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Charles Daney
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Google creates Pinterest-like 'Collections' for Google+ http://circanews.com/s/OfJ 
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Best presentation on this I've seen yet.
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That completely violates my view of how human beings work. I refuse to believe it!
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Sounds like a pretty good idea to me. The suggestion is for large services like Google + Yahoo to insert extra 3 to 8 second delays for loading pages to demonstrate what the end of "net neutrality" would be like.

Unfortunately, 3 to 8 seconds is almost trivial. Google+ is already very slow to load. When I loaded the page just now, it took 30 seconds to see anything at all and 55 seconds for complete load. (I have 1 mbps DSL.) This may be partly inherent slowness in Google+ itself. (Many other big sites like Yahoo and FB also often have similar delays, because of the incredible amount of crap they load for every page.) So for me to notice a difference the extra delay would have to be another 30-60 seconds, which would be horrible.

I find a lot of sites load almost instantly, while similar sites take much longer. But the trend toward very long load times over the last year of so is ominous. If it gets any worse I'd cut back use of the sluggish sites to a bare minimum. I wonder whether the "free" Internet may be a very endangered species.
Perhaps we need Google, Microsoft, and other defenders of Net neutrality to give us a public example of Slow Lane Internet to show everyone where the FCC is taking us
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Yeah, that's pretty bad... Google+ loads in under 3 seconds for me. With that slow of a connection you honestly may not see a difference with the fast lanes - the bottleneck is your personal connection. I do love this idea, though. They really should do this.
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It's Oklahoma. What would you expect?
“There is little doubt,” they argued, “that teachers may serve as sources of biological evolution-related misconceptions or, at the very least, propagators of existing misconceptions.” Despite holding more misconceptions about evolutionary theory after completing the course, students “presumed ...
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+Maximum Soler oh and do please learn how to spell correctly.
Just reading your post makes me annoyed that such a poorly educated person wants to tell everyone what and how they should think.
The most amusing thing is that you use the products of science and reason to argue for the existence of a fantasy about a zombie!
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The news isn't all negative. Here's where the U. S. is exceptional: the U.S. remains in first place for the number of incarcerated citizens per capita, adult onset diabetes and for believing in angels.
From access to healthcare and education, gender equality, attitudes toward immigrants and minorities, the U.S. looks like a second-rate nation.
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I would be maintaining the production plants down there that were up here lol! The contractors that showed me pictures of their work in Mexico tell me many exciting stories. From what I hear business is booming down there... but the wage divide is huge.
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Res ipsa loquitur
Scientists through the ages have noted, often with some astonishment, not only the remarkable success of mathematics in describing the natural world, but also the fact that the best mathematical formulations are usually those that are the most beauti...
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There is no doubt that mathematics can be beautiful.  But to say, as Tegmark does in his new book, Our Mathematical Universe, that math describes reality simply because reality is mathematical is simply wrong.  This  teleological  argument adds nothing new to the question as to whether  mathematics is discovered or invented.
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If this doesn't make you paranoid, nothing will.
Once upon a time, a friend of mine accidentally took over thousands of computers. He had found a vulnerability in a piec…
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True not all paths are tested, and there are many more bugs than we would encounter with potential consequences in every piece of software. But the way I see is an arms race, nothing unusual or necessarily worsening. Either side will try to exploit and or avoid weaknesses in other side's or their part. No one has full knowledge of exploitables. The arms race determines the equilibrium so none goes extinct. In a closed system they need each other to survive. It will probably go like this forever without catastrophy.
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It's Oklahoma. What would you expect?
Oklahoma pol presided over botched execution—revealing gruesome lack of humanity. Here's what should happen next.
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When a government goes to such extremes to hide what it's doing, you can't help wondering what it has to hide... must be very bad stuff.
Trevor Timm: The Obama administration's latest secrecy guidelines would make Deep Throat spin in his grave. Good thing the floodgates are about to open on drones
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El Niño usually means more winter rain in California. Good. We need it.
It's still early yet, but a monster El Nino might be forming in the pacific, and it just might shake up the worlds weather for awhile. Over on the robertscribbler blog is an excellent write up ...
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If the Internet is having this effect, it's one of the Internet's  best consequences. Now we just need a faster Internet to make this happen faster.
Using the Internet can destroy your faith. That’s the conclusion of a study showing that the dramatic drop in religious affiliation in the U.S. since 1990 is closely mirrored by the increase in Internet use.
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Belief is distinct from faith. I have found that I can have faith without religion because faith allows me to be open to new information. Belief does not.
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Good advice from Apple. Let the deniers just go buy any dirty old oil stock they want. Perhaps one that's had a major oil spill somewhere.
In a response to a shareholder suggestion that Apple stop its environmentally friendly initiatives, the typically temperate Apple CEO draws a blunt line in the sand. Read this article by Nick Statt on CNET News.
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Science writer/blogger - most fields
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I'm a science writer interested in most fields of science, and exploring how to make better use of the online environment for providing scientific information to a curious, engaged, but not specialized audience.

I've done formal graduate work in mathematics and political science, learned a great deal of astrophysics independently, and learned much computer science through work experience. Also learned a smattering of cell and molecular biology along the way.

If you're interested in checking the sorts of things I write about, have a look at my blogs: Today's Science, Mathophilia, Science and Reason.

And besides those, I post stories from other sources about interesting science news at Science Briefs.

My stream will contain entries for new posts in these blogs (unless I forget to add them), along with other fairly random things.

New blog posts will also be noted on Facebook and Twitter - but I mostly use Google+, so very seldom interact on the others.

Random (other) things that interest me:

• Dogs
• Photography
• Politics
• Archaeology

Some music I like:

G Minor Fugue (Bach, BWV 578)
Mozart horn concertos
Finlandia (Sibelius)
Symphony No. 1, 1st movement (Brahms)
Appalachian Spring, Simple Gifts (Copland)
Marche Slave (Tchaikovsky)
Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven)
Symphony No. 7 (Beethoven)
Aida, Grand March (Verdi)
Ballades (Chopin)
Pictures at an Exhibition (Mussorgsky)
Cello Concerto No. 2 (Dvořák)
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Chemistry geek in high school. Summer intern jobs in both Congress and Executive branch. Graduate studies in both political science and mathematics. Have worked on computer messaging systems (like this one) since 1977. Implemented programming language interpreter/compiler.
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Science writer - interested in most fields of science, and exploring how to make better use of the online environment for providing scientific information to a curious, engaged, but not specialized audience.
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Elyria, OH - Boston, MA - Washington, DC - New Haven, CT - Storrs, CT - Palo Alto, CA - Cupertino, CA - Saratoga, CA - Monterey, CA