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The New York Stock Exchange is closed for Good Friday. C'mon guys, stop pretending you're honoring Jesus. If Jesus was here he'd kick your butts. #occupywallstreet  
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I just figured that's why they're closed. They're hiding from him.
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I resemble this graph.
Grew up the child of two Physicists, took high school physics ... Kerbal Space Program.
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Global Weirding/Climate Change news
Domino effects could include lingering cold water, delayed seasonal shifts, and huge jumps in water levels.
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in which i stretch the metaphor for physics to apply to dance styles
Newtonian Follow: stays at-rest/in-motion unless acted upon; has an equivalent and appropriate reaction for each action. Quantum Follow: there is a probabilistic distribution of what they might do but you don’t know what they...
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open unabashed scifi technofix optimism
Life has been on Earth for perhaps the last 1/5th of the history of this rock, which has been around about 1/3rd of the age of the universe. There has been life on Earth for a billion years and our most concerted efforts of n...
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Greedy imbeciles with the power of demi-gods, what could go wrong?
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I think they buried the lead on this one ... depth field from motion. I want that! They're using it to make your pictures crappy and artistic by adding blur. I just want the 3D data! It's like your pocket phone camera is now a kinect without any special additional hardware. It looks like it is just taking advantage of the tiny parallax of your shaking hand as you take a picture of something.
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Actually it takes a fairly significant motion to capture these with the camera app. Moving the camera vertically by a couple of inches. It'd be kinda cool to do with just the shaking hand, but it's not quite that slick :)
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Blah. Taxes done. 6 hour ordeal. I still think they could sneak in a tax rise if they made everything simpler and less annoying.
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Turbotax was able to import statements from my brokers - I thing the only bits I ended up filling by hand were some deductions from charity donations, and mortgage interest payments for half the year (refi in the middle of the year and the import only picked up the current one)
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Here's something to smile about.
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"Why you should avoid XML" may also be phrased as "why you should avoid huge over-featureful libraries you don't understand that can have exploitable side effects"
 
Why you should avoid using XML, part 2.
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The good bit is at 0:40 where we start playing around with floating hands free for about 30 seconds!
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Computer Wizard. Maker. Dancer. Acrobat.
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I'm a computer nerd with a taste for politics and making the world a better place. Also climbing, dancing, cooking, and scifi geekery.
I grew up in the nerdiest town on earth, went to college in the rust belt, moved to a southern california paridise, and left for the geek culture and slushy icy winters of Boston.
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  • Carnegie Mellon
    Computer Science, 1997 - 2001
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Lawrence Lessig sees compensation after rights holder’s YouTube takedown
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A court ruled that video of Lessig's lecture, which used copyrighted music, was fair use.

New Android OEM licensing terms leak; “Open” comes with a lot of restric...
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A look at a Gingerbread-era list of the requirements Google imposes on Android OEMs.

Putting hard drive reliablity to the test shows not all disks are equal
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Failure rates vary from 2 percent to 24 percent per year, depending on make, model.

Open source smart thermostats rise to compete with Nest after Google acq...
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Spark, Adafruit, and homebrew solutions dip their toes in smart home territory.

Sustainable butcher shop responds to PETA attack in classiest way possible
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Yo PETA! Pick on someone your own size. Not a local butcher shop that uses free-range, uncaged, hormone-free animals.

Search for exomoons turns up fluffy, Earth-sized planet
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No moons found, but the lightest planet ever measured pops out of Kepler data.

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Why AT&T says it can deny Google Fiber access to its poles in Austin
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Google isn't a telecom or cable provider, so it has to pay more for access.

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FindTheBest destroys “matchmaking” patent, pushes RICO case against troll
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The patent is found abstract, six months and $200,000 after the suit was filed.

When benchmarks aren’t enough: CPU performance in the Nexus 5
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An examination of performance throttling prompted by LG and Google's latest.

Government requests for user information double over three years
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Over the past three years, we've continued to add more details to the report, and we're doing so again today. We're including additional inf

World's biggest solar thermal power plant fired up in California
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As of Tuesday, the sprawling Ivanpah solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert started supplying electricity to up to 200,000 homes.

The Most Important Story You Didn't Hear Last Week: Unelected Detroit Of...
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Last week, as the temperature soared to 90 degrees in Detroit, Michigan suffered a major power outage after an unelected city official decid

Sometimes storing electricity makes no (energetic) sense
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For wind, discarding the energy may be more efficient than building big batteries.

NASA test-fires 3D printed rocket parts: low cost, high power innovation
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Propulsion engineers focus on R&D and pushing new tech into private industry.

Learn about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the Google ...
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This August marks the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II. Working together with th

$100 million worth of natural gas goes up in flames every month in North...
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Drillers in the state don't have an easy way to get their natural gas to market, so nearly a third of it is being flared off, i.e. totally w

good for lunch buffet, good dinner. really pretty decor with modern art string thing on one wall and a panorama of the Himalayas on another.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very good
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
Good "college pizza". Very vegetarian and vegan friendly. Tofu tenders are delish.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
I've taken my recumbent in several times and they've always been good with servicing it. Their bigger store in Belmont is where you'll have to go for a new one or some parts though.
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
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reviewed 11 months ago
Yummy and I can pretend It's good for me.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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Best Indian buffet around. All vegetarian. Delicious.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
Public - 11 months ago
reviewed 11 months ago
Run by a merry band of punks and hippies, the decor is funky and the food is good, especially the fresh squeezed juice.
Food: Very goodDecor: Very goodService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Not vegetarian friendly. The 'two star spicy' (supposedly 'very spicy') thing I ordered was pretty weak and bland.
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reviewed 2 years ago