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"We have just as many MPs as the US has senators and a tenth of the population."

wikipedia says Canada has 308 MPs and 108 senators; and the US has 2 senators per state and 50 states so 100 senators. US House has 435 reps.

Still a good point re: population per representative

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Canadian senators are political cronies with expense accounts. It is unclear what, if anything, they contribute to democracy. Note that they have essentially no power. Just assume that Canada has one house in the legislative assembly, and then also a hole that we pour money into. The Canadian system has several.... "quirks". It is therefore astounding to me that it appears to work better in practice than the US system, which to my eye looks better-in-theory.

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Meant to say congresspersons.

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UCSD Brain Observertory sliced and imaged his brain http://thebrainobservatory.ucsd.edu/hm

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If you are building a guided missle or the destroyer it launches from, you are doing so because you believe it to be good and not evil to have a strong military defense. And the best defense is a good offense or something like that, I don't really follow sports.

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In 1995 I worked for a local internet provider that was in the back of a computer store in Kerney Mesa in San Diego. I worked in the back doing phone support and wore sandles. The number of subscribers doubled in the 6 weeks I worked there.

One day a customer shows up in the computer store with an Internet question. I get called out of the back room to go to the sales floor, and I went onto the floor with my birkenstocks on.

The sales floor manager had a complete conniption fit and I was going to have to dress up like a sales guy to keep working there. There was no way I was going to do that, so I resigned.

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California Museum of Photography collections include early digital cameras and related media. http://artsblock.ucr.edu/Page/california-museum-of-photograp...

They have earthquake resistent storage for the Keystone-Mast sterogram collection of master glass plate netagives.

Pacific Pinball Museum also also pretty cool http://pacificpinball.org

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Nimrod seems rather unfortunately named. I'm not up on Abrahamic mythos so I didn't get the biblical reference -- to me Nimrod seems like a fighting words insult.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=nimrod

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It is actually faster to get to downtown SF from downtown OAK on BART than it is to get to downtown SF from the Sunset, Richmond, or even lower Haight on Muni.

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This is very true. I live in inland east bay (Walnut Creek) and my BART commute is still a few minutes shorter than my MUNI commute from when I was living in the Outer Richmond district.

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I cannot figure out why more startups are not based in Walnut Creek - lots of office space, a great downtown & there are two BART stations within 5 mins + the contra costa transit center.

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During non-peak hours. In contrast, it will take an hour or longer to drive over on a weekend afternoons.

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I said BART. BART is even faster from Oakland during peak hours because there is less time between trains. I gave away my car when I lived in lower Haight because I had no place to park.

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While not "broadband" Australia was also big into packet radio, not just the amateur ham, but a national network for distance education in the outback was planned back in the late 80s/early 90s.

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I thought they used restriction digests with gel electrophoresis, I'm pretty sure full genomic sequencing would be too expensive.

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I don't really know, but this does sound familiar and is part of what I was speaking to. What type and generation of technology was used? How much was the solicitor of the test willing to pay for it (influencing the choice made within the current range of available technologies/capabilities), as well as how many sequence/data points were targeted.

As one example, combine a fairly limited set of targets with gel chromatography, and varying quality/accuracy of analysis/analysts of same... And you have a lot less "uniqueness" than things like the common, public term "DNA fingerprint" imply.

Yes, it may be a useful tool in combination with proper understanding of its limitations. However, we have (in the U.S., for example) and adversarial judicial process and prosecutors have been shown to often not place such understanding even in context let alone as a primary concern. If the defence is lacking, including simply financially to engage its own "expert witnesses"... misbegotten interpretations can and do rule the day.

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"Any one of us would be lying if we said we didn't learn plenty of web development from that site when we were getting started." Well, I remember where I was sitting in the summer of 1993 when I first read about the www -- while browsing gopher. I made my first web page in 1994. I can honestly I didn't learn anything from that site when I was getting started.

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