable character, and I was feeling pretty tired by the time I cleaned things up last night) but it seems to be working just fine so far.
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For right now, no; the kit was sold with blank caps (vs no caps), so I just built it with what was provided.

Going forward, probably. I've looked at getting a set of custom keys, but can't justify the cost ($60+). I don't look at my hands when I type, so labels don't matter that much for me...
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ABANDON ALL BUDGET YE WHO ENTER HERE!

So, it looks like after the success of Skylanders (meh), Disney Infinity (Oooh, I can create my own levels? Hrmm...) and Nintendo's Amiibo (I'll only buy a few, I swear!) it looks like the Lego company has decided to join the mixed digital & physical toys contest.

Please don't. Please... my budget just can't withstand firepower of this magnitude!
Coming off the reveals of the new LEGO Dimensions Starter Packs, there are now details of additional expansion packs to go along with it.
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looks fun. 
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Definitely not a happy awakening--that window on the far left was us.
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Yikes!
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Well, sadly Congress couldn't see their way to authorizing any further debt, so the entire operation had to be closed up. Welcome to the United Somalia of America! On the plus side, it means we can stop all our foreign military adventurism, and the covert NSA takeover of the internet. Nonetheless, the inevitable riots, small-scale warfare, and social chaos will be lethal, and even I would have preferred a more orderly transition to a post-government society.

Wait, the shutdown is limited to NASA, new Social Security applications, and the national parks? You mean this isn't a nightmare scenario of total anarchy and chaos, but just some massive-scale political grandstanding?  Shit, here I thought something interesting had finally happened in Washington!
More than a third of federal workers were told to stay home for the government shut down -- but even if you're not one of those facing a furlough, your daily life could be affected in ways you might not expect.
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"Behind the Myths Tour": a wonderful evening revue by Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, presenting what they've learned and enjoyed about doing their popular Discovery channel show. The evening was marred by just one flaw... BTW, does anybody know how to turn precognition OFF?
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Reading this article, I am reminded what I mentally file as the "dignity of dirty knuckles": that even if one ends up being a gardener, plumber, or mechanic -- the sort of "menial" jobs scoffed at by school guidance counselors -- that a job well done can still be rewarding. Society needs its' janitors and secretaries for efficient functioning; demanding that people "promote up" out of these roles implies that they carry no value and dignity of themselves.

Children and young adults should indeed strive toward being the President of the US, or CEO of their own business -- but society is not structured to permit everyone to succeed in those dreams. I sometimes fear that the "self esteem" movement has increased dissatisfaction among young adults -- by insisting that "there are no losers" to the point of not scoring participants, are we setting up children to believe their adult careers will be similarly non-competitive? Are we priming them to think there is "something wrong with me" when they end up being the laborer and never the boss -- much less when they prefer such a role?
My grandmother didn’t just teach me to type, but how to rise above others’ disregard.
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You are so right. Every job well done is worthy dignity.
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Good lord it's frightening how well this article captures the sort of thing I've said about video games for the past decade: AAA titles' focus on graphics and technology is actively harming creating real, fun experiences.
(This post was originally published on my personal blog.) When I was 13 years old, my dad finally fulfilled my dream of owning a PC. He brought me a woefully underpowered 10MHz MHz 8088 box, but with an upgraded VGA card and a color monitor. I was too excited to care about the comically ...
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Excitement is over- no more visible flames. Looks like I may have to worry about water damage more than smoke damage.
 
Definitely not a happy awakening--that window on the far left was us.
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Well you could come to arkansas?
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Today the internet's namespace expanded.

I'm not sure if I'm upset that it was in languages I can't read or not;  I don't ever expect to visit these parts of the internet, but I can see the value of them to other people.
Los Angeles, California… The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ( ICANN ) today announced that the first new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) from its New gTLD Program were delegated. This means they were introduced into the Internet's Root Zone, the central authoritative ...
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In the abstract, I find this theory of the poor performance of the Affordable Care Act exchanges (a.k.a. "Obamacare") fascinating.

Government systems have always been expensive. Remember jokes about the Army's $500 hammers, or boggling as /yet another/ traffic project went over budget? Well, this time the sticker shock isn't locked behind the opacity of taxes, so having to hide it somehow does make some sense.

However this is a conspiracy theory, and about as plausible as any other. After all, we are talking about the same government that has had such problems with leakers lately. If this theory held any water, I think we would have heard about it from some insider by now.
A growing consensus of IT experts, outside and inside the government, have figured out a principal reason why the website for Obamacare’s federally-sponsored insurance exchange is crashing. Healthcare.gov forces you to create an account and enter detailed personal information before you can start shopping. This, in turn, creates a massive traffic bottleneck, as the government verifies your information and decides whether or not you’re eligible fo...
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I'm sure all of my friends are already geeky enough to know this -- even if they don't have the same holidays penciled in on their calendars. 

But September has only one really well known geeky day! That's right, today once again is the day when geeks around the world try to talk about 3 1/7th times as fast as usual.

Talk like a pi-rate day.
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And go to Krispy Kreme for a free donut (for talking like a pirate)
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