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London’s Secret Nuclear Reactor

In the early 1960s, the Royal Naval College acquired a low-power nuclear reactor… Compared to those in nuclear power stations, JASON was a small reactor measuring 12 feet high and was surrounded by more than 300 tons of steel and concrete cladding to prevent stray neutrons from escaping. Despite its small size, Jason was potent… It was like a ticking time bomb. Surely, the Navy wasn’t going to tell Londoners they have a nuclear bomb for a neighbor. So JASON was kept a secret.

This new blockchain-based betting platform could cause Napster-size legal headaches

But despite fears that the rise of “assassination markets” could inspire real killings, the more urgent problem Augur presents is something else entirely… “If you do not have a very concrete intermediary—i.e., a company or group of people that are running the marketplace—how do you apply laws and prevent that activity from occurring?”

A Spectre is Haunting Unicode

JIS X 0208 ghost characters: 幽霊文字. Nobody knows what they mean, where they came from or how they should be pronounced.

Everything bad about Facebook is bad for the same reason

Facebook really is evil. Not on purpose. In the banal kind of way […] To Facebook, the world is not made up of individuals, but of connections between them. The billions of Facebook accounts belong not to “people” but to “users,” collections of data points connected to other collections of data points on a vast Social Network, to be targeted and monetized by computer programs. There are certain things you do not in good conscience do to humans. To data, you can do whatever you like.

Doing well in school is nothing to be proud of

In 1958, sociologist Michael Young created the term “meritocracy” in a dystopian novel that warned of the horrors of categorizing humans by intelligence.

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