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So, I'm trying to sue my employer so that I can wear cool, comfortable, loose-fitting clothes in the office.  Who's with me?  Maybe we can make it a class action against the Man, or a new "Freedom of Dress" law.

It's a sexual discrimination case - the women are allowed to wear sleeveless dresses with short skirts and open shoes - anything goes, short of a bikini, while the men are trussed up in long pants, tucked long-sleeved shirts, and closed shoes.  It sucks and I won't stand for it.
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It's quite impressive.  No doubt our benevolent overlords will keep our best interests in mind while designing these killing machines...
They seem to have removed the mini-gun turret from this one.
 
"Spot" is a smaller (more kickable) version of Boston Dynamic's Big Dog http://trib.al/A8KisKS
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+Yo Yo! The language is called "CZ", I made it, and (presumably) no one else uses it!  I think it has some really good features but also some misfeatures and messiness; it's still half-baked.  It works by translating the code into regular C, then running it through the C compiler.

It uses indentation to indicate blocks, rather than braces and semicolons, like python.  I prefer that, there are many advantages such as no "missing brace at line 4123" errors, when the brace was actually missing at line 101.  Also it's easier to rearrange the code.

It might be fun to try generating music, and I am interested in music synthesis... thanks for the suggestion!  +Noon Silk thanks also
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I wrote a tool in C to automatically "repair" files having bad sectors. The trouble is I "fixed" my bad sector already using dd. So how do I test my new tool?  [non-geeks need not reply to this one!]
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Whack the disk with a hammer. Should generate some bad sectors.
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' The bottom line is that "terrorism" has always been what we in the intelligence world would call "a cover for action" ' - Edward Snowden
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The one thing I strongly dislike about Google Plus, which prevents me from using it more, is that the email notifications of new posts do not contain the text of the post, only about 70 characters from the subject.  Facebook does this better, as I recall.

Now, I know that you are trying to get people to click through to G+ in order to read the post, but this deliberate annoyance has the opposite effect on many people.  We avoid Google Plus because you are deliberately annoying us in order to pressure us to click through to the site.  This is the wrong thing to do, and it will lose customers for you.

So please get your muffin-headed developers to fix this!
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On looking into it further, the content is present in the HTML part of the emails, but not in the text part.  My mail reader, mutt,  prefers the text part when one is available.  I submitted feedback to Google.
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I hacked wine so that Risk of Rain works on Linux
http://sam.nipl.net/RoR (hacked is the right word)
wine-risk-of-rain-take2.patch wine-risk-of-rain.patch wine1.7-i386_1.7.20-0ubuntu1_i386.deb.
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Anyone use Linux desktop?  I upgraded the other day and noticed there is a new thing called 'ibus'.  The name made me dubious already.  Now, check this out.
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Science fact for today. If each of the 7 billion people on Earth had their own private planet with 7 billion more people on each private planet, and all those people had 1 baby each, that's about how many atoms there are in a small ant.

Assumption: the ant weighs 1 milligram and is made entirely out of water!

Method: H₂O atomic weight is 18, contains 3 atoms.
Avogadro's number (hydrogen atoms in a gram) is about 6*10^23
So 18g H₂O contains 3*6*10^23 atoms = 1.8e+24 or 1.8 septillion.
Our 1mg water ant is 18,000 times lighter, 1e+20 or one hundred quintillion atoms in that ant.

7 billion people squared times two is 98 quintillion, close enough.
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Ok, now that we have WebGL and HTML video as web standards, can we please have a scrollable table with fixed headers in HTML.  Some people use the web for business, too.  Also, chrome can't print multi-page tables properly = FAIL.

FAIL FAIL FAIL!!!!!!
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While you're at it, can you ask Santa for some centering of divs in divs that doesn't require voodoo.
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This morning, I fell off my bike and bent it up. Took it in to the mis-named "Rapido" Cycles, Niddrie. "We won't be able to look at it until Tuesday." You've got to be kidding me. If you're overbooked, hire some temporary staff. I might as well wait 4 hours at McDonalds for a burger. You won't be able to look at my bike until Tuesday, 6 days from now? I won't be able to come back to your store until Never. Also, previously you over-charged me for a basic service. You did nothing to my bike as far as I could tell, maybe tweaked some knobs here and there, and yet it cost me less to have my car services with a full oil change. To justify the single star I am forced to give you, you did sell me a good German bike pump that one time. The customer is always right. If you message me and tell me what you are doing to resolve this issue, I will consider giving you a better rating. Incidentally, Ray cycles down the road looked at my bike immediately, and will most likely finish fixing it today. Maybe they are able to do that because they're less popular, but that is decent service and I expect no less from you. Hire some casual staff.
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Excellent teachers, challenging and enjoyable classes. The children's classes are good too, the kids have great fun while learning Aikido, discipline, and getting some exercise.
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