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10 hours and $5500 to go now.  Litter 'robots' like this can be a huge boon both to cats and the humans that clean their litter pans.  Share with fellow cat owners!
 
With only 24 hours to go, my friend +Jerry Horanoff​ is likely on pins and needles as to the Litter Loo kickstarter campaign.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/litterloo/litter-loo

Seriously, if you have cats you really owe it to yourself to take a look at this project and product. It really is a great invention.

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Firefox 44 is rolling out today to stable... with ServiceWorker + push notification support: http://mzl.la/1lOGF3y - woot!
Have you ever wished that a website could notify you when something important happened, even if you didn't have the site open? Maybe you've got an incoming WebRTC call, an instant message, or a financial update. Perhaps your city just declared an emergency snow plowing schedule.
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NO!

That's what email and XMPP are for.
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On one side, this elite is presumed to be a bunch of economic superheroes, able to deliver universal prosperity by summoning the magic of the marketplace. On the other side, they’re depicted as incredibly sensitive flowers who wilt in the face of adversity — raise their taxes a bit, subject them to a few regulations, or for that matter hurt their feelings in a speech or two, and they’ll stop creating jobs and go sulk in their tents, or more likely their mansions.
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I generally am a less government person but I am very much into the concept that there is a basis (an operating system) upon which the country and economy runs.

Core infrastructure that basically can not reasonably (or even technically) be competitive is a natural place for a monopoly (as it has no other option).  For example, the road to work (or to my office).  I can't really choose a competitor's road.  It would be hard to have a second path (and even in places where it could happen, it would be prohibitively costly in both space and money)

The same tends to go for police and fire departments.  They are part of the infrastructure.

Other things are relatively similar - water and sewer are, in higher population areas, just not viable for competition.  And in low population areas, they are self-serviced (a well and a septic system are great until you get too many in the same area)

Now, things get fuzzy elsewhere.  The question gets to one of greater good sometimes.  For example, the safety net for food seems like a mistake until you see the costs of having many people sick from malnutrition and the cost of that. Preventative operations like NIH which work to root cause major illnesses and help prevent pandemics (or significant poisoning due to bad products/food) are very valuable, much like vaccines are - they don't look like it now because they are working but if you look back to before, things were really bad - lots of costs and suffering)

I don't know how to draw a bright line here.  It is unfortunate that we need the military - but it is improper to use it to help make certain businesses able to continue their business model (such as our intervention in Iran in the 1950s to make sure the oil companies could continue pulling oil out of Iran)

Anyway, I tend to be one of do less but when you do it, do it right.  Half-assed solutions tend to be the worst as you take the costs but don't push through to get the benefits.
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Bill Gates writes very readable reviews. I'm going to have to read this now.

https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/Why-Inequality-Matters-Capital-in-21st-Century-Review
Bill Gates reviews Thomas Piketty’s book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”
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You think there’s no class warfare?  The uber-rich in America are now paying taxes at the lowest rate since income taxes began, down around 17%.  The latest budget bill, passed by the GOP Congress, sweetened the deal even more, as they did annually during both Bush administrations.  Want to know what the Republican establishment fears most about Donald Trump getting their nomination?  He’d battle Hillary Clinton (or Sanders) hard… but at some debate he’d simply say: “Of course the rich pay too little tax!”  And with both of them agreeing, on live TV, the needle would shift, hard.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/30/business/economy/for-the-wealthiest-private-tax-system-saves-them-billions.html
 
They can’t allow that.
The very richest are able to quietly shape tax policy that will allow them to shield billions in income.
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BBC open sourced their (experimental) HTML5 Video Compositor*, with Web Audio, Video, and WebGL under the hood. Looks promising!
The ambitions of object-based broadcasting bring a whole new range of challenges when it comes to the composition and rendering of media. We've done a number of experiments to show how pushing the final rendering of the media to a client device can create some really novel user experiences.
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Repeating what +Andreas Schou said (I can't say it better):

I just want to amplify what +Tshaka Armstrong  said about how awesome Robert Smalls was. Just to give you some details which fall between the big bullet points here:

* Born into slavery.

* Started out with seriously unpleasant menial jobs. Taught himself to read. More importantly, taught himself navigational trigonometry. This is not simple to do yourself. This is especially not simple to do when you grew up speaking Gullah creole, and your first exposure to standard-dialect English was when you were ten.

* In general, was seriously awful at being a slave. Ran away. Resold tobacco and candy to make money his master didn't have access to. Bailed out of slave lockup over and over again because, despite the fact he never took to the whip, he was too competent to punish.

* Stole a Confederate ship. Sailed off with it. Gave it to the Union.

* Pushed for Congress to pay him the bounty, and was paid about $37,000 for it. Which is to say, "more money than a slave would likely see in five lifetimes."

* Joined the US Navy. Which is notable, because the US Navy was not admitting black sailors at this point.

* Convinced the US Army to admit black soldiers. You know. Like you do.

* Oh, did I mention that all of this happened before he turned 23? Because it all did.

* Assigned to pilot an experimental ironclad steamship in an attack on Charleston harbor. This fails. The ship sinks. Smalls is nonetheless commended for bravery.

* Reassigned to the Planter, the ship he stole less than two years ago, with some of the black crew which originally stole it. The captain of the Planter, caught in crossfire between Confederate and Union ships, attempts to surrender to the Confederates.

* Decided he's going to have none of that, because black soldiers and sailors are killed on capture. Sails the ship back to the Union lines against his captain's orders, saving the lives of his black crew.

* Commended for bravery again. And promoted. Which makes him the first black naval captain in US history. He's actually captain of the Planter, the ship he stole less than two years ago.

* The war ends.

* Used the money he got from stealing Confederate ships to buy the house he lived in when he was a slave. Moves in. Runs for Congress.

* Won.

* Kept running for Congress. Kept winning. Became the longest-serving black Congressman until the late 20th century.

* Reconstruction ended. Gerrymandering, poll violence, and the like keep him from running again.

* Stayed active in politics. Attempted to return the black vote to South Carolina. Fails, but consider that this is precisely the sort of thing which would get you lynched between the years of 1876 and 1920.

* Appointed to be customs inspector. Which, again: this is a math-heavy job, and Smalls had no formal education.

Name an important thing which a human being could have done between the Civil War and World War I, and Smalls did it. He didn't just rise up from poverty: he rose up from the most abject position an American could be consigned to, and just ... kept rising. Even after the tragedy that ended Reconstruction, he somehow managed to keep his head above water.

He died the owner of the house in which he had been a slave, serving the country which had both rewarded and betrayed him.
 
#BAMF for #BlackHistoryMonth  Now THIS is a cat I'd love to see a biopic about!

From Wikipedia: As a politician, Smalls authored state legislation providing for South Carolina to have the first free and compulsory public school system in the United States, and founded the Republican Party of South Carolina.
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The article linked to isn't great (see the comment to +David Brin​'s post), but David's commentary is good.
 
I have some doubts about Bernie Sanders.  But in several topics he is the only guys talking about core problems.  Like the concentration of economic power into pools and piles so immense they are "too big to fail."  Have a look here. How 37 banks become four megabanks over the last two decades.  This is not healthy.  A few bad choices by hal;f a dozen secretive moguls and the rest of us will be left, holding the bailout check.
http://realitieswatch.com/37-banks-became-4-just-2-decades-one-astonishing-chart/
This chart shows us how, over the last couple of decades, 37 banks have became just 4 mega-banks.
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"What kind of parent are you? Putting life saving chemicals in that baby! You'd think you loved her or something," wrote one person.
Image sparked fierce response from those who believe vaccinations cause autism.
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"Thanks to all you anti-vax idiots for your comments and identifying yourselves.  Your Facebook personality profiles have been adjusted accordingly, and you should start seeing an uptick in ads for the Franklin Mint, Donald Trump-branded "Wealth Creation" seminars, and whatever shit Dr. Oz is pushing this week.  We rarely get metrics that allow us to target ads so precisely and so lucratively.  So thanks, you guys!  And keep your disease-ridden kids away from mine..."
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Google+ Activity Log
Google+ now features a list of all your actions including posts, comments, +1s, votes, blocks, and much more. You can access your Activity Log on Android, iOS, and the Web from the Settings menu.

Filter the list to find recent comments or other actions you've made (I personally find this very useful when I want to re-find conversations I've participated in) or easily remove any action you've taken on Google+ using the X on each list item.

As usual, you can tell us what you think about this new feature using the Send Feedback menu item. Thanks~
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Workers and better ways to use them are really important - as is slimming down the web. It's amazing the perf impact of using Firefox's tracking protection, for example.
 
I wrote a prediction post, because predictions influence reality.

https://medium.com/@cramforce/2016-will-be-the-year-of-concurrency-on-the-web-c39b1e99b30f#.soh2hfjel
Since 2009 JavaScript programming on the web has a way to write concurrent programs using shared-nothing threads: Web Wo…
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We need to remember that many of the old crafts still have value and there's real risk of losing them. Japan has a concept of "Living National Treasures" to maintain a (limited) set of top culturally-significant artisans. But most important is to patronize the craftspeople
 
Gentlemen,. Last week, one of our readers, to whom we extend our warmest gratitude, alerted us on the fact that the very last invisible mending workshop in Paris is about to close. La Maison Perrin, located at 29 rue des Petits-Champs in the 1st district, is set to close after its owner, ...
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Ate in the Japanese room upstairs. Wonderful sushi; especially the tempura lobster roll and the Rainbow roll. They have a few very nice traditional tatami rooms as well, and some nook-type western seating plus an area of tables (but not a huge expanse, it's reasonably intimate). Very nice.
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Total hole-in-the-wall, crowded downstairs (there are more tables upstairs that get you away from the crush of people ordering). Wonderful food. We especially liked the Chicken Bhartha, the Paneer Chili Masala, their Naan, and the Paneer Saag. The Chicken Tikka Masala was quite good, and the chicken was especially tender. I would go there again in an instant. Anytime near dinnertime there's a serious crush downstairs to order. We ate there with two very young kids (upstairs), and they were very helpful and understanding about little kids not being very neat with eating rice.
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The best place in the Philadelphia area for Rhododendrons and Azaleas, and one of the best on the east coast
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