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Boulder has a reputation for being a strange little bubble well isolated from reality.  But this event looks to take things to an entirely new level.

My only question is: what were they thinking when they scheduled this at the same time as the kernel summit?  What a shame that I have to be out of town when all these folks are here...
A herd of Republican presidential hopefuls will make a rare trip deep into the People's Republic of Boulder when the University of Colorado hosts an economy-themed GOP debate this fall. The debate, titled "Your Money, Your Vote: The Presidential Debate on the Economy," is scheduled for the evening of Oct. 28 in the Coors Event Center and will focus on economic issues such as jobs, taxes, the deficit and the health of the U.S. economy.
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+Jim Gettys, my understanding is that such beam-crossing is how they created Donald Trump. Well, either that or something involving lightning and sentient hairpieces...
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This looks like a really good day not to be traveling. 

It sure would be nice if Denver had a bit more competition so I could be appalled by a different airline every now and then.
United Airlines has grounded all flights due to a reported issue with the automation systems.
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No, it was not a good day return home from vacation thru Houston.
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So today I learned that Git doesn't fsync() data to disk by default.  As Ted points out in the linked message, the chances of actually losing data as a result are quite small, but repository hassles can still result from a poorly timed crash.  Since "repository hassles" are pretty low on the list of things I want to deal with in any given day, I've concluded that setting core.fsyncobjectfiles makes a fair amount of sense.
On Sun, Jun 21, 2015 at 03:07:41PM +0200, Richard Weinberger wrote: > > I was then shocked to learn that ext4 apparently has a default > > setting that allows it to truncate files upon power failure > > (something about a full journal vs a fast journal or some such) s/ext4/all modern file ...
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+Linus Torvalds "rebase a big patch-series" is basically the workload where I'm idling a lot while git is busy (despite i7, 32 GiB of RAM, and SSD), so I wouldn't be unhappy if performance can be improved there.
Would it make sense to manually install the latest version? Ubuntu 14.04 LTS still has git version 1.9.1.
Thanks!
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Eldorado Canyon state park, just outside of Boulder, yesterday.
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It's beautiful country
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Be very afraid.
The ducks that normally congregate on Boulder Creek might have company from some man-made friends flocking toward freedom.
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The Story About Ping (flooding)?
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They put up a big building near one of my favorite dog-walking places. But I find it hard to get too upset, somehow.
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+Jonathan Corbet Perfect :-)
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So, +Amazon.com : Why is it that you think it's cool for the Kindle app to throw "try Kindle Unlimited" ads at me via notifications?  That's the sort of behavior that will have the app uninstalled and my ebook purchases going elsewhere.

Today I learned that you can long-press on a notification and get the option to silence the offending app henceforth.  I have now done so; thanks, Android folks, for providing that capability.  But it's really annoying to have to use it; to me, it shows a fundamental lack of respect on Amazon's part toward its customers.
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I use the Kindle app on my iPhone and have not seen this.  I don't have Prime.
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I meant to post this before; I listened to this talk on a recent flight and was pretty well amazed.  The Long Now talks are almost invariably excellent, but this is one of the better ones IMO.
 
VIdeo of +Neil Gaiman's Seminar is now up on longnow.org for all to enjoy. Plus the audio version and +Stewart Brand's summary. A master storyteller tells "How Stories Last".
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Most excellent. Thanks for the very interesting pointer.
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I've given talks in some interesting places, but this will be my first experience speaking inside a UFO.
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Oh and here I was, convinced you had arrived on Earth in one of those :)
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Every now and then I wonder what I'm missing by skipping out on the whole twitter thing.  Now I know.
We’re excited to introduce installed app category targeting: a new tool that enables app advertisers to reach users based on the categories of apps they have installed on their device, or in ...
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Now there are a few simple cut/paste things that a webmaster can do to help move users out of malvertising space (on the regular web, can't help you within Twitter/Facebook/whatever) --  http://blog.aloodo.org/misc/site-request/
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So I have yet another kernel panel to run in a couple of days.  I can certainly come up with a set of questions to keep these folks talking, but I was wondering: does anybody have any good ideas for novel questions for this group?  Panelists are Greg KH, Masami Hiramatsu, Chris Mason, and Tim Bird.
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+Neil Brown : No, they don't appear to have taken video of any of the sessions here.  Too bad, I thought it was one of the more interesting panels.  +Nathan Willis was in the audience, perhaps he'll write it up :)
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This is truly ingenious: make life for the poor suck even more while redirecting a big chunk of their benefits to the banks.  Makes me proud to be an American.
In its crackdown on the supposed misuse of benefits, the state may cost itself federal funding.
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Kansas : the state that have us Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell.
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