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Tolerance is not a moral precept: It is a peace treaty.

We are brought up to believe that tolerating people is a basic moral good. But this simple approach fails, and can easily be used against us by people who say "Why won't you tolerate my intolerance?" This can happen in everything from our personal lives to the political arena. But it comes from a misunderstanding of what tolerance is.

The way to understand tolerance isn't as a moral absolute: it's as a peace treaty. The difference is that a peace treaty only applies when both sides abide by it.

This is an essay I've had brewing for some time.
The title of this essay should disturb you. We have been brought up to believe that tolerating other people is one of the things you do if…
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Valve has been doing this with Team Fortress 2 for years, and while they may be one of the highest-profile (although Blizzard has probably eclipsed them in both brand recognition and amount of content produced), I doubt they were the first.

Really, this is just a natural, internet-age extension of including setting materials in the game box. Does coming with a stack of blueprints and an issue of Claw Marks magazine affect the gameplay of Wing Commander? No, but it got me a lot more invested in the game than I would have been otherwise, and communicates a lot of setting information* that they don't then need to find a way to wedge into the game itself. And since they can now publish this supplementary material online, they can release a lot more of it without inviting exploding printing costs, and they can do so after the game ships.

* And gameplay information! The tips in "Taggart's Tactics" are applicable to in-game dogfights, and the profiles of Terran and Kilrathi aces match their AI tuning.
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My lab is actively seeking PhD students and postdocs to work on problems related to information storage in the brain. If you want to know more about the topics this article touches on, please come find me!
"Your brain can store all of your experiences at some level. It doesn’t store every detail," says Emory computer scientist Avani Wildani. ...
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+Gregory P. Smith same backend, separate app for separate use case.
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It's been 3 years since we brought our kitties home from the shelter. :)
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I continue to enjoy these covers.
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They do a touring show, and my wife and I have tickets for the one in Seattle this month. Looking forward to seeing which singers and songs are part of the show.
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"And, one time in band camp..."
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Google, Apple, and Uber said they would not help build a Muslim registry. Meanwhile, Oracle declined to comment.
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Good.

Trump is such a chump asshole for even suggesting such a thing.

And why is this EVEN a question?!

#EmbarrassedAmerican
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12 Months, 12 iOS Updates
Today we're rolling out our 12th and final Google+ iOS app update of the year with improvements in photo & video posting and Community moderation & preferences. More info in Michael's post: https://plus.google.com/116350759931517885053/posts/N5R2h9T7Uf5

As always, please send any ideas/issues using the Send Feedback menu item as that's the best way to ensure we'll see it.
Thanks~
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An inside look at how employees from underrepresented groups help the tech giant find unexpected solutions.
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Out of curiosity, how'd you get picked to do this?
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I saw this when it was demoed internally and it's pretty awesome.
 
Something new and awesome coming from the +Google Photos team starting later today – a tool to quickly (and at quality!) scan your physical photos, so you can have digital copies of them.
Just point and shoot, and you've scanned the old photo of nana and pop-pop.
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Impressive results when it works. Any tips? The dots go astray a good fraction of the time.
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"Department of Chromeland Security". Ha! I love it! :)
More seriously, shaming sites that have broken HTTPS is way overdue.
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Software engineer, gamer, LGBT rights and feminism supporter, rock climber. Married to +Ben Smith. ⚧
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Senior Software Engineer
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  • Google
    Senior Software Engineer, Privacy, 2015 - present
  • Google
    Software Engineer, Privacy, 2014 - 2015
  • Google
    Software Engineer, SRE, 2012 - 2014
  • Yelp, Inc.
    Software Engineer, 2010 - 2012
  • Mythic Entertainment
    Contractor, 2009 - 2009
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