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Fusion instead of Binary Arithmetic. 
Because, SCIENCE!
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Recently, I've seen more and more about an idea called a guaranteed minimum income.  The way it would work is that everyone is given some non-trivial amount of money every year; tax free.  I've seen suggestions of $30K/year.  Some of the discussion invariably turns towards assumptions about human nature; whether humans are inherently lazy or if they inherently want to work.  I think the nature of this question could be best answered by individual answers to the following question:

"If you could do anything you want and you didn't have to earn a living, what would you do with your time?"

My belief is that everyone would have answer to this question.  Certainly, some people would say, "I'd watch TV all day" (and to myself I ask "how long can you do that before you get super bored?")  And if they don't have to earn a living, they would certainly have the time to go work on those projects.  And places like Kickstarter seem reasonably good at getting peopel the funds they need/want to fund their projects.
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The idea of a guaranteed minimum income makes me cringe.  I can imagine the inflation of prices for every day used goods. Prices driven up because of the assumption that everyone should have money now.  If only there were a way to guarantee that price inflation for goods wouldn't happen...not sure it is possible.  The extra money would have no benefit if prices just go up!

I much prefer using my brain, talent, and any other resources available to me that will keep me on track to retirement by age 40.  Then let  me travel, create, relax, and enjoy whatever comes next!  
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So I've started digging around in the Linux kernel for ideas about how to implement some ideas I have for a game.  I looked up what IPC stands for (InterProcess Communication) and I found the below quote:

"The Linux kernel provides the following IPC mechanisms: Signals, Anonymous Pipes, Named Pipes or FIFOs, SysV Message Queues, POSIX Message Queues, SysV Shared memory, POSIX Shared memory, SysV semaphores, POSIX semaphores, FUTEX locks, File-backed and anonymous shared memory using mmap, UNIX Domain Sockets, Netlink Sockets, Network Sockets, Inotify mechanisms, FUSE subsystem, D-Bus subsystem. For Most of my needs I use sockets."

Two things blow me away.  First, that there are so many different IPC methods supported in the Linux kernel.  Second, I had no idea that so many mechanisms were supported.  The SysV stuff is rather old but clearly still useful.

I don't know what even a quarter of those mechanisms do or how they work but it's kind of exciting to go find out.
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Confession:  This song has been stuck in my head for the last day or so.  In my too-frequent playing of it, I notice that it doesn't behave like a normal song.  

It starts like a pop-ish song but gets progressively more  epic Viking metal at the end.  This song is about the closest I've ever heard of a mainstream band doing an epic Viking metal song.  (Viking metal is a song type name that I just invented for myself.)

Any thoughts on the composition of the song?
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Dat magnetosphere. Just figure out how to farm with 55 W/m^2 sunlight and we can start a colony.
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"When you need me but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me but no longer need me, then I have to go. It's rather sad, really, but there it is." ---Nanny McPhee
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Reading about sorting algorithms in textbooks rarely helps visualize what's going on.  The attached animations are beautiful and offer a much more intuitive feel of what's going on (for a visual learner such as myself).
 
SORTING - A visualization of the most famous sorting algorithms
http://sorting.at/
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I'm not sure what you're asking. Are you referring to the psuedorandom numbers used in the visualizations? 
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The vast majority of the time, academic papers are incredibly boring.  But I found these today and found them incredibly interesting.  Particularly, the one about Winnie the Pooh having a vitamin B12 deficiency.
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Oh German. Your infinite ability to quickly make up new words to describe something very old. I give you "Backpfeifengesicht" which I'm told means "face in need of a fist". 
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I did it.  Finally.  I deactivated my Facebook account.  <huge sigh of relief>  Finally.
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Hear hear.
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