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After autopilot cars, we will have autopilot mode for walking!
 
Your GPS could soon electrically stimulate your legs to move in a certain direction…because that is how lazy humanity has apparently become.

Seriously, what could go wrong?
Next generation navigation services could tell you where to walk via electrodes on your thighs.
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Browser's fingerprint
Modern browsers are really awesome, I use my Firefox to organise, store and read research papers, manage calenders, listen to radio, run codes in IPython notebooks and so on. In short, if there was some way i could embed my terminal and emacs inside firefox window, firefox will become a complete OS!!

At the same time, I dislike privacy infringing addons and tools which take away data or information from my machine, so I take some extra effort to make sure all the addons are free softwares and try to understand what data they send to their servers.

Paradox is that, more you try to customise your browser for privacy, more unique your browser's fingerprint becomes. Browser's fingerprint is all the capabilities and configurations of your browser any website can extract when you visit them. Which is all they need to uniquely identify you in this wast ocean of internet users. Disabling cookies or using proxy IPs becomes essentially meaningless since your browser alone has very unique fingerprints.
A nice article on Browser fingerprint uniqness by EFF : https://panopticlick.eff.org/browser-uniqueness.pdf

You can get your browser tested for uniqueness here: https://panopticlick.eff.org/
My browser has "at least 22.3 bits of identifying information." which pretty much makes it unique in the world. Goodbye to privacy :(
Is your browser configuration rare or unique? If so, web sites may be able to track you, even if you limit or disable cookies. Panopticlick tests your browser to see how unique it is based on the information it will share with sites it visits. Click below and you will be given a uniqueness score ...
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ALL TEN PLAGUES in one convenient blog post: http://blog.ninapaley.com/2015/03/22/the-ten-plagues-of-egypt/ That's about 12 minutes of Seder-Masochism animation, for your Passover pleasure.
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Good news: we're beating Ebola!

Today Liberia released its last Ebola patient after a week without any new cases of the virus.

Bad news is loud.  Good news comes quietly.  If you forget this, you'll think the world is always getting worse.  It's not.  When it gets better, people don't yell about it.

I got this graph from The Economist, and you can see more charts there:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2015/03/ebola-graphics

The news about Liberia is here:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-31744616

There were 132 new cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone in the week before March 1st.   A World Health Organization spokesman said
"We have to get down to zero in all three countries before we can consider this thing beaten."

#ebola  
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The power of Occam's Razor!
Recent Comments. Bunny on #250: Empiricist Man; chaospet on #248: The Ultimate Excuse; ben on #248: The Ultimate Excuse; chaospet on #250: Empiricist Man; E.L.F. on #250: Empiricist Man. Latest Comics. #250: Empiricist Man · #249: Robots… from Mars!! #248: The Ultimate Excuse · #247: Useless ...
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Hahaha! This is awesome! Resharing it!
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We don't say "I runned a marathon," but why not? Regardless of how they started, irregular verbs seem to persist, despite the continual influence of children, who prefer regular verbs. A new model shows that irregular verbs can continue based entirely on the interactions of speakers, and it also reproduces the observed patterns of regular and irregular verbs.
Interaction among speakers of a language may explain why frequently used verbs tend to remain irregular even as language evolves over generations.
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Yes. True
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Sorry for the delay in reply. I shall try to summarise for all the points below.
I completely agree with you for real world physically different services to have different charges. For example, to transport coal, what i need is a goods train, and to transport people what i need is a passenger train. There is an actuall physical difference in the service we are getting, and hence it is justifiable to be charged differently. This is also true if you are getting an electric connection. The load capacity, power up time, etc are different whether you are taking a commercial connection or a domestic.
Those things should not be confused with non-neutrality, they are physically different payments for physically different services!

Internet, on the otherhand doesnot work that way. It is not like a TV broadcast, nor like an electricity supply. The data packets you send and receive are in every physical way similar. The bandwidth, location and the uptime are the only three criteria which defines an internet connection service. So I am okay with ISPs charging me based on those criteria. But creating artificial discrimination between data packets is unacceptable and that is what i call non-neutrality.
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Behold, thy lord LHC hath risen!
Bow down before these holy giant magnets, for it will soon start smashing protons at 13 TeV!!

http://home.web.cern.ch/about/updates/2015/04/proton-beams-are-back-lhc
 
Happy Rebirth of the #LHC Day! Because Science!
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Well, for starters Faster-than-light neutrino was in OPERA experiment. That is a joint experiment between CERN and LNGS. 
In experiments, you get anomalies very commonly, once in  a while, you get really difficult one which you wouldn't be able to explain easliy, so it is common to discuss with wider physics community using arXiv. Which is all they did (they emphasised this many times in their draft and presentation). It is not like they published a peer reviewed result as truth in some journal. So in my opinion, it is very wrong to call every experiment conducted by CERN to be fake. That too for a mistake, which any one could have made in such large complicated experimental physics.

Now, the second argument,  Whether it is worth all the money spent on it, is a different question. With my limited particle physics knowledge, i simply don't know.
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Nice illustrated explanation of GR superhero!

H/t to +mandar patil 
An interactive comic you don’t need superpowers to understand
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Never knew Tug-of-war can be this dangerous when the rope snaps and releases all its potential energy!
 
Tug-of-war (വടംവലി) is a dangerous game that has killed and maimed participants :-o

Source: https://what-if.xkcd.com/127/
Ignore simple physics and your appendage could be amputated by a tug of war rope.
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The number of children living at the al-Amal Institute for Orphans has nearly doubled since the 2014 war.
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@Robin: I was planning to give you a surprise visit to Jaipur today  as I came to Delhi for a short visit. But bad weather yesterday caused me to cancel the plan - visibility was less than 20 mts even in city and my host advised me not to take the risk on bus at this time. Shall do it next time. Hope everyone is doing good.
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