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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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Meanwhile, in Utah: "Strong families, guided by a loving mother and father, serve as the fundamental institution for nurturing children, instilling faith, and transmitting to future generations the moral strengths and values that are important to civilization and vital to eternal salvation," it says. "Changes in the civil law do not, indeed cannot, change the moral law that God has established."
Mormon leaders are reaffirming their faith's belief that only heterosexual marriage is ordained by God, in a letter to be read to congregations this holiday weekend following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that legalized gay nuptials.
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It's a little more complicated. They do not practice polygamy in this life and it would be ground for excommunication (from the main Mormon sect that we are talking about here) if someone did.

But their marriage ("sealing") is supposed to be eternal. So what happens when one's spouse dies? The other spouse may then be sealed to another person "for time and all eternity", provided that the surviving spouse happens to be a man. Widows do not have that option (naturally! ;-))

So today's practicing Mormons still believe polygamy is God's will. Its practice is just restricted to the afterlife.

And then there is still Doctrine & Covenants 132  which was solely written to justify polygamy in the early days of Mormonism and is still considered holy scripture.

https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/132

It's not easy to read but the threat against Emma Smith (Joseph Smith's 1st wife) stand out nicely:

54 And I command mine handmaid, Emma Smith, to abide and cleave unto my servant Joseph, and to none else. But if she will not abide this commandment she shall be destroyed, saith the Lord; for I am the Lord thy God, and will destroy her if she abide not in my law.

Must be a tough marriage when your husband is used by God to send you death threats in the form of holy scripture! :->

(BTW, the LDS church also published essays on a few matters that have proved to be troublesome for some members, including polygamy. Here's a nice overview: http://mormonessays.com/)
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If you type the password into your Lumia, you won’t then need to type it into your laptop, because you are a friend of yourself. Given the meagre installed base of Windows Phones it's not been much of a threat – until now.
Tell a pal your password ... and their FB mates will get it too
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Mmm, a concept to "everybody has free wifi"! Sometimes, when I was on the train, I checked if somebody were sharing their wifi without password :P
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This discovery enhances the knowledge of the rock art at the region and offers new data to assess the mobility of Middle Magdalenian populations, helping to understand the existence of a ‘global’ art expression in Western Europe 14.000 years ago.
In 1930 the French spelunker N. Casteret discovered several parietal engravings of Palaeolithic age in Alkerdi cave. Later on in 1974 a detailed study of these engravings was made by I. Barandiarán...
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The natural immediacy of address also lends her oomph, in the way that a 19th-century novel might suddenly snap you to attention by switching to the vocative. (As Charlotte Brontë wrote in Jane Eyre, “Bitch, I married him.”) 

Missing the example from Lost Girl when they were discussing Christmas Yule and our succubus notes: "BItch, I am the naughty list."
Here’s the setup for the one indelible line in the so-so Tina Fey–Amy Poehler comedy Baby Mama. Fey’s uptight yuppie confronts Poehler’s South Philly bigmouth with evidence of her habit of depositing used chewing gum on the furniture. The exec begins sarcastically spinning out a fantasy in which she, the...
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The newest snapshot of Pluto and Charon shows two icy gray circles hovering in a pitch-black void. In previous images, the two objects often looked like highly pixelated smudges of color — barely distinguishable as spheres.

Two weeks now. Squee!
Pluto and its largest moon, Charon, posed for a solemn portrait taken by NASA's New Horizon's probe, which is only two weeks away from its close encounter with the dwarf planet.
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+Scot Stevenson​ You sound like a teenage girl! :-D
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Dear professional software people, is there a name for the phase in debugging where you just can't find the mistake and feel yourself wanting to blame some bug in the programming language or even the operating system, because, hey, I checked my code and it just cannot be faulty? -- Now excuse me while I go find a wall to beat my head against ...
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"Acceptance."
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The Church, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, became in 2012 the largest U.S. religious denomination to approve a liturgy for clergy to use in blessing same-sex unions, including gay marriages in states where they were already legal.
The U.S. Episcopal Church voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to let gay couples wed in the denomination's religious ceremonies, reinforcing its support for same-sex nuptials days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide.
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Toucan Systems CEO and security researcher Jonathan Brossard told The Intercept that hacking remote computers using the tool takes just a few "minutes, if not seconds." Plus, doing so is as simple as typing words into Google search -- it's so easy that the agency can train personnel on how to use the tool effectively within a single day.
At least NSA agents don't have to work too hard to pull up private info on pretty much anyone
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According to the Treasury Department, that slight percentage equates to a record 3,415 U.S. residents—a 14 percent increase since 2013. Until 2010, the recorded number of annual expatriates was well below 1,000. But, that number continues to rise. In the first quarter of 2015 alone, 1,336 individuals chose to renounce citizenship, another record high reported by the department.
As the Fourth of July weekend looms and citizens prep their grills and ready their fireworks, some Americans are packing their bags.
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So while one important work habit is that "stick to it" persistence that you need to really take a project from a not-quite-usable prototype to something bigger and better, another important work-habit is probably to also "let go" and not try to own and control the project too much.
Last Thursday you had a chance to ask Linus Torvalds about programming, hardware, and all things Linux. You can read his answers to those questions below. If you'd like to see what he had to say the last time we sat down with him, you can do so here....
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Editor’s Note: After the publication of this article, the University of Memphis announced that Zandria Robinson was no longer employed at the university (see update below).
Zandria Robinson of the University of Memphis suggested that Dylann Roof’s murder spree was the result of his whitenes.
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It’s still not clear how Robinson has the ability to see inside of other people’s heads.
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Contrary to the LNT model, there is compelling evidence that the human body has evolved the ability to repair damage from low-dose radiation. For example, the mutation rate caused by low-dose background radiation in the environment is 2.5 million times lower than the rate of spontaneous mutations in the body.

This is starting to come up more and more after the debate was effectively buried for decades. Ping +Rolf Heckemann 
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For high doses of ionizing radiation, you can plot a dose-response relationship. What happens at the left, low-dose shoulder of that curve is difficult to test and observe. This is what I learned at university back in the day. The fact that the press exaggerates radiation risks -- especially those from medical imaging -- is to me just another facet of the reality that journalists will jump at every opportunity to produce a scare story. After all, level-headed science reporting or fact-driven debates don't sell, right? Still, the LNT model has some strengths in spite of its flaws: it makes us err on the side of safety and of protecting the weak (e.g. children). Besides, no other model (e.g. hormesis) has stood up to scientific scrutiny so far -- if that situation changes, then it's time to change our policies.
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