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Computer-generated art that makes algorithms look like oriental rugs. "Polygons on a grid bloom into intricate patterns that resemble hand-woven rugs and Moorish tile patterns in the generative works of John Green, aka Fleen. Black and white patterns repeat into seeming infinity through an algorithmic system developed with computer software. The pieces show the abundance of possibility, with shapes as simple as triangles and squares becoming ornate colonies of design."
The black and white mosaics of John Green, a.k.a., Fleen, are mesmerizing.
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A policy framework for dealing with the social and civic impacts of network platforms that enable new sorts of micro-rentals and piecemeal work.
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A really insightful article that covers the how's and why's of basic income not just the what.

The social problem to it's adoption is getting the rich to stop internalizing their wealth as to what defines them as a person. Money is after all a tool not a state of being.
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When the computers controlling our nuclear arsenals became sentient...
Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors). BTC 1FhCLQK2ZXtCUQDtG98p6fVH7S6mxAsEey ...
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Can our brains use electrical field to transmit information from one place to another?
Neural signals are sent via mechanisms such as synaptic transmission, gap junctions, and diffusion processes, but a new study suggests there's another way that our brains transmit information from one place to another.

Researchers in the US have recorded neural spikes travelling too slowly in the brain to be explained by conventional signalling mechanisms. In the absence of other plausible explanations, the scientists believe these brain waves are being transmitted by a weak electrical field, and they've been able to detect one of these in mice.

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http://www.jneurosci.org/content/35/48/15800

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http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-discover-new-method-of-brain-wave-transmission-electrical-fields

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Computer-generated art that makes algorithms look like oriental rugs. "Polygons on a grid bloom into intricate patterns that resemble hand-woven rugs and Moorish tile patterns in the generative works of John Green, aka Fleen. Black and white patterns repeat into seeming infinity through an algorithmic system developed with computer software. The pieces show the abundance of possibility, with shapes as simple as triangles and squares becoming ornate colonies of design."
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A machine-learning system to fix bugs has been developed. It combs through repairs to open-source computer programs and learns their general properties in order to produce new repairs for a different set of programs.

"The researchers tested their system on a set of programming errors, culled from real open-source applications, that had been compiled to evaluate automatic bug-repair systems. Where those earlier systems were able to repair one or two of the bugs, the MIT system repaired between 15 and 18, depending on whether it settled on the first solution it found or was allowed to run longer." The training data came from patches for 777 errors in eight common open-source applications on GitHub.
Automatic bug-repair system fixes 10 times as many errors as its predecessors.
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Peter Wohlleben, a career ranger, has topped best-seller lists with “The Hidden Life of Trees,” describing trees as social beings that communicate on the “Wood Wide Web.”
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Hope people see this and spread it around. He discusses how changes in voting practices in the US legislature has led to voting fraud, intimidation and in turn lead to the money politics that leads the US today. Extremely informative and well worth the watch.
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How To Use a USB Stick To Securely Log In to Gmail and other Google accounts

If you’ve configured two-step verification for your Gmail account, rather than checking your mobile for codes you can plug in a verified USB stick instead. You can carry it wherever you go, and of course, it doesn’t lose battery or signal. According to Google, it also offers better protection against phishing attacks. Here’s how you can set it up.

What you need first is a USB stick that’s compatible with the FIDO Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) standard. A variety of different models are available, which shouldn’t break the bank.

The guide at http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/how-to-use-a-usb-stick-to-securely-log-in-to-gmail-1752895547 will show you how to set it up using a Yubikey but basically be the esame for other U2F compliant keys.
If you’ve configured two-step verification for your Gmail account, rather than checking your mobile for codes you can plug in a verified USB stick instead. You can carry it wherever you go, and of course, it doesn’t lose battery or signal. According to Google, it also offers better protection against phishing attacks. Here’s how you can set it up.
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