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From +Lawrence Lessig​: Opponents of net neutrality "are now frantically filling the tubes with FUD about the FCC's decision. But as you work through this FUD, keep one basic fact clear. Relative to practically every other comparable nation, America's broadband sucks. Seriously, sucks. Even France beats us in cost and quality. And as the genius Yochai Benkler established in the monumental report by the Berkman Center commissioned by the FCC after Obama was elected, the single most important reason our broadband sucks is the sell-out regulatory strategy of the prior decade at least. Nations that imposed neutrality-like rules beat us, in cost and quality. They have more competition, faster growth, and better access. So for anyone remotely connected to reality-based policy making, it has been clear forever that America made a wrong turn in its regulatory strategy, and that we needed an about face."

#netneutrality #FCC 
The history in Internet innovation is the story of outsiders building a better mouse trap -- kids, dropouts, and non-Americans, given a neutral platform to prove their ideas. It was neutral because it was built that way....
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Check out my ice basket ball court!
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Once the ball gets cold soaked it will be too inelastic to dribble. Just like hockey, this will all end with boxing. ;)
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Farmers, tractors and the maker movement. Who really owns that tractor, should it be legal to lock you out of the software that controls your equipment? Great to see a growing open source movement around this, allowing people to tinker with and fix their equipment.
I squatted down in the dirt and took stock of my inadequate tools. Over my left shoulder a massive John Deere tractor loomed. I came here to fix that tractor. So far, things weren’t going as planned. I’m a computer programmer by training, and a repairman by trade. Ten years ago, I started iFixit, an…
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Beautiful story from my home country, FFS let's bring a scientific perspective to more things if everything needs a religious perspective ;-) From the article, 'The Federation for Furthering Science (FFS) has promised to intervene with any and all religious issues it can find that could benefit from some “scientific perspective”.'

A classic quote from the article that made me laugh, "Many Christians believe that God is some bearded man with unfathomable dominance over everything, who can change lives on a whim and expects only unquestioning subservience. Well, that sounds just like the professor who supervised my PhD” I really miss English humour some days ;-)
Dean Burnett: If the Church can interject on scientific matters, surely scientists can interject on religious ones?
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I think it adds a great perspective
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New journal from +PeerJ for computer science, who is going to get the first preprint on there?
Award-winning Open Access publisher now publishing in the Computer Sciences. Lifetime publishing plans from $99.
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Video raising awareness around the environmental impact of the K-Cup - bringer of mediocre coffee and the end of the world!?!
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This looks interesting, and is something I might one day use. One to keep an eye on if you have C/C++ code you would like to more easily use in large map reduce runs.
Google announced on Wednesday that the company is open sourcing a MapReduce framework that will let users run native C and C++ code in their Hadoop environments. Depending on how much traction MapReduce for C, or MR4C, gets and by whom, it could turn out to be a pretty big deal. Hadoop is famously, or…
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Very excited to be workin on this, I think there are some great projects if you want to work at the intersection of open source, open science and chemistry!
 
Putting together our +Google Summer of Code proposal for GSoC 2015, wish us luck, and make sure to get your proposals submitted by the 20th. Very excited to have pulled together such a great collection of ideas from a range of open source chemistry projects!
Guidelines. The Open Chemistry project is putting together a proposal for this year's Google Summer of Code. Open Chemistry is an umbrella for projects in chemistry, materials science, biochemistry, and related areas. We intend to concentrate mainly on projects to improve Avogadro 2, cclib, ...
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Good to know Linus is back with us - I would love one of those babies at my house too. Currently tamping my own coffee like some kind of animal at home, or settling for brewed coffee.
 
Life is good.

No more living like an animal, tamping my own coffee, frothing my milk by hand.
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I prefer filtered... clever dripper or V60. Espresso is overrated :)
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Great article about creating a DevOps culture, something I am really interested in right now. From the article, "DevOps is fundamentally about adopting many of the same open source best practices. Agile. Transparency. Collaboration. Iterative fast release. Continuous integration. These come together and, over time, create an open source lifestyle and culture. They can likewise come together to make DevOps thrive."
Is DevOps fundamentally about changing culture in an IT organization? That seemingly simple question is sometimes a topic of heated debate, even though, if one dig into the details, it’s more a debate about how to think about transformation rather than a debate about the end state.
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Did John Oliver just save the Internet? Fake news shows really can have a real impact on serious issues our society faces. Great to see this enormous turnaround from what many of us feared not so long ago.
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Serious stuff from Linus, I feel for him and am glad they fixed his Jura. Keep safe out there, love my fresh espresso!
 
Here's an update on the coffee situation, because I know you've all been worried about this disaster. 

I thank people for their support in these difficult times, although I have to wonder about the kind of people who suggested using boiling water, socks and coffee grounds. I realize some people seem to drink coffee the way if comes on airplanes, but really... Let's all raise our expectations a bit. Plus, if that was the kind of coffee machine that had broken, I'd not have had to call the East coast to get it sorted out, now would I?

As others figured out, I've had a Jura superautomatic for almost fifteen years now. Not the same machine for all that time - I'm on my second one, because the first one started breaking after ten years of valiant service.

Because while I'd like to tell you that I grow and grind my own coffee and use a manual press to get the required 10+ bar of water pressure, but I'd be lying.

I enjoy the concept of being super-serious about my coffee, and roasting my own beans, and grinding them, and just being very hands-on, but at the same time, the last thing I want to do when I'm bleary-eyed in the morning is to do anything that requires hand-eye coordination and any amount of concentration. So no, the kind of coffee machine I have, I press a button, and magic happens, and it grinds the beans for me, tamps it, extracts the coffee, froths the milk, and makes me a decent latte without me having to actually ever open my eyes.

Anyway, the Jura service center is apparently in Pennsylvania, and it seems that CNN was making a bit more of the East coast trouble than was really appropriate (no, really? I'm shocked). Because while the service center -or at least the service call part - was closed due to inclement weather on Monday, on Tuesday things were up and running again, on Wednesday I had my UPS shipping label, and today I got notified that the coffee maker arrived, got fixed, and should be on its way back.

Quite impressive turnaround +JURA. Despite the apparent collapse of civilization on Monday.

But I have learnt my lesson. I now have a backup. It's not fully automatic, and I have to actually wake up enough to grind and tamp my coffee and froth my milk myself, but I am making do and feeling very Robinson Crusoe about it all.

And am now ready for the next coffeegeddon. 
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I love my espresso and have a machine at both office and home, and drool over those Juras too. Maybe after the kids are past college...
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Technical Leader at Kitware, Inc.
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    Technical Leader, 2012 - present
  • Kitware, Inc.
    R&D Engineer, 2009 - 2012
  • University of Pittsburgh
    Postdoctoral Fellow, 2007 - 2009
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Physicist, chemist, scientific visualization technical leader at Kitware.
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I work at Kitware, where my job involves developing open source, cross platform scientific visualization, pre and post processing code (mainly in C++, OpenGL, Qt) for scientific visualization. Strong believer in open science, open data and open source and proud member of Blue Obelisk. Everything posted is my opinion (may or may not coincide with my company, significant other, animal guide, etc).

I work on Open Chemistry software, such as Avogadro as well as other open source toolkits and applications VTK, ParaView, CMakeKDE and several other open source projects. My Ph.D. and degree are both in physics, with a large component of materials engineering. Working hard to improve the quality and openness of open source scientific software, specifically chemistry related software such as Avogadro and 2D charting/plotting in VTK.

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"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." Albert Einstein.

“I believe the simplest explanation is, there is no God. No one created the universe and no one directs our fate. This leads me to a profound realization that there probably is no heaven and no afterlife either. We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe and for that, I am extremely grateful.” Stephen Hawking.
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My office door was a TARDIS (and it was bigger on the inside)!
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  • University of Sheffield
    Physics (Ph.D.), 2003 - 2007
  • University of Sheffield
    Physics, 2000 - 2003
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Too salty, expensive, better places around. For the price I expect much better, the vindaloo lacked potato despite the menu stating it would be there, the sauce was too thick and too salty. Wouldn't go back, or recommend. Asked for very spicy, was barely medium.
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