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"If debt had been more equally distributed then the decline in consumption would have been less dramatic and the recession would have been less devastating." http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/05/house-of-debt/371282/
It was how that debt was disproportionately distributed to America’s most economically fragile communities.
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That graphic is awesome.
Here’s a simple truth: the internet has radically changed the world. Over the course of the past 20 years, the idea of networking all the world’s computers has gone from a research science pipe...
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"They found that students who agreed that “You can always greatly change how intelligent you are” got higher grades. But as Richard Nisbett recounts in his book Intelligence and How to Get It, they did something even more remarkable:
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Dweck and her colleagues then tried to convince a group of poor minority junior high school students that intelligence is highly malleable and can be developed by hard work…that learning changes the brain by forming new…connections and that students are in charge of this change process.
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The results? Convincing students that they could make themselves smarter by hard work led them to work harder and get higher grades. The intervention had the biggest effect for students who started out believing intelligence was genetic. (A control group, who were taught how memory works, showed no such gains.)"

http://qz.com/139453/theres-one-key-difference-between-kids-who-excel-at-math-and-those-who-dont/
“I’m just not a math person.” We hear it all the time. And we've had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably are a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. Worse, you...
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NSFWcorp is an awesome publication. Consider subscribing! Seven bucks a month gets you their print edition, with well-written, funny long-form journalism about all kinds o' stuff.
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The UCI is looking reeeeally sheisty about now. And Lance can get stuffed.
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Joss Whedon endorses Romney: bring on the zombie apocalypse! You'll want to stick with pals who know Parkourr... "unless they read Ayn Rand." Whedon On Romney …
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I laughed at this so hard.

Money quote: "See those tiny numbers Reporters? Those are footnotes. They are used to add credibility to your posts when you make bold Claims and Facts."
It's that time again. Google Plus Ghost Town from the media and reporters. This round is brought to you because Vic Gundotra (the guy behind the Google plus project) announced today that he would be leaving Google. Vic is a great guy and I'm sure ...
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The packet capture shown in these new NSA slides shows internal database replication traffic for the anti-hacking system I worked on for over two years. Specifically, it shows a database recording a user login as part of this system:

http://googleblog.blogspot.ch/2013/02/an-update-on-our-war-against-account.html

Recently +Brandon Downey, a colleague of mine on the Google security team, said (after the usual disclaimers about being personal opinions and not speaking for the firm which I repeat here) - "fuck these guys":

https://plus.google.com/108799184931623330498/posts/SfYy8xbDWGG

I now join him in issuing a giant Fuck You to the people who made these slides. I am not American, I am a Brit, but it's no different - GCHQ turns out to be even worse than the NSA.

We designed this system to keep criminals out. There's no ambiguity here. The warrant system with skeptical judges, paths for appeal, and rules of evidence was built from centuries of hard won experience. When it works, it represents as good a balance as we've got between the need to restrain the state and the need to keep crime in check. Bypassing that system is illegal for a good reason.

Unfortunately we live in a world where all too often, laws are for the little people. Nobody at GCHQ or the NSA will ever stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process. In the absence of working law enforcement,  we therefore do what internet engineers have always done - build more secure software. The traffic shown in the slides below is now all encrypted and the work the NSA/GCHQ staff did on understanding it, ruined.

Thank you Edward Snowden. For me personally, this is the most interesting revelation all summer.
New documents reveal exactly how the Post was able to determine that the NSA was peeking inside the Google and Yahoo's cloud network.
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I really enjoyed this explanation of the debt ceiling in cartoon form. 
http://www.themorningnews.org/article/the-debt-ceiling
Everything you need to know—in cartoon form—about debt-ceiling fiascos, from McKinley’s war with Spain to Obama getting punk’d.
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Hey +Google; don't be evil. :P
Microsoft has replaced its good YouTube app with its bad one to keep Google happy.
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People keep talking about how "the scientists were not on trial for failing to predict an earthquake." And yet:

Say what you will about whether the seven adequately did their job in mitigating against the disaster, but convicting them of manslaughter? That is what makes this case so egregious. If you look up a definition of manslaughter (and it varies from country to country), this likely falls under the criminally negligent variety, where “a defendant intentionally puts himself in a position where he will be unaware of facts which would render him liable.” This suggests that the seven on trial caused the 308 deaths from the l’Aquila earthquake by ignoring the facts presented.

This matches part of what the scientists were on trial for, and being accused of "ignoring the facts" is essentially being accused of doing poor science, and we're right back at failing to predict an earthquake.

At the end of the day, guess how many Italian seismologists are going to come to your panel next time you have a big batch of mini-tremors. That's right: zero. Good work!

(Check +Jason Goldman 's stream for another article on the other side of the fence)
 
But also The Verdict of the l’Aquila Earthquake Trial Sends the Wrong Message by +erik klemetti at WIRED Science

...This doesn’t mean they got a “prediction” wrong, but rather that they didn’t fully understand the risk for l’Aquila, thus put people’s lives in danger. However, this whole trial, in its misguided attempt to find someone to blame for a blameless geologic event, sends the wrong message about how to deal with hazard assessment and mitigation.
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