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"Ah, my grandpa has these headphones!"
 
I have to say that this is one of the more useful "kids react" videos -- because the kids actually give pretty good UX feedback. You can see which things are and aren't obvious for them to operate, which things do and don't make sense to them. (And some of them give explicit feedback which is actually more useful than I've heard from many adults) 

There's a lot to be said for handing your device to a kid and seeing what they do with it.

h/t +Jaime George.
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Birth location vs Fame: For American baby-boomers, it looks like there is a fairly strong correlation between the US state in which they were born, and the chance that they become notable enough for Wikipedia. I wonder if that also holds for more recent births.

via: +Jonathan Rosenberg
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The factor that is alluded to, but not mentioned, is Social Capital.
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Walked past this car in Palo Alto...
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S/he named their own price for this.
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Elsevier are issuing takedown notices to authors who post their own papers on their homepage and other academic sites. Here's Elsevier's reasoning for sending these notices. It seems a little contradictory to me:

 "Why do we send take down notices? To ensure that the article is readily discoverable and citable via the journal itself in order to maximise the usage metrics and credit for our authors, and to protect the quality and integrity of the scientific record."
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And in some fields the best journals are open access without having author fees (e.g., JMLR).
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Only half of US adults know how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun. And yet... US adults actually have one of the highest basic scientific literacy levels in the world.

This article proposes that one reason that the US does so well is it "requires all college students to take one or more science courses as a part of a general education requirement."

https://www.aacu.org/liberaleducation/le-fa12/miller.cfm

H/T: +David Brin 
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+Olcan Sercinoglu, the questions seem reasonable and there seems to be some supporting evidence from at least one unaffiliated poll. There could be sampling flaws in the survey, of course.

This page lists some similar raw data for Japan and other nations: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/seind06/append/c7/at07-10.pdf In the original graph a passing grade is 70%, therefore small per-question differences in accuracy will likely get magnified.
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Saw this scene at Coupa Cafe this afternoon. Seems begging for a caption...
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2 meals dine in, one to go.
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The National Gallery of Australia asked to use one of my photos for their "Gold and the Incas" exhibition. It's used as a 3m x 4m (10ft x 13ft) mural for the gift store. It's the closest any of my photos will get to being in a fancy museum!

Exhibition: nga.gov.au/Exhibition/Incas/
Original photo: si.smugmug.com/Portfolio/Portfolio-1/i-JKRhFfj/A
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"The Legislature is poised to give Californians a chance to vote on a highly emotional and politically charged issue — affirmative action in higher education."
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If you have an ASUS router and use its AiCloud feature, it's worth updating the firmware. This flaw allows anyone to remotely read and write to any USB storage plugged directly into the router.
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"No Swiss fighter jets were scrambled Monday when an Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot hijacked his own plane and forced it to land in Geneva. [...] the Swiss airforce is only available during office hours. These are reported to be from 8am until noon, then 1:30 to 5pm"
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Bella gerant alii, tu felix Helvetia dormi!
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