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August 29, 2014 at 12:04pm
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It must never be concluded that an urge toward the cosmopolitan, toward true education, will make people stop hitting you.

— Acting French - The Atlantic (via)

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The first 90 percent of the code accounts for the first 90 percent of the development time. The remaining 10 percent of the code accounts for the other 90 percent of the development time.

— Tom Cargill, Bell Labs. “Ninety-ninety rule

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A Touch to Fear: Chiropractic and the Newborn Baby « Science-Based Medicine →

This will scare the shit out of any parent who values science over religion when it comes to medical decision making.

August 28, 2014 at 3:08pm
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‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ Expedites Cambridge Institute’s ALS Drug Trial « CBS Boston →

August 27, 2014 at 5:21pm
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Flowchart: Should You Catcall Her? | Playboy →

Seriously, dudes: even Playboy gets it. (relatively SFW)

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Ikea Is Selling You a Pack of (3D-Rendered) Lies →

August 18, 2014 at 9:51pm
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The Not Rocket Science Rule Of Software Engineering: automatically maintain a repository of code that always passes all the tests

— graydon2 | technicalities: “not rocket science” (the story of monotone and bors)

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Children and Digital Privacy - Room for Debate - →

This is the least debated “Room for Debate” I’ve read.

August 14, 2014 at 10:25am
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A report from the World Economic Forum suggested that online misinformation represents a significant risk to modern society. The report pointed to a number of incidents in which information had spread virally with consequences that could hardly have been imagined by its creators.

— How People Consume Conspiracy Theories on Facebook | MIT Technology Review. Please, think critically before you share.

August 4, 2014 at 4:31pm
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The representative went down her checklist. “Would taking 45 pills per month instead of 90 pills adversely affect Mr. V.’s health?” she asked.

At first I thought she was joking. “Well,” I replied, “it would probably make his blood pressure shoot up in the second half of the month.”

She paused, then asked her next question with the encouraging uplift of suggestion. “Has Mr. V. ever tried 45 pills per month instead of 90 pills?”

— Adventures in ‘Prior Authorization’ -

August 1, 2014 at 5:37pm
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Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken | WIRED →

Remember, kids: whenever you connect a USB device to your computer, you’re also connecting your computer to every computer that USB device has ever connected with, and to every USB device those computers have ever connected with.

July 29, 2014 at 4:23pm
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Nice! I wish all shorts/pants included a safe rear iPhone pocket like this one on OUTLIER’s Runweight Shorts.

Nice! I wish all shorts/pants included a safe rear iPhone pocket like this one on OUTLIER’s Runweight Shorts.

July 24, 2014 at 4:07pm
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Ingredients of All-Natural Fruits | James Kennedy →

If you’re a follower of Michael Pollan’s rule “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it”, then you’d better avoid cherries, since they’re full of “phenylacetaldehyde”, “octadecatrienoic acid”, “(e)-2,6-nonanedienal”, and more. Watch out for other fruits and vegetables, too: most have at least as many (if not more) chemicals in them!

July 23, 2014 at 9:31pm
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This is America, as these people never tire of reminding us. And that means I have a legal right to use birth control, and it also means I have a legal right to my privacy when it comes to my health care, and THAT means I don’t have to justify a damned thing to anyone. I don’t need a note from my doctor to the world explaining why MY reason for using birth control is justifiable. It’s ALL justifiable. Birth control is safe and legal and NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.

— I Take Birth Control Because I’m A Slutty Slut Who Sluts So Hard. You?

July 17, 2014 at 8:45pm
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Science Magazine Puts Transgender Women on Cover, Without Their Heads →

Surprising clusterfuck from Science this week, starting with an ill-conceived cover, followed by a faux-apology from the Editor-In-Chief, then the Careers Editor decides to double-down on it all.