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Portlander emeritus. Happy husband. Googler. Mountain climber. Engineer.
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Good piece in the difference between consuming and creating.
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Awesome story about an engineer who made an emergency fix to a Saturn V rocket that was fueled on the launchpad.

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It just so happened that circuit is controlled by a series of relays located almost directly beneath that cold beast that was spewing out all kinds of funny colored, very cold gases -- the Saturn V rocket. We took a look at our blue prints and found the relay that must be the problem and called ...
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It's been a tough week for national parks, thanks to the federal government shutdown. Grand Canyon rafters threatened to rush the blocked gate at Lee's Ferry. Hundreds of elk were displaced from Rocky Mountain National Park, with nowhere to go but the Estes Park Golf Course in the center of town ...
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"We have learned that in pursuit of its bureaucratic mission to obtain signals intelligence in a pervasively networked world, the NSA has mounted a systematic campaign against the foundations of American power: constitutional checks and balances, technological leadership, and market entrepreneurship. The NSA scandal is no longer about privacy, or a particular violation of constitutional or legislative obligations. The American body politic is suffering a severe case of auto-immune disease: our defense system is attacking other critical systems of our body."

The whole essay is quite good.
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Today I learned there's a gene called sonic hedgehog. (Yes, seriously: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_hedgehog.) Pretty cool.

Even cooler is that it apparently has therapeutic effects in mice (and maybe someday humans).
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From the essay:

"In the same way, democracy can't work unless voters know what the government is doing in their name. That's why we have open-government laws. Secret courts making secret rulings on secret laws, and companies flagrantly lying to consumers about the insecurity of their products and services, undermine the very foundations of our society."

Agreed. We need to be able to trust our government, and they're making it pretty difficult right now :(
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Too bad that this is not an election year.
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"Many computers have speakers on the bottom, which is great if you have ears in your lap."

Heh. :)
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I have been considering getting a Chromebook for some time...  all my coding and publishing is online anyway.  Thanks for the post!
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This is awesome, if it actually works well: a 3D-printed toothbrush that cleans your teeth in 6 seconds. It's $299 and lasts a year. They'll refurbish it with new bristles for $89.
Tailored Toothbrush with flossing and tongue cleaner
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If you haven't enabled recovery options for your Google (e.g. gmail) account, take a minute to do it. If you're feeling only slightly more ambitious and want top notch security, set up two step verification while you're at it.
 
Many people forget that if their account gets hijacked, there's no way for Google to reset the password unless we have a secure way to tell it's really them, not an attacker.  Easy to fix, but you gotta do it.
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Best quote from the article:

"In response to warnings that its toilets could be hacked, INAX said it issued a security update for its toilets this month."
Hackers and security researchers are exploring vulnerabilities to break through the high-tech security of homes or cause car accidents.
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Just try and hack my toilet.  :-o
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Perfect place for a 2-to-6-year-old to play. Grass, slides, swings, sandbox, trees, places to climb, picnic tables, lots of truck and tractor toys. My toddler loves it here.
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