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Apparently, in a #TrialByMedia, you can demand that your prosecutor not be biased against you:

In its ethics case against Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, state officials have selected a prosecutor who once served as legal director of one of the organizations that filed the charges, prompting a defense lawyer to condemn the move as symptomatic of a “corrupt and unjust system.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center was among the parties that filed complaints against Moore’s administrative order to state judges to uphold Alabama’s legal definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman after a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court majority ruled Americans have a constitutional right to “gay marriage.”

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Now, Liberty Counsel, which is defending Moore, has revealed that the court has appointed a former SPLC executive to prosecute a case that began with the SPLC’s complaint against Moore.
In its ethics case against Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, state officials have selected a prosecutor who once served as legal director of one of the organizations that filed the charges, prompting a defense lawyer to condemn the move as symptomatic of a “corrupt and unjust system.” The Southern Poverty Law Center was […]
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+Peter van der Linden: If I'm not mistaken, his ... logic is that SPLC is evil, and participating in its work taints a law professor's blood.
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That is adorable.
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How to feed ourselves while living in space.
The ESA has an ambitious plan to make life sustainable in space. To feed astronauts for years, we may have to build an entire ecosystem in space.
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Here, you can see Order and Chaos balanced so perfectly that it's even impossible to tell which is which, or which one won.

Citizens of Reims in northern France have lost a brand new artwork commissioned for the town, after the anti-graffiti squad scrubbed it off.

The town hall commissioned a street art mural by the country's top graffiti artist, C215, showing a sulking boy slumped against a wall.
Citizens of Reims in northern France lose a brand new artwork commissioned for the town, after the anti-graffiti brigade scrubbed it off.
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Such a shame, some people don't appreciate ART.
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The tiger manufacturing plant in Heilongjiang is now working at full capacity.

A total of 28 Siberian tiger cubs have been born at a tiger park in northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province since April.

The youngest two cubs were born last Thursday, according to the keepers at the Heilongjiang Siberian Tiger Park on Monday.

Unfortunately, loss of certain institutional knowledge during the Great Leap Forward has forced the industrialists in charge of the facility to offer on-the-job training to unskilled tiger assembly specialists:

According to the keepers, the five-year-old mother doesn’t have much experience in raising cubs. The keepers have taken the two cubs into their care to ensure they get what they need at this critical stage in their new lives.

#IsThisYourCat ?
Two Siberian tiger cubs are part of a wave of births at a tiger park in China's Heilongjiang Province. 28 cubs have been born since April.
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Man, EVERYTHING is made in China these days.
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The killer app for Google Glass is a lifesaving one.
 
"[A] team of doctors at the University of Massachusetts Medical School may have discovered a killer app for the device [Google Glass]—performing emergency medicine consultations. Glass, it turns out, enables off-site specialists to reliably and accurately observe and diagnose patients in real-time. It may even help first responders triage victims in disaster scenarios.
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Aaron Skolnik, assistant medical director of Banner Poison & Drug Information Center, who led the study, hopes to eventually use Glass to triage poisoned patients in rural parts of Arizona to determine who should be transferred to the medical center and who should stay at their local hospital for treatment. Though Glass was a flop with consumers, “for medicine, and maybe industrial applications, it’s actually a really great technology,” says Skolnik. “It provides a huge amount of extra data reliably and accurately to a remote person at relatively low cost.”

Despite its potential usability, there are still two big hurdles to overcome before we’ll see ER docs regularly sporting Google Glass. First, it remains murky how physicians will be reimbursed for virtual consultations, a problem that all telemedicine is currently struggling with. Second, healthcare providers are still figuring out how to include telemedicine visits in medical records, such as what type of data to save and how to store it."
Doctors don the glasses to virtually bring off-site specialists to bedsides, and even the front lines of a disaster
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Two weeks ago I posted a query about the need for this type of application. I'm working in a place that has a serious shortage of well-trained workers - and those workers could help immensely at decision-critical junctions. Regarding the pay issue, the expert needs to be paid to be on call, with an appropriate pay scale for consultation time when utilized.
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Success! "The effort to drill into the Chicxulub Crater off the coast of Mexico has been declared an outstanding success.

A UK/US-led team has spent the past seven weeks coring into the deep bowl cut out of the Earth's surface 66 million years ago by the asteroid that hastened the end of the dinosaurs.

Rocks nearly 1,300m below the Gulf seafloor have been pulled up.

The samples are expected to reveal new insights on the scale of the impact and its environmental effects.
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From the rocks, the research team should be able to tell better how the crater formed, the energy involved in its excavation, and the volume of material that was dispersed.

This will put new limits on the nature of the environmental changes that enveloped the globe.

Other intriguing questions will be also be addressed, such as how fast life was able to return to the sterilised impact zone.

There is even a suggestion that the hot fluids moving through the fractured rocks left by the impact may actually have embraced and fostered micro-organisms. The team now has the material to test this idea."
Success is declared by the team drilling into the Chicxulub Crater, the deep scar made in the Earth's surface by the asteroid that hastened the end of the dinosaurs.
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A fun example of #PropagandaFailure from Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick:

For one North Korean student it was a photograph in the official media showing a South Korean on a picket line. The photograph was meant to illustrate the exploitation of the worker in capitalist society; instead the student noticed that the “oppressed” worker wore a jacket with a zipper and had a ballpoint pen in his pocket, both of which were luxuries at the time.
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Good to hear. With my limited reading time, I prefer to spend it on the books that are worth my while, and your assessment carries weight.
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This is the most demonically clever computer security attack I've seen in years. It's a fabrication-time attack: that is, it's an attack which can be performed by someone who has access to the microchip fabrication facility, and it lets them insert a nearly undetectable backdoor into the chips themselves. (If you're wondering who might want to do such a thing, think "state-level actors")

The attack starts with a chip design which has already been routed -- i.e., it's gone from a high-level design in terms of registers and data, to a low-level design in terms of gates and transistors, all the way to a physical layout of how the wires and silicon will be laid out. But instead of adding a chunk of new circuitry (which would take up space), or modifying existing circuitry significantly (which could be detected), it adds nothing more than a single logic gate in a piece of empty space.

When a wire next to this booby-trap gate flips from off to on, the electromagnetic fields it emits add a little bit of charge to a capacitor inside the gate. If it just happens once, that charge bleeds off, and nothing happens. But if that wire is flipped on and off rapidly, it accumulates in the capacitor until it passes a threshold -- at which point it triggers that gate, which flips a target flip-flop (switch) inside the chip from off to on.

If you pick a wire which normally doesn't flip on and off rapidly, and you target a vulnerable switch -- say, the switch between user and supervisor mode -- then you have a modification to the chip which is too tiny to notice, which is invisible to all known forms of detection, and if you know the correct magic incantation (in software) to flip that wire rapidly, will suddenly give you supervisor-mode access to the chip. (Supervisor mode is the mode the heart of the operating system runs in; in this mode, you have access to all the computer's memory, rather than just to your own application's)

The authors of this paper came up with the idea and built an actual microchip with such a backdoor in it, using the open-source OR1200 chip as their target. I don't know if I want to guess how many three-letter agencies have already had the same idea, or what fraction of chips in the wild already have such a backdoor in them.

As +Andreas Schou said in his share, "Okay. That's it. I give up. Security is impossible."
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The shortage of Raspberry Pi Zero is such that even an unscrupulous scalper who sells the $5 computer at €15 has to apologetically add "zur Zeit nicht auf Lager".
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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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