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Chris Dolan
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programmer, cyclist, gamer, former astronomer
programmer, cyclist, gamer, former astronomer

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A programming error allowed a massive theft of virtual currency. The best things about this article are 1) if you're a programmer of any dynamic language (JS, Ruby, Obj-C, Perl, etc) then it's easy to understand the bug; 2) the author makes a great analogy between blockchain programming (smart contracts) and 1990s shrinkwrap software: both need to work right the first time because you rarely get the chance to ship an update.

h/t +Marc MERLIN

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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7/4/17
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Wow, the perverse creativity! These are fantastic!

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This article is a treasure of anecdotes about English word/grammar origins. For example:

"... we kill a cow or a pig (English) to yield beef or pork (French). Why? Well, generally in Norman England, English-speaking labourers did the slaughtering for moneyed French speakers at table. The different ways of referring to meat depended on one’s place in the scheme of things, and those class distinctions have carried down to us in discreet form today."

h/t +Dan Sugalski

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This is the WORST album I've ever heard. Do NOT listen to it.

Or, if you're really into self-torture you can listen to full previews of these horrible "songs" at https://venetiansnares.bandcamp.com/album/higgins-ultra-low-track-glue-funk-hits-1972-2006

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I'm so very proud of my brother!
For those of you who don't know, I am working this summer for the ACLU of Maine as a legal intern. I've been on the job for one week so far. One of the cool things that I get to do is write some pieces for the ACLU's blog. Here's my first post; it's on Maine Gov. Paul LePage's plan to commute sentences of low-risk prisoners.

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Devil's Lake State Park, Balanced Rock trail. My son has no fear of heights, unlike me.

There's a great photo of the balanced rock on the DNR page: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/devilslake/
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Wow, Windows source code has moved to Git. Over 8000 git pushes per day (presumably many of those with multiple commits).

As a point of comparison the Linux kernel was measured at 195 commits per day back in 2014 (http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTg3OTE).

I think it's great that Microsoft accomplished such a huge change with so few problems, and also that they're talking about it publicly (and contributing source code back!).

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It's National Bike to Work Day today (oddly, Wisconsin's Bike to Work Week isn't until June) so I wore this shirt on my bike commute. Unfortunately it was unusually cold today so I wore another shirt over it...
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This is indeed surprising. And it makes any understanding of human biology via genetic analysis so much more complicated.
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