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Great demonstration of how computers add numbers (aka "do work") by using dominoes to build logic gates.  Excellent video as always from this group.  Also check out "Matt's Big Domino Computer" in the links.
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I just found out why I have to configure a different font size (XTerm*faceSize) every time I get a new device.  X11 (since fff00df9 "Ignore EDID-supplied monitor physical sizes for core screen size") hard-codes the display resolution to 96dpi.  Brilliant.  That means, that when you move from a 147dpi display to a 240dpi display, a 7pt font gets rendered like a 4pt font.  Don't these guys know that 7pts is supposed to be 7pts EVERYWHERE!!!  Ans: yes they do.  The justification for this is apparently 1) "This ... follows the practice seen in many other desktop environments..."  i.e. "This is how Windows does it".  It's funny how people use the term "many" when referring to one platform when that platform is Windows. and 2) Web developers assume a 96dpi resolution.  What?  Let's break X so we can be more like Windows?  Let's break X to ensure that a web browser renders a web page correctly?  Why are they trying to fix web page rendering in the X server!?!?!  Since there doesn't seem to be a way to tell X "YES, use the actual dpi of the display", I guess I'm supposed to use 18pt fonts now (up from 11pt)?  
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Resistance or Enlightened?
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Tesla!
 
As a former GE employee, I know all about Edison. But this presentation of him made me realize that Edison was probably the Steve Jobs of his age. Both had some reasonable innovations early in their careers, but by the end were more interested in being (and more well known as) technology businessmen than as technologists. And, both were reportedly douches, albeit the kind of douches that get results.

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla
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Git won Linux Magazine's Linux New Media Award in the category "Outstanding Contribution to Open Source/Linux/Free Software".
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I was forced by the GNU regime to use info pages today.  Tried to take a quick look at the tar man page, but instead of seeing a description of the options that the command accepts, there was a message from the GNU folks about how they hate me and want me to suffer and die in ignorance.  Oh how I hate info pages.  Man pages, are so wonderful and easy to use.  Who actually likes info pages?  It's hard for me to believe that there are people out there actively making documentation harder to use by converting man pages into info pages and then destroying the man page.
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Wait what? Google Play just prompted me to re-agree to their Terms of Service. Something within this long legal document has apparently changed and they don't provide a diff. I skimmed through it and noticed in the last section that Google Play is governed by Italian law? Nothing against Italy but I find this a little strange. What is it about Italian law that Google finds so attractive?

10. General

Governing law. Google Play Terms of Service are governed by Italian law and any dispute arising out of these Terms of Service shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the court of Milan, Italy.
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