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Sean Leather
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Lives in Pretoria, South Africa
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Happy Tax Day, Americans!

Did you know that the most popular producer of finance and tax return software (think: TurboTax, Quicken, Mint) has been actively lobbying the US government against changing the tax system so that it would be easier to file your tax returns? Why? Because then people wouldn't need their software!

+ProPublica has now revealed that Intuit has also been linked to a conspiracy to have other people campaign against “return-free filing” for them. Some of these people didn't even realize the full facts of the situation when they wrote op-eds decrying such reforms.

Think on what you wouldn't have to be doing when you're filling in those forms on TurboTax.

#returnfreefiling : http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/briefing-book/improve/return-free/
Intuit and its allies are continuing to work against proposals for what’s known as return-free filing.
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Today is World Health Day! 

"No one in the 21st century should die from the bite of a mosquito, a sandfly, a blackfly or a tick.’’ WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan. 

Protect your health – and that of your family – at home and when travelling. #Just1Bite
 
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This was taken right outside my front door in Pretoria on Valentine's Day. I was heading out for a run, but I saw this and just had to snap it first.
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Usage of sequel in British English?

I’m reading two technical papers that use the word sequel in an unfamiliar way. Both papers include British authors, so I thought it might be a British thing.

The first paper used in the sequel multiple times (e.g. In the sequel, we will...). I inferred its meaning as “in the following discussion.” The second used the phrase as one hopes the sequel demonstrates in introductory text.

This link gives in the sequel a meaning of “as things develop”:
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/in-the-sequel

Any other meanings that would make sense to an American?
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I just discovered that vox.com launched. They've got some interesting articles, including this one. I like their long-form, in-depth reports. They could be a useful media resource and worth following as they develop their approach to journalism.
The state is building the US's first single-payer system.
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Photos from my week at Kruger National Park in December 2013.
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  • Anue Systems
  • IBM
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Utrecht, Netherlands - Austin, TX, USA - St. Louis, MO, USA - Chattanooga, TN, USA
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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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  • Utrecht University
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  • University of Texas at Austin
  • Washington University in St. Louis
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National Popular Vote: New York State Climbs Aboard
www.newyorker.com

On Tuesday, the New York took a baby step toward making America something more closely resembling a modern democracy.

Finding Former Prisoners, at McDonald's
www.newyorker.com

My informal survey brought home to me how ubiquitous the experience of being in jail is in certain parts of America.

Yet Another Lambda Blog » Autocomplete command-line flags with GHC 7.8.2
lambda.jstolarek.com

GHC 7.8.2 has been released just a few days ago1. This is the first official release of GHC that contains my contributions. Most of them are

The day we gathered to talk elections | Daily Maverick
www.dailymaverick.co.za

Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick. He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has al

MathJax
www.mathjax.org

News · Demos · TeX Samples · MathML Samples · Scaling Math · Copy and Paste Math · Resources · Get MathJax · Documentation · MathJax User Gr

Introducing Landline and Stateline: Two Tools For Quick Vector Maps in y...
www.propublica.org

Today we're releasing code to make it easier for newsrooms to produce maps quickly.

Triple Whammy Shocker: Goldman Shutting Down Sigma X? | Zero Hedge
www.zerohedge.com

Back on March 21, before the release of Michael Lewis' Flash Boys and before the infamous 60 Minutes interview, when Goldman COO Gary Cohn w

Coverity Security Research Lab
security.coverity.com

Coverity Security Research Laboratory: where program analysis and application security meet. We talk about static analysis, dynamic analysis

TurboTax Maker Linked to ‘Grassroots’ Campaign Against Free, Simple Tax ...
www.propublica.org

Intuit and its allies are continuing to work against proposals for what’s known as return-free filing.

The unstoppable walk to political reform
www.ted.com

Seven years ago, Internet activist Aaron Swartz convinced Lawrence Lessig to take up the fight for political reform. A year after Swartz's t

Forget Obamacare: Vermont wants to bring single payer to America
www.vox.com

The state is building the US's first single-payer system.

Why I left the GOP
www.salon.com

I grew up in a rich, Republican household, but after Katrina and Iraq, I realized my priorities were out of order

FiveThirtyEight: The Number of Things Nate Silver Gets Wrong About Clima...
www.huffingtonpost.com

It's not that Nate revealed himself to be a climate change denier in his new book, The Signal and the Noise. But he falls victim to a fallac

Preventing heartbleed bugs with safe programming languages
bluishcoder.co.nz

The Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL has resulted in a fair amount of damage across the internet. The bug itself was quite simple and is a textbook

What Heartbleed Means for Newsrooms
www.propublica.org

What newsroom developers can do about the Heartbleed security bug.

Embedded in Academia : Xv6
blog.regehr.org

I'm teaching a small Advanced Operating Systems course this spring. Preparing for the course over winter break, I spent some time reading va

Ryan Lizza: Crossing Chris Christie
www.newyorker.com

What does the bridge scandal say about Chris Christie’s ability to handle New Jersey’s notorious politics? His mentor, former Governor Thoma

Formalizations of category theory in proof assistants
mathoverflow.net

What are the existing formalizations of category theory in proof assistants? I'm primarily interested in public-domain code implementing cat

Things that amuse me: Haskell error reporting with locations, update
augustss.blogspot.com

Since some people (I'm among them) dislike impure features in Haskell I thought I'd present a slight variation on the error location feature

Things that amuse me: A small Haskell extension
augustss.blogspot.com

The extension. In Haskell you can give a type to an expression by writing expr :: type. To an untrained eye the :: looks just like an infix

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 - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
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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reviewed 8 months ago
Great pizza from a brick oven.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Wonderful experience all around. I've been here so many times. I can't get enough of it. First, the food is terrific. And I'm not just talking about the delicious barbecue. The side dishes (e.g. potato salad, etc.), bread, and desserts are just as yummy if not more so. Second, the location is perfect. I love the drive there, and the lake scenery is very relaxing. Third, the atmosphere is simply charming. From the decorations to the bathroom lessons on how to speak country, it's all very enjoyable. The County Line on the Lake is one of those places that I took friends who came to Austin to visit. They get their Texas BBQ (with more food than they can usually eat) and a nice place to chill.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Good
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reviewed a year ago
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Great burger and grilled tiger prawns. Superb view from every table.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
Nice place. Not fancy, just right.
Appeal: Very goodFacilities: Very goodService: Very good
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reviewed a year ago
I love their hot chocolate drinks (esp. the spicy one). They have the best in the world (and I've been searching for something comparable ever since I left St. Louis many years ago and moved to Europe). The one time I tried a dessert, it was also incredible. This is the place I dream about returning to whenever I think of St. Louis.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
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