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When Your Child’s Boy Friend Becomes Their Girl Friend
Originally Published January 27th, 2015, 10:51 PM

C.J. met Samuel about three years ago when Samuel was a boy named Samuel. Now, Samuel is a girl named Sophia. Initially, C.J. and Samuel bonded over being boys who liked to be mermaids in water and princesses on land. … Continue reading



"Dear Girlfriend, Will You..." (PROPOSING TO MY GF, WHAATT?!)
Originally Published January 19th, 2015, 08:51 PM
"Dear Girlfriend, Will You..." (PROPOSING TO MY GF, WHAATT?!)

FOLLOW GRACE ON IG: @ghilt11 "Cant Help Fallin in Love With You" cover by: Connor Manning Stalk me! (Or don't, I don't own you...) MAIL: Ashley Mardell, P.O....
From: Ashley Mardell Views: 44078 6731 ratings
Time: 12:24 More in Comedy


3 Prophets Walk Into A Bar
Originally Published January 18th, 2015, 10:38 AM

Probably the one and only time I've ever agreed with the current PM - www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30869585

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Man Builds Underground Tunnel to Bar to Escape Wife, Life
Originally Published January 15th, 2015, 08:04 PM
Man Builds Underground Tunnel to Bar to Escape Wife, Life

One man. 15 years. A lot of wasted time trying to get wasted. Check out http://www.squarespace.com/sourcefed and offer use offer code 'Sourcefed' for 10% off...
From: SourceFed Views: 138354 5103 ratings
Time: 02:33 More in News & Politics


Introduction to Astronomy: Crash Course Astronomy #1
Originally Published January 15th, 2015, 04:00 PM
Introduction to Astronomy: Crash Course Astronomy #1

Welcome to the first episode of Crash Course Astronomy. Your host for this intergalactic adventure is the Bad Astronomer himself, Phil Plait. We begin with a...
From: CrashCourse Views: 306515 15755 ratings
Time: 12:12 More in Education


This is what the Prime Minister of Albania had in his pocket today at the march in Paris (i.imgur.com)
Originally Published January 12th, 2015, 12:41 AM

Submitted by Reilly616 to pics.

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Tales: The Age of Heroes
Originally Published January 8th, 2015, 01:00 AM
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A few weeks ago I was at a restaurant, sitting at a table by myself and reading one of the Forgotten Realms novels. An older gentleman, early seventies, came up to my table and asked if it was a D&D book. He grabbed the seat across from me and we started talking.

My new friend then proceeded to…

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KSP in a nutshell (i.imgur.com)
Originally Published January 7th, 2015, 04:54 PM

Submitted by chickenoflight to KerbalSpaceProgram.

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We have a new calendar. It encourages self discipline of the...
Originally Published January 1st, 2015, 11:18 AM

A video posted by Destin (@smartereveryday) on Jan 1, 2015 at 9:18am PST





We have a new calendar. It encourages self discipline of the highest degree. #HappyNewYear



I got this game at about 3pm yesterday. I feel a little dizzy and I can't stop thinking about space. (i.imgur.com)
Originally Published December 28th, 2014, 12:50 PM

Submitted by mkinitcpio to KerbalSpaceProgram.

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Made me aww when my friend told me. (i.imgur.com)
Originally Published December 25th, 2014, 08:44 PM

Submitted by y0immatt to aww.

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OMFG #bestgift
Originally Published December 25th, 2014, 07:55 PM

A video posted by Jin Wicked (@jin_wicked) on Dec 25, 2014 at 5:55pm PST





OMFG #bestgift



Extra Credits - Snakes and Ladders - How the Meaning of an Ancient Children's Game Adapted Over Time
Originally Published December 24th, 2014, 04:23 AM
Extra Credits - Snakes and Ladders - How the Meaning of an Ancient Children's Game Adapted Over Time

Subscribe for new episodes every Wednesday! http://bit.ly/SubToEC Get our list of recommended games on Steam: http://bit.ly/ECCurator Join us live on Twitch!...
From: Extra Credits Views: 173722 7466 ratings
Time: 05:28 More in Gaming


The FCC ignored hundreds of thousands of net neutrality comments (proof) (self.technology)
Originally Published December 20th, 2014, 08:46 AM

Submitted by rubbingalcoholic to technology.

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**Update 7:42pm EST 12/19/2014:** This situation isn't hopeless. Insiders think the FCC will come out with a Title II rule. The hard part will be defending it from a Comcast-captured Congress. That's why it's so bad for us that the FCC botched these numbers; it makes the public look divided, when it's not. What can you do? Write Congress at www.battleforthenet.com, and generally be ready for when shit hits the fan in January/February. We'll need local volunteers in major cities to organize protests & stunts aimed at members of Congress. If you can help, email team@fightforthefuture.org. We're a 501c3 / 501c4 fueled by donations. Those help too :)



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Earlier this week, Sunlight Foundation released a study claiming that anti-Title II comments from a group with ties to the Koch Brothers “dominated” the second round of FCC commenting, beating out comments from pro-net neutrality groups like EFF and Fight for the Future. Now, anti-net neutrality groups and journalists are seizing on this report to try to make it look like the public is against Title II net neutrality. The problem is, the FCC’s data was missing hundreds of thousands of pro-net neutrality comments, and I can prove it. To make things worse, Sunlight’s study counted every anti-net neutrality comment while systematically ignoring pro-net neutrality comments. It’s a mess.



**Full disclosure:** I’m Jeff Lyon, CTO at Fight for the Future, a pro-net neutrality group responsible for driving 777,364 pro-net neutrality comments through the Battle for the Net campaign. I’m posting this here, along with all of our evidence, with the hope that Reddit can help us verify these claims.



**The FCC data dump was missing hundreds of thousands of pro-net neutrality comments.**



The raw data the FCC released and that Sunlight used for its study was missing hundreds of thousands of pro-net neutrality comments sent from Battle for the Net. I noticed this and emailed the FCC’s Chief Enterprise Architect, who confirmed via email that, of over 525,000 comments we submitted via CSV, _at least_ 244,811 were missing from the data that the FCC released (**screenshot of email from FCC**). As of right now, the failure point is still unclear: did the FCC simply fail to export these comments, or did they actually fail to process them in the first place?



Worse, of the comments the FCC _did_ include, Sunlight found that 95,000 of them were duplicates—the same comment showing up multiple times, and this means an additional 95,000 of the unique comments we sent are missing. (I verified we did in fact send unique comments by examining reference numbers attached to them, can’t exactly prove this without violating our privacy policy)



Taking 244,811 + 95,000 gives us _at least_ 339,811 pro-net neutrality comments that are provably missing from the data. This is alone is enough to unseat Sunlight’s (methodologically-flawed) conclusion that anti-net neutrality comments “dominated” the second round, and the total number of missing comments is probably much higher.



Sunlight analyzed 1,674,385 comments and determined a 60 / 40 split between anti- / pro-net neutrality comments. They didn’t specify, but if we conservatively assume that 0% of the comments were undecided or ambiguous, then this amounts to 1,004,631 anti-net neutrality and 669,754 comments. Adding in the 339,811 proveably missing pro-net neutrality comments gives us 1,009,565, shifting the dominant group in favor of net neutrality (this margin would be increased if we assumed more than 0% of comments were ambiguous, and if Sunlight’s logic wasn’t completely flawed [more on that soon]).





**There are probably many more missing comments.**



The total number of missing comments is probably much higher than the number I’ve (thus far) identified. To help establish this, it’s useful to examine the different ways that people could submit net neutrality comments to the FCC, as well as the precise approach I used to determine these numbers.



In the beginning, there was ECFS, the FCC’s online commenting system. This system is over a decade old and melted down from the hundreds of thousands of comments sent through Battle for the Net and by fans of comedian John Oliver during the first round of net neutrality comments. (I believe on good authority that the FCC has just one server running the entire ECFS web site :)



The FCC soon realized that ECFS wasn’t working, and started accepting comments by email. However in September, right before the second net neutrality commenting deadline, the FCC made it possible to submit comments in bulk using CSV spreadsheets. Given the sheer volume of comments we were collecting through Battle for the Net, this option made the most sense in order to ensure timely delivery to the FCC.



Unfortunately, it seems that CSV option was unreliable. Over half the comments we submitted via CSV were missing from the FCC’s final data, and in Sunlight’s study, no comments were attributed to some other big companies that participated with Battle for the Net and submitted CSV comments on behalf of their users. If the FCC actually failed to process comments from these groups, the total number of pro-net neutrality comments would be even higher.



It’s also worth noting, the technique I used to determine the missing CSV comments is simplistic and only establishes a floor, not a ceiling, for the possible total missing. Here’s what I did:



* Battle for the Net submitted 527,952 unique comments via CSV to the FCC between the dates of September 12 and September 15

* Of these comments, 525,189 contained the phrase ‘We are writing to urge you to implement’ (people were signing onto an open letter from Senator Angus King)

* If all of these were counted, we would expect to see at least as many occurrences of that phrase in the raw data released by the FCC, but instead there were only 374,421 occurrences.

* Of these, 374,421 occurrences, FCC’s Chief Enterprise Architect confirmed via email (**screenshot of another email from FCC**) that 92,645 were from comments submitted through the FCC’s email address, meaning that 281,776 is the maximum number of comments possibly from the CSV files in their data, and they were missing at least 244,811.

* We only did a basic text search to arise at this number. If other people submitted comments with the phrase ‘We are writing to urge you to implement’, it would mean that _even less_ of our CSV comments made it into the final data.

* And of the 374,421 matches that were in the data, Sunlight confirmed that at least 95,000 were duplicate records, meaning that at least another 95,000 of the comments we sent are also missing.



We still don’t know whether comments submitted via ECFS were properly reflected in the FCC’s data. I’m running a full analysis, comparing our data to theirs, but it will take some time to complete.



**To make things worse, Sunlight’s study counted every anti-net neutrality comment and systematically ignored pro-net neutrality comments**



The Sunlight Foundation studied the FCC’s data and concluded that comments from net neutrality activists were eclipsed by anti-regulatory comments from American Commitment, a known astroturfing group with ties to the Koch Brothers (they sent paid emails with misleading messages, but that’s another story). However, Sunlight applied a flawed sampling methodology to a flawed set of data, and drew conclusions that are impossible to make with any “reasonably representative” certainty.



In particular, of the 2.4 million comments released by the FCC, they ignored 800,000 comments that they couldn’t parse, and assumed these comments maintained the same distribution of pro- vs. anti- net neutrality comments. They’ve said the 1.6 million comments they did look at were “reasonably representative” of the whole group, but have provided no evidence to support that claim.



I’ve looked at the data myself. It’s extremely inconsistent, with comments in a multitude of formats, some plaintext, some XML, and many simply as concatenated strings with no delimiting characters separating them from one another. It’s generally very difficult to parse. However, it’s extremely easy to pick out and parse the email comments, as they tend to follow a consistent format.



The group of commenters that “dominated” the second round of comments (in Sunlight’s words) could have simply been the one organization that–due to the technique it used for submitting–didn’t get all its submissions garbled. In fact, it looks like that’s what happened. The FCC counted _all 92,645_ of the comments we sent via email, and failed to parse comments we sent via CSV. On the other hand, _all 777,364_ anti-net neutrality comments from American Commitment were sent via email, present in the FCC’s data, and counted in Sunlight’s study.



What this means is that, after Sunlight threw 800,000 comments away, half of their remaining sample pool of 1.6 million comments are easily parseable emails from American Commitment.



It is erroneous to assume that you can throw away a third of your data and that the distribution of the remaining data will be unaffected. Taking this further, Sunlight has publicly acknowledged a non-trivial difference in how they counted some comments from pro-net neutrality groups like Free Press versus comments from American Commitment.



All groups were effectively collecting signatures on a letter. American Commitment submitted them as a barrage of identical comments, while groups like Free Press submitted them as signatures on a single letter. The FCC says it recognizes and counts both. But Sunlight Foundation admits they chose to treat them differently, excluding multiple signatures on a single letter from the count.



This further confounded the result of their study in favor of anti-net neutrality commenters.



**TL;DR:**



* FCC failed to process hundreds of thousands of net neutrality comments

* Sunlight Foundation based a study on the FCC’s data, counted every anti-net neutrality comment and systematically ignored pro-net neutrality comments. Concluded that anti-net neutrality “dominated”

* Political pundits and journalists are spinning this to say that the public is against net neutrality

* I wanted to get the facts out in the hopes that Reddit verify this, further analyze the FCC's data, and help figure out what's going on.

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An accurate review for KSP (i.imgur.com)
Originally Published December 17th, 2014, 12:43 PM

Submitted by byeshitautosubs to KerbalSpaceProgram.

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On Defense of LEGO Friends
Originally Published December 16th, 2014, 12:18 AM

There’s been some talk lately about LEGO. And it mostly seems to go kinda like this:

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This is awful! LEGO for GIRLS?! How degrading and sexist is this shit?

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This is amazing and awesome and game changing and WHY THE FUCK DON’T THEY MAKE MORE OF THIS?

And I have to say, I think that the LEGO Friends line of sets does MORE for young girls than the LEGO lady scientists collectors set does (though it is pretty cool, look at that dinosaur!).

First off, let me make something exceptionally clear: anybody can play with any LEGO set they want to. If young girls want to play with LEGO Ninjago or a grown ass man wants to play with LEGO Friends, that is their prerogative. As friends, family, and especially as parents it is our responsibility to expose our children to varying stimuli and allow them to choose for themselves what they want to explore in a safe an nurturing way. So let them play with what they will (so long as they don’t try to swallow the pieces). That said, not everyone wants to play with the same stuff. Some children don’t want to play with race cars. Some children don’t want to play with dolls. Some will insist that they are action figures. And that is also ok. So, if a girl wants to build space ships, let her build space ships. If she wants to build a bitching awesome pastel-colored horse farm then LET HER BUILD THE DAMN HORSE FARM.

There’s this impression that LEGO Friends is “LEGOs for girls.” They are heavily marketed towards girls, mostly because the minifigs are female, the colors are pink, and girls are shown playing with them. But marketing aside, let us face facts: LEGO Friends is not “LEGOs for girls.” All LEGOs are for girls, just as they are for boys. LEGO Friends are “Barbie made of LEGOs.” And THAT, I think, is a very good thing.

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There are some children who really like these kinds of toys, and there is a cultural expectation that these are what girls of a certain age want to play with. And whether it is because we tell them they want to play with them, or because they actually do want to play with them, there is a very solid market for these toys. Playing pretend is a cornerstone in childhood. These toys focus playing pretend on (mostly) real life situations, things that older kids do: hang out with friends or go to the mall, and things that adults do: own a house, drive, have a family, and so on. Sometimes they’re mundane things (to grown ups) and sometimes they’re exciting things, but they’re all social things. However, they’re not creative things.

It’s important for children to learn how to socialize with other human beings. That’s how we stop being self-centered little shit balls and become functional adults. But simply learning how to interact, pretending to be the adults they will eventually be is only one part of childhood play. There’s a creative element that is also important. Learning to question and wonder and take imagination and make it real is another key element. Ask anyone who makes anything, whether they be engineers or artists, and they’ll probably tell you they played with “creative” toys growing up. Creative toys like LEGO.

Yet there are a lot of young girls who if you handed them a LEGO set to build a fire truck they probably wouldn’t be that interested. Whether that is because they don’t like fire trucks or because we’ve told them they SHOULDN’T like fire trucks because they’re a girl and girls don’t like fire trucks, is another discussion for another day. Regardless of the answer, when they’re asked what they want for their birthday they don’t answer “I want a LEGO space ship!” They answer “I want a Polly Pocket!” Which is a fine answer… but if they only ever answer Polly Pocket, they’re missing out on some basic developmental stuff that could well lay the foundation for them becoming “more than a housewife.” I should point out here that choosing to be a housewife is an awesome choice, and I would never tell anyone otherwise, but a girl should have options, no?

LEGO Friends isn’t meant for girls who already like LEGO. It’s meant for girls who when they enter a toy store go directly to the Pink Aisle. It’s meant to appeal to the girls who like Barbie and all the other “girly dolls.” It’s a beautiful underhanded trick to get them to play with building blocks. When they get this:

LEGO-Friends-Horse

What they think they’re getting is a sweet horse farm where they can pretend to ride horses with their friends and have an awesome time in the land of play pretend. What they’re actually getting is all that AND a dip in the ocean of creativity. A dip that will expose them to countless other possibilities and ways of looking at things.

Anyone who’s ever played with LEGOs knows the general life cycle of a LEGO set. You build it, you play with it for a while, you borrow a few pieces to build something else, eventually it somehow dissolves into its component pieces and is resurrected out of the great LEGO Bin countless times in countless different forms. The mere act of following the directions to build the initial set instills the notion that these bricks could form anything. Sure the set says its a horse farm… but it could be a cottage… or a mansion… or a skyscraper… or a sweet pink space ship!!!

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When your toys can be anything you imagine, suddenly YOU can be anything you can imagine too. I think that is way more important and beneficial than having more “women as ____” LEGO sets. That’s just giving girls more acceptable roles for them to choose from, not letting them choose what roles they find acceptable. If we want more “women” in LEGO sets, just throw some pony tail hair pieces in to existing sets and call it a day. If we want more girls to play with LEGOs and other creative-type toys, maybe we should be ok with marketing some toys to them.

Chances are if you look at the LEGO Friends sets and roll your eyes and go, “ugh, LEGOs for girls?!” these sets are not for you. You already play beyond the Pink Aisle; in whatever aisle you want! And good on you! LEGO Friends are for children who don’t wander outside the Pink Aisle, children whose parents don’t buy them things outside of the Pink Aisle, children who desperately need something that could be something else, something more. Because let’s face it, the Pink Aisle doesn’t hold all THAT MUCH variety. After all… it’s just one color.



Steven Spielberg vs Alfred Hitchcock. Epic Rap Battles of History.
Originally Published December 15th, 2014, 10:49 AM
Steven Spielberg vs Alfred Hitchcock. Epic Rap Battles of History.

Download this song here ▻ http://bit.ly/1yTdsUB ◅ ERB Mittens biotchez! http://bit.ly/1w5AFWk Season 3 Autographed CDs available at ▻ http://shop.erb.fm ◅ Su...
From: ERB Views: 15762541 229308 ratings
Time: 04:00 More in Entertainment


iSmart's logo really thew me for a second. (imgur.com)
Originally Published December 11th, 2014, 04:42 PM

Submitted by TinaTeaspoon to funny.

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Solution to The Impossible Bet
Originally Published December 8th, 2014, 10:53 AM
Solution to The Impossible Bet

This problem is called the "100 Prisoners Problem", more info on the math here: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/100_prisoners_problem Thanks to http://www.ifi...
From: minutephysics Views: 883655 23265 ratings
Time: 03:59 More in Science & Technology


An Impossible Bet
Originally Published December 8th, 2014, 10:26 AM
An Impossible Bet

Should you take the bet? Click here to find out: http://youtu.be/C5-I0bAuEUE Thanks to my friend Dan Hoff for introducing me to this problem! MinutePhysics i...
From: minutephysics Views: 1238447 11073 ratings
Time: 01:38 More in Science & Technology


BAHFest West 2014 - Matt Inman: Jibbers Crabst
Originally Published December 5th, 2014, 11:19 AM
BAHFest West 2014 - Matt Inman: Jibbers Crabst

Keynote speaker Matt Inman introduces us to a new deity, enlightening the San Francisco audience in the process, in the first ever BAHFest West keynote at th...
From: BAHFest Views: 688332 8846 ratings
Time: 11:27 More in Comedy


It takes a surprising amount of intelligence to be this stupid.
Originally Published November 28th, 2014, 02:29 PM

Victor and I are both giant fans of all things sci-fi but it drives him nuts that I once *cough*  mixed up the names of Star Trek and Star Wars, so now I do it on purpose.  This lead to … Continue reading



DB8 - Johnny's shift begins anew
Originally Published November 26th, 2014, 11:10 PM
DB8 - Johnny's shift begins anew

https://www.desertbus.org/ Johnny's shift begins anew Uploaded by the Desert Bus Video Strike Team.
From: DesertBusForHope Views: 898 25 ratings
Time: 01:32 More in Comedy


The ABC's of LGBT
Originally Published November 24th, 2014, 03:58 PM
The ABC's of LGBT

Learn about some under/misrepresented identities! Stalk me! (Or don't, I don't own you...) MAIL: Ashley Mardell, P.O. BOX 13313, Minneapolis, MN, 55414 Secon...
From: Ashley Mardell Views: 40823 4387 ratings
Time: 08:27 More in Comedy


Desert Bus Opening Titles (Come Ride with Us)
Originally Published November 24th, 2014, 01:59 AM
Desert Bus Opening Titles (Come Ride with Us)

Remember this gem from your childhood?
From: loadingreadyrun Views: 17361 575 ratings
Time: 04:21 More in Comedy


[Comic] 12-27-07: Victims
Originally Published November 23rd, 2014, 03:55 PM


Grand Canyon in 90 Seconds (Wire Edition)
Originally Published November 22nd, 2014, 09:57 AM
Grand Canyon in 90 Seconds (Wire Edition)

My March 2014 hike through the Grand Canyon. Rim to rim to rim over 6 days.
From: Shyaporn Views: 489 48 ratings
Time: 01:34 More in Entertainment


Trans Awareness
Originally Published November 20th, 2014, 06:05 PM
Trans Awareness

Acton Douglas has been a friend of mine for many years. This is a small part of his story being born female and transitioning to a happier, more fulfilling l...
From: sexplanations Views: 68053 3935 ratings
Time: 03:49 More in Education


How Guardians of the Galaxy Should Have Ended
Originally Published November 19th, 2014, 02:40 PM
How Guardians of the Galaxy Should Have Ended

Guardians of the Galaxy gets several alternate endings. Enjoy! Thanks for Watching, you big Turd Blossom! :) Get some HISHE Gear over at: http://howitshouldh...
From: How It Should Have Ended Views: 7181267 110466 ratings
Time: 06:05 More in Film & Animation


1st Squad, 3rd Platoon
Originally Published November 11th, 2014, 08:58 AM
1st Squad, 3rd Platoon

In August 2005, Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Williams and his squad were sent on a rescue mission in Barwanah, Iraq. En route, their vehicle was hit by a roadsid...
From: storycorps Views: 673743 0 ratings
Time: 03:46 More in Film & Animation


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