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Underwater tour of HMS Erebus, the recently-rediscovered ship from the lost Franklin expedition.
Find information on Canada's National Historic Sites, National Parks, National Marine Conservation Areas and on other cultural and natural heritage related topics.
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«They are young, healthy and (whatever the politicians imply) less likely than Britons to claim benefits. Immigrants from Eastern Europe are the best of the bunch. Labour and the Tories are thus lamenting, and UKIP is promising to stop, something that has made Britain richer.»
CANDID mea culpas are rare among politicians. Tony Blair continues to insist on the rightness of the Iraq war. An apology from Ed Balls about the role played by...
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Here's my user experience when I get a text right now:

1. Swear to myself.
2. Step off the sidewalk.
3. Remove my gloves.
4. Take my reading glasses out of my pocket.
5. Take my phone out and unlock it.
6. Read the text on my phone.
7. Reverse steps 5-1.

Here's my likely user experience if I got a text on a smartwatch:

1. Swear to myself.
2. Step off the sidewalk.
3. Remove my gloves.
4. Take my reading glasses out of my pocket.
5. Read the text on my watch.
6. Reverse steps 4-1.

The "extra-convenience" value proposition of a smartwatch isn't that high for those of us with older eyes.

(If I did buy a smartwatch, the round Moto 360 looks an awful lot nicer than the chunky Apple watch, but I'm sure Jony Ive can explain why I'm not thinking properly, and chunky is actually better.)

https://moto360.motorola.com/
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I understand why they need it: the reparations Greece owes other countries for Alexander the Great's conquests must be getting pretty steep, with compound interest and all.
Athens says Germany owes Greece nearly €279bn in war reparations for the Nazi occupation in World War Two.
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While the Nazis DID steal and loot most of Europe, we have to consider what the modern day banks have been doing to us for almost 100 years now.
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England in the central-planning era, as depicted by Agatha Christie (1950):

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'...You know the Fuel Office won’t even let us have the little bit that’s due to us each week—not unless we can say definitely that we haven’t got any other means of cooking.’

‘I suppose there was once heaps of coke and coal for everybody?’ said Julia with the interest of one hearing about an unknown country.

‘Yes, and cheap, too.’

‘And anyone could go and buy as much as they wanted, without filling in anything, and there wasn’t any shortage? There was lots of it there?’

‘All kinds and qualities—and not all stones and slates like what we get nowadays.’

‘It must have been a wonderful world,’ said Julia, with awe in her voice.
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(Moderate) irony alert: the golden age of plentiful heating fuel to which they're referring is the 1930s.
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If you are reading this book and flipping out at every third sentence because you feel I'm insulting your intelligence, then I have three points of advice for you:

1. Stop reading my book. I didn't write it for you. I wrote it for people who don't already know everything.
2. Empty before you fill. You will have a hard time learning from someone with more knowledge if you already know everything.
3. Go learn Lisp. I hear people who know everything really like Lisp.
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Awesome free book. Learn Python the Hard Way  http://learnpythonthehardway.org/book/ 
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I think (by vague recollection) that he was also thinking about JS's object system, Scheme-like closures (also in Python), and lambda-style function/method binding.
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It's been quite a while now that my phone has been more expensive than my laptop. I don't remember any moment of sudden realisation and shock, though.
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I recently went to the t-mobile site, looked at phones, sorted by price (lowest to highest) and discovered they were all ZERO DOWN!!!! and still sorted in order by highest profit margin.
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Any armchair pilots or mechanics who'd like to take a shot at this? #flying
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Loose primer knob -- Douglas Robertson guessed it in the blog comments.
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Finally: Gnu Hurd takes its rightful place in sun. I can only assume it will be used mainly to support the finally-popular Semantic Web.
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I suspect RMS is an ISTJ ... able to accomplish anything given enough time to crunch through the details.
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Can anyone point me to research/surveys on how people actually use #InformationVisualisation to support routine decisions in their work? Google turns up lots of salesmanship about the potential of information visualisation, but nothing about evaluating actual outcomes in a systematic way.


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I'd agree with that. I was at a big-CEO-focussed TED-like event in 2013 where they showed a viz meant to demonstrate that many countries, like China, had nearly caught up with the West in per-capita GDP over the past century.

The problem (which was obvious to me, but not to the CEOs and self-proclaimed "visionaries") was that the chart was using a logarithmic scale on the Y-axis, exaggerating progress at the bottom, and compressing the gap remaining at the top.

In fact, China's per-capita GDP is still only USD 6,800, a meagre 30% of even Greece's, and less than 8% of the US's. That chart would have been less impressive — but more honest — if it had used a linear scale.
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As my 3yo phone's specs get less impressive, and apps get bigger with each release, I've been seeing some instability (freezing and reboots). Uninstalling most of the apps this morning, and replacing them with icons linking to the mobile sites, has made a big difference so far, and the sites are mostly pretty good.
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Yeah, my three year old HTC One S is about to get upgrade to a Moto X probably for similar reasons.
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Narciso Yepes playing excerpts from BWV 996 on a ten-string guitar.
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+Hai Vu I'd guess that the lower strings are tuned much more closely together (e.g. tones) so that he can often strike them open to get the lower pedal notes.
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Big fan of most of the "open"s. Prefer freedom over security.
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Scholar, tech guy, Canuck, open-source/data/information zealot, urban pedestrian, language geek, tea drinker, pater familias, red tory, amateur musician, private pilot.
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(All locations) good loose-leaf tea, and nice atmosphere for sitting down with a book or chatting with neighbours.
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Never had a long wait, personally. There will be some days when all banks are lined up, eg when social assistance cheques go out.
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Closing (along with most other Grand & Toy retail locations).
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Good, basic neighbourhood pharmacy.
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The service is reasonable, and the displays are very creative (e.g. the 300 ft2 apartment). The quality of their furniture, unfortunately, is abysmal, and it's not unusual to have to return things 2-3 times until they collect enough pieces from different boxes to make your item work. Head office has cut so many corners outsourcing production that holes often don't line up, there's too little wood at key stress points (so things break easily), etc. There are other companies that make much-better quality pine furniture at the same price. Aside from the showrooms and the marketing, this isn't the IKEA you might remember fondly from 25 years ago.
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Good country dairy. Lots of ice cream selections, and malts.
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