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Jay Lake
Date: 2012-04-27 05:29
Subject: [links] Link salad skids into Friday
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Everything You Need to Know about the Hugo Award — In one handy chart. (Snurched from Andrew Wheeler.)

Sticking With Dropbox — A cursory but alarming analysis of Google Drive's terms of service. Short form: if you're producing copyrighted material for which you wish to protect first rights (i.e., if you're a working or aspiring professional author), for the love of God, don't use Google Drive. More comments on this from the same source, indicating this might not be such a big deal after all. I remain dubious. (Via [info]danjite.)

Dogfights on Your iPhone — This is cool. I want one. (Thanks to Dad.)

Descriptive Camera, 2012 — This is also very weirdly cool. A text-based camera. (Snurched from Steve Buchheit.)

'GPS brain cells' seen in pigeonsResearchers have spotted a group of 53 cells within pigeons' brains that respond to the direction and strength of the Earth's magnetic field.

Jupiter and the Moons of Earth APOD again. Though I have to wonder why the phrase "Earth's largest natural satellite" was used to describe the moon in this photo's cutline. Did we really need the adjective "natural" for clarity there?

What are Those Weird Spirals on Mars' Surface?The giant coils suggest a mysterious network of valleys on the Martian surface were formed through volcanic activity.

Les Très Riches Heures de Mrs Mole: A Real-Life Ronald Searle Love Story — A lovely piece about coping with cancer through art. (Courtesy of [info]fjm.)

More debunking of the ex-NASA 49 climate change deniersRemember that embarrassingly bad letter written by 49 ex-NASA employees saying that global warming is a fraud and that NASA shouldn’t support it? Not that the people who need to read this piece will do so, and even if they do, they'll just dismiss it as part of the hoax. Sorry, climate change denialists, but the facts are seriously biased against you.

Women’s Prayer Group Praying That the Women at MRFF All Get Incurable Breast Cancer — As the hymn goes, "They will know that we are Christians by our love." And people wonder why I am an atheist.

Study of the Day: Even the Religious Lose Faith When They Think CriticallyNew research in Science shows that, unlike intuitive thinking, activating the analytical cognitive system promotes religious skepticism. Which dovetails nicely with the GOP's decades long effort to tear down education in this country.

Satanazis III: Night of the SatanazisMaybe you’re thinking this is just a snarky post, mocking a bunch of fringe characters for their over-the-top rhetoric and their literal demonization of their political opponents. But these aren’t just fringe characters telling us that liberals are Nazis who murder babies and love the Satan whom they serve. These are Roman Catholic bishops, state governors, influential clergy and elected officials saying this. The great legacy of conservatism of this era will be how it legitimized absolute lunacy.

Using U.S. Dollars, Zimbabwe Finds a Problem: No Change — (Thanks to Dad.)

The Children of Fallujah - Sayef's storyThe phosphorus shells that devastated this city were fired in 2004. But are the victims of America's dirty war still being born?

GOP Sets Up A Showdown On Violence Against Women Act“Unfortunately in Congress, there are some who’d like to make this a political play. They’d like to make cheap shots and try to politicize it in an election year,” said Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD). Right. Because no Republican ever has done anything like this, especially not to President Obama. We all know how principled the GOP is, after all.

We Are Not StupidRomney is still Romney and he’s still running as the head of a party that has spent the last few years pursuing a profoundly regressive agenda. Last few years? Try my entire lifetime.

?otd: Where did your week go?

Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hour (WRPA)
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bicycle ride
Hours slept: 6.0 (fitful)
Weight: 241.4 (!)
Currently reading: A Game of Thrones (graphic novel), George R.R. Martin with Daniel Abraham and Tommy Patterson

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russ: lyles constant
User: goulo
Date: 2012-04-27 15:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:lyles constant
If you're worried about google or dropbox or any such service snooping or using your data, simply encrypt it before uploading it; problem solved.
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User: lucasthegray
Date: 2012-04-27 16:58 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re: the google drive concern that's floating around I found this analysis from The Verge to be pretty useful.
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Andrew Trembley
User: bovil
Date: 2012-04-27 18:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, for what it's worth, Google takes transparency pretty seriously, which means that their contract language is more precise and scarier, but no more permissive.

As it happens, I don't mind them using my content to target ads to me. If I get ads that are more appropriate, that's good. Oh, and I use ad-blocker software.

To get better contract language (and no ads for core services) you can set up a Google Apps for Business domain, at $50/user/year. It's a little more work, but it's why large businesses are trusting Google to host their communications and productivity suites.
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User: orangemike
Date: 2012-04-29 00:10 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Women’s Prayer Group Praying That the Women at MRFF All Get Incurable Breast Cancer
It's called "imprecatory prayer"; had some of it aimed at me and friends by Jerry Falwell when we showed up at an "open to all" prayer breakfast.

I hope I need hardly say that most Christians consider it not only vile, but utterly blasphemous as well.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2012-04-29 02:33 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Women’s Prayer Group Praying That the Women at MRFF All Get Incurable Breast Cancer
Yeah, I know from (and am disgusted by) imprecatory prayer.
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