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Is it human nature to hate your job? On the contrary.
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Sounds attractive. Anybody used one?
The lowly router is a necessary evil. It’s a device we can’t live without, but often feels like an arcane relic from an era when boxy tube monitors and dial-up modems ruled. The router is the...
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Not so positive a review, eh? The benchmarking results are good to see, but the rest makes it seem like the reviewer had a lot of expectations that I wouldn't have had.

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“The public safety is better served when people with criminal convictions are able to participate as productive members of society by working and paying taxes.”

Somebody actually said that? And this person is part of the justice system! He also said this:

“As a society we really need to have a serious conversation on this subject of people with convictions’ never being able to work again. A strong argument can be made that the answer to this problem should be more systemic, through legislation, not on a case-by-case basis in individual judges’ courtrooms.”

Here's to the end of de facto lifetime economic sentences for convictions. (Though I'm not optimistic that this will change anytime soon.)
Some federal judges are questioning minimum sentences and giving fresh consideration to expunging convictions that they say are holding defendants back.
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+Lawrence Lessig: _But that insight is now gone in Mann’s piece attacking me. Money is a problem, he insists, but it turns out, not such a big problem after all. “Money,” he writes, “did not prevent the major legislative enactments of 2009–2010 — including the stimulus, student loans, the Affordable Care Act, and financial services reform.”_

That statement is truly astonishing. Yes, when he had a super majority in Congress, Obama achieved an incredible success with the stimulus and student loan reform. But the Affordable Care Act was only passed, as Jonathan Cohn makes clear, after Obama made key concessions to pharmaceutical and insurance lobbyists. Those concessions were not given because millions of voters were going to rally to support drug companies or insurance companies. They were given because insurance companies and drug companies threatened to spend millions of dollars to defeat Democrats.
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For the past two years, the majority-female Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit has patrolled the Balule Nature Reserve, a private wildlife reserve in northern South Africa. The Balule has an open border with Kruger National Park, an Israel-size reserve that has in recent years been besieged by poachers in pursuit of the park’s famed wildlife — particularly its rhinoceroses, whose horns are now worth hundreds of thousands of dollars on the international black market.
Portraits of a majority-female South African anti-poaching squad.
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+Julie Fugate​ Doesn't your perspective - common among many - show that this is exactly what is needed? If not now, when? Not only is the system rigged, but people think it is so rigged, it's impossible to change. I think it must change.
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Yet in the words of Yogi Berra, it’s “deja vu all over again.” Rather than a [Bernie Sanders] campaign to show America what change must happen first, we’re watching reruns of the Obama show. For remember, early in his campaign, Barack Obama made the corrupt system of lobbyist a key focus of his campaign. Yet he too didn’t do the work to show America how or why this change would happen, first.
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+Edward Yang: Over this summer, Vishal Agrawal has been working on a GSoC project to move Cabal to more Nix-like package management system. [...] However, these patches change a nontrivial number of moving parts in Cabal and cabal-install, so it would be very helpful to have willing guinea pigs to help us iron out some bugs before we merge it into Cabal HEAD. As your prize, you'll get to run "no-reinstall Cabal": Cabal should never tell you it can't install a package because some reinstalls would be necessary.
Over this summer, Vishal Agrawal has been working on a GSoC project to move Cabal to more Nix-like package management system. More simply, he is working to make it so that you'll never get one of these errors from cabal-install again: Resolving dependencies... In order, the following would be ...
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Thomas E. Mann: The hubris of the Harvard Professor is breathtaking. In virtually every respect, his strategy is absurd. Lessig’s political reform agenda is stymied by Republicans, not Democrats.  Why not direct his energies where the opposition resides? All of the current Democratic presidential candidates support the thrust of these reforms. But saying that this is their highest priority is likely to harm, not boost, their candidacies. Why would even the most ardent supporter of the three pillars of Lessig’s reform agenda cast a ballot solely on this basis? Big and important issues divide the two parties today and the stakes of public action or inaction are huge. We don’t have the luxury of using the election to try to build a mandate for a set of political reforms that would have no chance of passing in the face of GOP opposition and would be of only incremental utility if they did.
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Love it! More acknowledgment and understanding of our ignorance is needed.

IN the mid-1980s, a University of Arizona surgery professor, Marlys H. Witte, proposed teaching a class entitled “Introduction to Medical and Other Ignorance.” Her idea was not well received; at one foundation, an official told her he would rather resign than support a class on ignorance.

Dr. Witte was urged to alter the name of the course, but she wouldn’t budge. Far too often, she believed, teachers fail to emphasize how much about a given topic is unknown. “Textbooks spend 8 to 10 pages on pancreatic cancer,” she said some years later, “without ever telling the student that we just don’t know very much about it.” She wanted her students to recognize the limits of knowledge and to appreciate that questions often deserve as much attention as answers. Eventually, the American Medical Association funded the class, which students would fondly remember as “Ignorance 101.”
When we present knowledge as more certain than it is, we discourage curiosity.
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Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig knows that running for President would be a bold move. Some might say it would be quixotic, given Lessig's plan to…
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The one candidate Lessig thinks makes sense on campaign finance is Republican firebrand Donald Trump. “He’s absolutely right,” Lessig said. “He’s rich, so he’s not dependent, [and] that would make him better than anybody else because of that lack of dependence.”

Still, Lessig cautioned: “But the idea that the only solution to this corruption is to elect billionaires is crazy. That’s what we fought a revolution about.”
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  • Anue Systems
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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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By Thomas E. Mann. Donald Trump and the Amen chorus of Republican presidential aspirants may have appeared to monopolize the capacity to mak

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Mapping how the United States generates its electricity
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Notice that part of the semantics of this function—that it may throw an HttpException —is encoded in a comment, which the compiler cannot ch

What is “qualified immunity,” and how does it work?
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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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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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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!
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Great burger and grilled tiger prawns. Superb view from every table.
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Nice place. Not fancy, just right.
Appeal: Very GoodFacilities: Very GoodService: Very Good
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