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The only change that makes a meaningful difference to me in android 7.0 is the redesigned notification shade, which is much more elegant and functional

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Apparently the rooster is a longtime symbol of the Democratic party, dating to the 1840 presidential election. My Indiana ballot had a rooster on it next to the straight ticket option but that's the first time I'd seen that.

Regional AWS outage? Twitter and lots of major websites are down for me, but not G+, other Google stuff, or minor websites.

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"If enzymes had the capacity to experience regret, DNA polymerase would do just that at this point."

Grow Up is more Grow Home, which is all I ever wanted. The scale is as stunning in the horizontal as Grow Home's scale was in the vertical.

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"The Trump Camp was totally indifferent to the platform. So party activists were able to write one of the most conservative platforms in history. Not with Trump's backing but because he simply didn't care.With one big exception: Trump's team mobilized the nominee's traditional mix of cajoling and strong-arming on one point:changing the party platform on assistance to Ukraine against Russian military operations in eastern Ukraine."

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The Gilded Age probably sounds really classy to Trump.

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I was just reading this when it popped up through Nuzzel and I totally didn't notice that +Yonatan Zunger​had written it! It's quite good.
Hidden inside the network protocol that powers the Internet is a system designed to fight a nuclear war, even if Washington were destroyed by a surprise Soviet attack. Today, it mostly powers cat videos.

This is the system of "precedence," the mechanism that lets the network know that some traffic is more urgent than others. While this may seem like a straightforward idea, the levels of the precedence system -- before the "great renaming" which gave them anodyne names like "AF4/1" -- have a very interesting history indeed.

The first four levels came from US Army standards developed during the Korean War: "routine," "priority," "immediate," and "flash." (With flash priority being for messages that had to be sent in real time -- like "messages recalling or diverting friendly aircraft about to bomb targets unexpectedly occupied by friendly forces," which I think you'll agree is something you want people to know about quickly so they'll STOP SHOOTING AT YOU)

The fifth level, "flash override," was developed in the late 1950's -- a special precedence level which only the President and Secretary of Defense (or their deputies, if they were killed) were allowed to use, intended to let them override all other traffic and give the orders to end the world.

On top of this is a sixth level, "CRITIC/ECP." This level was almost entirely forgotten: it was introduced between 1958 and 1963, and then promptly ignored by every generation of documentation afterwards. It remained not quite secret, but never really discussed; a drastic highest priority never used, until mathematical necessity forced its introduction into the Internet Protocol./

The story below is a dive into the rabbit-hole of Cold War planning: how the system designed in secret for the Air Force ultimately ended up powering realtime games and video chat.

The next time you’re streaming an old X-Files episode on Netflix that you’re actually using a mechanism designed to ensure that nuclear war could be reliably fought, even if it had to be done from a modified Boeing 707 after Washington was destroyed. The truth, in this case, is in there.


(Footnote for interested readers: This is, I believe, the first time the entire story, from the military side through to the network side, has been in one place. Many thanks to +Lauren Weinstein, among others, for helping me trace the various threads that led to this.)

Surprisingly, flamethrowers are not NFA Destructive Devices and seem to have no special regulations on them.
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