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This years TED was really great as usual. Vancouver is an amazing city which made it all the more better. This was my favorite talk this year, finally ran into the link and so posting it - and could not be more excited about the possibilities ahead with bionics. Very moving.
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The good stuff is at 3:38.
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I'm finding myself thinking of DANE again after the mention of DNSSEC in the article.
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Q: So, why is Silicon Valley studded with an implausibly large number of abandoned barns, shacks, and other things that don't look like they belong here?

A: Because this all used to be orchards. This all made sense, fifty years ago.

Q: Right, but shouldn't they have, like, torn them down by now?

A: No. Abandoned barns in Silicon Valley are a better investment than historical stock market returns.

Q: Wouldn't they be an even better investment if there were, like, usable buildings on the land?

A: No.

Q: You have got to be shitting me.

A: Proposition 13 makes abandoned barns an enormously lucrative investment. You see, the assessed value of a piece of property is capped at a rate well below the rate of increase in property values out here. So you can just get the price of the land reevaluated every year and take tax-free loans against the increase in equity. This is a huge amount of untaxable money. Especially if you're an abandoned shed that's worth seven figures, right smack dab in the middle of the Google campus.

Q: Right, but that's just about low taxes, right?

A: Yeah. Well. Uh. I was going to get to the "except" part.

Q: And what's that? 

A: The increase is capped except upon the sale or the completion of new improvements. Like an apartment building, for instance, to partially solve the housing crisis out here. Or a new building on the Google campus. This means that if the value of the improvement is less than the compounded increase in the value of the property absent the improvement, then it doesn't make any sense to actually build anything.

Q: That's horrible. Why aren't people, like, vandalizing abandoned buildings to get rid of them?

A: The only way you can vandalize anything in California that solves the problem is to literally build a new improvement on the property without the landowner finding out. That resets the tax basis and gives them an incentive to stop holding the land off the market.

Q: That's... double horrible.

A: Yeeeeeeah.
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I’m always a sucker for these lists. 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture The Human Experience:
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Finally got around to reading this. It's an interesting read into the political considerations surrounding the POTUS's "evolving" stance on same sex marriage.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/magazine/how-the-president-got-to-i-do-on-same-sex-marriage.html

Here's a touching snippet from the article:
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Biden said it reminded him of a summer afternoon when he was in his 20s. He was sitting on the beach in Delaware with his father and some friends when an older gay couple walked over to say hello. His father, a Realtor, had sold them their apartment in a building nearby. The elder Biden hugged both men and said, “Let me introduce you to my family.” One of the younger Biden’s buddies made a derogatory remark about the couple, and his father’s reaction to it stayed with him all these years.

“He says: ‘As soon as they get in the apartment, you go up to the ninth floor. You walk up and knock on the door, and you apologize to them.’ ” When his friend refused, his father said, “Well, goddamn it, you’re not welcome in my house anymore.”
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The real story of Obama’s tentative, anxious, heavily scripted and occasionally blundering “evolution.”
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Should have done an experiment with evidence that the charity was less effective, too, just in case that turned off both groups.
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Crude apps, patronizing behavior. For some, “bro” culture offers one explanation for why there are so few women in tech.
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This is not the William Chan you're looking for. --Obi-Wan Kenobi

This William Chan works on the Chromium browser, primarily on its network stack and core APIs. He spends all day doing code reviews and answering emails asking why he hasn't done people's code reviews yet, the answer to which usually is that he's busy conducting quality control checks on the chrome-sf bar. He is very anal about APIs and strongly believes the bike shed should be pink.
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