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Google tried again to switch me to their new, super-red, broken G+.  Fortunately the "Return to non-broken G+" button exists still, but for how long?

They still haven't fixed the lack of Circles management in that mode (I checked before swapping back). 

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"[...] code review has been incredibly valuable to me during my career. In fact, I would recommend code review over any other practice or technology as the single most effective way to incrementally increase the quality of any given codebase. And the DVCS implementation of code review – the pull request – is a particularly amazing tool."

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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.

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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 .

This image comes from , and via +Kimberly Chapman
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Continuing the downward slide of what was once a reputable host. :(

I would recommend no longer using 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 and any other third-party distributor, and if you must acquire something from them, exercise extreme caution.

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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.

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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:

Create your collections today and share what you love.

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

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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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