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An excellent keynote on DevOps (Chef Style DevOps Kung fu). The presentation can be found https://github.com/chef/devops-kungfu
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It's pretty amazing what you can get done in a browser nowadays. 
 
Realistic looking ocean waves rendered in any modern web browser at 60 frames/sec. Well, it's only about 10 frames/sec on mine, but otherwise does look like water.
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The result of an independent journalistic investigation on the downed civilian plane last year. Long, but very interesting read, available in German, English and Russian (see links in the original post).
 
MH17 was downed by a BUK launched by Russians operating near Shnizne

They don't say this lightly. They worked on this for a long time. They went over a lot of evidence, interviewed a lot of local people and present their findings including a lot of detail. Correct!v, Algemeen Dagblad and Der Spiegel are convinced:

"MH17 was downed by a ground-launched BUK missile – launched by a unit of the 53rd Russian Air Defense Brigade from Kursk."

"There is no doubt: on the afternoon of July 17th 2014 a BUK took position in the little mining town of Snizhne, a territory controlled by Russian separatists."

"There is little doubt: it was the 53rd Russian air defense brigade from Kursk that took position in Snizhne in eastern Ukraine on that fateful afternoon."

"The man hesitates. Then he starts to talk: “They shot it down. The missile flew from here. We saw it, as it flew.”

"To recap: After the destruction of MH17, a BUK launch pad that was missing one missile drove from Snizhne towards the Russian border."

Via +Andrew Cathrow and +SPIEGEL ONLINE

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https://mh17.correctiv.org/english/

Russian:
https://mh17.correctiv.org/mh17-hauptgeschichte-russian/

German:
https://mh17.correctiv.org/
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Watch the comic strip while listening to the song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLgYAHHkPFs
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Just read the description to our html/css course. Starting soon, in shaa Allaah. Sounds very promising ... and thanks in advance.
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An excellent video about climate change from +Veritasium 
 
13 Misconceptions About Global Warming

Usually it goes like that: You post something remotely related to climate change or global warming and the bashing in the comments starts. Is it real? Is it imagination? 

Although most scientists agree that climate change is real, some of course don't. That's just normal and not a problem in itself. But it seems climate change denial is getting promoted for various reasons. 

If you look up 'Climate change denial' in Wikipedia you'll find this definition here: Climate change denial is a denial or dismissal of the scientific consensus on the extent of global warming, its significance, and its connection to human behavior, especially for commercial or ideological reasons. Typically, these attempts take the rhetorical form of legitimate scientific debate, while not adhering to the actual principles of that debate. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Climate_change_denial

And for that reason it is important to get rid of misconceptions about climate change so people don't get fooled by those trying to deny it. This video does an excellent job on that topic.

Once again I recommend this website: http://climate.nasa.gov/ Good starting point to get some information about climate change

If you liked that video, you may also want to take a look at his YouTube channel, Veritasium, for more entertaining videos about science. https://www.youtube.com/user/1veritasium

#science   #climatechange   #globalwarming  
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A very seasonal webapp - create a snowflake by typing. Also a very effective productivity killer. You have been warned!
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We all need a visit from #nonjudgementalninja  once in while.

Thanks to +Wil Wheaton and autocorrect (not necessarily in that order).
Earlier this week, uber nerd and geek royalty Wil Wheaton posted a link to his blog which introduced the interwebs to Non-Judgmental Ninja. What happened next was magical.
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Infrastructure. If anything exciting happens, we've done it wrong.
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For the want of a sausage sandwich...
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Video of the first attempted landing of a SpaceX rocket on a barge. It was so unbelievably close, I am looking forward to the next launch and landing attempt.
On top of this amazing video I also have to mention the best (IMHO) comments from reddit - (https://www.reddit.com/r/spacex/comments/2sn5n9/crs_5_crash_video/) about this video:

Possible hater clickbait headlines:
"Watch SpaceX's Catastrophic Rocket Launch!"
"SEVEN REASONS WHY ELAN MUSKS HATES BARGES!"
Another SpaceX rocket explodes!
5 REAL DANGERS OF SPACE TRAVEL, YOU'LL NEVER BELIEVE WHAT MUSK SAYS!
"BREAKING : NASA EXPLODES ANOTHER ROCKET, ISS ASTRONAUTS SLOWLY STARVING"

Redditors humanising the rocket and it's parts:
Wow. It's just trying its little heart out to make it the X... This brought a tear to my eye...
Fins: Guys! I got nothing! Computer: Maybe we should abort. Merlin: Fuck that! I'm going in! Computer: Boss is gonna be pissed if you break his boat. Merlin: He said "Hit the X", I'm hitting the damn X! Boss: Good job!
Merlin: The boss said hit the X, he didn't specify hit the X vertically
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There mere fact that it hit the barge at all is an engineering miracle.
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Nice to see the positive feedback of the program. From the article:

In January 2014, in collaboration with AT&T and the educational organization Udacity, [GaTech] introduced the Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS) — a degree from a No. 9-ranked computer science graduate program at one of America’s top 10 public universities — all for just an approximate cost of $6,600.

Despite the many skeptics, one year later the program is in full swing, with about 2,000 students enrolled. And there’s glowing feedback to go along with the impressive enrollment.
It was last spring when Georgia Tech rocked the higher ed world. In January 2014, in collaboration with AT&T and the educational organization Udacity, it introduced the Online Master of Science in Computer Science (OMSCS) — a degree from a No. 9-ranked computer science graduate program at one of ...
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The OMSCS program is both affordable and awesome! 
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An astronomically correct version of children's song from MinutePhysics author +Henry Reich, inspired by this comic - http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3304
 
I'm SUPER EXCITED to announce my new video and first Children's Book, Astronomically Correct Twinkle Twinkle, a collaboration with +Zach Weiner of SMBC Comics and illustrator +Chris Jones .

Please watch and share with all science-minded parents you know!
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Interesting study indeed. The original site is also worth looking at - http://language.media.mit.edu/visualizations/books

It has an interactive visualisation (instead of the small static image used in the article), as well as an option to download the datasets used in the study. You know, in case you want to analyse the data from different perspective.
 
This is a really interesting study on languages. It shows languages linked by bilingualism: specifically, by books translated between languages, multilingual tweeters, and multilingual Wikipedia editors. This measures "elite" bilingualism, of course -- among people who write and communicate -- but as the article points out, these are the same groups which are key to how information is transmitted around the world, and so this is actually a good way to understand which languages act as "hubs," both globally and between particular cultures.

You won't be surprised that English is the biggest hub language, but others are more surprising. Chinese is actually fairly low down on the list: while many people speak it, its speakers are far more disjoint from other languages. German, French, Spanish, Italian, and Russian are far larger hubs -- as, perhaps more interestingly, are Malay and Portuguese on Twitter. (Twitter, being a somewhat more "demotic" medium than books or Wikipedia, may be a better indication of mass-public bilingualism) 

There are plenty of other goodies in this, and the linked article tells you many of the goodies. If you want all the details, you can read the full paper at http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/12/11/1410931111.full.pdf .

h/t to +Bruno Gonçalves, both for the link and for being one of the authors of the paper.
New method of measuring cultural transmission suggests some tongues spread ideas better than others
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Geek, gamer, science and science fiction fan.

The most important word for me is "interesting". And almost everything becomes interesting if you learn enough about it.

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