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If you see anything here that might be useful to you, it's yours, otherwise it's all going to recycling! Happy to give more info on anything that's not clear from the photos. Cheers!
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Do you have any old mobile phone handsets in there? My work are collecting them to raise money for Huntington's.
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Is there anything to be done with boxes of obsolete tech besides throwing them away?

I have tons of stuff like this and it’s very hard to shake the feeling that surely it must be useful for something. Those Palm Pilots were expensive and very useful bits of kit when we got them, for example. Is it really all good for nothing except taking to the recycling for rendering to raw materials?

Note that I certainly don’t want to use it for anything myself, and I don’t really want to make more than a minimal effort here. While I’m just having a hard time letting go of the idea that there’s someone, somewhere, who would actually be glad of having some of it, I’m not really prepared to put a lot of work into finding them. Any ideas?
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Some charity shops do take electrical goods - some of them have branches specifically to do so. Not sure about the small electrics, though. I'm trying to resist adding to my collection of already-obsolete hardware. [grin]
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My review of Eliezer Yudkowsky's Rationality: From AI to Zombies. Surprisingly enough, I liked it.
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Stuart Armstrong invented the term "A lump of cadmium" for a level of precaution woefully inadequate to the risk at hand. Based on the "safety precautions" in the German nuclear program in WWII. http://aleph.se/andart2/risk/a-lump-of-cadmium/
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Question from my Tumblr:

If you refuse to work for Swords Inc, then it's true that someone else will take the job instead. But you do actually harm them a bit; you've slightly reduced the size of the labour force they can draw on, which will slightly push up wages. If their salary budget is constant, that will mean they can employ slightly fewer people; looking at 80000 Hours work on this, a decent rule of thumb might be that for every two people who refuse to work for Swords Inc, they end up hiring one fewer employees total. It will also push up the price of swords, which will mean fewer swords sold.

Now supposing instead you refuse to invest in them, putting your money in Ploughshares Inc instead. My feeling is that this won't affect their stock price, that if you drive down the price of their stock a little bit, you'll create an opportunity for investors who don't care about this sort of thing to take money out of Ploughshares and put it into Swords, until the price returns to their estimates of the value. So I don't think you make a difference to the number of swords sold by refusing to invest in it.

Is that right? Why do the two cases differ?
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I have to disagree with you on your first phrase +Pavlos Papageorgiou​, but that's not the end of the world :-) . I wouldn't oppose stocks and bonds in the scope of Paul's question. The argument extends to bondholders; same mechanism at different stages of life cycle (for indeed the stockmarket is just one element in a firm's supply of cash). Nonetheless, and since shareholders are the spine of a company's balance sheet, the attractivity/value of its shares will impact the willingness of lenders to lend to it / buy its bonds; so even if the firm doesn't raise fund on the stock market anymore, a marginal reduction in the number of potential shareholder still impacts its cost to raise funds, even via debt.
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An Auto-Awesome movie for my year! Thanks to the great teams who write the software that makes this possible :)
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Nikola Tesla, 1926:

"From the inception of the wireless system," he says, "I saw that this new art of applied electricity would be of greater benefit to the human race than any other scientific discovery, for it virtually eliminates distance.  The majority of the ills from which humanity suffers are due to the immense extent of the terrestrial globe and the inability of individuals and nations to come into close contact.

"Wireless will achieve the closer contact through transmission of intelligence, transport of our bodies and materials and conveyance of energy. 

"When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole.  We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance.  Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone.  A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket.

"We shall be able to witness and hear events--the inauguration of a President, the playing of a world series game, the havoc of an earthquake or the terror of a battle--just as though we were present."
WHEN WOMAN IS BOSS, an interview with Nikola Tesla by John B. Kennedy.
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Increasingly that third of the world are getting smartphones! 
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Anyone know where this cool bridge is?
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Superb, thank you!
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This is a Google+ collection! By default you're seeing this if you follow me on G+, but you can unfollow this collection and still see everything else I post. Or you can just follow this collection if all you want is cat pics :) https://plus.google.com/+googleplus/posts/7ZpGWeou2sV
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"...Thiel doesn't sound nearly as worried about artificial intelligence as Tesla (TSLA) founder Elon Musk, who recently said AI poses a grave threat to the human race."

This is funny if you know that Thiel was THE major funder of mitigation against this threat years before Elon Musk ever heard of it, and AFAIK continues to fund it.  https://intelligence.org/topdonors/
Billionaire Peter Thiel wants people to stop blaming technology for all of society's problems. Robots won't replace middle class jobs, he says.
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A few issues and notes from a party we had on 20 Dec (so the app has been updated since then):

- the Chromecast crashed, taking the party with it
- one person seemed to get the credit for lots of tracks queued up by others
-  individual tracks would fail to load and I'd have to skip them for play to begin again
- no party code was displayed.
- it's a shame I now have no record of what was played
- the display is too attention-grabbing, it's a party, I don't want people looking at the TV
- join via QR code?
- Remember what I called the last party while naming the next one.

I looked for you on Google internal search but couldn't find you btw - I'm paulcrowley@. I've been waiting for QCast for a long time and it's great to finally have it—thanks!
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Just throwing it out there, I like the playback UI, the album art is really nice. I haven't had a problem with it being too distracting, but showing the party code would be nice, especially if optional. I have come across the the two bugs you mentioned, but David said there are already being addressed. All up this is a pretty amazing release, thanks guys. 
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On Media (with apologies to Dorothy Parker)

Vinyl's too hefty,
Tapes need to be wound,
CD cases break
and rattle around.

MP3s blurble,
FLAs are too big.
AAC's proprietary -
Just go to the gig
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That's rather wonderful :-)
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