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One of the most surprising things about the Apollo 11 guidance computer source code isn’t just the sheer size of it, but rather the amount of in-jokes that scientists included with it.
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I've known Christians like this guy... they're the best example of their religion.

If they were the only example, then it would make Christianity super attractive. Like Bernie Sanders attractive. (I didn't want to make the political joke... but as it crossed my brain, it was too damn good to hold back)
Dear Offended Christian, I’m terribly sorry that your feelings are hurt again. I feel badly about that. None of us likes to be criticized, so I totally get it. I know I’ve said some pre…
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On a more personal note... if that was the normal attitude among churchgoers... I probably would have never converted (-ish) to Judaism.

There are two real reasons I identify as Jewish:

* The more I learned about Jewish law, traditions, and the origins of many things in Christianity... the more I learned that Jesus really didn't change anything. All the big changes people preach were invented by other people and based on horribly ill informed and out of context information.

* And among synagogues I found people living their beliefs a lot more than preaching them. (Given that Jewish preachers have basically been out of work for thousands of years... they're not very preachy... bad joke, I know)
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Almost enough to convince me to shell out for it...

Still too attached to the form factor on my Pebble Time Round... but I have been attracted to the idea of a 24/7 heart rate monitor...

And the core would be really nice if it had all-day battery.

... if any of you are considering smart watches, this is a really good choice.
Two new heart-rate enabled smartwatches. Plus an entirely new 3G ultra-wearable. Go for a run and ditch the phone!
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Just a reminder, today is Yom Hashoah, better known as Holocaust Remembrance Day.

This continues until sundown tonight (Hebrew calendar marks days from Sundown → Sundown, approximately 8pm May 5th).

Please remember today that the Jews were not the only victims of the Holocaust. Also targeted were homosexuals, gypsies, the mentally ill, and even some groups of Christians.

Take an extra effort today to challenge indifference and the hate that flourishes in it.
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I wonder if anyone else I know has noticed this trend:

People who talk about how ridiculous it is that other people are getting "offended" about things... seem to be the most easily offended people?
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I see people make arguments sometimes trying to claim the pay gap is just cherry picking... here's a tool that lets you compare by field.
Women in the U.S. make 81 cents to the dollar men earn doing the same job. #NarrowTheGap
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So, Comixology has a subscription service now, though the listens appear somewhat limited.

But if anyone is interested in checking out some good non-Marvel, non-DC comic series, now's a good time with their 30-day trial.

My recommendations:

Death Vigil (shout out to my friend Aidenn for getting me on this one) -

Buffy / Angel + Faith / Spike (for old fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8 picks up after the end of the show):
- Buffy Season 8 -
- Spike (occurs during Season 8... and explains some intense weirdness... while still being intensely weird)
- Angel and Faith (this lines up with Season 9, so... spoilers if you read it early!) -

The Wicked + The Divine (another shout-out to my friend Aidenn, if she recommends it, you'll love it):
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Don't care if you're not a techie, this is covering things everyone needs to know.
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As we approach Yom Hashoah this Thursday, better known to english speakers as Holocaust Remembrance day.

I want to remind people why I'm so very afraid every time I see someone talking about muslims and arabs as if they are all terrorists.

Why I'm so very frightened when I see pictures of burning Qurans.

Why I'm horrified when people paint islam and its followers as barbaric.

Why I'm sickened as I hear about the murders of innocents that died only due to their race or their religion.

Each time I see these things... I remember that it wasn't that long ago that it was the Jews.

Jews were painted as thieves, plotters, evil masterminds trying to destroy the world.

Torahs, made with exquisite care and artistry, that survived hundreds of years or more... burned callously.

Jews, murdered for no reason other than their faith or parentage.

So often it's forgotten... the Nazis were not the only ones responsible for the Holocaust, they were just the ones who carried it out.

All across the world, Jews were despised.

The horrors of the Holocaust weren't hidden away until the end of the war... the Allies knew about those horrors all along the way.

There were so very many occasions that they could have prevented many of those horrors at little cost or effort... but simply didn't care to.

The Holocaust only became the horror story it is today when the pictures and stories of the aftermath started spreading after the war.

When pictures like below appeared to strike that chord that made people face the scope of the horror... Horror that most of them knew was happening, but didn't care until they had to face it.

I am sickened and afraid because so much of this is happening again.

I'm terrified that we'll see more pictures like the one below. Piles of shoes belonging to innocent people, murdered because the world thought their faith and people were inhuman monsters.

People so often think that this was an abrupt event of evil in history...

The Holocaust was not the first such event to bear that name... there were many holocausts against the Jews and other ill favored groups.

This wasn't the first, or even the most disgusting... only the biggest.

... and I'm terrified because so often the hatred brought against other groups is quick to drag down others as well...

I'm terrified because it's far too easy for this hatred against Muslims to expand out to hatred against homosexuals, gypsies, immigrants, and the Jews.

Please remember this on Yom Hashoah.

As it's on the Hebrew calendar, it spans from Wednesday the 4th to Thursday the 5th, sundown to sundown (approximately 8pm).

If you're of an Abrahamic faith (Christian/Muslim/Jew) and wish to offer a prayer, you might appreciate the following link to the Mourners' Kaddish, a traditional prayer spoken to commemorate a lost loved one and traditionally spoken in services on Yom Hashoah:

For those with the money to spare, it is a tradition in Judaism to offer charity in remembrance of the departed. I would recommend donating to local organizations that provide for the public, such as free clinics, after-school programs, or churches. Even a small donation to these organizations goes a long way, and is a meaningful and lasting way to remember those whose lives were taken from them so cruelly.

As-salāmu ʿalaykum
Shalom Aleichem
Peace be upon you
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Oh dear, the FCC chairman has become an amazing troll!

Wheeler, who has occasionally joked about the telecom industry’s various lawsuits against the FCC, feigned shock yesterday when asked about a potential lawsuit. “Did you say that we might get sued?” Wheeler said. “We’ve never had that experience before.”

#FCC #wirecutting #cable
Rules are needed, because "that which Comcast giveth, Comcast can taketh away."
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