This is an excellent complaint: most software products don’t work well for people that switch languages frequently…

This is an excellent complaint: most software products don’t work well for people that switch languages frequently (or mix languages!). I’m effectively monolingual so I’m part of the problem, but I have experienced this pain over the years when developing and testing localized software — it’s a pretty big hassle to switch. MacOS is the easiest — just drag your preferred language to the top of the list — but I agree even that’s too much of a hassle for things like dictation, autocomplete and autocorrect.

http://www.osnews.com/story/29950/The_lack_of_multilingual_affordances_in_modern_software

Based on these new occultation observations, team members say MU69 may not be not a lone spherical object, but…

Based on these new occultation observations, team members say MU69 may not be not a lone spherical object, but suspect it could be an “extreme prolate spheroid” – think of a skinny football – or even a binary pair. The odd shape has scientists thinking two bodies may be orbiting very close together or even touching – what’s known as a close or contact binary – or perhaps they’re observing a single body with a large chunk taken out of it. The size of MU69 or its components also can be determined from these data. It appears to be no more than 20 miles (30 kilometers) long, or, if a binary, each about 9-12 miles (15-20 kilometers) in diameter.

h/t John Nolan

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/new-horizons-next-target-just-got-a-lot-more-interesting

Scott makes the ACLU’s position so clear in this excellent article.

Scott makes the ACLU’s position so clear in this excellent article.

Originally shared by Scott Dolan

Here’s my take for the New England First Amendment Coalition on why the ACLU of Maine demanded that Maine Gov. Paul LePage stop his unconstitutional practice of censoring comments from his official verified Facebook page. #FirstAmendment #MEpolitics #SocialMedia

http://bit.ly/2w0cRqg

I had the privilege of meeting some of the BBR team when I visited Google HQ earlier this year.

I had the privilege of meeting some of the BBR team when I visited Google HQ earlier this year. This is really exciting, especially because there’s no need for a “flag day” to realize these gains — changing even one high-output service benefits the whole internet without needing changes for end-user machines.

When (if) BBR reaches a plurality of the internet, the shorter queues will make the whole network more responsive for all of us.

Fascinating! I wonder how far back you can go that someone foresaw an issue like this with social media?

Fascinating! I wonder how far back you can go that someone foresaw an issue like this with social media?

Originally shared by Scott Dolan

The ACLU of Maine demanded in a letter to Maine Gov. Paul LePage today that he cease his unconstitutional practice of censoring his constituents from accessing and commenting on his official verified Facebook page. As an elected official using his Facebook page as a public platform for engaging with his constituents, he cannot selectively delete and block those whose viewpoints he disagrees with. The First Amendment guarantees that we have the right “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” and that means Gov. LePage too. I am proud to have had a role in this effort on behalf of the ACLU. #FirstAmendment #RightToPetition

http://bit.ly/2tTBovY

A programming error allowed a massive theft of virtual currency.

A programming error allowed a massive theft of virtual currency. The best things about this article are 1) if you’re a programmer of any dynamic language (JS, Ruby, Obj-C, Perl, etc) then it’s easy to understand the bug; 2) the author makes a great analogy between blockchain programming (smart contracts) and 1990s shrinkwrap software: both need to work right the first time because you rarely get the chance to ship an update.

h/t Marc MERLIN

http://haseebq.com/a-hacker-stole-31m-of-ether/

This article is a treasure of anecdotes about English word/grammar origins. For example:

This article is a treasure of anecdotes about English word/grammar origins. For example:

“… we kill a cow or a pig (English) to yield beef or pork (French). Why? Well, generally in Norman England, English-speaking labourers did the slaughtering for moneyed French speakers at table. The different ways of referring to meat depended on one’s place in the scheme of things, and those class distinctions have carried down to us in discreet form today.”

h/t Dan Sugalski

https://aeon.co/essays/why-is-english-so-weirdly-different-from-other-languages