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Canadian government orders scientists not to disclose extent of polar melting

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Stephen Harper’s petro-Tories have a well-earned reputation for suppressing inconvenient environmental science, but they attained new Stalinist lows when their ministers prohibited Canadian Ice Services from disclosing their government-funded research on the rapid loss of Arctic ice.

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futurescope:

Infiniti Q50 Active Lane Control - Selfdriving Car

Don’t do this. Never! They should be glad that nothing bad happened.

Hands Free Driving: Let’s see how well the Active Lane Control works on the new Infiniti Q50S Hybrid. 
The interesting bit: The system doesn’t turn off if you take your hands off the steering wheel (or leave the drivers seat entirely).

Read more here: http://vanishingpoint.at/wordpress/20…

Here’s another stupid active lane assist stunt, which proves that ALA is basically a hands-off autonomous cruise system if you disable the safety timeout:

Autonomous driving in a 2014 S Class 500 - with Automatic Cruise Control & “disabled” timeout for ALA - of course dont try this at home ;)

[via roadtrack & IEEE]

People generally believe that auto autos won’t be aorund for another decade, but this shows there are already here, at least for highway driving.

Traces of nobility, gentleness and courage persist in all people, do what we will to stamp out the trend. So, too, do those characteristics which are ugly. It is just unfortunate that in the clumsy hands of a cartoonist all traits become ridiculous, leading to a certain amount of self-conscious expostulation and the desire to join battle. There is no need to sally forth, for it remains true that those things which make us human are, curiously enough, always close at hand. Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tinny blasts on tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us. Forward!

Walt Kelly, The Pogo Papers

If ours is the advanced civilization we pretend it is, there should be no need to act as if all decisions were designed to establish certainties.

John Ralston Saul, Voltaire’s Bastards

(h/t gravity-rainbow and watchingcbeams)

(via stoweboyd)

parislemon:

The new typewriter, indeed.
From Tom Hanks, no less. And it’s pretty great — works with bluetooth keyboard as well! They actually 3D modeled three of Hanks’ vintage typewriters — and created three new fonts.

parislemon:

The new typewriter, indeed.

From Tom Hanks, no less. And it’s pretty great — works with bluetooth keyboard as well! They actually 3D modeled three of Hanks’ vintage typewriters — and created three new fonts.

Military power is socially and economically futile.

Norman Angell

Replace “sharing economy” with “sublet economy,”
Great wits are sure to madness near allied,
And thin partitions do their bounds divide.

John Dryden

2noame asked: What are your thoughts on unconditional basic income?

It is a patch to make the current economic system continue, rather than a rethinking of economics.

rollindeepwith3cheeses asked: It appears your blog has been hacked.

I fixed


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