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Chris Knutson
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More great stuff WRT distributed execution of serialized functions in Python.

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Herbalife had $4.7 billion in sales... and 3.2 million independent distributors.

Do the math. Those distributors are not making money selling product.

By the way, have you tried that crazy wrap thing, yet?
To hell with Amway, Herbalife or all the other ones, thi is the direct marketing revolutuon you want to be in! Share this with at least five people (and ask them to do the same, and so on) and make the world a better place! What are you waiting for?!

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If you think tests are important for your little pissant code base...

AngularDart defines 1601 tests (here). But when you’re committing a change to AngularDart code in the Google repository, it also runs tests for everyone at Google who depends on the framework. At the moment, that’s about 74 thousand tests (depending on how big your change is — a heuristic skips tests that the system knows you’re not affecting).

h/t +Emlyn O'Regan
I wrote down a bit of an inside look on the implications of writing a web framework in Google's trunk-based dev environment.

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Moore's law and the internet have accelerated the the pace at which software is developed, resulting in ongoing rapid changes in technology and everyday life. If those are the fire burning under technological advancement, then Open Source software is the bellows fanning the flames.

Blox is an Open Source project for creating schedulers for AWS ECS (EC2 Container Service, written in Golang (created by Google), which uses etcd (created by CoreOS), which uses gRPC (created by Google).

Blox was created in large part to help Netflix, a proflic open source contributor (, orchestrate container services on AWS infrastructure.

All all of this is powered by the greatest OSS project, Linux, and distributed largely via yet another amazing Open Source project, Git.

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Open Whisper Systems response to the original article, stating rekeying is mischaracterized as a vulnerability, and the security claims against WhatsApp were unverified.

" Since the story has been published, we have repeatedly reached out to the author and the editors at the Guardian, but have received no response."

"We believe that WhatsApp remains a great choice for users concerned with the privacy of their message content."

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It would take 20 years for this probe to get to Alpha Centauri, but 20.4 years would pass for us here on earth, and if it sent us a signal to tell us it had arrived, we wouldn't receive it until almost 25 years after we watched the probe leave.
Source: Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (Max-Planck-Institut fur Aeronomie)

In April last year, billionaire Yuri Milner announced the Breakthrough Starshot Initiative. He plans to invest 100 million US dollars in the development of an ultra-light light sail that can be accelerated to 20 percent of the speed of light to reach the Alpha Centauri star system within 20 years. The problem of how to slow down this projectile once it reaches its target remains a challenge. René Heller of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Göttingen and his colleague Michael Hippke propose to use the radiation and gravity of the Alpha Centauri stars to decelerate the craft. It could then even be rerouted to the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri and its Earth-like planet Proxima b.

In the recent science fiction film Passengers, a huge spaceship flies at half the speed of light on a 120-year-long journey toward the distant planet Homestead II, where its 5000 passengers are to set up a new home. This dream is impossible to realize at the current state of technology. “With today’s technology, even a small probe would have to travel nearly 100,000 years to reach its destination,” René Heller says.

Notwithstanding the technical challenges, Heller and his colleague Michael Hippke wondered, “How could you optimize the scientific yield of this type of a mission?” Such a fast probe would cover the distance from the Earth to the Moon in just six seconds. It would therefore hurtle past the stars and planets of the Alpha Centauri system in a flash.

The solution is for the probe’s sail to be redeployed upon arrival so that the spacecraft would be optimally decelerated by the incoming radiation from the stars in the Alpha Centauri system. René Heller, an astrophysicist working on preparations for the upcoming Exoplanet mission PLATO, found a congenial spirit in IT specialist Michael Hippke, who set up the computer simulations.

Journal Reference:
René Heller, Michael Hippke. Deceleration of High-velocity Interstellar Photon Sails into Bound Orbits at α Centauri. The Astrophysical Journal, 2017; 835 (2): L32

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Libertarians and Greens win summary judgement against the FEC for failing to fairly consider allegations that the Commission on Presidential Debates acted in a partisan manner.

"the FEC acted arbitrarily and capriciously and contrary to law when it determined that the CPD did not endorse, support, or oppose political parties in the 2012 election"

"the court finds that the FEC’s Legal & Factual Analyses do not provide any evidence that the FEC considered the relevant factors or took a hard look at the evidence. Indeed, the FEC fails to cite or discuss virtually any of the evidence submitted with Plaintiffs’ complaints."

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Really hoping they integrate the Plex DVR functionality into this.

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