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California's Anti-Sanctuary Cities Were Also Anti-Cannabis
A California resident protesting law enforcement actions against medical marijuana outside the federal courthouse in Sacramento, California in 2011. Max…
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I was Zuckerberg’s speechwriter. “Companies over countries” was his early motto.
Facebook co-founder, chair, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office…
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I wandered off and built an IDE – QueryStorm Blog
A few years ago, I set out to build a small Excel plugin to help out my girlfriend at the time. I ended up building a full-blown IDE over the course of four…
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Confessions of an Unreal Engine 4 Engineering Firefighter
A.K.A. How to Save 15% or More on Your Engineering Budget I have been working professionally with Unreal Engine for over 9 years. During this time, I have…
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A Jarring Revelation
Poet, inventor, and businesswoman Amanda Theodosia Jones learned firsthand why 19th century America was a tough time and place to be a female entrepreneur,…
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Content Efficiency: Game Data Server
Obviously I constructed this example to highlight some of the common problems we encounter when editing .ini files. This is far from a user-friendly interface.…
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Determinism in League of Legends: Introduction
Hi, I’m Rick Hoskinson, an engineer on the Deterministic Disaster Recovery team, and I’m here to talk about how we gave ourselves the power to turn back the…
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A Taxonomy of Tech Debt
Hi there. I’m Bill “LtRandolph” Clark, and I’m the engineering manager for the Champions team on LoL . I’ve worked on several different teams on League over the…
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Why Do We Eat Popcorn at the Movies?
Movie theater popcorn is a concession stand staple whose scent has spawned marketing ploys and copycat recipes , but movie theaters haven’t always been…
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Fifty (or Sixty) Years of Processor Development…for This?
“We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a…
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The Key to Good Luck Is an Open Mind - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus
Demystifying the luck skillset has been a personal project of Christine Carter, a sociologist and senior fellow at the Greater Good Science Center, at U.C.…
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Achtung! Decentralize, decentralize, decentralize!
I can hardly believe it, but the media is finally putting Facebook’s feet to thefire! No longer is it just the weird paranoid kids shouting at everyone to…
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How We Spend $3,400,000,000,000
Last year, America’s total medical costs hit a new record of $3.4 trillion, according to the federal government. That’s about 18 percent of the country’s total…
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Opinion | Facebook’s Surveillance Machine
Facebook users go to the site for social interaction, only to be quietly subjected to an enormous level of surveillance. Thibault Camus/Associated Press In…
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'Utterly horrifying': ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine
Sandy Parakilas in San Francisco. ‘It has been painful watching. Because I know that they could have prevented it.’Photograph: Robert Gumpert H undreds of…
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Does Tech Need Silicon Valley?
A couple of years ago, Megan Glover was on a coffee date with a friend when the conversation turned to the water crisis in Flint. Glover found herself nodding…
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The unbelievable rise of single motherhood in America over the last 50 years
Flickr photo courtesy of user Arileu , under a Creative Commons license. Few institutions in America have evolved over the last 50 years quite like motherhood.…
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Year 1: My full time indie developer life
The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community. The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the writer…
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Gaijin Engineer in Tokyo
Being a foreign software engineer in Tokyo has its ups and downs. If you work in a company of foreigners you’re mostly shielded from the experience, but if you…
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Long Live Mister Rogers' Quiet Revolution | JSTOR Daily
Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email PrintFriendly In 1969, when a second season of the popular year-old children’s TV show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was…
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» The Game of Everything, Part 1: Making Civilization The Digital Antiquarian
If my gravestone says, “Sid Meier, developed Civilization,” I’m happy with that. It’s a game I’m happy to be known for. — Sid Meier Sid Meier During Sid Meier’s…
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The dark side of Dubai
1/4 Getty 2/4 Getty 3/4 Getty 4/4 Getty The wide, smiling face of Sheikh Mohammed – the absolute ruler of Dubai – beams down on his creation. His image is…
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Operation Bayonet: Inside the Sting That Hijacked an Entire Dark Web Drug Market
For anyone who has watched the last few years of cat-and-mouse games on the dark web's black markets, the pattern is familiar: A contraband bazaar like the Silk…
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Britain’s White-Collar Cops Are Getting Too Good at Their Job
Britain’s top white-collar crime enforcer left his London office one damp evening late last year, hailed a black cab to Canary Wharf, and took a seat in the…
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This Is What Happens When Bitcoin Miners Take Over Your Town
Patrick Cavan Brown for Politico Magazine EAST WENATCHEE, Washington —Hands on the wheel, eyes squinting against the winter sun, Lauren Miehe eases his Land…
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What I Talk About When I Talk About Platforms
(with apologies to Haruki Murakami .) What is a 'Platform' anyway? Words are hard, it seems. ‘Platform’ is just about the most ambiguous term we could use for…
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What We Get Wrong About Public Housing
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Why Women Choose Differently at Work - Issue 58: Self - Nautilus
I f you were to predict the future on the basis of school achievement alone, the world would be a matriarchy.” Susan Pinker, who wrote that sentence almost a…
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The Story of Dave and His Killer Bread
David Dahl wasn’t quite himself that day. The cofounder of Dave’s Killer Bread was on sabbatical from the multimillion-dollar Milwaukie, Oregon–based company,…
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Malta: an island of secrets and lies
On a Saturday evening in January, an estimated 110,000 people – more than a quarter of Malta’s population – funnelled into Valletta, its tiny gem of a capital,…
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The Dropbox Comp
I am usually quite conservative when it comes to how much time, data, and effort I am willing to put into a product from a new startup: too many go out of…
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How poverty changes your mind-set
The proportion of the global population living on less than $1.90 per person per day has fallen—from 18 percent in 2008 to 11 percent in 2013, according to the…
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Let’s have no managers, instead of managers with no engineering experience
Over the course of my career as a developer I’ve been involved in a bad management situation more than once. I don’t mean where a manager is bad in the way…
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How the 'Sicario' Team Took a Road Trip Through One of the World's Deadliest Cities
Producer Basil Iwanyk recalls the harrowing experiences of visiting Juarez, Mexico (where the film team researched the city's drug wars), and filming dangerous…
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Americans Invented Modern Life. Now We’re Using Opioids to Escape It.
It is a beautiful, hardy flower, Papaver somniferum, a poppy that grows up to four feet in height and arrives in a multitude of colors. It thrives in temperate…
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This Is the Worst Roommate Story You’ll Ever Read
Alex Miller’s spare room had been on Craigslist for two weeks when, last March, she got the call she’d been waiting for. The man at the other end identified…
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China's Xinjiang surveillance is the dystopian future nobody wants
I n July 2009, deadly riots broke out in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, China. Nearly 200 people died , the majority ethnic Han Chinese, and thousands of…
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Why Self-Taught Artificial Intelligence Has Trouble With the Real World | Quanta Magazine
Until very recently, the machines that could trounce champions were at least respectful enough to start by learning from human experience. To beat Garry…
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A Hacker Has Wiped a Spyware Company’s Servers—Again
Last year, a vigilante hacker broke into the servers of a company that sells spyware to everyday consumers and wiped their servers, deleting photos captured…
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Telegram Passes Into History
For more than 150 years, messages of joy, sorrow and success came in signature yellow envelopes hand delivered by a courier. Now the Western Union telegram is…
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Trucking as a State of Mind
Finn Murphy’s “The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tales of Life on theRoad” is an occupational memoir with a previously untold human story atits center. Photograph…
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“Has Linux lost its way?” comments prompt a Debian developer to revisit FreeBSD after 20 years
I’ll admit it. I have a soft spot for FreeBSD . FreeBSD was the first Unix I ran, and it was somewhere around 20 years ago that I did so, before I switched to…
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How to Study Mathematics
How to Study Mathematics Lawrence Neff Stout, Department of Mathematics, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Il 61702-2900 This essay describes a number…
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I've never felt less in control of my own hardware
Introduction Once upon a time I bought a car. I drove it straight out of the dealership and parked it on my driveway. This is a thought experiment, as youth in…
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The Tragedy of Fritz Haber: The Monster Who Fed The World
Image from www.imgc.allpostersimages.com [Note: The following contains graphic descriptions of warfare] By the spring of 1915, The Great War had already…
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Russian Food with an Asterisk: Why It’s Difficult to Talk About Soviet Food.
Like just about everyone else, I have been thinking a lot lately about Russia. This has to do with the election-fixing headlines, obviously, but also my sudden…
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Quinto: Resurrecting an Abandoned Board Game · jrheard's blog
11 Jan 2018 I played an old board game called Quinto when I was visiting a friend this past Thanksgiving. I developed a strange fixation on the game and wrote a…
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Meet the pirate queen making academic papers free online
In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a…
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Afraid of Jail? Buy an Upgrade
An advertisement placed in LA Weekly in 2013 for the pay-to-stay program at Seal Beach Detention Center. Photo Illustration by Celina Fang for the Marshall…
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The Windows<SUP>®</SUP> 95 User Interface: A Case Study in Usability Engineering
The Windows ® 95 User Interface: A Case Study in UsabilityEngineering Kent Sullivan Microsoft Corporation One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052-6399 +1 206 936…
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How to Design a New Chip on a Budget
Photo: bunnie Huang We recently had an interesting exchange with bunnie Huang, hardware guru and creator of Chumby , NetTV , and the Novena laptop , among other…
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Why Paper Jams Persist
For printer engineers, solving paper jams is “the ultimate challenge,” combining physics, chemistry, and programming. Illustration by Daniel Savage Subscriber?…
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The White Darkness: A Journey Across Antarctica
Subscribe » A Reporter At Large February 12 & 19, 2018 The White Darkness A solitary journey across Antarctica. T he man felt like a speck in the frozen…
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Customer Satisfaction at the Push of a Button
HappyOrNot’s terminals have logged more than six hundred million responses. Animation by Javier Jaén Audio: Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories,…
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You and Your Research
``You and Your Research'' Transcription of the Bell Communications Research Colloquium Seminar 7 March 1986 J. F. Kaiser Bell Communications Research 445 South…
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The Problem With Just Blaming Amtrak
Laura Bliss 1:18 PM ET The fatal derailment in South Carolina is another reminder that passenger rail has a serious accountability problem. The fatal Amtrak…
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Have Self-Driving Cars Stopped Getting Better
Photo-illustration: iStockphoto Every January, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) releases data from companies that operated highly automated…
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11 weeks ago
The unexpected political power of dentists
Jonathan Shenkin, right, a pediatric dentist, at his office in Augusta, Maine. (Photo by Sarah Rice for The Washington Post) (Sarah Rice/For The Washington…
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Dangerously Low on Water, Cape Town Now Faces ‘Day Zero’
A roadside car-wash operator in Delft, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, was fined the equivalent of about $250 for illegal water use. Joao Silva/The…
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11 weeks ago
DO or UNDO - there is no VACUUM
What if PostgreSQL didn’t need VACUUM at all? This seems hard to imagine. After all, PostgreSQL uses multi-version concurrency control (MVCC), and if you create…
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11 weeks ago
The Plot Against America
I. The Wisdom of Friends The clinic permitted Paul Manafort one 10-minute call each day. And each day, he would use it to ring his wife from Arizona, his voice…
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The Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz
Why a member of the Polish underground sent himself into the infamous prison camp "The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their…
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Software Complexity Is Killing Us - Simple Thread
Since the dawn of time (before software, there was only darkness), there has been one constant: businesses want to build software cheaper and faster. It is…
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The Definitive Mr. Rogers Profile: 'Can You Say...Hero?'
This article was originally published in the November 1998 issue. Once upon a time, a little boy loved a stuffed animal whose name was Old Rabbit. It was so…
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With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there's a likely culprit
Around 2012, something started going wrong in the lives of teens. In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and…
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A History of Colour: The Difficult Transition from Black and White Cinematography | The Artifice
In Colour Consciousness , Natalie Kalmus wrote that the ‘inherent desire for artists to show motion in colour’ has always existed . From the first cave…
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11 weeks ago
The Follower Factory
Photo illustration by Adam Ferriss T he real Jessica Rychly is a Minnesota teenager with a broad smile and wavy hair. She likes reading and the rapper Post…
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Amazon’s $23,698,655.93 book about flies
A few weeks ago a postdoc in my lab logged on to Amazon to buy the lab an extra copy of Peter Lawrence’s The Making of a Fly – a classic work in developmental…
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Dutch agencies provide crucial intel about Russia's interference in US-elections - Media - Voor nieuws, achtergronden en columns
It's the summer of 2014. A hacker from the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD has penetrated the computer network of a university building next to the Red Square in…
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12 weeks ago
The Electronic Computers, Part 4: The Electronic Revolution
We have now recounted, in succession, each of the first three attempts to build a digital, electronic computer: The Atanasoff-Berry Computer (ABC) conceived by…
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12 weeks ago
The Electronic Computers, Part 3: ENIAC
The second electronic computing project to emerge from the war, like Colossus , required many minds (and hands) to bring it to fruition. But, also like…
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The Electronic Computers, Part 2: Colossus
In 1938 the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service quietly bought up a sixty acre estate fifty miles from London. Located at the junction of railways…
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The Electronic Computers, Part 1: Prologue
As we saw in the last installment , the search by radio and telephone engineers for more powerful amplifiers opened a new technological vista that quickly…
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12 weeks ago
The Electronic Age
We saw last time how the first generation of digital computers were built around the first generation of automatic electrical switch, the electromagnetic relay.…
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12 weeks ago
Lost Generation: The Relay Computers
Our previous installment described the rise of automatic telephone switches, and of the complex relay circuits to control them. Now we shall see how scientists…
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Only Connect
The first telephones [ Previous Part ] were point-to-point devices, connecting a single pair of stations. As early as 1877, however, Alexander Graham Bell…
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12 weeks ago
The Speaking Telegraph
[ Previous Part ] The telephone was an accident. Whereas the telegraph networks of the 1840s emerged out of a century-long search for the means to communicate…
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The Relay
[ Previous Part] In 1837, American scientist and teacher Joseph Henry took his first tour of Europe. During his visit to London, he made a point of visiting a…
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12 weeks ago
Far Writer
We continue our story of the digital switch ( previous part ) with a digression to examine the first telegraph. This machine was the incumbent against which the…
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12 weeks ago
The Entrepreneurs
In our last installment , we saw how the component parts that could be used to build an electromagnetic telegraph came into being. Now let us see how they were…
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12 weeks ago
Galvanism
We last left the electric telegraph wandering through the decades in a kind of limbo. A fascinating demonstration piece, a promising curiosity, it had yet to…
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