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David Vorriccelli
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Collaborativist, Future Junkie, etc...
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just about exactly 5 years ago, i signed up for the Personal Genome Project after learning that i could get a complete genomic sequence for free (something that currently costs about $1000... but the price is dropping quickly). this is distinct from the 23&Me type services, which only read a few specific portions of your data. 

briefly, they take your medical records and a bunch of your blood and make it all "anonymous" open data. your (whole) genome is donated to science, grad students get to run large data-science experiments with your numbers, and you get to find out what sort of weird hereditary bullshit is going on inside your living cells.

yesterday, after waiting patiently and eagerly, i got wind of results from the blood collection i participated in earlier this year. turns out i could potentially give birth to a child with some issues (if i could give birth), i have a tendency to bleed a lot (true story), and there's some hypertensive tendencies in my life (also, duh). there are another 2,300+ notable variants in my data (so far) which don't seem to have been studied sufficiently... hopefully one of you sciencey-types can get this sorted out, asap.

if you're interested in seeing the full record, let me know i'm happy to share individually... 

http://www.personalgenomes.org/

(double post monday!)
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For my friends who might accidentally visit Chinese websites... be careful out there: 

> On March 16th, 2015, the Chinese censorship apparatus employed a new tool, the “Great Cannon”, to engineer a denial-of-service attack on GreatFire.org, an organization dedicated to resisting China’s censorship. We present a technical analysis of the attack and what it reveals about the Great Cannon’s working, underscoring that in essence it constitutes a selective nation-state Man-in-the-Middle attack tool. Although sharing some code similarities and network locations with the Great Firewall, the Great Cannon is a distinct tool, designed to compromise foreign visitors to Chinese sites. We identify the Great Cannon’s operational behavior, localize it in the network topology, verify its distinctive side-channel, and attribute the system as likely operated by the Chinese government. ** We also discuss the substantial policy implications raised by its use, including the potential imposition on any user whose browser might visit (even inadvertently) a Chinese web site.**
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Thou shalt honor thy First Amendment
And Satan. Don't forget Satan.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled this morning that the Ten Commandments monument placed on Capitol grounds in 2012 was unconstitutional. The monument will have to be removed, along with the Satanic Temple’s Baphomet monument, placed on the grounds in 2013 as an homage to Satan. What a shame. Where will the children of Oklahoma City go now to worship Satan? 
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A Neural Networks Fractal Dreams
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Seattle... I'm within you. And it's getting really deep.
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""Robot apartments! invisible suburbs! 
skeleton treasuries! blind capitals! demonic 
industries! spectral nations! invincible mad 
houses! granite cocks! monstrous bombs! ""

it took me something like 3 years to finally read this after i bookmarked it.
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this was very informative
What ISIS Really Wants
What ISIS Really Wants
theatlantic.com
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TL;DR - the internet.

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This goes back to a theme from your book: that it’s difficult to navigate through the modern world using literalist religious beliefs. You also find symmetry between fundamentalist Christians and New Atheists: both think that truth claims need to be taken very seriously. How do you respond to the accusation that there is a fundamentalism to New Atheism, where science is often treated as an absolutist metaphysics?

Well, absolutism is almost always a mild term of abuse. Nobody champions absolutism. Whenever anybody is called an absolutist it’s usually meant in criticism. And yet you don’t hear a certified public accountant accused of being absolutist about the bottom line in the books of a corporation. Those are taken as facts, and we have to take the facts seriously, and we don’t wave our hands and go all postmodern about what happened to the money.
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