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links amid the downtime [Apr. 6th, 2011|01:40 pm]
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LiveJournal has been under a DDOS attack/really flaky this week. I know because I keep getting emails LJ for WebOS users. Sorry, everyone!

- SpaceX announced the Falcon Heavy rocket, which is the world's most powerful (excluding the Saturn V), and launches will only cost ~$100 million. More stats in the press release. Hey, and they use LabVIEW!

- Should You Give Money to Homeless People? - from the article:
The short answer is no. The long answer is yes, but only if you work for an organization that can ensure the money is spent wisely.*
- Perhaps the best Reddit question ever begins with
I like big butts and I cannot lie, but is there some evolutionary reason as to why?
- A Murder Foretold - long New Yorker article about the "ultimate political conspiracy" in Guatemala. Reads like a Tom Clancy novel or something. (but with fewer submarines)

- Kindle and Nook readers bash high e-book pricing with angry one-star reviews - this annoys me SO MUCH. Review the book, not the price! If you don't think the book is worth the price, say so, but some people seem to think no book in the world is worth $15.

[User Picture]From: mathjoker
2011-04-06 07:10 pm (UTC)
I am in agreement that the Reddit comment thread about big butts is the best comment thread in the history of Reddit, at least for as long as I have been browsing the site (~ 1 year).
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[User Picture]From: copperwolf
2011-04-07 06:47 pm (UTC)
I've often thought about giving pre-packaged food, e.g. granola bars, to panhandlers. But I've never actually done it.

Almost four years ago I had an encounter with a beggar that left me mildly uncomfortable.
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