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Christian McHugh
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Tomorrow Is Move Your Domain Day: Support The EFF And Get A Year For Free
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Interesting! 
The formula indicates that when a group of atoms is driven by an external source of energy (like the sun or chemical fuel) and surrounded by a heat bath (like the ocean or atmosphere), it will often gradually restructure itself in order to dissipate increasingly more energy. This could mean that under certain conditions, matter inexorably acquires the key physical attribute associated with life.
MIT Scientist has a Provocative New Theory on the Origins of Life -- article related to The Main Page and Science.
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"Julien Danjou: Distributed group management and locking in Python with tooz" http://julien.danjou.info/blog/2014/python-distributed-membership-lock-with-tooz
With OpenStack embracing the Tooz library more and more over the past year, I think it's a good start to write a bit about it.
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I have a rule about not arguing on the internet, so I don't mean to turn this into a debate about the pro/cons of fracking (about which I am not, and do not know any experts). Instead I'd like to discuss  logical arguments and marketing. 

I got home after work today to find the third unsolicited junk mail notice marketing the benefits of fracking in the Denton area. This time selling the message that fracking is "For the children!" demonstrated by the currently happy child on a swing then contrasted with the broken toy over dry, lifeless, soil. Next to the emotional-heart-strings-tug-of-war-but-void-of-substance pictorial argument were 3 bullet points of drafted reasons to further convince voters of the sanity of their pro-fracking message. 

* We will lose million we now use for creating and maintaining our parks and recreation areas. 
* Ill-maintained playground equipment = Denton children at risk
* Property rights lawsuits will drain even more from city coffers

Of those, the first seems a valid item to consider. I have no concept of the dollar amounts involved, such as if Denton could afford to keep the current programs maintained or make up the funds elsewhere. But it is a reason to consider action one way or another. 

The second bullet (along with the heavy handed pictures) are where this starts to fall apart for me. It is probably true that ill-maintained playground equipment is not recommended, and probably could cause harm, likely to a child. But no one is arguing otherwise, and at no point has anyone suggested that banning fracking should cause hordes to start breaking toddlers slides. I understand that marketing is about a quick sound byte message, not necessarily a well reasoned argument, but I'm sort of offended by the logical fallacy. 

The last bullet I found comical and was the impetus for writing about this at all. To threaten a local populace for deciding how they wish to utilize the local land and public space, and then to use the concept of that threat as an argument for decide the initial vote (which is argumentum ad baculum), strikes me as unsavory at best with strong potential for evil.

All in all, I have no idea how effective these types of campaigns are. I can only assume it is expected to sway a percentage of the voting populace since money was spent on their existence and distribution. Whatever the outcome, hopefully the citizenry will choose their own path based on reason and not emotional panic. 
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These are pretty cool.

Relatedly, there is also: http://www.boredpanda.com/artist-turns-childrens-drawings-into-paintings/ and while I like "The Red Boat" lots, that appears to be more of the child doodling something and then the mother painting whatever she feels over it.
One day, while my daughter was happily distracted in her own marker drawings, I decided to risk pulling out a new sketchbook I had special ordered.  It had dark paper, and was perfect for adding hi...
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Initial 1.0 release of the jenkins-saltapi. It enables a build step in Jenkins to run a SaltStack API call. Since it supports parameterized builds, it now works for my needs. #saltstack   #jenkins  
jenkins-saltapi - A quick and dirty jenkins plugin to speak to a saltstack server via the salt api
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Cool results from a risky experiment. From the article:
"The researchers discovered the bichir raised on land were dramatically different than those raised in water. The land-raised fish lifted their heads higher, held their fins closer to their bodies, took faster steps and undulated their tails less frequently..."
All in just 8 months.
How did our ancestors first adapt to living on land? An unusual species of air-breathing fish offers clues.
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Eben Moglen was the keynote speaker for linuxconf 2015. His message centered about free software being critical to the success of freedom and democracy for the next generation. The meat of the message is about 10 minutes starting about 20 minutes in. As a open source advocate and free software supporter, I found the whole thing inspiring.
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Stumbled across more Flula. 
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Just saw a preview for Pitch Perfect 2 and he's in it!
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Pretty great and fast summary of linux perf troubleshooting. Worth it for this diagram alone...
How do companies like Netflix, Google, and Facebook do root cause performance analysis in their cloud environments? These companies use Linux heavily, so are they using SystemTap or another tracer? Netflix is hosted on EC2, how do they do low level CPU profiling, if Xen guests can't access the ...
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Agreed! But that seems to be changing: http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/19/netflix-linux/
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Fantastic! Instead of a vaccine with causes your body to learn how to fight off the intruder and develop an appropriate response, how about teaching it to jump straight to the response. 
Scientists are testing an alternative approach to vaccines to protect us from a whole host of diseases—and so far the results are promising.
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Holy wow guys! I'm the upstream maintainer of something! The SaltStack Jenkins plugin has been published and is now available from within Jenkins. #saltstack   #jenkins  
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