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Links 1 through 10 of 4110 Justin Mason's Bookmarks

I haven't been bookmarking here at all. All the action is happening over on Pinboard -- go there instead! (particularly since I've been hearing reports that spam is appearing intermittently under this account somehow....)

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The hypothesis, from Mark Changizi, an evolutionary neurobiologist at 2AI Labs in Boise, Idaho, and his colleagues goes against the common belief that fingers turn prune-like simply because they absorb water. Changizi thinks that the wrinkles act like rain treads on tyres. They create channels that allow water to drain away as we press our fingertips on to wet surfaces. This allows the fingers to make greater contact with a wet surface, giving them a better grip.'

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a mate of mine, scanning Irish cultural artifacts from Ireland in the '70s and '80s. fanzines!

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'Virgin and NTL [in the UK] blocked [del.icio.us] for years' due to a false positive -- joshua

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the Joyce estate playing their usual role. 'are we now nearing a point where copyright law can result in the retraction of a life form?' (via John Looney)

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'it might be in your interest if you have a tracker mortgage and are unable to get a better rate of interest on the €5,000 that you are being tempted to repay PTSB. You can get up to 4.2% from PTSB deposit accounts, 9.7% from 10-year Irish sovereign bonds, 9% from residential property. Yet PTSB is prepared to give you less than a measly 2% over a five year period on your €5,000 repayment.'

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'Once again, Warner is the fly in the ointment, the same company that praises Spotify one day, renews their licenses for the rest of the world and then the next day doesn’t want to license them in the US.'

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'Storing 50,000 2.5KB items in a traditional hash set requires over 125MB, but if you're willing to accept a 1-in-10,000 false positive rate on lookups, [this] bloom filter requires under 500KB' - interesting variation on the basic concept.  Java, Apache-licensed

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