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+Thomas Charron posted this the other day...  reposting to boost the signal.

The Posthuman Project: Official Trailer #2
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Never again am I buying a laptop with the power plug on the back. I just nearly broke my 3rd adapter.
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If you don't follow Bruce yet, you really should.
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Less blunt version: The BBC Trust has looked at its coverage of science and concluded that there was a problem: when news and current affairs presenters are covering science issues and don't have enough knowledge of what's going on, they may create false impartiality by "presenting the views of tiny and unqualified minorities as if they have the same weight as the scientific consensus."

More blunt version, from our friends at The Telegraph: "stop inviting cranks onto science programmes."

There's a lot more in here, because simply telling reporters not to do that is useless if they don't have a way to know when one side is a nutty fringe group and when there's a genuine lack of consensus. The BBC has been sending its executives to workshops, talking to wide ranges of experts in many fields, and creating long-term channels for BBC reporters and executives to have access to a genuinely wide range of experts. (Full report: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/assets/files/pdf/our_work/science_impartiality/trust_conclusions.pdf

Overall, I'd say this is a great move on the BBC's part, and now I only hope that many other news organizations around the world follow suit.

h/t +Christine Paluch.
The BBC Trust published an update on an years-old report questioning the "over-rigid application of editorial guidelines on impartiality" in science reporting. Or, as the Telegraph put it, they were told to "stop inviting cranks onto science programmes." Which seems slightly harsh.
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Native Python in the browser, no server necessary.

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I think the chrome dev env has git already.
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This stuff is cool. I wish I understood how to do this myself.
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Hm. Protocol Buffers look interesting, but the default Python code generation isn't terribly pythonic.
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"The teen abortion rate dropped by 35 percent from 2009 to 2012 in counties served by the program, according to the state's estimates."

Want to reduce abortion? Provide women with functional, effective, cheap or free birth control. IUDs are a great start.
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And not unexpected.
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"OK, the IRS is just off its rocker. According to their logic, if I assemble and give away hammers and screwdrivers to homeless people, and those homeless people use those tools to earn money, then my assemble-and-give-away operation cannot be considered charitable."
 
More news on the IRS and FOSS.  Yorba was denied 501(c)(3) status in part because its license does not forbid commercial use, they don't require copyright assignment, and the world isn't a community.
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Turn it into a religion... The paperwork is easier.
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