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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Virolution | theAbysmal

Virolution | theAbysmal: But it is illusion to think that there is anything fragile about the earth; surely this is the toughest membrane imaginable in the universe, opaque to probability, impermeable to death. We are the delicate part, transient and vulnerable as cilia. — Lewis Thomas

Virolution | theAbysmal

Virolution | theAbysmal: Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. –Thomas Henry Huxley

2R hypothesis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

2R hypothesis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The 2R hypothesis or Ohno's hypothesis, first proposed by Susumu Ohno in 1970,[1] is a hypothesis in genomics and molecular evolution suggesting that the genomes of the early vertebrate lineage underwent two complete genome duplications, and thus modern vertebrate genomes reflect paleopolyploidy. The name derives from the 2 rounds of duplication originally hypothesized by Ohno, but refined in a 1994 version, and the term 2R hypothesis was probably coined in 1999. Variations in the number and timings of genome duplications typically still are referred to as examples of the 2R hypothesis.[2] The 2R hypothesis has been the subject of much research and controversy; however, with growing support from genome data, including the human genome, the balance of opinion has shifted strongly in favour of support for the hypothesis.

According to Hokamp et al. (2003),[2] the version of the genome duplication hypothesis from which 2R hypothesis takes its name appears in Holland et al. (1994)[3] and the term was coined in Hughes (1999).[4]

Twitter / SteveSGoddard: There was a 100 car accident ...

Twitter / SteveSGoddard: There was a 100 car accident ...

Yota's latest E Ink smartphone takes a great idea and makes it pretty | The Verge

Yota's latest E Ink smartphone takes a great idea and makes it pretty | The Verge: YotaPhone is an Android smartphone with a regular touchscreen on one side and an E Ink display on the other. It's been around for well over a year now, and in our time with previous prototypes we've been impressed with its premise, if not Yota Devices' execution. At MWC this year, the Russian carrier-turned-manufacturer is showing off an all-new prototype it believes solves many of the original model's flaws.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Chapter 3. Configuring virtual machines

Chapter 3. Configuring virtual machines



3.4.2. "Processor" tab

On the "Processor" tab, you can set how many virtual CPU cores the guest operating systems should see.
Starting with version 3.0, VirtualBox supports symmetrical
multiprocessing (SMP) and can present up to 32 virtual CPU cores to each
virtual machine.

You should not, however, configure virtual machines to use more
CPU cores than you have available physically (real cores, no hyperthreads).

On this tab you can also set the "CPU execution
cap"
. This setting
limits the amount of time a host CPU spents to emulate a virtual CPU.
The default setting is 100% meaning that there is no limitation. A setting
of 50% implies a single virtual CPU can use up to 50% of a single host
CPU. Note that limiting the execution time of the virtual CPUs may induce
guest timing problems.

In addition, the "Enable PAE/NX"
setting determines whether the PAE and NX capabilities of the host CPU
will be exposed to the virtual machine. PAE stands for "Physical Address
Extension". Normally, if enabled and supported by the operating system,
then even a 32-bit x86 CPU can access more than 4 GB of RAM. This is
made possible by adding another 4 bits to memory addresses, so that with
36 bits, up to 64 GB can be addressed. Some operating systems (such as
Ubuntu Server) require PAE support from the CPU and cannot be run in a
virtual machine without it.

With virtual machines running modern server operating systems,
VirtualBox also supports CPU hot-plugging. For details about this,
please refer to Section 9.5, “CPU hot-plugging”.

The Betrayal of Tahrir Square - Larry Diamond and Jeff Shank - The Atlantic

The Betrayal of Tahrir Square - Larry Diamond and Jeff Shank - The Atlantic: You can learn a lot about a regime by what it prevents its people from seeing and hearing. A case in point: The Square, an Oscar nominee for the year’s best documentary feature, is banned in Egypt—the very country whose revolutionary upheaval the film chronicles.

The Square tells the story of the youthful Tahrir Square protesters who precipitated the fall of longtime Egyptian military dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011. They organized, coordinated, and communicated with each other and the world via Twitter, Facebook, cell phones, and YouTube. But the courage and idealism with which they took control of this central physical space in downtown Cairo is the film’s most important theme.

The Democracy Report

Their goal was both timely and timeless: protection of their basic human rights by a government they could hold accountable. That was the simple, unifying theme of the Arab Spring three years ago. It is what catalyzed the heroism and hopes of the young protagonists in The Square. It is what demonstrators in Tunis, Benghazi, Tripoli, Damascus, Sana’a, and Manama risked their lives to achieve. It is what protesters in Kiev and Caracas have more recently risen up for, and died for.

Twitter / weknowwhatsbest: 2,774 homicides in Chicago ...

Twitter / weknowwhatsbest: 2,774 homicides in Chicago ...



Twitter / AndrewStilesUSA: Putin: Activate our troops ...

Twitter / AndrewStilesUSA: Putin: Activate our troops ...



Operator and OEM partners | Ubuntu for phones | Ubuntu

Operator and OEM partners | Ubuntu for phones | Ubuntu: Built for the phone industry

Ubuntu comes to phones with the specific needs of network operators, OEMs and ODMs in mind. It offers great performance on handsets with a low bill of materials, while opening up new opportunities for phone and PC convergence at the top end of the market. And there are many ways in which the user experience can be tailored to your brand.

Ubuntu on phones | Ubuntu

PJ Media » Tea Party Warns of ‘Permanent Damage’ from Proposed IRS Rules

PJ Media » Tea Party Warns of ‘Permanent Damage’ from Proposed IRS Rules: WASHINGTON – A co-founder of the nation’s largest Tea Party organization told a House panel Thursday that proposed regulations limiting the political activity groups can engage in and still meet tax-exempt status will inflict “permanent damage” on the advocacy efforts of grassroots organizations.

BBC - History - Ancient History in depth: Viking Money

BBC - History - Ancient History in depth: Viking Money: At the same time, western ideas were also flooding into Scandinavia. These included the same ideas of Christianity and kingship that the Viking settlers had adopted in England.

‘Shark Tank’s’ Kevin O’Leary Rips Minimum Wage ‘Insanity’ | NewsBusters

‘Shark Tank’s’ Kevin O’Leary Rips Minimum Wage ‘Insanity’ | NewsBusters

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Seth Rogen calls out US Senators after speech about Alzheimer's disease | Mail Online

Seth Rogen calls out US Senators after speech about Alzheimer's disease | Mail Online: Funnyman Seth Rogen attacks US Senators for WALKING OUT of his emotional Capitol Hill plea about Alzheimer's, based on mother-in-law's struggle with illness

The 31-year-old actor's mother-in-law suffers from early onset Alzheimer's
Rogen made the trip to Capitol Hill to convince Congress to funnel more money toward fighting the disease
While he began with jokes, the actor took to Twitter by the end to call out Senators who left early or failed to show up
Only two Senators of the 18 on the subcommittee stayed for the movie star's testimony
Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois thanked Rogen for his speech in a tweet...but he didn't even stay to hear it

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Justina Pelletier’s mom faints after hearing decision to place sick teen in foster care - NY Daily News

Justina Pelletier’s mom faints after hearing decision to place sick teen in foster care - NY Daily News: The state assumed custody of the child.

Since then, the Pelletiers have said that their daughter’s condition worsened dramatically. They claim the child hasn’t been properly cared for or given access to education. The parents aren’t allowed to take photos of Justina, but say that her stomach is bloated and that there are red lines running along her abdomen. The child now uses a wheelchair to get around.

“She’s hanging by a thread,” Lou said. “I want her home.”

Shadow President - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Shadow President - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Shadow President is a geopolitical simulation video game released in 1993 for the PC by DC True containing elements of cyberpunk and dark science-fiction.

The game has a sequel called CyberJudas.

Rusia estudia instalar bases militares en Venezuela, Cuba y Nicaragua | Reporte insular Reporte Insular Noticias de todo tipo isla de margarita venezuela - Linkis.com

Rusia estudia instalar bases militares en Venezuela, Cuba y Nicaragua | Reporte insular Reporte Insular Noticias de todo tipo isla de margarita venezuela - Linkis.comMedios rusos como Actualidad RT y La Voz de Rusia citan declaraciones del ministro de Defensa de este país, Serguéi Shoigú, en donde revela que el gobierno de Vladirmir Putin, está negociando la suscripción de acuerdos sobre la instalación de sus bases militares con los gobierno de Daniel Ortega, Nicolás Maduro y Raúl Castro, reseña la cadena de radio colombiana Caracol en su portal web

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Twitter / GenPenaloza: GNB Macho machote amenazando ...



Obama’s Massive Transportation Plan Hurts Commuters, Businesses

Obama’s Massive Transportation Plan Hurts Commuters, Businesses: If you set aside $50,000 dollars for your child’s college education, would you want to be forced to give a large portion of that money to pay for the college costs of someone else’s child? If you bought a new car, would you want to have to let your roommate—who didn’t buy one—use it every other day at your expense? Of course not.

Yet these scenarios are similar to the expected details of the proposal to be unveiled today by President Obama for the next federal highway bill: take per-gallon federal gas tax money paid by the motorists, truckers, and bus operators that use the nation’s highway and bridges, and spend it on other modes of transportation—such as passenger rail and urban subways and bus systems—which do not benefit those motorists paying the tax.

Workforce watch list video: The skills gap | Adecco USA

Workforce watch list video: The skills gap | Adecco USA:



In this Adecco USA Workforce Watch List video segment, Kimber McCafferty gives a visual presentation on the skills gap crisis facing the U.S. job market. The video includes senior executive polling results, why the skills gap is a problem, how it affects our economy and what can be done to alleviate the problem.

Tegu lizard beginning to overrun parts of Florida - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Tegu lizard beginning to overrun parts of Florida - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG: The South American invader can grow up to four-and-a-half feet long and lays up to fifty eggs at a time.






Monday, February 24, 2014

Venezuela's violence. The 'farce' of Cuba. And Marco Rubio's best speech | Naked Politics

Venezuela's violence. The 'farce' of Cuba. And Marco Rubio's best speech | Naked Politics: The U.S. Senator from Florida had listened patiently to Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa speak favorably about his recent trip to Cuba, all the while omitting any real references to the oppression of the totalitarian government there.

To Rubio, like many Cuban exiles and their descendants, it was too much to bear.

“Let me tell you what the Cubans are really good at,” Rubio said Monday when he took to the Senate floor. “What they are really good at is repression…They have exported repression in real time, in our hemisphere, right now.”

This wasn’t some Cold War-era fulmination about Castro’s regime.

Rubio’s speech was about current events: the protests in Venezuela, the Maduro government and the ties it has with the Castros, who repress their own people and helped inspire the suppression in Caracas.

Venezuela is becoming the new Cuba.

Los estudiantes venezolanos piden la expulsión de los «comunistas cubanos» - ABC.es

Los estudiantes venezolanos piden la expulsión de los «comunistas cubanos» - ABC.es: Los estudiantes venezolanos han aclarado este domingo que no dialogarán con el Gobierno hasta que cumpla sus «exigencias», entre las cuales han destacado «la expulsión de los comunistas cubanos», la liberación de los detenidos y el desarme de los colectivos.

«No se puede dialogar con quienes han torturado y abusado sexualmente a compañeros. No se puede dialogar con asesinos. No se puede dialogar con quienes protegen a grupos irregulares que disparan en zonas residenciales», han dicho en un comunicado.

What would you think if #Obamacare were killing your mother? | Public Secrets - Linkis.com

What would you think if #Obamacare were killing your mother? | Public Secrets - Linkis.com

For Stephen Blackwood, that horrifying possibility is not hypothetical.


Mr. Blackwood’s mother was diagnosed with cancer at age 49 in 2005.
She needs the drug Sandostatin to have a fighting chance at survival.
Though her policy with BlueCross/Blue Shield was expensive, it met her
needs for a very expensive treatment, paid for the drug, and let her see
any physician she needed. She and her family were satisfied with it.



Then along came Obamacare, and Mr. Blackwood’s mother lost her insurance. I’ll let him take the story from here:


The repeated and prolonged phone waits were
Sisyphean, the competence and customer service abysmal. When finally she
found a plan that looked like it would cover her Sandostatin and other
cancer treatments, she called the insurer, Humana, to confirm that it
would do so. The enrollment agent said that after she met her
deductible, all treatments and medications—including those for her
cancer—would be covered at 100%. Because, however, the enrollment agents
did not—unbelievable though this may seem—have access to the “coverage
formularies” for the plans they were selling, they said the only way to
find out in detail what was in the plan was to buy the plan. (Does that
remind you of anyone?)



With no other options, she bought the plan and was approved on
Nov. 22. Because by January the plan was still not showing up on her
online Humana account, however, she repeatedly called to confirm that it
was active. The agents told her not to worry, she was definitely
covered.



Then on Feb. 12, just before going into (yet another) surgery,
she was informed by Humana that it would not, in fact, cover her
Sandostatin, or other cancer-related medications. The cost of the
Sandostatin alone, since Jan. 1, was $14,000, and the company was
refusing to pay.



The news was dumbfounding. This is a woman who had an affordable
health plan that covered her condition. Our lawmakers weren’t happy with
that because . . . they wanted plans that were affordable and covered
her condition. So they gave her a new one. It doesn’t cover her
condition and it’s completely unaffordable.

Under the Affordable Care Act, Mr. Blackwood’s mother, in order to
receive the treatment she needs, has to somehow come up with $14,000 on
her own. Her case is currently on appeal with Humana.



And the next time…?


Apologists for the law will of course blame Humana, and, to be sure, I
do not excuse them. The incompetence is infuriating, bordering on the
Kafkaesque.



Still, none of this would be happening without that anti-constitutional monstrosity
of  a law, which the Democratic Party shoved down the throat of a
nation that did not want it, that was mostly satisfied with the
insurance it had, and wanted them instead to deal with the economic
crisis we were then facing.



But the progressives who knew so much better than we what we needed
had other plans in mind, and so Stephen Blackwell’s mother now faces the
very real, very frightening possibility that she will not be able to
find insurance to cover the treatment she needs to stay alive, or that
she might have to beggar herself and her family to get it.



Or do without.


Via Roger Kimball, whose final paragraph is worth quoting:


You won’t find chilly, insulated elites like Nancy
Pelosi or Barack Obama admitting it, but the blood of Mrs. Blackwood and
millions of other Americans harmed by their thoughtless legislation is
on their heads. Obamacare is a totalitarian scheme masquerading as a
humanitarian enterprise.  Its human cost is incalculable, but already,
just a few months in, we’re beginning to get a sense of the suffering it
will cause.  When your treatment for cancer is disallowed, when your
daughter cannot get the medicine she needs, when your mother’s insurance
is cancelled, will you still go gently into that good night of liberal
sanctimony? Or will you finally realize that when Barack Obama promised
to “fundamentally transform the United States of America,” this might not have been the beneficent program The New York Times and other such outlets led you to believe?

The Democrats deserve every bit of electoral hell coming their way, and so much more.

COHEED AND CAMBRIA LYRICS - Always And Never

COHEED AND CAMBRIA LYRICS - Always And Never: Here... I'm still waiting here, my dear
For one kiss from you
So here... I'm still waiting here, my dear
To kill all of you
To kill all of you

‘Heroes’ is returning: 7 other shows NBC should bring back from the dead - Zap2it

‘Heroes’ is returning: 7 other shows NBC should bring back from the dead - Zap2it: 'ALF: The Return'

ALF comes back to Earth, but this time it becomes clear that Gordon Shumway is merely the advance guard of an invading force from Melmac. Can humanity and the feline world work together to push back the aliens for the good of Earth?

8 Movies You Didn't Realize Were Big Hits This Year - CinemaBlend.com

8 Movies You Didn't Realize Were Big Hits This Year - CinemaBlend.com

Harold Ramis of 'Ghostbusters,' 'Groundhog Day' fame dies - CNN.com

Harold Ramis of 'Ghostbusters,' 'Groundhog Day' fame dies - CNN.com: (CNN) -- Harold Ramis, the actor, writer and director whose films include "Stripes," "Ghostbusters," "Groundhog Day" and "Analyze This," has died. He was 69.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Twitter / michellemalkin: Democrat #waronwomen #waronspeech ...

Twitter / michellemalkin: Democrat #waronwomen #waronspeech ...

EDITORIAL: Socialist Venezuela runs out of money - Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Socialist Venezuela runs out of money - Washington Times: The road to socialism reaches the inevitable dead end. Only when Mr. Maduro recognizes this will crippled Venezuela start to recover the prosperity it once had.

EDITORIAL: Socialist Venezuela runs out of money - Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Socialist Venezuela runs out of money - Washington Times: Mr. Chavez skillfully exploited deep-seated class resentment, tapping the proceeds of Venezuela’s vast oil wealth to buy the support of the poor who had been ignored and exploited by earlier regimes. The subsidies kept the price of gasoline absurdly low, and kept cheap staples such as rice and beans.

The scheme couldn’t last forever, and now the Venezuelan piggy bank is empty. Venezuela can’t even borrow cash, as the U.S. government does with abandon, because the interest rate on the country’s public debt is an astronomical 15 percent.

The foreign exchange rate is a way to judge just how much trouble the regime is in: Going to the bank would get you only 6.3 nearly worthless bolivars for a U.S. dollar. In the dark alleys where the black market flourishes, a dollar can get 87 bolivars.

The bureaucrat’s first instinct to generate revenue is to squeeze the business sector, but long-suffering Venezuelan enterprises have run dry. They’re saddled with price controls and acute shortages of spare parts, with nothing left to give.

EDITORIAL: Socialist Venezuela runs out of money - Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Socialist Venezuela runs out of money - Washington Times: EDITORIAL: Socialist Venezuela runs out of money
The nation reaps the consequences of profligate Chavez legacy

In Ukraine uprising political groups once on the fringes are in the ascendancy: ‘We can break protesters’ legs. No one will punish us. The law is on our side’ - Europe - World - The Independent

In Ukraine uprising political groups once on the fringes are in the ascendancy: ‘We can break protesters’ legs. No one will punish us. The law is on our side’ - Europe - World - The Independent: Independence Square was a victorious arena; the hated enemy had been overthrown, his security forces driven from the streets; the capital and half the country belonged to the revolution.

The other half, however, remains loyal to Viktor Yanukovych and the reckoning which will unfold in the coming days is likely to show the alarming rise in the power of paramilitaries.



 



Pincoffin - definition of Pincoffin by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

Pincoffin - definition of Pincoffin by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.: Pin´coff`in
n. 1. A commercial preparation of garancin, yielding fine violet tints.

Finley: Obama deaf on Obamacare | The Detroit News

Finley: Obama deaf on Obamacare | The Detroit News: But why rely on economists? Why not listen to the employers themselves?

The de Blasio de Bacle: New NYC Mayor Off To A Hilariously Horrific Start - Fox Nation

The de Blasio de Bacle: New NYC Mayor Off To A Hilariously Horrific Start - Fox Nation: The comedic apex of the Mayor’s tenuous tenure came over the past 36 hours. First, there was a local CBS News crew catching de Blasio’s caravan speeding well over the limit and blowing through two stop signs on Thursday afternoon (there was no emergency at the time). This wouldn’t be such a big deal, except…Mr. de Blasio had very publicly unveiled a huge traffic safety initiative just days earlier.

Women of Iran defy mullahs by embracing western fashions | Fox News

Women of Iran defy mullahs by embracing western fashions | Fox News: A boutique owner in Tehran, who asked not to be identified by her name or the name of her business, said the morality police came in to ask why the mannequins in her storefront were not wearing the hijab, the traditional Islamic headscarf that all women are required to wear.

“I mean really, the mannequins?" she said. "They have to have hijab? Where are we living?”

Women of Iran defy mullahs by embracing western fashions | Fox News

Women of Iran defy mullahs by embracing western fashions | Fox News: Since the 2009 uprisings, when Iranians flooded the streets of Iran protesting the corruption of their government in the aftermath of former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s contested re-election, the world was introduced to a new brand of Iranians influenced by social media and Western styles and ideologies, according to Nasserchian, who fled the country for Canada shortly after the uprisings.

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