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I would watch this.
 
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This is right up your alley,  +Jay Gischer !
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That trailer was creepy.
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This is amazing.  Don't settle for excerpts.  Watch the whole thing.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — President Barack Obama delivered a passionate discourse on America's racial history Friday in his eulogy for a state senator and pastor slain in what police called a racial attack on a historic African-American church.
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If Obama were running for a third time, today, he'd win.
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Hmm, interesting.
 
I’ll admit it–I’m not expecting Ant-Man to be Marvel’s finest hours, either in terms of movie, or of box office returns. But one of the things that’s confused me from the start is why Ant-Man at all? What is the reason to even make this movie, other than…
I'll admit it--I'm not expecting Ant-Man to be Marvel's finest hours, either in terms of movie, or of box office returns. But one of the things that's confused me from the start is why Ant-Man at a...
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Gov. Nikki Haley moments ago called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds,

Haley was flanked by members of the Legislature, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, the heads of both major political parties in the state and U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, and U.S. Reps. Jim Clyburn and Mark Sanford.

I am very pleased to hear this.
COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley moments ago called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds, saying the killings of nine church-goers at Emanuel AME in Charleston last week mandated a change in the state's heart.
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Political expediency has been the hallmark of civil rights gains. They are cynical, calculated, and make my nose squinch. Fortunately, they can have real and lasting results. Lasting far longer than the cynical, calculating asshats that act in its service.
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I had forgotten what a great song this is.  I heard it a lot in college - Al Stewart was insanely popular in Seattle at the time.
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+Jay Gischer We need to get him to come give a concert again soon. My first concert was Al in NYC as a teen (Year of the Cat), and I've seen him 3 times in Seattle. :)
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This is probably going to be necessary in some form.  Birds have been known to cause plane crashes.  And birds have their own necks on the line, and a lot more common sense than humans.
When camera-equipped drones hovered above the Golden State Warriors parade in Oakland on Friday, reportedly forcing some television helicopters to move away from filming the NBA Finals victory celebration, it was the latest sign that unmanned aircraft are becoming a trendy consumer gadget.
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The argument, in short, is that this is history:

Nope, this is about history. This is about having a Hall of Fame that tells the true story of what has happened in baseball through the years: the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful, the inspiring. the embarrassing. All of it.

No.  This is not what the Hall of Fame is about.  This is what the record books are about, and why we keep them.  The Hall of Fame is about honoring people.  The rule against players, coaches, and managers betting on baseball applies to everyone, not just players that are mediocrities.  If we don't hold the best to the same standards as everyone else, those standards mean nothing at all.

What Pete Rose did threatened the institution of Major League Baseball.  For very personal reasons, he habitually ignored rules that were put in place to guard baseball's integrity in the eyes of the public.  An integrity which was badly damaged in 1919 by, guess what, gambling.

Likewise with Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire, to name a few of those banned from the HoF for steroid use (also mentioned here).  For personal gain, they threatened to undermine the integrity, and thus the popularity of baseball itself, upon which the livelihoods of many, many people depend.  People including groundskeepers, trainers, ticket sellers, souvenir vendors and concession operators.  Pete Rose was a great player, but no, I don't want to see him in the Hall of Fame.
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Hall of fame player but he messed that up what a shame because he was fun to watch when I was a kid I use to copy his style of play 
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Antonin Scalia:

Take, for example, this Court, which consists of only nine men and women, all of them successful lawyers who studied at Harvard or Yale Law School. Four of the nine are natives of New York City. Eight of them grew up in east- and west-coast States. Only one hails from the vast expanse in-between. Not a single Southwesterner or even, to tell the truth, a genuine Westerner (California does not count). Not a single evangelical Christian (a group that comprises about one quarter of Americans), or even a Protestant of any denomination.

I agree with this in pretty much every significant way.  The difference between me and Tony Scalia on this point is that I've been saying this for the last ten years, at least.  Since Sandra Day O'Connor retired, there have been zero graduates of any other law school than Harvard or Yale.  Really?

But this is the first time he's mentioned it, and he's been on the bench for a long, long time.  
In his dissent on the gay marriage ruling, Justice Scalia rips the majority for its pretension and egoism, but he also is dismissive of its East Coast, Ivy League, New York City composition, calling the court a "select, patrician, highly unrepresentative panel of nine":
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In Europe, "Evangelical" is often a mainstream variety of "Protestant".  The Finnish state church's official name, for an example, is Suomen evankelis-luterilainen kirkko

In Americas, though, Christian Fundamentalists often use "Evangelical" as a politically correct euphemism for "Our kind".  As a result, while there are mainstream collectives calling themselves "Evangelical Lutheran Churches" even in the US, when you hear a loud one, odds are pretty good that they're Fundamentalists of one kind or another (other than Amish, who are relentlessly fundamentalist but only rarely loud).
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Really good piece.
"You need to feel like racism is real bad in this country."
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I have serious problems with the popular/simplistic notions of forgiveness.  I had no idea they were being applied here but it figures.  I think I will be making a post on forgiveness sometime.
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One of the best parts of being a father - dancing in front of your kids and making them cringe!
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Hmm, I'm configuring this gem to add to my web application.  It's a gaming/LARP oriented cloud system.

One option is to make users "trackable".  That is, I keep track of how often the log in, and from what IP.  Is this a good idea , or a bad one?

I really have no idea.  Thoughts?  From people with a bit more experience with webapps than myself?
devise - Flexible authentication solution for Rails with Warden.
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Yeah, I'm kinda thinking "leave it off until I see a need for it"
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Specifically, if the edit-distance problem can be solved in time O(n^(2-e)), with e>0, then there is a c < 1 such that CNF-SAT (a famous NP-complete problem) can be solved in O(e^(cn)).  Less than full exponential time.

This is a relativized result.  The proof that "there is no better algorithm" is empirical, not absolute.  But it's tied now to a problem that's well understood and studied.  Thus the big headline.

In one sense, it's too bad.  A faster algorithm would be very handy for lots of applications.  But now we have a better idea why there isn't one.
Proof that a 40-year-old algorithm is the best possible will come as a relief to computer scientists.
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