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The debate on the original post is delightful.
 
When an Engineer Plays Angry Birds :) Or When physicists play Angry Birds :)
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The kid and I talk now and then about laws and social norms and law enforcement and things like that. I didn't expect it to show up in such an unexpected setting.

The kid and I are studying (algebraic) variables. She was making some headway with them, then got stuck on programs, so we went back to paper and algebraic formulas. Progress restored. I give her `x + 2 * y`. She thinks she's got it. Then she stops.

- Daddy, I have a question.
- Sure, what is it?
- I'm not sure what the answer is.
- Why not?
- I'm confused about what this is.
- Can you tell me why you're confused?
- Well, I can't tell if it's x plus 2-times-y or x-plus-2 times y.
- Good!

So we work out what the answers would be, and that they'd be different, so it does matter. I tell her there are three options. I show her (infix) parentheses. I tell her there are different notations we could use and draw her a parse tree. Or, I say, we could just decide that we do the multiplication before the addition.

- Is that a rule?
- Yes, that's a rule.
- I mean, is that a real rule?
- What do you mean?
- I mean, is that just a rule you're making up or do other people also follow that rule?
- No no, other people use it too.
- But we don't have to use it, right?
- No, really, we should. I mean, other people would expect you to use it.

Pause. Eyes get bigger. A slight look of concern crosses her face.

- The police?

#parenting  
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Hi folks, here there is a good visualization of MLP and here the resource to check the code and play with the entire visualization https://thewalnut.io/visualizer/visualize/1598/348/#time=1 (you can fork and make your own version there)
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I've been enjoying the new #openknot channel on freenode: http://irclog.greptilian.com/openknot/today

Interesting chatter about integrating email and IRC.

https://github.com/openknot
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It appears that +SourceForge took over the control of the 'GIMP for Windows' account and is now distributing an ads-enabled installer of GIMP. They also locked out original owner of the account, Jernej Simončič, who has been building the Windows versions of GIMP for our project for years.

So far they haven't replied to provide explanations. Therefore, we remind you again that GIMP only provides builds for WIndows via its official Downloads page.
Source for version 2.8 (Stable). GIMP releases available from gimp.org and its mirrors contain the source code and have to be compiled in order to be installed on your system. For instructions, how to build GIMP from source code, please see this page.
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Sourceforge.net attitude is despisable. Shame on them, tell your friends to not entrust them with your code!
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INKSPACE, a rotation based 3D drawing experiment, by Zach Lieberman. The first of our weekly Android Experiments to share with you. Explore, or submit your own. https://goo.gl/4JnJbp

Source code available too: https://goo.gl/kt6bj5

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The project itself it fairly straight forward you can draw, move the phone by tilting in different directions, adjust line that you are drawing, create an animated line which pulses and re-draws itself and record an animated gif of whatever you make. Double-tapping (or hitting the trash icon in the menu) clears the app. As an artist I'm constantly thinking about new types of drawing tools, and what does drawing in the 21st century look like -- i...
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Docker publication also highlighted in GigaBlog
A new biogas metagenomics Data Note demonstrates the utility of publishing data & methods in a dockerised container.
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See what Earth looked like millions of years ago in Ancient Earth, by +IanWebster0 goo.gl/MQA5dC #Fridayfun
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Unbelievable. #infosec folks have been warning against this for YEARS. They said: separate infotainment from steering/breaks etc. Do not implement wireless control over this. Have good security measures. This can kill people. It can turn cars into weapons.

And here is a car you can control over the internet - COMPLETELY. From CD player to brakes - thousands of Jeeps can be turned into remote murder weapons, for both the people in them and those around them.

EVERY Jeep Cherokee should be immediately grounded. And let them pay a 500 million fine - just to ensure no car maker tries to save 5 bucks on a 50K car by not separating driving from the fscking entertainment system!!!

Or are we going to wait until a few people are killed? Or for a cyber war where cars are used to take down bridges by driving into them?
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Agile Product Ownership in a Nutshell by +Henrik Kniberg is really good! You can watch him draw and explain the image at https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1018963/Articles/PO-in-a-nutshell.png by watching https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=502ILHjX9EE
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