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Blue Head Theory
You should feel good about proactively blocking and otherwise being rude to blue heads, because the blue head is a sign that a person is acting in bad faith.

Ever noticed that all the "blue heads" are either trolls or incompetent? It's not an accident. 

The case of Incompetence is straightforward. if you're so bad at interacting that you can't work out how to replace the blue head, you are probably going to be an incompetent community member across the board. Socially blind, etc. But you'll probably figure out how to add some kind of profile pic eventually, and so this is a temporary condition.

But why are trolls so often blue heads, and intractably so?

In social media, there are two common things you can choose as a way to present to others: your name, and your profile pic / avatar.

You are usually forced to choose a name of some kind, with some level of restriction ranging from fairly loose all the way to real name policies.

But choice of a profile pic is completely optional. You can choose anything, and you don't have to choose if you don't want to.

In choosing a profile pic, you are choosing how to present yourself inside a community. However small it is, you are making a positive effort toward fitting in to a pre-existing group.

If you are coming to a social environment with bad intentions, the idea of making such a positive effort likely holds no appeal. Emotionally, it is likely you want to give off no signals at all. You are coming to make trouble, you don't want to interact and you don't want others to have any way to gain any purchase with respect to understanding who you are.

A troll doesn't want to be a community member; they want to yell at the group from outside with a megaphone.

That's why trolls so commonly have the blue head default profile pic. If they can, they'll also have a default name. 

This behaviour could range from full on trolls, to simply uncommitted community members who just don't care to put up a pic (and also don't care to communicate thoughtfully/socially). The common thread is that they don't really see their interactions as being with other, real people. All these people are, functionally, bad actors.

So next time you are having a poor "interaction" with a blue head, remember that the pic is not a neutral absence of something, but rather is worn as a badge saying "screw you buddy". It is a positive, explicit signal of bad faith.

Also, remember there's no "blue head" race, you are not unfairly discriminating against them if you block them on blue head status alone. Anyone, regardless of means, can scratch up some kind of picture of something if they care at all about their presentation. So they are trying to tell you something by not doing so; listen, understand, block.  
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I don't consider blue heads, no matter if they use their real names, as some of my non-computer savvy friends do. I still don't circle blue heads, because blue heads normally don't post.
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The doctor in this article, Andrew Owen, is my doctor. 
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+Emlyn O'Regan I'm not sure where to start to reply to your question of what is a toxin.

You could of course google a basic definition. 
But what I was meaning was information on inputs to studies that might otherwise be ignored and termed as 'within know safe limits'. They ate potatoes, but as they are mice we didn't care that they ate the sprouts. Sure there was a bit of mold, there always is in grains. It was good fresh fish, the mercury was within limits... 

What I was interested in seeing is info from +Ted Lemon on his reference for science indicating increase in cancer risk.
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This is my latest column titled, "The Day the Banking Industry Died." With over $12 billion of VC funding this year, the number of fintech startups have swelled to over 8,000, each attacking tiny pieces of formerly protected banking turf.
It was rather anticlimactic when it finally happened, but the front door simply failed to open. There was no “going out of business” sale, no press conferences, no people gathered around to claim what was theirs. Instead, this once bustling institution that built the tallest building in Cleveland, Ohio, full of glass and fancy furniture, had breathed its last breath. Continue Reading
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Oh man, the sooner they go belly up, the better. 
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Over the last week or so I've been struggling to give birth to this thing: a transformation language for JSON derivable data, made out of that data, which is Turing complete. It's similar to my previous language bOTL, but turned into Lisp. If you like languages, you'll enjoy this, and you can play with it in a live web based editor.

Thanks +John Hardy for all your help so far!!
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Cool.  Reminds me tangentially of: http://sifter.org/~simon/journal/20041021.1.h.html
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Just to provide a little more context:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/26/living/rock-climbing-baby-little-zen-monkey-feat/

She's awesome. :)
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Techno determinism: This page was not part of the adjacent possible in this techno-economic environment.
 
Good show, +Financial Times web page developers. ft.com/404

"Moral Hazard: Showing you this page would only encourage you to want more pages."

"Speculative bubble: The page never actually existed and was fundamentally impossible, but everyone bought into it in a frenzy and it's all now ending in tears."
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File this one under "Robots that make me vaguely uncomfortable". 
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"And I shall call him Mr Penis Fingers"
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Cool, yes!

I don't think the Y Combinator is famous for its practicality, just like Gödel's theorem isn't most useful as a javascript library.

Rather, it's a proof of something; that if you have higher order functions you also have recursion (even if you don't).

And if it's not obvious, I realised that Paul Graham called his company Y Combinator because he considers it to be the Y Combinator function applied to startups; take a limited startup, apply the y combinator, get the fix point of the startup (ie: blow it up to its full potential).
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This is language I devised for transforming the object structures describable by JSON; dicts, lists, simple types. It is built from the same structures, and the data is code is data. It's Turing complete; It's really an odd type of Lisp. Hopefully you find it interesting, suggestions are welcome.
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Sort of, sure, it's a transform language.
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“I’m not one of those big tree-hugging people,” he said, guiding a pickup around the OCI Solar site. “In places like this where there is nothing going on, where there is lots of land, solar makes sense.”
Companies are spending $1 billion on new projects to harvest electricity from the sun
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"I don't want to go to school," Bolduc told his parents, the crushing reality of his situation having yet to fully dawn on his naïve consciousness. "I want to play outside with my friends."

While Bolduc stood waiting for the bus to pick him up on his first day of elementary school, his parents reportedly were able to "see the wheels turning in his little brain" as the child, for the first time in his life, began to understand how dire and hopeless his situation had actually become.
CARPENTERSVILLE, IL—Local first-grader Connor Bolduc, 6, experienced the first inkling of a coming lifetime of existential dread Monday upon recognizing his cruel destiny to participate in compulsory education for the better part of the...
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The legacy of falling population and continued push into urban centers is abandoned homes in the suburbs.

I predict that in the 2020s we'll have a distributed solar revolution; automation will kill jobs, but also enable people to live with less money in places with relatively little infrastructure. They'll need access to sunlight, so cheap land away from infrastructure will be necessary.

Swathes of people will be shed from the cities, unable to find more than marginal work, unable to afford to live there. They'll move back out to the abandoned suburbs and countryside, and begin a grand experiment in a new way of semi-offgrid living, using practically inexhaustible power and automation (robots!)

In terms of this article, I think these places will be wanted again, but maybe not for 10 to 20 years.
 
Some eight million ghost homes across Japan are the most visible sign of human retreat in a country where the population is forecast to fall by a third over the next 50 years.
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    CTO & technology lead for the Training Evidence System, a cloud based, real-time big-data system for managing training and compliance related activities. Scope includes technology choices and full system architecture (rich web clients, Google AppEngine based server systems, multi-platform mobile development) as well as lead developer role for backend systems and some mobile apps.
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