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"Following months and months of campaigning, Congress has ultimately caved to corporate demands to hand away its own constitutional mandate over trade, and the President is expected to the sign the bill into law as early as tonight or later this week.

"Despite this defeat, our fight against undemocratic, corporate-driven trade agreements should not be counted as a failure."

I dunno, seems to me like a failure of our entire system.
The U.S. Senate has paved the way for the passage of Fast Track legislation, to give the White House and the U.S. Trade Representative almost unilateral power to negotiate and finalize secret anti-user trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
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Bernie Sanders, 2016.
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Continuing the downward slide of what was once a reputable host. :(

I would recommend no longer using SF.net to acquire software when possible (hopefully projects hosted there will have non-compromised versions hosted somewhere safe as well).  First they were bundling adware with "partners" and now they're doing it without permission at all.  Avoid them like you would avoid Download.com and any other third-party distributor, and if you must acquire something from them, exercise extreme caution.
SourceForge says account was abandoned; they were just giving it some (revenue-enhancing) love.
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Here are some migration paths for those still hosting there and needing to get off the sinking ship: https://helb.github.io/goodbye-sourceforge/
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Introducing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic

Our happiest Google+ users are those who connect with others around shared interests and passions. So we set out to give people a place to express the things they love. Today, we’re announcing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic.

Every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, providing an easy way for you to organize all the things you’re into. Each collection can be shared publicly, privately, or with a custom set of people. Once you create your first collection, your profile will display a new tab where other people can find and follow your collections.

Posts in collections you follow will appear in your Home stream, with a link to easily jump right into the collection so you can get to similar content from that author. Collections give you a great way to find more of the stuff you love from the people you follow.

Collections is available on Android and the web, and iOS is coming later. For Android users, make sure to update your Google+ app to get access to Collections.

For inspiration on interesting topics, check out our Featured Collections page here: g.co/collections

Create your collections today and share what you love.

If you have questions then also be sure to check out our Help Center content http://goo.gl/zyIVMH; if you still can’t find an answer then please post your question in the Collections subcategory. 

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Moritz & Claire
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:: sigh ::
EFF is fighting for vehicle owners’ rights to inspect the code that runs their vehicles and to repair and modify their vehicles, or have a mechanic of their choice do the work. At the moment, the anti-circumvention prohibition in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act arguably restricts vehicle inspection, repair, and modification.
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NASA images have been free by default, but private space flight is another story.
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I've been following the development of the HTML5 menu tag for a while now, and I've found it to be one of the largely ignored parts of the HTML5 spec. Unfortunately a lot of the information about HTML5 menus is for an older version of the spec.

+Mozilla Firefox has supported the older version of the spec for a while, but recently there's been some work in +Google Chrome to start supporting the current spec (albeit behind a flag). I thought I'd write about how to make pure-HTML context menus and what the current support looks like in browsers.
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Ferrofluids are liquids that become magnetized when a magnetic field is applied. They're made by suspending nanoparticles (particles only a few nanometers -- tens of atoms -- across) of magnetic materials, each coated with a substance that keeps it from clumping, in an organic solvent. When magnetized, they tend to form characteristic "hedgehog" shapes.

These were originally invented for rocket fuel: the idea was to mix these directly into liquid fuel, so that a magnetic field could pull them straight into the engine. That eliminates the mechanical pumps that are at the heart of liquid-fueled rockets, which (especially then) were the #1 source of problems. Today, they're used for all sorts of other applications: for example, they're used to create hermetic seals around rotating drive shafts, like the ones in your hard disk, since if you just magnetize the shaft a bit they'll stay in place even as things spin around. Using similar tricks, they're what keep the voice coils of your speaker cool.

Basically, you can find ferrofluids anywhere that it would be really useful to hold some liquid in a strange position as if by magic. 

And here is what happens if you take a screw, apply a magnetic field to it, and pour a ferrofluid down the top. It both lubricates the screw very precisely, and looks really neat.

You can learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferrofluid .

This image comes from http://www.reddit.com/r/interestingasfuck/comments/391q8w/ferrofluid_on_a_screw/ , and via +Kimberly Chapman
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Not to forget suspension systems of high performance sports cars... 
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We've posted a new article by Lori and Corey Cole on how Hero-U: Rogue to Redemption is both similar to, and different from, their award-winning Quest for Glory games. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/transolargames/hero-u-rogue-to-redemption/posts/1242781
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Well, it looks like my apprehension was well-founded.  The new Crash Course series on Intellectual Property has its first episode up, and it's an apologist piece for the industry which disregards legitimate criticism of the system using dismissive rhetoric and constantly justifies itself by begging the question, and even is outright dishonest in at least one fact mentioned.

So much for DFTBA, Green brothers?
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As a socially-liberal person, I usually agree with the bias in the history episodes, even though I prefer they kept their bias minimized (one can't remove it entirely).  The science videos are usually pretty safe, thankfully.  The science is usually sourced and fact-based, which helps.  Unfortunately there was the poorly-researched anti-GMO episode they posted and then took down very quickly.  Hank has semi-privately admitted to making mistakes with the sourcing and jumping to conclusions on it, but AFAIK they have never made a video retraction, nor a corrected video on the topic since.  That's a bit of an ethical disappointment to me.

As for the Copyright videos, today they posted part 2, and this one was much less infuriating to watch.  Nothing blatantly incorrect, to my knowledge. 

However, there was at least one very important omission: an episode which discusses the purpose of copyright (and at the end, asks for a conversation in the comments on the term of copyright) cannot reasonably exist without first talking about the Public Domain.  Somehow, that topic entirely escapes the episode, and the phrase is mentioned only once in passing (and implied but unnamed earlier).  Any deliberation on what an appropriate term of copyright is (once again begging the question -- something this series does a lot so far) must include an assessment of the utility and purpose of the Public Domain.
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Legendary game designer Howard Scott Warshaw talks to us about creating the E.T. videogame in just five weeks, Atari's collapse, and more.
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Aww, Patreon just acquired Subbable, and despite having a "migration" in place, they don't actually support the same subscription options that Subbable did. :/
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Also, the actual migration won't finish (since it now requires a payment option on account creation unlike Subbable) during the binding to a PayPal account.

Has "a service I use was absorbed by another company" ever turned out as a positive thing for the people using it?
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Interesting study.  The article is sadly lacking on anything but vague hints of the actual pairings (not even a single usable example!).  You'll need to read the charts in the paper itself if you want to know what they actually found.

http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1502/1502.03815.pdf
Indian food is something of an anomaly, but not for the reasons you might think.
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This article made us get Indian food tonight.  It was delicious.
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