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23 Apr 06:28

Colorful Star Clouds in Cygnus

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Colorful Star Clouds in Cygnus
Image Credit & Copyright: André van der Hoeven

Explanation: Stars can form in colorful surroundings. Featured here is a star forming region rich in glowing gas and dark dust toward the constellation of the Swan (Cygnus), near the bright star Sadr. This region, which spans about 50 light years, is part of the Gamma Cygni nebula which lies about 1,800 light years distant. Toward the right of the image is Barnard 344, a dark and twisted dust cloud rich in cool molecular gas. A dramatic wall of dust and red-glowing hydrogen gas forms a line down the picture center. While the glowing red gas is indicative of small emission nebulas, the blue tinted areas are reflection nebulas -- starlight reflecting from usually dark dust grains. The Gamma Cygni nebula will likely not last the next billion years, as most of the bright young stars will explode, most of the dust will be destroyed, and most of the gas will drift away.

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23 Apr 07:02

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19 Apr 05:03

A lei da terceirização é positiva

Adam Victor Brandizzi

Esse PL me pegou de surpresa e assustou, mas parece bom. Por outro lado, eu achava que era possível fazer algo como a terceirização de colheitadeiras...

Um agricultor médio de Mato Grosso que deseja plantar soja terá dificuldades com a colheita.

A colheita é executada por imensas e moderníssimas colheitadeiras, vendidas ao preço de R$ 1 milhão a R$ 2 milhões cada uma.

O agricultor pode alugar a colheitadeira. Terá que contratar o tratorista –e não saberá o que fazer com ele no resto do ano- e será responsável por reparos de possíveis danos que ocorrerem quando estiver empregando o equipamento.

Finalmente o médio agricultor pode se associar a outros agricultores e comprar a colheitadeira em condomínio. Qualquer pessoa que já participou de reunião de condomínio pode imaginar as dificuldades. O equipamento danifica-se em uma propriedade. Quem é responsável pelo reparo? Quem assinará a carteira do tratorista? A lista é grande.

A dificuldade em contratar empresa terceirizada especializada no serviço de colheita e outros aspectos rígidos de nossa legislação acabam jogando o médio agricultor para a cidade. Ele arrenda ou vende a terra para um grande agricultor, que tem economia de escala para arcar com todos esses custos, e deixa o campo.

O projeto de lei 4.330 tem por objetivo permitir que empresas especializadas em colheita e outras especializadas na aplicação de inseticidas, e assim sucessivamente, possam ser criadas. Exemplifico com a agricultura para ser didático, mas evidentemente as implicações são para o conjunto da economia.

A colheita é atividade-fim. No entanto, como a narrativa nos parágrafos anteriores sugere, o custo de transação de o fazendeiro internalizar essa atividade-fim em seu próprio negócio é muito elevado. Ele terá que adquirir um equipamento caro, cuja manutenção é muito cara, terá que ter um profissional muito especializado, que operará o equipamento poucas semanas por ano etc.

Uma empresa especializada nessa atividade poderá ofertar o serviço de colheita de forma muito mais eficiente. A empresa será proprietária de inúmeras colheitadeiras, empregará pessoal especializado que poderá ser treinado na própria empresa, terá um relacionamento estreito com o fabricante do equipamento, poderá ter um setor de mecânica e manutenção etc.

Há muito tempo sabemos que a distinção entre atividade-meio e atividade-fim, além de difícil de ser feita, não é a distinção relevante para sabermos quais atividades devem ser internalizadas em uma mesma firma e quais devem ser adquiridas no mercado. A linha deve ser traçada levando em conta o custo da geração no interior da firma e o custo de aquisição no mercado.

É esse o objetivo do projeto de lei 4.330, em votação na Câmara. Por exemplo, é possível que uma montadora de automóvel considere que é mais eficiente terceirizar a atividade de pintura dos carros. Se esse for o caso –não tenho a menor ideia se é–, o PL permitirá que seja contratada uma empresa especializada de pintura automotiva que operará nas instalações da montadora.

Note que não será possível a contratação de empresa terceirizada para ofertar somente a mão de obra –o parágrafo 3º do artigo 4º é muito claro na vedação da intermediação de mão de obra– e o funcionário da empresa terceirizada terá os mesmos direitos de higiene, segurança e salubridade dos funcionários da contratante da terceirizada, como especificado no artigo 13.

Finalmente, o artigo 15 do PL estabelece que a "responsabilidade da contratante em relação às obrigações trabalhistas e previdenciárias devidas pela contratada é subsidiária, se ela comprovar a efetiva fiscalização de seu cumprimento, nos termos desta lei, e solidária, se não comprovada a fiscalização".

Os cuidados para evitar abusos foram tomados. O PL representa importante item na modernização das relações trabalhistas e visa aumentar a eficiência produtiva de nossa economia.

Difícil entender a grita contra a regulamentação dessa importante possibilidade contratual.

10 Apr 15:44

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Adam Victor Brandizzi

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22 Apr 07:47

Comic for April 22, 2015

22 Apr 16:14

New Large-scale Geometric Illusions in Paris by Felice Varini

by Christopher Jobson

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Swiss artist Felice Varini (previously) recently opened a new solo exhibition titled “La Villette En Suites” featuring a number of anamorphic projections designed to be viewed from a single location creating an uncanny optical illusion. Varini is fascinated by architecture as backdrop for his artwork and seeks unusual spaces with varying planes of depth for his installations which can grow to be quite dramatic.

The new geometric pieces (which are technically paintings) are installed in both interior and exterior spaces around the Grande halle de la Villette within Parc de la Villette through September 13, 2015. You can see more views of the exhibition on StreetArtNews, and follow Varini directly on Facebook.

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22 Apr 14:28

Amazon trial delivers packages directly to Audi cars

by Jon Fingas
Tired of having to stay home (or ship to the office) just to collect your online orders? If you live in Germany and drive the right car, you might not have to. In an expansion of what Volvo tried last year, Amazon is teaming up with Audi and DHL for ...
22 Apr 05:32

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

- Carl Rogers (via bombtune)
21 Apr 17:00

Talk like a politician

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21 Apr 20:20

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Adam Victor Brandizzi

Deve ser planejado.

19 Apr 06:56

A New Line

by Greg Ross

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In 1948, as T.S. Eliot was departing for Stockholm to accept the Nobel Prize, a reporter asked which of his books had occasioned the honor.

Eliot said, “I believe it’s given for the entire corpus.”

The reporter said, “And when did you publish that?”

Eliot later said, “It really might make a good title for a mystery — The Entire Corpus.”

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15 Mar 15:41

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From “Growth Factor“ student short-film by Ryosuke Oshiro (Tokyo University of the Arts - Geidai).

21 Apr 19:45

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20 Apr 15:48

Michael Brown's memorial tree 'cut down' after one night in Ferguson

by Colin Daileda
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One day after a Michael Brown memorial tree was planted in Ferguson, Missouri, someone appears to have slashed it in half.

A memorial stone placed at the foot of the tree is also missing, according to a local news channel, which was planted by members of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Caucus members had planted the tree in January Wabash Memorial Park on Saturday. But just one day later, community members found it cut. Police say they have no idea who desecrated the memorial.

Mike Brown tree dedicated yesterday, decimated today pic.twitter.com/JmyHBgtRbH

— Mo Costello (@mocostello60) April 20, 2015 Read more...

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17 Apr 02:57

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16 Apr 19:29

Photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson Captures the Joy of Young Afghan Skateboarders

by Kate Sierzputowski

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Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich created the non-profit Skateistan in 2007, a grassroots project that connects youth and education through skateboarding in Afghanistan. The organization, which has since grown to an award-winning international NGO, caught the attention of London-based photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson and inspired her to visit the program in Kabul in 2012—especially after learning 45% of the students were female.

In Afghanistan skateboarding has spread to become the number one sport for women, as they are forbidden to ride bicycles. Soon after arriving and entering the girl’s world, Fulford-Dobson was accepted by the young Afghan skateboarders. She photographed the girls with natural light, helping to expose their personalities through simple portraits. Within the images you can see the girls’ natural confidence, images that capture the subjects both posed and candidly skating through the indoor facility.

“I met so many impressive women and girls in Afghanistan: a teacher as tough and determined as any man; young Afghans in their early twenties who were volunteering at an orphanage and were passionate about being seen as strong and willing to fight for themselves, rather than as victims of circumstance; and girls who were being educated to be leaders in their communities and who were already thinking carefully about their own and their country’s future,” said Fulford-Dobson.

Fulford-Dobson won 2nd prize in the 2014 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize with Skate Girl, 2014 (one of the photographs taken while on location in Kabul) and her exhibition Jessica Fulford-Dobson: Skate Girls of Kabul opens at Saatchi Gallery in London on April 15 and runs until April 28, 2015. You can donate to Skateistan’s program in Kabul as well as other cities here. (via feature shoot)

21 Apr 18:26

Book Conservator Nobuo Okano Repairs Tattered Books to Make Them Look Brand New

by Johnny Strategy

For the past 33 years Japanese craftsman Okano Nobuo has been repairing tattered books and reconstituting them to look brand new. When a customer brought in an old Japanese-English dictionary that looked like it had been through a few wars, Okano approached it like an art conservationist repairing a painting. Using very basic tools like a wooden press, chisel, water and glue, Okano reconstituted the book to make it look like it was just purchased.

The tedious job required Okano to take each page—all 1000 of them—and flatten out all the creases with tweezers and an iron. But not everything is repaired. Okano makes some things disappear, like the initials of an old girlfriend. And much like the way a sculptor removes pieces to improve on it, Okano applies a subtractive process to bring the book back to life.

Once the job was done the book was returned to the customer, who presented it to his daughter as she was on her way to college. “It’s not their shape or form but what’s inside them that attracts us to books,” says Okano. For a man who makes it his job to repair the shape and form of books it’s an incredibly humbling statement and is a testament to the value we still hold in physical books. (via Reddit)

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21 Apr 05:36

Comic for April 21, 2015

21 Apr 14:51

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - If I Were Rich

by admin@smbc-comics.com
19 Apr 21:29

Aurélien Gâteau: Extensive Source Comments or Extensive Commit Messages?

If you consider yourself as a serious developer, you know writing good commit messages is important. You don't want to be that guy:

XKCD #1296: Git Commit

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This applies to source comments as well: good comments save time, bad comments can be worse than no comments.

For a long time, I usually favored source comments over commit messages: whenever I was about to commit a change which needed some explanations, I would often start to write a long commit message, then pause, go back to the code, write my long explanation as a comment and then commit the changes with a short message. After all, we are told we should not repeat ourselves.

Recently I was listening to Thom Parkin talking about rebasing on Git Minutes #33 (Git Minutes is a great podcast BTW, highly recommended) and he said this: "Commits tell a story". That made me realize one thing: we developers read code a lot, but we also read a lot of commit histories, either when tracking a bug or when reviewing a patchset. Reading code and reading history can be perceived as two different views of a project, and we should strive to make sure both views are readable. Our readers (which often are our future selves...) will thank us. It may require duplicating information from time to time, but that is a reasonable trade-off in my opinion.

So, "Write extensive source comments or extensive commit messages?" I'd say: "Do both".

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21 Apr 07:01

The Birthday Wish

by Doug

The Birthday Wish

This one is dedicated to Pierre! Happy birthday to you!! :)

Also, Happy Birthday to Queen Elizabeth while we’re at it. Here are more birthday comics.

21 Apr 13:56

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20 Apr 14:25

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Our Greatest Asset

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20 Apr 00:44

MegaNet — New Decentralized, Non-IP Based and Encrypted Network

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The Famous Internet entrepreneur and former hacker Kim Dotcom, who introduced legendary Megaupload and MEGA file sharing services to the World, has came up with another crazy idea — To start his very own Internet that uses the "blockchain".
Just last month, Kim Dotcom, a German millionaire formerly known as Kim Schmitz, launched the public beta of its end-to-end encrypted video and audio chat service called "MegaChat", which it says gives better protection than alternatives such as Skype and Google Hangouts.

Now, his latest series of tweets referred to Kim Dotcom's supposed "MegaNet" which, he believes, would be immune to the global mass surveillance conducted by governments or corporations and would not be based on IP addresses.

MegaNet would be a decentralized, non-IP based network in which the blockchain used by Bitcoin will play an "important role". Decentralizing the Internet means to take the power of the Web away from powerful hands of governments and corporations and put it back in the hands of online users.

This move would offer users a truly free space, where they can communicate privately with anyone else without censorship.

Mr. Dotcom continued to inform his followers that they "would be surprised" about "how much idle storage and bandwidth capacity mobile phones have", adding that "MegaNet will turn that idle capacity into a new network".
Entrepreneur also assured its followers that the consumption of the battery won't be a problem for a large number of phones in the network carrying MegaNet.
"MegaNet won't rely exclusively on mobile networks at launch. But the more powerful phones become the more data & traffic they will carry."
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There are a number of similar projects that lead to the change towards Decentralization.

MAIDSAFE  ANOTHER DECENTRALIZED INTERNET
One such is by David Irvine, dubbed MaidSafe — Massive Array of Internet Disks - Secure Access For Everyone. Maidsafe is an open-source program (hosted on GitHub) that enables a decentralized Internet platform.

The key part of MaidSafe is its SAFE network, powered by its participants' computers, which means, instead of specialized servers, data are stored and distributed by a network of internet-connected computers.

Anyone running MaidSafe program will become part of the SAFE Network. The MaidSafe system turns all connected devices into SAFE Network nodes that collectively store data for all MaidSafe users.

Data storage is automatically decentralized, which means a web application using MaidSafe does not store its user's data on any central server — rather the data is spread across many disks and devices owned and managed by many different MaidSafe users. Therefore, no one, whether it’s person or corporation, has an intact copy of a user's file.


PROJECT MAELSTROM  P2P NETWORK TO HOST WEBSITES
At the end of last year, BitTorrent announced Project Maelstrom which is "the first step toward a truly distributed web, one that does not rely on centralized servers."
"Truly an Internet powered by people, one that lowers barriers and denies gatekeepers their grip on our future," said BitTorrent. "If we are successful, we believe this project has the potential to help address some of the most vexing problems facing the Internet today."

According to BitTorrent, the distributed browser could help maintain a more neutral Internet. If an ISP can’t identify where traffic is originating from, then it can’t suppress certain sites accessed from a browser like Maelstrom.


ZeroNet  DECENTRALIZED WEBSITES HOSTING USING BIT TORRENT NETWORK

At the beginning of new year, a new open source project known as ZeroNet launched that aims to deliver a decentralized web platform using Bitcoin cryptography and the BitTorrent network.

ZeroNet uses a combination of BitTorrent, a custom file server and a web based user interface to do so and manages to provide a pretty usable experience. The main goal of this project is to host websites and provide anonymity for each site’s owner.

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20 Apr 13:57

The midnightless midnight

by Adam Victor Brandizzi

If the line below is executed in a JavaScript console, what will be the value of hour?

var hour = new Date(2015, 9, 18, 0).getHours();

The intuitive answer is zero, and it is right in most situations. Yet, in regions under the America/Sao_Paulo time zone, daylight saving time will start at October 18, 2015 at 0:00, so all clocks will advance to 1 AM once they pass through 11:59:59 PM. In other words, in half of Brazil, October 18, 2015 has no midnight. What the line above means, then?

If you test it with Google Chrome, hour will be 1. The browser will somehow assume that you need the first millisecond of the day:

At first I thought it was not correct but now it makes sense to me.[1] In fact, I would never think about it anyway if other browsers followed this behavior. Yet, in Firefox we get a different result:

As a corollary, the date above does not yield October 2015, 18 at all:

While not perfect, this is not an absurd behavior neither. SpiderMonkey considers new Date(2015, 9, 18, 0) as the moment that comens one hour before October 18 at 1 AM. However, this difference of behavior is breaking our tests[2] and causing some bugs (e.g. AUI-1893).

To solve them, we check whether the date's day of month is the expected one; if no, we calculate the DST shift and manually add it to the expected values. It is not elegant, but works. After all, it is rarely easy to deal with time zones, daylight saving time and browser exceptions; handling all of them at once will hardly be succinct.

Since this issue will probably not affect a sizeable number of users, I have no hope to see it solved, but now we know the problem. Once we glimpse the night misteries, we know that strange bug may be caused by the midnightless midnight smiley

[1] This makes sense IMHO because the ECMAScript Language Specification requires the Date constructor to separately build the amount of days in the date and the amount of milliseconds in the day (cf. step 9 at section 15.9.3.1 from ECMA-262). Since the amount of milliseconds in the day will be zero, it is natural to the date to point to the first millisecond from the day. Also, this behavior will ensure the equality new Date(2015, 9, 18).getDate() === 18, which strikes me as very important (and other browsers do not comply with).

[2] The tests break because PhantomJS also follows the Firefox approach.