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Many feed readers very clearly use regular expressions to detect feed URLs. Pretty dumb, but feeds in Known are now more discoverable.

- Ben Werdmüller: Many feed readers very clearly use regular expressions to detect feed URLs. Pretty dumb, but feeds in Known ...

**sheepishly hides WhisperFollow behind back**

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Law enforcement agencies have been buying and distributing Computercop, advising citizens that the software is the "first step" for protecting their kids; one sheriff bought copies for every family in the county. Read the rest

- Boing Boing: Hundreds of US police forces have distributed malware as "Internet safety software"
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Pluto is not a planet. The IAU (in my book) gets to decide what the definition of a planet is because there has to be a definition and they are by far the most qualified body to define it.?

Pluto does not meet that definition, and thus should not be considered a planet. I agree with their definition, but even if I didn’t I would submit to it because I am not an expert.?

Recently, three people sat in a room and argued about whether pluto was a planet. The audience then voted…and they voted that Pluto was a planet. That, of course, means nothing. If you want random groups of people to define scientific terms…it’s going to be hard to get any actual science done.?

- Hank's Tumblr: So Hank, what's the deal with Pluto right now? Is it a planet or not?

The semantic argument raised during the debate; that when we call other things “dwarf somethings” they’re still the somethings, like dwarf rabbits and dwarf fruit trees are still fruit trees, is novel and compelling though.

We were talking about this today. The reason Australians don’t do Halloween properly is because if we did it in an Australian way it would be morbid as fuck. Have you seen Australian cinema? Yeah we have our feel good stuff and our comedies etc. But then we decide to put things on the screen like that short film with the dad realising he’s been bitten by a zombie and trying to work out how to protect his baby girl from himself and get her to saftey as he turns, or The Kiss by Ashlee Page with a teen girl having to use the body of her drowned friend to stay alive trapped in a water tank that they went drunk swimming in. If you want ghost stories, like actually make you scared to walk through a fully lit empty house type creepy tales, Adam Phillips has a collection of Australian spooky stories for you here:
http://bitey.com/category/stories/
Here’s a hint: don’t read them.

If Australia decided to do Halloween properly the entire fucking country would still be traumatized by Christmas.

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aph-satan:

randomfandomteacher:

heretical-hypothetical:

artigosaurus:

queen-of-dork:

i-am-a-cat-eins-zwei-drei:

debisanacronym1:

WHY ARE NONE OF YOU FUCKERS FLIPPING SHIT?!?

NASA HAS DECLARED PLUTO A PLANET AGAIN

IT HAS MOONS!!!!! IT HAS MOONS!!!!!!!

WHAT. WHAT! PLUTO YOU FUCKING DID IT!

VIVA LA PLUTO, YOU DID IT!!!

THE UNDERDOG

I can’t find a source. Does anyone have any? I won’t believe it until I get a source.

http://time.com/3429938/pluto-planet-vote/

- Katie Temby: aph-satan:randomfandomteacher:heretical-hypothetical:artigosaurus:queen-of-dork:i-am-a-cat-...

Hey kids, I don’t mean to spoil the party, but that article says that a public debate was held at Harvard and the audience, after hearing the different arguments, voted in favour of Pluto being a planet. Nowhere does it say that the IAU, NASA or any other space agency or organisation have officially recognized Pluto as a grown up planet. It does, however, make an interesting semantic argument. Pluto is classified as a dwarf planet along with dozens of other rock lumps flying around out there with it. When we use the word dwarf as a prefix in other instances in English it describes specification, not exclusion. I.e. A dwarf rabbit is still a rabbit and a dwarf fruit tree is still a fruit tree. By those semantics Pluto is still a planet, along with Eris and all it’s other miniature friends.