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"Most shocking is the code that fingerprints users who visit Linux Journal, the website of a monthly magazine for enthusiasts of the open-source operating system. The comments in the NSA’s code suggest that the NSA thinks Linux Journal is an "extremist forum," where people advocate for Tails. The only religious wars in the Linux Journal are between the devoted users of vi and emacs."
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How unexpected.
 
Oh look, the small government party at work!
Hey, remember Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), the guy who threw needless layers of bureaucracy at SpaceX because the private space company was doing its job of launching rockets into space a little too well? Well, it looks like he’s being joined by gentlemen from the other side of the Capitol:...
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Happy 2015! It's already party time here in NZ :-D
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Whether you find this article biased or not depends (I suspect) upon the definition of individualist or collectivist that is intended by the author.

Perhaps the author is using 'individualist' to mean someone who cares only about their own welfare (i.e. 'selfish') whereas I consider 'individualist' to simply be a description one who recognises where agency and responsibility lie.
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I actually can't decide whether this is a spoof or not. The article is so extraordinarily, well, wrong that it would be amazing to think that anyone would put their name to it in seriousness.
Any third grader could tell you that the reality of the free market is a farce, but that doesn't stop well-educated people from buying into its mythology.
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Just a bit less ordered. Like it.
 
I don't want a religious person talking at my funeral, I want a physicist to speak at my funeral You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got.

And at one point you'd hope that the physicist would step down from the pulpit and walk to your brokenhearted spouse there in the pew and tell him/her that all the photons that ever bounced off your face, all the particles whose paths were interrupted by your smile, by the touch of your hair, hundreds of trillions of particles, have raced off like children, their ways forever changed by you. And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let him/her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her/his eyes, that those photons created within her/him constellations of electromagnetically charged neurons whose energy will go on forever.

And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. There may be a few fanning themselves with their programs as he says it. And he will tell them that the warmth that flowed through you in life is still here, still part of all that we are, even as we who mourn continue the heat of our own lives.

And you'll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. Let them know that they can measure, that scientists have measured precisely the conservation of energy and found it accurate, verifiable and consistent across space and time. You can hope your family will examine the evidence and satisfy themselves that the science is sound and that they'll be comforted to know your energy's still around. According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone; you're just less orderly.


-- Written by NPR commentator Aaron Freeman, and it's a gem!
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Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live. #Programming #Quote
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