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The thrilling adventures of a pioneer of computing -- now a graphic novel!
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Programming, yes. The computer, no. 
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Intel's CFO says it can keep turning out chips with less expensive transistors for a few more generations. Science says it can't go on forever.
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As striking photos of the oil spill in Vancouver's English Bay spread on social media Thursday, many voiced concerns that the sight of fuel on water will become common if B.C. becomes home to more oil pipelines.
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Wait, politicians will quit if we make fun of  them in the media and online for claiming that evolution is a fraud?  Who knew it was that easy?

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/bc-mp-quits-conservatives-says-his-christian-worldview-was-suppressed/article23709160/
In a statement explaining his decision to sit as an independent, James Lunney said he wants to place some distance between himself and the Harper government so he can “defend my beliefs” without it reflecting back on the Conservative caucus, which he made a point of framing as diverse
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Great last name!
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Has ditching the legacy and adding Cortana made for a better browser?
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Nice that it is less compatible with web standards than IE11.  Surely they will fix that before general release though.
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So here is the scenario:  Pilot goes rogue, for whatever reason.  Airplane is irrevocably connected on the Internet (actually Intranet, with necessary security features).  Airplane begins to perform in ways not aligned with logic (plenty of modern engineering tools available, such as Bayesian Belief Networks, to compute this assessment).  Ground control systems recognize the deviation and under parameters that project "something bad appears to be happening," control is taken over by those ground systems.

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/03/can-we-learn-from-germanwings/389057/
A technologist says that the day of airliners flown by remote-control is closer than we think. Is that good news or bad? Plus why it's better to be a co-pilot and other lessons from the latest crash.
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What if the flight pattern is supposed to look illogical?  What if there's a storm or something in the air to avoid that ground control can't see?
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Fascinating.  A passage that was edited out of A Wrinkle In Time (for good reason; it referred to contemporary political figures) theorizes that an obsessive desire for security in a democracy is as destructive as any totalitarian system.

http://graphics.wsj.com/documents/doc-cloud-embedder/?sidebar=1#1881486-a-wrinkle-in-time-excerpt

"...I've come to the conclusion that [the desire for security] is the greatest evil there is...  Our country has been greatest when it has been most insecure. This sick longing for security is a dangerous thing..... You can't feel it or touch it.  But it's there.... Maybe this lust for security is like a disease germ that it has let loose on this land...."

http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-new-wrinkle-in-time-1429219305
Madeleine L’Engle’s ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ has sold 14 million copies since its publication in 1962. Now, a never-before-seen passage cut from an early draft is shedding surprising light on the author’s political philosophy
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I mute on sight all Google+ posts that auto-play video content; they completely trash the CPU.

http://www.theverge.com/2015/4/10/8381447/chrome-macbook-battery-life
Google’s Chrome is the best web browser for my needs. Apple’s MacBooks are the best computers for my needs. So why is the combination of the two such a wretched and chronically compromised...
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Virginia decertifies device that used weak passwords and wasn't updated in 10 years.
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There's no reason you can't make computerized voting secure and better on every metric than current manual systems.  You just have to get people who know what they are doing involved rather than people just wanting to milk a government contract.
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It sounds like that would just break systemsetup (a user of the private API) without affecting the functioning of the API itself.
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Good; this should be a trend.  Technical conferences should be about the technology.

http://www.engadget.com/2015/04/01/rsa-bans-booth-babes/
The issue of booth babes -- scantily clad people attempting to lure unsuspecting buyers towards second-rate products -- has once again reared its head wi
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+Tau-Mu Yi​​ I agree with the goal of getting rid of sexual objectification of women in the marketing and culture. I agree that the lack of diversity in tech is harming everyone involved, and especially women. I agree that, as a field becomes more inclusive and representative, including gender balance, it results in a better space for everyone involved.

I disagree with one point here: I disagree that policing women's bodies is the solution to the above problems. It's just trading one problem for another. It's just lazy.

The rules and remediation here are focused squarely on the women, not on the people who designed, approved, and set up the booth. All the women involved are all just doing their jobs whether that's the engineer or executive in the booth, or the model hired to "attract" the customers. They are the targets of the remediation, but they did not create the offending atmosphere, yet they now bear the brunt of the enforcement. Moreover, the rules are completely subjective and open to abuse, yet because they target women generally that abuse is more likely to spill over onto women who aren't involved. As long as it's going to be entirely subjective, focus it on prohibiting a specific style of marketing, not policing women's bodies.

The RSA conference failure specifically, and tech in general, keeps putting the blame on the women. The women aren't at fault here, and this policy frames them as being the problem.

The real issue here is to get rid of the sexualized environment[1] that harms the attendees, exhibitors, and employees of the tech conference while not simultaneously blaming and slut shaming women[2]. Is it "hard" to solve? In an area like biology where gender representation is more equal, market forces discourage this kind of excessive bad behavior. In tech, we cannot rely on that and we're going to have to shim it until we have more equal representation. Eventually it may be more self correcting as it is in the biology field, but we're not there today.

This is going to happen. It may not happen this year, or it might, but this approach leads to crap like this:

I attended OSCON for the first time last year, and had some experiences that almost completely turned me off of the idea of attending this year. I was criticized to my face for wearing low necklines and skirts of a short-yet-modest length, and told that I was “sexualizing” the conference through my attire.

[1] http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Sexualized_environment
[2] http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Geek_feminist_harassment_at_OSCON
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Believe nothing you read on the Internet for the next 48 hours.

http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2015/03/google-spam.html
After reinventing Gmail with Google Inbox, Google is about to release a new invite-only service that will change the way you manage your mail. It's called Google Spam and it shows the most popular spam messages sent to Gmail ...
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If anyone's got an invite please share! I always need more spam!
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