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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

An insecticide-infection connection in bee colony collapses | Ars Technica

An insecticide-infection connection in bee colony collapses | Ars Technica:

Was bee death caused by infection or insecticide?  Turns out, the insecticide weakens the bee’s immune system, allowing infection to run rampant. 

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Make $377,000 trading Apple in one day

Make $377,000 trading Apple in one day:

Socially useless activity that makes BIG money.  I know it’s politically popular to do things like drug tests for welfare recipients, but these high-frequency traders are exploiting latency for profit.  Total. Fscking. Wankers.

The world reacts to the crisis in Syria - The Oatmeal

The world reacts to the crisis in Syria - The Oatmeal:

If only real journalists provided this kind of context.

What Works In Education: Scientific Evidence Gets Ignored - Slashdot

What Works In Education: Scientific Evidence Gets Ignored - Slashdot:

We already know what works.  What need to apply what we’ve learned.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Who is Your Favorite President (v2) (by FairVote MN) An...



Who is Your Favorite President (v2) (by FairVote MN)

An excellent, brief description of ranked-choice voting, a better method to elect people.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013

How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby? - Jean Twenge - The Atlantic

How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby? - Jean Twenge - The Atlantic:

A very good, evidence-based analysis of how long a woman can wait - biologically - to have children. 

It might be worth pointing out that raising children requires a lot of physical and emotional stamina, and that those things also decline with age. 

It may be possible to conceive children at 40, but how will you feel about still raising them in your late 50s?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Monopolistic Too-Big-to-Fail Banks Try to Crush Credit Unions as Competition by Removing Tax Exemption

Monopolistic Too-Big-to-Fail Banks Try to Crush Credit Unions as Competition by Removing Tax Exemption

Workaround for Disk Utility "Unable to write to the last block of the device"

I got a new Mushkin solid state disk (SSD) for my 2011-era Macbook Pro running OS X 10.7.5 and when I went to format the thing, Disk Utility kept returning: “Unable to write to the last block of the device".

I got the same error when I booted up in recovery mode (holding Option and then picking the Recovery HD). 

However, when I put the SSD in a USB enclosure and connected it to a 2007-era Macbook (running the exact same version of the OS, however), Disk Utility worked just fine.  I was able to format the disk, partition it (for a Recovery partition) and then use Carbon Copy Cloner back in the Macbook Pro to clone over my existing hard drive. 

So if anyone else out there runs into this problem, find yourself an old Macbook?  Not a great solution, but it’s out there.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Inequality Is

Inequality Is:

A powerfully interactive analysis of economic inequality in the U.S.  Data-rich and yet very accessible.

Friday, June 07, 2013

'Superbugs' push effort to approve new antibiotics

'Superbugs' push effort to approve new antibiotics:

It’s embarrassing that we’re willing to give drug companies more money for antibiotics when we really need to stop feeding them to pigs day and night.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Excel Depression - NYTimes.com

The Excel Depression - NYTimes.com:

I think it’s what psychologists call confirmation bias.  We like to believe in research/data that defends our own point of view.  Governments have slashed spending to cut deficits because politicians wanted to, but the economists that defended that position were actually wrong.  Sigh.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Adding (Multiple) File Attachments to iPad or iPhone emails

For a device that replaces a computer for many (iPad) or that can use cloud-based file syncing (both), it’s amazing that you can’t attach files easily to email in iOS.  But with this $0.99 app – iAttachment – and Dropbox, it’s actually pretty easy.

I’d imagine it also works with apps from other cloud syncing services where you can choose “Open In…” with your files.  If so, leave a comment!

Once you have iAttachment and a cloud file app (Dropbox in this example), here’s what you do:
1) go to Dropbox and find the file you want to attach.  The bottom right option is a little icon with an arrow going into a box.  Tap that and pick “Open In…” and select iAttachment.

Do this for each file you want to send.  It’ll take you to iAttachment after each one, so you’ll have to go back to Dropbox for each additional file.

2) Once you’ve imported all the files you want, open iAttachment.  The files will be in the Imported Files folder. Tap the folder to open it, then check each file you want to attach. 


3) Tap the “attach & mail” icon along the bottom.  It will open a Mail compose window with those files in there.  You can delete the text that says they were attached with iAttachment.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

The inside story of Aaron Swartz’s campaign to liberate court filings | Ars Technica

The inside story of Aaron Swartz’s campaign to liberate court filings | Ars Technica:

Should Americans have to pay to access public court records?  A compelling case made by a man who may have been driven to suicide by a government focused on secrecy.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Electoral College Changes Would Pose Danger for Democrats - NYTimes.com

Electoral College Changes Would Pose Danger for Democrats - NYTimes.com:

I really don’t see how this kind of policy proposal can seem like anything less than election fraud.  It deliberately skews presidential election results AWAY from reflecting the national popular vote.