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This is an animation of DNA replication by DNA polymerase and accurately shows the function of all its subunits.

Source: http://youtu.be/OjPcT1uUZiE

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Just stumbled upon these very cool online tools for webdesigners : https://quirktools.com/
Very clean prototyping tool and best responsive design testing tools I have seen ever!
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The Business Habits of Highly Effective Terrorists
Jacob Shapiro, Foreign Affairs

// The money quote has got to be: "What is true for Walmart is true for al Qaeda".

// See also, Gary Brecher's excellent It Aint Easy Being A Jihadi Middle Manager, here: https://plus.google.com/102162793011751589081/posts/Nzu97zJuaDR and Shapiro's new book, The Terrorist's Dilemma: Managing Violent Covert Organizations, which has moved to the top of my 'to-purchase' queue.

In addition to being a ruthless jihadist, Ayman al-Zawahiri long ago earned a reputation for being a terrible boss. When he took over al Qaeda in 2011, senior U.S. intelligence officials were already pointing out his penchant for micro-management. (In one instance in the 1990s, he reached out to operatives in Yemen to castigate them for buying a new fax machine when their old one was working just fine.)

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But few of Zawahiri’s many critics have paused to consider what the task of leading a terror organization actually entails. It is true that Zawahiri’s management style has made his organization vulnerable to foreign intelligence agencies and provoked disgruntlement among the terrorist rank and file, not to mention drawing last week’s drone strikes. But it is equally true that Zawahiri had few other options.

Given that terrorists are, by definition, engaged in criminal activity, you would think that they would place a premium on secrecy. But historically, many terrorist groups have been meticulous record keepers. Members of the Red Brigades, an Italian terrorist group active in the 1970s and early 1980s, report having spent more time accounting for their activities than actually training or preparing attacks. From 2005 through at least 2010, senior leaders of al Qaeda in Iraq kept spreadsheets detailing salary payments to hundreds of fighters, among many other forms of written records. And when the former military al Qaeda military commander Mohammed Atef had a dispute with Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar, an explosives expert for the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, in the 1990s, one of his complaints was that Umar failed to turn in his receipts for a trip he took with his family. 

Such bureaucracy makes terrorists vulnerable to their enemies. But terrorists do it anyway. In part, that is because large-scale terror plots and extended terror campaigns require so much coordination that they cannot be carried out without detailed communication among the relevant actors and written records to help leaders track what is going on. 

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Terrorist leaders also face a stubborn human resources problem: Their talent pool is inherently unstable. Terrorists are obliged to seek out recruits who are predisposed to violence -- that is to say, young men with a chip on their shoulder. Unsurprisingly, these recruits are not usually disposed to following orders or recognizing authority figures. Terrorist managers can craft meticulous long-term strategies, but those are of little use if the people tasked with carrying them out want to make a name for themselves right now. [...] Recruiting only the most zealous will not do the trick, because, as the alleged chief of the Palestinian group Black September wrote in his memoir, “diehard extremists are either imbeciles or traitors.”

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So someone in Zawahiri’s position has his hands full: To pull off a major attack, he needs to coordinate among multiple terrorists, track what his operatives are doing regardless of their intentions, and motivate them to follow orders against their own maverick instincts. 
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If you could share a song or a movie, the way you can share a book...

If you love it, you could have a special person experience it.
If that person loves it, she cannot just re-lend it, she may purchase two: one for herself, and one to lend to someone else.

Our species needs good DRM.

Also, being digital copies, there should only be one, at the highest quality. If I buy a movie now, I would like to keep my library updated when the next HD format comes around.

Wouldn't you still watch your old VHS if you could pull them into your tablet, for example?

This is where Apple iTunes has a huge advantage over PlayStation: I have to download a copy and when my device runs out of space, it has to be backed up into what, USB drives? A hard drive? It may be an advantage over carrying around boxes of movies, but cloud storage clearly trumps it.
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Well, yes. I just didn't want to call you out specifically because its pretty obvious
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