23 Apr 01:14

Brave Airport Lady Brutally Shuts Down Her Boyfriend's Job Request

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25 Apr 15:16

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Worse

by tech@thehiveworks.com

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It's time we admit to ourselves that the goal of SMBC has shifted entirely to horrifying my own children in about 10 years.

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22 Apr 22:39

News: Grieving.

by Pete Abrams
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23 Apr 03:34

Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google

by BeauHD
Facebook may be in the hot seat right now for its collection of personal data without our knowledge or explicit consent, but as The Wall Street Journal points out, "Google is a far bigger threat by many measures: the volume of information it gathers, the reach of its tracking and the time people spend on its sites and apps." From the report (alternative source): It's likely that Google has shadow profiles (data the company gathers on people without accounts) on as at least as many people as Facebook does, says Chandler Givens, CEO of TrackOff, which develops software to fight identity theft. Google allows everyone, whether they have a Google account or not, to opt out of its ad targeting, though, like Facebook, it continues to gather your data. Google Analytics is far and away the web's most dominant analytics platform. Used on the sites of about half of the biggest companies in the U.S., it has a total reach of 30 million to 50 million sites. Google Analytics tracks you whether or not you are logged in. Meanwhile, the billion-plus people who have Google accounts are tracked in even more ways. In 2016, Google changed its terms of service, allowing it to merge its massive trove of tracking and advertising data with the personally identifiable information from our Google accounts. Google uses, among other things, our browsing and search history, apps we've installed, demographics like age and gender and, from its own analytics and other sources, where we've shopped in the real world. Google says it doesn't use information from "sensitive categories" such as race, religion, sexual orientation or health. Because it relies on cross-device tracking, it can spot logged-in users no matter which device they're on. Google fuels even more data harvesting through its dominant ad marketplaces. There are up to 4,000 data brokers in the U.S., and collectively they know everything about us we might otherwise prefer they didn't -- whether we're pregnant, divorced or trying to lose weight. Google works with some of these brokers directly but the company says it vets them to prevent targeting based on sensitive information. Google also is the biggest enabler of data harvesting, through the world's two billion active Android mobile devices.

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23 Apr 10:12

Rigid tetraarylene-bridged cavitands from reduced-symmetry resorcin[4]arene derivatives

Chem. Commun., 2018, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8CC01903G, Communication
Jordan N. Smith, Nigel T. Lucas
Two tetraaryl-extended macrocycles were prepared from resorcin[4]arenes. The C2v-symmetric isomer afforded a new rigid cyclooctaphenylene cavitand following oxidative cyclodehydrogenation.
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24 Apr 14:22

Menage a 3 - That girl can run really fast

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23 Apr 02:29

Girls With Slingshots - GWS Chaser #815

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24 Apr 12:01

Menage a 3 - That girl can run really fast

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23 Apr 09:06

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23 Apr 03:13

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23 Apr 23:38

Waffle House Shooting Underscores How Gun Laws Vary From State To State

by Meribah Knight
Police tape blocks off a Nashville, Tenn., Waffle House restaurant where at least four people died after a gunman opened fire early Sunday.

Travis Reinking's guns were seized in Illinois, but he may have broken no laws by having those guns — including an AR-15 — when he moved to Tennessee late last year.

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23 Apr 06:42


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THE SEVENTH DUMBING OF AGE KICKSTARTER IS GO!  Collecting (obviously) the seventh year of Dumbing of Age, this 228-page book’s also got strip commentary and 27 Patreon bonus strips!  Also, hey, as always, character magnet add-ons.  This year we’re starting out with Sierra, Amber, and Ukulele Danny!  Since then, we’ve added Hatless Dina, Double Dukes Malaya, Double Birds Carla, Lucy, and Blowjob Cat!  Once we hit $50k, everyone who pledges for a paper book gets a Ruth magnet for freeeeeeeee!

23 Apr 21:21

Strange and maddening rules

by Joel Spolsky

There’s this popular idea among developers that when you face a problem with code, you should get out a rubber duck and explain, to the duck, exactly how your code was supposed to work, line by line, what you expected to see, what you saw instead, etc. Developers who try this report that the very act of explaining the problem in detail to an inanimate object often helps them find the solution.

Stack Overflow April Fools Joke 2018This is one of many tricks to solving programming problems on your own. Another trick is divide and conquer debugging. You can’t study a thousand lines of code to find the one bug. But you can divide them in half and quickly figure out if the problem happens in the first half or the second half. Keep doing this five or six times and you’ll pinpoint the single line of code with the problem.

It’s interesting, with this in mind, to read Jon Skeet’s checklist for writing the perfect question. One of the questions Jon asks is “Have you read the whole question to yourself carefully, to make sure it makes sense and contains enough information for someone coming to it without any of the context that you already know?” That is essentially the Rubber Duck Test. Another question is “If your question includes code, have you written it as a short but complete program?” Emphasis on the short—that is essentially a test of whether or not you tried divide and conquer.

What Jon’s checklist can do, in the best of worlds, is to help people try the things that experienced programmers may have already tried, before they ask for help.

Sadly, not everybody finds his checklist. Maybe they found it and they don’t care. They’re having an urgent problem with code; they heard that Stack Overflow could help them; and they don’t have time to read some nerd’s complicated protocol for requesting help.

One of the frequent debates about Stack Overflow is whether the site needs to be open to questions from programming novices.

When Jeff and I were talking about the initial design of Stack Overflow, I told him about this popular Usenet group for the C programming language in the 1980s. It was called comp.lang.c.

C is a simple and limited programming language. You can get a C compiler that fits in 100K. So, when you make a discussion group about C, you quickly run out of things to talk about.

Also. In the 1990s, C was a common language for undergraduates who were learning programming. And, in fact, said undergraduates would have very basic problems in C. And they might show up on comp.lang.c asking their questions.

And the old-timers on comp.lang.c were bored. So bored. Bored of the undergraduates showing up every September wondering why they can’t return a local char array from a function et cetera, et cetera, ad nauseum. Every damn September.

The old timers invented the concept of FAQs. They used them to say “please don’t ask things that have been asked before, ever, in the history of Usenet” which honestly meant that the only questions they really wanted to see were so bizarre and so esoteric that they were really enormously boring to 99% of working C programmers. The newsgroup languished because it catered only to the few people that had been there for a decade.

Jeff and I talked about this. What did we think of newbie questions?

We decided that newbies had to be welcome. Nothing was too “beginner” to be a reasonable question on Stack Overflow… as long as you did some homework before asking the question.

We understood that this might mean that some of the more advanced people might grow bored with duplicate, simple questions, and move on. We thought that was fine: Stack Overflow doesn’t have to be a lifetime commitment. You’re welcome to get bored and move on if you think that the newbies keep asking why they can’t return local char arrays (“but it works for me!”) and you would rather devote the remaining short years of your life to something more productive, like sorting your record albums.

The mere fact that you are a newbie doesn’t mean that your question doesn’t belong on Stack Overflow. To prove the point, I asked “How do you move the turtle in Logo,” hoping to leave behind evidence that the site designers wanted to allow absolute beginners.

Thanks to the law of unintended consequences, this caused a lot of brouhaha, but not because the question was too easy. The real problem there was that I was asking the question in bad faith. Jeff Atwood explained it: “Simple is fine. No effort and research is not.” (Also this.)

To novices, the long bureaucratic rigmarole associated with asking your first question on Stack Overflow can feel either completely unnecessary, or just plain weird. It’s like Burning Man. You just want to go to a nice glittery dance party in the desert, but the Burning People are yammering on about their goddamn 10 principles, and “radical self-expression” and so on and so forth, and therefore after washing your dishes you must carefully save the dirty dishwater like a cherished relic and remove every drop of it from the Playa, bringing it home with you, in your check-in luggage if necessary. Every community has lots of rules and when you join the community they either seem strange and delightful or, if you’re just desperately trying to get some code to work, they are strange and maddening.

A lot of the rules that are important to make Burning Man successful are seemingly arbitrary, but they’re still necessary. The US Bureau of Land Management which makes the desert available for Burning Man requires that no contaminated water be poured out on the ground because the clay dirt doesn’t really absorb it so well and it can introduce all kinds of disease and whatnot, but who cares because Burning Man simply will not be allowed to continue if the participants don’t pack out their used water.

Similarly for Stack Overflow. We don’t allow, say, questions that are too broad (“How do I make a program?”). Our general rule is that if the correct length of an answer is a whole book you are asking too much. These questions feel like showing up on a medical website and saying something like “I think my kidney has been hurting. How can I remove it?” It’s crazy—and incidentally, insulting to the people who spent ten years in training learning to be surgeons.

One thing I’m very concerned about, as we try to educate the next generation of developers, and, importantly, get more diversity and inclusiveness in that new generation, is what obstacles we’re putting up for people as they try to learn programming. In many ways Stack Overflow’s specific rules for what is permitted and what is not are obstacles, but an even bigger problem is rudeness, snark, or condescension that newcomers often see.

I care a lot about this. Being a developer gives you an unparalleled opportunity to write the script for the future. All the flak that Stack Overflow throws in the face of newbies trying to become developers is actively harmful to people, to society, and to Stack Overflow itself, by driving away potential future contributors. And programming is hard enough; we should see our mission as making it easier.

We’re planning a lot of work in this area for the next year. We can’t change everybody and we can’t force people to be nice. But I think we can improve some aspects of the Stack Overflow user interface to encourage better behavior, for example, we could improve the prompts we provide on the “Ask Question” page, and we could provide more tools for community moderation of comments where the snark currently runs unchecked.

We’re also working on new features that will let you direct your questions to a private, smaller group of people on your own team, which may bring some of the friendly neighborhood feel to the big city of Stack Overflow.

Even as we try to make Stack Overflow more friendly, our primary consideration at Stack Overflow has been to build the world’s greatest resource for software developers. The average programmer, in the world, has been helped by Stack Overflow 340 times. That’s the real end-game here. There are other resources for learning to program and getting help, but there’s only one site in the world that developers trust this much, and that is worth preserving—the programming equivalent to the Library of Congress.

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23 Apr 15:05

Present status and future prospects of perovskite photovoltaics

by Henry J. Snaith

Present status and future prospects of perovskite photovoltaics

Present status and future prospects of perovskite photovoltaics, Published online: 23 April 2018; doi:10.1038/s41563-018-0071-z

Solar cells based on metal halide perovskites continue to approach their theoretical performance limits thanks to worldwide research efforts. Mastering the materials properties and addressing stability may allow this technology to bring profound transformations to the electric power generation industry.
23 Apr 16:16

Are we sure there wasn’t a coal-burning species 55 million years ago?

by Scott K. Johnson

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If you’ve ever wished that a new study came packaged with some science fiction exploring the implications, this is your lucky day. Of course, not every research paper lends itself to a short story, but a manuscript by NASA’s Gavin Schmidt and the University of Rochester’s Adam Frank asks a fun question: are we sure that humans built the first industrial civilization in Earth’s history?

In recent years, scientists have debated defining a new geologic epoch—the “Anthropocene”—based on the idea that humans have done enough to leave a recognizable mark in Earth’s geologic archives. Theoretically, if another world harbored life that produced an industrial civilization, we could find the proof written in that world’s rocks, too.

To examine that idea, Schmidt and Frank pawed through the pages of Earth’s history—after all, it’s not impossible that some earlier species built a civilization that was subsequently wiped out, right? By looking for funky signals in the rock record, you can think about how clear the signs might be on another world.

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23 Apr 05:54

Girl Genius for Monday, April 23, 2018

The Girl Genius comic for Monday, April 23, 2018 has been posted.
24 Apr 13:12

[ASAP] Nanoscale Metal–Organic Framework Overcomes Hypoxia for Photodynamic Therapy Primed Cancer Immunotherapy

by Guangxu Lan, Kaiyuan Ni, Ziwan Xu, Samuel S. Veroneau, Yang Song, Wenbin Lin

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Journal of the American Chemical Society
DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b01072
24 Apr 03:24

Eagle Week Continues

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24 Apr 11:47

Interfacial benzenethiol modification facilitates charge transfer and improves stability of cm-sized metal halide perovskite solar cells with up to 20 % efficiency

Energy Environ. Sci., 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C8EE00754C, Paper
Jian-Feng Lu, Xiongfeng Lin, Xuechen Jiao, Thomas R. Gengenbach, Andrew D Scully, Liangcong Jiang, Boer Tan, Jingsong Sun, Bin Li, Narendra Pai, udo bach, Alexandr N Simonov, Yi-Bing Cheng
Metal halide perovskite solar cells (PSC) exhibit outstanding power conversions efficiencies when fabricated as mm-sized devices, but creation of high-performing large-area PSCs that are stable under operating conditions on a...
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23 Apr 19:50

Google Chrome’s major redesign shows a lighter, rounder UI

by Ron Amadeo

Google is planning a massive redesign of its major products this year. We've already seen some major changes land in the first Android P Developer Preview, and we've seen leaks of a new Gmail design. Next up on the docket is Google Chrome.

We've been unofficially calling Google's new design effort "Material Design 2," which is how it was first referenced in a Chrome commit from February. "Material Design" is Google's current company-wide design language, which first debuted in 2014 with Android 5.0 Lollipop. We're expecting to hear a lot about Material Design 2 at Google I/O 2018, but so far we've seen work-in-progress MD2 changes bring a lighter, rounder design to Google's products. Round buttons, boxes with rounded corners, and white background are usually among the changes. We also see an increasing use of the "Product Sans" font in the redesigns, which makes everything look more Googly given that it's the same font used in Google's logo.

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24 Apr 14:47

Recent Advances in Semi-Transparent Polymer and Perovskite Solar Cells for Power Generating Window Applications

Energy Environ. Sci., 2018, Accepted Manuscript
DOI: 10.1039/C8EE00154E, Review Article
Qifan Xue, Ruoxi Xia, Christoph J Brabec, Hin-Lap Yip
Semi-transparent photovoltaic (ST-PV) technologies can be applied to replace facades and roofs in conventional buildings and coatings on vehicles to produce energy from sunlight. The current ST-PV technology is Si-based,...
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24 Apr 15:57

17 Wonderful Reader Comments on Grief

by Joanna Goddard

17 Wonderful Reader Comments on Grief

We’ve shared wise and wonderful reader comments on dating, career and parenting, but today we’d like to talk about something intimate: loss, including a kind thing to do for someone in grief…

On grieving as long as you want:

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