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I don't know.  I think plans help.  Wishing you had made better plans is more like it.
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What is Uber-level work?

Do work-for-hire online services simply reduce more people to the level of workers standing on the street corners waiting for a task? Instead of waiting for a car to drive by, they wait for a ping on their app. 

The supposed efficiencies of these services derive from costs savings imposed on the workers -- lack of insurance, lack of employer contributions to payroll tax, lack of retirement plans, lack of job stability -- much of which will later be picked up by taxpayers, much as taxpayers subsidize the likes of McDonald's and Wal-Mart. 

Shouldn't we stop subsidizing McDonald's and Wal-Mart instead of adding subsidies for Lyft, Dash, Uber et al? 

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The first manned drone flight.   This took place in Karlsruhe, Germany in October 2011.   The controlled flight lasted 90 seconds.  It's like the Wright brothers all over again.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multirotor
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+Li Lightfoot we have a winner!


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First of all, it is immediately obvious that this is not Paris, as the original poster misidentifies it.   I know Paris tolerably well, and no part of Paris looks like that scene.    

The pub sign locates the correct country immediately.   This is an English street scene, confirmed by the appearance of the £ symbol on the menu board.  The bountiful hanging flowers suggest that the town is possibly Bath.   A deduction strongly supported by the plentiful limestone buildings.

A close inspection of the pub sign reveals the name "Garrick Head".  Google maps places this pub in the middle of Bath, England.   http://bit.ly/1KsTLgT
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+Peter van der Linden, yes, that's true -- it's a technique that was outdated by the time Paris was redesigned.
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A lot of people believe this is a real working hoverboard.
I'm not convinced.  If you think it is real, why?  What convinces you?

This looks much more like footage of e.g. other hoaxes like bigfoot, than it resembles footage of other record-breaking events, like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Jh5xT4Or8M
Funny, Marty McFly was supposed to do that in October
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A proper hovercraft skirt would be helpful, at the cost of giving up hovering very high.
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Where can I get a set of these "tree grippers"!?
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+Peter van der Linden Its been in use in coastal India for ages. Honestly, experienced coconut pluckers in India climb the trees faster with their bare hands !
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Hmmm.  I just noticed that I have the same motorbike as George Clooney in The Fantastic Mr Fox.   OK, his has the later, and despised, snowflake wheels, but mine has telescopic rear suspension.  Which I am sure his lacks purely due to artistic differences.  There's no mistaking the BMW boxer engine.
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In his profile photo, he does actually have dashing whiskers!
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Then I learned that you can still buy crash test dummy action figures, but they have become $60  "collectibles".

They also make a good full size costume party outfit.  So you can dress up like a crash test dummy while gloating over your crash test dummy portfolio.
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New prime minister in the UK thinks it is a good idea to hold a vote on whether the UK should pull out of the EU.   This is an insane suggestion.  He's pandering to the nutty fringe.
EU citizens living in the UK will not be eligible to vote in the
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Scotland = deflection
EU nationals not allowed to vote = deflection
Renegotiation of membership = deflection

Let's just have the vote and get on with it whatever the result.
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How the media functions today.
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Nerd visits all nodes in a directed cyclic graph in record-breaking time!
Student Matthew Ahn takes on the sprawling New York City Subway system in a 21 hour dash for record glory.
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You know, it just occurred to me that anti-pasta might not be all against pasta, as previously assumed. 

It might mean before pasta.   I wish I could find a photo of a "mind blown" Keanu Reeves to go with this thought.
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Hm, so because I learned Latin and Italian it never occured to me to read it as Greek. Interesting :)
Also, don't confuse with Antti - the Finnish name.
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