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Stan Gunn
Causality isn't what it used to be.
Causality isn't what it used to be.
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For those of you who use LinkedIn, please pay attention! You need to listen to this. Most people log in to LinkedIn with their email address. And many of them use the same password they use when logging in to email. If that's you, then you need to go change your password for EVERY SITE where you use that email/password combo -- not just your email address.  If the hackers who broke into LinkedIn captured your password they can start running that combo against lots of commonly used sites. You can see if they captured your hashed password at the link below. Do it now. Don't wait until you're a victim.

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A fascinating list from kottke of extremely bad password requirements. Do the people who write these policies realize they are giving hackers a blueprint for reducing the overall size of the namespace they have to search to crack passwords?

You know your dog is big when you can hurt yourself stubbing your toe on her.

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A group of billionaire investors is going to start mining asteroids and bringing the resources back to Earth. I'm insanely excited about this. I love living in the future.

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I'm always very dubious about the announcement of NEW! WORLD CHANGING! TECHNOLOGY! And I won't even pretend I understand the science behind it. But this could be very, very amazing:

My eight-year-olds want me to teach them how to code. I'm sure there are some good tools for this, but I'm a little overwhelmed trying to find the right place to start. So far I've found Scratch (scratch.mit.edu) and Greenfoot (www.greenfoot.org). Anyone have other suggestions?

They think they are going to build the next Skyrim, I'll be happy if I can find a good tool to introduce them to a little bit of logic and OOP.

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Math-Induced Respiratory Disorder: a fit of coughing and throat-clearing induced in 8-year-olds when verbally drilling on multiplication tables, MIRD is especially prevalent when trying to remember answers in the 4x12, 8x8, and 7x6 range. 

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If you know PHP and MySQL, and you're looking for some part-time work, The Briscoe Center for American History at UT is currently offering a 19hr/week computer programmer internship in their digital archives. They are looking for people with some PHP/MySQL experience. See number 2 on the link below.

http://www.cah.utexas.edu/about/jobs.php
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