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Christopher Meid
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Boosting the signal

This could be a blog worth watching develop, as this young lady starts to probe what she is experiencing and finds her voice on the stigma and trials of mental health issues.

The writing is candid and the voice is somehow both fragile and strong at the same time. But perhaps it's just me...
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Hoping for some clicks and reshares

Hey guys...my daughter just made a blog post about some serious issues she has been dealing with, and I know she is hoping some people will take the time to read and comment, as well as share her post with others. She's an insightful and strong young woman and I think being able to connect with some people through her blog post would make her very happy.

Take a look if you have a moment, and share this post. If you or a family member have dealt with mental illness of any kind, please drop in and say hi to her. It helps to know you're not alone.

Also, you can follow her at +Lauren Kimsey​, though I don't know how active she will be on G+ :)

Thank you, it means a lot.
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Thank you, sir!
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Next post-Apocalypse filming location: Sochi

The Russians spent an intense amount of money in building out Sochi for the Olympics, and look where it is now...

Not that this isn't a totally unheard of occurrence for Olympic sites, but this seems to have happened faster than usual...
 
Нет, это не кадр из фильма ужасов или компьютерной игры про постъядерный мир. Это всего лишь одна из фотографий микрорайона Весёлое-Псоу в Адлерском районе Сочи,…
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Requesting books be removed from libraries because they deal with controversial topics

It looks like the biggest requesters are parents. I hate to think how many of the books I read in high school would be banned by these people. The Catcher in the Rye? To Kill a Mockingbird? 1984? Of course certain people want them banned: they promote thought and analysis, and show us parts of the world or people we might never see otherwise. These books scare them.

Support your libraries. Let them know that you agree with their stand against censorship.

From the article:

"Using criteria established by author Malinda Lo, founder of DiversityInYA.com, the OIF determined that eight of the 10 most challenged books of the past year contained “diverse” content, as defined by: 

—Non-White main and/or secondary characters
—LGBT main and/or secondary characters
—Disabled main and/or secondary characters
—Issues about race or racism
—LGBT issues
—Issues about religion, which encompass in this situation the Holocaust and terrorism
—Issues about disability and/or mental illness
—Non-Western settings, in which the West is North America and Europe"


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"Yes, I would like to remove anything that makes me uncomfortable or challenges my worldview, please."
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Milestone prizes on the path to the moon

This came out two months ago. I had no idea they'd gotten this far. 5 winning teams from all over the world.

Part of the challenge is that the funding must be 90% commercial. Most of the participants are volunteers which makes this all the more inspiring.
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SpaceX: so close...

Here's a video that, at least to me, captures the spirit of SpaxeX: they post their successes and their failures, learn, and move on. What they are trying to do is amazing.

Launch, learn, and relaunch.

#spacex
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+Jacob Possin​ Some interesting thoughts on warp bubbles and their consequences for your game design.
 
Right now a bit of science fiction bit of science theory. in the future could spell disaster.
We humans are doing a bang-up job of messing up our home planet. But who's to say we can't go on to screw things up elsewhere? Here, not listed in any particular order, are 12 unintentional ways we could do some serious damage to our Solar System, too.
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Or they redirect that energy into some sort of capacitor. Basically they spend more energy than would come out from the blast and so they collect the blast energy to redirect back into the system. also you would need to move outside of the orbital ring...or something.
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Ten Thousand Devils

I just finished the third book in the Outlaw King series and realized that the 4th book doesn't seem to have been written yet! Arg! No more cybernetic zombies, gun-slinging time warping heroes and bloodthirsty muses?

How long are you going to keep me in suspense, +S. A. Hunt, Novelist​!?

Ten Thousand Devils (The Outlaw King Book 3) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QFMMYD8/ref=cm_sw_r_an_am_at_ws_us?ie=UTF8
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It's on the way! I promise!
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Cats and topical pain meds

I'm betting that people were forgetting to wash their hands after applying, then they pet the cat. The cat then took a bath, with fatal consequences.
 
A note of caution for those with cats.
Three cats died after their owners used an anti-inflammatory cream used to treat arthritis. The Food and Drug Administration warns to keep drugs away from pets; a tiny bit can be toxic.
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For those that missed the initial Lunar Xprize challenge video

Watch. Be inspired. It's been over 40 years since we've been on the moon. Isn't it time to move forward?

Back To The Moon For Good – The New Space Race: https://youtu.be/OkivPFtLOj4
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App permissions managed by modifying the original app?!

This sounds a bit dicey to me, but maybe the reviewer was exaggerating what the app does... What do the techies out there think? Does this make you more or less secure by using such an approach?

_From a more technical standpoint, a wrapper that will provide a permission management interface is being injected into the APK installer file for the apps you've selected. Momentarily, AppPurifier will ask you to uninstall the original copy of this app, then install the modified version immediately after._
When it comes to app permissions, Android takes an "all or nothing" approach. You have no granular control over what data apps can access, so the only way to prevent an app from seeing your location or starting up on boot, for instance, is to not install the app in the first place. In the past, we've covered mods that will allow you to revoke individual permissions for your installed apps, but these all had one thing in common—they required root ...
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I'm also interested to know. I think if security was your main priority, rooting and doing it yourself is the best option. I'm a little wary of using this app but I would like a way of managing permissions of certain apps. 
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Warning label for books

It's interesting what different people get out of different books.

Number 41 Sounds like a warning label for books:

"Words are valuable and insanely powerful. Words can be used for both good and evil and they should never be used lightly."

This is, if course, why there is censorship and book banning: fear of ideas and thinking that could challenge the status quo.
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Amazon popcorn storms?

No, this isn't about Amazon.com 's largest popcorn craze: is about global precipitation. Excellent use of visualizations to make a point. And yes, there are popcorn storms.
 
When it comes to hurricanes and cyclones, what happens on one side of the world doesn't stay there—and that's important for dealing with climate change.
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    Quality Assurance and ITIL Expert, 2006 - present
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Christo, Кристофер
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    Systems Engineering, present
  • University of California, Berkeley
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