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I would like to see this exhibit. It's fascinating and scary, the experience she has had.
In a journal and FBI files shared as part of her Whitney Museum exhibit, Laura Poitras finally turns her lens of observation onto herself.
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This sounds like the set-up to a joke. Never mind the facts of the matter; who can supply a good punchline?
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For any German-reading followers who might be interested, here's a pretty critical article on the President of South Africa from a Zurich newspaper. It starts out so nice with a title of “A Toxic President.”
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Jacob Zuma hat Südafrika heruntergewirtschaftet und aus Mandelas Regenbogennation einen Patronage-Staat gemacht. Er ist einer der prominentesten Gäste am WEF.
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Sounds like that time a book publisher outed the iPad a day or two before launch, and next thing you know their partnership got cut off.

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I saw that on TV. It was hilarious!

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Can we rationally say that a person deserves no option for revisiting their punishment? Do we really believe that someone will not later feel remorse for the crimes of which they are convicted? And, if they do feel remorse and have served sufficient time, are we not likely to forgive them?

This author presents a convincing epistemic argument against the natural life sentence. I believe a similar argument could be used against the death sentence, which also puts closure on the options of the convicted.
We can’t know the future. Condemning a person to be in prison until death ignores that fact.
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+Noah Easterly Ah, yes, I'd seen part of the Illustrated Guide way back when. Seems like it's grown a lot more content since.

And, actually, I think the author of the Guide would probably agree with the author of this piece: there are a number of reasons for punishment that are irrational. Even though we don't talk about them much, we feel them. A big part of that irrationality stems from the fact that we ignore or forget that people change. That is, those of us who want to punish someone now may later realize we don't need to continue punishing them years later. On the flip side, a punished person may develop a new perspective and seek repentance. With unending punishment, the change in both parties is nullified.
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Yet more cool work coming out of the Keybase team.
Public key crypto for everyone, publicly auditable proofs of identity.
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Fascinating defense (of sorts) of returning some of the AI research and development focus back to knowledge representation:

I will make the case for the most part through a personal story. The story starts with a paper I published in 2009 in the Journal of Philosophical Logic, continues with a research project at Stanford and Duke, later with a company called Timeful, and concludes with Timeful being acquired by Google in 2015. The point of the story is there is a direct link between the original journal paper and the ultimate success of the company.
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Yes, after years of rejecting and harshly dismissing the idea that he had “benefitted unduly” from government-funded upgrades to his personal residence, the president of South Africa has spontaneously decided to repay part of those funds. But, of course, he has “agreed” to do it on his terms, not those of the public protector, who called for this over 2 years ago. And, of course, he has made this announcement at a politically opportune time for himself and his party.
The president has been dogged by reports about $23 million in public funds used to make extensive upgrades to his homestead.
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Interesting
Amazon is planning to open hundreds of physical bookstores, according to a large mall CEO who spoke to Dow Jones.
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I didn't give any indication that Amazon is a priori evil. There are certainly concerns when one company -- which has been in the news for controversial publisher fights, employment issues, and price undercutting, among other things -- starts growing into another area. How can there not be concerns, unless one thinks monopolies are good things? 

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Big money encourages big government. So why aren’t the Republican candidates talking about it?
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I'm a PhD student in Computer Science at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. I've been in school for most of my life. One of these days, I'll figure out what I'm going to do once I get out.
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Public trust in government dwindles | Corruption Watch
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This year's Edelman Trust Barometer, released in January, shows that just 16% of South Africans trust their government to do the right thing

The Illustrated Guide to Law
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How the law works... and how it doesn't.

A KZN mayor insists ‘virginity bursary’ is an incentive programme
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It’s been reported that 16 young South African women are the beneficiaries of the scholarship.

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Happy Learn Haskell Tutorial
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Welcome to the totally awesome Happy Learn Haskell Tutorial series! It's an easy gradual method to learn functional programming together. It

I Ramped Up My Internet Security, and You Should Too
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Here’s how ProPublica reporter Julia Angwin upped her defenses against hackers and spies.

Gradual deployment of schema changes | Understanding Nothing
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Timothy Fritz has a very interesting blog post on Continuous Deployment at IMVU (subtitled “Doing the impossible fifty times a day”), detail

Accessing AirPort Extreme remotely | Open War
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I'm not really paranoid about security, but I try to keep my stuff as safe as possible, therefore I disabled the option "Allow setup over WA

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Static linking with ghc. October 26, 2015. Recently I needed to build a Haskell program that would run on my DigitalOcean box. The problem w

Democracy Spring
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Democracy Spring: Sit in with Thousands, Save Democracy for Millions.

Legal trade in rhino horn 'will help save the animals'
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Game farmer who had brought the application says it is a 'monumentous' day for the survival of the animals, and that he will fight any gover

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Artist and emerging Instagram star Maria Qamar describes why her twist on pop art is gaining the attention of the Indian diaspora and beyond

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multi-ghc-travis - Scripts and instructions for using Travis-CI with multiple GHC configurations

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My Atheism does not make me superior to believers. It's a leap of faith ...
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It’s easy to look at terror done in the names of different gods and think, look at these foolish religious folk. But we’re in no position to

Big Phone and Cable’s Summer Hack-a-thon
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In the last few weeks at least five anti-Net Neutrality Op-Eds have appeared in newspapers around the country. These pieces strike suspiciou

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Well-kept, finely decorated environment with a convenient location for visiting Gold Reef City and other areas of southern Johannesburg. We are a couple who stayed one night over a weekend in July to go to the Gold Reef City Casino to see a show. The facilities were mostly comfortable. Our main complaint was that our deluxe double room was cold. The large bedroom was heated by one wall panel heater, which is not sufficient in the middle of the South African winter. Naturally, the bathroom floor and shower walls, being tile, were also cold, but this is not unusual for these kinds of houses. The owners were pleasant and helpful. I enjoyed talking to Eddie about cricket and to his friendly bird who visited my shoulder. The breakfast food was simple but fine. We do think the logistics of breakfast could be done better. There was some confusion about where to find items for drinking tea and eating cereal. Other parties had problems with their orders. Perhaps it would be better to arrange not just the time of breakfast but also the order the day before the meal. Overall, the experience was not too unpleasant. We might consider returning to Villa Lugano in the summertime.
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A great place to learn about snakes and other creepy crawlies. James, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable and made it a fun and enjoyable experience. He even convinced my wife (who doesn't like snakes) to hold a Burmese python!
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Great burger and grilled tiger prawns. Superb view from every table.
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The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve is a nice place to go for a day trip to see some animals. It's kind of like a big zoo without all of the cages except for the big predators, who have large separate fenced areas for each group (brown lions, wild dogs, white lions, and cheetahs). However, the reserve is not so big that you won't see everything in a day. Unlike the Kruger National Park, you don't have to drive around for hours wondering if you'll see lions. On the other hand, the reserve is not as wild as the park, and much of that mystique is missing. Be sure to plan your trip in advance. Look up the lion feeding time and other events. These are important for getting the most out of your trip. If you have a utility vehicle or 4x4, definitely bring it. None of the roads are paved, and in some areas, e.g. the cheetahs, you will really struggle in a 2-door hatchback like we had. Overall, we enjoyed it. The staff was helpful. The food at the Boma Restaurant was pretty good. If you're staying in the Johannesburg/Pretoria area and want to see some wild animals, you should check out the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve.
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Fabulous! My fiancée (now wife) booked the honeymoon package at Elephant Hide in Knysna. First of all, let's put aside the fact that Knysna is gorgeous and completely worth your while. There's plenty to see and do. It's one of the rare places that I actually want to visit again. Let me just say that Elephant Hide is unbelievably fantastic. The people (Ryan, Mandy, Fish, and Eliot) are all very nice, helpful, and accommodating. The room was extremely comfortable. The view of the lagoon from our bedroom, bathroom, AND shower room was outstanding. The breakfast was delicious. And the location is very convenient while also being very quiet. Oh, and I'm told that the package price was pretty good, too. I would definitely recommend Elephant Hide to anyone. I'd also stay there again, myself.
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