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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-05-06 07:16
Subject: [links] Link salad gets ready to jet home
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Tags:california, climate, cool, culture, guns, links, mars, personal, politics, publishing, science, space, weird
The Author Exploitation Business — A commentary on Penguin and Author Solutions. Penguin has been looking under the Author Solutions hood for 10 months now. Its conclusion was this: we can make this bigger. We can take this scam on the road and start exploiting writers all over the planet.

The Kitten Setting: An Experiment — On trollery, pace John Scalzi.

San Diego-Tijuana Region — A satellite photo from NASA's Earth Observatory site. Mildly ironic, because I woke up this morning in San Diego. I think I can see myself waving from my hotel window.

Sunday Fun: Vintage Cockroach Racing Game — Uh...

Telomeres Affect Gene ExpressionAs telomeres shorten with age, genes as far as 1,000 kilobases away could be affected, including one responsible for an inherited muscle disease.

Why gamma-ray burst shocked scientists — I believe that Dr. Bruce Banner is on the case.

Mars Expedition Possible in 20 Years — Do you really want to go to heaven?

Gearing up to search for gravity wavesHunt will be on in 2017, but finding the source may still be a challenge.

Government Lab Reveals It Has Operated Quantum Internet For Over Two YearsA quantum internet capable of sending perfectly secure messages has been running at Los Alamos National Labs for the last two and a half years, say researchers. I am deeply suspicious of any claim of "perfect security".

Organic vapors affect clouds leading to previously unidentified climate cooling — Interesting.

No charges to be filed in accidental shooting of Davidson County 10-year-old — Because guns make us all safer. (Via [info]danjite.)

QotD?: What did you have for dinner last night?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (Con activity all day long)
Hours slept: 6.0 hours (fitful)
Body movement: 0.0 hours (foot hurts)
Weight: n/a (away from home)
Number of FEMA troops on my block digging for fossils in the yards of God-fearing Republicans: 0
Currently reading: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett

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Dave O'Neill
User: daveon
Date: 2013-05-06 16:21 (UTC)
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Well, from a physics perspective, you can't really intercept or decript a quantum entangled message, not without destroying the message. So that part is completely secure.

The problem then be what you read it on and who reads it.

I see a big future for HUMINT.
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Clint Harris
User: wendigomountain
Date: 2013-05-06 17:51 (UTC)
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That FEMA comment cracked me up.

Right now in our town though, we have little yellow Pelican cases hooked up to seizmic equpiment and GPS's all over the place. The fat cats in the town are doing a geological survey to find more oil. So they can pollute our city with fracking materials, I guess. Does that count on a conspiracy level? Or am I just over-caffeinated?
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User: mmegaera
Date: 2013-05-06 21:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
As Tarzan said (in the Disney version, sorry [g] about somewhere else, "Go to Mars today, come home tomorrow?"

Also, I am deeply suspicious of any claim of "perfect security". I am reminded of Miles and Ivan wafting through ImpSec's fancy new security in The Vor Game.

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