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Fermi Questions - Classic Fermi Questions and Annotated Solutions
HOW MANY PIANO TUNERS ARE IN NEW YORK CITY?
HOW MANY JELLY BEANS FILL A ONE-LITER BOTTLE?
math  work  tips 
18 days ago
DuPont and the Chemistry of Deception
KEN WAMSLEY SOMETIMES DREAMS that he’s playing softball again. He’ll be at center field, just like when he played slow pitch back in his teens, or pounding the…
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22 days ago
The Earthquake That Will Devastate Seattle - The New Yorker
When the 2011 earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku, Japan, Chris Goldfinger was two hundred miles away, in the city of Kashiwa, at an international meeting on…
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7 weeks ago
Life Without Parole | The Marshall Project
R eynaldo Rodriguez was 19 with a young son, a good job and no criminal record when he shot and killed a man. As part of an ongoing family feud, someone —…
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7 weeks ago
I drink because I like the way it feels. That doesn't mean I have a problem | Rebecca Carroll | Comment is free | The Guardian
I have been known to avoid alcohol during visits with my in-laws, not because I’m afraid of what I’ll say (or what they’ll say, for that matter) – I just find…
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9 weeks ago
Warner Bros Suspends Sales of Batman: Arkham Knight PC Version | Hacker News
"We don't need unit tests because we have integration tests. We don't need integration tests because we have QA acceptance tests. We don't need QA acceptance tests because end users will report any bugs to us. We don't listen to user feedback because declining sales will tip us off to the problems. We don't pay attention to sales numbers because creditors seizing our assets will alert us of the shortcoming."
Batman  QA  QC 
10 weeks ago
The Surprisingly Imperfect Science of DNA Testing
Years later, none of it — not 84-year-old Eleonora Knoernschild’s bloody body on the shag carpet, not the torn bedspread twisted around her neck, not the junk…
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10 weeks ago
NeuroLogica Blog » Are We Seeing the End of Homeopathy?
Word that homeopathy is complete bollocks is starting to get out.
homeopathy 
10 weeks ago
Pipino: Gentleman Thief — EPIC MAGAZINE — Medium
Venice was built to confuse. The floating Italian city has few straight lines: Each cobblestoned footpath veers and twists, the buildings lean, and small…
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10 weeks ago
The Zero-Armed Bandit • Damn Interesting
Select ‘Atmospheric Audio’ from the Audio menu to add subtle background audio to certain portions of the article.
“I don’t think it belongs here.” Such was the…
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11 weeks ago
Depression’s Upside
The Victorians had many names for depression, and Charles Darwin used them all. There were his “fits” brought on by “excitements,” “flurries” leading to an…
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11 weeks ago
How Isis crippled al-Qaida | Shiv Malik, Ali Younes, Spencer Ackerman, Mustafa Khalili | World news | The Guardian
On 5 February, Jordanian officials confirmed that the intellectual godfather of al-Qaida, Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, had been released from prison. Though he is…
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11 weeks ago
@heaven edited by Kim Hastreiter review – the story of an online death | Books | The Guardian
This intimate history of an early web community and a man’s choice to die in public shows that the internet can be a place where real social bonds are…
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12 weeks ago
‘Farewell, readers’: Alan Rusbridger on leaving the Guardian after two decades at the helm | Media | The Guardian
I have never forgotten this tell-it-like it is description of a newspaper by the Washington Post’s David Broder: “[A] partial, hasty, incomplete, inevitably somewhat flawed and inaccurate rendering of some of the things we have heard about in the past 24 hours – distorted, despite our best efforts to eliminate gross bias, by the very process of compression that makes it possible for you to lift it from the doorstep and read it in about an hour. If we labelled the product accurately, then we could immediately add: ‘But it’s the best we could do under the circumstances, and we will be back tomorrow, with a corrected and updated version.’”
journalism  guardian 
may 2015
Why not Google? – Marco.org
my balance of utility versus ethical comfort is different. Both companies do have flaws, but they’re different flaws, and I tolerate them differently:
google  privacy 
may 2015
Relentless: Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills chases a killer
OR
May 6, 2015 Joe Kovac Jr.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in Eatonton, halfway between Macon and Athens, could pass for a public bathhouse on the beach at…
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may 2015
My First Mistake | Lapham’s Quarterly
Jump to navigation An autopsy room. The victim of the first big mistake I ever made was a gentleman to whom I had never been properly introduced (and whose name…
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may 2015
Scientology’s First ‘Victim’ - The Daily Beast
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast
“That bitch Paulette Cooper!”
Those were the choice words belted out by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard back in 1974 as…
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may 2015
Seymour M. Hersh · The Killing of Osama bin Laden · LRB 21 May 2015
It’s been four years since a group of US Navy Seals assassinated Osama bin Laden in a night raid on a high-walled compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The killing…
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may 2015
The Untold Story of Silk Road | WIRED
“I imagine that someday I may have a story written about my life and it would be good to have a detailed account of…
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may 2015
"Safe Spaces" And The Mote In America's Eye
Sending people to American universities to learn to respect liberty is like sending them to a brothel to learn chastity.
usa  free  speech  liberty 
april 2015
Inside the surprisingly dark world of Rube Goldberg machines | The Verge
On the eve of the 2015 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest college nationals, six teams gather in Columbus, Ohio’s Center of Science and Industry children’s museum to…
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april 2015
Who Killed Mellory Manning? — Matter — Medium
By David WolmanIllustrations by Cam Floyd It’s been a tough year, but Mellory Manning’s turning things around. These days she’s steering clear of the people,…
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april 2015
One Professional Russian Troll Tells All
More and more, posts and commentaries on the Internet in Russia and even abroad are generated by professional trolls, many of whom receive a higher-than-average salary for perpetuating a pro-Kremli...
russia 
march 2015
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