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So Bell has been installing FIOPTICS in the neighborhood. The salesman stopped by with an offer of free installation. He claims it is fiber all the way to the house with a gigabit down and 250 up. This is different that what I've heard about FIOPTICS before which was that they did fiber to the neighborhood and copper to the house. (The copper being the limiting factor.) It's a little bit more money but I'd be tempted to switch if they these claims hold up. Right now with Time Warner the actual speeds I get are more around 30-40 meg down.

So does anyone have any experience with their real fiber their product? Are you happy with it? Do they do any weird bandwidth limiting stuff?

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This is my favorite thing so far today.
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I especially like the poster for Ceres with the manual water pump silhouetted.
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Not sure if this is so much Darwinian as it's the Roman Catholic "guiding hand" evolution. Basically the computer throws out two "tunes" that start out completely random. People vote on the one that sounds best. It then merges the best-voted pieces into a new piece, and people vote again.

In any case, the 8700th generation sounds quite good.

Would've been more interesting if people could instead submit a "survival of the fittest" algorithm that would listen and select the best pieces. And then let it run for a million generations to see if you got something quirky and interesting or just gray sludge.
Darwintunes are short musical loops that mutate and evolve as listeners vote: “the higher rated loops get to have sex and have baby loops which form the next generation, to be rated, have sex…
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So here is something interesting. Link to a site you don't like without improving there search engine ranking.
How does donotlink prevent search engines from crawling links to dubious websites, frauds or scams?
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Minor #unity3d annoyance. Most functions in the Unity library take angles in degrees but Mathf Sin, Cos etc take radians. I've been bit several times.
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Good to know. I used it in the "face the dozer to the point" code, but it didn't bite me.
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This is good near future military SciFi.
 
Oh, hey! Kindle editions of THE RED and THE TRIALS are on sale for $1.99/ea. Get the entire trilogy for $12.97. THE RED is a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2015, nominated for both the Nebula and Campbell Memorial awards. If it's been on your wish list, now's the time! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00O65X7ZU/
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It's 2 O'Clock. Do you know where your missile is?
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So if I want to locate my dog, I first create a semi-permeable membrane that allows everything but my dog to pass through. And then I simply push the entire universe through it.

Or I look to my left and say "Oh, there he is".
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I mostly agree. A lot of progress has been made in making immersive VR more accessible. What used to be $50K systems will probably be obtainable for $1K. But a lot of sensorium issues are still not solved and the experiences have to be carefully designed not to make the user puke their guts out. I don't think Occulus or Valve will flop with their offerings but it's not going to be mainstream.

I think the big winner in all this may be #CastAR. http://castar.com/
Here is a system that lets you turn any table top or wall into a 3D portal but it's not immersive so the user can still ground themselves in their physical environment. There are fewer issues with disorientation or nausea. Better yet users can still use keyboards and still can interact more naturally with other people in the room. 
This year, in lieu of the traditional Best Of Lists, we thought it would be fun to throw our editors into a draft together and just have a conversation. Chris Plante and Adi Robertson discuss how...
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This is animated if you click through
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wait - isn't Power Armour just a fursuit for people who are into robots?
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MapCrunch - Random Google Street View
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Random Google Street View - teleport to a random place in the world.

Federal Court Guts Net Neutrality Rules | Threat Level | Wired.com
www.wired.com

A federal appeals court nullified key provisions of the FCC's net neutrality rules, opening the door today to a Wild West-style of internet

Surprising new class of 'hypervelocity stars' discovered escaping the ga...
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An international team of astronomers has discovered a surprising new class of 'hypervelocity stars' – solitary stars moving fast enough to e

Robots will remain forever in the future - O'Reilly Radar
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(Note: this post first appeared on Forbes; this lightly edited version is re-posted here with permission.) We’ve watched the rising interest

Tap Less, Say More: Create iOS Keyboard Shortcuts for Common Text Messag...
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Whether it's a dinner inquiry or an arrival time request, everyone has a handful of text phrases they tap out on a daily or weekly basis. Sa

Video: Fly Over Mars Without Leaving Home - D-brief | DiscoverMagazine.com
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The Mars Express orbiter, run by the European Space Agency, has released an amazing flyover animation of the Red Planet.

The Government Shutdown Was Temporary, Its Damage to Science Permanent: ...
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Missed opportunities and gaps in data will have consequences for years to come

OSM: Spatial Manipulation Toy
www.thinkgeek.com

OSM is a unique spatial manipulation toy. It turns in or out on itself over and over, like a flowering kaleidoscope. Plus, they click apart

John le Carré: the spies who lost it - Telegraph
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The writer John le Carré believes fantasy is endemic in the spying game, whether it's a paper-pusher with a persecution complex or the deran

30 abandoned places that look truly beautiful.
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Many people didn’t even heard about these famous abandoned places. Many of these places are really amazing and magnificent, but they're also

The vanishing cost of guessing - O'Reilly Radar
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If you eat ice cream, you're more likely to drown. That's not true, of course. It's just that both ice cream and swimming happen in the summ

News Lamp | Home-made robot doing a perfect quadruple backflip.
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News Lamp · Register · Login · About · Home-made robot doing a perfect quadruple backflip. 0 votes 1 hour ago | 0 comments. Comment. Add com

Senators introduce bill to break up megabanks
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A small bipartisan group of senators on Thursday introduced legislation that would break up Wall Street's megabanks by separating traditiona

Move Over Peter Thiel, Oregon Proposes Investment Model For Student Loan...
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As college debt skyrockets to over $35,000 per student, the state of Oregon has proposed a novel investment-approach to loans: free tuition

WikiHouse's DIY kits are the open-source way to build a house (Wired UK)
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WikiHouse is the ultimate self-assembly kit: an open-source construction set that lets you build your own home from online templates

You Can’t Have It Both Ways | TechCrunch
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Gun control is control of all guns. This tautology, in a developed society, is non-negotiable. If guns can exist in our country, then gun pl

This Electric Bicycle Hits 27 MPH ... For the Price of a Motorcycle | Pl...
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Finally, an electric bike that doesn't look like a failed high school science experiment. But at what cost?

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