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DRAM’s Damning Defects—and How They Cripple Computers

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:49:02 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/hardware/drams-damning-defects-and-how-they-cripple-computers>

"An investigation into dynamic random-access memory chip failure reveals
surprising hardware vulnerabilities"

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Baroque-Inspired Portraits Of Black Girls Highlight Their Amazing Natural Hair So Other Girls Would Stop Hiding It

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:48:07 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.boredpanda.com/baroque-portraits-afro-art-creativesoul-photography/>

"We are all full of natural beauty, we just need to bring it out. Regis
and Kahran, a husband and wife team behind CreativeSoul did just that,
only for young black ladies. Focusing on their hair, the duo created

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How an unpaid UK researcher saved the Japanese seaweed industry

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:00:31 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/how-an-unpaid-uk-researcher-saved-the-japanese-seaweed-industry/>

"After crops failed, botanist Kathleen Drew-Baker realized that nori
wasn't what it seemed."

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Understanding brain damage

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:59:31 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+ShavaNerad/posts/Nmv1PfZrec5

"one case history in multiple intelligences and (dis)abilities"

Shava's story. Brain damage is profoundly disabling, but people are

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The Necessity of Kindness

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:39:14 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
https://katherinephelps.com/2017/11/the-necessity-of-kindness/

"We are seeing a lot of cynical self-interest passing itself off as
realism. This form of realism is polluting all ends of the political
spectrum. The problem is that it’s ultimately self-destructive. If you

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On Bullshit

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:38:24 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
https://astrorhysy.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/on-bullshit.html

"I'm currently following the University of Washington course, "Calling
Bullshit", which is available online in its entirety. This course
attempts to promote critical thinking by drawing attention to how people

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My name is Mike Prysner

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:26:07 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
https://plus.google.com/+RupertNeethling/posts/UsxxFNUXqgn

"Um, so when I first joined the Army, we were told that racism no longer
existed in the military. A legacy of inequality and discrimination was
suddenly washed away by something called the 'Equal Opportunity Program.'"

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A mesh network spontaneously erupts in the US and helps connect Puerto Rico

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:24:37 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/14/a-mesh-network-spontaneously-erupts-in-the-us-and-helps-connect-puerto-rico/amp/>

"The Mesh works a lot like the original goTenna, which pairs to your
phone using Bluetooth, then uses walkie-talkie radio frequencies to send
text communications (no cell network necessary) to another device paired

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This summer, hundreds of China’s young gay people took their parents on a sea voyage of reconciliation

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:15:25 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://qz.com/1040595/chinas-lgbt-cruise-when-hundreds-of-gay-chinese-people-set-sail-with-their-parents-to-be-free-and-connect/>

"When Zhou Chenguang invited his mother to take a trip with him, he
didn’t tell her that the Glory Sea wasn’t just another cruise. It wasn’t
until she was boarding and saw a guy unrolling a rainbow flag that she

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Saber-toothed cat struts down Wilshire Blvd in L.A. and comes home to the Tar Pits!

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:14:14 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvlGqt_zL6o

A classic from 2012.  Great suit and a fun performance.  The eyes are
pretty good!  Via Muse.

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