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September 17, 2014 at 10:06am
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I still post stuff, but very little of it is actually personal and almost none of it is opinionated in any noteworthy way. Unlike Persson or Fish, I didn’t quit. I just got boring.

— This is Phil Fish

9:43am
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A case study in internet celebrity.

(Source: youtube.com)

8:55am
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SS7 is inherently insecure, and it was never designed to be secure.

— This is from the security director for the cellular industry trade association (GSMA)!
For sale: Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe - The Washington Post.

8:37am
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“Hey Red Bull…” Inside the World of Longsword Fighting - NYTimes.com

8:29am
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most people do not even know that they are being followed.

— Data: Getting to know you | The Economist

8:28am
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As the head of one British advertising firm puts it: “Once people realise what’s happening, I can’t imagine there won’t be pushback.”

— Little Brother | The Economist

September 16, 2014 at 2:42pm
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It’s critical that you speak out about what the consensus science shows—no wavering or hedging to appease critics that fail to use good science. You may have to take a forceful and uncomfortable stand in the face of vocal criticism. Science is not a democracy. We don’t get to vote on whether a whale is a fish or a mammal.

— GLP’s Jon Entine cautions National Academy of Sciences about views of anti-science NGOs | Genetic Literacy Project

September 15, 2014 at 3:37pm
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Meet the Ipsums →

There’s a lorem ipsum for every occasion! I can tell you one thing, my unit test fixtures will never be the same again…

11:38am
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Ditching Twitter | Incisive.nu →

Lovely writing by Erin Kissane on being smarter about how you allow social media to affect you.

September 14, 2014 at 11:22am
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The Assault Weapon Myth - NYTimes.com →

This is the most level-headed assessment of gun violence I’ve seen in the NYT. If we start seeing more of this sort of reporting, our country might just stand a chance of making progress on this problem.

September 11, 2014 at 7:20pm
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Can you even imagine what Facebook Pay would be like?

— Daring Fireball: Facebook and Politics

9:49am
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So yes, confirmed: iPhone 6 Plus renders at 1242x2208 (414x736pt @3x) and downscales to the 1080p panel. No 1:1 pixels. RIP 1 pixel lines

— ‏@stroughtonsmith. Eww, YUCKY! As someone who cut his teeth manually drawing game graphics pixel by pixel using a 16 color palette, I find this deeply offensive. On the other hand, at 401 ppi I suppose it hardly matters. The time for me to be grumpy at developers and designers who don’t grok pixels is coming to a close.

September 8, 2014 at 3:22pm
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The median coffee drinker is willing to pay a premium of 50 cents for a cup of fair-trade coffee. However the maximum amount a fair-trade grower would receive from that same cup of coffee is only one third of a cent.

— 10 Reasons Fair-Trade Coffee Doesn’t Work | Bruce Wydick

September 6, 2014 at 11:09pm
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Horse Jazz →

Oh my, from the title straight through to the conclusion, there’s not one thing I don’t absolutely love about this post.

12:35pm
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According to Grumpy Cat Racing logic, the fine oil particles being spewed into the crankcase will be directed into this old car radiator atop the engine, where the oil will condense back into a liquid and flow back into the oil pan instead of being sprayed onto the track. (via 24 Hours of LeMons Colorado Car Inspections | Car and Driver Blog).

God I love LeMons. One of these years I’ll join in.

According to Grumpy Cat Racing logic, the fine oil particles being spewed into the crankcase will be directed into this old car radiator atop the engine, where the oil will condense back into a liquid and flow back into the oil pan instead of being sprayed onto the track. (via 24 Hours of LeMons Colorado Car Inspections | Car and Driver Blog).

God I love LeMons. One of these years I’ll join in.