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Scot Stevenson
Attended Universität Essen, Germany
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Reads, writes and codes.
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Scot loves to read and write and spends his life in a constant state of low-level irritation that he can't do both at the same time.

My public postings on Google+ are mostly links to science, medical, and technology news as well as Americana and computers, presented without comment. Please note this is stuff I find interesting for one reason or another without regard to my personal opinion. In other words, I also link to texts I disagree with but think are worthy of wider attention. 
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Built my own study from scratch, desks and all. Building an 8-bit computer from scratch, writing my own Forth in 6502 assembler.
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  • Universität Essen, Germany
    Medical School, 1987 - 1994
  • Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz, Germany
    Journalism Graduate School, 1996 - 1997

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“In other words,” he says, “most of the intelligence in the cosmos, I would venture, is synthetic intelligence and that may disappoint movie goers who expect little grey guys with big eyeballs, no clothes, no hair or sense of humour.”

Or whatever the synthetics built.
The search for extraterrestrial life has so far assumed our cosmic neighbours are organic. What if we’re dealing with artificial intelligence?
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For every gram of ordinary matter that emits and absorbs light, the Universe contains around five grams of matter that responds to gravity, but is invisible to light. Physicists call this stuff dark matter, and as the search to identify it is now in its fourth decade, things are starting to get a little desperate.
The leading theory of dark matter is running out of room to hide.
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For more than a decade, evidence has been piling up that humans colonized the Americas thousands of years before the Clovis people. The Clovis, who are the early ancestors of today's Native Americans, left abundant evidence of their lives behind in the form of tools and graves. But the mysterious pre-Clovis humans, who likely arrived 17,000 to 15,000 years ago, have left only a few dozen sources of evidence for their existence across the Americas, mostly at campsites where they processed animals during hunting trips.
A glimpse of the last people on Earth to colonize a continent without humans.
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This document serves as a single point for interested developers, admins, and users to look at what's coming, when, and to where in OpenZFS. Information was gathered at the OpenZFS Dev Summit in 2016 and collated here.

Summit just ended, http://open-zfs.org/wiki/OpenZFS_Developer_Summit
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The addition of Ophiuchus—the snake bearer, in case you were wondering—has obvious and far-reaching implications for the entire western Babylonian-derived zodiac calendar. For one thing, squeezing it in means changing the effective dates of all the other signs.

When people ask me about my sign, I say "chainsaw". It usually ends the discussion.
Chaos reigns as addition of Ophiuchus casts doubt over accuracy of all horoscopes.
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And where is Rexthor the dog bearer?
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Kristen O'Meara chose not to vaccinate her young daughters because she was a big believer in anti-vaccination research. That changed when all three were stricken with a case of rotavirus, which causes acute stomach distress. "It was awful, and it didn't have to happen, because I could have had them vaccinated. I felt guilty. I felt really guilty," she told ABC News.
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A 57% majority of whites favor the death penalty for those convicted of murder (down from 63% last year). But blacks and Hispanics support it at much lower rates: Just 29% of blacks and 36% of Hispanics favor capital punishment.
The share of Americans who support the death penalty for persons convicted of murder is now at its lowest point in more than four decades.
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TIL: WhatsApp was coded in Erlang and runs on FreeBSD, and it's really quiet in their offices. It's the last part that blows my mind.

What may be most impressive, however, is that the company has done all of this with such a small staff. One of the most popular apps on the planet is run by a company that employs about 50 engineers.
WhatsApp doesn't do much PR. With 900 million users, it doesn't have to. But co-founder Brian Acton opened up to WIRED about how that growth happened.
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[T]he U.S. is the only country among 41 nations that does not mandate any paid leave for new parents, according to data compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The smallest amount of paid leave required in any of the other 40 nations is about two months.
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The increase comes on the heels of nearly two decades of continuous decline in the national murder rate; 2014’s murder rate was the lowest recorded national murder rate since the FBI began keeping the statistic in 1960. Indeed, 2015’s rate in the U.S. is roughly the same as it was in 2010 and less than half what it was when the murder rate peaked nationally in 1980.
It’s official: Murder rose across the U.S. last year at the fastest pace since 1990, according to data released by the FBI on Monday. There were an estimated 15,696 murders in 2015, 1,532 more than…
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The Americas has become the first region in the world to be free of measles, following a 22-year vaccination drive against the disease which continues to infect tens of thousands of people globally, the Pan American Health Organization said on Tuesday.
The official determination comes after a 22-year vaccination drive
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One lesson of recent presidential primaries is that Democratic voters are transfixed by identity politics, having elected the first black president and chosen the first female presidential nominee. Another is that there’s a large constituency for left-wing candidates. What they haven’t been interested in is cisgendered white male liberals. The largely forgotten John Edwards fell by the wayside quickly in 2008, and Martin O’Malley, with credentials similar to those of Bill Clinton and Michael Dukakis, attracted zero support in 2016.
There’s been lots of speculation about the fate of the Republican Party if (as most of the prognosticators expect and hope) Donald Trump loses. There’s been less speculation, though recent polling …
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