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  1. Gerrymandering -- drawing political boundaries to give your party a numeric advantage over an opposing party -- is a difficult process to explain. If you find the notion confusing, check out the chart above -- adapted from one posted to Reddit this weekend -- and wonder no more.

    Suppose we have a very tiny state of fifty people. Thirty of them belong to the Blue Party, and 20 belong to the Red Party. And just our luck, they all live in a nice even grid with the Blues on one side of the state and the Reds on the other.

    Now, let's say we need to divide this state into five districts.
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  2. Breaking things right down into the individual atomic unit, including the content and actions. The atomic unit separate from the container of the app itself, so that it can show up anywhere, on any device. The atomic units are then reassembled based on context. Aggregated in a centralised stream. Or pushed to you on your watch.
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  3. in this article, I will be discussing how I setup my Postfix servers using Greylisting, SPF, DKIM and DMARC, and also using TLS for incoming/outgoing mail. I won’t be going into full details for how to setup a Postfix server, only the specifics needed for SPF/DKIM/DMARC and TLS.
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  4. If Dustmann et al. are correct, and I think that they are, then the ability to transfer these lessons to other countries is zero. No one else has an East Germany waiting around the corner to push down labor costs, and even if everyone did, all that would do is reduce consumption in the aggregate, thereby impoverishing everyone.

    The take home lesson is perhaps then that Germany is only Germany because everyone else is “not Germany.” To try and make everyone a bit more like Germany can only mean the expansion of a poorly paid service sector and the introduction of a minimum wage to compensate. I do not think that’s what structural reform advocates recommend, but it’s where we may end up.
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  5. The history of the British Royal Houses has always been shrouded in mystery: citing the results of DNA tests as well as hereditary genetic disorders researchers, have called into question the legitimacy of the present British royalties.

    Scientists from the University of Leicester claimed last year there could be a break in the royal blood line, citing an astonishing mismatch of the DNA of Richard III to that of some of his descendants: it is not possible to trace his modern male-line relatives through the Y chromosome. Henry VII Tudor, who seized the power in 1485 after defeating the king in the Battle of Bosworth Field, cemented his power by marrying Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV and niece of Richard III. The current royal family share a direct blood line to the Tudors, researchers underscored, calling into question the House of Windsor's right to rule. In addition to the suspicious DNA tests' results scientists also pointed to some hereditary genetic disorders, suggesting there could have been some skeletons in the closet of the Queen Victoria's mother, German-born Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld.
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  6. you see, Silicon Valley is composed of people that made 1 million users in a day, that sold companies for $500M+, that made more than 750 investments, that manage billion-dollar funds. The Valley has always been excited about doing hard things, and if starting companies is not hard anymore and everybody can do it, it’s not exciting anymore. You know what’s hard and exciting, instead? Scaling them. Getting your monthly active users from 10k to 1M in 2 years; that’s hard. Or getting your revenue from $100k to $10M annualized, that’s hard.

    Or getting teams from 10 to 1,000 people, that’s hard. And that’s what Silicon Valley does best and is most excited about. And, coincidentally, that’s also where most of the company value is generated. The consequence? Silicon Valley is no longer the best place to start a company (unless you’ve already been living there for a while now, of course) because everywhere else is. And “everywhere else” is the rest of the world — with cheaper talent, lower cost of living, and good access to initial capital as well — but also the rest of the U.S. outside of the tech hubs.

    Whether that’s good or bad, I don’t know. But it’s something you need to be aware of. That has been my advice lately to a few people asking for perspective from a guy who comes from Europe but has spent the last few years in the Valley. It’s a wonderful place, but it’s a very challenging one also. So if you’re starting something today, DO NOT come to Silicon Valley right away. It’s less expensive, less risky, and probably easier to start somewhere else, due to less competition.

    Get some level of product-market fit first, get some early traction; then — if you need it — raise some money where your network is stronger (again, guess where that is) and *only then* think about getting to the next level and moving to Silicon Valley. At that point, you’ll need a story: In Silicon Valley, you’re interesting if you’re relevant, and you’re relevant if your story is backed by hard numbers of user adoption and market traction. Because if everybody can start something, how do you decide who’s the real deal? You look (and ask) for more results than the average.

    Welcome to the new Silicon Valley.
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  7. If the idea of losing your phone and having to migrate to a new device has your stomach in knots, Jack Wallen has a plan to help make this as painless as possible.
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  8. O, dunque – ma appare un’eventualità davvero remota – il MIBACT ha preso in licenza da Big G l’immagine in questione ndr e, comunque, avrebbe dovuto almeno citarne la fonte » o la testata di è pirata il che – considerato che il MIBACT è il custode ultimo della legge sul diritto d’autore in Italia – sarebbe una circostanza paradossale e tragicomica.
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  9. Il Dna è la principale prova contro Massimo Bossetti, accusato di aver ucciso Yara. La difesa lo sa bene, anche se lo definisce «solo un indizio». Sono discussioni scientifiche che riempiranno il processo. Intanto, però, colpisce che proprio Bossetti sia categorico con la madre Ester Arzuffi sul valore del Dna. Glielo dice in un colloquio in carcere dopo che lei non ha mai smesso di ripetere: «Tuo padre è Giovanni Bossetti, non l’autista di Gorno». Un retroscena paradossale per un’inchiesta dove la battaglia tra accusa e difesa si combatte proprio sui profili genetici.
    Tags: by M. Fioretti (2015-02-28)
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  10. jellyfish in vast (really vast) numbers are now showing up all over the world, from the Black Sea to the coasts of Britain, Israel and Brazil.

    Jellyfish blooms are a lot more than a nuisance to beachgoers not inclined to swim in waves teeming with gelatinous blobs and tentacles that can sting and poison. What’s going on now, as Tim Flannery writes in reviewing Gershwin’s book in the New York Review of Books, is nothing less than the jellification (a term used even by scientists) of the ocean with far-reaching consequences and in no small part due to human activity.

    Fossils of this gelatinous marine animal are the oldest ever found. The notable upsurge in their numbers is a very recent development and downright alarming for several reasons.
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