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Ray Lee
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Fossil fuel companies -- which are some of the most profitable businesses on the planet -- get subsidies amounting to $10M per minute.
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FYI, G+ added a new... feature. It will sometimes show your plus one's to some of your circles, much as facebook does today. The decision on what they show is algorithmic <shrug>, but you have some control over how far it is shared. Read on to see how to set your privacy preferences.
 
DON'T SPAM YOUR FRIENDS
Google just rolled out a new feature, letting all of your firends see the stuff that you +1. I think that's obnoxious. If I want you guys to know about something, I will share it. You don't need your streams polluted with little posts that tell you that I just liked Timmy's update about Hodor.

Go to this link, change the visibility from "extended circles" to "only you" and your friends will thank you. Actually, they won't, they just won't start hating you.

https://plus.google.com/apps 
https://plus.google.com/apps/google (won't work until you get the update)

If you don't HAVE the Google section yet, and all you see is apps and log, then it hasn't gotten to you yet, just give it time

Thank you +Google+  for making it easy to disable the obnoxious features.

Oh, and if you have no idea what the heck I'm talking about, reference this post by +Danny Sullivan 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/113217924531763968801/posts/SxBfvPU34qB

ADDED INFO: At the request of +Ricardo Lagos  Google employee who has been informative and helpful to many people today, I am adding additional information here. Your +1s will not ALL be shared to the streams of your circles, there is an algorithm that Google has worked very hard on to try to curate only what they believe you will find interesting. It is definitely NOT intended to be spammy and will likely only get better over time as they improve the algorithm and as Google learns more about what you value.

They want you to think of it as a way to see the endorsements of those you have circled. That is good and fine for some. I still choose to turn it off and not put information into people's streams other than directly via share. But Google gives us a choice, and that is a very good thing.

I have seen comments from quite a few people who find it wonderful, have already discovered new people on G+, and look forward to getting those endorsements from people that they follow.

Choice is good! Freedom is good. Read through the comments here to learn more - and to see that Google personnel are engaging directly with their users, and are working to make this the best social network on the planet.

You don't get that elsewhere! (I don't think. Heck, I don't know. I don't hang out on other social networks)
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Thanks for posting that. Done and done!

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An excellent (but long) post on the sorts of things we're learning about how complex systems act. This includes 'Black Swan' events (such as the collapse of the stock market), extinction of species, societal collapses, as well as the complex dynamics of modern software.
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How I spent my Thursday evening.
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Totally. Pinball is awesome. (The beer didn't hurt, either.)

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Yup.
 
I really am a fiscal conservative. And it's why I vote Democratic ...
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Are you cereal? How is it I've never heard this before? Democratic Party: FAIL.
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I can't say it any better than the below.

summary CDC is calling for a gentle military presence to help contain the outbreaks. An ounce of prevention is desperately needed while we still have a chance.
 
I normally tell people to calm down when they hear about the outbreak of the latest horrific disease or potential problem or the like. 99% of the time, this is the media getting ahead of itself. After seeing this data about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, I think we may be seeing the 1% here. As the author of this article puts it:

"I’ve spent enough time around public health people, in the US and in the field, to understand that they prefer to express themselves conservatively. So when they indulge in apocalyptic language, it is unusual, and notable.

When one of the most senior disease detectives in the US begins talking about “plague,” knowing how emotive that word can be, and another suggests calling out the military, it is time to start paying attention."

That is, to put it mildly, alarming. Fortunately, there are concrete suggestions about things which can avert disaster right now: in fact, dealing with situations like this is one of the things the military is best at, and dropping in, establishing large field hospitals, setting up various infection-control protocols, and the like could make the difference between an out-of-control epidemic that ravages the planet and something which ends relatively quickly. 

The graph of most interest is the one on the right, below, showing cases per day in three countries. Sierra Leone seems to be stabilizing slowly; Guinea is showing oscillations, which probably has to do with hospital visitation patterns and waves of panic in the population; but the really scary line is the one from Liberia. You can recognize it as the one that's pointing sharply upwards. This likely has a lot to do with the increasing urbanization of West Africa, as Ebola has a much easier time spreading in dense cities than in small villages.

Given that we are looking at an estimate of 77,000 to 277,000 cases by the end of the year if we don't do anything, and that this could easily lead to mass political instability -- which would then spread Ebola carriers left and right, and turn a regional issue into a global one -- perhaps now would be a really good time for our political leaders to invest in some goddamned catastrophe aversion.

Really, on the priorities list, this is much more likely to be a threat to our governments' (and people's) collective interests than ISIS.  

Via several.
The Ebola epidemic in Africa has continued to expand since I last wrote about it, and as of a week ago, has accounted for more than 4,200 cases and 2,200 deaths in five countries: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone. That is extraordinary: Since the virus was discovered, no Ebola outbreak’s toll has risen…
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[Only for my software geek friends]

I think we need to coin a new word. I get so tired of talking about calling Service X's API for this, or (worse) some Software as a Service's endpoint for that, or a Remote Procedure Call, or a CORBA method invocation, or -- it just goes on. We have used so many words for this idea over the past couple decades. So many and yet so unclear. Can we just name these syrscalls, and be done with it?

Distributed systems are only going to become more common, so this unwieldy language gap will grow. I think it's time to make this an improper noun.

syrscalls! (The 'r' stands for Quetzalcoatl.)
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fine. but how does this help me find obscure swedish refrigerator replacement parts??

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Finally, some interest in studying video game economies scientifically. There's a lot of economics lessons we could learn at high speed in virtual worlds. Maybe some of those lessons could help keep us from bouncing the world economy every hundred years.

Warning, link contains dry material for anyone not interested in at least two of: Science, Economics, Video Games.
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This "comedy" comes from late 2008...
World Collapse Explained in 3 Minutes What's amazing is that the economists didn't think it was important till 2009, and the bankers didn't think it was important till 2011... I thought something would happen before March 2012, but it turns out you can kick the can much further than expected. They voted! It's solved :D

The interesting thing is that the whole field of  virtual (video game) economics predates 2008 (conferences and all). There are two bay area start ups that have basically been managing real<=>game money transfers for a few years. +Romana Machado used to work for TwoFish, which was bought by LiveGamer. Without doing something clever you get monstrous booms and busts.

Unfortunately, the simplest thing to do for the virtual game guys is to scale value destruction and creation rates based on user monetary velocity (to keep currency value constant), but that's not connected well to reality. At least that's what they do in EVE... I'm not really sure about WoW and SecondLife where real currency changes hands.

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This would be a great step forward for men who wish to take an active part in family planning. Let's hope it gets off the ground.
If I were going to describe the perfect contraceptive, it would go something like this: no babies, no latex, no daily pill to remember, no hormones to interfere with mood or sex drive, no negative hea...
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But Ray... Every sperm is sacred. Every sperm is great. When a sperm is torn to shreds by a polyelectrolytic effect, God gets quite irate. Supreme beings aside, though, that's very cool.

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Got hailed on while swimming today. In unrelated news, it was easy to find a lane.
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What about golf ball sized hail? Can we swim in that, too?

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Spaceship Earth.
 
#BAFact: From space, you can see a crescent Earth. And it’s as beautiful as you expect it to be.

It's easy to forget we live on a planet: an actual world, moving through space, a gigantic sphere illuminated by the Sun. And nothing brings that home - oh, so literally - as an image of our blue planet taken from a distant vantage point.

More: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/11/12/rosetta-takes-some-home-pictures/
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  • Tapestry Systems, Inc.
    Owner, Software Architect, 1996 - present
  • Bronco Communications, LLC
    CTO, 2004 - 2010
  • ITT Federal Services Corporation, SMTO
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Itinerant software architect, part time physics hobbiest, full time curmudgeon. Post-bitter. Writing my life-poem one day at a time, just like the rest of us.
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Our lives are the greatest art project we'll ever take on.

I live a charmed life. I write custom software for odd-ball businesses. I have wonderful friends that take me to exotic locales. I putter around with a little research in my spare time.
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