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Projects like this make me laugh because I think to myself, "Got a programming language that compiles to bytecode and nativecode?  Let's make it compile to Java bytecode.  Win!"

I'm curious to see what happens with this project.
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Does the Orthos play differently because of Melee 2.0 in Update 13?
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Yeah. Totally differently. Yep yep yep. 
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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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1) "You mentioned teaching as a place where you can't possibly get volunteers to actually work." Uh... no, I didn't. 

2) "There are tons and tons and tons of people who love teaching." True, but from what I've heard, teaching in a public grade school has very little to do with teaching. It's more about counseling and disciplining somebody else's kids. 

3) Adjunct professors teach at universities. Teaching higher education is a lot different than teaching grade school. And a lot of those professors teach because they need money for research, and in order to get support and resources from the university, they are required to teach. 

4) Who is going to volunteer to be a cashier? Or a garbage collector? Or deliver mail? I can't imagine anyone volunteering to wait tables. And in order for a restaurant to pay people enough to wait tables, they'd have to charge exorbitant amounts for the food. Your free $30K won't last long if a hamburger costs $50. 

The situation you describe sounds like one where everyone just does what they please and robots do what pleases everyone to not do. And if you think that sounds like a good scenario, then you clearly haven't been exposed to enough sci-fi, my friend. We need to put the fear of robots in you! 
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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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I'm reading through Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass" and I came across this line that completely changed how I view Alice (and made me like her more.)

'Nurse! Do let's pretend that I'm a hungry hyaena, and you're a bone.' - Alice
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This is a fantastic video.  Thank you for sharing.  It gives me ideas of stuff I could do myself.
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Fusion instead of Binary Arithmetic. 
Because, SCIENCE!
How to play: Use your arrow keys to move the tiles. When two tiles with can be fused ( check the fusion table below ) they fuse! *This has been simplified to make winning possible, we did however try to follow the fusion pathways that occur naturally in old stars as accurately as possible!
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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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