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May the 4th be with you.
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And also with you.

We give our thanks to the midichlorians.

It is right to give thanks.
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So, here is an ethical question. If we could wipe out the specific mosquitoes that spread nasty diseases like Malaria, Dengue and Yellow fever, West Nile, or Zika, should we risk the potential blowback of disrupting nature? It has worked for us in some cases, yet has blown up in our faces in others. Thoughts? Opinions?
A genetic technology that can kill off mosquito species could eradicate malaria. But is it too risky to ever use?
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Ok, some of you probably already know this, but it is new to me. Aparently there has been a campaign against the use of ethanol as an additive to gasoline that has been so sucessful that some fuel distributers and gas station chains are now charging extra for not adding it.

This seems so ironic since part of the argument against adding ethanol is that it drives up the cost. It is also counterintuitive when they argue that it adds to polution and global warming, yet it burns cleaner than petroleum based fuel alone.

Talk about a sucessful campaign against an additive when people pay more when it is not added.
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Yep, the cool part is how they cancel the reflection of the transmit wave form on the receive side in the same way that noise canceling headphones work.
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For my gadget friends
 
Tom has made something interesting 
In this instructable you will learn how to use the Arduino ATMEGA328 microcontroller chip as a stand-alone microcontroller. They cost only 2 bucks, can do the same as your Arduino and make your projects extremely small.We will cover the pin layout, how to make it ready for the Arduino software by burning a bootloader and how to upload sketches.Watch the rest of this instructable to find out how you can make your Arduino projects smaller and cheap...
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As people pointed out on the original post, it'd take some extra capacitors to get it to work with more than just one LED or one button/sensor/whatever at a time...  Still, pretty awesome.

I'm looking at the ATmega32u4 series, though... but at 44 pins, they don't have a breadboard compatible package like the ATmega328P-PU.  The built in USB controller in the 32u4 matters, though, especially since you get 5V and at least 0.5A from any powered USB hub/phone charger.

I'll play around with more Arduinos with different ATmegas...  Can't find any using a 329 series, though... which would be quite useful fun for the built in LCD controller.  (Useful? Who am I kidding? This is pure fun.)
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Free book on Amazon from an author I enjoy.
 
From today through March 31, THE BETWEEN is available on Amazon as a free eBook. If you are an epub person, please let me know and I will be happy to send you the appropriate format. Or feel free to convert the Amazon version, as I don't use DRM in my novels. (And downloading the Amazon version is helpful for the all-powerful rankings monster.)

This is not Shakespeare's Oberon and Titania. And Lydia has no desire to be their chosen one. Welcome to the subtle war between overt and covert magic, where every choice has consequences. THE BETWEEN, Changeling's Choice book 1: a modern take on the myths of Faerie.

High school senior, Lydia Hawthorne, is less than grateful when Oberon has her snatched from the mortal world and she finds out she's actually Fae. And not just any Fae, but a trueborn with enough inherent magic to tip the balance between Oberon and Titania's warring Bright and Shadow courts.

But that's their game and she doesn't want to play by their rules. Together with Clive Barrow, a Bright Court Fae with embarrassing family ties to the mortal world, Lydia fights to regain her old life, fueling her magic with the very human power of love and loss, challenging the essential nature of Faerie itself.

The Between is book 1 of the Changeling's Choice series. Lydia's story continues in Time and Tithe, also available.

If you've enjoyed my work and can recommend it to others, I would very much appreciate any signal boosting you can give. If you have already read and enjoyed THE BETWEEN, won't you please leave a review? Thank you!
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NASA Dawn Mission releases new images of the bright spots on Ceres. Very cool.
Dawn mission scientists have unveiled new images from the spacecraft's lowest orbit at Ceres, including the mysterious bright spots in Occator Crater.
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Friend +Ken Burnside​ just turned down "exposure" from HuffPo.
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More Trek rumors. The show being set before TNG but after Star Trek Six is a little disappointing. I think they should just move forward 100 years in the future. On the other hand, the idea that the show will be self contained with a potential new setting every season is great. As usual, take all of this with a HUGE grain of salt vampire.

+Peter Bauck, +Lou Paris and +Sam Ferguson among others...
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Please take five minutes and read this to really understand how elections are manipulated.
 
Midweek posting is about "Gaming the Election..." how cynical manipulators on both sides (though especially financed by you-know-who) are attempting to rig the results. How will they manipulate opinion, now that TV ads are failing? We'll come up with immune counter-measures, but in time? There are ways we can fight back.  But a crucial fight-back idea needs one (just one) millionaire.

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/2016/03/gaming-election.html
It's not too soon to start building our nation's immune systems against electoral cheating. nd yes, I will get around to poking at both parties. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have each issued a list of reform prioritie...
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This is freaking insane!
These guys have found a way to "print" magnetic south and north poles onto a surface so that they can precisely manipulate the magnetic field of a magnet. The results are magical.
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Interesting, if there is a pattern, then there is a possibility of a predictive formula. My head hurts now.
 
Whoa! The primes are acting weird!

What percent of primes end in a 7? I mean when you write them out in base ten.

Well, if you look at the first hundred million primes, the answer is 25.000401%. That looks suspiciously close to 1/4. And that makes sense, because there are just 4 digits that a prime can end in, unless it's really small: 1, 3, 7 and 9.

So, you might think the endings of prime numbers are random, or very close to it. But 3 days ago two mathematicians shocked the world with a paper that asked some other questions, like this:

If you have a prime that ends in a 7, what's the probability that the next prime ends in a 7?

I would still expect the answer to be close to 25%. But these mathematicians, Robert Oliver and Kannan Soundarajan, actually looked!

And they found that among the first hundred million primes, the answer is just 17.757%. That's way off!

So if a prime ends in a 7, it seems to somehow tell the next prime "I rather you wouldn't end in a 7. I just did that."

Pardon my French, but this is fucking weird. And I'm not just saying this because I don't know enough number theory. Ken Ono is a real expert on number theory. And when he learned about this, he said:

“I was floored. I thought, ‘For sure, your program’s not working.’ "

Needless to say, it's not magic. There will be an explanation. In fact, Oliver and Soundarajan have conjectured a formula that says exactly how much of a discrepancy to expect - and they've checked it, and it seems to work. It works in every base, not just base ten. But we still need a proof that it really works.

By the way, their formula says the discrepancy gets smaller and smaller when we look at more and more primes. If we look at primes less than N, the discrepancy is on the order of log(log(N))/log(N). This goes to zero when N goes to infinity. But this discrepancy is huge compared to the discrepancy for the simpler question, "what percentage of primes ends in a given digit?" For that, the discrepancy - the difference between reality and what you'd expect if primes were random - is on the order of 1/(log(N) sqrt(N)).

Of course, what's really surprising is not this correlation between the last digits of consecutive primes, but that number theorists hadn't thought to look for it until now!

For more, read the article below, and of course the actual paper:

• Robert J. Lemke Oliver and Kannan Soundararajan, Unexpected biases in the distribution of consecutive primes, http://arxiv.org/abs/1603.03720.
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There are formulas that allow you to predict the next prime, for example the famous formula of Riemann.  People are using these - along with some conjectures - to explain the newly discovered patterns.
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Seeking the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything.
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Ham operator WX7WX, Live in Glendale AZ, father of 3, grandfather of 9
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Survived the great Phoenix Haboob of July 2011
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    Network Security Architect, 1996 - present
  • US Army
    SGT Comunitions center specialist., 1977 - 1980
  • Intel
    1981 - 1986
  • Mercy Healthcare AZ
    Network engineer, 1986 - 1996
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