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Yet another bunch of dinosaur necromancer is having hard times. Good.
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Expect rescheduling in the harshest category — together with the horrible, horrible cannabis — shortly.

Researchers evaluated 24 studies from January 1990 to December 2014 that looked at the cognitive benefits associated with taking modafinil. They found that while the so-called smart drug made little difference to creativity or working memory, it did improve decision-making and planning. The performance-enhancing capacity of modafinil varied depending on what task was being tested, with the cognitive-enhancing effects being most consistent with longer and more complex tasks. The findings were detailed in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology.
 

Modafinil seems to be the first ‘smart drug’ that is reasonably safe for healthy people.
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Yes, it talked about particular cognitive skills, which isn't typically what people mean when they say "smarter." And if the effects aren't permanent, can you really say you're smarter? Seems like clickbait, making a study that really says, "This drug affects the brain" (not very surprising, since most drugs do) sound like something notable.
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Firm demanded £90 from Carol Highsmith for alleged copyright violation of her own photo.
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Big business is always looking for a way.
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And now for a sociological study of Troll Pride, the utterly counterintuitive phenomenon (provided that the intuition has been trained on a dualist system of morality):

In research published this June in the journal PLoS One, Stahel studied comments on online petitions published on a German social media platform between 2010 and 2013. The data included 532,197 comments on about 1,600 online petitions. Commentators could choose to be public or anonymous. Contrary to expectations, the commentators with the harshest words during mass public attacks were more likely to be the name-identified ones than the anonymous ones (less than a third of commentators kept their names private).

That suggests we may need to rethink our efforts to encourage or enforce civility online. “Our results also do not support claims that prohibiting online anonymity will make the online world a better world,” Stahel explained by email. “The main point is that prohibiting anonymity online will not settle this ‘problem’ of firestorms.”

Indeed, for some trolls, online aggression is rewarded in their social networks, and is often a deliberate public signal. People are actually trying to enforce social norms against a perceived violation by a public figure or group. That means individuals are rewarded and perceived as more credible in their group once they are identified, argues Jurgen Pfeffer, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon.”In such structures it is very likely that, if somebody says something aggressive, the majority of the group says ‘Yeah,'” he explained by email.

I believe the detailed data that permitted reaching this conclusion has been available to +Vic Gundotra and +Yonatan Zunger for a few years now. It would have been nice if it would have been published in a research journal.
Anonymity, we assume, is the breeding ground for bad behavior on the internet. Not necessarily.
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I'm afraid we never had clean datasets of the sort that you could use in a published paper. Doing proper science is a lot of work, and if you're already completely swamped doing engineering, it tends to fall by the wayside. :) That's the real reason we never published anything.
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Patreon is a website that enables creators to tap into their fan bases for financial backing. These patrons can choose to give a bit of money to creators for every piece they create, or simply provide a monthly stipend. In return, creators give patrons special access to their projects, and even send patrons (who've furnished a mailing address) physical tokens of gratitude -- from completed works to personalized letters.

Patreon has in a short time enabled thousands of creators to focus more of their time on their art. Unfortunately, until very recently, there were limits on who, exactly could use the platform, with a lot of gray area around adult content creators.

Fortunately for all of us, Patreon is based out of the Bay Area, where a number of early adopters made the case for adult subjects in art, as well as the importance of allowing access for all creators, many of whom are part of communities that are discriminated against in the job market.

Patreon listened. Last week, they sent out an e-mail announcing that their battle with payment processors had finally reached a happy conclusion. Now, Patreon adult content creators can at last accept payments through PayPal.

It's hard to describe exactly how big a win this is. But for how long? We must not forget that the 2016 Republican platform has targeted adult content online as a "public health crisis." The battle is long from won.
Thanks to the crowdfunding site, PayPal just got a little more porn friendly.
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No porn creates more of a public health crisis, than real life assassinations porn. Current news is like 50% snuff movies.
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Edgar Savisaar, the pro-Kremlin head of the authoritarian People's Central Party and the suspended-for-corruption-investigation mayor of Tallinn, has endorsed Trump.
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Keskerakonna esimees Edgar Savisaar teatas oma Lõuna-Eesti visiidil, et toetaks Ameerika Ühendriikide järgmise presidendina vabariiklaste kandidaati Donald Trumpi.
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Large git based monorepos are a technological challenge, and git has some inadequacies here. But large git based multirepo environments are depression and suicide inducing hell. Don't do that.
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The story of how the Traditional Walking Values were defended.

(Spoiler: the prideful wet ones lost.)
 
An early social and transport disruptor...};-) "In the early 1750s, an Englishman by the name of Jonas Hanway, lately returned from a trip to France, began carrying an umbrella around the rainy streets of London.

People were outraged. Some bystanders hooted and jeered at Hanway as he passed; others simply stared in shock. Who was this strange man who seemed not to care that he was committing a social sin?

Hanway was the first man to parade an umbrella unashamed in 18th-century England, a time and place in which umbrellas were strictly taboo. In the minds of many Brits, umbrella usage was symptomatic of a weakness of character, particularly among men. Few people ever dared to be seen with such a detestable, effeminate contraption. To carry an umbrella when it rained was to incur public ridicule.
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Over the years, Hanway and his umbrella fell victim to all sorts of abuse from Brits he passed on the sidewalk. The most pernicious abuse came from an unlikely source: coach drivers. In England at the time, hansom cabs (two-wheeled, horse-drawn carriages) and sedan chairs were the primary modes of transportation. Business boomed especially on rainy days, as both hansom cabs and sedan chairs came equipped with small canopies that kept passengers dry. When it rained, Londoners flocked to these coaches, so Hanway’s umbrella represented a threat to business."
This pioneer of weather management was pelted with insults and trash.
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Here, you can see a glossy trade rag announce that Linus has achieved world domination by Microsoft capitulating.
 
As Linus Torvalds once said, “If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won.”
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It turns out that forming a Facebook group is a kind of incorporation.
 
The police came looking for the CEO of Arcade City, a Craigslist style listing service for various services.
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Black economies should stay dark, electronically speaking.
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This is brilliant
If you want to build a basic electronics project it is actually relatively simple to do. Most parts are designed to be modular and work with other parts, and in fact there are entire kits full of random electronic parts that can be used in a wide array of projects and devices.
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Google's pet name for me is 115353300954648237355. It's a real name, not imaginary — it does not have √−1 as a factor.
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If you're looking at this profile, you're most likely trying to see whether I'm interesting enough to be circled.  Take a look at my posts, they're a more accurate overview of my interests than anything I could write here.  For example, I never knew I would get interested in what's now known as #nymwars (and its probable followup, #facewars).

In addition to the kind of things that I post about on G+, I dabble in retrocomputing.  I'm particularly interested in programming techniques in low-resource environments, from designing creative bit patterns to self-modifying code.  My first experience was with Z80 (actually, U880) and CP/M.  I'm quite fond of the m68k processor family.

I have done freelance work in various computing and statistics fields, from domain-specific languages to text clustering.  I've written a few web servers, including one to service a small country worth of people and one to run well inside an iPAQ.  Now I'm a novice priest studying the ways of the deity who knows almost everything and answers most prayers in under a second.

Being an atheist of Chaotic Neutral alignment, I generally prefer deities who don't take themselves too seriously, from the Great Coyote to the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

My political views, should you care about this short of thing, fall somewhere in the European spectrum.  I subscribe to the notion that Good Governance is a worthy human right.  I support individual freedoms but I'm cautious about generalising them to organisations whose power is closer to countries than individuals.  I disagree, sometimes loudly, with anti-tax fanatics.  I like to think I understand the major political and economic theories I don't accept.

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